We are closing out 2016 and wanted to update you on the 2016 u18 Junior Boys program that you were instrumental in making a reality.
The fundraising and donations resulted in 11 players being able to play that otherwise wouldn’t have. That was literally the difference between there being a program for these boys and not so for that we thank you and say, well done!
The team, which was by far the youngest in the league, gave it a great effort and never backed down. For those of you that did get a chance to see them play you were privy to the the courage of these guys in the face of more experienced, older, and larger opposition. The fight well and truly was strong in them and it brought them to a 5th place finish out of 7 teams. We are very proud of the efforts that they produced and are in the process of building towards next year so that the efforts aren’t for naught.
The goal moving forward will be to keep growing the current u18 boys team and to include both a u18 girls team and a u16 team for 2017. We are also making efforts to get the players involved in higher level training so that they can further evolve their skills.
As far as finances go, you’ll find below a breakdown of where the money raised went for the program as well as a breakdown of what the bare bones costs are to start additional teams. These costs will not be needed year on year but are necessary to create a stable platform with our needs covered.
One of the fundamental aspects of a successful program is certainly its people and we saw so many people step up this year with a belief about the program. Here is a list of the people in no particular order and their involvement in the program:
Kaleb Nimat, u18 boys head coach, beurling coach
Marie Valderamma, vp youth coordinator
Ian Baillie, coach educator, coach at LCCHS, gave direction to the ship
Mark Gallagher, minis programs and junior program support
Huw Roberts, mini program and junior program support
Mat Garston, head coach at monseigneur richard
Melanie D’arcy, girls coach at Monseigneur Richard
Rana Famy, girls coach at monseigneur, assisted with junior boys
Nancy, girls coach Monseigneur
James acker, coach at Khanawake survival school
Jean-Roger Saulce, coach at Beurling
Paul van wyck, assistant coach at Lower canada college
Courtney Bishop, coach at Lower canada college
Isaac Abracen, coach at beurling
David Keane, program development MIRFC
Etienne Menard, coach at Ecole Secondaire St Joseph in sy hyacinthe
Montreal Irish Exec, support in finances, promotion, and resources for program
MIRFC old boys, Alumni, and MIRFC community, belief and financial support!
Jimmy Heaslip, follow up on projects and encouraging community involvment
If I’ve forgotten you, let me know so we can acknowledge you!
The energy from the club was amazing this year and the involvement of some has inspired others to get involved. We’ve heard from several additional people who have great ideas and want to help grow the program and are ready to hear from more of you with your ideas on how to make our club youth programs thrive. We need you and your actions so get in touch!
We’ll have a meeting in January to start developing a plan for 2017 so write me with your interest and we will make sure to keep you updated and create a space for you to get your plans into action!
As well, we will be having an event to celebrate the juniors team and all those involved. stay tuned for info about that and feel free to contact me with ideas.
Thanks again for believing in the future of our community and lets work together to take our club beyond anyone’s expectations for 2017 (our 60th anniversary!).