SOCCER SCHOOL SUMMER 2021
We are delighted to announce the return of our hugely popular soccer school on Friday nights from 6-7pm at Applemore College (all weather pitch) starting on Friday 16th April and running every Friday until further notice.
Children must be in current year R or year 1.
Boys and girls are welcome (There is a Lionesses girls only group for this age on a Monday evening 5 – 6pm if any girls prefer that environment).
Due to a need to provide an appropriate number of coaches and also to fulfil insurance, safeguarding and also covid requirements we will now need everyone who intends to attend to register online each week. A very simple form can be found at soccer-school-registration. Please fill this is at least a couple of days before each Friday you are coming along.
Soccer school is free – no charge, but our new take away facility will be open so buy a coffee and maybe a snack for the players after the session.
ONLY ONE PARENT PER PLAYER CAN ATTEND (this follows our own and FA regulations for grassroots football) Please observe social distancing. There is a one way system into/out of the pitch area. Please meet on the grass area 10 mins before start and the coaches will get everyone organised. No parents can enter the pitch area.
Do not leave you child unattended – you must stay on site for the entire session. Our coaches should not be administering first aid (covid regulations) so you must be available if required.
Please check our social media platforms for weekly updates – we may need to cancel for extreme weather conditions or coach unavailability.
Soccer school is about fun, social time for the children and falling in love with the game. We hope it leads the youngsters into our team structure and is the start of many years of playing the sport they love in a safe and happy team environment and developing both as footballers and young people…..
New teams will form this summer from the current year 1 players for next seasons under 7s (year 2)
Players need to wear shin pads, appropriate footwear and kit and bring drinks.
The wait is over! Let’s get back to it!
Hopefully the children are as excited to return as we are. The FA have given us the guidance needed and all systems go to return to training and matches from Monday 29th March. Please wait for communication from your team manager to confirm times, and also the guidance we’re required to follow.
Applemore will be open only to us as a trial period, so please can we request that all rules are followed impeccably, no exceptions, so we can successfully pass this trial period and keep the children playing football. This is a shared responsibility so lets work hard to do this together.
Team training will remain as it was before Christmas, 1 hour per week to limit the number of people at Applemore. This will be reviewed periodically.
Parents and carers
There is some specific guidance for parents and carers which you can download and read from here.
Lockdown has been a strange and challenging time for all of us, especially our children. If your child is nervous about coming back to football or has any anxiety please contact your team manager to discuss and make them aware, so they can help to transition them back.
If you stopped your standing order for training fees, please could we request that it’s re-activated from April 1st. Let’s work hard together to follow the guidance and keep the children playing!
Let’s stay safe guys and enjoy getting back to some normality, and to the game we all know and love!
New boots for Christmas?
Please consider donating the old pair to our new ‘boot exchange’ service to help us build up a stock of boots.
This is a new service being run by the club to allow members to swap boots that are no longer needed for used boots in our stock that have come from players within the club.
If you have any boots to donate or would like to get involved, please contact Kati on 07787 187744.
It’s been a strange season with all the lockdown and COVID19 restrictions, capped off by not being able to have our usual presentation ceremony at St. Marys, where out Chariman and Vice-Chariman would say their thankyous and present a very special award.
So this year we’ve recorded a little video to share with you all, please see below…
Thanks for watching. Hopefully a more normal presentation next season.
Hi, I hope everyone is well and looking forward to the summer holidays. These last few months have certainly been strange and as things slowly start to feel normal again it’s been a real delight to see some of our teams back out enjoying some football with their friends albeit in unfamiliar circumstances. We hope that in the coming weeks the pathway to familiar surroundings will become clearer and the club will move quickly to ensure this is done correctly and safely.
Despite some months of down time on the pitch, the clubs committee have been extremely busy off of it. Firstly back in late March we were really proud to present a webinar to coaches and clubs all over the country about what success looks like at a grass roots club. This is now available on The FA website.
