GENERAL CLUB NEWS

05/07/2020 - WE HAVE THE GREATEST VOLUNTEERS - MARK HOBIN

I’ve said it before but I will say it many more times to come.......we are blessed with the greatest volunteers and most selfless people I have had the honour and pleasure to meet. It is why I signed on the dotted line. It is why we do what we do.

These pictures won’t do justice to the work that is currently on going behind the scenes by members of your committee. I can’t find enough superlatives to describe each and everyone of them but over the last 12 weeks, I would like you to know, along with your support and that of the coaches, child welfare team, our social media outlets and the sub committee, Sean Furlong, Ian Skerry Snr and Susan Skerry in particular have kept the club afloat and moving forward.

at Future Sports and will be available to purchase very shortly with a persentage of the profits going to the NHS.

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30/06/2020 - PORTICO RECOGNIZED BY RFL

We were formally recognized by the RFL on their latest webinar for leading the way nationally as a community club in response to the challenges presented by Covid-19 and our compliance and mitigation strategy in returning to non contact outdoor training. This is a huge honour and achievement.

We have since been inundated with requests to share our best practice with clubs throughout the country. This has extended to amateur football, hockey, cricket and netball clubs.

Whilst we are more than willing to do so for the benefit of communities up and down the country, with success and recognition comes the spotlight. We have already experienced malicious allegations as previously statemented.

Let’s continue our outstanding efforts and set the standards for others to follow. Our ethos is simply OneTeamOneDream. Let’s not give anybody the opportunity to dent the green and gold rocket ship destined to the moon. Follow the guidance as coach, player, spectator or supporter and challenge those who don’t. 

27/06/2020 - KURT LATIMER MEMORIAL UPGRADE

Members of the committee attended the pitches at Scholes Lane today to restore and upgrade our life long memorial in Kurt Latimer’s name at the side of the U18s pitch. Huge thanks to those involved particularly our Vice Chairman Billy Vaughan and Secretary Sean Furlong #OneTeamOneDream

19/06/2020 - PORTICO RECOGNIZED BY MERSEYSIDE POLICE

Our club have been recognized by Merseyside Police in the article below released as part of National Volunteers Week (Story 3)

In addition to the quotes within the article, Mr. Hobes would like to pay tribute to the Snr Committee, Sub Committee, the Coaches and all the parents/guardians who have kept the players interested during these challenging times,

“No club can be ran successfully by an individual, irrespective of standard or position. I am honoured to work alongside every single member of Portico Vine. Every minute committed to the cause off the pitch is rewarded on the pitch! We do it for the children. We are one big family on and off the pitch and it is this sense of togetherness and collectiveness that has brought to life my vision of OneTeam,OneDream. Thank you to Merseyside Police for highlighting the work of so many wonderful volunteers, particularly as we tackled the challenge of Covid-19. We have the most selfless and committed people in the county who I am indebted to.

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12/06/2020 - PORTICO RECOGNIZED BY MERSEYSIDE POLICE

This afternoon, the club were contacted by the Rugby Football League who had received a complaint from an individual(s) that our club have begun some ‘non contact outdoor training’ against regulations.

We would like to sincerely thank this individual(s) for their time and effort in making the report.

Having providing the RFL with a verbal update of all the mitigation we have put in place in line with Government guidelines, key legislation and the policies from our governing bodies, they requested all of our resources as they wish them to be shared Nationally as best practice. This will significantly raise the profile of our club.

So from the Covid-19 video we have created, to the deep cleanse of the clubhouse, the investment and installation of numerous hand sanitisers and signage through to our new hygiene policy. Via regular updates and reviews, we have implemented a strategy that goes above and beyond the guidelines as we stay alert to control the virus and thus save lives.

 We will continue to support our families throughout and will welcome them back with open arms BUT only when they are ready. It was absolutely superb for some of our children to be back at Scholes Lane with their teammates this week despite the control measures we have implemented. Nobody can take that smile off the children’s face when it’s so important to their physical and mental health.

So once again, on behalf of all committee members, a huge thanks to our mystery person(s) but your allegations have proved to be unfounded and malicious but helped raise the profile of our wonderful club.

***Update 13th June - The Projects and Partnerships Manager at RFL, the Director of Partnership and Development at RFL and the chair of NWC primary age groups have all been in touch with the committee to state how impressed they are with the lengths the club have gone to with such informative and regular correspondence and innovation during these unprecedented times.

 Hobes and Billy 

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