AGM marks our 1st Anniversary

About 30 members attended the club’s first AGM at the Old Chelmsfordians Association clubhouse and celebrated the club’s first anniversary

James Bernardi, chairman outlined the successes achieved in our first year and set out some targets for next year. Over and above credible performances from each of the teams we now have growing website and social media presence

The new Committee was voted in as follows; James Bernardi (Chairman & Head Coach), Amanda Pollard (Secretary), Paul French (Treasurer), Stephen Rosser (Club Manager), Nicki Woolnough (Welfare Officer), Steph and Mark Storkey (Social Secretary). Team Captains are to act as the Team Representatives. Other vacant positions will be notified when filled.

Perhaps the most exciting development was reviewing the club’s new kit. Members made the final decision on the custom made kit so its ready for the new season and here it is

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Ladies (left hand kit) will have an option on the style of shorts. Players will be required to pay £20 for the kit but will be able to have the shirts with their names and preferred number on the back. Red training t-shirts will be provided by the club.

James was delighted to announce that we expect that Brendan Osborne will agree to become Patron of the club. Brendan was a big part of Essex Volleyball until recently and we’re very lucky that he may join us. Moreover, Olympians Nathan French and Peter Bakare (both played for Brentwood Volleyball Club) are appointed Club Ambassadors. All will play important roles inspiring and helping the club to grow volleyball and develop us into a super eight club.

Paul French reported that the financial side of the club was sound but commercial sponsorship was needed to help the club fulfil its potential. 2014-5 subscription levels have still to be confirmed but the club will try and hold them to this year’s level.

Coaches provided excellent end of year reports on the teams.

Blaze – a run of 6 away fixtures at the start of the season compounded a difficult start to the campaign but better performance at home games towards the end of the season ensured we finished a credible 6th. Darren commented that full time training at Essex University for some of the squad next year, can only strengthen the team.

Trinity – the team finished 4th and was very close to a play off spot. Despite registering 14 players it had been difficult on occasion to field a team. Nevertheless overall an encouraging start. However, Rachel flagged the fact that Tendring had gained 1st Division status so may attract players away from TEVC next season.

Awards were made to many deserving players. Volleyball England national awards were made to Andy Frith (Participation Coach of the Year) and Robert Poole (Young volunteer of the Year). Congratulations to the following Club awards recipients

BLAZE:
MVP: Toby French
Most improved: Dan Northfield
Loudest Player: Robert Poole
Greatest contributor: Toby French
Grumpiest: Andy Saward

ESTONIANS:
MVP: Rees Warren
Most improved: Stuart Cousins
Loudest Player: Andrew Ruck
Greatest contributor: Andy Frift
Grumpiest: David Fenech

JUNIORS:
MVP: Ryan Poole
Most improved: Zac Chambers
Loudest Player: Cameron Shultz Macleod
Greatest contributor: Alex Chinnery
Coolest & least fazed: Dan Sach

LADIES:
MVP: Leasa Williams
Most improved: Sidonia Andronescu
Loudest Player: Maelle Niederquell
Greatest contributor: Leasa Williams
Grumpiest: Rachel Bohannan

A quick survey was undertaken to find out what improvements the club should make over the coming year.

The meeting closed with James thanking all the attendees.

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