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ISSUE 5 - MARCH 2009

A player from the Somerset FA Girls Centre of Excellence
Girls Centre of Excellence
Somerset Disability Football update
Partially Sighted Futsal World Championships – Argentina 2008
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COUNTY                                        CONTENTS
STAFF                                         NEWS ITEMS
                                              WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ FOOTBALL
            Chief Executive                   REFEREES NEWS                                                         8
            Jon Pike
                                              THE FA PULL-OUT MAGAZINE                                              9
            Tel: 01761 410280                 THE FA NATIONAL GAME STRATEGY UPDATE                                 10
            Discipline Coordinator            THE FA CHARTER STANDARD PROGRAMME                                    12
            Jen Gregory
     OVERPLAY                                                             16
            Tel: 01761 410280
                                              RESPECT                                                              18
            Helen Marchment                   FUTSAL - ARGENTINA 2008                                              19
      GIRLS’ CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE UPDATE                                   20
            Tel: 01761 410280
                                              DISABILITY FOOTBALL UPDATE                                           21
            Discipline Administrator
            Sue Fillingham                    FROM THE PAST                                                        22
            Tel: 01761 410280
            Discipline Administrator
            Mary Mitchell
            Tel: 01761 410280
            County Development Manager
            Amy Kington

                                              WELCOME FROM THE
            Tel: 01761 410287

                                              CHIEF EXECUTIVE
            Women’s & Girls
            Football Development Officer
            Sarah Lawler
                                Welcome to the Spring 2009 edition of the
            Tel: 07813 293998                                    Somerset FA magazine. I am pleased to begin this
            Football Development Officer                         edition with good news.
            Administrator                                              After many years, the quest for a new County
            Brendan Dix                                          Headquarters is finally nearing a conclusion. At the
                             January meeting of the Board, the Directors decided
            Tel: 07966 778420                                    unanimously to pursue a new office development
            Referee Development Officer       currently under construction in Glastonbury, by the developers Melhuish
            Keith Buller                      & Saunders. We are currently instructing solicitors to formally sign
         a contract and, all being well, we could be in our new offices by
            Tel: 07740663853                  September of this year. With the dramatic growth in staff over the
                                              previous years through FA Funding, we have outgrown our Current HQ
            County Welfare Officer
                                              at Midsomer Norton, as any of you who have visited us recently can
            Jeremy Nash
          testify. The new offices will help us provide a better service to the
            Tel: 07533 161608                 football community in the county.
                                                  In spite of the recent wintry weather, most of the County Cup
            Disability Football               competitions are on schedule and over the next few weeks the line-up
            Development Officer               of this year’s finals will be revealed. Please keep in touch with the SFA
            Rachael Edwards
                                              website to see the dates and venues of the respective finals.
            Tel: 07533 816510
                                              Good luck for the remainder of the season.
            Football Development              Jon Pike, Chief Executive
            Sion Kitson
            Tel: 01761 410287

