100 Club Draw - July 2019 (posted Sun 11th Aug 2019)
The slightly belated draw took place post the Reserve team match v Berkhamsted Raiders on Saturday and the winners for the month of July were:- 6th July: Steve Manzie £10; 13th July: Pete Stilwell £10; 20th July: Pauline Howell £10; 27th July: Brian Lovell £100 and Dave Foskett £30.

As usual winnings can be collected from the Club Bar on match days.

New members welcomed at just £1 per week, collect a standing order form from the Club Bar on match days.
From The Premier League to The Spartan South Midland (posted Wed 7th Aug 2019)
Roy Hodgson put on an excellent session for the First Team squad on Tuesday evening 6 August, with over 40 coaches present from TAFC, Tring Tornadoes, Tring Corinthians and Berkhamsted Raiders.

Chairman, Howard Wells said How many Premier League Managers would attend training in Beckenham, then be at a meeting with the other 19 in Uxbridge, then put on a voluntary coaching session at Tring Athletic, all in the same day and in the first week of the season? Top man.
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.
100 Club Winners - June 2019 (posted Sat 20th Jul 2019)
The belated draw took place following todays match and the winners for the month of JUNE were:-
1st June: Jamie Robbins £10; 8th June: Steve Johnson £10; 15th June: Darrell Bodimeade £10; 22nd June: Amanda Stacey £10 and 29th June: Chris Martin £100 and Bob Winter £30.
As usual winnings can be collected from the Club on match days.
Club announcement- (posted Tue 25th Jun 2019)
The Club welcomes a new First Team management group for the coming season. The new Manager is Kevin Christou who will be supported by Stuart Stedman. Kevin is a UEFA B Licensed Coach who has impressed with his ambitions and understanding of the importance of community. His coaching involvement has included St Margetsbury, Hertford, Hulbridge, Royston,Thurrock and Basildon.

Kevin-
''I am looking forward to my role with Tring Athletic and I would like to thank Howard Wells Trings chairman for allowing me this opportunity. I want to let the fans and followers of Tring know that the aim is to build on last seasons success and have a team that the community can be excited about.
The management team are already working hard behind the scenes to strengthen last seasons squad. I am very fortunate and delighted that Stuart has made the decision to stay at the club and be part of the management team.
I will be adding to the management team and bringing in coaches who bring a wealth of experience from Tottenham and Leyton Orient. I myself come into the club from being part of the management team at Hullbridge who won the Essex senior league last season as well as being part of the management team that won this league with Royston in 2012.
I will be making player announcements in the very near future I look forward to a long and successful reign as manager of Tring Athletic''

Howard Wells, Chairman added Kevin is well aware of the Clubs expectations on the playing field and I am confident he will meet them. The Club is looking forward to another progressive season.

Howard

Further news detailing new and continuing sponsors to the club will be announced shortly.
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

Annual General Meeting (posted Sun 23rd Jun 2019)
The Club's AGM will be held in the Club House on Monday, 9th September, commencing at 6.30. We hope members will be able to attend. If a member wishes to put forward a proposal for a change to our constitution they should let Bob Winter know at least a week before the meeting.
''Chairman's pre-season message'' (posted Sat 22nd Jun 2019)
The pre-season is a busy time for the Club. Certainly, the current heavy rain will have helped the pitch, compared with this time last year. We will be running six teams during the coming season. We welcome a new team in the Junior Eastern Alliance, which will play on Sundays and coached by Michael Churchill. This team has stepped up from Tring Tornadoes and is a further example of the important relationship with the junior club.

Some players will come and go. It is inevitable at this level and as long as they leave us to step up and better themselves, we wish them well. Stuart Stedman has been busy developing his support team and encouraging new players to the Club. We welcome Kevin Christou to the Club. Kevin is a UEFA B Licence holder and has worked at several clubs at our level and above. Owing to the pressure of his teaching job, Stuart has decided to remain as the No 2 and Kevin will assume the lead role. We shall look forward to the first match of the season with the new team.

We have also had some lively coaches meetings, to ensure we are all on the same page in moving forward.

