2021 WCR Board & Season Update
Well what different times we live in! We hope you and your families are healthy in your bubble and we extend our thanks to any of you that as essential workers are doing your bit to help us all.
Obviously after last year we had really hoped for a full season of football and we were so close to just that with only a few weeks left of the winter season to run!
Like everyone we will wait and see how thing progress and if there is a chance of providing some extra games and coaching – we will make that happen.
Despite the impact of Covid-19, the Club is very pleased with the year so far. We have had record numbers of young people involved in our Whole of Football program (4 – 8 year old’s), a 25% growth on last year and we have seen some awesome development and results with our Junior and Youth teams. We are on track with growing the game out West, of providing opportunities for kids to fall in love with football, and of providing high quality coaching and development opportunities for those that want to develop their talent.
Our senior community teams have also been having an awesome year. We have fielded more teams this year with new players, parents getting back on the grass and mates enjoying playing with mates. Supporting all this we have seen a real growth in players involved with their teams training and practices which has been great to see.
Our women’s Championship team have had an amazing season and have been a joy to watch play. We are currently sitting at the top of the table and continue to be focused on a future playing at the premier level.
Our men’s Premier team have had a challenging year. Our amalgamation and new club formation timeline didn’t help us with the start to the season – but no excuses. The team really started firing half way through and we have seen some amazing performances since then. We don’t know what is happening next year, but it is likely we will be relegated. The team understand this and as Coach Albert has said, we are a premier level team and we will do a short stint at Division 1 as a premier level team where we will strengthen and hope to be back in the Northern league for 2023.
Perhaps the biggest thing we did this year is we ‘started’ West Coast Rangers.
A new Club, a new brand, bringing together two clubs and their cultures and we are so proud of what we now have. Based on current data, we are the 9th biggest Club in Auckland and we will be bigger next year as we bring more people into the game and get more players returning to play at their home Club. Our tenacious gannet is being seen everywhere and we all keep seeing members wearing our jackets and sweatshirts with pride. One of our members was out shopping recently wearing their sweatshirt, when they were asked by the shop attendant “Who are the West Coast Rangers? I’ve been seeing this brand everywhere!"
2021 is not finished yet. Covid-19 permitting we have a lot more football to play - There are Youth tournaments and Junior Festivals of Football for many of our players to participate in, holiday programs, development programs and a bigger and better summer soccer season for all. We will be arranging both Junior and Senior prize-giving’s and an AGM as soon as we have some certainty around dates so we can all celebrate what has been an awesome 2021!
Finally thank-you all for the part you play in making West Coast Rangers what it is today - To our players, the parents, helpers, coaches and managers and our staff a huge thank-you! We hope you all stay safe at home and look forward to getting back on the grass when we can.
West Coast Rangers Board
Mike, Lloyd, Trina, Thom, Tom, Yvonne, Michael and Rob.