The annual Sportsman’s Dinner takes place on Thursday 24th March at Ewood Park and full details can be found on the attached flyer. Our speaker this year is Micky Quinn, the ex-Newcastle and Coventry Centre Forward, and current presenter on Talk Sport Radio. A comedian Gary Marshall will also contribute to the entertainment for the evening and a 3-course meal by Northcote at the Rovers is included in the ticket price. A great night’s entertainment is promised for all. Over 300 guess have attended all the previous dinners held at Ewood Park, and with your support we hope to match this number once again.
Tickets for the event are competitively prices at £35/head and can be ordered direct from your football manager, and we hope that each team will fill at least one table. Corporate tables and other sponsorship opportunities are available (particularly the event programme) please contact Ray Grimshaw on 07518 601278 to discuss. During the evening we hold an auction and raffle and ask where you can (even if you can’t attend the night) to assist by providing raffle / auction prizes.
The Sportsman’s Dinner and the club annual golf day, usually held in September at Wilpshire Golf Club, are our major fundraising activities. As you may imagine the costs of providing, maintaining and developing our facilities and resources is significant. Over the past two years, we have built the 3G pitch, and spent a large amount of money to upgrade the drainage at both Northcote and the Rydings. Two of our major projects for this coming year are to replace a number of goals posts and improve the access and security to the 3G pitch.
The clubhouse at the Rydings is currently open every weekday night except Thursday when Slimming World class have exclusive use if the facility. The clubhouse offers a fully licensed bar, TV and Wi-Fi, and we would encourage parents and their families to make use of the facility particularly when your children are training at the Rydings.
On weekends the clubhouse is available for hire for private functions, either during the day or evening. If you are planning an event such as a christening, wedding anniversary or birthday party please bear the clubhouse in mind as a venue. Just pop into the bar and ask for Jason Walmsley who will be pleased to discuss the requirements for your event.
We are also able to offer you a drinks discount card. The card costs £5 and allows up 10% discount on the price of drinks purchased over the bar. Please contact Jason for more details.
Development football – Under 5 to 7’s:-
Over the past year the growth at the younger age groups has been encouraging, with new players and coaches coming into the club. Next week a second team will start play in the Under7 league at the Soccer dome on Sunday mornings and the club has an Under 6 squad preparing to play next season. Collectively we are still looking for boys and girls to join in with these age groups, as well as coaches particularly to start to develop the players at Under 5 level. If you know of any adults interested in coaching, and boys and girls looking to join in these age groups, please contact Michael Cook on 07703 941388.
Training for the Under 5 to 7 year olds currently takes place on a Tuesday night in the Sports Hall at Pleckgate School between 6 and 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
Did you know that nearly 50 girls currently play football at Langho? The club runs four teams at present, an under 11, 12, 14 and 16 team, and has development players also playing with our younger age teams. Friday night is girls night with great coaching available on the 3G pitch at the Rydings for all girls up to the Under 14 age group, and a lively clubhouse afterwards for those to simply want to relax and socialise. The Under 16 girls train on the 3G pitch on Wednesday night.
With the current growth nationally in girls football, and the current success of the England’s Women’s team in the recent World Cup in Canada, Langho is keen to encourage and promote girls football within our club. Girls of all ages are welcome to come and play football and join in the fun. For further details please contact Steve Jenkins on 07780 993286.
Langho Playing and Training Kit
As a club we try to act responsibly when purchasing new kit, we try where possible to collect in clothing that children have outgrown, and hand this kit down for younger children to use. Your full team kit (shirt and shorts) when replaced should automatically be handed back to your team manager, along with any training tops and jackets you may no longer wish to keep, but could be donated back to the club for future use.
Have you any old playing or training kit or other football / sports kit at home you no longer require? Langho FC is keen to continue support the charity Kits-4 Causes. This charity is based in the UK, collects and distributes football equipment all over the world to provide opportunities for children and adults to enjoy playing football as a vehicle for social change. Two years ago we held a collection, and sent nearly 600 football kits to the Kits-4-Causes scheme for distribution to their projects based in Africa. Seeing photographs of children from some of the poorest countries in the world wearing old Langho kits as well as kits from local professional clubs makes such a scheme worthwhile. The Kits-4-Casue scheme will take any form of clothing, footwear, and equipment e.g. shin pads, bibs, goalkeeping gloves, and anything you can hand in will be sent into the scheme organisers for distribution.
Please leave any donations of kit with your team manager, or hand into the clubhouse.