Adversity brings Unity to Redcliffe Tigers
The Redcliffe Tigers are no strangers to doing it tough. In previous years the club has endured minimal support from local business, poor reputations regarding football and a ground well documented for its ability to flood at the very hint of rain and high tides. Needless to say the last 7 days has been a rollercoaster for the club leaders and volunteers.
It is regularly said the strength of a club is shown when backs are against the wall and a call to arms is put in place, who stands tall. It must be said, there are none standing taller than the people at the Redcliffe Tigers AFC.
Through the rock solid leadership of Darren Halley (Club President), Debbie Dickfos (Junior President) and Senior coach Grant Heath this club is enjoying its most fruitful year of growth, camaraderie and positivity ever, which is a result of 4 years of persistence, uncompromising decisions and hard work. They are not jumping hurdles they are crashing through them.
Proof in the pudding is the rain affected facilities they have experienced over the last week. The way the dedicated teams of parents, volunteers, senior and junior players and committees have bonded together to ensure this club would once again get up after being kicked down by Mother Nature is truly inspiring.
A team of over 70 people played a part in the clean up after rain had left the small club wondering if it could recover and if finances would allow them to replace what was lost. Water not only covered the perimeter fence of the oval but reached a level of over a meter inside the change rooms and storage container causing damage to walls, fridges, freezers, training and canteen equipment and general facilities needed to develop our young stars of the future.
An estimated $25,000 of equipment appears lost and in need of replacement to ensure we are able to continue our development as a club and provide for the growth we are experiencing.
The Tigers are one of a few clubs in South East Qld able to say we are experiencing growth at a fantastic rate. They have grown from 161 in 2008 to 221 in 2009 in juniors alone. This doesn’t include the addition of a new under 18’s team and the extended list of senior players and masters players the club is currently enjoying.
It is obvious that the Redcliffe Tigers Australian Football Club consists of a hard working, dedicated group of people driven by the need to provide a service for the people within our community. It is our responsibility to assist them to ensure our youth have the opportunity to experience AFL within our own district. If you are able to provide any assistance to the Tigers to help recover their losses or just want to be involved with them please contact the club on Ph 3203 2624.