FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT | GOVERNANCE | REFEREES | REP TEAMS
BERkS & BuCkS FA NEwS
NOV 2011 | ISSuE 5
Air Ambulance Berks | Oxon | Bucks
in action over the County of Bucks.
Berks & Bucks FA are proud to announce their operational costs such as fuel and flying
time. The key benefit of the air ambulance is
BOB’s Real life stORies
partnership with Thames Valley & Chiltern Air its ability to bring rapid medical intervention
to a life threatening situation in order
On the 11 February, I was driving (with my
15 month old baby in the car), when I hit a
Ambulance for the 2011–12 season. Over the to give primary care to patients and, if
required, airlift them to the most appropriate
patch of black ice and went straight into a
tree. I broke my pelvis, sustained a serious
coming weeks, we will be producing a programme hospital within the “Golden hour”. head injury and had a suspected broken
neck. The police officer told my family that
of events and opportunities for everyone to get As a small, flexible and highly manoeuvrable
helicopter, BOB can reach areas that a
I wasn’t expected to survive the helicopter
journey but I did and was airlifted to the
involved with in aid of this critical service. ground vehicle could not access, such
as remote rural areas, golf courses,
John Radcliffe hospital. Once there I was
put in an induced coma for 10 days.
railways and rivers. To date BOB has
The Thames Valley & Chiltern is based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire.
answered over 12,500 emergency what I have come to realise is that it is not
It carries a full range of life saving and
Air Ambulance Trust, launched medical equipment and is manned by a calls within Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the primary brain damage that is the most
devastating but the secondary brain damage
in June 1999, provides a life pilot and two fully qualified paramedics, Buckinghamshire, saving many lives.
that is caused by the swelling and pressure
who are often supported by a small team
saving service for the counties of doctors who volunteer their time. BOB
The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance build up. Thankfully, I was intubated on route
Trust needs your help to raise the necessary and airlifted speedily to the best neuro-
of Berkshire, Oxfordshire has the capacity to transport one patient funds to maintain this life saving service intensive care unit in the country. It was a
and Buckinghamshire. with the ability to treat and care in the air. Liz Verrall, County Development Manager, long recovery but today, 2 years on, I feel I
The Trust is a Registered Charity, and is not The helicopter is operated during daylight said, “This is such a worthwhile charity to am back and am able to enjoy being a mum.
funded by central Government or the National hours and is on call seven days per week. support, it is a charity that we all can relate Paula C
Lottery and relies entirely on donations from On average it is tasked three times per to, we have heard of horrific injuries that
have happened during football matches, we rely on you, so you can rely on us
the public to fund its annual running costs. day to emergency situations involving road Donate online at: www.supportbob.co.uk
traffic collisions, equestrian and sporting where the air ambulance has come to the
The air ambulance, a Eurocopter EC135, rescue. BBFA would like to do their bit, with or text: HBOB10 £5 to 70070
accidents and the onset of acute illnesses
which has been aptly named BOB (to your help, to ensure that the air ambulance
such as heart attacks and strokes. Each
represent the three counties it covers), is operational if the unfortunate occurs.”
mission costs approximately £2,000 in
OF ThE YEAR AwARD
On Sunday 7th August 2011, The Community Shield played host not
only to the reining Premiership Champions and the winner of The FA Cup
but to all the National winners of The FA Community Awards presented
Clubs, Leagues, Volunteers, Coaches and Michael took to the stage and pitch as National Volunteer of
the Year 2011.
guests from across the country gathered his enthusiasm and commitment are second
pre-match in an Awards Ceremony to Steve Sartain, Secretary of Stony Statford Town FC, in his to none, nothing is too much trouble for him
nomination of Michael Judd said “I’m not sure how he
celebrate the successes of all those manages to keep this level of work up, given that most people
involved in grassroots football. of his age are sat in front of a fire in an armchair relaxing. His
enthusiasm and commitment are second to none, nothing is
For one local man in Berks & Bucks, his journey began over too much trouble for him. He is definitely one of a kind. He sons there, having a meal, being presented with my award
25 years ago when he got involved with his local football club, should be wearing his underpants over his trousers. he is the and going on the pitch at half time. My sincere thanks to
Stony Stratford Town. his roles at the club include Youth Stalwart of the club that would be very hard to replace if he everybody for a day I’ll never forget.”
