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Most Improved Player of the Year 2019/20
Exeter City matches have been coming ‘thick & fast’ after a very short pre-season and with all the Covid-19 restrictions still in place within football and in the community, we (ECDSA) with the help of Andy Gillard up at the clubs training ground have finally presented our “Most Improved Player of the Year” 2019/20 award to the winner as voted for by our members.
The winner for the 2019-20 award by a massive 95% of the vote is awarded to a very talented midfielder and he had a very good season and fully deserved this accolade.
😀😀 Archie Collins 😀😀
Archie (right) was presented his award by Exeter City Manager, Matt Taylor ‘thank you Matt’.
Archie was so chuffed with his award and was chuffed when seeing the names of past winners on the shield which includes: 2007/08 – George Friend; 2008/07 – Dean Moxey; 2009/10 – Liam Sercombe; 2010/11 – James Dunne; 2011/12 – Scot Bennett; 2012/13 – Artur Krysiak; 2013/14 – Tom Nichols; 2014/15 – Jordan Moore-Taylor; 2015/16 – Ollie Watkins; 2016/17 – Christy Pym; 2017/18 – Pierce Sweeney; 2018/19 – Matt Jay.
Our award was sponsored again by Steve Gazzard. Thanks again Steve for sponsoring the award on behalf of us all.
R.I.P our very dear friend
Everyone here at the Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Trevor Harwood.
Trevor was fondly known by many at the football club and was our Treasurer and dear friend here at the Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association, which he had been a part of since 2012.
Nick Saunders our chairman said ‘Myself and everyone at the DSA will miss Trevor massively and not just as our Treasurer but as a great friend. Our thoughts are with Trevor’s wife Sue who is our Secretary and all his family and friends at this very sad time’.
Below taken from Dorset Echo –
HARWOOD Trevor Passed away peacefully at Joseph Weld Hospice, on 29th June 2020, aged 64 years.
Devoted and cherished husband to Sue. Trev will be sadly missed by all his family and many friends.
His funeral service will be private due to the current government restrictions, but can be followed by a Webcasting, all details of this and donations in Trevor’s memory can be found at https://trevorharwood.muchloved.com/
There will be a celebration of Trevor’s life when restrictions are lifted.
Any enquiries c/o Co-op Funeralcare, 130 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, DT4 0JS. Telephone 01305 772789
2020-21 ECDSA Membership
We hope all our members are keeping well and coping with the difficult times we’re living through at the moment.
Because of the uncertainty caused by the lockdown with regard to when football can recommence and supporters will be allowed to return to football grounds, coupled with the financial difficulties some of you might find the situation leaves you in, the committee of ECDSA have decided to suspend membership fees for the 2020-21 season.
This means that all who were paid up members for the 2019-20 season will have their membership extended until 31st May 2021 when we will revert to renewing memberships in the usual way.
Sadly we cannot accept new memberships until we revert to paid membership fees again. Sorry for any disappointment.
For those who would still like to make a financial contribution to the association we are happy to receive any donations you would like to make. You can do this either by sending a cheque, made payable to ECDSA, to:
ECDSA Membership, 38 The Marles, Exmouth, EX8 4NS
Or by bank transfer to the ECDSA bank account:
Account Name: ECDSA
Sort Code 08-92-99
Account Number 65655584
Please enter your name and ‘Donation’ in the Payment Reference box. e.g: PSmith5.00
Thank you and stay safe.
Exeter City launch Autism packs
Packs aim to make matchdays inclusive to all.
The club has teamed up with the Junior Grecians and the Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association, who have kindly sponsored the packs.
Oldham Athletic and Plymouth Argyle have introduced similar packs in the last couple of seasons and as there are more people with disabilities wanting to watch live local football, it’s a no brainer as a fans owned club to introduce our own Autism packs here at St James Park.
The packs are for supporters who have Autism or a condition on the Autism Spectrum and aim to help make their matchday experience more enjoyable and comfortable.
The items will come complete with an Exeter City draw string bag and includes the following:
- Autism Awareness ID Card with lanyard, which can be shown to matchday staff and stewards for when asking for assistance when visiting St James Park.
- An easy to follow stadium guide.
- Noise-cancelling Ear Defenders (if required).
- Fidget spinner.
Nick Saunders, Exeter City’s disability liaison officer and DSA Chairman said: “For the past 16 years our football club have made massive strides in many areas to ensure that the club is accessible to all and with the fantastic help and support from the Disabled Supporters Association over the years in many, many ways.
“We are ecstatic to be able to offer these packs to supporters with Autism and to help make St James Park a safe environment and make coming to matchdays an enjoyable experience.”
Clive Harrison, ECFC director and Supporters Trust Trustee added: “As a parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum who has faced the challenges of visiting a busy football stadium, I appreciate the efforts of the Disabled Supporters Association in providing these Autism Packs.
“As a director, trustee and a volunteer with the Junior Grecians, Exeter City’s Junior supporters club, I am extremely proud of what the Club and Disabled Supporters Association have achieved in making the stadium not only accessible but also comfortable for all its visitors.
“Exeter City is consistently striving to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive family club, these packs are a demonstration of that. The Junior Grecians are very pleased to be part sponsoring the packs and know they will be a valuable aid to their users.”
The Autism packs are available to those aged 7 to 14 years old and will need to be pre-ordered prior to matchday as proof of disability is asked for (only once) and we ask that this is supplied in person by a parent or guardian as the young person’s name and parents or guardians contact number will be added to the Autism Awareness ID Card to help Exeter City with safeguarding as the young person’s own wellbeing and safety is paramount.
The only proof required is a personal letter from a consultant; similar or GP’s (doctors) letter confirming diagnoses, this is to ensure that packs go to those who the packs are designed for and due to the limited number of packs available, packs will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
This can be done by visiting the club shop/reception prior to matchday, as stated above.
Exeter City would like to remind supporters that not all enquiries will result in receiving a pack.
Exeter City Football Club have officially announced the online launch of a new short film, produced as part of the ECFC Museum project.
The film, Disability and Football, uses interviews and archival material to take a closer look at how the Club works with people of all abilities, both on and off the pitch.
We at the Exeter City Disabled Supporters Association fully supports the video as do the Exeter City Community Trust, and features many of those people who work with Exeter City to make a difference, including Will Allan (ECFC community Trust DIO), Nick Saunders (ECDSA/ECFC DLO), Jeanne Jones (ECDSA committee member), Greg Hill (ECDSA member/ECFC programme seller) and Paul Farley (ECFC Director and Senior safeguarding manager & equality and inclusion lead).
Will Barrett, who coordinates the museum project, and was part of the film production team said: “It’s always great to see how much goes on at City behind the scenes and in the community.
“This film was a chance for us to get to know some of the wonderful people involved in making a difference at the club, and to explore something that is really positive about the club’s culture and heritage that people may not know much about.”
The ECFC Museum is the latest initiative led by the ECFC History Group and Grecian Archive team, and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the University of Exeter.
To learn more about the project, or discover how you might be able to get involved, please click here.