Author: Chris

Club Newsletter #1 – August 2015

Dear Players, Parents/Guardians, Managers and Coaches

Welcome to the 1st Newsletter of Coxheath & Farleigh JFC, which I hope will be popular and will become a regular feature during the coming season, and as Chairman I will try to find the time to prepare these unless there is a willing volunteer amongst you?

The Club continues to develop under the present Committee and Team Managers who have worked tirelessly to get us to the very positive position we are in today. The club is now of a size where more help is required at Committee level to ensure all roles remain achievable for volunteers and the club continues to succeed both on and off the pitch, and reach Charter Standard. This stage as we prepare for the season ahead is always challenging for everyone involved with the club. Any decisions on the movement of players between is always difficult at this time of the year and often leaves Managers “scratching their heads” searching for new players , but once again this has been achieved and most teams have full squads.

Next season’s plans are in full swing; with the number of leagues our teams are now entered in to increasing please be mindful of the pressure on our Club Secretary at this time. The Club will be a member of various leagues next season, which has increased as a result of our Under 12’s entering The Express Cabs League, and I wish them well in the challenge ahead. Please be sure that when registering players for next season that all paperwork is complete and returned timely to team managers.

I will still be heavily involved with the club in running the Under 12’s team next season as well as being The Club Chairman for the year ahead. It has been a pleasure to be associated with Coxheath & Farleigh JFC for 13 years now and overall an enjoyable challenge to be Chairman for 3 years and I cannot underestimate to you the importance of the drive, team work and determination from The Committee and Team Managers & respective Coaches that has allowed the club to grow and continue to develop. Everyone within the club should feel extremely lucky to have such dedicated people steering the club in the right direction.

I am aware that team training will be resuming shortly for the teams across the club. I hope all players, coaches and parents enjoy the pre-season build up having had a well-earned break and summer holiday away from football. It is essential for everyone to have a break, if only for a couple of weeks to re-charge and come back fresh for pre-season training

The Future of Coxheath

The future is in great hands but as mentioned above to ensure our success continues we need to ensure the people and infrastructure around the club continues to develop and grow. The Committee will need to expand, to fill some of the vacant position currently available and any candidate interested in joining should in the first instance contact me direct , or alternatively approach your respective Team Manager who will provide you with my contact details. All candidates will then be interviewed by the committee for the respective roles.

Neil Hadley – Chairman

Martin Cowell – Secretary

Ed McGrath – Treasurer

Child Welfare Office – Kerry Butler

Charter Standard

As a club, our Secretary (Martin Cowell), has been working very hard for some months now along with The Kent FA, with a view to ensuring that we become and are recognised as a Charter Standard Club.

The FA Charter Standard programme supported by McDonald’s is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

The FA Charter Standard kitemark was launched in 2001 and now has 6800 clubs, with 653 advanced level Community Clubs and 300 leagues. The kitemark is a major focus of The FA’s £200 million FA National Game Strategy and has improved coaching, the number of girls’ football teams and safeguarding children.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’. Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met.

Any club can apply for FA Charter Standard status, even a one-team club. The criteria are challenging, but are attainable for this club. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained.

Criteria for achieving the entry level award include having a trained Welfare Officer, CRB checks for all volunteers, Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team, Respect programme sign-up, a Level One coach for each youth team, appropriate club administration in place and a volunteer co-ordinator.

The benefits for an FA Charter Standard club include free tickets upon application for England youth and women’s internationals, local in-service FA/McDonald’s coaching events, administration support sessions and support with funding applications.

The ‘hidden’ benefits are key to most clubs working towards the kitemark. By achieving an FA Charter Standard Club Award, you are demonstrating to all members, parents, sponsors and the public, that you are a well-organised, safe club offering opportunities for all.

The application are assessed by the County FA nominated officer. Feedback will be obtained from the leagues that your club plays in to ensure that your club displays the high levels expected of an FA Charter Standard Club.

The FA Charter Standard Working Party provides feedback on each application, which will include an action plan and a recommendation. If Coxheath & Farleigh JFC meets the criteria, the County FA will our application to The FA for awarding. We are very close to acheiving this status and therefore you can see that this is “very exciting time” for the club generally and will enable us to move to the next level. Please support us at this time as we aim to improve the status for all members.