We were also delighted to announce our long term partnership with Applemore College which secures the future of our club and with that the immediate development to the already brilliant facility. Renovation work has continued for the last 2 months by an incredible group of volunteers to renovate the containers which used to be site offices on a building site. Once completed these units will consist of toilets, changing rooms and a small club house/cafe area which will provide much needed refreshments on training and match days. To complement these developments we will also be adding 2 grass pitches which will create our very own football hub. Those of you that have children in older age groups will understand more just how far our club has come from the days of training and matches taking place in numerous locations. It’s a really exciting period for all of our members.
Now, there was only one way to celebrate our new facilities and that was to run out on the 4G in a brand new kit once we are given the green light. We tried to keep it a secret while our team work tirelessly to get the deal over the line and deliver a real show stopper of a kit. The reveal day was a lot of fun and really well received so Thank you for taking part. To complement the new kit deal we now have a fantastic club shop where you can purchase additional club branded items. I’m sure this will be well used at Christmas time!
As I write this I’m fully aware that despite the season finishing some months ago we haven’t yet had our annual celebration. With things the way they are unfortunately a night out at St Mary’s just isn’t possible but again our clubs committee has pulled out all of the stops to ensure we can create the best possible memories despite the restrictions. We are still working on a few loose ends but we hope to have a confirmed date for this by the end of this week. Thanks for your patience.
Lastly, in the midst of everything going on the club held its AGM. This year was different being an online affair but I was delighted to see no changes to this incredible team of volunteers. In all of my years involved in grassroots football I have never known such a motivated, hard working and genuine group of people. An outstanding Team.
I’m very much looking forward to getting back down to Applemore and catching up with as many of you as possible and once the cafe is open I have Coffee, white with 1.
We’re really pleased to announce the launch of our new online club shop! This will be a great asset for us going forwards, allowing parents to equip their children with amazing Hythe & Dibden YFC branded Puma gear as and when needed.
The site is run by our excellent new kit supplier, FootballKitsDirect.com, and they will manage orders directly, freeing up our volunteer managers and coaches to focus on the football.
Our new kit is made by Puma, and is fantastic quality gear, you won’t be disappointed.
Any questions or queries about online ordering, please feel free to get in touch.
We’re really excited to get some of our teams back to socially distanced training this week. It’s been a lot of hard work from the committee getting arrangements made with the council, ordering in sanitiser and first aid equipment, understanding the FA guidance, and formulating our own plans.
Our amazing volunteer coaches have been briefed via Zoom, and it will be great to see some of the teams back out training. Please bear in mind training is completely optional, if you or the coach aren’t comfortable returning to football just yet, there is absolutely no requirement to do so.
Due to the facility at Applemore remaining closed, training will take place at Shore Road playing fields and we have a rota of pitch spaces set out there, with large transitional periods to ensure social distancing and minimise the burden of traffic and parking. As Shore Road is a public space, we must remain mindful of other users. Parking is extremely limited, so please if you live near enough and if at all possible, see if you can get there without driving.
We are also asking a parent or guardian of each child to remain on site, so if there is any requirement for treatment, they can attend and the coach can maintain the required 2m distance.
Here are the details of how it will work…
Here are the pitch areas…
COVID19 training documents and resources…
We have produced some handy guides for parents, players and coaches, as well as first aid and training guidance. Please download and keep for reference.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns – [email protected]
The stripes are back
We’re really excited to reveal our new home kit for the 2020/21 season, it’s looking fantastic! Amazing quality from Puma Teamwear and a slick new design, re-introducing the traditional green and white stripes in a fresh mint green, paired with ice white shorts and socks with matching colour details. We can’t wait to see the boys and girls wearing this next season!
The stripes have been a big part of the clubs history, as you can see from this shot in the Echo from 2006, and we’re looking forward to bringing them back!
Prior to the coronavirus lockdown we were very proud to be asked to take part in a webinar for the FA on the topic of success in a grassroots football club. It was an honour to be asked to participate in any capacity, but on a topic like that was really flattering.
It was a really interesting process to step back and ask ourselves some difficult questions, and clearly define both how far we’ve come as a club and where we want to go. The webinar went really well, we’ve made some great contacts and received some fantastic feedback from both the FA club services team and other participants involved in grassroots football.
There’s a full case study published on the FA website, publicly available to download and read:
Or they can be viewed as images below:
Onwards an upwards!