Secretary, which involves liaising with 5 different leagues, ever decides to retire from the work he does for us.”
The FA Community Awards aim to recognise and reward
ground and pitch maintenance, which covers a 6 acre plus Speaking of his achievement Mike added “20 something years people across the country who make a difference to
site, cutting the grass, marking out the pitches, maintaining is a long time to be involved and more people should get grassroots football in their local community – the people who
the goalposts, stands, dugouts as well as the changing rooms involved too. It was an honour to be recognised by club dedicate their time to developing tomorrow’s young talent and
and clubhouse. he also opens up the club house for games members past and present as well as the Berks & Bucks FA help ensure safety and best practice in tens of thousands of
and training. Michael Judd was our County and South East and The FA. It all came as a big surprise. It was a delight clubs up and down the country. Nominations open in February
Regional winner of The FA Community Awards presented by being invited to the Community Shield match with my two each year.
McDonalds Volunteer of the Year. On Sunday 7th August,
The FA Tesco Skills
coach. The sessions will be planned in advance with a session
resource at hand, and can focus on an area of development agreed
Programme is now entering
between the club and the skills coach.
Session Resources For each training session that we deliver we
its fifth year of developing can provide the club with a range of resources that can help your
coaches deliver sessions when the Skills Team are not present. The
grassroots football around session plans can focus on an area of development highlighted by
the club, and are in an easy to follow slide format.
the Country. Coaching Clinics To work with, and effect as many coaches as
possible, The Skills team are able to put on and deliver coaching
the fa, tesco and sport england now employs 106 full time clinic events. This would involve the Skills Team delivering a theory
professional football coaches, where the core focus of work is in and practical session, linking to an area of development that is
skills Centres, school Curriculum and Charter standard Club suitable for the club. The Skills Team could explain the what, where,
support. in Berkshire & Buckinghamshire, the team of fa tesco why, when and how’s inside, and then demonstrate to all of the
skills Coaches aim to help young players strive to be the best attending coaches outside.
that they can be. Qualifications If you have coaches at your club who are interested
Charter Standard Clubs in taking their next coaching course, or gaining some new football
The FA Tesco Skills Team can offer blocks of support to Charter specific qualifications, The Skills Team can signpost you towards
Standard Clubs. This support can be a bespoke programme, what would be best for your personal development, through the
tailored to the needs of your club, teams, coaches and players. Berks & Bucks County FA, and their extensive range of courses.
Support can be varied, and can be used over a whole season, If you have any questions or would like to arrange some coaching
depending upon the needs of your club. sessions, please contact Skills Team Leader, Tom Hartley via
Support Sessions The FA Tesco Skills Team can come to visit your 07943 862307 or email Tom.Hartley@TheFA.com
team at training, and deliver coaching sessions with your team
ReADiNG POwERChAIR FC
COMPETE FOR ThE FIRST TIME
Reading Powerchair FC have come a long way since their set up earlier this
year and are now competing in the National Powerchair League based in
Nottingham. They are always looking for new players.
COUNTY FA YOuTh
On the weekend of 10th & 11th September, The National League fixtures for the season will be
Reading Powerchair FC competed in their 26th & 27th November 2011 FuTSAL FESTIVAL 2012
25th & 26th February 2012
first fixtures. 17th & 18th March 2012 We are please to announce that we’ll
Reading’s first game of the weekend was against Watford 12th & 13th May 2012 be holding our first ever Youth Futsal
based Evergreen 2, which saw coach Lee Ison face his old club 2nd June 2012
it was a massive learning curve for Reading having only played festival in february 2012.
