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President's Report- AGM - December 2015 PDF Print E-mail

 

Mitchelton Sports Club President’s Report

 

Annual General Meeting - 3 December 2015

 

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2015 was another extremely successful year both on and off the field for Mitchelton FC. Our senior men’s team entered the Brisbane Premier League (BPL) for the first time since 2009 and their results were stunning. By finishing in 3rd position the team achieved its best result in Brisbane’s top competition in the 95 year history of the club. We were also the only team to not get beaten by eventual winners and FFA last 16 contestants, Lions FC. Congratulations to all the players and support staff involved in such an amazing result. We were able to achieve an overall result of 6th place in the BPL Club Championship which combines weighted points from our senior, reserves, U18 and U16 teams. The selection and coaching process for our reserves, U18 and U16 teams has been refined and improved in the lead up to 2016 with a renewed focus on youth development, training as a group and promotion from within. An example of this is the automatic selection of five U18 players ( 3 mitchie juniors) straight into our senior/reserves squad. 

 

Women's football continues to grow and 2015 saw Mitchelton FC compete in the Women’s BPL and all 5 City League divisions. That gave us a total of 6 women's teams along with 4 all­girl junior teams and 2 Over30 women's teams. Women’s football in Brisbane continues to be in a state of constant change and the exact structure of the 2016 WBPL is yet to be determined ­ mainly due to changes by Football QLD at the NPL (State League) level.

 

In total we had 14 senior men’s and women’s teams competing in Football Brisbane competitions. Of those 14 teams, we had 6 semi­finalists with 2 team going on to win their Grand Finals ­ congratulations to the City League 5 men and U18 DIv 2 men. 

 

O35s (men) and O30s (women) football continues to be one of the most successful and defining features of our club. Our 12 teams competed in competitions run by “Over35s Football” which for the first time has come under the official banner and approval of Football QLD. The work done by Gary Dale and Rohan Cassell for these teams is spectacular. The sense of community and friendship that it brings to the club cannot be underestimated.

 

Our 17 junior divisional teams (U12 – U16) also performed with amazing success. We had 4 Premiers (U13 Div 4, U14 Div1, U15 Div 1 girls and U16 Div 1), 9 semi­finalists, 5 Grand Finalists and 4 Grand Final Winners! Out of more than 70 clubs in Football Brisbane, not one other club won that many junior premierships. Special congratulations to the U14 Div 1 boys who were undefeated.

 

ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE

Congratulations and thanks once again to our Accreditation Officer, Grant Bramwell who has continued his dedicated work which has paid off by the club being awarded Level 2 FFA NCAS (National Club Accreditation Scheme) accreditation. This achievement shows our commitment to corporate governance and good practice. It is also vital in the club’s pursuit of further government funding. We are only the 3rd club in Brisbane to achieve this status and the first BPL club to do so.

 

We also achieved Level 2 accreditation via the Federal Government's “Good Sports” program which promotes healthy nutritional choices being offered to members.

 

The club was also successful in achieving a $9320 grant from the Brisbane City Council to be put towards organisational development, future planning or feasibility studies within the framework of the existing Strategic Plan and outsourcing of professional advice. This project is being facilitated by sports consultancy group Momentum, whom the club has worked with for many years.

 

FACILITY DEVELOPMENT

It has been a slightly quieter year and a time for consolidation in this area after the major developments since 2012 which included the 4th dressing room and referees room, canteen and bar refurbishment, lighting on field 5, fences for field 3, solar panels, bore, water tanks and cardiac defib unit.

 

This year we did receive BCC funding of $11000 towards the purchase of a $21421 Amazone cylinder mower, which has been in use all year. This brings us to a total of $329,472 received in grants over the last 4 years for a total of $393,241 spent on capital works projects, equipment (cylinder mower) and services (Strategic Plan and organisation development). We do of course have a yearly club budget allocation for major equipment which was this year dedicated to 5 brand new sets of junior goals at cost of $9000.

