Grass Roots Supported By DEVELOPING FOOTBALL FOR EVERYONE www.wiltshirefa.com The Wiltshire County FA..... An Introduction I am pleased to announce that the Wiltshire County Football Association (WCFA) in conjunction with the Swindon Evening Advertiser, the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald and their websites will be supporting the ‘GrassRoots’ publication. There will be a range of articles covering from ‘How does the WCFA work?’, ‘Serving Leagues, Clubs, Players and Referees’ through to topical articles relating to ‘Ask the Ref’ , ‘How to become a Referee’, ‘Development of Players’, ‘How to set up a Football Club’, ‘ Applying for Charter Standard Status’, ‘Applying for Grants’ and ‘Coaching Tips’. We will celebrate successes, grassroots activity and work conducted by our partners providing football opportunities throughout the County. In this first edition I have provided a summary below of some of our activities and achievements. To best structure delivery of all aspects of Football we produce a County FA Strategy; the current Strategy runs from 2008 until 2012. The key aims and objectives are aligned to those set by the FA as Charter Standard In - Service Event National Governing Body as follows:- On Sunday 15 August Wiltshire County Football Association held their Annual - Increasing and Sustaining Participation - Raising Standards and Addressing Abusive Behaviour Charter Standard In - Service Event for Charter Standard Clubs. It took place at - Developing Better Players and Recruiting and Supporting a Skilled and Diverse Coaching Workforce Melksham House and Melksham Town FC. and football Volunteers generally - Leading and Governing the Game Efficiently The day consisted of a coaching session in the morning led by the Mike Antrobus - Providing advice and support for Funding of Facilities of the FA Skills Team. The session was based on the new FA Youth Award for which - Marketing & Promotion of all aspects of the Strategy and its delivery Here are just a few headlines:- there was enthusiastic participation from a number of Club coaches! Clubs and Leagues: After a full 2 hours of coaching in the sun, it was on to lunch followed by various The National trend over the past 5 years is that there has been approx a 20% reduction in the 11 v 11 presentations from the Wiltshire CFA Staff covering a range of topics from progress game but we are pleased to say that Wiltshire has maintained its numbers during this period. There are 448 Clubs affiliated incorporating 1,098 teams for the new season. There have also been year on year in delivery of the County Development Plan and latest developments in Charter increases in participation in youth male and female football and those participating in disability football. Standard, through to Refereeing and accessing funding for Facility improvements. Whilst we have encountered difficulties in attracting women and girls into football, two years ago we Over 70 people attended on the day for which some positive feedback was received. introduced a Centre of Excellence for Girls to encourage higher standards within the female game, and this we hope will help to increase the number of players at both youth and adult level over the next few Paul Gentleman from Old Town United e-mailed us to say “Just want to say thank years. The Centre has received high praise for both its technical and administrative operations from its you for yesterday, good presentations and very useful” regulator, the FA. There are 13 sanctioned Leagues that operate throughout the County as well as a number of small-sided Presentations of plaques and certificates were made to Clubs who had recently Leagues. attained Charter Standard status these were: Marlborough Town Juniors, Broad Standards: Town Colts, Calne FC, FC Chippenham Youth and Chippenham Town. Several of our Leagues now have embedded the RESPECT Standard in their operations and many Clubs have achieved Charter Standard status. 68% of all mini-soccer and youth teams play within Charter If you would like to know more about the benefits of becoming a Charter Standard Standard Status Clubs. The North Wilts and District Youth and Minor Football League has recently become the First Charter Standard League in the County. Club then please contact Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our web-site Workforce: for more information. A range of football education opportunities is offered through our Course Education Programme covering a range of skills. As an example during the last year the number of FA Level 1 Coaches qualified through the WCFA programme has risen from 262 to 617. See Next Grass Roots for more Information. Ask The Ref....... Referees: Q. “We all say that the ball is much lighter nowadays, but the Law The National trend during the past five years is a 25% reduction in match officials and during this past year. The WCFA have worked very hard to in increase our numbers back up to what they were five years that covers the ball has not changed for many years. So what is the ago. There are currently 329 registered referees in the County. weight, circumference, and pressure of the ball as set out in Law 2?” So for the very first time, we have four match officials now operating at the highest level of the game A. “ Weight: At the start of the game must be between 14-16oz (410g-450g). (Lee Probert – FIFA List, Roger East - Football League, Brendan Malone – Football League, Simon Hooper - Circumference: 27-28 inches (68-70cm) Pressure: Equal to 0.6 - 1.1 atmosphere Football League). This represents a very high standard for which we are formally recognised by The FA. (8.5 - 15.6 lbs/sq in or 600 - 1,100 g/cm2) at sea level”. Facilities: There are many Clubs within the County that have benefited from our advice and support in scoping projects and seeking to obtain grant funding support from small ‘Grow the Coaching Tip of the Week....... Game’ projects to larger schemes such as for pitch improvements and changing room refurbishment and renewal. Whilst there have been significant changes and reductions in the football funding situation during the last year we will continue to “Repetition without Repeat - Try not to do the same drills every provide our expertise. session and if you do try and change them slightly to avoid players We are aiming to provide a rich mix of Grassroots articles and information over the coming weeks to support local football. For more detailed information please becoming bored”. provided by County Coaching Representative visit our web-site. Mike Benson – County Hon. Secretary and Lead Tutor Mike Byrne.
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