A day at the dogs was the treat for Cottesmore Amateurs when the football club held their end of season presentation gathering.
An afternoon barbecue was held on Saturday, May 31, at Cottesmore Sports and Social Club followed by an evening trip to the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium.
Following the fire which almost destroyed the football club in July 2011, the Amateurs re-introduced the second team for last season with manager Steve Duffy at the helm.
Along with the first team, managed by Neil Miller (both managers ably assisted by kit man Barry Suggett), both sides had a reasonably successful campaign, finishing in mid-table positions, in what was the Amateurs’ 24th season in the Leicestershire Senior League.
Both teams, however, suffered through lack of continuity/availability of players.
The End of Season Awards were as follows:
1st Team - Manager’s Player, Luke Smith
Players’ Player, Alex Brown
2nd Team - Manager’s Player, Tom Atkins
Players’ Player, Danny MacKay.
The Presidents Trophy (donated in 1983 by the then president George Dalby) is an award for Clubman of the Year and was won by Rich Gilbin.
The club’s Annual General Meeting was also held on Saturday afternoon and confirmed that Cottesmore Amateurs will continue to run two Saturday teams, again in the Leicester Senior League.
The first team will play in the Premier Division and the second team in the Leicestershire Combination League.
Following a three-year gap, due to the fire problem, Amateurs are looking to re-introduce their Under-18s team for next season, having entered the Leicestershire Midweek Floodlit Youth League.
These games will be played on Wednesday evenings, obviously under floodlights, usually commencing in early September, so Amateurs are inviting all interested Under-18 footballers to go along to training sessions and make themselves known.
Club pre-season training sessions have started and are held on Tuesdays at 7pm at the Rogues Park ground. All age groups interested in joining the club are welcome to attend.
Cottesmore Amateurs are a forward-looking club, seeking to maintain and improve their facilities. To do this, the club is appealing for anyone interested in supporting them by means of sponsorship, which is vital to continue to provide organised football for local participants, ages ranging from Under-18s through to Rutland Veterans (over-50s) who also use the Rogues Park facilities.
Any organisation or individual requiring further details about sponsorship, can contact Allan Westray on 01572 724275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org