Evergreen FC’s chairman, Mark Ward, has reflected on a difficult few months which had moments of both pride and disappointment for the club.
He told AbbotsNews: “It’s been an interesting few months at Evergreen Football Club what with the November lockdown, subsequent suspension of grassroots football, moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 and the need to continue to keep the clubhouse closed, all of which has proven very disruptive.
“We were, however, able to resume football on December 3, 2020 and I have been really pleased with how our managers, coaches and players have adapted to our club’s COVID protocols and, despite the lousy weather, we are getting teams training and playing every week.
“We have not lost any teams this season, which is great news and we continue to witness a growth in player numbers across multiple age groups.
“In addition – and this is something everyone in the local community should be proud – we have been successful in renewing our FA Charter Standard Community Club status and are now one of only 10 football clubs in the whole of Hertfordshire to achieve this status, which acknowledges the most advanced level of club development and football provision.
“On the pitch, we are witnessing a good start to the season across all the youth and senior teams and I am looking forward to a full trophy cabinet at the end of the season.
“Whilst we recognise there are no doubt more challenges to come, the club is very well placed to adapt to any future changes to government advice and it is fantastic to see football back at Evergreen.
“We hope that someday soon, we will be able to reopen the clubhouse and welcome you back.”