posted on May 05, 2006 17:40
Head Coach's Report 2005-06
The challenge for a small club with limited
space and time (one court for 2 hours a week, including matches) is to
cater for everyone's needs:
||Players with varying experience and ability (from beginner to NVL standard)
||Team cohesion and development (especially when a match is approaching).
I have tried to balance
these needs fairly, and also to bring some variety and new ideas to
sessions. I am very pleased to receive feedback and suggestions about
how we can maintain and improve this balance.
I am very grateful to
Irwin, Cliff and everyone else who helped to lead warm-ups, training and
beginner introductions during the season. This teamwork among coaches
and players is essential to maintain variety and to ease the load on me
(I like to play sometimes!).
To remain healthy and
sustainable as a club we must always be friendly and welcoming to new
players. Richard's efforts with the website have been rewarded with a
wonderful influx of new faces, and we must do our best to keep them! I
am especially pleased to see so many women, and I hope we have enough
players to enter a women's team next season.
Next season will bring
even more opportunities and challenges. We may have three competitive
teams to develop, and some of the men will enjoy extra training and
playing with the SW squad. This brings greater opportunities for players
but may stretch people's commitment and availability to our club and
Perhaps it's time
for us to think about growing our club - so that we have more space and
time for more members: beginners, recreational players, Wilts league
players and SW league players?
In recent years the
B-team was highly dependent on A-team players for numbers and ability.
This year they didn't win a game but, importantly, learned to play
without A-team props. The improvement of the players and team during the
season has been wonderful to watch - Irwin and the team have worked
hard and should be congratulated. Naturally it's frustrating to keep
losing, but an active and self-sufficient B-team is healthier and more
sustainable. Next season should see the benefits from this year of
re-building and transition.
Winning the league and
cup has been justified reward for a hard-working and talented team. I
can't claim much credit as it was essentially the same team as last
year, building on many years of excellent foundations laid by Cliff. My
main aims were to maintain settled playing positions and selection, and
to improve the serving. Now we need to improve our reception and
maintain the psychological edge against improving opponents.
Phil Heads, 9th June 2006