Villager FC formally invites all prospective players for 2014 to Brookside for an information evening on the 19 September in the Brooksider Pub at 19h30, followed by a braai that will allow prospective members to meet the coaches and get a feel of the great spirit that Villager FC offers.
Villager Football Club have maintained their stance in not paying players in 2014 and as such have appointed Andrew Hughes as their coach to oversee this transition towards becoming a club that is financially sustainable and at the same time build on the legacy and history of the Dirty Whites. Together with appointing Hughes, the club has initiated the slogan ‘Rugby for the Right Reasons’ and as such are looking for players that play for the love of the game, the friendships and a place to call home that such a club can provide their members.
In appointing Andrew Hughes, a 36 year-old Western Province Prep. School teacher, and family man, Villager FC believe he is the perfect fit for this ambitious transition having coached UCT u20 for 12 years. Gunner, as he is affectionately known by friends and players, is well renowned for creating the type of atmosphere in which young and ambitious players thrive.
Hughes views his coaching role as more of a mentor, guiding players towards achieving success both on and off the field. “As a teacher I view sport as a pastime for players who are beginning to build their professional careers. Too often people forget that professional sport is a non-entity for most,” he says. “Having coached at the University of Cape Town where players have full academic loads, we are very aware that most players have commitments outside of Rugby and as such we will manage our players Rugby commitments around their careers or academic loads.”
Gunner believes promotion can be achieved, but to achieve this would require something different. “Without being paid, players will need something to entice them to turn out for the “Dirty Whites”, and that is why we are aiming to provide a professional type of coaching set up, as well as create an exceptional atmosphere where players will thrive.” This refreshing outlook on club sport should resonate with parents of recent school leavers who are either wanting to become professional Rugby players but want to study first before pursuing their dream.
Villager FC look forward to hosting you on 19 September.