Club Prepares for Fresh Start (posted Thu 4th Jun 2020)
Whilst it is still uncertain when we will be able to start the new season, preparations have been ongoing to ensure the club is best placed when things do kick off.
Going forward, the strategy of the club will be to provide football for locally based players wherever possible, and with a strong focus on developing local youth talent. The club will aspire to compete at the highest level possible it can realistically sustain. For 2020/21 the playing structure has been streamlined and club will be running two adult sides and two youth sides.
The First Team will once again compete in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League and, building on their efforts at the end of the last campaign, will be managed jointly by Chris Juraszek and James Shaw. They will be supported by coaches Michael East and Richard Smith.
The Reserve Team will compete on the Herts County League and will be managed by none other than our Chairman Ian Butler. There will be a strong supporting cast of Michael Churchill, Dan Wilson and Richard Priestley. This is the first time that the club has competed in this league, and the aim is to achieve a competitive level of football but without the requirement for extensive travel for away fixtures.
The youth set up will be led by Michael Churchill, following a successful debut season in the Eastern Junior Alliance League (EJA ) last term. We are entering two U16 teams in to the EJA next season, and aim to really develop the players involved. Michael will be supported on the playing side by Ali Mahmood and Ian Lorimer. Off the pitch, Jason Peterson will head up EJA Liaison and David Blair will manage Parent Liaison & Welfare.
The club extends a warm welcome to any new faces to what will be an exciting season ahead. Away from the playing side work is in hand to ensure the stadium and pitch are in tip top condition (thanks to Dave, Barry & Daryl as ever) and that the right structure is in place to support success both on the pitch, and off it.
We would like to thank Dacorum Council and Sport England for their very generous support in recognising the difficulties that clubs at our level have faced and responding with very generous grants and thanks to Tony Stedman who has been working hard on the various grant applications.
We look forward to welcoming supporters back to the club when the time is right - but in the meantime, please stay safe and well.
100 Club Winners - May 2020 (posted Mon 1st Jun 2020)
The 100 Club Draw for the month of May was drawn using a "True Random Number Generator" - Random.org and the lucky numbers/winners for the month of May were: 2nd May: 80 Chris Juraszek £20; 9th May: 68 Trudi Fryer £20; 16th May: 12 Dave Foskett £20; 23rd May: 8 Lorraine Humphreys £20 and 30th May: 41 Mick Eldridge £100 and 75 Pete Oakley £50.
The draw was witnessed by Gill Eldridge and embarrassed by his win Mick has donated £100 back to the Club.
The Club is pleased to advise that with a number of "new" members the weekly prize has increased from £10 to £20 with the top prizes continuing at £100 and £30. Thanks for your support.
May Newsletter now available here. (posted Tue 19th May 2020)
Click here for the May edition of our newsletter.
100 Club Winners - April 2020 (posted Fri 1st May 2020)
We are pleased to advise that following an increase in the number of supporters joining the 100 Club the prize pot has been increased to monthly prizes of £100, £50 and a minimum of 3 winners receiving £15.
The monthly draw for April resulted in the following winners:-
4th April: Neil Dunn £15; 11th April: Dave Martin £15; 18th April: Andy Humphreys £15 and 25th April: Dave & Pamela Domain £100 and Stuart Stedman £50.
As the Club is currently closed, due to "lock down", the winnings will be sent to the lucky recipients bank account.
New members also welcome, more members mean bigger prizes!
Help the Club join our 100 Club (posted Wed 8th Apr 2020)
As a football club, the current 'lockdown' period presents us with tremendous challenges off the field, not least the need to stay financially solvent when almost all our revenue streams have temporarily dried up.
Our 100 Club, overseen by Mick Eldridge, is one valuable source of income. We have 20 spare places at the moment and the whole scheme and its financial contribution to the club is based on 100 members - that's why it's called the 100 club! I write to encourage (implore!) you to consider joining the scheme, or even doubling your contribution if you already participate.
There is a monthly draw, with decent winnings, so there's always a chance of getting your money back!
Come on - let's really make it a 100 Club!
Help the Club join our 100 Club (posted Fri 3rd Apr 2020)
Anyone not in the 100 Club who wishes to join can do so as we do have spare numbers. Costs £1 per week paid via bank standing order which can be downloaded from the Club website : Commercial/100 Club.
