A big thank you to Dan Walker – U10s legend!
At the end of the 2019/20 season, U10s’ Year Group Lead coach - Dan Walker - will be stepping down from the role and moving on to become ‘Dan the Kit Man’, as the Club’s Kit & Equipment Officer. In his new guise, Dan will be dealing with orders for the entire Colts Club; a really important role for the successful running of the Club.
Dan has actually been with Colts since 2014, coaching his older son’s team. Once his younger son reached Colts’ starting age, Dan single-handedly put together our U7s year group in 2016. Since gathering together the fresh-faced volunteers for a pre-season meet, he has moulded this rag-tag bunch into the successful but ageing coaching team we’re so proud of today. This has entailed a good many nights out talking shop and planning training or dealing with squad matters; hard work indeed! We now have 86 happy boys in seven teams competing across the West Herts League, and (we think!) some of the best talent in the county.
Dan is a super decent chap and over his time in charge has become good friends with coaches, parents and players alike. Looking after the well-being of so many players and volunteers is a big commitment, and it’s testament to his selfless work and happy nature that we hardly ever have a player leave us.
Dan’s charitable work knows no ends, as he’s also an avid Luton Town supporter! Hopefully he’ll get time more time now to watch them play. Luckily, Dan will still be out in his Viking helmet as Squad Lead coach for our U10 Vikings team next season, but as he steps aside from the Year Group Lead role, please join me in sending a massive thank you to our glorious leader! Thank you Dan.
On the upside, we have a wonderful replacement for Dan already lined up – Gabi Marston, also an U10 Vikings coach – has kindly volunteered to take on the U10 Year Lead role next season. Gabi has been involved with women’s football for over 20 years, and helped guide our U10 Vikings to some great performances this season.
Gabi played for Chiswick Ladies who then became Acton Town, from 1997 to 2009. It was a team with an international flavour including Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Germans and Italians. She stopped playing when her son was born, but mainly because she felt marking players who were less than half her age became an impossible task! Most of this was in defence, apart from one season where she won player of the year in goal after their regular keeper broke her leg. Impressive indeed! Gabi’s best-ever game was when they won a cup final 2-1 in extra time. The opposition had ex-Arsenal and QPR players, and they’d been huge underdogs. Gabi is a big Baggies fan and her favourite ever player is Cyril Regis. Disappointing then that her son has broken with family tradition and supports Spurs! He doesn’t believe her when she tells him she watched West Brom beat Bayern Munich once!
I’m sure you’ll agree we’re very lucky to have Gabi and Dan in the U10s team, and hope all the U10s players and parents will welcome Gabi at training, and give Dan a huge thank you for guiding our big U10 ship to safe harbour on the shores of 9-a-side football next season!
Mick McGrath – U10s Year Group Admin