The role of Chairperson is to oversee the running of the Club and ensure that it is run efficiently and managed appropriately. He leads Club/League meetings and provides leadership across all areas of operation.
Raj has been involved with Furngate Youth for over 25 years, and can definitely say he's a “One club” man.
He has been married to Sue for 40 years, who has always readily supported him with his club involvement. Raj and Sue have 3 grown up sons and 2 beautiful grand-daughters.
Raj says: 'I am very proud of the achievements of the Club over the years with the Chartered Standard Award being the cherry on the cake!'
Anne's involvement with the club dates back to 2003 when her 8 year old son first joined and has been Club Secretary now for 15 years, later also taking on the additional role of Treasurer.
Married to Roy for 28 years, their happy family includes daughter Rebecca, son Sean, and a gorgeous 7 year old grandson. Anne has worked for St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley for over 16 years and enjoys supporting some of their many fundraising events.
A very proud football mum, Anne only ever missed one of Sean's games in all the years he played and was immensely proud when he took on coaching his own team at age 16, having gained his Level 1 Coaching and before moving away to university.
The roles of Club Secretary and Treasurer can be pressured at times, but Anne loves being involved with the club.
Anne Says: 'I love watching the young players and seeing them progress through the seasons. I have made some good friends through the “Furngate family” over the years. I am proud to be involved with a Club that offers equal opportunities to all.'
Martin has been involved with Furngate for over 7 years which started with him helping coach his son's U7 football team. Since then, Martin has taken on the hugely important roles of Vice Chairman and Kit Officer.
He is also head coach of the Under 14 Youth Team which involves organising the team for their fixtures, leading them on matchdays, and organising training with his assistant coaches to develop the team's abilities.
Happily married to Nicola for over 25 years they have two beautiful children together. Martin also somehow finds the time to run his own successful business and visit London Stadium as often as he can to watch West Ham play.
Every club with an under-18s team must have a Club Welfare Officer who supports safe and fun environments for everyone. Our Club’s Welfare Officer is concerned with putting safeguards in place for all activities including under-18s.
In order to make sure that these responsibilities are upheld, the Club Welfare Officer works together with the club’s committee, coaches, players, and parents to ensure that the club offers a safe and positive environment.
As part of their role, our Club Welfare Officer has:
An accepted DBS check via the FA CRC Unit, Completed the FA Safeguarding Children Workshop, Completed the FA Welfare Officer Workshop, Completed a Level 1 Coaching qualification.
In his position as Fixtures Secretary,
Justin is in charge of organising pitches for home games and ensuring the club's teams can play all of our games, a role that involves pitch allocations and regular liaising with the league.