Newport County AFC - April 17 Newsletter
Welcome to the April edition of the Newport County AFC newsletter. Much has changed since our last communication not least of all Michael Flynn and the team have fought their way out of the relegation zone with just 2 cup finals to go!
Here's the Club news in detail....
The Club launched its 2017/18 Season tickets and was blown away by the incredible response from our fans. Fans arrived in their numbers to pick up tickets at their Early Bird
Prices and by the end of the Easter Weekend 200 Tickets had been snapped up.
There are now just TWENTY Hazell Terrace Tickets left at £195.
Club Statement - Ticketing
The Club would like to apologise to supporters who experienced lengthy delays when purchasing tickets from the Ticket Office at Rodney Parade on Friday, prior to the Clubs 1-0 win over Yeovil Town.
Flo Bojaj Returns to Huddersfield Town FC
This month, Flo Bojaj returned to Huddersfield Town FC. The Club would like to thank him fro his hard work whilst at the club.
Notts County to be All Ticket
Our Sky Bet League 2 match against Notts County on Saturday 6th May will be all ticket meaning tickets must be purchased in advance.
From the Board of Directors
NOTES OF BOARD MEETING 30th MARCH 2017
This was the first meeting attended by Mike Flynn as Acting Manager. He was supported by Lennie Lawrence. Mike presented his comprehensive assessment of the squad and his plans/style for the remaining games. Lennie gave support and added advice particularly on the need to develop scouting arrangements for both player recruitment and youngsters.
There was a comprehensive discussion on Rodney Parade pitch and ownership issues in particular examining the various scenarios that might evolve. The Board noted and endorsed the actions of Gavin F and Malcolm T.
Updated cash flows were examined. Shaun J outlined planned action to promote the Rewards & Benefits Scheme which was now producing £25,000 pa and the Operations Manager presented details of the planned early bird season ticket offer.
The Operations Manager was to represent the Club at an EFL EGM and was mandated on the items to be discussed. Of particular importance was the player cost relationship to turnover which was proposed for reduction to 50%. Note: the Club supported the motion which was adopted by the EGM.
Details of the 2017/18 kit deal (which had been subject to tender) were reported and approved
RESPONSE TO A RECENT QUERY
In response to a query regarding the possibility of ground sharing with Forest Green we can categorically confirm there are no plans to move away from Rodney Parade and play in England at Forest Green.
We can confirm however that due to the pitch issues the club came under significant pressure from the EFL earlier in the season, resulting in us working closely with them to address the problem, which resulted in the club spending a significant amount on pitch covers to ensure it could meet its commitments.
We have also been asked to clarify the disparity in releasing the termination details for Terry Butcher but not for other managers. This was due to the absence of a confidentiality agreement and also reflected the financial challenges caused by the decision.
Whilst acknowledging the subsequent departures of other management teams has had a financial impact we have ensured the release terms have not totally handicapped the club in making decisions in this area. This commercial benefit to the club does come at a cost, resulting in confidentiality agreements to allow both ex employees and the club flexibility in negotiating future positions.
Kinder +Sport and Move
This year has seen our partnership with the EFL Trust grow further with the delivery of the Kinder +Sport Move and Learn programme. The project is a healthy living incentive, which a select group of clubs from the Football League deliver to primary schools.
Newport County AFC Ladies
The 2016/17 Season is over the Exile Ladies - find out more about how their season has gone.
Success for the NCAFC Futsal Team
It's been a good year for County Futsal Team having recently beaten Cardiff City and Plymouth Argyle's teams. Find out how you can join the team, read about the projects success stories, and read the match reports.
Newport County AFC Academy 2017-18 Season
The 2017-18 Season will see exciting developments for Newport County AFC Academy, which will not only see the club outreaching to all areas of Newport, but also enhancing the community connections with young players, parents and coaches. The expansion of the current Academy model is important for the future of the club, as it looks to grow and continue to develop and nurture the next generation of professional football players, ready for first team level and beyond. Mirroring a category 3 structure, the Academy Squads will be tiered into Foundation Development Phase (u7s-u11s), Youth Development Phase (u12s-u16s) and Pro-Development Phase (u18s). The FDP and YDP will engage in a games programme against other Football League Academies, whilst still maintaining relationships with well-established teams, within Wales and over the border. This will provide the necessary technical, tactical, psychological and social development for the players, within unique environments and allowing the club and city to host famous teams from all over the United Kingdom. The Pro-Development Phase will continue its successful games programme of this season in the EFL Youth League, EFL Youth Cup and FAW Youth Cup.
Connected to the Academy Squads will be two Development Centres that enable a clear pathway to the Academy Squads. The Development Centres will allow for local talent to be fostered and presented with high quality coaching and fantastic opportunities to be grow into the Academy setup. These additional teams from u7s-u15s, will continue the Academy’s relationship with the Junior Premier League Games Programme, providing fixtures against competitive teams in England. A new addition, to the Academy structure sees an Educational Programme that will be provided by Lliswerry High School, offering players an opportunity to play football and obtain different qualifications including A-Levels. This unique package, will give the players opportunities to train with Academy Scholars and full-time staff, which could see them follow in the footsteps of Momodou Touray and Aaron Collins.
The Academy is looking forward to the future that will see a self-sustainable Youth Programme for the City of Newport, which will serve the club and beyond in bringing the best young football talent through a system that embraces the players within and the community around.
Newport County AFC U18s 2-1 Bristol Rovers FC U18s
A dramatic late comeback vs Bristol Rovers saw the Young Exiles pick up their 6th win from 7 in the Merit League 1.
There's still chance to get your raffle tickets to win a car. Just £5 could mean you walk away from the last day of the season with a brand new car.
You can also sign up to be a raffle ticket seller.
Next Up... Carlisle United FC
Two Cup Finals To Go!
The Exiles continue their fight for survival on Saturday with an away match vs Carlisle United FC. Thanks to a fantastic Saturday, we are now out of the bottom two and our fate is in our hands. Two cup finals to go!