Fun Event/Sporting Challenge – A Huge Success

Firstly a big thanks to everyone who assisted with the organising of this event recently especially Andy Smith, whose idea it was and coordinated the entire event. I hope you can appreciate the mammoth amount of work that goes in to organising such a key events from a group of volunteers who have families and full time jobs. For a small group of people this totalled several hours of their personal time both prior to and on the day of the event starting at about 7:30am with setting up etc and finishing at a similar time in the evening to ensure that the event was successful and fun for all parents, family members, coaches and players.

I understand that plans are already being made for when the event come around next year and it would certainly ease the pressure off of the volunteer organisers immensely and reduce the stress levels. Full details will be able when the time arrives if you wish to become involved, as well as appearing on our new website, which is currently under construction, and will contain nearly 300 photographs of this year’s event.

I hope to be able to provide everyone with the new web address in the near future and before the new season starts.

Presentation Evening

I am extremely pleased to announce that our Presentation Evening was another huge success and hopefully enjoyed by all those that attended especially those players who received their Participation Awards, Clubman Award, Managers Award, Supporters Player of The Year Award, Players Player of The Year Award as well as Team of The Year Award and Bronze & Silver Awards for long service, many congratulations to everyone. The event was extremely well supported and as a result of the Raffle, Bar-B-Que, Auction and other monetary donations this year a profit was made. The only down side was as a Chelsea Supporter I was not successful in being the highest bidder (by a long way I would add) for the signed Didier Drogba Football. Many thanks for those who bid a significant amount of money on the evening (No Names mentioned but they know who they are), your financial support is greatly appreciated. A very special thank you to anyone who donated prizes, purchased raffle tickets, and helped on the evening.

A Special “thank you” much however go to Paul Turner for comparing the entire evening, I need not look no further next year !

General Club Updates – Newsletter 1

Old Kit – Each year many teams within the club purchase new kit. Any kit purchased by the team sponsor remains the property of Coxheath & Farleigh JFC. Please ensure all old kit is returned to your team manager. In our container area we have various containers where this old kit can be placed. This is often passed down to the younger teams or donated to charity organisations that may be interested in our old kit, and equipment so we can ensure it continues to be utilised.

Under 9 Colts – We believe our team model works best and allows for players of different abilities to develop at an early age and this has enabled us for next season to be able to add an Under 9 Colts Team which now means that we have started to increase our member numbers and hopefully this will continue in the years ahead.

Overview & Successes

It has been another successful season (2014-15) both on and off the field. We have more qualified coaches than ever before who are helping our players to develop. The Club are very supportive of coaches who wish to develop themselves and we will always support any coaching qualifications that people would like to put their time and effort in to obtaining.

The Academy is going from strength to strength and as we always say this is the future of the club, so please if you know of or have any young children wishing to become involved in Grass Roots Football at an early stage please bring them along to Coxheath Village Hall on a Saturday Morning, not only is it good for the children, but it is a wonderful social atmosphere. We are very close to agreeing new arrangements with an external soccer school to work with Coxheath & Farleigh to ensure improved learning ability and training skills.

Hopefully you have enjoyed reading our 1st Newsletter and you will agree with me that this is a very exciting time for Coxheath & Farleigh Junior Football Club, and all associated with it. In conclusion I hope you all have a fantastic Season ahead whether as a player, manager, coach, or a supporter on the touchline.

However please remember one thing – Football is all about enjoyment and most importantly “Respect”, please try to encourage all boys and girls who play the beautiful game whichever team they are playing for and not critise. Additionally Managers & Coaches give up their time free of charge, and cannot always get everything right and finally the 100’s of Referees across the county also deserve respect and their decision is always final.

Neil Hadley –Chairman

Coxheath & Farleigh Junior Football Club

Club Information

Coxheath & Farleigh JFC continue to excel in bringing grassroots football to the surrounding area, with a successful Academy on Saturday Mornings for Children Age 6 onwards, which is run by fully qualified FA Coaches, this enables children to develop there footballing ability and progress into the various teams which in accordance with The FA Requirements play non- competitive football between Ages 8 – 11. Coxheath & Farleigh currently have teams at Ages. 8 , 9, 10, 11, 12 and 18, which play in The Invicta Primary League, Maidstone Boys Primary League & The Maidstone Minor League.

