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Maturing Cheddar kick off pre-season

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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Cheddar begin their pre- season training at Kings of Wessex next week ahead of their maiden season in the Toolstation League.

Sessions start on Thursday, June 28 from 6.15pmin preparation for the new campaign, which gets under way on Saturday, August 4.

Following their promotion to Toolstation League level for the first time in their 120-year history, the club have already started to put an infrastructure in place for the coming season to make sure they not only survive but also thrive and develop.

The first team management set-up of Tim Richens and assistants Chris Underhill and Mark Green will be supported by two coaches currently taking their UEFA B Licence qualification – Steve Bayliss and Phil Hucker.

The duo already have integral roles within the club, Bayliss as chairman, with Hucker the newly-appointed director of football.

"We would like to extend a welcome back to the successful squad of last season, who will undoubtedly be keen to test themselves at the next level of football," said Richens.

"We would also like to extend an offer to any players who feel that they can supplement the talent that this young group of players has and these type of players would be welcome at training.

"To give you some idea of the players we are looking for, it is not enough to be talented alone. We have a strong club culture and are welcome to new faces as long as they want to be part of the longer-term plan. We are not a paying club, so money is not a reason to join.

"Our ambition is to play at the best standard of football possible but to do it the right way by encouraging the best local talent to come through the ranks, supported by players who can bring their experience to help other players to flourish.

"Unlike some local clubs our target is not about what league we are in at all costs, it's about living within our means and providing a club to be proud of – for players and supporters alike."

Any interested players can call Richens on 07733 266754.

The club are also seeking a physio for the first team as they are required by the league to have someone capable of treating injuries sustained during matches. The club are prepared to fund someone to get the basic qualifications to undertake this role.

An editor is also being sought to produce a programme for all home first- team games. Again, the club is prepared to pay a small fee to an individual if necessary, although a volunteer would be preferable.

The club also requires sponsorships ahead of the new season, with acquiring a minibus high on the agenda. Anyone who feels they can contribute in any way is welcome to contact the club. For more details, visit the club's website at www.cheddarfc.co.uk.

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