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    Sadly since our last issue, we have to          CHARTER STANDARD
    report the death of two long-serving            Congratulations to Bath City Youth who
    and respected members of the                    have achieved Charter Standard. The club,
    Somerset FA Council, Roger Stone and            originally formed as Avon Arsenal, were
    Colin Skirton.                                  recently reformed and renamed as Bath
                         Roger Stone passed         City Youth, becoming part of the city’s
                         away in January at the     senior club. The club were presented with
                         age of 64. Roger was       their award at half-time during the Blue
                         born and raised in         Square Conference South match between
                         Bristol. He                Bath City and Newport County by local
                         represented Bristol        MP Don Foster.
                         Boys and was part of          Foster was joined by Bath City FC’s
                         the team that won the      Managing Director, Paul Williams, Marcus
      Roger Stone        1957-58 Schools            Holmes, Football Development Officer for
                         Trophy. He played for      the Somerset FA and BANES, together
    a number of teams in Bristol during his         with the Mayor of Bath, Tim Ball, in
    career, after which he became manager of        presenting the award to Mike Charlton,
    Keynsham Town and stayed involved with          Chairman of Bath City Youth FC.
    the club for a number of years in a variety
    of roles. He also became involved in the
    Somerset Floodlight League, again in
    a variety of roles. He represented the
    League on Council from 1998. He served
    on several committees, including the
    Women’s and Girls and Women’s
    Representative Committee, both of which
    he chaired. He also served on the Cups           Bath City Youth Team.                             Somerset FDO Brendan Dix presents this season
    and Grounds Committee. He will best be                                                             Girls Under-13.
    remembered for managing the Under-18
    Representative side for a number of
    years.                                          SHIRTS FOR AFRICA                                     The Young Farmers team from Ganjur
                                                    Jilly Hillier, daughter-in-law of Somerset FA     were happy to report that they had
                          Colin Skirton was an      President Francis Hillier, is the Global          recently won the local Junior Cup, proudly
                          excellent player,         Education Manager of the Marlborough              wearing the red of Somerset.
                          turning out for           Brandt Group who have established                     For Jilly’s most recent visit, Somerset
                          Radstock Town,            a flourishing link between schools in             were able not only to provide a further set
                          Welton Rovers, Bath       Somerset and Wiltshire and The Gambia in          of shirts and footballs, but also to support
                          City and Trowbridge       Africa. Jilly has just returned from a visit to   the children of the neighbouring Brufut
                          Town. Sadly his career    Ganjur in The Gambia, where she lead              Lower Basic School.
                          was cut short by an       a party of some ten teachers on an annual             Mustapha Majang, General Secretary of
       Colin Skirton      accident which            basis to forge links with African schools.        Ganjur Young Farmers FC, has emailed
                          resulted in the loss of   For the last six years Somerset FA have           Somerset FA to thank us for the shirts and
    one of his legs. However, Colin remained        been able to send over kit and footballs to       promises to keep us updated on the
    active in football and served on the            support these less fortunate young people.        progress of the team in their Somerset kit.
    Council from 1983. He was manager of
    the County Senior Representative side
    and served on a number of Committees
    including the Disciplinary and Youth
    Committees. Colin became a Life Member
    of the Association in 2004 and in spite of
    ill health in recent years, he was still
    a familiar face at Council and youth
    matches, remaining an active member of
    Council to the end.
         Our thoughts and sympathies are with
    the families of both men. Roger and Colin
    will be sadly missed by their many friends
                                                     Members of the Ganjur Young Farmers FC in Gambia wearing shirts donated by
    in football.
                                                     Somerset FA, presented to them by Jilly Hillier (right).
                                                                                                                 GRASSROOTS NEWS ISSUE 5                     5

                                                              professional manner that has received
                                                              praise from referees, visiting players and
                                                              spectators. Winners of the Girls Team
                                                              award were Larkhill Athletic Girls Under-
                                                              13, who have decided to spend their £200
                                                              prize on new training tops for the team.
                                                              Both winners were presented with their
                                                              awards by Somerset FA FDO, Brendan

                                                              YOUTH FOOTBALL
                                                              The Midsomer Norton Under-18 Youth
                                                              League are looking to recruit Under-17
                                                              and Under-18 teams for season 2009-10.           Bob Keyes receives his Life
                                                              The Midsomer Norton Under-18 Youth               Membership of the Association from
                                                              League was formed this season and                SFA President Francis Hillier.
                                                              currently has six teams playing on Sunday
                                                                  Due to the success of its first season,         Before the meeting a presentation was
                                                              the League is now looking to                    also made to Alec Lees of The FA’s 50 Year
                                                              accommodate more teams throughout               Service to Football Award. Alec, a refugee
                                                              Somerset for next season.                       from Newcastle (or a Geordie on
                                                                  A meeting has been arranged on              missionary work to the South West
                                                              Tuesday, 24 March 2009, 7.30pm-9pm              according to Alec) was the former County
                                                              (venue TBC) for any Club interested in          Referees Officer. This followed
                                                              entering an Under-18 team in the League         a distinguished refereeing career which
                                                              for season 2009-10.                             saw him reach the heights of the Football
n Fair Play awards to this years winners, Larkhall                                                            League. In spite of this Alec always
                                                                  If you would like to attend this meeting,
                                                              please contact Marcus Holmes (Football          retained an affinity for the grassroots game
                                                              Development Officer - Writhlington              and often refereed the humblest of junior
                                                              School) on 01761 433581 or contact the          games straight after a high-profile League
                                                              County Office on 01761 410287.                  game. Alec was presented with his richly
                                                                                                              deserved award by SFA President, Francis

