As usual it was a fantastic night as we celebrated our club’s successes, and presented trophies to all our players – and some committee members.
Our head coach Simon Partridge was awarded both Outstanding Contribution and Club Person of the Year. This was in no small part down to the huge amount of work that Simon put in to our charity day in May, held at Tedburn St. Mary Football Club. This was in addition to the Volunteer of the Year award that Simon received in June from the Devon FA.
Harry Endicott was awarded Young Club Person of the Year, a new award that in future will be awarded following nominations and votes from the players.
As well as handing out the awards to Simon and Harry, our chairman Duncan Worthington, with the help of the charity day treasurer Sean Partridge, announced the full amount raised by our charity day. That being:
We cannot thank you all enough! Through the hard work and generosity of the club’s parents and friends we will be able to help both FORCE Cancer Charity and CLIC Sargent more than we ever thought possible! You are all amazing!
On the evening of Thursday 2nd June, at Exeter Racecourse, representatives from our club attended the new Devon FA Football Awards, an amalgamation of the Devon FA Community Awards and the Throgmorton Referee awards.
The Devon FA Football Awards, hosted this year by BBC Spotlight’s David Fitzgerald, recognise and reward grassroots referees, coaches, clubs, leagues and their volunteers from across Devon with several awards on the night including Charter Standard Club, Development Club and Community Club of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Referee of the Year.
We are very proud to announce that our head coach, Simon Partridge, was awarded Volunteer of the Year, due in no small part to the incredible amount of work he put in to make our recent FORCE and CLIC Sargent Charity Day such a success.
Not only that, but West Exe were voted Highly Commended Charter Standard Development Club of the Year.
Following Simon’s presentation a collection was made to add to the funds collected so far from the charity day. A total of £350 was raised from donations by those present!
Congratulations to Simon, and also to every one of you who has contributed to making this such a fantastic club.
A few days have passed since the West Exe Charity Football Day held in association with CLIC Sargent and FORCE and we will all have had a chance to reflect on what a wonderful day it was. The sun shone (some of the time), people arrived in droves and everyone seemed to have a great time. The day surpassed all expectations and went off, seemingly, without a hitch and the only main worry was whether we could fit all the cars in the field.
There are far too many people to thank individually, but I would like to express my personal gratitude to each and everyone one of you who contributed to the success of the day and giving up your precious time to ensure it ran smoothly. Thank you, it could not have been done without you all. In particular though I would like to thank Tedburn St Mary FC for so generously throwing their doors open to us and giving us such a warm welcome.
A special mention has to go to Simon and Jo Partridge, without them the day would not have happened and I know they expelled blood, sweat and tears in making the day happen. I would also like to mention the Endicott family, who put their hearts and soles into the planning, preparation and execution of the event, the bravery they all have shown has been epic. All those who worked in the refreshments tent worked tirelessly throughout the day. Finally, I would like to mention the Fez Army, never have I seen a BBQ run so well, such hard work was put in.
I hope you have all walked a little taller this week knowing what fantastic efforts you all put in over the weekend.
Thanks need to also go to all our special guests, but particularly Mike Mullarkey, who really got into the spirit of the day and helped make the coaches match one that none of us will forget.
We will do a similar event again (probably not next year though) and therefore any feedback you have would be greatly appreciated, whether it is what you enjoyed or what we could do better.
I am so very proud of what the West Exe YFC family has achieved along with our partners from FORCE and CLIC Sargent.
We have bothLee Holmes, recently voted the fans’ player of the season for 2015/16, and Christy Pym, city ‘keeper and three-time England U20 international, attending the day. Christy was a West Exe Youth Football Club player before he joined Exeter City.
The two Exeter City players join international assistant referee Mike Mullarkey on our list of special guests for the day.
Mike will be refereeing our Heroes vs Villians coaches game, while Lee and Christy will be available for photographs and autographs; we may even persuade them to either take, or face, a few penalties during our Guinness world record attempt.
We hope you will all join us in thanking all our guests for giving up their time to support FORCE, CLIC Sargent, and our own football club.
Lee Holmes on Winning Fans’ Player of the Season 2015/16
Matt Grimes and Christy Pym on their England Under-20 call-up
The car park will be open from 8am until 7pm on the day.
A fee of £2 will be charged per vehicle.
The car park will be in the field directly opposite the football club. If you are travelling from Exeter the football club will be on your right and the car park on your left, with the entrance to the car park just after the turning to the football club. The car park entrance can be seen on the map below as the lane just to the west of the football club, heading south from the main road.
There will be marshalls in place at all times directing you all the way from the main road to your designated parking slot. The marshall directing you to your slot will take your money once you have parked, so please have your money ready.
Disabled visitors only may park in the football club car park. No other cars will be permitted, not even for dropping off. There will be approximately 300 children in the football club grounds, and their safety is of paramount concern.
If you are driving to the charity day at Tedburn St. Mary Football Club on 22nd May and are willing to give someone else a lift, or you have no way of getting out to Tedburn St. Mary and are looking for a lift, please contact Brian Sheppey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian has graciously agreed to organise car shares to help people to and from the venue, and can hopefully hook you up.
Unfortunately we simply do not have the resources to organise transport ourselves, so any volunteers to provide a lift to someone in need would be greatly appreciated.