Carlos Blanco – Big Interview

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The Big Interview

 

 

Carlos Blanco

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Team: Rockets, formerly Sharks

Position: Manager

Years in League: ….?

Trophy’s: 1 x Junior One Day Cup Runners Up

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Carlos, your Rockets team have started the season very well, sitting at the top of the Junior League, what have you put this positive start down to?

Having a great bunch of boys who listen, try their best and have FUN. Scoring more goals than conceding also helps……..!!

 

This year the Junior League is as competitive as ever with every team capable of beating each other. What has made the Junior League so strong and positive, especially after the addition of two new teams last season ? 

It’s great that the teams are evenly matched. Personally I don’t like to see cricket scores week in week out. The continuity and dedication of the managers and parents must be a big influence.

 

What made you decide to manage at the Raynes Park Little League? 

I was asked by a friend, to be assistant manager for the Sharks. The rest is history……

 

What is the best part of being a coach down at the RPLL? 

I still get a little buzz just before each ko. More so at the beginning of a new season… The banter between the managers and trying to get one over them with a win (sometimes).

 

Where other Little Leagues are struggling to recruit new players and sustain themselves, RPLL is flourishing with record trial turnouts and big waiting lists, why is our league so popular and successful?

Simple, it’s well organized, has good communication between everyone and kick off is always on time. In a sometimes hectic world, when you are watching the clock, it’s always appreciated. Word of mouth is also a big influence… there are many players from my son’s school in our league. Personally I feel there is also a real feel of community were generally everyone seems to get on.

 

Since your time in the league what have been the biggest changes/improvements to the league both on and off the field? 

On the field I would say reducing the players on the pitch. This gives the boys/girls more space and time allowing them to develop and enjoy the beautiful game. Off the pitch I would say the communication between everyone involved.

 

What have been your most enjoyable highlights during your time at the RPLL?

I have enjoyed every year as a manager, however my most enjoyable years are the ones that I have managed with my son being in the same team.

Carlos & his Rockets – Junior One Day Cup Runners Up

 

 

Little League: 04.10.2012

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Leo Pallazo

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The Big Interview

 

 

Leo Pallazo

Team:  Formerly Bombers
Position: Manager / Welfare Officer
Years at League:  8
Trophy’s: 1 x Junior Cup Winners: 2011, One Day Cup Winners: 2012,  2 x  League Runners up: 2010-11, 2011-12

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Leo, you decided to step down as Bombers manager this season after winning your first trophies last year in the re arranged Junior Cup Final and the One Day Cup in April, what was your decision behind this? 

It was always my intention to step down at some point to allow some of the parents that wanted to manage a team with their children in the team. Ian Hollamby, my assistant from last year, now manager, has his son in the team along with his assistant Steve Baptiste so it allows them to work with their children. They are able to share their football experience to develop the team along with their own kids.

 

You have taken up the important role of Raynes Park Little Leagues Welfare Officer, Can you explain to us what a Welfare officer does and why it is so important to youth team football? 

My job is to help provide a safe and enjoyable environment for kids of all abilities to play football in and also to support all volunteers and offer advice/support to any parent or child with any concern. I am also the main point of contact for all CRB checks which all volunteers must have to be involved down at RPLL.

 

What made you decide to manage at the Raynes Park Little League? 

My youngest brother was mangerless at the start of his first year at RPLL and with a bit of persuasion and support from Graham Brown (league secretary)…8 years on and I’m still going – not missed a single Saturday yet…seriously!!

 

What is the best thing about being evolved with the RPLL? 

Working with all the managers and assistants throughout the years and meeting so many motivated and inspiring people. I genuinely look forward to each and every Saturday morning..!!

 

Where other Little Leagues are struggling to recruit new players and sustain themselves, RPLL is flourishing with record trial turnouts and big waiting lists, why is our league so popular and successful?

The main reason is the quality and realistic approach of all the volunteers over the years which spreads throughout the league and provides a community feel. This is clearly evident, not only throughout the years, but through the amount of kids we see at the trials from many different catchment areas.

