Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football, thus every club is required to endorse and adhere to The Association’s Safeguarding Children policy.

The FA recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The FA is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities for as long as they choose to do so. The Safeguarding Children Policy is supported by The FA’s Respect programme to address verbal abuse and bullying of youngsters by parents and coaches on the sidelines. The Association’s Safeguarding Children policy principles are that:

the child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration

all children and young people have a right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, faith or sexual orientation

all suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately

working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents and carers is essential.

The FA is committed to working in partnership with the Police, Children’s Services Departments, and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) in accordance with their procedures. This is essential to enable these organisations to carry out their statutory duties to investigate concerns and protect all children and young people.

The Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy is in response to government legislation and guidance, developed to safeguard the welfare and development of children and young people.

As set out in The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy, The Association is committed to safeguarding children within football and has Case Management procedures in place to assess the suitability of individuals to be involved with children in football.

In assessing that suitability, children’s welfare is the paramount consideration. Towards this, The Association has the power under the Safeguarding Children Regulations to issue a suspension where any one or more of the following applies:

The individual fails to comply with any part of The Association’s Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Process;

The individual has been barred by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) from engaging in regulated activity relating to children;

The individual has been disqualified from working with children under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000;

The individual is subject to any other restriction to their involvement with children due to an order made pursuant to statute;

The individual has been convicted of, or made the subject of a caution for, an “Offence” defined in paragraph 1 of the Regulations;

Following a risk assessment, The Association is satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the individual poses or may pose a risk of harm to children.

1(a).     In these Regulations the expression “Offence” shall mean any one or more of the offences contained in the Schedules of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 and any other criminal offence which reasonably causes The Association to believe that the person accused of the offence poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.

1(b).     Where any case is referred to the Safeguarding Review Panel pursuant to these Regulations, it shall be considered by the Panel on the basis of written material only. No party shall be permitted to attend to address the Safeguarding Review Panel.


  1. All persons applying for or currently in such positions that The Association deems relevant whose duties include regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in charge of children, must comply with the requirements of The Association’s CRB process. These requirements are:

To obtain an FA Enhanced CRB Disclosure; and

To provide any such further detail, explanation or clarification of any or all part or parts of that Enhanced Disclosure, or any matter revealed by it, as may be required by The Association; and

Where required, to provide at least two references that attest to their suitability to be involved in youth football. The spouse or partner of the person subject to this requirement cannot act as a referee for this purpose. Any reference provided by a spouse or partner will not be accepted; and

To comply with each of the requirements set out in regulations (i) – (iii) above within any such time limit as The Association may stipulate.

Any person who fails to comply with any of the requirements set out in sub-paragraphs (i) – (iv) above shall be subject to an immediate suspension from football activity, on such terms and for such period as The Association may stipulate.


Upon receipt by The Association of:

3.1.     Notification that an individual has been charged with an Offence; or

3.2.     Notification that an individual is the subject of an investigation by the Police, Children’s Services or any other authority relating to an Offence; or

3.3.     Any other information which causes The Association reasonably to believe that a person poses or may pose a risk of harm to a child or children.

The Association shall have the power to order that the individual be suspended from all or any specific football activity for such a period and on such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate. Such suspensions will be issued by the Case Manager or his/her nominee. The initial notification of any such suspension sent to an individual shall set out the right of appeal contained in Regulation 6 below.

In determining whether an order under regulation 3 should be made, the Case Manager or his/her nominee shall give consideration, inter alia, to the following factors:

4.1.     Whether a child is or children are or may be at risk of harm;

4.2.     Whether the matters are of a serious nature;

4.3.     Whether an order is necessary or desirable to allow the conduct of any investigation by The Association or any other authority or body to proceed unimpeded having regard to the need for any suspension order to be proportionate.

All such suspension orders will be reviewed at the next meeting of The Association’s Safeguarding Review Panel. The Panel may ratify, modify or remove any such suspension, or make any other order in relation to that suspension as it deems appropriate.

  1. The total period of an order referred to in Regulation 3 above shall not last beyond the final determination of any related case under the Rules of The Association.
  1. Any individual subject to a suspension order under Regulation 3 may appeal against it once the period of three months from the imposition of the suspension order by the Case Manager/nominee has elapsed.
  1. Such appeals shall be considered by the Safeguarding Review Panel. At least one member of any Panel considering an appeal shall not have been a member of any Panel which conducted the initial review, under Regulation 4 above, of the suspension order being appealed.
  1. To bring an appeal under Regulation 6, the individual must give notice in writing to the Case Manager/nominee, requesting such an appeal. The individual may submit any written material in support of the appeal. Such material must be submitted within 14 days of giving such notice or it may not be considered by the Safeguarding Review Panel.
  1. The Safeguarding Review Panel shall consider all written material submitted by the individual requesting the appeal and in support of that appeal. The Case Manager/nominee may also submit any written material for consideration by the Panel.
  1. On considering an appeal, the Safeguarding Review Panel shall have the power to make any order in relation to the interim suspension order as it deems appropriate, including ratifying, modifying or removing it. The Panel shall also have power to make any order in relation to the conduct of the appeal proceedings as it deems appropriate, including requiring more information from either the individual or the Case Manager/nominee.
  1. Any appeal under Regulation 6 shall be heard by the Safeguarding Review Panel at the earliest opportunity, following receipt of notice in writing and any written material in support of the appeal from the individual.
  1. Where an order is imposed on an individual under Regulation 3 above, The Association shall bring and conclude any proceedings under the Rules of The Association against the person relating to the matters as soon as reasonably practicable.
  1. Safeguarding Policy Statement

Maidenbower Colts Football Club (“the Club”) recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people (defined as any person under the age of 18) involved in football which it organises or which it supervises and is committed to working to provide them with a safe environment. The Club subscribes to The Football Association’s Child Protection Best Practice Policy and Procedures, Safeguarding Children and Young People in Football and endorse and adopt the Policy Statement contained in that document namely:

“Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and should be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football. The FA recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. The FA is, therefore, committed to working to provide a safe environment for all children and young people to participate in the sport to the best of their abilities so long as they choose to do so”.

