Worplesdon Rangers FC Management Committee 2016-2017
The purpose of the Management Committee is to establish and manage the future direction and day-to-day operation of the Club and to implement the Club’s policies. Its Officers are elected each June at the Club’s Annual General Meeting. In certain areas, the Club’s Officers are supported in their work by Co-opted Members, agreed by the Management Committee.
The structure of the Club’s Management Committee (Officers and Co-opted Members) for season 2016-2017 may be viewed here.
The elected Management Committee Officers and Co-opted Members for 2016-2017 are as follows:
Richard Angus, Membership Officer
“I joined the Club with my son back in 2006 as an Assistant Coach and refereed our home games through to 11-a-side. My love of the game started when I was 8 years old and was very fortunate to have had teacher coaches with a strong team ethos. I played for all my schools from junior through to secondary at George Abbot. I also played for cubs and scouts and the village team (Send United) from age 12 through to leaving school, being reasonably successful with every team. This has meant my outlook for the players in the present U17 squad is playing for your team whilst allowing an individual to show their own skill set. I’m looking forward to taking the team through to U18s – and leaving them with the same fond memories of the early footballing years I was blessed with!”.
Richard is responsible for reviewing the feasibility of online membership for the Club.
Sean Crooke, Club Development Officer
I have been at the club for 2 years and I am currently the U14’s Coach. An FA Level 1 Coach, I am also member of the FA Licensed Coaches’ club and have completed the Coerver Youth Diplomas 1 and 2. Like most parents that help out, it all started with picking up a few loose balls and cones in my son’s team…..next minute you are a full time Coach/Manager!
After helping Nick Reynolds with the Club’s 2020 Development last season, I was more than happy to carry it on after Nick stepped down. I have organised the partnership with Woking FC for season 2016/17 and hopefully this will continue well into the future. The partnership will help improve the level of coaching we currently offer at the Club, as well as having venues for all weather-training at every age group this season, apart from our very youngest Mini-Rangers.
My main aim is to be able to offer “football for all” within the Club, this can only be achieved if we continue to work together and encourage more volunteers.
At home I am married with three children (15, 13 & 5) and I run my own building company. I am a massive fan of all sport involving England (my wife would say I don’t think about anything else apart from football), so being able to help out adds to my love for the sport.
Sean has overall accountability for managing the implementation of the Club’s 2020 Development Plan.
Shaun Dyer, Commercial Officer
I have two boys with Worplesdon Rangers FC and like most of the other Coaches I started simply as a parent and ended up getting involved. I am a Co-Coach with the U9s and this will be my third season with the team. The majority of our players have been with the Club since U6’s, which I believe is testament to the strength of the Club.
It’s important that the players have fun, or they won’t want to return, but it’s also important to help the players develop at their own pace whilst giving them an understanding of the game and the importance of teamwork.
I played locally for the best part of twenty years before retiring but still enjoy a weekly kick-about with friends, although I feel it more than I did twenty years ago. I am a keen sports fan, following most sports and have had the privilege to travel and watch many sports at home and abroad.
Shaun has accountability for optimising income from sponsorship, fund-raising, merchandising and grant applications and oversees the procurement of kit, equipment and other supplies for the Club.
Peter Horncastle, Club Chairman and Communications Officer
“My association with WRFC began when I ‘phoned four local clubs to find a footballing home for my then Reception-aged son, seven summers ago. I left voicemail messages each time and then waited to hear back. The only Club that returned my call over that summer was Worplesdon Rangers FC, so not surprisingly, they had my vote! My son still plays at the Club and has developed well as a young player, thanks to the guidance and support that he gets. On the strength of working behind the scenes at a number of other grass-roots clubs in Surrey and Hampshire (variously, as a Manager, a Coach, a Team Rep, a Referee and as a Tournament Organiser) I was happy to take over from Rupert Phillips as Club Chairman in 2011 and in September 2016 will enter my sixth season in that role, ably supported by dedicated and hard-working Committee colleagues. Having led the revamp of our Club’s website several seasons ago, I also look after communications within the Club, which includes our presence on social media. I keep my FA Level 1 badge current, although football coaching is now strictly a back garden activity for me! My company, Deep C, is a sponsor for Worplesdon Rangers and my working life does involve executive coaching amongst other things. As a Business Psychologist, I have a particular interest in mental and emotional blocks to high performance, both in young players and, in equal measure, high-flying business executives.”
Peter is responsible for chairing the Management Committee and for the Club’s approach to internal and external communications.
Lorrie Humphrey, Child Welfare Officer
Like many of my Committee colleagues, I have children at the Club, with two sons playing at U9 and U13. Serving as a Governor at a local primary school, I am only too aware of the importance of volunteering to make a difference to the community in which we live. I was happy to stand for the role of Child Welfare Officer with Worplesdon Rangers FC at the Club’s AGM in June 2016 and with a background in the legal profession, sense that I am well-suited for a role which is all about looking after the physical and psychological welfare of all our players, from Minis through to Under 18.
Lorrie has accountability for all safeguarding issues within the Club.
