Welcome to everyone on the occasion of our first home league game of the season. In fact, this should have happened last Sunday when the Cranbrook ladies were due to play Lewes but the opposition could not raise a team.

The season is a new beginning in that we have a new coaching team for the first team of Dom Palacio and Chris Catt. Phil Catt remains as coach and manager of the Nomads. Nigel Posey is the head coach of the Ladies team. Dickie Swallow and Tom O’Sullivan remain leaders of the juniors and minis. Sam remains our physiotherapist but she has been joined this season by Hamish Startin so that on Saturday both sides get to have the benefit of their services

I mention the Nomads because the club first started a second team in 1968 and that team was called the Nomads; 50 years later we are reinstating the name.

Over the summer new players have joined us and we are optimistic about our chances in the leagues this season. In my view we should have won last week against Southwark but silly penalties cost us dear and discipline is indeed an issue that must be addressed sooner rather than later.

Having watched the pre-season friendly at home it is clear that we have strength in depth and that the Nomads will be a force in their league. Both men’s senior teams have a full fixture list and there will therefore on most Saturdays be a home game.

The Ladies have at least 30 registered players and their support for the men’s teams can hopefully be reciprocal. Their spirit and organisation is first class. I wish them well on their mini tour to Spain at the end of this month.

The numbers attending the minis and juniors coaching sessions on the first two Sundays of September have been impressive. We have a full coaching squad and I will report more on their activities in future programmes.

I must now turn to off the pitch activities. The fundraising committee is working hard to put in applications for grants and loans to enable the building work to start. Help from club members is essential; we need more volunteers for the fundraising committee as it is such extensive task. I do hope that more of you will come forward to assist us. The new clubhouse will be a community asset not only in relation to sport but for all the residents of the area. We will have a seven-day facility and we are already looking for expressions of interest from organisations and clubs who might wish to use the new building. In fact, if you know of anyone who runs an organisation that might need a home, please ask them to contact either myself or James Fraser.

We are holding again a London luncheon at the Stationers Hall on Friday, 16 November. Two years ago, this event was hailed a great success and I do hope that as many members and supporters will come along. There is a poster on the website and there will also be hard copies available in the clubhouse.

This year we have a new class of membership that we hope will appeal to our friends and neighbours. This is a Social membership at £50 per year which will ensure that the discount scheme in the bar is available and that club events will be publicised to those members. This membership does not allow the right to vote at annual general meetings nor does it allow any application for international tickets. There are many supporters who turn up for lunches or to watch matches a few times a year who do not become members of the club and it is hoped that they will feel that by joining under this new membership they will be part of our One Club and may hopefully in future wish to be more involved.

I have been privileged to be sent a copy of the history of the club over its first 21 years and in future programmes I will be publishing parts of this to show how difficult it was in the beginning to keep the club going and how those running the club in the 1950s and 60s did not give up. It is now open to the present generation to ensure that the future of the club main strong both on and off the field.

I set out below forthcoming matches and events and I do hope that you will be able to support us all season.

I give initial notice that on 13 October this year we are holding our President’s lunch when the ladies will be playing in the morning at 11 AM. The lunch will be at 1 PM and then at 3 PM the Nomads will be at home to Folkestone seconds. The first team are not playing that day and so I hope that everyone will be able support this luncheon and the two teams playing on that day

Sunday 16th September Cranbrook Ladies v New Ash Green-away 14.00

Saturday 22nd September Cranbrook 1std v RBS away 15.00

Nomads v Ash-home 15.00

Saturday 29th September Cranbrook 1sts v HSBC- home 15.00

Cranbrook Vets v Maidstone (to be confirmed)

I’m delighted to say that in a wish to become a greener society we will be introducing reusable coffee cups and reusable glasses for drinking outside the clubhouse. Two of our sponsors have agreed to underwrite this initiative and I will be announcing the details of those sponsors shortly.

I must thank all our sponsors and especially Hire4Lower for signing up for another three years as our main club sponsor and in addition they have greatly assisted the ladies team with the provision of polo shirts to be worn before and after the games.

The whole committee are available for questions and assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us with offers of help. If you wish to make a complaint, please think as to whether your assistance could help prevent such complaints arising.

Tim Fagg




Cranbrook Sports Club

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