  1. Key Principles

The key principles of this Safeguarding Children Policy and that of the FA are that:-

  • The child’s welfare is, and must always be, the paramount consideration
  • All children and young people have the right to be protected from abuse regardless of their age, gender, disability, culture, language, racial origin, religious beliefs or sexual orientation
  • All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately
  • Working in partnership with other organisations, children and young people and their parents/carers is essential


  1. Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that every child or young person who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable safe environment and be protected from poor practice and abuse. The Club recognises that this is the responsibility of every adult involved in football organised or supervised by the Club.

  1. Role

The Club has a role to play in safeguarding the welfare of all children and young people by protecting them from physical, sexual or emotional harm and from neglect or bullying. It is noted and accepted that the Football Association regulations (set out in Appendix 2A hereto) apply to all persons involved in football whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. This means whether you are a volunteer, match official, helper on club tours, coach, club official or medical staff.

The Club endorses and will apply the Football Association regulations and will treat any infraction of those regulations as misconduct which will be the subject of the disciplinary procedures set out in the League Rules in addition to any other procedures which may be undertaken by any other body or authority.

The Club also endorses and adopts the FA’s Safeguarding Children and Best Practice Guidelines for recruiting volunteers and will:-

  • Develop a role profile
  • Request identification documents
  • As a minimum, meet and discuss with the applicants and where possible will conduct interviews before appointing
  • Request and follow up with 2 references before appointing
  • Require an FA CRB Unit Enhanced Disclosure where appropriate in line with FA Guidelines
  • All current Club officials with direct access to children and young people will be required to complete a CRB Enhanced Disclosure via the FA CRB Unit.

If there are concerns regarding the appropriateness of an individual who is already involved or who has approached the Club to become one of its officials, guidance will be sought from the Football Association. It is noted and accepted that the FA will consider the relevance and significance of the information obtained via the FA CRB Unit and that all decisions will be made in the best interests of children and young people.

It is accepted that the FA aims to prevent people with a history of relevant and significant offending from having contact with children or young people and the opportunity to influence policies or practice with children or young people. This is to prevent direct sexual or physical harm to children and young people and to minimise the risk of “grooming” within football.

  1. Whistle Blowing

The Club supports the FA’s whistle blowing policy. Any adult or young person with concerns about a adult in a position of trust with football can ‘whistle blow’ by contacting our Club Welfare Officer. Alternatively, you can contact:

The Sussex FA Safeguarding Team on 01903 768578 or by  emailing Safeguarding@SussexFA.com

NSPCC via help@nspcc.org.uk

Child Protection in Sport Unit via cpsu@nspcc.org.uk

The Club encourages everyone to know about The FA’s Whistle Blowing Policy and to utilise it if necessary.

  1. Club Welfare Officer

The Club has appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with The FA’s role profile and required completion of the Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officers Workshop. The post holder will be involved with Welfare Officer training provided by The FA and/or County FA. The Club Welfare Officer is the first point of contact for all club members regarding concerns about the welfare of any child or young person. The Club Welfare Officer will liaise directly with the County FA (CFA) Welfare Officer and will be familiar with the procedures for referring any concerns. They will also play a proactive role in increasing awareness of Respect, poor practice and abuse amongst club members.

  1. Bullying

We acknowledge and endorse The FA’s identification of bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all players or parents/carers should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly. Incidents need to be reported to the Club Welfare Officer in cases of serious bullying the CFA Welfare Officer may be contacted.

  1. Codes of Conduct

Codes of Conduct for coaches, players, officials and parents/carers have been implemented by the Club and are displayed on our website. These can also be downloaded to view offline.  Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct constitutes misconduct which may the subject of disciplinary sanction in accordance with the FA/league rules.

  1. Reporting Concerns

Reporting your concerns about the welfare of a child or young person. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility if you are worried about a child it is important that you report your concerns – no action is not an option.

  1. If you are worried about a child then you need to report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer.
  2. If the issue is one of poor practice the Club Welfare Officer will either:
    •deal with the matter themselves or
    •seek advice from the Sussex FA Welfare Officer

iii. If the concern is more serious – possible child abuse, where possible, contact the Sussex FA Welfare Officer first, then immediately contact the Police or Children’s Social Care.

  1. If the child needs immediate medical treatment take them to a hospital or call an ambulance and tell them this is a child protection concern. Let your Club Welfare Officer know what action you have taken, they in turn will inform the CFA Welfare Officer.
  2. If at any time you are not able to contact your Club Welfare Officer or the matter is clearly serious then you can either:
    •contact The FA Safeguarding Team on 01903 768578 or Safeguarding@SussexFA.com
    •contact the Police or Children’s Social Care
    •call the NSPCC 24 hour Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858 or email help@nspcc.org.uk
  3. Further Advice

Further advice on Safeguarding Children matters can be obtained from:-

  • The NSPCC Child Protection 24 hour Helpline 0808 800 5000
  • www.TheFA.com/football-rules-governance/ safeguarding
  • Emailing – Safeguarding@SussexFA.com



Maidenbower Colts Football Club Commitee


Updated: July 2021

As the governing body of the game, The Football Association is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the game at every level. Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally. In line with this statement, Maidenbower  Colts Football Club is committed to eliminate discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.

Maidenbower  Colts Football Club is responsible for setting standards and values to apply throughout the club at every level. Football belongs to and should be enjoyed by everyone, equally. Our commitment is to confront and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. Equality of opportunity at Maidenbower Colts Football Club means that in all our activities we will not discriminate or in any way treat anyone less favourably, on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or disability. This includes:

  1. The advertisement for volunteers
  2. The selection of candidates for volunteers
  3. Courses
  4. External coaching and education activities and awards
  5. Football development activities
  6. Selection for teams
  7. Appointments to honorary positions


Maidenbower Colts Football Club will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

Maidenbower Colts Football Club is committed to the development of the programme of ongoing training and awareness raising events and activities, in order to promote the eradication of discrimination within its own organisation, and within football as a whole.

