Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 31

Staplegrove Youth 2017/18 Community “The start to this season has been disrupted by the move over to the Whole Game System and its refusal to talk to the Full- Time system. This has meant that the start for our older teams was delayed and we have been receiving fixtures a week at a time. I’m glad to report that normal service is now just about resumed. My priority as Chairman is to find a new secretary for the club. We are also looking to give our changing facilities a face lift. My plan as a coach is to keep our U13 teams playing, giving all the players a chance and enough game time each week, encouragement, keeping it fun, and perhaps introducing the odd new skill.” Approach “I would like to think that we are an inclusive club, successful without needing to have a ‘win at all cost’ mentality. Our club’s philosophy has also been to encourage and promote the development of mini and youth football through offering a safe and enjoyable learning environment. We also endeavour to provide the best playing amenities and equipment. We look to develop every young person in terms of their self-discipline, confidence, behaviour and social skills. Recently we have been supported by Somerset FA through the grass root coaches mentoring programme to help improve the knowledge, confidence and performance of coaches and volunteers within the club. Ultimately, by providing better coaching we develop better players.” Integration “We have a good relationship with the Staplegrove senior club with a number of our players having transitioned into their playing ranks over the years and a couple of the senior players coming back to youth football to coach their sons/ daughters. However, there is a gap in the ‘pathway’ between U16 and U18 football and we need to do more work if we want to fill it.” A C Mole and Sons Amanda Gunter recently told Football Focus Magazine, “My son plays in the U9s in defence and has been there since 2014. I get down to the games and it is great to see them doing so well. We’ve sponsored them for a year now and would like to wish everyone at the club the best of luck for the future.” “Whilst we are a Chartered Standard Club, based on the FA’s criteria we cannot be classed as a Community Club as we only offer mixed teams covering mini-soccer and youth football. However we do provide quality, safe opportunities for young people of all ages in our community and recognise the need to work to ensure our youth players have a realistic pathway to continue playing football at senior level.” Challenges “Our biggest challenges are finding and keeping sufficient volunteers to match our growth and securing good quality pitches and winter training facilities in the local area – as we continue to expand as a club, we have outgrown our own facilities; we currently have our U8s training and playing matches on the local senior club pitch, our U9s and U10s training and playing on pitches at a primary school on the other side of town (10 minutes drive), whilst our Mini’s and U7s train at our dedicated playing fields along with the older age groups U11s-U15s.” Ambitions “We currently enter 18 teams in the local leagues. We want to keep growing and to offer organised football from U8s through to U16s with an aim of participating in the local U18s youth league. We would also like to encourage more girls to take up football and possibly establish an all girls team.” A.C.MOLE & SONS CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS & CHARTED TAX ADVISERS A C Mole & Sons are one of the South West’s leading independent firms and advise a broad range of clients across the UK and overseas. We take the trouble to listen to our clients so that we understand what they want from us. We offer a personal service and award winning tax advice. If you want to be treated as a person and not a file number, to deal with approachable professionals who have their feet on the ground, to receive sound advice in language you can understand, we believe we are the firm you are looking for. Services • Accounting • Agricultural • Audit & Assurance • Business Advice and Corporate Finance • Financial Services • Accounting & Business Software • Tax Proud Sponsors of Staplegrove Youth FC TELEPHONE: 01823 624450 WEBSITE: WWW.ACMOLE.CO.UK STAFFORD HOUSE, BLACKBROOK PARK AVENUE, TAUNTON SOMERSET TA1 2PX www.footballfocusmag.com 31