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Summer Newsletter

13th July 2010

Summer Newsletter Season 2009/10 was an eventful one for the Cards. We adjusted to life in new surroundings and made a number of trips to new (and some old) destinations. A great sadness cast a shadow over the start of 2010 with the loss of Phil Ledger, whose like we simply shall not see again.

The season began with a come-from-behind win at Welling and ended with an equally dramatic, though massively more disappointing, loss in the play-off final. We started well, had a torrid 'blip' and then finished the season in breathtaking style, snatching a play-off berth on the back of a spectacular run of eight victories in nine games.

Manager Graham Baker told the club website - www.wokingfc.co.uk - that the players had always had a private target of reaching the play-offs. Considering the 'blip', he felt that we had started the season well as a result of training more than other clubs in the league giving an edge on fitness over many teams, but the season caught up with us by the end of January, especially the younger players for whom this was a first full season in senior football. While results had suffered, performances weren't bad, but losses lead to a lack of confidence and a vicious circle ensues. We got out of the run by reducing training and, having fallen out of the play-off picture, the pressure was simply less and performances (and results) improved again.

On the coming change to part time status, Graham said that the players will now be working during the week and training on Tues and Thurs evenings, in the classic style of a part time club. This has allowed him to sign more experienced players who we couldn't afford if they were full time professionals. He described his new recruits as all proven at this level and, in some cases, the level above. Graham's hope for 2010/11 is "to go one better than last season".

Woking FC is not solely about the first team, however. We have a supremely successful Academy and Centre of Excellence too. Another highly successful season witnessed two League Championships, four Cup Final appearances and two Cup wins. We are also pleased to announce that we have now added Fullbrook School to our list of education partners (the others being Woking College, Winston Churchill School, Guildford County School and SCL).

Assistant Manager Jimmy Dack ran the London Marathon and raised over £2k for the Surrey Care Trust and next year Jimmy and Shahid Azeem will be running for Woking Hospice. Also, players made visits to local hospitals, donating presents to children's wards and to the Chase Hospice and took Christmas hampers to the local community. All told, the club raised over £10K for charity.

In addition, we have a Community section who are fantastically committed and busy right through the year. Here are some of the things they achieved last season.

Girls & Boys Tournaments: two tournaments attended by over 400 children.
Charity Collections: many charities benefited from match day collections, Surrey Care Trust, Red Cross, Woking Mind, Shoe Boxes for the Troops were amongst some that attended. A total of over £7000 was raised by our supporters for these good causes.
Coaching: after schools Clubs and curriculum time training has been provided at 15 schools, additionally we have worked with members of the Grange, Alpha Hospital and Woking Mind.
Hosting: the club has hosted both the Junior Citizens Event (1000 children visited the club over a three week period) and the Positive Mental Heath League Finals Day.
Fundraising Penalty Shootouts: we will be helping Park School, Hermitage School and Kingfield School raise funds by organising sponsored penalty shootouts.
Community Visits: KC Kat and friends will be visiting Brookwood School, Sythwood School and West Byfleet Infant School to support their summer fetes.
Health Work: healthy living programmes continue to be offered to schools with special health days being attended at Northmead and St Marys Schools.

Within the club, Derek Powell took over as Football Secretary and it was with great pleasure that we announced the appointment of Geoff Chapple as the club's first official Ambassador.

None of these wonderful activities would have been possible without the help of the club's main sponsor, Calor Gas, to whom we are hugely grateful.

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