We are a small, friendly club set up to provide all the children with a chance to enjoy competitive football, develop their skills, express themselves and appreciate the value of teamwork, team spirit and effort.
We want them to play with smiles on their faces, compete fairly and learn how to win and lose with good grace. We want parents, coaches and spectators to support the children with encouragement and appreciation – and to lead by example with fairness, respect and good behaviour.
Pitch time and fairness
There’s nothing worse for a player than standing around on a cold day on the sidelines waiting to play football.
To minimize this as much as possible, we keep substitutes to one per week – and ensure they get at least one full half of football.
We will strictly rotate substitutes each week, so no one serves more time as a sub than anyone else.
We also rest two players each week – so everyone gets a week off – again by strict rota.
Coaching and impartiality
It’s sometimes hard for coaching parents to detach themselves entirely. So we have an impartial external coach, from St Mary’s College, to train the boys and give advice on positions and tactics for matches as well as coming along to as many games as possible.
We encourage passing, teamwork and an appreciation of all the roles on the pitch. We highlight good defensive work as much as good attacking play, recognizing assists as much as goals.
We want the boys to learn the basic skills of football so they are second nature and they can start to appreciate the bigger picture within games. Technique, control, thinking, passing and positional responsibilities are all key aspects to master.
We subscribe to the FA’s Respect Campaign and ask players, coaches and parents to adhere to the Respect Code of Conduct:
We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct.
When playing football, I will:
• Always play to the best of my ability
• Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time
• Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my coach/manager.
• Play by the rules, as directed by the referee.
• Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game.
• Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me.
• Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about
anything at my club.