Marking time is not an option for me. We need to have bold plans, both on and off the pitch. We engaged Paul Randell of Consul Max, in January to take the lead with regard to the Clubs Commercial activities, so, as a result, we will see some new company names this season. Allied to this, we have been working to modernise the website, set up by Colin Sturges, so that we can provide benefits to supporters and to promote our sponsors more actively. The match day programme will move on line with a sponsored team sheet available on match days. We are also intending to take a more coordinated approach to maximise the use of social media, building on the work of Keith Eldridge in particular.

Our developing relationship with Tring School is very important in this regard, as we tap in to their resources and skills and to encourage more junior members and supporters. Ralph Griffiths and Geoff Gaunt have decided to retire from their press duties, and we thank them for their lengthy commitment. We are seeking replacements, particularly to attend matches, to produce match reports, so please do not be embarrassed to come forward to pick up these roles. We are also looking at a new camera system, which would allow matches and training to be filmed and downloaded. Watch this space.


Off the field, several stalwarts will have been working to maintain the stadium at a high standard. Barry Simmons and Dave Stacey will have been leading the charge, but with assistance from Debbie and Will Dunstan, Richard Vincent and former Chairman, Mick Eldridge. Paul Vockins has been busy sorting out kit orders for the new season. His wife, Dee gets something of a respite from washing the kit in the off season! Finding new people to give of their time is a challenge for sport at all levels. That is another reason for working closely with Tring School.


There is also a fair amount of administrative work at this time of year led by our joint secretaries, Robert Winter and Tony Stedman, whose attention to detail is vital in ensuring there are no banana skins before the season starts. We will all be interested to see how the sin bin idea works. We certainly hope few of our players experience it first hand! When I was CEO of the Irish FA, I was a member of the International Football Association Board, together with the other three Home Nations and FIFA. We debated goal line technology in 2005, with a ready system available. It took until 2014 for it to be implemented. I hope the sin bin idea does not take as long to bed in!


We are pressing on with our plans, which we intend to include new floodlights, a 3g synthetic grass pitch at the Tornadoes end and also a redeveloped stand to assist the management of the Club in relocating Ashridge Nursery there. There are other ideas afoot and supporters will be kept informed. We have engaged Bob Breen Associates to take the lead with regards to planning issues.


I am hoping that my old chum, Roy Hodgson will put on a coaching demonstration at the Club, before the season starts. This will be either on a Sunday morning, or an evening and will be open to all local coaches. I am In discussion with Roy about a suitable date, before he starts working his magic at Crystal Palace again. Again, watch this space


Finally, please note that following a year of monitoring the communal car park, the five clubs on the site have agreed to engage a commercial company CPM Ltd to manage that car park. This means that offending vehicles which do not park within the lines will incur fines. We intend to make greater use of the top carpark and are exploring other options.


If you have any questions, or if you wish to offer your time in the months ahead, please drop me a line at:


TringAthleticFC@hotmail.com


Howard J C Wells
07710 673235
100 Club Winners - April & May 2019 (posted Sun 16th Jun 2019)
A belated draw took place after yesterdays "work" party and the winners for both April and May are shown below:-
April: 6th: James Livingstone £10; 13th: Dave Foskett £10; 20th: Paul Brannan £10; 27th: Amanda Stacey £100 and Chris Martin £30.
May: 4th John Perry £10; 11th: Keith Hamilton; 18th: John Brannan £10 and 25th: Mick Hartley £100 and Richard Vincent £30.
Congratulations to the winners, which were well spread, whilst we do have a few spare numbers for Club members and supporters. Not expensive at just £1 per week with 50% of takings paid in prizes.
Non League Allocations : SSMFL Premier Division 2018-19 (posted Sun 19th May 2019)
The Football Association have announced changes to the pyramid system for next season and we show the changes below with our website to be update re travel etc :-

OUT: London Tigers and Stotfold Relegated and Biggleswade FC Promoted. Moved to the ESSEX Senior League are Colney Heath, Cockfosters and London Colney.

IN: Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (Southern League Central); Broadfields United (SSM1); Dunstable Town (Southern League Central); Eynesbury Rovers (United Counties League Premier); Harefield United (SSM1) and Newport Pagnell Town (United Counties League Premier).

In addition our friends at Risborough Rangers have been switched to the Hellenic Football League Division One.

Sad to see some old foes leave but we welcome the new teams, some of which we have done battle with before.
A team win county cup final 2-1 (posted Fri 19th Apr 2019)
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