At the end of each season, Liphook United Football Club celebrates the participation and successes of its players. This year we were joined by special guests from our partner club, FourClubs United, to celebrate the achievements of all our young footballers.
During three sessions on Saturday 18 June at The Millennium Centre, Liphook, parents, carers and relatives participated with Liphook United's executive committee, guests and team management in applauding their youth and mini soccer players as they received their trophies and medals.
Liphook United Vice-Chairman, Martin Feast, welcomed everyone to the presentation evening and introduced the executive committee and Sean Bicknell, Vice-Chairman of FourClubs United.
Sean, introduced FourClubs United which was founded in 2007 with the area's 4 largest local youth football clubs to provide football for those whose opportunities to enjoy the game have been historically limited, namely those with physical, learning and/or behavioural disabilities - now known as 'Inclusive Football'.
FourClubs offers football for children from 7-17 as well as adults, and will be running its own 'Inclusive Festival' at Mill Chase Recreation Ground on Sunday 10th July. Participating in Inclusive Football is very rewarding for all involved and it is a joy to see the standard achieved by the players. Anyone interested in finding out more about Inclusive Football in Liphook and surrounding areas is invited to visit the FourClubs United website or Liphook United's Inclusive Football webpage.
Martin Feast then summarised some of the achievements that have brought great honour to Liphook United and to our community. At the close of this season, Liphook United has 15 youth and mini soccer teams with nearly 200 youngsters training and playing in non-competitive and competitive matches.
Liphook United FC Presentation Evening
Four teams competed at county level in Hampshire FA cup competitions, whilst in the North East Hampshire Youth League (NEHYL) three teams competed in their respective Premier Divisions and three others in their First Divisions. The Under 10 Wildcats finished as NEHYL Under 10 Premier Division Champions, the Under 12s as NEHYL Under 12 Division 1 runners-up, and the Under 13 Lions triumphed three times as Under 13 Champions at the Farncombe, Liphook and Petersfield tournaments.
Then on to the presentations. For each team in turn, the team manager gave a brief report of their team's accomplishments. Liphook United Chairman, Nigel Marr, then presented each player, to rapturous applause, with an individual medal or trophy for their hard work and dedication to the Club over the season whilst photographs of their teams and players in action were projected on to the massive screen behind.
Typically based upon performance and/or votes, specific players were then called upon to receive awards from the Chairman: Sportsman of the Year, Most Improved Player and Player of the Year.
Also during the evening, a special award was made by the Chairman for outstanding service to Liphook United Football Club, with the Chairman's Shield being presented to Dean Baird, Manager of the Under 13 Lions who also undertakes many other behind the scenes activities.
Chairman Nigel Marr presents Dean Baird with the Chairman's Shield for outstanding service to the Club
In his closing remarks on each session, Martin Feast, noted that the successes of the players and teams were made possible by the enthusiastic band of parents and volunteers that made it all happen, and invited any interested parents to participate, or to support us by joining the 100 Club. The next Club event will be the Terry Edwards Fun Day on 17 July.
Thanks were expressed to the presentation evening production team: organiser - Andy Bicknell, music - Mark Culverhouse, photography - Sara Fawcett and visual presentation - Alexander and Neil Pirie.
Here are some photos of the teams with their trophies and the award winners. Select the age group you want from the sidebar.
FourClubs United players with Nigel Marr, Sean Bicknell and their coaches
FourClubs United Player of the Year
Under 6 Bears with their manager, Steve Doyle, and assistant manager, Mark Cosier
Under 7 Vikings with their coach, Chris Crowhurst
(The other players were at Beaver Scout Camp.)
Under 8 Vipers
Under 8 Vipers with their manager, Mark Culverhouse
|Joint Sportsman of the Year||Most Improved Player||Player of the Year|
Under 8 Cobras
Under 8 Cobras with their manager, Jeremy Turner
(The other players were at Beaver Scout Camp.)
|Sportsman of the Year||Most Improved Player||Player of the Year|
(Awards photographs by Sara Fawcett)