                                                              LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND LONG
                                                              SERVICE AWARDS
                                                              The December meeting of Council saw
                                                              Bob Keyes, Divisional Representative for
                                                              C Division, presented with his life
                 Merriot Mavericks Under-16.                  membership of the Association. Bob had
                                                              originally joined the Council back in the
                                                              1970s, serving for six years as the
               FAIR PLAY AWARDS                               representative of the Somerset RA. Bob
               Each season every County FA presents           stood down from this position before
               a fair play award. There is an award for       returning in 1991, following his selection
               both a boys and girls team, with the           to Council for the Weston Super Mare
               winners receiving commemorative medals         area. This break in service meant that           Alec Lees receives his FA 50 Year
               along with a cheque for £200 for their         Somerset FA did not realise until after          Service to football award from SFA
               clubs. The development team receive            the AGM that Bob had completed his 21            President Francis Hillier.
               nominations from the local youth leagues       aggregate years’ service to earn his life
               and then have the difficult job of picking     membership, so he was not presented
               a winner.                                      with his plaque at the meeting as is
                   This year’s task proved as hard as ever,   traditional. Indeed Bob had actually
               but eventually two worthy winners              served 22 years on Council, so had
               emerged. The Boys Team winners were            thoroughly deserved his life
               Merriot Mavericks Under-16. Despite            membership which was duly
               indifferent results the team continue to       presented to him at December’s
               conduct themselves in a wonderful,             Council.
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Calling all Women and Girls…
Want to set up a Girls and Ladies
Football Team?
    Somerset FA is supporting clubs
wanting to set up NEW female sections
for young people and adults.
    There are league opportunities for
girls from Under-10 upwards and also
a County Women’s League.

Somerset County Women’s League
wants to run two divisions next season.
This will offer new clubs starting up an
entry level of football to suit the real
beginners to those who have had
experience of playing.                           England College team. Georgia (third player in from left back row),
   For both the Girls’ and Women’s               Faye (fifth player in from left back row).
leagues we need to start thinking about
setting it up and recruiting players for
next season. Therefore, if anyone is           (28 March, 25 April and the end of            be involved in matches against England
interested in starting a new female            season festival on 17 May).                   Under-17 and Under-19 Squads, Wales,
section, please contact Sarah Lawler on           If you know of any girls who would be      Ireland Under-19 and other international
07533384535 / 01823 410222 or email            interested in playing or you would like to    opposition. Congratulations to both girls                   start up a new team, please contact Sarah     on their achievement.
Information and support is available on        Lawler on 07533384535 / 01823 410222
player recruitment, funding, how to enter      or email
the league, finding volunteers and
running a club.                                Two Selected to Represent England
                                               Two of last season’s Somerset FA Girls’       “TWO OF LAST
                                                                                             SEASON’S SOMERSET FA
Under-10 Girls' League Starts                  Centre of Excellence Under-16s have
Sarah Lawler has been working in               been selected as part of the squad of 22
partnership with the Somerset Girls            players to represent England Colleges.        GIRLS’ CENTRE OF
                                                                                             EXCELLENCE UNDER-
Football League to develop opportunities       Both Faye Edwards and Georgia Coles
for Girls to play football from school years   were nominated by their clubs (Ilminster
4 and 5 (Under-10).                            Holway and Weston St John) in season          16S HAVE BEEN
                                                                                             SELECTED AS PART OF
   Since November this opportunity has         2005-06 to join the Somerset FA Girls’
been publicised and on the 31 January          Centre of Excellence full-time
the league kicked off with six new mini-       programme. The players had been               THE SQUAD OF 22
                                                                                             PLAYERS TO REPRESENT
soccer girls teams attending.                  involved with the Centre of Excellence
   The league will now run on the last         since 2003-04 and it is fantastic news that
Saturday of each month at a central            they are able to represent at a national      ENGLAND COLLEGES.
                                                                                             BOTH FAYE EDWARDS
venue in the county (Strode College All        level, which may even open more doors
Weather Pitch).                                for them in the future. The selection
   Although we started with six teams on       process included                              AND GEORGIA COLES
the first event, we are encouraging more
clubs to set up a girls team so that they
                                               a regional selection day and a two-day
                                               residential National Camp at Lilleshall       WERE NOMINATED BY
can come along for the remaining events        where they were picked. Their squad will      THEIR CLUBS.”

