Chairman's Column 02.04.2022

Guillem Balague

Chairman's Column 02.04.2022

Win lose or draw it is always a joy to return to the UK from my home in Barcelona to catch up with friends and colleagues at Biggleswade United and watch as many or our teams as my schedule allows.

Last weekend saw me flying in to Manchester from where I drove to Rugby only to see us well beaten by our clearly superior opponents.

In truth you almost always learn more from a defeat than you do a victory and hopefully the golden rule applies here; all I would ask of our players, coaches and fans is for one last effort over the remaining five games of the season that will hopefully guarantee league safety after what has been a long and arduous campaign.

The name of the game from the moment we were moved out of the Spartan League into the United Counties League has always been about survival and we are now so close we can almost touch it.

If we achieve it I firmly believe it will be the greatet achievement at our club since I became involved.

But it's to the future we need to focus as we edge ever closer to finding a new main sponsor at the club. Negotiations are at an advanced stage and we are very close to finalising a deal with our new partner at the club.

It was also good to meet up with the town's cricket club because as two of the larger sporting organisations in a town that can boast only limited sporting infrastructure it is vital that we try to find ways of working together whenever if can in order to be able to maximise our clubs' potential.

We are also looking to increase our involvements with VEO (Video Enhanced Observation) technology, a video-tagging system which combines video and data to encourage learning and development not just around the playing side but with things like coaching and physio work as well as help us to increase our profile not just locally but on an international basis, something which will always help us to gain sponsorship.

While much of the future lies in technology the present is all about bringing the Biggleswade United family together not just to enjoy the game but also each other's company and friendship and it was wonderful to catch the games from both our Mens and Womens teams this weekend.

Our Blue Womens side came up trumps with an excellent 5-1 win over Herts Vipers which hopefully puts them on course for a third place finish in Division One of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Womens League.

Our men's first team look to take one step further towards safety tomorrow (Sat) when they welcome Lutterworth Town to the Keech Hospice Care Stadium (KO 3pm).

On the same day, our under 23 Mens side visit Queens Park Crescents (KO 2.30pm) before welcoming the same opponents for the reverse fixture the following Tuesday night (KO 7.30pm).

Our Womens red team having all but guaranteed a third placed finish in Division One north of the Eastern Region Womens League entertain Wootton Blue Cross Lionesses on Sunday (KO 2.00pm) and will confirm second place with a victory. We are also awaiting a decision from the league following the late postponement of our game last weekend against Cambridge City Ladies and Girl Development. If - as expected - we are awarded the three points from that fixture that will also guarantee our runners up spot.

And finally it will also wonderful to touch base with my teammates in our newly established veterans side, who while not exactly in the first flush of youth, nor the personification of what one immediately thinks of when one hears the phrase 'fitness icon' have shaken the cobwebs off their boots, dusted off their shinpads and are all looking forward to donning the Biggleswade United shirt.

I can't wait