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AGM Chaiman's report

Thanks to the efforst and commitment of every Beacon Hill player, supporter, parent and Committee Member we have come through the last couple of tough years in a strong position. Maintaining a positive mindset during the covid years was the result of some real hard work. We have more teams than before whilst many other parts of grassroots football begin to wither. We now run a team very year at the younger age groups and the Men’s and Women’s team have maintained their positions in Div One of the Olympian League and Premier of the Essex Women’s League and we’ve collected a shelf full of silver wear as well. The Clubroom has transformed our facilities at the Hill and pitches are looking great and we’ve plans for developing the Pit too.

It’s time now to keep working hard but be more aware of maintaining what we have and giving us all some space to enjoy what we’ve got. The impact of lockdowns shouldn’t be underestimated and I feel the Club can provide a valuable resource where all our players (from 6-70!) can relax and feel safe and secure. We will continue to keep a focus on mental health.

Finances have come through ok as well. We set Clubroom up as a valuable addition to the experience of being a Beacon Hill player and coach not as a source of income. Given the understandable investment in its first full year it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Clubroom’s accounts show a loss. We’ll continue to monitor the Clubroom’s development but its success will depend on club members using it... more fun for all of us and more funds kept in the Club. For yet another year we will keep fees at the same levels, a particularly important decision given the current economic situation for many families.

My personal thanks to all the Committee who’ve stepped up this year to take on additional roles with particular thanks new Club Secretary, Gary James (taking over from Steve Carter after his 28 years in the role) and to Matt Low as Vice Chair. Onward and upward. Merf Roberts

BHRFC Chair