Equal Opportunities Policy for Maidenbower Colts Football Club

Maidenbower Colts Football Club  is committed to a policy of equal treatment of all members and requires all members of whatever level or authority, to abide and adhere to this general principle and the requirements of the Codes of Practice issued by the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality.

All members are expected to abide by the requirements of the Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination Act 1986 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Specifically discrimination is prohibited by:

  • Treating any individual on grounds of gender, colour, marital status, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability less favourably than others.
  • Expecting an individual solely on the grounds stated above to comply with requirement(s) for any reason whatsoever related to their membership, which is different from the requirements for others.
  • Imposing on an individual’s requirements, which are in effect more onerous on that individual than they are on others. For example, this would include applying a condition, which makes it more difficult for members of a particular race or sex to comply than others not of that race or sex.
  • Victimisation of an individual or harassment of an individual, by virtue of discrimination.
  • Any other act or omission of an act, which has as its effect the disadvantaging of a member against another, or others, purely on the above grounds. Thus, in the entire Club’s recruitment, selection, promotion and training processes, as well as disciplinary matters, it is essential that merit, experience, skills and temperament be considered as objectively as possible.

Maidenbower Colts Football Club commits itself to the immediate investigation of any claims of discrimination on the above grounds and where such is found to be the case, a requirement that the practice cease forthwith, restitution of damage or loss (if necessary) and to the investigation of any member accused of discrimination.

Any member found guilty of discrimination will be instructed to desist forthwith. Since discrimination in its many forms is against the Football Club’s policy, any members offending will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure.

The Football Club commits itself to the disabled person whenever possible and will treat such members, in aspects of their recruitment and membership, in exactly the same manner as other members. The difficulties of their disablement permitting assistance will be given, wherever possible to ensure that disabled members are helped in gaining access. Appropriate training will be made to such members who request it.

Playing Squad and Selection Policy

Team managers can select whom they want to play for the team without direction from anyone else, subject to the player being both available and willing to play, providing the selection criteria is in line with the above policies.

The club will take every possible step to ensure that unregistered players do not play. Managers will be reminded to play only previously registered players or those legally registered on the day in keeping with league rules. Managers transgressing this rule will be asked to appear before the club’s disciplinary committee.


Updated: July 2021

Code of Conduct:

Parents/Guardians & Spectators

Parents/spectators have a great influence on a player’s enjoyment and success in football. Our players play football because they first and foremost love the game – it’s fun. It is important to remember that however good a player becomes at football within our Club it is important to reinforce this message to parents/spectators that positive encouragement will contribute to:

Players enjoying football.

A sense of personal achievement.


Improving the player’s skills and techniques.

A parents/spectators expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a player’s attitude towards:

Other players.




As a parent/spectator within our Club please ensure you are always positive and encouraging towards all of the players, not just the player you have come to watch. Please offer encouragement and never criticism.

Our parents/spectators are requested to:

Applaud the opposition as well as our own team. Appreciate good play from whatever team it comes from.

Avoid coaching any player during the game.

Do not shout or scream.

Respect the Referees decision, even when you don’t agree with them.

Give attention to each of the players involved in football, not just the most talented.

Give encouragement to everyone who participates in football. Applaud effort and good play as well as success.

Remain behind the touchline and within the Designated Spectators Area (where provided).

Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do.

Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials.

Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

All parents/spectators within our Club are requested to adhere to this Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

I understand that if I do not follow the code, any/all of the following activities may be taken by my club, county FA or the FA:

I may be:

Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official.

Required to meet with the club, league or CFA Welfare Officer.

Required to meet with the club Committee.

Obliged to undertake an FA education course.

Obliged to leave the match venue by the club.

Requested by the club not to attend future games.

Suspended or have my club membership removed.

Required to leave the club along with my dependents.

In addition:

The FA/county FA could impose a fine and/or suspension on the club.

For your information, our Child Welfare Officer is Nola Waight, please contact her at cwo@mcfc1998.com.

Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.

Revised – Summer 2021

Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.

Coaches must place the well-being, enjoyment and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance, and above winning. Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying.

Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down by governing bodies.

Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.

Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game and respect match officials decisions.

Coaches must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.

Coaches must encourage, promote and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.

Promote Fair Play at all times.

Coaches must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.

Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the players (and, where appropriate parent) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their Coach.

Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.

Coaches must always promote the positive aspects of the sport (e.g. encroaching on the field of play) and never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.

Coaches must consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.

Coaches should never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

Be gracious in victory and defeat.

Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission and always adhere to the “Respect Line”.

I understand that if I do not follow the code, any/all of the following activities may be taken by my Club, county FA or the FA:

I may be:

Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer.

Suspended by the club from attending matches.

Suspended or fined by the county FA.

Required to leave or sacked by the club.

In addition:

My FA Coaching License may be withdrawn.

Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.

Revised – Summer 2016


Always play to the best of my ability and for the benefit of the team.

Play fairly – I won’t cheat, dive, complain or waste time.

Respect my team mates, the other team, the referee and my coach/team manager.

Understand that a coach/team manager has to do what is best for the team and not one individual player.

Talk to someone I trust or the club Welfare Officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

Obligations towards the Game

The Player should:

Make every effort to develop their own sporting abilities, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.

Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if his team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.

Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.

Avoid all forms of Gamesmanship and time wasting.

Show all due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.

Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations towards one’s own Team

The Player should:

Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help his own team win.

Resist any influence which might, or might be seen to, bring into question his commitment to the team winning.

Show respect for the Laws of the Game and competition rules.

Listen and respond to what my coach/team manger tells me.

Obligations for the Players own well-being

The Player should:

Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game and the competition rules.

Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.

Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned substances.

Respect towards Opponents

The Player should:

Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.

Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

Be gracious in victory and defeat – I will shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game.

Respect towards Match and Team Officials

The Player should:

Accept the decision of the Match Official without protest.

Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

Show due respect towards Match Officials.

Abide by the instruction of their Coach and Team Officials provided they do not contradict the spirit of the code.

Show due respect towards Team Officials of the opposition.

