On Friday June 30, the children and adults of Paderborn United got together to celebrate another full and active season at the club.
During an afternoon of football, games and a barbecue, three members of each team received special recognition, with awards presented for: Players’ Player, Manager’s Player and the Most Improved Player.
There was also the annual match between the Adult team and the Chairman’s 11 for the Jody Weaver Shield. This year was an excellently fought match but the victors, with a final goal being scored in the last minute of the match, were the Paderborn United Senior team, winning 3-2.
During speeches at the presentation the chairman passed his thanks to members of the committee who work tirelessly and selflessly throughout the year to ensure the safety, well-being and development of over 100 children in the club, and also those parents who step forward to offer additional support when required; this has included cleaning the club or offering support with ground maintenance.
He reflected on the club’s achievements over the past 12 months, including supporting the AWS to deliver their football coaching weeks with Arsenal, Southampton and Wolves, a trip to France by one team to take part in an International tournament and a trip to Ypres at the end of July by another team to take part in a game of truce with teams from Britain, France, Belgium and Germany.
This year also saw the successful partnership between Paderborn United and Bishops park School to deliver weekly training sessions for the children at the school by one of United’s coaches, Vinny Blackman.
This was followed by the MoD (BFG) Inter-School Tournament for years 1-6; with around 230 players and 40 support staff it was a fun filled and exciting event. Thanks also to the chefs at Paderborn Station for their support to the event.
Looking ahead to the next season it is hoped that the club will continue to strive forward. Teams have been entered again from age 5-15, plus an adult team to play competitively in the German league. A trip is planned to Taunton, with the support of the club’s sponsors, Taunton School, and it’s links with Southampton Football Club.
United will continue to support the AWS team to deliver their summer and half-term football programmes. The club continues to explore options for delivering football coaching courses here in BFG and aspire, to organise a fun football day for families from all units later this year.
Sadly though, there will be no girls or ladies team due to the fact that only five girls remain from the current team and nine are need to play.
So, this is a big appeal to all you young ladies (and older ladies) to get involved and join a successful and committed club.
If you are interested in playing football, or helping out at the club please contact the chairman on 05254 9822338 during work hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.