Last Season saw the Academy go from  strength to strength with increasing attendance, and as a result of the development, this has enabled us to have two teams this season(2015-16) at Under 9’s, proof of the success of the club and standard of coaching provided. This season we are hoping to raise the standard even higher and establish a connection with a local soccer school.

Anyone interested in their child joining the Academy should in the first instance make contact with the Club Committee Members details of which are outlined below.

From a team perspective, the Under 10’s were successful in reaching the Cup Final which was held at The Kent FA Headquarters at Cobdown , and despite a good performance were unlucky to lose in the Final

At the end of each season teams always take part in various tournaments throughout the County and The Under 9’s reached the Semi Final of The Barming Tournament, whilst The Under 11’s reached the Semi Final of Anchorians Tournament.

The Under 18 Colts were however successful in winning the Maidstone Minor League Division 2 Title losing only 1 game all season, whilst also reaching the Cup Semi Final only to lose after Extra Time.

As with all youth football we rely heavily on volunteers and the coaching staff has increased year by year and as a club it is important that all coaches and helpers are DBS Checked and work towards achieving their Coaching Badges and obtain FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification as a minimum, whilst also attending The FA Safeguarding Children Workshops together with the appropriate First Aid Qualifications.

A number of our teams have also  been successful in achieving individual team sponsorship and financial support, and The Management Committee thank all businesses and companies for their financial support, both last season and for the coming season, the monetary donations enable Coxheath & Farleigh JFC to assist with the funding of the club.

As a mark of our success The Committee are currently in the process of working closely with The Kent FA, in order to achieve and make Coxheath & Farleigh Junior Football Club an FA Charter Standard Club, which hopefully will enable the club to progress and develop to even high standards and encourage more children to join and participate in Grass Roots Football.

Last season we also teamed with Claire Summers, an independent Travel Counsellor to help raise funds for Coxheath & Farleigh Junior Football Club whereby every booking made through Claire, a donation will be made to Coxheath JFC, based on the amount spent.Claire organizes the following for you, your relatives, your friends, businesses, work colleagues etc with one simple phone call and all at no extra cost:

  • UK Holidays and Weekend Breaks.
  • City Breaks.
  • Family Holidays.
  • Overseas Holidays including Skiing and Snowboarding or Golf Trips
    Cruises (sailing from UK or abroad).

Travel Counsellors are able to beat internet prices by dynamically packaging together the separate elements of a holiday, i.e. sourcing flights, accommodation and transfers her direct relationships with thousands of hotels thereby cutting out middleman pricing.

If you would like any further information on how Travel Counsellors can help you or for an informal chat about future travel plans, please

call Claire Summers on 01622 807980, and ask them to quote “COXHEATH & FARLEIGH FOOTBALL CLUB”, . Remember not only will you benefit but Grass Roots Football and Coxheath JFC will also.

e-mail claire.summers@travelcounsellors.com

or visit Claire’s Webpage below
www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/claire.summers

WHERE WE PLAY:

If you are interested in supporting your local football team the various teams play on the following days and at the respective locations.

Academy – Coxheath Village Hall (Saturday Mornings)

Under 8’s, 9’s, 10’s – Coxheath Village Hall / The Beacons (Saturday Mornings)

Under 11’s – Coxheath Village Hall / The Beacons (Sunday Mornings)

Under 12’s – Coxheath Primary School (Sunday Mornings)

Under 18’s – Kent Fire HQ Straw Mill Hill Tovil (Sunday Afternoons)

INTERESTED IN JOINING:

As a club we are always interested in hearing from anyone who wishes to become involved with Coxheath & Farleigh JFC or if your child wishes to attend a training session & possible join one of the above teams , in the first instance please contact one of the committee members as detailed below:

Chairman – Neil Hadley (07812 004513) or email: neilhadley1@btinternet.com

Secretary – Martin Cowell (07734 915164)

Treasurer – Ed McGrath (07984 994508)