Obligations towards the Supporters

The Player should:

Show due respect to the interests of the Supporters.

I understand that if I do not follow the code, any/all of the following activities may be taken by my club, county FA or the FA:

I may be:

Required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager.

Receive a formal warning from the coach/team manager or the club committee.

Be dropped or substituted.

Be suspended from training/playing games.

Be required to leave the club.

In addition:

My club, county FA or The FA may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct.

My Club may pass on any fine or charge for payment.

The FA/county FA could impose a fine and/or suspension against my club.

Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.

Revised – Summer 2016

Obligations towards the Game

The Team Official should:

Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters, by promoting good behaviour and showing respect to everyone involved in the game.

Promote and develop his/her team having regard to the interest of the Players, Supporters and reputation of the national game.

The behaviour of the match officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both on the pitch and on the side-lines.

Share knowledge and experience when invited to do so, taking into account the interest of the body that has requested this rather than personal interests.

Be responsible in promoting high standards of behaviour in the game.

Play your part and observe the FA’s Respect Code of Conduct and match officials at all times.

Avoid all forms of Gamesmanship.

Show all due respect to Match Officials and others involved in the game.

Always have regard for the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion of the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.

Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Obligations towards the Team

The Team Official should:

Make every effort to develop the sporting, technical and tactical levels of the Club/team, and to obtain the best results, using all permitted means.

Give priority to the interests of the team, using all permitted means.

Resist all illegal or unsporting influences, including banned substances and techniques.

Promote ethical principles.

Show due respect for the interests of the players, coaches and officials, their own Club/team and others.

Obligations towards the Supporters

The Team Official should:

Show due respect for the interests of Supporters.

Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

Respect towards the Match Officials

The Team Official should:

Accept the decisions of the Match Officials without protest.

Avoid words or actions which may mislead a Match Official.

Show due respect towards Match Officials.


Be honest and completely impartial at all times.

Apply the laws of the Game and competition rules fairly and consistently.

Manage the game in a positive, calm and confident manner.

Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour , foul play and other misconduct.

Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from players or officials.

Support my match official colleagues at all times.

Communicate with the players and encourage Fair Play.

Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by the team captains.

Prepare physically and mentally for every match.

Complete and submit, accurate and concise reports within the time limit required for games in which I officiate.

I understand that if I do not follow the code, any/all of the following activities may be taken by my county FA or the FA:

I may be:

Required to meet with the FA/County FA Refereeing Official.

Required to meet with the FA/County FA Referees Committee.

Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.

Revised – Summer 2016

Maidenbower Colts Football Club is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members. The Club has issued the following guidelines for the use of photography and video imaging as it affects junior members.


Parents and guardians will not be prevented from taking pictures or video filming junior members. The introduction of proportionate controls on the use of such equipment forms a key element of general safeguarding good practice at the Club.


Use of Photography


 Photographs/images are not to be taken at matches or training without the prior permission of the parents/carers of the junior members. This permission can be given by proxy by the coach of each team, only after parental consent for this has been granted. The coach must arrange this prior to attending matches. Permission is granted once the use if photography box is checked upon registration. You can opt out of the agreement by contacting the Club Secretary and Welfare Officer. The coach must arrange this prior to attending matches.


  • If no consent has been given for a child on the club membership application form, then it is to be made known to the relevant person of the other team (e.g. Coach/Team Manager), so that the appropriate person/s taking photos for the other team is aware and can avoid taking photos of that particular child.


  • The junior members should be informed that a person will be taking photographs.


  • The junior members should be informed that if they have concerns they can report these to the coach or team manager.


  • Concerns regarding inappropriate or intrusive photography should be reported to the Club Welfare Officer and recorded in the same manner as any other child protection concern.


Maidenbower Colts Football Club representatives are asked to adhere to the guidelines relating to publishing of images as detailed below. Use of images of children, (for example on the web, in the media or in league handbooks)


  • Ask for parental permission to use their child’s image and wherever possible show the image to the parents and child in advance. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image will be used to represent football and the Club.


  • Ask for the child’s permission to use their image. This ensures that they are aware of the way the image is to be used to represent football and the Club.


  • If the player is named, avoid using their photograph.


  • If a photograph is used, avoid naming the child.


  • Only use images of junior members in appropriate kit (training or competition), to reduce the risk of inappropriate use, and to provide positive images of the children.


  • Encourage the reporting of inappropriate use of images of children. If you are concerned, report your concerns to the County or Club Welfare Officer.


Use of Video as a coaching aid:


Club Coaches may use video equipment as a legitimate coaching aid. However, Players and Parents/Carers should be aware that this is part of the Coaching programme and material taken in connection with coaching must be stored securely and must be deleted/destroyed when a parent requests this, or when the material is no longer needed. The Parents/Carers and junior members must provide written consent for the use of photography and video analysis.

Maidenbower Colts Football Club take your privacy very seriously. This Privacy Notice sets out how we use and look after the personal information we collect from you. We are the data controller, responsible for the processing of any personal data you give us. We take reasonable care to keep your information secure and to prevent any unauthorised access to or use of it.

What personal data we hold on you

Personal data means any information about an individual from which that individual can be identified.
We collect, use, store and transfer some personal data of our participants [and their parents or guardians], and other Club members.
You provide information about yourself when you register with the Club, and by filling in forms at an event or online, or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail, or otherwise.
The information you give us may include your name, date of birth, address, e-mail address, phone number, gender, and the contact details of a third party in the case of an emergency. We may also ask for relevant health information, which is classed as special category personal data, for the purposes of your health, wellbeing, welfare, and safeguarding. Where we hold this data it will be with the explicit consent of the participant or, if applicable, the participant’s parent or guardian. Where we need to collect personal data to fulfill Club responsibilities and you do not provide that data, we may not be able honour or administer your membership.

Why we need your personal data

We will only use personal data for any purpose for which it has been specifically provided.
The reason we need participants’ and members’ personal data is to be able to run the football club and arrange matches; to administer memberships, and provide the membership services you are signing up to when you register with the club. Our lawful basis for processing your personal data is that we have a contractual obligation to you as a participant or member to provide the services you
are registering for. 