To find out more go to www.thewfa.org.uk
a handful of friendly games and only been training since April As outlined in the FA’s National Game Strategy, Berks &
this year.It was a hard game against a very good and Reading Powerchair Football club train on Sundays fortnightly Bucks FA are looking to support the growth of the small
experienced Evergreen side. at the Reading Academy sports leisure centre, Northumberland sided game that is Futsal.
Avenue 11am-1pm but will change to 10am-12pm after
Reading’s heavy defeat didn’t stop the team spirit as they we’ll be hosting a County Youth Futsal Tournament for
Christmas. The remaining training dates this season are;
bounced back with a 4-3 wIN against Telford with Sam Daly ALL current youth clubs and schools (schools must be
getting all 4 goals. Reading’s game against one of the favourites Sun 16th Oct 10 -12 with AGM at 1 affiliated to the ESFA) for the eventual winners to then enter
Swindon Rockets proved to be another tough test losing 4-0. Sun 30th Oct 11-1 into the Regional and National tournaments. The age
Sun 13th Nov 11-1 bands (u10’s, u12’s, u14’s, u16’s) running similar to those
Reading’s final game of the weekend was against Brighton
which proved to be a difficult challenge and at 2-1 didn’t looked If anyone who feels they fit the criteria and wants to play or of girls football. Because Futsal is still in its infancey within
comfortable and needed a third which they got right near the find out more about the sport contact lee or laura ison on the uk it opens up fantastic opportunities at national level.
end to clinch it 3-1 ,with Sam Daly again getting all the goals, email@example.com or visit www.readingpowerchairfc.org.uk For further details on Futsal and the forthcoming
totalling 7 for the weekend. tournament and any additional information please contact
Reading Powerchair Football Club is a voluntary run disability
Football Club and any funding would be gratefully received. firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07766
By now all of the Cup Competitions
are in full flow with some of them
having reached the second round
stage. so far we have had a
considerable number of teams
drop out for various reasons.
Clubs should make themselves aware of County Cup
dates which are published in the County handbook and on
the County FA website. County Cup dates are not
moveable and if a club/team have been granted a free
week by their League, if that is a County Cup date, they
GROUNDSMAN OF ThE
will be expected to play on that date.
Clubs are reminded that the home team must ring the
result into the Competitions Secretary by 6pm on the day
of the match. In the early rounds so far many teams have
incurred unnecessary fines for failure to phone in results
which have delayed the production of the next round
Clubs are reminded that if they have any queries about
players in relation to eligibility to play in a particular
The ‘Groundsman of the Year’ competition for 2011/12 is about to get underway competition if he has played in any FA Competitions or has
with a number of changes from last year’s competitions. Nomination forms should been transferred from another club they should contact the
be available very soon and there is now an additional prize of another £500.00 for hon Cup Competitions Secretary immediately on 01296-
clubs at Steps 5 and 6. Any fines that are incurred within Cup Competitions will not
be discussed by the hon Cup Competitions Secretary
The inspections and final judging is delegated to representative and be judged with other winners from different
over the phone. If Clubs/Teams wish to appeal against a
parts of the country.
a small working group of Council Members who fine they must follow the instructions on the fine notification
In recognition of the high profile of both local and national
visit club grounds following the nomination of a competitions, Berks & Bucks are this season awarding prizes
and pay the fine and send in a letter of appeal to the
particular groundsman or groundswoman. of £500-00 each towards the cost of grounds maintenance
equipment to the winner of our own Step 5/6 competition and In Adult competitions, generally the next round draw will be
Nominations can be made by Council Members, clubs, leagues
the Step 7 and below competition. This is something we will available on the County FA website by the wednesday
or any individual involved in football and it is important to stress
continue to do. after the previous round has been played. To avoid postal
that we are not only considering the skills of a particular person
In both of our competitions, the winners, runners-up and delays or result cards going missing and also save
in producing a good football pitch but how they use the
third place each receive an authenticated certificate of postage, clubs can download a Match report Card from
resources that are available to them to best effect.