    Somerset FA are pleased to announce
    that this year’s Referees FAMOA
    Evening will take place on Monday, 7
    September, at Bridgwater Social Club.
       Following the success of last year’s
    event, when almost 100 referees attended,
    making it one of the most successful
    evenings of its kind in the Country, this
    year’s event promises to be even better.
    This year’s special guest speakers will be
    David Elleray, former Premier League
    referee and Vice Chairman of the FA
    Referees Committee, and Stuart Attwell, the
    newest and youngest member of the Select
    Match Officials Group. To attend this year’s
    event, please contact Referees
    Development Officer Keith Buller or County
    Training Officer Richard Melinn.

    Congratulations to David Bryant and Mike
    Hall, who have been promoted to the Futsal
    National List. Mike from Wellington and
                                                        Somerset FA new National List Futsal referees, Mike Hall left and
    David from Weston super Mare have been
                                                        Dave Bryant right.
    promoted to the National List of Referees
    for Futsal. This is a massive achievement, as
    both qualified as a Futsal Referee only a year    with The FA putting all its weight behind its
                                                                                                        TO DAVID BRYANT
    ago. They will referee at the Regional Futsal     development. I am so excited about being
    venues of Shrewsbury (Shropshire) and             part of such a fantastic form of the game; it

                                                                                                        AND MIKE HALL,
    Bethnal Green (London) as well as the             is so quick and skilful that your
    National Futsal Finals in Sheffield.              concentration and fitness levels need to

                                                                                                        WHO HAVE BEEN
        Mike commented: "I am delighted to            be high.
    have been invited to officiate on the FA              Being promoted to the National List of
    National Futsal League and look forward to
    playing my part in promoting this
                                                      Referees for this discipline will be a real
                                                      challenge and a massive opportunity for me
                                                                                                        PROMOTED TO THE
    entertaining and exciting form of the game.       and I cannot wait for the season to start”.       FUTSAL NATIONAL
    I would like to thank Keith Buller, Referees          Both refereed on the Somerset FA Futsal
    Development Officer with Somerset FA,             League last season at Bath University and
    without whose help I would not have               from there they managed to get invited to
    achieved this honour”.                            the National Youth Finals last July. We wish
        David said: “Futsal is fast becoming the      them the all the very best for their
    number one small-sided game in the UK,            Refereeing future in this form of the game.

                          Somerset FA Referee         he hopes his jump will cure! The jump is to be
                          Ian Parsons from Bristol    sponsored, with the proceeds in aid of the        Alternatively please contact either Ian, his
                          will be making a            Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal for the         details being listed in the referees section of
                          parachute jump for          Royal Children’s Hospital in Bristol. Ian chose   the County Handbook (page 263), or the
                          Charity. Ian will make      the charity as his son has had health problems    County Office. We would like to wish Ian the
                          a solo jump from            since birth and has had many appointments at      best of luck and will report back on his jump
                          3,000ft on 27 June; this    the hospital. He aims to raise a minimum of       in a later issue.
                          is in spite of Ian having   £380 sponsorship. If you would like to
       Ian Parsons        a fear of heights which     support Ian, you can donate online via

     Since the last issue of the magazine,           away to Berks and Bucks, but a bad day all
     the County Representative teams have            round saw them well beaten 3-0, ending
     continued their fixtures, with the Girls        any hopes of winning the tournament for
     Under-18 side having completed the              this season. Their remaining fixtures see
     programme of matches.                           the team travel to Wiltshire in March
        Following an opening draw against FA         before entertaining neighbours
     County Youth Cup Semi-Finalists Wiltshire,      Gloucestershire at the end of April.
     match number two saw the Under-18 Boys              The Girls Under-18 team entered the
     gain a hard-fought draw away to Cornwall        season with a new very young side, their
     on a bitterly cold day in November. After       inexperience being highlighted by a heavy
     having their scheduled match against            defeat in their opening game away to
     Dorset cancelled, the team were shocked         reigning champions Hampshire. However,
     by the sudden death of team manager             the side showed dramatic signs of               Elly Dove, left and Linsey Whitton,
     Roger Stone. The next fixture sees them         improvement when losing by the odd goal         receive the County Caps from SFA
     travel away to Guernsey in March,before         in nine in a thrilling match at home to         President Francis Hillier.
     completing their matches at home to             Gloucestershire and then going down only
     Dorset in the rearranged game at Taunton        1-2 at home to Hampshire in the return
     in April.                                       match, this in spite of the team being         The match did see several of the girls
        The Boys Under-16 team, following            decimated by injuries. The team wrapped        make their final appearance for the side,
     a win and a draw in their opening fixtures,     up their season with their visit to            among them Elly Dove and Linsey
     also gained a hard- fought point away from      Gloucestershire and achieved a fine 1-0        Whitton. They both won their County caps
     home after drawing 2-2 with Hampshire in        win. With many of the team eligible for        in the match, presented to them
     November. They resumed their fixtures           next season, hopes are high for 2009-10.       afterwards by SFA President Francis Hillier.

