Sunday the 1st of September saw the annual Hellingly HoundDogs Awards at Hailsham Town Football Club. The afternoon started with address from the club’s Chairman, Luke Boorer where he thanked last year’s Committee and along with all the club’s Coaches for all their work. The awards started with the Clubs Cadet Flag Team and moved through the Youth Flag Team, Youth Contact Team and finally the U19 Contact players.
As in previous years, every player received their annual Dog Tag award for playing for the club. These were also presented to the clubs Committee members and all the Club’s Coaches.
Club Chairman Luke Boorer added “This is one of my favourite events as the HoundDogs Chairman. Our first years Awards event saw around 25 people in a room. This year it was closer to 70 people in attendance. This just shows how hard all the Coaches and Committee work to getting our club to where it is today.
I am really pleased for all the winners, but I honestly feel that almost all of this years players could have won something. It’s a hard job for the Coaches to pick out just a few players. Each year we have tried to make the event more special and this year was the first time we have made it a smart dress event and I thought all the players looked amazing, for which we thank the parents. We would also like to thank Stuart Fairway and Dom Corbett along with Hailsham Town Football Club for allowing us to use their facility for our Awards event again.”
The HoundDogs return to training this Wednesday at Horsebridge Rec from 6:30PM. Anyone wanting to try either Flag or Contact American Football are more than welcome to attend. For more information, please email us on email@example.com
Managers Award – River Chukwu-Onu
Offence MVP – Joe Powell
Defence MVP – Luan Kapllani
Player’s Player – Oliver Curtis
Managers Award – Cavan Baker-Sells
Offence MVP – Alfie Woods
Player’s Player – Maia Cameron-Dick
Defence MVP – Adam Taylor
Managers Award – James Bradford
Offence MVP – Charlie Boorer
Defence MVP – Stan Wilson
Player’s Player – Alex Edwards
U19’s Legion Contact:
Managers Award – Danny Townsend
Special Teams MVP – Riley Davis
Offence MVP – George Davies
Defence MVP – Thomas avann
Player’s Player – Jacob Boorer
Hellingly HoundDogs returning to training on the 4th of September, but it’s not only new players they are looking for.
The HoundDogs organsation would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the HoundDogs in a coaching/volunteer role with the club. The club can offer assistance with any new volunteer with help obtaining their DBS check along with their BAFCA level 1 Coaching award.
Chairman Luke Boorer added “We welcomed two new coaches to our current ranks last year and would like to further extend this. Coaches Jamie and Ronnie really helped ease the pressure on the coaches when they joined and really brought a new breath of fresh air to the coaching team. Coaching is a great way to really help shape the future of these kids lives. It is very rewarding and a lot of fun too.”
Any person wishing to get involved with the club should contact the club Chairman, Luke boorer through our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the annual Hellingly HoundDogs fundraising efforts, all players will be encouraged to again, take part in the Alfriston Pre-school’s Fun Run on the 28th of September.
However, this year some of the players have been encouraging the coaches to join them, but with age and fitness levels on what can only be described as “going in the wrong direction” some of the coaches will instead take part in a a non-alcohol month. This event will coincide with the fun run with both events taking place in the month of September.
Coaches Alastair, Ronnie, Luke and Sean will be attempting to raise £500 to help purchase a defibrillator and donated to Hellingly Sports Club for all the sections of the club to use.
Hounddogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “As a club, we were built on giving the next generation of kids the chance to play sport in a safe environment. In 2018 we worked hard to achieve ClubMark status and believe purchasing a defibrillator will further our commitment to all of our players. We want to offer the best care possible to all of our players and believe that you can not put a price on anyone’s life. When we were formed as a club, Hellingly Sports Club welcomed us with open arms at Horsebridge and we believe purchasing a defib and placing it in the main clubhouse for the Rugby, Cricket and Bowls sections to use, gives us the chance to repay some of the gratuite that these clubs showed us. The defib will cost over £1000 to buy and we are really hoping to raise at least 50% of the cost with this event. We are hoping that all the sections members might be able to help sponsor our coaches in this challenge.”