Chairmans Announcement

Chairman’s Message Dear Player and Parents/Guardians and Friends Welcome to our New website and in the first instance I would like to express my extreme gratitude to Chris Hadley of Mach-Computers for the hard work and effort today in preparing the new website which will go from strength to strength. Anyone who has computer issue please feel free to contact Chris at:  www.machcomputers.co.uk On behalf of the Committee of Coxheath & Farleigh Junior Football Club I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new players, their parents and families’ managers and coaches to the Club, and not forgetting all existing players, parents etc. Founded in 1973/74 season, last year we celebrated our 40th Anniversary.   As Chairman I am extremely proud, passionate and very excited about leading the Club into the forthcoming 2015-16 season on the pitch as well as the new initiatives we hope to introduce throughout the Club off it. As a Club we should always be looking to constantly strive to improve and to have a philosophy based around the pursuit of excellence both on the field of play as well as off it. To this end I hope during my time as Chairman that the already high standards this Club has off the pitch can be raised still further and for the Club to raise its standards to become much more successful on the pitch also Coxheath & Farleigh JFC would not be where it is today without all the hardwork of the committee, and the previous  Chairman, Mr Chris Endersby, we all owe Chris our extreme gratitude for his dedication and efforts over the years, in all weather conditions that has helped the club establish a solid footing. I first got to know Chris, when my own son joined the club age 7 (now 19), and he was immediately made welcome by Chris, with his personality and desire for the game and club, and to encourage boys to play football and for this I will always be extremely grateful. The Club continues to thrive, providing football coaching and playing opportunities to a large number boys and hopefully some girls from Coxheath & the surrounding areas. This season we will be multiple amateur football teams at under 8, 9, 10 , 11’s  and 12 age groups in the Maidstone Invicta Primary League, All these teams will play, where permitted by The Kent FA, in the respective League, Cup and County Cup competitions. Once again will be running the very successful Academy (6 and 8 year olds), on Saturday morning’s, it is the grass roots level, where the budding, David Beckham’s, or Rachel Yankey (England Ladies), for the females, first develop their interest in football, and where we as a club need to be working hard, in order to ensure the continued success and development of the club. Therefore I would personally like to say “thank you” to the hard working volunteers, who on a Saturday morning give up there valuable time to develop the Academy. Over the years the club has had a good disciplinary record, with the occasional booking or sending off at Under 18 level and we wish to maintain this high standard, particularly as we are now looking to fulfil the requirements to achieve and be recognised as a Charter Standard Club, so please take the time to read and familiarise yourselves with the code of conduct. Should you require a copy of this please ask your respective team managers or contact me direct. In order to achieve this status, we are required to fulfil various posts within the club and therefore anyone who would like to become more involved, please do not hesitate to contact me direct or one of our committee members, contact details are available on our club website, where you find contact details for Committee Member’s, Club Managers, & Club Welfare Officer (Kerry Butler), together with information about the teams . Please do not hesitate to contact any of them if you have a problem, or require further information, but please remember that they give up their own time to run the teams, and affairs of the club. Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community youth football club, Coxheath & Farleigh JFC is no exception and welcomes any interest from adults who feel able to assist in the running of the club, be it in a coaching capacity with one of the teams, or administrative capacity, helping with things such as press advertising, sponsorship deals, fund-raising, schools liaison or other administrative functions of the club. The Club can provide/arrange training courses in football coaching, first aid & treatment of injuries, child protection, club administration etc, through the Kent County Football Association. Therefore if you, or know of anyone who might wish to become involved, remember they do not necessary have to have a child at the club and wish to become more involved with Coxheath & Farleigh JFC, please contact any of the executive Committee. The continued growth of a football club cannot be achieved without the hard work and dedication of a number of people from within the Club and as such I would like to take the opportunity of thanking them all. I would also like to thank all our various external club sponsors who without their continued support we would not have been able to grow the club as we have in recent years or indeed into the future. Can I also add my personal thanks to all the managers and coaches, who contribute a huge amount of their own time to run their respective teams. Their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm enable’s your son or daughter to play football in a safe and positive environment. I would urge you all to give them together with the other teams we play, after all it takes two teams to make a game, your total support as without them, we wouldn’t have the teams or the Club we have today! And finally….. May I wish you all a very enjoyable and successful season. Thank you for supporting Coxheath & Farleigh JFC but more importantly thank you for supporting your child. As football continues to develop through various FIFA and FA initiatives it will be the youth of today, that will be required to adapt to the various changes planned. It will be their love of the sport and your support of them that will determine just how successful these changes will be, but whatever the future holds, C&FJFC will be constant throughout. Once again all the best for the coming season, and hopefully when my own Under 12’s team are not playing, I will be able to join you at your respective games to offer my own vocal support and encouragement.

 REGARDS

NEIL HADLEY CHAIRMAN