 

Three new projects are in the advanced planning stage and currently have council approval and have grant applications lodged. These projects are:

  • CCTV cameras for the clubhouse exterior ($7000)
  • Refurbishment of the women’s (particularly) and men’s toilets ($33000)
  • Major water harvesting project from Kedron Brook with new 277,000 litre storage capacity ($125000)

 

Progress on an artificial surface for the main field stalled with the change of State Govt but plans are underway for fields 7 and 8 to be converted to a fully fenced and lit artificial playing surface with field markings for U6 through to U11 age groups. I hope to have good news on this project over the next 12 months.

 

We are also currently in the middle of a $35000 end of season ground maintenance spend including aeration, topdressing, re­turfing and fertilisiation of fields as well as sprinkler head upgrades.

 

PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PATHWAYS

We now have a new record playing membership of 1166 (up from 1125 in 2014). Spread throughout 92 junior and senior teams this figure includes 971 registered Football Brisbane players as well as 165 Over35 men and 30 Over30 women.

 

A continued critical on­field success in 2015 was our Super Youth League (SYL) program. SYL is the highest level of junior (U12­U15) competition run by Football Brisbane and sits just under the NPL in the pathway. It is our stated aim in our Strategic Plan to have teams in all levels of SYL by 2017. We see this as essential to be able to offer our junior players a defined pathway to develop their skills to the maximum. Our U12 team performed well and will again take part in U13 SYL in 2016. Our U14 Div 1 team was promoted and our U11 team won through a tough qualifying group to leave us with 3 SYL teams for the 2016 season ­ U12, U13 and U15. Many thanks to Lenny Ingle and his team of age group coordinators and coaches who have done a wonderful job.

 

We continue to work with our local boys (Brisbane City) and girls (The Gap) NPL clubs and encourage our players to move to NPL if that is what they desire. There are certainly areas of concern that we have with Brisbane City in the openness of their trial processes but we will continue to work with their DOC on this matter.

 

Our 6­a­side competition is in it’s 3rd year and 2015 saw a record 458 registered social participants throughout 56 teams. This competition is now under the banner of Football QLDs “Summer Sixes” which ensures consistency of rules, easier tracking of registrations and payments and insurance cover for all participants.

 

2015 also saw the second year of the club running 3 day holiday coaching camps. This year we ran camps in June/July and September school holidays ( only June/July was offered in 2014). Both camps were hugely successful with over 80 participants in the June/July camp. Many thanks to Paul Swithenbank for coordinating these camps.

 

COACHING

Lenny Ingle continues to work tirelessly in his role as overall Junior Director of Coaching (DOC). Mitchelton FC again plans to offer coaching courses in Grass Roots​ (U6­U8), Skills Training (U9­U13), Game Training​ (U13­U17) and the Senior​ Certificate​ (17 and above) in 2016. All these courses were offered by the club free of charge to all Mitchelton FC coaches.

 

We aim to assist coaches of all ages and experience levels. Every Mitchelton FC coach can be assured they have the full support of Lenny and Pedr Kilpatrick (Director of Junior Football) and every possible resource will be made available to them.

 

Most of our age group DOCs who work under Lenny Ingle have now achieved an AFC (Asian Football Confed) C License as a minimum qualification.

 

We also aim to put a further 2 coaches through the AFC C License in 2016 as a cost of approximately $1500 per course. Leo Sirianni will take back the reigns of the men’s senior team and he will be assisted by Aaron Philp.

 

PROFILE AND COMMUNITY

More than 12 schools and another 6 community groups (ranging from Baptist Football QLD to the Nepalese Community Association) use our playing fields on a regular basis throughout the year. As well as a valuable source of income, facility usage such as this helps to raise our profile in the community.

 

A number of local schools were visited to the lead up to our implementation of the FFA “AIA Kick­Off” program which was aimed at introducing new players aged 5­11 to the game. Mitchelton FC was one of only three Brisbane Clubs to run this program.