We have set out below, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate Purpose/ Processing Activity Lawful Basis for processing under Article 6 of the GDPR.

processing membership forms and payments/ subs – Performance of a contract
organising matches – Performance of a contract
sending out match or Club information and updates – Performance of a contract sharing data with coaches, managers, or officials to run training sessions or enter events – Performance of a contract

Sharing data with leagues we are in membership of, county associations, and other competition providers for entry in events – Performance of a contract

sharing data with committee members to provide information about club activities, membership renewals, or invitations to social events – The Club has a legitimate interest to maintain member and participant correspondence for club
community purposes.

Sharing data with third-party service or Facility provider – The Club has a legitimate interest to run the organisation efficiently and as it sees fit. Provision of some third-party services is for the benefit of the Club, participants, and its members.

Publishing match and league results – Consent. We will only publish your personal data in the public domain, including images and names, if you have given your consent for us to do so. In the case of children under the age of 13 then only with the written consent of parent/guardian

To ensure we understand possible health risks – Consent. We will only process details on your medical history with your consent.

Who we share your personal data with

When you become a member of the Club, your information, if you are a coach or volunteer will be or if you are another participant may be (depending upon which league(s) your team plays in) entered onto the Game System database relevant to the league for which your child is being registered to. We also pass your information to the County FA and to leagues to register participants and the team for matches, tournaments, or other events, and for affiliation purposes.

We may share your personal data with selected third parties, suppliers, and sub-contractors such as referees, coaches, or match organisers. Third-party service providers will only process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties to comply with a legal obligation; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of our participants, members or affiliates, or others. 

The Club’s data processing may require your personal data to be transferred outside of the UK. Where the Club does transfer your personal data overseas it is with sufficient appropriate safeguards in place to ensure the security of that personal data.

Protection of your personal data

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used, or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered, or disclosed. 

How long we hold your personal data

We keep personal data on our participants and members while they continue to be a participant or members or are otherwise actively involved with the Club. We will delete this data after a participant or member has left or otherwise ended their membership or affiliation, or sooner if specifically requested and we are able to do so. We may need to retain some personal data for longer for legal or regulatory purposes. Some systems such as the Whole Game System is subject to their privacy policy so we advise you to review that policy together with this notice. If you would like your personal data to be deleted from the Whole Game System then please contact them.

Your rights regarding your personal data

As a data subject you may have the right at any time to request access to, rectification, or erasure of your personal data; to restrict or object to certain kinds of processing of your personal data, including direct marketing; to the portability of your personal data and to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office about the processing of your personal data. 

As a data subject, you are not obliged to share your personal data with the Club. If you choose not to share your personal data with us we may not be able to register or administer your membership. 

We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time and will inform you of any changes in how we handle your personal data.

Updated 25th April 2018

  1. About this Policy
    1. This Policy is to help clubs, County Football Associations, and football leagues deal with data protection matters internally. This should be kept with other club / County Football Association/football league policies and a copy should be given (or made available) to all staff members, volunteers, and others who come into contact with personal data during the course of their involvement with the club / County Football Association/football league.
    2. Maidenbower Colts Football Club (“we”, “our”, “us”) handle personal data about current, former, and on occasion prospective players [and their parents or guardians], volunteers, committee members, other [Club/ County FA/League] members, referees, coaches, managers, contractors, third parties, suppliers, and any other individuals that we communicate with. 
    3. In your official capacity with Maidenbower Colts Football Club, you may process personal data on our behalf and we will process personal data about you. We recognise the need to treat all personal data in an appropriate and lawful manner, in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR). 
    4. Correct and lawful treatment of this data will maintain confidence in the Club, and protect the rights of players and any other individuals associated with the Club. This Policy sets out our data protection responsibilities and highlights the obligations of the Club, which means the obligations of our employees, committee, volunteers, members, and any other contractor or legal or natural individual or organisation acting for or on behalf of the Club.
    5. You are obliged to comply with this policy when processing personal data on behalf of the Club], and this policy will help you to understand how to handle personal data.
    6. The Club committee will be responsible for ensuring compliance with this Policy. Any questions about this Policy or data protection concerns should be referred to the committee.
    7. We process volunteer, member, referee, coach, manager, contractor, committee, supplier and third party personal data for administrative and Club management purposes. Our purpose for holding this personal data is to be able to contact relevant individuals on Club business and our legal basis for processing your personal data in this way is the contractual relationship we have with you. We will keep this data for 12 months after the end of your official relationship with the Club unless required otherwise by law and/or regulatory requirements. If you do not provide your personal data for this purpose, you will not be able to carry out your role or the obligations of your contract with the Club.
    8. All the key definitions under GDPR can be found here.
  2. What we need from you
    1. To assist with our compliance with GDPR we will need you to comply with the terms of this policy. We have set out the key guidance in this section but please do read the full policy carefully.
    2. Please help us to comply with the data protection principles (set out briefly in section 3 of this policy and in further detail below):
      1. please ensure that you only process data in accordance with our transparent processing as set out in our Privacy notice;
      2. please only process personal data for the purposes for which we have collected it (i.e. if you want to do something different with it then please speak to the Chairman of the Club
      3. please do not ask for further information about players and/or members and/or staff and/or volunteers without first checking with the Registration Secretary;
      4. if you are asked to correct an individual’s personal data, please make sure that you can identify that individual and, where you have been able to identify them, make the relevant updates on our records and systems;
      5. please comply with our retention periods listed in our Privacy Notice and make sure that if you still have information that falls outside of those dates, that you delete/destroy it securely;
      6. please treat all personal data as confidential. If it is stored in electronic format then please consider whether the documents themselves should be password protected or whether your personal computer is password protected and whether you can limit the number of people who have access to the information. Please also consider the security levels of any cloud storage provider (and see below). If it is stored in hard copy format then please make sure it is locked away safely and is not kept in a car overnight or disposed of in a public place;
      7. if you are looking at using a new electronic system for the storage of information, please talk to the Chairman first so that we can decide whether such a system is appropriately secure and complies with GDPR;
      8. if you are planning on sharing personal data with anybody new or with a party outside the FA structure then please speak to Chairman before doing so who will be able to check that the correct contractual provisions are in place and that we have a lawful basis to share the information;
      9. if you receive a subject access request (or you think somebody is making a subject access request for access to the information we hold on them) then please tell the Registration Secretary as soon as possible because we have strict timelines in which to comply;
      10. if you think there has been a data breach (for example you have lost personal data or a personal device that contains personal data or you have been informed that a coach has done so, or you have sent an email and open copied all contacts in) then please speak to Registration Secretary and the Chairman who will be able to help you to respond.

