Stockport County FC Community Foundation celebrated what was
a fantastic, inspiring season on and off the pitch on Saturday 6th
May. A season which has seen us deliver our most successful Midshire Schools’
Coaching Programme to date, a huge growth in our ‘Goalz’ project in Buxton and
a fantastic U11 Schools’ Football Tournament which was so successful, the
National League Trust went with our proposed idea of a national tournament. Our
Stockport County representatives, Queensgate Primary School, narrowly missed
out on a place at Wembley after losing in the final to a team representing AFC
Telford. Not only have our programmes been successful, but we have also been
boosted by superb support from first team squad members, such as Lewis Montrose, George West and the Manager, James Gannon, coming out on to the coaching
field within our local community for the Stockport County Community Foundation.
On the pitch, we have also had a superb season, with the best defensive record
in the league, while the team only lost once in their final twenty-four games.
Meanwhile, Edgeley Park broke the record attendance for a game in our division
against FC United. Then, we went and broke our own record! The game against
Gloucester saw 5,783 fans at Edgeley Park. Incredibly, this attendance beats
the best attendance of all but two clubs in the National League. Of course, it
goes without saying that Edgeley Park had the best average attendance in the
National League North.
On the night, the Community Foundation were presented with
our shirt by Lewis Montrose, whose shirt we sponsored for the season (pictured).
Lewis was also awarded Player of the Season for the second season running,
which is a magnificent achievement.
Community Foundation Manager Dave Wardle and Vice Chair
Helen Foster-Grime presented the Community Foundation Recognition Award to the
Manager, James Gannon for the fantastic service he has yet again brought to the
Community Foundation this season. We were delighted to present this award to
James, who has attended our Walking Football sessions, Soccer Schools (performing
Q&A with the players), Wildcatz Girls’ Football Club alongside being a key
member within our Midshire Schools’ Coaching Programme each week.
The evening had a fantastic turnout, contributed to strongly
by the Community Foundation, who had over 23 staff members present, including
our Board of Trustees and other supporting partners. This made for a fantastic
evening that all our staff members particularly enjoyed.
We look forward to a very busy summer of activities and the
beginning of the 2017/18 season.