     More leagues in Somerset have signed
     up to the FA Respect campaign.
         So far over a dozen of the leagues in the
     County have held the Respect workshop
     for their member clubs and following that
     have agreed for their league to be part of
     the Respect campaign. The process is
     ongoing with the Somerset County League
     holding a Respect meeting for their clubs
     on 9 March. If your league would like to
     sign up to Respect, it’s not too late. Please
     contact Somerset FA Respect
     Representative, Jeremy Nash. Remember, if
     you are a Youth Club or League, there is
     a discount to help you purchase Designated       Somerset Referees at the Referees              SFA Referee Georgia Coles wearing
     Spectator Area (DSA) packs. Again contact        Respect Workshop held at Bridgwater.           one of the Respect referees armbands.
     Jeremy for details.
         As part of Respect, Referees must be        across the County at Weston Super Mare,        a safer and more enjoyable game for
     trained how to deliver Respect in the           Bridgwater, Midsomer Norton, Yeovil and        Referees, Players, Coaches, Officials and
     leagues that sign up. Over the past two         Street, with almost 400 referees attending.    Spectators. Following this, referees will be
     weeks Somerset RDO Keith Buller and             Keith Buller said: “With Leagues starting to   wearing Respect armbands in competitions
     County Training Officer Richard Melinn,         sign up to the Respect programme,              that are signed up to Respect”.
     assisted by Regional Referees Manager           referees need to understand their part. All
     Roger Vaughan, have begun the task of           who attended now understand that they are
     training over 600 registered referees in the    an important part of football and with their
     County. Five workshops were arranged            contribution they can help to make this
                                                                                                    GRASSROOTS NEWS ISSUE 5                      19

