Presentation Party 2009
On Saturday 6th June, all of FDFC gathered to celebrate another fine season at the SW6 Bar Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC. The FFC Community Sports Trust kicked off the evening with a stadium tour put on for all the stylishly dressed FDFC players and guests.
The tour took everyone into the players lounge, changing rooms, press room, chairmans lounge and many other parts of the beautiful stadium which boasts the oldest stand in the football league – The Johnny Haynes Stand (1905).
FDFC players and guests were also shown – for the first time – where all the trophies amassed by Fulham DFC in its short history are kept. It was interesting to learn that the English Deaf Cup, which the 1st Team held last season after winning in 2008, was the biggest trophy in the FFC cabinet. It gained the most interest by the general public on the official FFC Stadium Tours due to its size, it is now in the hands of Doncaster DFC the current winners.
Once the tours were finished everyone settled down to some delicious canapes, and took part in a shooting competition in an inflated cage, kindly provided by the FFC Community Sports Trust.
The presentation opened with Chairman Nick Beese introducing the guest of honour for the night – Martin Willis, the newly elected Great Britain Deaf Women’s Chairman and also father to the two FDFC goal scoring machines Camilla and Jacob Willis.
The awards were introduced by the respective managers of each squad they all gave a speech summing up the season. Each winner came up to be presented with their award by GB Deaf Women’s Chairman Martin Willis.
The biggest cheer of the night went to the ladies squad, who achieved a phenomenal treble, making deaf and mainstream football history, once the awards were all given out the celebrations started and went on long into the night!
FDFC Presentation Winners 2008-2009
Player of the year – Ana Rita
Player’s Player of the year – Camilla Willis
Most Improved Player of the Year – Viccy Paul-martin
Club Woman of the year – Eleni Botonaki
Golden Boot – Camilla Willis
Goal of the Season – Esther Maycock
Player Of The Year – Thomas Giddons
Player’s Player Of The Year – Ben Knighton
Most Improved Player Of The Year – Sam Kemp
Clubman Of The Year – Kane Joyce
Golden Boot – James Paull
Goal Of The Season – Daniel Rumney
Men’s 1st Team
Player Of The Year – Jonathan Evans
Player’s Player Of The Year – Daniel Hogan
Most Improved Player Of The Year – Daniel Waller
Clubman Of The Year – Alex Bovino
Golden Boot – Daniel Hogan
Goal Of The Season – Ben Lampert
There are many people to thank for the success of the Presentation Party, which gave everyone an unforgettable night.
Bassim Baz and his events team for organising the event
Rebecca Dance and Susie Williams of the FFC Community Sports Trust for organising the tours, awards, the inflatable shooting cage, donating prizes to the raffle and making the success of FDFC possible.
SW6 Bar for their amazing hospitality, food and deaf aware service and for donating a bottle of Harrod’s finest champagne for the raffle.
Martin Willis for being a fine guest of honour.
FFC Craven Cottage security team for looking after all the guests.
Gemma Armstrong for kindly donating her fine interpreting services on the night.
Photos from the night taken by our official photographer will be added soon, watch this space!