Darren Reynolds | KCU ChairmainDarren Reynolds | Chairperson

I have been part of KCU for many years as a junior coach, coordinator, club captain and as a senior player.

As well as filling the role of chairman, I serve on the Junior committee and am also the player/manager of the KCU 4ths.

I’m very keen to make the most of my role by seeking out ways to continually improve the club so it can give the best to its members young and old.

I also have 3 kids playing junior football for KCU at different grades and levels.

 

Roger Gawtrey | Treasurer

I joined the committee in 2014, having been a player with the club on and off since 2010, and now managing to run out regularly with this season’s vintage Sopranos team.

I coached my daughter’s girls only team for a few years which became the 13th Grade KCU-HKGA team when we consolidated girls only football into the club in 2016. My son started out with KCU at 13th grade in 2010 and returned to play for the Mens 1st team in 2015/2016, having played for a couple of other clubs and Wellington FTC during his teens. As a family we have enjoyed a number of trips to Taupo and Napier U19s tournaments with the club, which I would have to say are always the highlights of the (short) football year.

KCU has been a great source of friends for me and my family since we arrived from the UK, both from within the club and through meeting players and parents from other clubs in the Capital Football region.

I took the role as Treasurer when the position became vacant in 2014. Having worked as a Finance Manager for several years I enjoy the challenges of helping out a not-for-profit club and try my best to steer the club’s commercial activities to our advantage wherever possible. Whilst collecting fee payments from parents and player’s isn’t part of the role that’s much fun, it’s a great way to learn a bunch of names from across our wide range of junior and senior teams.

It remains a challenge to increase volunteer activity at both junior and senior level, but we are actively working on this so that we can provide a better footballing experience across all the age grades without asking our members for more money.

 

Sharon Bannerman-Cooper | Club Secretary | Kapiti Coast UnitedSharon Bannerman-Cooper | Club secretary

I joined KCU in 2013 to play for the Reserve team. In 2014 I joined the Senior Management Committee in the position of Club Secretary, as I firmly believe in giving back to the Community in some sort of Voluntary role.

My role is to be the first point of Contact for all Club matters, attend and keep records of all meetings and assist with the Management of the Club. I run the Senior Registrations in the Capital Football Database as well.

You will also see me behind the bar on a Sunday and during Summer football. I am also the contact person currently for any Private Functions held at the Club, and have a hand in organising Club events such as the Phoenix Day, Prizegiving and the AGM.

My vision for the Club is to grow the social side where we hold regular member events to utilise our fantastic clubrooms, be an inclusive Club where all members get to enjoy the facilities and where we foster lifelong friendships.

 

Andrew Elms (Elmo) | Club Captain

I arrived in NZ from UK in 1990 following a kiwi girl back from her O.E to marry her.

I was introduced to football NZ style with it’s name being changed straight away to SOCCER. Learning the lingo helps !!

I spent 8 years in Gisborne playing for Gisborne City in the National League and latterly Gisborne Thistle in the Central League.

In 1998 we moved to Kapiti where i joined Paraparaumu United 1st team until the amalgamation with Raumati Hearts and the evolution of Kapiti Coast United. Since this time i have proudly represented KCU from 1sts to Social team and am currently the Player/Coach of the KCU Hearts in Horo/Kap Div 1.

Both my daughter and son have played KCU soccer from their earliest remembrance, where i was involved with coaching of both teams at different times and age groups (share the love).

I am the strongest advocate of club loyalty and heart and have instilled these ethics to my children. KCU is a great family club and there is nothing prouder to don a KCU shirt and take the field with your siblings in competitive footy. I was greatly honoured this year to be made Club Captain and hopefully further instil an inclusive and loyal vibe throughout the club.