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Chairman's report - July 2017

27 July 2017

It is pleasing to report that the 2017 season is progressing well both on and off the field. The numbers at underage training in football, ladies football and camogie has increased this year and the club have been well represented in all three codes in the various leagues that they participate in. Pride of place at the moment must go to our minor team who sit proudly at the top of their league. The underage committee and management deserve a lot of credit for the sterling work that has been put in this year. Our senior team are mid table which is well earned in that this team has been decimated this season with the most incredible injury list. However it is pleasing to report that after our second half performance against Swatragh and this week’s superb performance against Bellaghy there is light at the end of the tunnel and we may be peaking at the right time of the season. We have now reached the most important six week window in the season and I would plead with our supporters to get out and support all the teams at senior and underage as players/management embark on their prospective championship campaigns. The club are still on target for the installation of floodlights which should be in place by the autumn. Negotiations are at an advanced stage with NIE and as soon as we get the go ahead we are in a position to complete the installation. Plans are underway for the club's annual summer camp which will commence in early August. This year approx. 95 have registered for the scheme and all will receive tee shirts/caps, trip to Lisburn swimming pool, Belfast zoo and a fun day with a difference on the final day. The club also hope to take U12, U14 and U16 players to Croke Park to see Derry minors in action in August. This brings me round nicely to Finance and I hope you agree that a considerable voluntary effort is being made by club members and committee in the organisation and carrying out of these ventures. There is substantial expenditure involved in providing the above ventures. In an effort to address the required funding I would emphasise the following fund raising initiatives and hope that parents, players and supporters will support us as we embark on the following events to help raise a few pounds; 1) A 5k, 10k and fun run will be held on 3rd September commencing at 10.30 from social club. 2) An appeal will be launched to recruit new Club Gleann members which members can pay by direct debit (£10 per month) 3) Peter Kelly and Tony Doherty are competing in a European strongman challenge and both men have kindly agreed to the club seeking sponsorship for the Watty Graham underage training Fund. Underage players will be completing sponsorship cards in the coming weeks. Finally, 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the formation of our great club. Plans are already afoot to celebrate this year in the form of a Gala Dinner which will be held in October 2018 in Tullyglass hotel, Ballymena. Tables are £800 or individual tickets costing £80 per head. The club are in the process of setting up a 12 month savings plan - more details to follow. This will be a night for family get togethers, A night for reminiscing and a good nights Craic - hopefully the night will be supported by the many members of Watty Graham's from near and far. Is mise le meas. Sean Keane

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