Ashburton United Soccer Club (AUSC) held its Annual General Meeting for 2020 on Monday night, in which retiring club President Bob Stensholt passed over the leadership baton to current Vice President, Ray Verratti.
Held online due to the current lockdown, the AGM drew strong representation from across the club, including current players, parents, coaches, supporters and Life Members.
Opening proceedings, Bob acknowledged the hard work and resilience of volunteers, coaches and staff who continued to support the club during the Covid pandemic. He said that despite the current lockdown, the club and players were looking forward to playing again, as evidenced by the popularity of the Go-Sevens program that the club ran over the Summer.
Treasurer Neil Rodaway provided a summary of the financial accounts, describing the year as the toughest on record, with limited opportunity to raise revenue that would otherwise offset fixed costs such as coaching, ground hire and equipment. As a result, the club reported a financial loss for the reporting period.
In brighter news, Bob confirmed that former AUSC Treasurer, Peter Sprekos had been recognised for a Special Club Award for his commitment and efforts during 2020 while Billy McClure was announced as the recipient of the Alan Goodyear Coaching Award for 2020.
Having called for nominations for vacant Management Committee (MC) positions, Bob confirmed the appointments of Ray Verratti as President, Paul Crisp as Vice President, along with Kayt Macdonald and Martin Holt as General Committee members. They join existing MC members, Melissa Butler, Neil Rodaway, Vanessa Harrington, Colleen Alateras and Andrew Dodds.New President Ray Verratti described his election as a significant honour, detailing how his Ashy involvement started as a junior parent, before becoming a coach, sponsor and a serviceable Master’s player.
“I am really passionate about this club as it provides such an important community service,” Ray said.
“There’s no doubt that last year was tough, but thanks to the hard work of the former committee we are in good shape to get our players back on the park in 2021. Looking ahead, I want to ensure that we continue to offer great coaching and great programs to cater for players of every ability and every age.”
The meeting closed with Ray thanking Bob and departing committee member Tas Tsatas, who have both served the club with distinction over many years. Bob and Tas promised that they will not be lost to the club, committing to attending games and functions, while continuing to cheer on the One Green Team!