Clare Jones, Club Secretary
“I am a full time mother of two and I now know much more about football than I ever thought possible! I enjoy watching my son play for Worplesdon Rangers every week. The Club has many football experts and I am enjoying the steep learning curve on which I find myself as Club Secretary. I do, however, know a lot about administration, as my working life has been spent in Banking and Human Resources. Consequently, the role of Club Secretary is perfect for me. I am also a Parent Governor at my son’s school, with responsibility for Early Years and the Parent Council in particular. I also help run a local toddler group. I love tea, cake, fireworks and sparkles and have very little patience for bad manners and magpies. I enjoy yoga, film, reading, all things historical and genealogy.”
Clare is accountable for the Club’s relationship with the Football Association and its affiliated Leagues.
Chrisi Liesicke, Co-opted Fixtures Secretary
Chrisi manages the fixtures, pitch providers and referees for our more senior, competitive teams.
Alex Osbaldeston, Co-opted Commercial Manager
Alex is responsible for helping manage the business side of the Club and takes the lead on kit purchasing.
Rupert Phillips, Club Life-President
In June 2015, the Club conferred the award of Life President on Rupert Phillips, for his services in developing the Club, almost since its inception in 2001. Rupert announced his retirement from the Management Committee in December 2014 and stood down as Reception Coach and as the Club’s ambassador at its Northmead School Mini-Soccer Centre in June 2016.
“I started my journey into football management age 18, forming a club with friends. This lead to becoming Fixture & Results Secretary, then Chairman, of Rushmoor Sunday league. I had a very successful 14 years with the team. I moved to Woking in 1985 and took my eldest son Paul to train with Mayford Athletic. About 16 years later, having been Manager, Chairman, Tour & Tournament organiser, I ‘retired’ in 2001. It was in February 2002 that I took my younger son Jan to train with friends at Worplesdon Rangers. Since that time, I have managed and coached teams at various age groups, retiring as Manager when the first team of the Club finished at U18. During the past 11 years, I have run the Mini-Rangers teams at our Northmead School Mini-Soccer Centre. I have been involved with the development of the Club as it has grown, holding the positions of Child Welfare Officer, Chairman and Schools Liaison Officer. Since my time at the Club, I have helped us win the Surrey FA Charter Standard Award in 2006, the SPL Simon Hedley Award 2010 and I was also proud for WRFC to win the Surrey FA Mini-Soccer School Link Award with Northmead Junior School. I have held the FA Coaching Licence since 1988 and celebrated 30 years of involvement with youth football on 5th March 2015. Needless to say, I have greatly enjoyed helping young players and parents benefit from playing at Worplesdon Rangers FC.”
Nick Reynolds, Co-opted Club Development Manager
“I am a coach with the U11s and father of one of the squad. I got involved when my son got excited by football and wanted to start playing, thanks to some great leadership at the Under 6’s at the time – and I suddenly found myself as one of the coaches when they moved up to Under 7. I’ve loved playing football myself but now, as my ‘career’ starts to wind down, it’s great to be able to give something back. I’ve found myself getting more and more interested in helping to make Worplesdon Rangers continue to be a great Club as the game of football evolves. I love to see the kids having fun, playing great football. Outside of football, I’m a father of two and a Spurs man (some will say that’s outside football anyway), and love to watch a bit of cricket and travel. As a family we’ve lived on three continents, and football has always been a part of things, both watching and playing. As the Club’s former Development Officer, I was instrumental in starting work on the Club’s 2020 Development Plan and I look forward to continuing help implement the plan as a co-opted Club Development Manager, working alongside Sean and Ben.”
Nick is responsible for helping implement the Club’s 2020 Development Plan.
Brian Slyfield, Deputy Chairman and Operations Officer
“I’m married with two children (23 and 20) and a Guildfordian, born and bred. I played football (in goal) for over 30 years but have since retired, regrettably. I have run several clubs over the years, youth and adult, in a variety of roles, including Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and general dogsbody. In 2001, I set up Worplesdon Rangers with a couple of other dads, of whom I’m the last ‘original’. I managed a team at WRFC from Under 8 to Under 18 before the players moved on to university or adult football. I’m qualified as a Team Manager, Junior Team Manager, Level 1 Coach, Coach Assessor and Mentor, Goalkeeping Coach and Referee. In my refereeing career, I have refereed League Cup semi-finals and finals, including a Women’s Semi-Final between Fulham and Crystal Palace. I’ve been a linesman in two County Cup Finals and the National Universities Final. The highlights for me so far have been working as the fourth official at Craven Cottage for Fulham vs Liverpool U21s, as a linesman for the Fulham first team in friendlies and as a linesman for the FA’s as part of their 150 year celebrations. In my spare time, I’m also a Governor at a local secondary school, a role I have had for seven years. I read autobiographies (mainly sports personalities) and collect autographs, having a love of all things sport.”
Brian deputises for the Chairman at Committee and is accountable for ensuring that training and match day facilities and equipment meet the required standards.
The Club’s Treasurer is accountable for ensuring that the Club is run in a financially prudent manner, with an emphasis on both income collection and expenditure.