St Albans City Youth Community Football Club
Managers Meeting 6th May 2018
Held at The Scout Hut, Riverside Road, St Albans
The full list of meeting attendees is included in the PDF version which can be downloaded here >
Please send Ian statistics for this season so the club can keep track of when to give out 100/200 appearance awards.
City Youth Small Sided Tournament - Jon Davies is still looking for volunteers to help set up and clear up. There may also be a job organising the parking over the weekend.
Team sponsorship received for Ian Morgan’s team. The final payment of £1,000 from National Football League Trust has been received for the community projects.
If possible could all claims for ref fees be in before end of June.
It looks like we will shortly have confirmation of a Level 1 Coaching Course which will be held at Nicholas Breakspear School during August. Once confirmed I will publish details on the website.
Taking place on Wednesday 23rd May at Nicholas Breakspear, this event is for Level 2 coaches who are either considering applying for a place on season 2018-19 FA Level 3 (UEFA B) course or would like to know more about what the course entails. FA County Coach Developer Danny Fenner and FA Level 3 Affiliate Tutors will provide learners with a sample of coaching and theory. You do need to book , but this is free.
Futsal Level 2 – Two weekends – June/July https://eventspace.thefa.com/hertfordshirefa/HETFutsalL21801#regform
Just another reminder please check that your Safeguarding certification is up to date, if not then please put it right. To check go to the Herts FA website and log into Members Services with your FAN Number.
Check the Herts FA Website for the latest available Safeguarding Courses:
The Guidelines for the online renewal process have been tweaked slightly, I have published a PDF of the new instructions on the clubs website, click this link:
Anyone who helps out with your team and may have one to one access with the players must have a valid DBS Check
If they do not have a valid DBS then they must:
Stop any involvement with the team until they have a valid DBS
Remember if you have a parent who wishes to get more involved and wishes to help out then before the start they must have a DBS Check.
For any of the above contact Ian or Mervyn to start the DBS process.
I have a meeting at the Herts FA later in the week so, if you have not yet booked your First Aid renewal or sorted your Safeguarding then now is the time.
Several managers need to renew their First Aid Qualification. Course dates are available on the Herts FA Website, go to:
As part of our arrangement with GK Icon, they will be running a camp on 29th May, details will be posted on the website.
With the end of the season approaching many teams are thinking ahead to next season and their equipment requirements. Remember until informed otherwise all equipment orders must come through Mervyn, they are then being managed by Minerva, when your orders are available you will be notified at which point you will need to collect from Minerva. Please collect them quickly as we do not want to clog up Minerva’s available space (they are doing us a favour).
As with equipment, many teams will be looking for new playing kit for next season, remember all Sponsored Kit orders are being handled by Louise Shepherd, Louise can be contacted via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
For ad-hoc kit orders (non-sponsored) such as training tops, sweatshirts etc these can be ordered and paid for direct from our new club web page on the Henry Tilly website, click on the Club Shop link on our website.
A couple of points to make, teams using the Highfield Park and Astro at Nicky B (in fact all our venues) must pick up their own rubbish (water bottles etc). Also, remember Spectators are not allowed on the Astro.
We will be advertising for a person who can open and close at Highfield Park on Saturday and Sunday and run the tea bar. The post will also be responsible for making sure all is in order on the site, i.e. Rubbish cleared etc. We will be publishing an advert shortly, this will be a paid position
The system is almost ready for next season, I had a meeting with Neil Sweeny last Friday and will be having another this coming week to finalise details. One addon which will help greatly is that when a player registers for a team the team manager will receive and email with the players details. We are also hoping that the long-awaited app will also be ready. The target launch for the system to go live for next seasons registrations is the week after next. I will post details on the website and Facebook when ready.
The May Coaching Camp will be held at Highfield Park from Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June. The booking site is now open.
The new league has now had the go ahead from the Herts FA, there is a meeting being held on Monday 14th May
The new league is for teams Under 7 to Under 11 based within a 12-mile radius of Welwyn Garden City and north of the M25.
