Figtree Junior Soccer Club (FJSC) is a non-for-profit organisation run solely by volunteers. Therefore FJSC are looking for volunteers to assist with repairs and maintenance to its club house and pitches. FJSC are planning to hold two Worker Bees before Christmas. They will be on Saturdays 5th and 12th Dec from 8am - 12noon.
We will be looking for volunteers for the following jobs:
Sat 5th Dec
Donations of White Paint
If like many of us you have old tins of half used white paint in your garage or shed, the club will gladly accept them as long as the tin is clearly labelled.
Please ensure that you bring along and wear:
Please bring along your own tools where you can.
If you have any questions, please email the club.
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To Players, Coaches, Referees, Parents and everyone associated with Figtree Junior Soccer Club
This year’s AGM saw three long-serving members of the Committee stand down.
Out-going President, Greg Wilson has been involved with the club for 18 years, from coaching his two sons and daughter, being one of the original members of the amateur team, to President for the last 7 years. It won’t be the last you see of Greg as he will continue to support the club and continues to manage our merchandise.
Out-going Vice-President, Craig Webster, has been with the club for 14 years as a coach and held various roles on the Executive Committee also over the last 7 years. Craig remains as a coach and social media coordinator. He is also thinking of lacing up his boots once more and re-join our men’s amateur teams he started along with Greg.
Greg Faulkner, having step down from the Vice-President’s role in 2014, has now also stepped down as Grading Co-Ordinator. Greg has been with the club for 13 years as a coach and had spent 5 year on the general committee and 2 years on the Executive Committee. Greg will still be looking to continue his heroics in goal for the men's team Figtree Fire.
Together with the other committee members, they have built and managed the largest junior club in the Illawarra and in my opinion, one of the friendliest.
In order to fill the void and accept the challenges of continuing that success and renewing the club’s infrastructure, Michael Eggers and Mike Dodd have stepped into the rolls of Vice-President and President respectively.
In order to capture the essence of what we are all trying to deliver at Figtree Junior Soccer Club, the Executive Committee have consulted a number of the members to create the following Vision and Mission for the club.
Our Vision is…
‘to be a community asset in providing the opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to participate and develop in Football in a safe and friendly environment.’
Our Mission is to:
1. Provide quality development pathways for all participants
2. Lead the game with professionalism, credibility and integrity
3. Develop infrastructure to accommodate all participants
4. Maintain reasonable participation costs for all
5. Enhance our brand
Further work will be undertaken to develop a strategic plan that will enable us to apply for grant funding and sponsorship to maintain and upgrade our facilities.
To be able to continue attaining our vision for the club and succeed in our mission, the club needs volunteers. This club has been built on many hours of hard work of a small group of volunteers and that is unsustainable. However, being the biggest club gives us the access to a large pool of volunteers to be able to share the workload. To that end, we have decided to introduce a number of additional roles:
· Health & Safety Officer
· Media Relations Officer
· 2 Assistant Registrars
· Match day helpers – if one parent of every child pledged half a day a year we would have ~10 helpers every match day.
We are still looking for a Coaching Co-ordinator. We will be meeting with Football South Coast’s Technical Director, Jonathan Forster to see how we can develop this role further and will prepare a role description accordingly.
If the club is unable to get sufficient volunteers to help run the club, the committee will have to seriously consider reducing the number of registered players. This drastic proposal would obviously be the last course of action, but one we would have to take.
Over the coming weeks we will keep you appraised of the developments as we prepare the club for the 2016 season, so keep an eye out for us on the website, Facebook and TeamApp. We are planning to have two mini-worker bees, one in November and one in December and will post details of that shortly.
Mike Dodd has played football all his life and joined the Figtree Men’s Amateur team when he and his family emigrated to Australia 7 years ago. A qualified coach, Mike coaches his son’s team at Figtree Juniors.
Mike is a Director of three Infrastructure & Logistics Companies. Originally trained as an Engineer, Mike has a Master is Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Mike is a lifeline Wolves fan (Wolverhampton Wanderers not Wollongong) that causes him a lot of misery, but this does not stop his love of football.
Michael Eggers has been involved in Football for almost 40 years, as both a player through junior, senior and amateur football at various clubs in the Illawarra, as well as a manager for his son’s junior team at Figtree Junior’s. For the past 2 years, Michael has been a committee member of the Figtree Junior Soccer Club, taking on the role of Member Protection Information Officer.
Michael currently works as Corporate Relations Manager for the Illawarra Charity, The KidzWish Foundation, after a career of over 22 years with Accor Hotels.
Michael skillset includes sound operational, analytical and human resource management, over and above a passion for football.