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Windsor look to the future with new vision

Written by  Scott Robertson
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Scott Robertson 1It was the moment East Lothian’s oldest football club evolved. Musselburgh Windsor FC Annual General Meeting last Friday saw members gather and vote through a milestone change in the way the club operates.

The club and its officials now in its diamond jubilee year celebrating six decades of youth football had been planning and preparing for the AGM for months in advance to draft a new Constitution which would see dramatic change in the organisation and operation of the club.

The new vision was accepted by members present without opposition and will now see the club operate with a management Committee instead of what was considered a cumbersome system of voting once per month to make decisions and resolve actions.

At the fore-front of change was previous club president Scott Robertson who has returned to the top job some six years after standing down. Robertson was initially elected in 2002 and served five years at the helm of the club. However, in 2007 after the club failed to adopt and move to a management committee he decided not to stand for re-election. The club stalwart who was recently recognised by the Scottish Schools FA for his 25 years service in the game recalls ‘It was disappointing when the club voted against change. I think there were too many people more interested in protecting their own empires than seeing the bigger picture. I am of course delighted we have been able to move forward at last this gives the club to be more dynamic in what we do. There are a lot of good, fresh and enthusiastic people at the club and they are open-minded to change’.

The elected members voted into office are Lisa Cameron - General Secretary, Martin Stobbart – General treasurer, Tim Olton – Player Protection officer, Stuart Turnbull – Funding & Projects Manager, Dougie Hall – Wee Windor Leader, Rab Taylor – Development Leader, John Hood – Bookings Secretary and Youth Leader, Mark Finlayson – Senior Leader.

Dougie Hall who has been running the club since the resignation of former president Karen Lee has assumed the role of vice-president.

Robertson went on to explain ‘Aside what may be considered the usual roles, we now have a leader who will oversee all areas of our game. For example the Development Leader, Rab Taylor will assume responsibility for all the 7-a-side teams. This means any coaches or team leaders who have issues have a first line of contact, this provides not only a clear communication pathway but gives all our teams fair representation at the management meetings’.

The club are in discussion with the local Scottish FA office in Edinburgh as well as Sportscotland in a bid to achieve funding to help organise and implement the structure to provide a solid platform which will ensure for many years to come, the 420 young players are given the best opportunities and experiences.

Dougie Hall said ‘We simply had to change. We will now move to a new system of managing our money as well as how we spend that money. We pay thousands of pounds to East Lothian Council for example to simply hire training and match day pitches; we spend thousands on strips, kit and equipment every year – we can now look at making savings from bulk purchases.’

The club is flourishing and Hall was eager to point out that not only is the boys side of the game doing well, but girls too. He said ‘Thanks to the dedication and sustained efforts of our girls coaches we have re-built our teams in recent years and they are back on their feet’. The Scottish FA and local authorities place a great deal of emphasis on girl’s football and in general encouraging young females to participate in sport.

The future looks bright for the East Lothian outfit and with several projects beginning to take shape it looks as if the change will do it good.
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