 

 

Since your time in the league what have been the biggest changes/improvements to the league both on and off the field? 

The biggest improvement which I think has added major value to the league has to be the growth and development of the website. The amount of parents and children that use the site and have commented on how helpful and informative it is….well done Ollie!!!

 

What have been your most enjoyable highlights during your time at the RPLL? 

The highlight for me is being involved each and every year at the league which, in turn, has paid off in finally winning some trophies. It’s not a personal achievement, but an achievement for all the hard work that the parents and children have put in. From a personal point of view, being awarded a trophy from a parent in recognition of me helping their child become the player and person they are today will remain with me for the rest of my life!!

 

Leo & Bombers: 2011 – 2012 Junior One Day Cup Winners

 

Little League: 27.09.2012

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The Big Interview – Mick Browne

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The Big Interview

 

Mick Browne

Fact File

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Team: Monarchs (formerly Forwards, Rockets and Ravens)

Position: Manager

Years at League: To long

Trophy’s: 2x League & Cup Winners (Forwards) 2007-2008, 2008-2009

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Mick, you’ve been coaching at the RPLL for many years now, what have been the biggest changes to the league since you first arrived?
To be honest with you Ollie other than committee changes not a lot has changed, the biggest change for the better has been the increase in the Senior League Teams; it used to break my heart and still does when we had to turn players away.

 

You have recently passed your FA Level 1 Coaching Badge. Firstly many congratulations, secondly what did you learn from your time on the course?
Thanks Ollie, what I learn t is that at all costs the Kids we are coaching must enjoy themselves and not be criticized. I would advise all parents and coaches to log onto the FA respect webpage….  http://www.thefa.com/leagues/respect

 

Would you recommend it (the FA courses) to others?
Already have, it’s such a good course, you will not become a Chosen One overnight but it certainly helps you understand more.

 

What made you want to become a manager down at the RPLL?
Same as most of us, I was asked by Liz Brown (then on the committee) to manage the Ravens. I’d just got back from Cyprus and took a phone call telling me Charlie had got into the Ravens and by the way could I manage them! That was it—thank you Liz xxx This is my second time around having managed my son James’ team – that was 28 Years ago so I have been involved in little league football for quite a few years now and still look forward to each Saturday!

 

What has been the biggest highlight for you in your time at the RPLL?
The biggest highlight for me personally has been seeing my grandchildren Charlie, Billy James and now Frankie Browne at RPLL playing football and enjoying themselves. We have Gracie now so she should be playing down their soon. But for me, it was when Charlie won the penalty competition in the Bantams, for the Ravens. He was six and the look on his face will stay with me forever!

 

What makes the RPLL such a popular place for kids to play at?
Good question Ollie; I would say that this year with a new Chairman and basically a new committee, changes will happen and already have started to happen. “The Emphasis Of The RPLL” is that the children are enjoying themselves; poor old Dad or Mum , Grandparents and all get invited to manage a team and that is when we hook them because they enjoy it so much. All of us are volunteers and this means our enthusiasm reaches the children and thus it creates a really good football environment for the kids!

 

What do you think the Monarchs can achieve this season after a battling draw against the treble winners, Dynamos, last week?
They will achieve whatever they achieve enjoying themselves and will hopefully take away with them happy memories of playing in the Raynes Park Little League.

 

Mick, far right receiving his FA Level 1 Certificate

 

Little League: 20.09.2012

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Big Interview No.1

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Peter Brown – The Big Interview


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Team: Redskins

Position: Chairman & Manager

Years at League: 11 years

Trophy’s: 2x Junior League Runners Up – Redskins 2006/07, 2007,08

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Congratulations on being elected as the new Raynes Park Little League Chairman. What was the thinking behind your decision to go for the role?

 Thank you very much. To tell you the truth I thought long and hard about whether to go for the position. Having been involved with the league for about eleven years now you take note of things and I just felt the league was losing its direction slightly and wanted to steer it back to its original ethos. Back to its roots if you like: To provide a safe and enjoyable environment for kids of all abilities to play football in.

 

 

With that in mind what do you hope to bring to the role of Chairman at the league? 