Somerset FA Football Development
Officer, Brendan Dix, is a keen Futsal
player. Brendan, a goalkeeper, has
been selected to represent the
England Partially Sighted Futsal team.
    In Partially Sighted Futsal, the
goalkeepers are fully sighted while
their outfield colleagues have some
kind of visual impairment. In
November of last year Brendan was
part of the squad of 12 selected to
represent England in the Partially
Sighted Futsal World Championship,                Members of the England Partially Sighted Team go sightseeing prior to the
held in Argentina. Here Brendan                   tournament (Brendan far left).
recollects his experiences in the
    The squad met up on Sunday, 9                which meant that all the other nations           equalised, the match finally finishing 5-5.
November at the Marriott Hotel in                within our group played against each other       And so to the dreaded penalty shoot-out….
Manchester. The first evening consisted of       and we were able to see how our group                At 4-3 to us on penalties, Argentina had
lots of team-building activities and general     was going to unfold. After the two days          to score with their last penalty to take it
information on what was expected of us           were up, to qualify from the group we had        into sudden death.
over the next few weeks and what we as           to ensure we had add a positive goal                 The kicker stepped up but put the ball
a squad wanted to achieve.                       difference regardless of results.                wide of my right-hand post. (I think my
    The next morning we were fortunate to            Our next two games were a 3-5 defeat         bright yellow goalkeeper shirt put him off
train at Manchester United’s indoor training     against the fantastically supported              personally, so I am claiming it was down to
facility, which was just as impressive as the    Argentinians and a 2-4 defeat against Spain.     me that he missed!) All of our players and
hotel we were staying in. In the afternoon       Our superior goal difference meant we            staff went into celebrations that consisted
we set off on our mammoth journey to             went through as the second team in the           of a huge pile of bodies. And I was at the
Argentina.                                       group. I was an unused sub in these two          bottom!
    We arrived in Argentina on the Tuesday       matches.                                             After the Final that Ukraine also won on
after 27 hours of travelling (Coach –                The semi-final was against reigning          penalties, we were presented with our
Internal Flight – Overseas Flight – Coach).      champions Belarus, who hadn’t lost in ten        bronze medals, which was a great
    The first day and a half was used as an      years. The game was a fantastic one, but         achievement.
acclimatising period, when we did a few          unfortunately ended in a 2-3 defeat. Again I         The whole two weeks was a fantastic
light training sessions just to get back into    was warming the bench in this match,             experience. It was a real honour to be
the swing of things after such a long trip.      eager to get on to play.                         involved and it was brilliant feeling to
    After everyone had finally acclimatised,         With the Argentinians losing their semi-     represent my country.
the rest of the week consisted of training       final to eventual winners Ukraine, our               Singing the national anthem before
sessions each day where the squad would          bronze play-off match would be against the       each match as an England player is
work on formations and set plays in              home nation and their very vocal                 something that will stay with me for the
preparation for our first match. Each session    supporters.                                      rest of my life and is something that no one
was recorded and squad meetings in the               I was given the nod to start in this match   can ever take away from me.
evening consisted of video analysis from         and what a match to play in! The crowd           Bring on the European Championship in
the day’s training session.                      was electric and the acoustics within the        June.
    After some intensive training sessions,      sports hall meant that it was almost             Brendan Dix, FDO Somerset
the competition officially started on Sunday,    impossible to hear anything.
16 November and we were in                           The game lived up to all expectations
a group with Ireland, Spain and Argentina.       and was a thrilling match to play in. Both
The top two in the group would then go           teams went for it and were both playing
into a semi-final with the top two from the      attacking direct futsal. I was fortunate
other group that comprised Ukraine,              enough to make a couple of good early
Belarus, France, Italy and Russia.               saves which set me up well for the rest of
    Our first match was against Ireland and      the match.
we ran out 8-2 winners. (Futsal usually has          As the game went into the last two
high-scoring results.) I played in part of the   minutes the score was 4-4, with the
second half of this match and was fortunate      Argentinians putting us under intensive           England celebrate after beating
enough to make a few good saves in the           pressure, and we conceded with 56                 Argentina on penalties to finish
process.                                         seconds remaining. Most teams would               third (Brendan far right).
    We then had a two-day gap in fixtures,       have crumbled but with 37 seconds left we

