October 2012 Newsletter

October 2012 Newsletter


Hello everyone and welcome to the ‘slightly late edition’ of the October newsletter.

At last… the season’s underway and from what I’ve seen so far the standard of girl’s football played by our teams looks to be some of the best in the county. A couple of the younger aged teams have had some very close games against older teams (2 year age banding) and have been on the wrong end of some questionable decisions …. but that’s the ways it goes some times.

Most excitingly is how the next generation of little football stars have started off their seasons. Both U9 teams are already playing some excellent football and are proving to be very difficult to beat.

We have an ‘ever growing’ U7 and U8 section and thankfully have 3 promising new coaches whom I’m hoping will stay with this age group and take the girls into the U9 friendly league next season (not wishing to put you under any pressure Sharleen Watkins, Leah Campbell and Mollie Powell !!)

As we have new student coaches we are now in a position to start looking for new players in school years R,1 and 2. Please spread the word in the school playground / at work / friends & family.

As someone who’s been involved with girl’s football for a number of years it is very pleasing to see the number of parents / grandparents / friends who now come and support our teams each weekend. Thank you.

You may notice that at home games some teams are now ‘trying’ to raise funds their end of season ‘team get together’ by organising a weekly raffle or by selling squares on a football card. Please support these activities as it’s your child / children who will benefit at the end of the season. If your daughter’s team haven’t started to do this yet please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help.

During the October half term we have three parents / students entered onto the next level 1 Football coaching course  – Terry Bullock, Neil Digwood and Scott Harris, I’m sure you’ll join with me wishing them ‘good luck’ (don’t worry guys its not that bad !).

Congratulations to Claire  Brown (and me !) as we’ve just completed the FA Child Welfare course and are now Child Welfare officers for the girls section at Lads Club.


The Lads Club website is now gaining momentum (www.herefordladsclub.co.uk) and looks very impressive. Please make a point of visiting it on a regular basis as each team manager has been given the responsibility of writing weekly match reports. There’s a section for entering feedback or if you wish to email our ‘webmaster’ with any photos / reports please contact him directly at don@doncampbell.co.uk

Winter training for the u7 / u8 / u9 / u11 starts this coming Tuesday 9th October at Whitecross School (HR4 0RN) from 5.45pm until 7.00pm. If you haven’t already paid your monthly training subs PLEASE bring them next Tuesday – £6.00 for the month. These facilities cost a lot of money to hire.

If anyone wins the lottery or is sat on a large lump of cash we are looking for club sponsors….. or if you’re able to sponsor a teams training kit (pink or green) please let me know, we’d be very grateful.

Yet again Mark Farmer has been successful in his application to BT – with the money he’s kindly donated we have been able to buy a new set of 7v7 mini goals.                  Thank you.

Team Sponsors – a very big THANK YOU goes out to the local businesses / individuals who’ve been kind enough to sponsor kits for our girl’s teams. Chris Rollin & Sharon Brown (u11 Lads Club Tigers), S. C. Joseph – builders (u11 Lads Club Vixens), Hereford Gas Services (u15 Lads Club Girls), Ben & Helen Pearson (u11 Lads Club Belles), Brett & Zoe Wheeler (u13 Lads Club Vixens) and finally Brian Owen who got the ball rolling when he managed to secure sponsorship from Erect-a-Scaffold for the u10 Vixens and then organised the training kit from Weathseal for the u11 Belles.

My little moan time…… Each Sunday morning coaches get up very early and help set up pitches, put out the respect barriers, clean the toilets, mop out the changing rooms etc…. etc…. all I ask from parents is when all of the games have finished can they please help take down the nets and put away the respect barriers. Many hands make light work !!

The Sunday morning tuck shop is proving to be a real success. Thank you Debbie Jones, Steph & Hamish Acott and Sandra Mifflin. More volunteers are always welcome.

And finally some really good new……. The management team at Hereford Lads Club have been successful in our application to Sport England for a grant (£50,000 – wow !). We are working with a local architect and the planning officer as we want to regenerate the area adjoining the car park and the new mini soccer pitch. Our plan is to build new changing rooms (male & female) and a meeting room. We are currently applying for an additional grant which may allow us to start building a mini astro turf pitch (fingers crossed). This would mean we could keep money in the club instead of paying in excess of £5500 per year to hire winter training facilities.


Many thanks, Jamie