 I hope to bring continued success to the league. I genuinely believe we are one of, if not the, best little leagues around – and that is only the case due to the fantastic support we get from volunteers, managers, assistants and parents alike. I also hope to help the league continue to grow and move forwards and in doing so, maintain the leagues community feel at the park every Saturday morning.

 

So with the start of the league just over 48 hours away what are you most looking forward to ahead of the new season?

 That moment at 9.30am on Saturday, the first match day. To see all the teams ready to play in their kits, goal posts up, managers and parents ready to watch the kids play football. That’s when you know your job is done as the new season gets up and running again.

 

Looking ahead towards the new season, what are the Leagues greatest challenges?

 To be honest we are facing more and more challenges each year. Last year we had the council and the possibility of fees for our pitches, now this year we have the FA debate rearing its head. We feel, Little League football as a whole, has a winning formula that the FA should take heed as an example to follow. I feel they should stop trying to reinvent the wheel of youth football where Little League is concerned. It’s been going strong for 44 years – that tells you something.

 

 

Away from the trappings of Chairmanship, what are you most looking forward to as the Redskins manager for the forthcoming season?

 I have been coaching the Redskins now for around 9years. I have seen my oldest son play for them and now I have my third offspring joining the team. With his arrival I can only see great things with a junior Brown in the team.

 

Thank You for your time Pete, One last question if I may. What message would you like to send out to everyone at Raynes Park Little league ahead of the 2012/2013 season?

My message to everyone would be to remember why we are down the park every week: I believe that reason is to enjoy, support and lead by example all the children that play down at the Raynes Park Little League. Our responsibilities as managers, assistants, volunteers and parents alike are to insure that all children of all abilities look forward to playing football every Saturday at the park with their friends.

 

 

Please make sure you check out next weeks interview with the Monarchs Manager Mick Browne

 

Little League: 13.09.2012

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The Arrows

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The Big Interview

 

Phil Wade

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Team: Arrows

Position: Manager – Senior League

Years in Little League: 11

Trophies won:  1 Senior League, 1 Senior Cup (Arrows)

4 x Runners Up in senior cup (Arrows)

 

 

Phil, your side the Arrows have enjoyed a great start to the season sitting top – having won 5 games in a row – What have you put this fantastic start down to?

I take no credit at all for our flying start. We only had two training sessions before the season started and I actually hadn’t seen several of my boys since the trials, due to holidays and things. The attitude of my boys has been excellent. I always tell them that I don’t care if they are not the best footballers in the world but I do ask for 100% effort in every game.

 

What has pleased you most about the start you have made?

The commitment of the boys has been fantastic. I have not had less than 13 boys for the start of each game so far. They all want to play and are always disappointed when I rest them for another player.

 

You have been a coach at the league for 11 years now, what have you made of all the changes that have taken place in that time? And has there been any in particular you feel have greatly improved the league?

My son Adam started playing for the Hawks in 1999 which is when I started regularly attending R.P.L.L. At that time there were six teams in all three leagues. Since then all three leagues have expanded which makes for a much more exciting season as the same teams are not playing each other so often. One of the biggest improvements lately has been the R.P.L.L. website that you yourself must take full credit for. I have heard from players, managers and parents and all have been impressed with the new format of the website, and that has to go down to all the enthusiasm and effort that you have put into it, and that’s why I feel that younger managers like yourself can pump new life and ideas into an already improving league.

 

What made you want to become a Raynes Park Little League coach?

After a season of watching my son Adam play for the Hawks, the then manager Graham Brown persuaded me to take over as manager as Graham was moving to the senior league to manage the Arrows. Graham made managing look easy and so I accepted the challenge and hope that I have been looked upon by both player’s, managers and parents as Graham always has been.

 

What’s the best part of coaching down at Raynes Park Little League?

I have to be entirely honest and admit I don’t do a lot of coaching. I usually have the boys for 15 minutes before each game. I tell the boys the positions they will play in and they do the rest. I find that motivating, encouraging and congratulating the boys is all I need to do. The enjoyment the boys get out of playing football is the best part.

