NEWS: Gaster appointed reserve-team boss

Hannah Gaster was an RTC coach and general manager at Millwall Lionesses during their Women’s Super League days

Crawley Wasps have appointed Hannah Gaster as reserve-team manager.

The former Millwall Lionesses RTC coach and general manager holds a Uefa B licence and has also coached Charlton Athletic Women Under-14s and at the University of East London.

She succeeds Simon Pavey, who stepped down this summer due to increasing work commitments. Reserves coach Ryan Strudwick has also left the club.

West Sussex-born Gaster, 31, said: “What I’m passionate about is ensuring there’s a pathway from youth to first-team level. That’s what I’ve been sold on here at Wasps and hopefully it can come to fruition.

“You don’t want a reserve-team player coming into the first team who doesn’t know how to win, because being a first-team player is all about winning and getting higher up the league.

“So developing that winning mentality is still going to be very crucial in the way that I coach the reserves. But, at the same time, it’s also about helping players progress and learn. It’s a mix of both, and it’s a very delicate balance.”

During Pavey’s six years in charge, the reserves won back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2016, taking them from the Sussex County Women’s League to the South East Counties Premier Division, before winning that title in 2019.

They then successfully adapted to the FA Women’s National League Reserve Section last season prior to the league being voided.

Wasps chairman Jack Ayles said: “Simon and Ryan did a fantastic job to take our reserves up the pyramid and everyone at Wasps is hugely grateful for the work they put in.

“I’m delighted to be able to welcome Hannah to the club. Her coaching experience and her enthusiasm for the role made her the ideal appointment.”

NEWS: Wasps to return to training from July 1

All of Crawley Wasps’ senior and youth sides will return to training from next week after the club reviewed the latest Football Association guidance.

The sessions will comply with the latest government regulations – players will be split into socially distanced groups of no more than five, with equipment sharing minimised and hygiene standards rigorously applied.

To achieve this, and ensure the safety and wellbeing of players, staff and parents, the club will spread its training over several days until further notice.

The Ladies first team and our under-14s will be the first to return to our Ewhurst training base, in Ifield Drive, this Wednesday (July 1).

The reserves and development squad will start to train on Thursday (July 2), with the under-12s, under-13s and under-15s returning on Sunday July 5. Finally, the under-9s, under-10s and under-11s hit the grass on Tuesday July 7.

Wasps chairman Jack Ayles said: “We have all been keen to return to training, but have had to carefully consider the practicalities of delivering sessions safely, given the threat to health that Coronavirus still poses.

“We have studied the latest FA guidance and now feel confident we can provide our 10 senior and youth teams with relevant coaching while remaining Covid-compliant.

“All players and parents will be issued with guidance on the rules we’ve put in place to ensure everyone’s safety and we look forward to seeing everyone back at Ewhurst from next week.”

To enquire about joining Wasps, please email newplayer@crawleywasps.com.

NEWS: Ayles to lead Wasps into landmark year

New Crawley Wasps chairman Jack Ayles with the U11s team he manages.

Crawley Wasps LFC have refreshed their leadership team ahead of the club’s 30th anniversary year, with Jack Ayles taking over as chairman.

Paul Walker stepped down at Tuesday’s AGM after three years in the role, in order to focus fully on managing the first team.

Ayles, previously Wasps’ head of youth, is relishing the opportunity to lead the club.

He said: “I’d like to thank Paul for his hard work as chairman over the last few years, and everything he has achieved in that role.

“Every club is facing stark challenges at this time, and we are no different. But we will work harder than ever off the pitch to deliver a sustainable future post-Covid, while retaining our ambitious long-term goals.

“I’m looking forward to working with the committee, players, parents, sponsors and all those who have helped the club to where it is now.”

Simon Pavey stays as vice-chairman but has resigned as reserve-team manager due to increasing work commitments, with the club taking applications for that role.

Accountant Paola Heaton and businessman Gary Ayles will further bolster the experience of the club’s committee. Heaton becomes treasurer, while Gary Ayles assumes the new role of head of strategic business development.

Dave Connor (pictured) becomes the new head of youth and former Under-13s manager Ashley Wright (also pictured) takes over as youth fixtures secretary from Mark Graves. Maz Graves (secretary), Alison Smith (welfare and safeguarding officer), James Laraman (commercial manager) and Mick Gainsford (Ewhurst groundsman) remain in their posts.

Walker said: “It’s been both a pleasure and a privilege to have been chairman for the past three years and I am very proud of the progress made both on and off the field.

“The time is now right for a planned succession and for me to concentrate on my job with the first team, continuing the journey in pursuit of our footballing ambitions.

“I have no doubt the club will be well served under Jack’s leadership and that he will bring many important personal qualities to the role.”

Crawley Wasps Annual General Meeting – June 16 2020

Paul Walker, club chairman, will chair the Annual General Meeting (Picture: Ben Davidson Photography)

Crawley Wasps will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday June 16th, from 8pm.