If you have any questions at any time then please just ask, we are here to help.

  1. Data protection principles
    1. Anyone processing personal data must comply with the enforceable principles of data protection. Personal data must be:
      1. processed lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner;
      2. collected for only specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes; 
      3. adequate, relevant, and limited to what is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it is processed;
      4. accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date;
      5. kept in a form which permits identification of individuals for no longer than is necessary for the purpose(s) for which it is processed; 
      6. processed in a manner that ensures its security by appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction, or damage;
    2. We are responsible for and must be able to demonstrate compliance with the data protection principles listed above.
  2. Fair and lawful processing
    1. This Policy aims to ensure that our data processing is done fairly and without adversely affecting the rights of the individual.
    2. Lawful processing means data must be processed on one of the legal bases set out in the GDPR. When special category personal data is being processed, additional conditions must be met. 
  3. Processing for limited purposes
    1. The Club collects and processes personal data. This is data we receive directly from an individual and data we may receive from other sources.
    2. We will only process personal data for the purposes of the Club as instructed by the committee, the County FA or The FA, or as specifically permitted by the GDPR. We will let individuals know what those purposes are when we first collect the data or as soon as possible thereafter.
  4. Consent
    1. One of the lawful bases on which we may be processing data is the individual’s consent.
    2. An individual consents to us processing their personal data if they clearly indicate specific and informed agreement, either by a statement or positive action. 
    3. Individuals must be easily able to withdraw their consent at any time and withdrawal must be promptly honoured. Consents should be refreshed every season
    4. Explicit consent is usually required for automated decision-making and for cross-border data transfers, and for processing special category personal data. Where children are involved then the consent must be in writing from the parent/guardian
    5. Where consent is our legal basis for processing, we will need to keep records of when and how this consent was captured.
    6. Our Privacy Notice sets out the lawful bases on which we process data of our players and members.
  5. Notifying individuals
    1. Where we collect personal data directly from individuals, we will inform them about:
      1. the purpose(s) for which we intend to process that personal data;
      2. the legal basis on which we are processing that personal data;
      3. where that legal basis is a legitimate interest, what that legitimate interest is;
      4. where that legal basis is statutory or contractual, any possible consequences of failing to provide that personal data;
      5. the types of third parties, if any, with which we will share that personal data, including any international data transfers;
      6. their rights as data subjects, and how they can limit our use of their personal data;
      7. the period for which data will be stored and how that period is determined;
      8. any automated decision-making processing of that data and whether the data may be used for any further processing, and what that further processing is.
    2. If we receive personal data about an individual from other sources, we will provide the above information as soon as possible and let them know the source we received their personal data from;
    3. We will also inform those whose personal data we process that we, the Club, are the data controller in regard to that data, and which individual(s) in the Club are responsible for data protection.
  6. Adequate, relevant, and non-excessive processing
    1. We will only collect personal data that is required for the specific purpose notified to the individual.
    2. You may only process personal data if required to do so in your official capacity with the Club. You cannot process personal data for any reason unrelated to your duties.
    3. The Club must ensure that when personal data is no longer needed for specified purposes, it is deleted or anonymised.
  7. Accurate data

We will ensure that the personal data we hold is accurate and kept up to date. We will check the accuracy of any personal data at the point of collection and at the start of each season. We will take all reasonable steps to destroy or amend inaccurate or out-of-date data. 

  1. Timely processing

We will not keep personal data longer than is necessary for the purpose(s) for which they were collected. We will take all reasonable steps to destroy or delete data that is no longer required, as per our Privacy Notice.

  1. Processing in line with data subjects’ rights
    1. As data subjects, all individuals have the right to:
      1. be informed of what personal data is being processed;
      2. request access to any data held about them by a data controller;
      3. object to the processing of their data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling);
      4. ask to have inaccurate or incomplete data rectified;
      5. be forgotten (deletion or removal of personal data);
      6. restrict processing;
      7. data portability; and
      8. not be subject to a decision that is based on automated processing.
    2. The Club is aware that not all individuals’ rights are absolute, and any requests regarding the above should be immediately reported to the committee, and if applicable escalated to the County FA/ FA for guidance. 
  2. Data security
    1. We will take appropriate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised processing of personal data, and against the accidental loss of, or damage to, personal data.
    2. We have proportionate procedures and technology to maintain the security of all personal data. 
    3. Personal data will only be transferred to another party to process on our behalf (a data processor) where we have a GDPR-compliant written contract in place with that data processor.
    4. We will maintain data security by protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of personal data.
    5. Our security procedures include:
      1. Entry controls. Any stranger seen in entry-controlled areas should be reported.
      2. Secure desks, cabinets, and cupboards. Desks and cupboards should be locked if they hold personal data.
      3. Methods of disposal. Paper documents should be shredded. Digital storage devices should be physically destroyed.
      4. Equipment. Screens and monitors must not show personal data to passers-by and should be locked when unattended. Excel spreadsheets will be password protected.
      5. Personal Devices. Anyone accessing or processing the Club’s personal data on their own device, must have and operate password-only access or similar lock function and should have appropriate anti-virus protection. These devices must have the Club’s personal data removed prior to being replaced by a new device or prior to such individual ceasing to work with or support the Club.
  3. Disclosure and sharing of personal information
    1. We share personal data with the County FA/ and The FA, and with applicable leagues using Whole Game System and Got Football.
    2. We may share personal data with third parties or suppliers for the services they provide and instruct them to process our personal data on our behalf as data processors. Where we share data with third parties, we will ensure we have a compliant written contract in place incorporating the minimum data processer terms as set out in the GDPR, which may be in the form of a supplier’s terms of service.
    3. We may share personal data we hold if we are under a duty to disclose or share an individual’s personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any contract with the individual or other agreements; or to protect our rights, property, or safety of our employees, players, other individuals associated with the Club or others. 
  4. Transferring personal data to a country outside the EEA

We may transfer any personal data we hold to a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA), provided that one of the appropriate safeguards applies.