 

You have stated that this season will be your last as a coach at the league, what have been the most memorable highlights for you?

Winning the senior league and cup double with the Arrows when my son Adam was part of the team was obviously a highlight. Just watching my boys improve through the two seasons that I have them, both in skills and confidence is always rewarding.

 

And lastly, do you feel that the Senior league and Raynes Park Little League, as a whole, is in a healthy or unhealthy state at the moment?

If you had asked me after the selection meeting I would have said R.P.L.L. was in a very healthy position as all squads had 15 players. However, we have since seen that a couple of the teams are struggling to put out a full team this season. This is a problem that crops up every year as some boys are asked to play sports for their schools on a Saturday morning.

Despite this, I think the league is in a much better position now than when I first joined and this is down to the volunteers, who know who they are but are too numerous to name. I think the quality of football and the attitude of all the boys this season has been fantastic, not only from my boys, but all our opponents and in all the games I have watched or refereed.

I think R.P.L.L. is in safe hands and can only see it going from strength to strength in the coming seasons.

Phil Wade

 

The Raynes Park Little League Website would like to take this opportunity to thank Phil for his time in answering these questions. The league would also like to thank Phil for his wonderful 11 years of service, not only as the Arrows and Hawks manager and his years as senior representative on the league committee, but also for his time, passion and commitment to the Raynes Park Little League in general.

 

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The Mustangs

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The Big Interview

 

Paul Hanrahan:

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Team: The Mustangs

Position: Manager – Junior League

Years in Little League: 3 years

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As part of our new exclusive Raynes Park Little League website, we are introducing a series of interviews with our coaches and staff to go in depth and behind the scenes. We will ask them a series of questions to gain insight into the minds of our fantastic coaches and helpers that make our little league so special. The first in our new series of interviews sees us grill the Mustangs manager Paul Hanrahan on their unbeaten start to the Junior League season.

 

Paul, thank you for taking the time out to speak with us here at the Raynes Park Little League website: Your side – the Mustangs – currently sit joint top of the Junior League unbeaten… What have you put your start down to?

Last season we had possibly the youngest side with 7 of our 10 players promoted from the Bantams. We have therefore certainly benefited this season from having mainly year 6 players as the core of the team. However, I think there is more to it than that. Sean Paton and I concentrated last year on getting all of the boys playing football, passing and moving. We finished the season a respectable 5th in both league and cup, and that was the foundation for this year.

 

 What has pleased you most with the start you have made?

The most pleasing thing about our start has been how well we have played despite not being able to field our best team every week. Before the season started we lost one player with a broken arm. He will not play until the end of October. In our second game we lost another good player when he was kicked in the mouth and had a tooth knocked out. (He is now fully recovered thankfully). Like other Junior managers we also have to compete with school commitments on Saturday mornings, robbing us of valuable players.

 

What made you decide to manage at Raynes Park Little League?

My son currently plays in the Seniors. I watched his first season in Bantams and thought I could do a better job. It is considerably more difficult than I had imagined!

 

What is the best thing about coaching down at RPLL?

It’s about as close as I will ever get to managing Chelsea but arguably more rewarding. For parents like me who think we know more than the professionals it is an opportunity to prove that the Premiership is lost with out us.

 

And lastly,  Do you think the Junior league  and Raynes park little league as a whole is in a healthy state at the moment?

The amount of boys and girls applying to play in the Junior league over the last two seasons has been outstanding. This years trials were particularly oversubscribed and the overall standard of football was so high that it would have been heartbreaking to turn so many children away. If this is indicative of the health of the Junior League then you would have to say that it is very healthy.

I therefore understand the addition of two extra teams this year but I do not agree with expanding some junior squads to 11 players. Four substitutions in two twenty minute halves in seven aside football is too many, in my opinion, as it may cause the really good players to lose interest and seek football elsewhere.

As a parent, I can say that my son loves playing in the RPLL and perhaps this is the best barometer of the health of the league. The children love it.

 

The Raynes Park Little League would like to thank Paul for his time in answering these questions.

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