Fresh faces at Waimak United
The Waimak United Football Club has undergone a change in personnel over the offseason.
Several board members and administrative staff decided to move on from the club sparking concerns that the club was in a state of turmoil. Fuelling the speculation was the club’s proposed changes to the fee structure, which was met with opposition before the club has retained the status quo.
The announcement around the fee structure and farewell to departing members, who left at varying times and for a variety of reasons, in a club newsletter caused confusion and speculation, but the board in insists it is a misunderstanding.
‘‘We fully understand that this has been a confusing time with a number of long-standing members of the club stepping away from their roles and some poor decisions that were made in respect of fees and programme offerings for the coming season,’’ Board chairman Marcus Deedman said.
‘‘As was said to members in a recent release on the club’s website, times will be tough over the coming year as we learn, tweak and introduce new processes to enable the running of a successful club.
‘‘We are not always going to get things 100 per cent right, however, the board has listened to the comments and voices and we hope the North Canterbury football community believes we have heard what they have said.
‘‘Behind the scenes, everyone is working really hard to bring the club back to where it should be in the community.
‘‘We are all systems go for a new and exciting season.’’
Leading the charge on the field is the Waimak United senior men, under newly appointed head coach Adam Searle, who meets Coastal Spirit in the semi-finals of the annual men’s preseason tournament at Kendall Park.
In the three round-robin games, Waimak is unbeaten winning all three games without conceeding a goal, while scoring 17 at the other end.
The club has recruited four key experienced players over the offseason Searle said, adding to a young squad for a promising outlook for the upcoming Canterbury Championship League (CCL) that kicks off on March 31.
The club is also preparing men’s and women’s teams to attend the Auckland City Football Club U17 tournament. It will be the first time sending a men’s team, with the women attending the previous two tournaments.
Waimak United’s Adam Harrison bursts into the box against Cashmere Tech