commendation. the County FA website and complete it online and email it
There are currently two competitions where entries are to the hon Competition Secretary. Referees can also
accepted. One group relates to clubs at Step 5 or 6 and the we are keen to receive as many entries as possible this season download their result card and email it to the hon
other involves Step 7 and below ( local football ). The latter and to this end entry forms and the competitions criteria will Competitions Secretary.
group has the added attraction of being linked with the Football be now be available direct on the County FA website
Association’s ‘ Groundsman of the Year’ competition, where www.berks-bucksfa.com Good luck to all teams still in the competitions and in the
the Berks & Bucks winner will go forward as our national next issue we will provide some detailed updates.
Amy Fisher, a young leader from the Berks & Bucks
FA Football Futures Programme has been selected
from over 100 of the top young leaders from across
the country to join The FA on its International
Changing lives programme in kenya.
Amy, has also played for meeting to design the camp for the
Chesham united Ladies and
At the 2010 camp she was part of the
supports the Bucks Girls management team and volunteered at the
League, was selected to camp as a mentor to the new young leaders.
represent the county at The After excelling over the course of her time
working with The FA she was interviewed to
FA’s prestigious national young be part of the FA’s Changing Lives programme
leaders camp standing out in kenya, developing football across the
amongst over 100 of the country. Again she was successful and will join
The FA for the trip in October 2011.
countries best young leaders.
The Berks & Bucks FA would like to
Amy, a graduate of the Bucks Girls Football congratulate Amy on her achievements and
Academy at Leon Sports College in Milton thank her for her continued work in developing
keynes attended the national leadership girls football across Bucks. Good Luck in
camp in 2009 as the representative for Berks kenya!
& Bucks. The following year she was one of For further information on our Football Futures
9 young leaders to be selected from that Programme please contact;
national camp to be part of the management paul.backman@berks-bucksFA.com
team which involved attending monthly
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Affiliation forms are sent out to ALL clubs
during the middle of April each Season, they
are requested back by 1st June.
This year we were down to 2 it is important that clubs keep us up to
date with any changes within the club
men, well actually 2 very nice (i.e. change of secretary, teams etc) so
ladies as Leigh went on that we can keep out records as accurate
as possible. when it therefore comes
maternity leave the week to next season’s affiliation forms being
FOOTBALL CLuB before the onslaught
commenced, what timing!
produced, the information is as up to date
Due to the office being one “man” down
We were delayed inputting the affiliations
Wycombe Wanderers FC are the first professional this Season due to football being played
during this busy period the telephone may
not be answered as quickly as we had
club (sitting in League One) to have displayed the later on because of the bad weather we
had during the season causing many
hoped. If a message is left on the answer
FA Respect logo along with our County logo. matches to be postponed, this caused
phone we shall endeavour to deal with it
as soon as possible.
many phone calls by worried clubs stating
that they had submitted their affiliations
The community staff and To spread the Respect word even further
and had not heard anything back from us.
Deborah and the wwFC Community guys
groundsmen are really are arranging Respect fixtures on Saturday we knuckled down and were relieved
pleased at how they look. 24th September 2011 and Saturday 24th when we could see the bottom of the pile.
March 2011. There will be a write up in the
programme, Respect flags will be carried
Our Respect Ambassador, around the ground by mascots and ball
Deborah wyatt arranged to boys and a Respect inflatable football pitch
will be set up in the car park along with
have the banners displayed interviews on the pitch.
around the ground. They are
either side of the tunnel, on Deborah is currently talking with Mk
Dons FC who have shown an interest in
the press box, along side doing the same at the Stadium Mk… only
the food kiosks and in the Reading FC to go!
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