 

The club also hosted the QIMR Weekend to End Women’s Cancer event in October for the third successive year. This event includes over 1000 people camping out overnight in the middle of a 60km walk. In 2016 we will also host the QLD Cancer Council’s “Relay for Life” to our list of events ­ again an overnight event.

 

The Mitchelton Night Markets is an initiative starting in Dec 2015 and is part of a new push to make more use of our facilities for events not necessarily football related.

 

Finally I would like to announce the launch of The Mustang Foundation ­ an exciting initiative that has just this week been approved by the Australian Sports Foundation that will allow tax deductible donations by individuals for approved major club projects and events (including travel). More information to come throughout the season.

 

 

Roger McIntosh

President

Mitchelton Football Club

 
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2017 Fixtures & Results

Please click the links below to see Mitchelton fixtures for 2017 (link to Football Brisbane):

 

Mens Brisbane Premier League

Flight Centre Premier League

 

Flight Centre Premier Reserves  

 

Flight Centre Premier Under 18

 

Womens Premier League

Mt Franklin Womens Premier League

 

Mt Franklin Womens Premier League Reserves  

 

Red Lion Super Youth League (SYL)

SYL Under 16

 

SYL Under 15

 

SYL Under 12

 

Senior Mens

Mens Under 20

 

Mens Under U18 Div 1 Blue

 

Mens Under 18 Div 3

 

City League 4 Blue

 

City League 6 Blue

 

City League 7 Blue

 

Senior Womens

Womens City League 1

 

Womens City League 3 Blue

 

Womens City League 4 Blue

 

Womens City League 5 Blue

 

ALDI MiniRoos (Under 6 - Under 11)

Under 6

 

Under 7

 

Under 8

 

U9 Geckos North Brisbane Hub

 

U9 Goannas Nth Brisbane Hub 1

 

U9 Goannas Nth Brisbane Hub 2

 

U9 Komodo Dragons Nth Brisbane

 

U10 Geckos Nth Brisbane Hub 1

 

U10 Goannas Nth Brisbane Hub 1

 

U10 Goannas Nth Brisbane Hub 2

 

U10 Komodo Dragons North 1

 

U10 Komodo Dragons Brisbane 2

 

U11 Geckos North 1

 

U11 Geckos North 2

 

U11 Goannas Nth Brisbane Hub 1

 

U11 Komodo Dragons North 1

 

U11 Komodo Dragons Brisbane 2

 

McDonalds Junior Divisional

(Under 12 to Under 16)

U12 Div 3 North

 

U12 Div 3 Girls

 

U12 Div 4 North

 

U12 Div 6 North

 

U12 Div 7 North

 

U13 Div 1

 

U13 Div 1 Girls

 

U13 Div 4 North

 

U13 Div 6 North

 

U14 Div 1

 

U14 Div 1 Girls

 

U14 Div 2

 

U14 Div 3 North

 

U14 Div 4 North

 

U14 Div 5 North

 

U15 Div 1 Girls

 

U15 Div 3

 

U15 Div 6

 

U16 Div 2

 

U16 Div 4

 



Wet Weather Procedures

Match Days - To see if matches have been cancelled due to wet weather:

  1. Check the Football Brisbane website (click here for Senior ground closures  and click here for Junior ground closures ) which provides up to the minute information on ground closures for fixtures. This should be your first point of contact for all wet weather enquires;
  2. Check the Mitchie FC website for updates;
  3. Contact your team manager or coach;

 

 

Training Nights - To see if training has been cancelled because of bad weather:

  1. We will endeavour to post field closures on the Mitchie FC website between 4pm - 5pm;
  2. If this information is not available it is important that ONLY Managers call the Club to determine whether training has been cancelled.
  3. It is then the responsibility of the Manager to contact their respective teams.

 


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