This past winter March the 2017 Beckwith Irish Annual report was presented at the AGM. We would like to share the report with you.
The league just completed its 9th year of operation and we are looking forward to 2018 as we start another year.
On behalf of the Executive I wish to present the Beckwith Irish Football 2017 Annual Report.
In 2017 we received for our spring season 258 registrations. We fielded 3 teams at the Tyke an Mosquito level and 2 teams at each PW and Bantam. Our fall camps drew in 40 registrants. The Spring camp drew out 64 registrants. Each year since our inception the league registration numbers have grown steadily.
Last year several of our spring league teams played deep into the playoffs. The Bantam, and Mosquito & PW teams won the championship the other teams fought the good fight representing Beckwith with pride.
In the fall of 2017 the Executive made the decision to expand the league and to add a competitive team at the Varsity level of the Ontario Provincial Football League (OPFL). This being for players ages 17 to 19. It will provide a level for our former Bantam age players who wish to move on to a competitive environment.
Thanks to income generated through registration, fundraising, and good financial management on behalf of the executive we were able to pay all our bills, and we purchased around $35,000 equipment, and still have money in the bank and in reserves.
Our sponsorships include Cavanagh Construction, Back on Track Physiotherapy in Carleton Place. Art’s Storage of Beckwith Township, Brown and McFarlane Glass of Beckwith Township and Clement Marchand Heating and Cooling in Ottawa.
Besides players our league needs coaches, volunteers and an executive. In 2017 each team had a crew of skilled and dedicated coaches who came out rain or shine to lead our kids on to become talented age-appropriate football players. The league offered coaching camps/clinics to these coaches so that they could better their skills and move ahead to accredited football coach certifications. Many of these camps were lead by Rob Hamm a coach with us for the past 8 yrs.
The league’s parents provide many hours of volunteer time. Each family is required to volunteer a minimum number of hours. Most of the 2017 registered players’ families fulfilled their minimum number of hours. Many of them far exceeded the minimum. Others opted to pay the $50.00 volunteer fee.
The league’s Executive members all attended numerous meetings; participated in email exchanges and each took on a vital role to ensure that the league operates in a safe, friendly and financially responsible manner.
Last, but not least, the League needs to recognize Beckwith Township staff and elected Council members. Without Council who has continually shown that they believe in our youth and wish to see them succeed the league would not be where it is today. The league always paid its own way and is not financially subsidized by the Township.
The report was presented read and a motion by the Co-Chair Rob Drapeau, Seconded by Rob Hamm, all in attendance we in favour. The motion was passed unanimously.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited
9094 Cavanagh Rd ~ 613-257-2918
Back on Track Physiotherapy & Sports Injury
McNeely Ave, Carleton Place ~ 613-253-5215
Brown & MacFarlane
Glass Company Inc. Since 1983
1660 9th Line Beckwith ~ 613-253-8386
Art’s Mini Storage & Propane
440 Townline Rd W, Carleton Place ~ 613-257-3355
Natural Gas Services Ltd.
Heating & Air Conditioning ~ 613-745-0808