Either send the completed form to your bank or ideally return to Mick Eldridge at 12 Highfield Road, Tring, HP23 4DX and he will arrange to deliver to the bank. If sending direct to the bank or setting up "on-line" then please let the Club know so that we can allocate a number etc.
MORE MEMBERS MEAN BIGGER PRIZES! - We can have more than 100 members and prize money is 50% of members payments with the current monthly prizes being £100, £30 and then £10 x 3 or 4 depending on the number of Saturdays (4 or 5) in the month.
Draw takes place at the Club on a match day at the end/beginning of each month, drawn by members standing near the Bar ! Announcement of lucky winners is via email to all 100 Club members and by notice on the Club website - www.tafc.co.uk.
TAFC - STANDING ORDER 100 Club.doc
Club Appearances (posted Sun 29th Mar 2020)
With the current season now finished we update our Club Appearance records:-
TRING ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB: Club Appearances: (excludes A and B appearances prior to 2006) as at 29th March 2020 : Season 2019-20
700 Club : Dave Foskett 754
600 Club : Ian Butler 688; Mark Boniface 648;
500 Club : Grant Mosley 574; Stuart Stedman 561; Steve Johnson 523; Andy Humphreys 539;
400 Club : Jamie Robbins 463; Tom Vincent 460; Paul Lewis 460;
Trevor Gibbs 413
300 Club : Chris Salmon 389; John Perry 379; Dave Whicker 376; Ian Ranger 372; Matt Strange 364; Matt Ruscoe 346; Jeb Stewart 344; Sean Rutherford 341; Rob Duncan 334; T Rice 333; Danny Robbins 307; Sam Joliffe 311
Club record goal scorer is Andy Humphreys on 334 goals and still playing!
We also have a few more players very close to 300 namely Jack Sunderland 298, Dan Stedman 295 and James Butler 281.
Buckinghamshire Hero Awards 2020. (posted Wed 11th Mar 2020)
Our club sponsors, The Home Office in Tring, are involved with the Buckinghamshire Hero Awards 2020, organised by Mix96.
They are sponsoring the Child of Courage category and nominations are now being accepted. Do you know a child who has shown great courage?
Whether its bravery in doing something in life or dealing with a difficult situation, the awards organisers want to hear about them.
Make your nomination here. https://www.mix96.co.uk/hero/child-of-courage.php
CAR PARKING (posted Sun 28th Jul 2019)
New parking controls are being implemented in the main shared car park at Pendley Sports Centre with effect from 3rd August 2019.
In order to optimise the use of the car park, and ensure members are not impacted by inappropriate parking, Pendley Sports Centre has decided to implement controls whereby cars must be parked within a marked parking bay.
Failure to park within a marked parking space risks a fine being issued by the parking control partner CPM Ltd. There is now clear signage around the car park that explains requirements and penalties.
Please rest assured that the parking controls and any associated fines will be managed in the first instance by nominated Authorised Club Officials from each of the clubs sharing the car park.
The desire is to avoid issuing fines if at all possible, but ensure proper and responsible parking by all users of the car park - this will be to the benefit of club members.
Code of Conduct - spectators / supporters (posted Sun 23rd Jun 2019)
We expect our players who represent our club to behave in a respectful way throughout the season. There are also responsibilities attaching to our supporters who come and watch our teams. in fact, we should set an example of good behaviour so that our players can take a lead from us. The club has produced a Code of Conduct which it attached. it is set out to help increase awareness of the standards of behaviour that are expected within the modern game.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR SUPPORTERS, PARENTS, SPECTATORS
Play your part and support Tring Athletics Code of Respect:
Enjoy match day; its what were all here for!
Celebrate good play from both sides
Always respect the Officials, Managers and Coaches and encourage players to do the same
Stay behind the boundaries/touchline at all times
When players make mistakes, give them encouragement to try again next time
Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
If you do not follow the Code, you may be:
issued with a verbal warning
asked to leave the ground
required to meet with the Club Committee, League or Child Welfare Officer
obliged to undertake an FA education course
requested not to attend future games, be suspended or have my membership removed
issued with a fine