This is your chance to hear about the club’s progress over the past year and its ambitions and priorities for the coming year and beyond. The main committee will also be elected at this meeting.

For the first time, the yearly meeting will be held over Zoom. To enter the meeting, CLICK HERE to open the Zoom website in a new window and enter the meeting ID 608-668-3231.

Please note: We are limited by capacity to 100 attendees and will begin the meeting at 8pm sharp, so please log in early.

CLICK HERE to download the agenda for the AGM in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download the agenda for the AGM in Microsoft Word format.

STATEMENT: No return to training just yet

The club met this week to discuss the latest guidance issued by the FA on Monday in relation to a return to socially-distanced training sessions.

While we appreciate many are keen to return to face-to-face training, our first priority is always the health and safety of our 150+ players, coaches, volunteers and wider family.

It was decided that as a club we will retain a cautious approach to such a return, and the current guidance falls short of being practical for us to enact safely. As a result, we will not be returning to training at present.

We will of course review the situation regularly and await further guidance from the FA. We will issue a further update following this.

VACANCY: Communications Manager (voluntary)

Want to join the Crawley Wasps backroom staff at a crucial time in the club’s history?

We’re recruiting for a volunteer communications manager. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the club’s media and marketing output from the start of the 2020-21 season. You will join an ambitious club with a talented first team still carrying the momentum of back-to-back promotions, a burgeoning youth section with more than 100 players and a family of supportive sponsors.

Although a busy role, you will be well supported by a communications officer, commercial manager, club photographer and the main committee. You will also work alongside the club’s current communications manager during a handover period, to create a new communications and marketing strategy that supports the club’s vision and ambitions.

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate will…
ꟷ Help create and execute a club-wide communications and marketing strategy
ꟷ Work closely with the first-team manager and players, and support the aims of the club’s other senior and youth teams
ꟷ Help manage the club’s official website
ꟷ Help manage the club’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)
ꟷ Alongside the club’s communications officer, write match reports and news articles, conduct interviews both pre and post-match, and act as PA announcer on home matchdays
ꟷ Liaise with the club’s wide network of national, regional, local and trade media contacts to secure coverage of the club in print, online and on TV and radio
ꟷ Help produce content for the club’s matchday programme
ꟷ Support the generation of commercial income by maximising media support for sponsorship
ꟷ Monitor the club’s media and new player email addresses
ꟷ Regularly attend first-team matches (and games involving the club’s other teams where possible), main committee meetings and club events, and act as an enthusiastic supporter of the club’s aims and objectives
Please note: Most of the above responsibilities will be divided up among the communications team.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
ꟷ Experience of writing football match reports and articles
ꟷ Confidence to conduct broadcast-style interviews and communicate with players, staff and fans
ꟷ An enthusiasm for women’s football and a working knowledge of the women’s football pyramid
ꟷ Ability to meet deadlines and excellent time-management skills
ꟷ Sensitivity towards confidential information
ꟷ Able to attend matches (home & away) on Sundays and some midweek evening training sessions

Experience of managing communications and/or marketing (particularly in football), experience of using WordPress, Adobe InDesign,  Adobe Audition and Dropbox, and experience of using social media accounts in a professional context are all desirable, but training in these areas can be provided.

TO APPLY: Please send a CV, covering letter and example of a written football piece (ideally published) to Andrew Raeburn at media@crawleywasps.com, by midday on Friday June 26, CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the job description.

Join our DS and youth ranks for 2020-21

   

Crawley Wasps are seeking talented adult and youth footballers to join us for the 2020-21 season.

Recruitment has started for the Development Squad, our Ladies third team who last season played in the South East Counties Premier Division.

They will stay in the sixth tier of the pyramid next season, but after a slight shake up will play in Division 1 of the London & South East Football League.

There is a clear pathway from the DS to our reserves and first team in the FA Women’s National League.

We also have opportunities in our youth ranks, from U9s to U15s. You will receive high-quality coaching at an FA Charter Standard club, in a fun and friendly environment which promotes player welfare and development above everything else.

We are also seeking a coach to join our existing U15s set-up. A level 1 qualification is essential but preference is for Level 2.

For more information, click the above posters, or to register your interest, email newplayer@crawleywasps.com.

 

VIDEO: Crawley Wasps season 2019-20

The season may have been curtailed unexpectedly but it was still a superb campaign for Wasps in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.

We won 15 of our 20 matches in all competitions, scoring 43 goals and keeping 11 clean sheets. We were top of the table when the season was declared void, and had not long clinched our first-ever Sussex County Cup triumph.

Relive some of the stand-out memories of 2019-20 in the video below…

NEWS: Check out our new YouTube channel!

The season may have come to a premature end – but we’ve relaunched our YouTube channel this week!

We’ve got some of our youth players doing our #WaspsbarChallenge and taking on Platform Coaching’s Home Olympics.

There’s also coaching drills from first-team head coach Mike Gardner and captain Naomi Cole, plus much more content to come.

To subscribe (for free), click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLqShF47H1MTVLq3y_xcxCA