With the JD Welsh Premier League season finishing with a 1-0 win at home against Connah’s Quay Nomads, a day later it was back to Park Hall for our annual celebration evening.
Having wrapped up the title for the eighth consecutive season with a few games to go, it was indeed a celebration. Although the team had been in second or third place for most of the campaign, nevertheless it’s what happens at the end, not the beginning, that counts.
It was a pleasure to host the event, which was attended by guests, officials, staff, and of course, the players. Our special guest for the evening was well-known TV personality, Gary Newbon.
Gary is a friend of our Chairman, Mike Harris, and the last time he was with us was for the UEFA Champions League game against HNK Rijeka a couple of seasons ago, when TNS Radio commentary was streamed live round the world.
It was a great night and I loved it. It’s always a pleasure – and a privilege – to serve the club in ways like this.
The day after the first team celebration evening, it was back to Park Hall for the TNS FC Academy awards.
With a large, thriving Academy the day was split into three events, with the first group arriving at noon, and the final ones departing at 8.30 p.m. A long – but blessed day – as many awards were handed out.
The age groups went from U7s through to U16s and in time some of those will become professional footballers, many semi-pro, while others may play at various other levels.
I’m always aware – and I’m sure the coaches most definitely are with their involvement – that the youngster you’re welcoming to the stage could be the next Greg Draper, Ruben Neves or Gareth Bale.
It’s an honour and a privilege to work with children in any area, so football isn’t any different in that respect.
What we should all strive for is not only to make them better footballers (or whatever) but also, and more importantly, to help them become better people.
Lead image courtesy of Brian Jones.
Rev’s Ramblings is my weekly TNS FC blog, written from a personal perspective, following my adventures with the champions of Wales. Read past entries HERE