     The FA has established 52 Centres
     throughout England as an integral part
     of The FA’s female player
     development pathway. It is the
     pinnacle and only way from which our
     Youth International female players are
     selected. Somerset FA is one of the 52
     licensed FA Girls’ Centres in the
         The ‘Philosophy’ of each Centre is to
     disseminate technical, tactical and
     theoretical information to each player to
     stimulate the player’s learning. The aim of
     each Centre must be to promote a player-
     centred approach and encompass the
     principles of Long Term Player
     Development (LTPD) as set out in The FA
     LTPD Introductory Guide for Women and
     Girls’ Football. Therefore, every Centre
     must consider the needs of each player         OBJECTIVES:                                         If you are aware of a talented female
     and take account of their developmental        • To recommend players for national             player aged from 7-16 years who may be
     stage from a growth, development and             Under-15 and Under-17 selection if            interested in trialling for Somerset FA
     maturation perspective and implement             deemed to be at the appropriate               Centre of Excellence, please contact
     a programme to develop young players             standard                                      Somerset FA on 01761 410287 or email
     who have and can maximise their                • To establish squads for Under-10,   
     potential in the short but ultimately in the     Under-12, Under-14 and Under-16 age
     longer term.                                     groups                                        SOUTH WEST REGIONAL CENTRE OF
                                                    • To establish a challenging and                EXCELLENCE FESTIVAL
     AIMS:                                            structured technical programme,               Somerset recently hosted the South West
     • To identify and recruit the most talented      incorporating the principles of LTPD,         Regional Festival at Kingweston Playing
       girls within the locality (1 ½ hours) of       which is to be followed by all coaching       Fields. At this event there were
       the Centre of Excellence                       staff                                         approximately 400 players who
     • To provide quality coaching, education       • To provide a suitable games                   represented one of the seven FA Licensed
       and welfare at all age groups, and at all      programme for all age groups                  Centres of Excellence in the South West at
       levels                                       • To develop players to a standard              Under-10, Under-12, Under-14 and Under-
     • To enhance player development,                 consistent with the highest levels in         16 age levels. The day was a fantastic
       incorporating the principles of LTPD           women’s football.                             celebration of the level of football being
       and The FA’s 4 Corner Model,                                                                 played in the South West, and the England
       providing individuals with technical,        FIXTURES:                                       scouts who attended the event to identify
       physiological, psychological and social      Fixtures are played only against other FA       and assess players for National Youth
       knowledge to achieve their full potential    Licensed Centres of Excellence across the       squads thought the event was a great
     • To identify, recruit and develop the         Region.For season 2008-09 Somerset’s FA         success.
       most talented coaches within the             Centre of Excellence had 21 fixtures. All
       locality of the Centre of Excellence         age groups play in the South West
       (Centre Technical Director: Peter Amos,      Regional group which includes Plymouth
       UEFA A Licence)                              Argyle, Cornwall CFA, Bristol Academy,
     • To implement a comprehensive coach           Dorset CFA, Gloucestershire CFA and
       mentoring programme for the                  Wiltshire CFA.
       development of female coaches                    Somerset FA has also organised fixtures
     • Centre Directors as first-line scouts, to    with Arsenal Centre of Excellence, Aston
       work closely with the international          Villa Centre of Excellence and
       teams to make sure any potential             Wolverhampton Wanderers Centre of
       international player has the opportunity     Excellence.
       to be scouted for England Under-15,              Each squad trains twice a week for 1.5
       Under-17, Under-19, Under-23 or              hours and plays its fixtures within the South
       Senior international squads.                 West Regional programme on Saturdays.
                                                                                                 GRASSROOTS NEWS ISSUE 5   21

Rachael Edwards, the Somerset FA
Disability Development Officer, has
now been in post for six months. Here
she updates on disability football
developments in the County.
   A lot can happen in two months since
the last County Magazine was printed.
Disability Football is growing and the
awareness is being raised!

A number of School Clubs Links are being
developed to support young people within
their schools to have the opportunity to
play football, join a school team and take
part in regular football activity. The Schools
and Clubs which have come on board are:
Priory School and Bishops Lydeard
Community Club; Selworthy Special
School and Wellington FC; Threeways
Special School and Larkhall Athletic.
Fairmead and Westhaven Special Schools
are receiving regular coaching by external
coaches to support their ‘in curriculum
time’ football.If there are schools who wish
to be involved in either of these initiatives,
please contact Somerset FA.                       ADULT FOOTBALL
    In partnership with North Somerset            Yeovil Town FC is working closely with
Schools Sports Partnership, Somerset FA           Somerset FA and the Yeovil Community to
has helped to set up Weston’s first youth         develop a Yeovil Town Ability Counts Team
disability football activity. The Weston          to enter the Ability Counts League next
Ability Centre will be starting on                season. The football sessions start on
Wednesday, 4 March at 6.30pm–7.30pm               Tuesday, 10 March at 11am, with the
at The Campus in Weston. These football           venues to be confirmed. This is a great
sessions are open to young people within          new community project and will offer
the community aged 8–16 years, who have           adults (16+), who have a disability and live
a special educational need and/or                 in and around Yeovil, the opportunity to
disability. An FA qualified coach will be         play for a representative Yeovil Town
coaching these sessions, which will be held       Team.
once a week from this start date. This is
a great opportunity to set up a junior            COACHES
disability football team, so if any players are   Somerset FA is hosting the Disability
interested, please come along and give it         Equality Workshop on Wednesday, 11
a go!                                             March at 6pm–9pm at Strode College in
    The RNIB, Yeovil Town FC and                  Street.
Somerset FA are working together to               Please sign up for this workshop via the
launch a community project to set up              Somerset FA website
Partially Sighted football sessions. These
sessions will be aimed at 8–16 year olds
who have a visual impairment and give             For any further information regard
them the opportunity to receive full              Disability Football or any of the above
coaching with the aim to set up a Partially       projects, please contact Rachael Edwards,
Sighted Football Team under the banner of         Disability Football Development Officer on
Yeovil Town. A launch date has been set           07533 816510 or via email on
for Saturday, 21 March.                 