  1. Reporting a personal data breach
    1. In the case of a breach of personal data, we may need to notify the applicable regulatory body and the individual. 
    2. If you know or suspect that a personal data breach has occurred, inform a member of the committee immediately, who may need to escalate to the County FA/ FA as appropriate. You should preserve all evidence relating to a potential personal data breach. 
  2. Dealing with subject access requests
    1. Individuals may make a formal request for information we hold about them. Anyone who receives such a request should forward it to the board/committee immediately, and where necessary escalate it to the County FA/ FA for guidance. Nobody should feel bullied or pressured into disclosing personal information.
    2. When receiving telephone inquiries, we will only disclose personal data if we have checked the caller’s identity to make sure they are entitled to it.
  3. Accountability
    1. The Club must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to look after personal data, and is responsible for, and must be able to demonstrate compliance with the data protection principles.
    2. The Club must have adequate resources and controls in place to ensure and to document GDPR compliance, such as:
      1. providing fair processing notice to individuals at all points of data capture;
      2. training committee and volunteers on the GDPR, and this Data Protection Policy; and
      3. reviewing the privacy measures implemented by the Club.
  4. Changes to this policy

We reserve the right to change this policy at any time. Where appropriate, we will notify you by email.

 Updated 25th April 2018


#Shoutout – U7 Reds

Our U7 Red Team were in action again today in the Crawley & District Youth Football League. Here’s another of Coach Tom’s fantastic Match Reports! Coach Tom said: “A superb game of football today, very evenly matched teams. Colts started brightly dominating the play and getting a superb goal with a Free Kick struck well by Harry B. The opposition managed to nick a few goals on the counter attack after Colts were drawn forward trying to get their 2nd. Second half was very even, end to end play with Colts so unlucky not to get a few more goals. The opposition goalkeeper playing out of his skin keeping the barrage of shots out! A great team performance with everyone contributing. Well done all. Cody ( Capt)🧤👏🏻Toby 👍🏻👏🏻Harry J 👍🏻👏🏻Nola 👏🏻💪🏻Cayden 👍🏻👏🏻Harry B (POTM🏆)⚽️👏🏻Parker 👍🏻👏🏻Will 👍🏻👏🏻” Age Group Sponsor: Wickhams Brown – Case Makers maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #footballfamily #25years #proudtobecolts

#Shoutout – U10s Red

#shoutout to our U10 Red Team as they progress in the Tandridge League Cup Competition. THIS is the Colts mindset in full effect!Fantastic effort. Coach Rachelle said: “Today the team played their second group game of the spring cup. It was a hard-fought battle between both teams. We got ahead after it being 0-0 for some time, then the opposition put the pressure on and took the lead. The team fell behind but picked themselves up throughout the second half and worked hard to take the lead again. It was an unexpected come back which shows that anything can happen in a game and it can go either way at any given moment. Even when it’s not looking good, there is a chance to turn things around. They took a few physical and mental knocks but got back up into the game and changed their mind set. POTM – Marco. At half time he felt he wasn’t performing well so he set himself a challenge to play better in the second half. He remembered having a negative mindset in the previous game against the same team and how it affected his performance so he went back out and gave it his all for the second half. Players player – Branden (chosen by Louis) for tracking back, communicating, and getting the long balls up the pitch to his team mates. Well done team 👏🏻” #maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #footballfamily #25years #proudtobecolts #mindsetmatters #positivemindset

#Shoutout – Lilly U11s Blacks

A fantastic gesture of sportsmanship from Steyning Town Community Football Club U11s today. They met with our U11 Black Team in the Horsham & District Youth Football League today. After a very challenging and physical game, Steyning Town FC awarded their Player of the Match to Lily, a Maidenbower Colts FC Player. Lily, who plays in a mixed team as the only girl, was absolutely thrilled. Well done and thank you, Steyning Town FC. 👏🏻 Sussex County FAGatwick Construction maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #25years #cluboftheyear #proudtobecolts #sportsmanship #sportsmanshipmatters #thisgirlcan MISS KICK

#Shoutout – U10s Whites

This morning our U10 White Team made good use of our 3G winter training facility and hosted a friendly against Roffey Robins FC. A great effort by both sides and useful development minutes for the players to practice what’s been learned in training. If your team would like to join us for a friendly game on 3G on a Saturday morning please drop us a message. We can host U6 to U10. maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #25years #proudtobecolts #cluboftheyear

#Shoutout – U10s Red

Coach Rachelle said:“Today the team played in DNA’s power play tournament. This is the first time they have played in a tournament with a power play initiative. Music was played for 2 minutes in each match and during this time, any goals scored would be doubled. We went in knowing the standard of teams was going to be high. The team had a rocky start in their first group game and had to work hard in the remaining 4 games, all of which were very close and highly competitive. The team finished second place in the groups, earning themselves a place in the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals saw a draw, followed by a close round of penalties and sudden death. We went head to head with Lambeth Tigers in the semi-final, who we played in our first group game. This was a very fast-paced game but also where our time in the tournament come to an end. Very proud of the boys for making it that far. They held their own against some tough teams and worked extremely hard throughout the games.” Well done Colts!! 👏🏻 maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #shoutout #grassrootsfootball #anniversary #footballfamily #25years #cluboftheyear #proudtobecolts #tournament #tournamentfootball