This year’s Presentation day will take place at the Alban Arena on Saturday 16th June. As in previous years it will be over three sessions and we will be publishing the age groups for each session in the coming weeks.
As in previous years each team has a page in the Presentation Day Programme, this comprises of a team writeup and team photograph, for the new managers and example of a previous years programme is available if you click on this link: https://www.cityyouthfc.co.uk/images/downloads/Presentation%20Day%20Draft%20programme%202016%20final%20200616.pdf
This will give you an idea of what is required.
Tickets for the event can be ordered and purchased online (managers, players and siblings under 12 are free), you will receive your tickets via email, there will be no payment by cash or cheque and no payment on the day.
As of earlier today we have sold 90 Adult Tickets (£5) and 138 players and managers making a total of 228 to date, a long way to go. Go to www.cityyyouthfc.co.uk/book
Ben Killners company Oomph will once again be taking the pictures on stage, I am pleased to announce a slight change in the operation for this year. For the small fee of £10 per team each player will receive an electronic copy of their team photograph.
I will be setting this up on the booking system shortly.
Details of the 2018/19 registration fees are now on the club website, there is a small increase of £10 from this season, this increase is to help with training costs.
*Beaumont is on standby if Samuel Ryder is delayed
The following information will explain how St Albans City Youth FC managers should go about obtaining a training slot for next season (2018/19).
The club are arranging training slots for season 2018/19 to allow for better long-term planning and new team development, as well as better linking between development sessions and the creation of some new community-based sessions, whilst giving current teams flexibility in training days/times.
Slots are across next seasons two venues, Nicholas Breakspear Astroturf, and the Samuel Ryder Academy AstroTurf.
Please reply by email to Laurence.email@example.com. When replying, please title your email your team age group and name (as of next season) & provide as many slot preferences as you want. (I suggest giving me at least 2 or 3).
As explained at the managers meeting on Sunday 6th May 2018:
U7s/8s – New teams have Wednesday 5-6pm already reserved.
U9s, 10s & 11s – You can apply for 5-6/6-7pm.
U12s – You can apply for 6-7/7-8pm
U13s, 14s – You can apply for 7-8pm
U15s – You can apply for 7-8/8-9pm
U16s, 17s, 18s – You can apply for 8-9pm
You can choose any day of the week. Tuesdays will be given priority for girl’s teams. Slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. If you are U12 or below you will very likely be sharing, so it may be in your best interests to organise a share with a similar age group before replying.
If after most of allocations are made and there are spaces which suit you better/any logical shuffles they will be arranged and explained at the time.
If you have/want to have your own training venue elsewhere organised that is fine, but please do let Laurence know.
Once you have replied, Laurence will confirm all details provisionally, then confirm once again when all allocations are made.
*Please note, the email address you send from will be used to help collect some other details about your team, which I will explain in my reply.
If you have any questions please ask, Laurence (Laurence.firstname.lastname@example.org)
There has been reasonable coverage in the Herts Advertiser in recent weeks. Sometimes there is a week’s delay in the publication of some match reports, so keep remembering to check!
U13 North: There are two matches left in their season, they could potentially win their league in a match next Friday. The side won 1-0 against Omonia in a rough match today in which a lot of abuse was given from the other team to the boys.
U15 EJA: The team had to play five games in six days. They lost their cup final 2-0 but managed to pull through and win the Brown Division.
U16 EJA: Lost the County Cup final after extra time
U18 Girls: The side played their final ever game this weekend and recorded their biggest win of the season. The team started in 2009 and Sarah Kropman would like to thank everybody for their support over the past years. The girls have been very committed, this being shown by Shauna Smith who has played in every game for them. Sarah received a round of applause for managing her team since 2009.
Chris Johnson took two girls teams to a futsal tournament in Peterborough. One team played against boy’s teams, who played some very good football, the other side played a year up and still managed to win every game.
Geoff Watts: The friends of former City Youth player Paul Thompson, who sadly passed away are running a half marathon in his honour.
No managers meeting in June.