If you want to help all the coaches achieve their target, please use the link below and donate through the clubs Just Giving page.
Friday, 26th of July saw two members of the Committee from the Hellingly HoundDogs attend the East Sussex More Radio Awards at the Cooden Beach Hotel after being nominated and then shortlisted for the for the 2019 More Radio Sporting Excellence Award.
The evening started with free sparkling wine on arrival and then moved into a three course meal.
After dinner the Awards started, with categories including LifeTime Achievers Award, Courage Award along with many others. It then came round to the Sporting Excellence Award. After a short video about the HoundDogs organisation and its history, Chair Luke Boorer and Club secretary Claire Boorer were called to the stage to collect the award from More Radio’s DJ and host for the evening, Nick Osbourne.
Chair Luke Boorer later added “It’s always nice
to win Awards, but this is not the motivation for the hard work the coaches and committee put in. For us, it’s about developing children into young adults, teaching them the skills that they can use on the pitch and later on in life as they enter university and into the workplace. It’s brilliant just to be nominated and a big thank you to the people who took time to do just that. We now have another beautiful trophy that will sit next to the club’s other awards that we have won over the last few years. I may even have to start looking into making the club a trophy cabinet if things carry on in this way! We would like to thank More Radio for hosting these awards and to be honest, yes we do put a lot of hard work into the club, but sitting in that room with some awe inspiring people, really things into perspective. We were lucky to sit with a really heartwarming young boy tonight called Leo, who has more thing wrong with him than anyone should ever know about. All he did was laugh and entertain our table all night. What his parents do for him, with the help from Demelza, is amazing. These are the real heroes in life and the people that we should all look up to.”
Tuesday the 23rd of July saw the 2nd ever Hellingly HoundDog’s AGM held the Clubhouse at Horsebridge.
Club Chairman, Luke Boorer took the floor, and with last years minutes signed off, the Chair thanked many members who had made the 2019 season such a fantastic success. However, he made the point that the work needs to carry on both with the Committee, Coaches and Players.
Then came the real nitty gritty with the election of officers. Here is the list of the 2020 Committee team that will run the HoundDogs
Chair -Luke Boorer
Vice-Chair – Aarron Jones
Secretary – Clair Boorer
Treasurer – Michael Williams
Commercial Manager – Luke Boorer
Welfare Officer – Samantha Dickinson
ClubMark Officer – Claire Boorer
Additional Committee members – Peter Drake, Emma Walsh, Rachel Jones, Sean Trimby, Heidi Baker-Sells, Dominique Corbett.
Luke Boorer added “It’s great to be re-elected to Chair and continue in a role I really love along with being Commercial Manager. These two roles kind of go hand in hand. I am also really pleased that the whole of last years Committee decided to stand again. We worked well as a team last year and can continue this into the future and drive this club forward. However, I feel I need to be better at delegating jobs and giving some of the jobs to other Committee Members to fulfill. It’s also great to see additional members joining our Committee. Rachel has helped the club many times, designing our logo, along with the new Dog Bowl logo and several posters and now making her role an official one. Dom has kids at the club who have been here since day 1. She also has a wealth of knowledge helping to run sports clubs for her kids over the years. Heidi is new to all of us. Her son joined us earlier this year as a player and although she says she doesn’t have any experience with Committee’s i am sure she will become a very useful member of our club. I personally would like to thank all of last years Committee Members along with our Coaching team and all the other helpers who have made the club, who we are today. I would also like to say a special thank you to Tracy at Ratton School who helped us with use of the minibus, meaning all our players could get to games. Next year we will be entering a Youth team into the NGB national leagues, which will be a first for us, to go along with The Legion in the U19’s. However, we will continue with our Flag program in a developmental of friendly tournaments against other local teams.”
The first meeting of the 2020 Committee will take place on Tuesday 3rd of September.