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                                                                                                           BERkS & BuCkS FA NEwS
                                                                                                           NOV 2011 | ISSuE 5




   Air Ambulance Berks | Oxon | Bucks
   in action over the County of Bucks.




YOuR LOCAL
AIR AMBuLANCE
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
NATiONAl VOLuNTEER
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
by McDonalds.
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,       l.ison1@sky.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.      simon.wears@berks-bucksfa.com or tel: 07766
                                                                                                                                        774471




                                                                                                                                        COUNTY CuPS
                                                                                                                                        ROuND-uP
                                                                                                                                        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



YEAR AwARD
                                                                                                                                        incurred unnecessary fines for failure to phone in results
                                                                                                                                        which have delayed the production of the next round
                                                                                                                                        draws.
                                                                                                                                        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-
                                                                                                                                        486310.
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
                                                                                                                                        County Office.
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
                                                                               FOOTBALL FuTuRES
                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                 following year.
                                                                               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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                                                                                    ClUB AFFILIATION
                                                                                    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

WYCOMBe wANDERERS
                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                  as possible.
                                                                                                                                  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!
family area.                                                                                                                  FOLLOw uS | BBFA DEVELOPMENT

				
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