Numerous Barbarians had a meeting yesterday to discuss the future of the team's future post ClubFootball. After meeting with the head of the International Friendship Football Club (IFFC) league the previous night, there were many things to discuss.
To join the IFFC league, which is already well established and includes both expat and local teams, each current player will be required to pay 300 RMB, which will cover individual player registrations and our team deposit. Students pay 200 RMB. Those who join the Barbarians in the future will need to pay a little extra.
As a club, we've now become more organised, with a Chairman (myself), Captain (Keith Bradbury), Treasurer (Dirk Kraetzer), Social Secretary (Steve Clayton), and a general whip-cracker (Alex Graham). If any of you would like to be more involved, please let me know.
The IFFC league itself kicks off on the weekend of Oct. 16-17 and runs through December, followed by a winter break, and finally the spring segment from March to June. If you are keen to remain in the Club as we move to the IFFC, we will need money as soon as possible.
As China's National Day holiday is right around the corner, here, we have been given until the weekend before our fixture to come up with the cash. I myself will be away until October 6, so we will try to organize the payment after that date. In the meantime you can locate two passport-sized photos and fill out the required team registration form (provided by the IFFC) to make sure your personal registration is ready.
I hope the added cost will not put any of you off, and I look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon. Regardless of your decision whether or not to stay with the Barbarians as we take this step forward, please let me know. Finally, if you know of anyone who wants to play, let me know and bring them along...we are recruiting!!!