This weekend marks the start of the new season for many of our teams, although our open age team started well last weekend with 5-1 victory!
For many of you this will be the first full season in grassroots football. Can I take this opportunity to welcome you to Amaranth Crossgates.
The last two years have been interrupted by the COVID pandemic. It has been been a worrying and upsetting time for many and I hope that the new season brings something of a return to normality to you all.
I would ask you to remain vigilant as although many restrictions have been eased, the virus is still amongst us and it is still resulting in people becoming serious ill and sadly, for some it proves fatal. The good practices we have adopted over the past 19 months can still be applied - face masks are encouraged in enclosed spaces, wash or sanitise your hands and keep a social distance.
This year, Amaranth has grown and we start the new campaign with 17 teams. This is the biggest the club has ever been and I thank you and the coaches for your support.
Being bigger though does mean we all have to squash a bit more into the same space and I would ask you all to observe the following guidelines when you are using the club and facilities;
Amaranth is a Charter Standard Community club. We are not here to win at all costs and we do not have the mentality that we are seeking perfection. We remind all parents of junior players that we are here to provide a fun, safe environment in which your children can ENJOY playing football. Please DO NOT stand on the side of the pitches shouting and instructing the players, leave this to the coaches. We should applaud and encourage both teams, and when mistakes are made, we deal with it at training. Please remember this is not Elland Road, it is grassroots football.
The same respect and courtesy should be shown to referees, coaches and managers. We do not tolerate abuse of anyone at Amaranth and we will take firm action against those not willing to observe these rules.
Amaranth subscribe to the RESPECT code of Conduct and parents and players should ensure they are familiar with this code. More details can be found at the following link.
Finally I want to thank all of the managers, coaches and committee members in getting us ready for the season ahead. There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes over the summer to ensure we are ready for the next nine months of football.
Good luck to all of our teams and to each of the players. All that we ask it that you try your best, be prepared to learn and develop and support each other - and most of all, stay safe and enjoy.