     Somerset FA President Francis Hillier’s
     look back at the history of football in
     the County reaches 1909…

     May 1909
     Senior and Junior Cup Finals resulted in
     wins for Paulton Rovers over Clevedon of
     3-1, gate receipts of £57 10s 2d, and
     Paulton Rovers over Burnham Albion by 2-
     1, gate receipts £10 8s 3d.

     June 1909
     At the Annual General Meeting it was
     reported that the Committee had worked
     harmoniously and satisfactorily carried on
     the affairs of the Association, as is
     evidenced by the fact that no meeting of
     the Board of Appeal had been necessary
     during the past season. The Balance Sheet
     revealed a credit balance of £44 5s
     11d.Five referees were promoted from
     class B to A. The following resolution,       1903 Handbook.
     proposed by the Referees Committee, was
     not adopted: “That the Referees
     Committee be given executive powers to       Shepton Mallet, with the Finance                 February 1910
     deal with all matters connected with         Committee to decide to decide on the             Yeovil Town were given permission to
     referees”.                                   most economic venue. (The result was             purchase a watch to the value of £1 after
                                                  Shepton Mallet.)                                 one of their reserve players had his watch
     September 1909                                   Portishead FC Prize Draw. At the             stolen from the dressing room during
     The first meeting of the newly elected       previous meeting attention had been drawn        a game.
     Council was held on Monday, 6 September      to this competition as some considered its          Junior Cup semi-final, Peasedown v
     at the Hare and Hounds Hotel, Shepton        legality. The FA instructed that the matter      Clandown. The latter club claimed the sum
     Mallet, commencing at 5.30pm. The            should be placed before the Chief                of 11/- for travel expenses. Peasedown
     Chairman, Charles J Lewin, congratulated     Constable of Somerset, who confirmed that        countered that, as the distance from
     those present on their election to the       it must cease and was illegal.                   Clandown to their ground was only half
     Council and expressed the hope that the          The Secretary reported he had received       a mile, this was excessive. The Council
     business of the Association would be         a letter from The FA enclosing a paper           ruled that the payment should be 5/6.
     carried on as harmoniously as before.        called “Football Sport”, which contained
         The election of Vice-Chairman took       a reprint of a letter written on official club   March 1910
     place and Mr W E Graithwaite of Camerton     paper from the Hon. Secretary of Cheddar         Senior Cup semi-final, Clevedon 1 Welton
     was unanimously elected. Twenty-two new      FC, promising to do his utmost to                Rovers 0
     clubs were admitted to membership.           recommend and further the guessing                  A protest followed from Welton that
     Shepton Mallet FC made a written report      competition, “Betting on Football”. The FA       Clevedon played several ineligible players,
     that they were unable to obtain accounts     regarded this as a serious matter and it         some under assumed names; Clevedon
     and cash from their secretary who had left   requested Somerset FA to place it before         admitted to two unregistered players. The
     the town. The amount adrift was £5 8s 7d,    the Chief Constable of Somerset, who in          Council ordered that the game be replayed
     which included rent of the field. The ex-    turn confirmed it was illegal. The Cheddar       at Welton on Thursday,17 March, kick-off
     Shepton Secretary was suspended              Secretary was written to and he replied          4.30pm with extra time if necessary and
     forthwith until the amount due had been      expressing his regret and promised to have       that Clevedon be fined £2 and the team
     paid and the accounts furnished.             nothing further to do with it. It was resolved   captain severely censured. (Clevedon
                                                  he be severely censured.                         lodged an appeal against the decision
     October 1909                                 A report appeared in the “Cheddar Times”         which failed.) Clevedon then failed to play
     For future Meetings of the new Council the   on the issue but the Council declined to get     the game and were fined a further £5, to
     Secretary was instructed to write to each    involved.                                        be paid in eight monthly instalments of
     member enclosing a form to record their          Twelve new clubs were admitted to            12/6.
     travel expenses to each of the following     membership, among them Paulton
     venues: Bath, Bristol, Radstock and          Gymnasium and Crewkerne Unitarians.
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