Jan 20, 2014 Sports
Considering the need to foster camaraderie among members, the recently-installed executive of Old Fort Hockey Club yesterday held a Greet and Meet session, at the Georgetown Cricket Club where a large turnout of the membership attended.
Old Fort, a club that was formed in 1975 to play hockey primarily, before it incorporated a basketball arm (High Flyers) seemed to be struggling with its membership drive for many years, before the new executive which is headed by one of its oldest serving members Allan Newark felt the need to build a stronger union between club members.
Once a very successful hockey club, Old Fort which has suffered immensely from player migration, has lost its aura in recent times, showing only flashes of brilliance in competitions, a far cry from the days when teams struggled to contain their dominance on the local landscape.
Newark and his executive decided it was time to attempt to recapture some form of companionship among the players, a recipe that was used to good effect and chiefly responsible for the club’s past success.
According to Newark, the session became necessary since as the new Head, he does not know many of the younger members and it is important for him to know them in order for him to perform effectively.
“It is important that I know who is capable of doing what since my performance or my success in office and even the club’s forward thrust will undoubtedly hinge on us (executive) having a good relationship with the members and also having some amount of knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses,” Newark told this newspaper.
Meanwhile, a number of players past and present were rewarded for their outstanding service and dedication to the club and according to the new executive this a trend they intend to upkeep going forward.
The new President expressed his appreciation to the executive of the GCC, extending thanks on behalf of the club for allowing them the use the facility to host the activity.
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