The Notts County Football Club Official Supporters’ Association are pleased to announce that they have made a substantial donation of much-needed equipment to the club’s Academy.
Ahead of the start of the new season, the committee liaised with Academy director Peter Jarvis about what was needed to take the youth team to the next level.
He highlighted the need for the Academy to adopt a video analysis system, which would enable two more jobs to be created to help film matches and give detailed feedback to both players and coaches.
Jarvis said: “This is one area that we struggled in resourcing last season – the equipment would make a huge difference to the Academy and the support we can give to the players.”
Following the consultation, the OSA duly dipped into their coffers and provided a cheque for the purchase of the appropriate equipment at a value of £765.
This kind-hearted gesture is not a one-off – just five months ago the committee gave the Academy a cheque for £1,300 and, over the years, have raised a total of £1,800.
The Association works hard throughout the year, both on-season and off-season, raising money through raffles, competitions and other fundraising initiatives.
We spoke to OSA Membership Secretary Lois Brough who told us that the fundraising is beneficial both to the club and to the Academy’s youngsters.
She said: “All fundraising is hard work but it is a way of getting to people who do not know of the work of the Academy and also supporters who do not realise the good work done by those running the Academy.
“When I think of the footballers that have made it to the first team from the Academy I feel we must help these young ones achieve their dream.
“Equipment is so expensive and we will do all we can to help them and we have very good and loyal supporters who willingly support us in this.”
Lois also highlighted the importance of getting more fans on board with the Association, which would enable them to have a voice within the club and to make new friends.
She said: “By joining the OSA Supporters have the chance to have their voice heard the chance to meet one another at events and also meet at the AGM.
“I believe all renewals and welcome letters should have a personal message to each and every member, new and old. They will always receive a welcome when either visiting the office or emailing us.”
“I hope that with all these new players coming to the club, our supporters can join with us at the OSA.”
The OSA will be at the Open Day at Meadow Lane on 2nd August. If you want to donate money to go towards the Academy or join the Association, pop down and have a chat with the members.
In addition the OSA is looking for prizes for the tombola, so if anyone has any please contact the Secretary by emailing Lois at firstname.lastname@example.org