#Shoutout – U10s Blacks & Whites

A no quarter asked or given battle between our U10 Black Team and U10 White Team this afternoon as they met in the Crawley & District Youth League. Incredible determination, relentless effort, and great football with just a goal to separate the two teams – all played in the spirit of the game. Then, after the final whistle, they’re all smiles and as one football family for this great group photo 📸A great match, managed in exactly the right way by our marvelous U10 Coaching Team. Well done everyone. Age Group Sponsor: CAE maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #25years #cluboftheyear #proudtobecolts Sussex County FA

#Shoutout – U10s Red

Our U10 Red Team, who play in the Tandridge Youth Football League, had no game this weekend due to Half Term so went GoKarting together! A great opportunity for some fun and team bonding off the pitch. footballfamily maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #25years #anniversary #cluboftheyear #grassrootsfootball #proudtobecolts Sussex County FA

#Shoutout – U7 Reds & Blacks

Two fantastic games this morning with both our U7 teams playing in the Crawley & District Youth League. U7 Black Team POTM: OsiasU7 Red Team POTM: Nola Great to see both teams developing, their confidence growing, and, importantly, them all loving playing football with their friends. Age Group Sponsor: Wickhams Brown – Case Makers maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #footballfamily #25years #cluboftheyear #proudtobecolts Sussex County FA

Our Girl Ballers!

The benefits of girls playing in boys/mixed teams are well published and with the age limit for mixed teams increased to U18, we believe those benefits work both ways. We’ve certainly seen the positive impact mixed teams can have on everyone’s development and life skills. In this post Lily, her Mum, and her Coach all speak of how joining a mixed team can aid a Player’s development, understanding of the game and physical confidence. ⚽️ Lily told us:“I joined Maidenbower Colts FC last Summer to help me improve my footwork outfield as I currently play as a Goalkeeper for an all-girls team. I was nervous about joining a boy’s team but they all made me feel so welcome and I quickly felt very much part of the team. My coaches, Gareth and Craig, work us hard and that journey led us to move up 3 leagues! I also had the opportunity through Maidenbower Colts FC to take part in the Colts X Begovic GK Camp which resulted in them inviting me to join their academy in Cobham. I love how accepting the team and coaches have been about letting a girl play in their team but now I feel like a very valued member of Maidenbower Colts FC” ⚽️ Nathalie, Lily’s Mum went on to explain: “Joining her Brother’s club was a big decision for Lily, but she’s not looked back once. Playing with Maidenbower Colts FC has really developed Lily’s resilience, confidence, and strength. Her in-game confidence has grown and she’s formed strong bonds with the boys whilst has earned their respect. The parents of the boys have been so supportive of Lily joining their Sons which you can certainly hear every Saturday morning!” ⚽️ Coach Gareth said:“Lily joined the U11 Black Team this season and has fitted in seamlessly. She is technically very good and competes well physically with the boys. She has certainly improved us as a team in terms of performance and team spirit.” Maidenbower Colts FC is an inclusive and diverse community-minded football club and we’re so proud to have Lily and all our girl ballers mixing it with the boys. It makes us a better, stronger more accepting football family. If you’d like to find out more about joining one of our teams, drop us a message. thisgirlcan #girlballers #inclusivesport #diversityandinclusion #maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #25years #footballfamily #footballforall #grassrootsfootball #proudtobecolts Sussex County FASussex County Women and Girls’ Football LeagueMISS KICK

#Shoutout – U10s Red

Coach Rachelle said: “The team put on an incredible performance today. Every single one of the boys put in the hard work and contributed towards the final result. A real team effort.Quick decisions were needed to keep up with the pressure from the opposition throughout the game.Great use of finding space to move into, a teammate to pass the ball to, and body shape to block off players.Sportsmanship was seen on and off the pitch today. Whilst the boys were having a rest off the pitch, they were supportive and complimentary of the rest of the players on the pitch.An increase in communication in the second half enabled more awareness and increased the level of teamwork.The header of the year from Louis, our center back, as he positioned himself well in the box when a corner was taken.POTM – Harry & Aaban.Harry – saved every single shot that came his way. He communicated with his teammates to let them know he was an option. Despite a collision with the goalpost, he remained in good spirits for the rest of the game.Aaban – Improved his performance throughout the match. He battled well during the game, regaining possession of the ball, made use of the space in front of him, and looked for players to pass the ball to.” maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #proudtobecolts #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #footballforall #cluboftheyear #youthfootball #shoutout

#Shoutout – U7 Reds

Yesterday we posted about our U7 Red Team’s training session. Today they were able to put it all into practice in the Crawley & District Youth Football League. These young players soak up everything they are taught and apply it with enthusiasm on the game day whilst enjoying every minute of it. Coach Tom said:“Great performance today from the Reds today.A clean sheet and bagging a few goals at the other end!Harry B with a worldie free kick and Toby Captain this week picking POTM for his solid defending and distribution. An unbelievable team effort all around. 👍🏻👏🏻” maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #footballforall #cluboftheyear #youthfootball #proudtobrcolts

#Shoutout – U7 Reds & Blacks

This morning our two U7 teams met in the Crawley & District Youth Football League. Enormously proud of how well they all played and that the game was played in the spirit and with the respect that defines being a Colt! Coach Tom, U7 Red said:“What a great game of football. Played in the right spirits, lots of goals and a very even match. Kids all went home happy with smiles on their faces.” Coach Paul, U7 Black said:“A fantastic game between the Colts U7s Reds and Blacks this morning. Well done to all the Players. Everyone enjoyed a great game” maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #footballfamily #grassrootsfootball #cluboftheyear #youthfootball #proudtobecolts

#Shoutout – U10s Red

Coach Rachelle said of her U10 Red Team today: “We started off the game with some heavy hearts after last night’s result and played in freezing temperatures.We played a really good side who gave us a challenge and something to learn from them.Heads were down after the result in the first quarter but the team’s performance improved in the second and third quarters where they were able to return the challenge to the opposition and battle it out for the rest of the game.POTM – Louis. He was upset after the first quarter with not being able to do what he wanted with the ball but after playing a quarter in goal and making some fantastic saves, he came back outfield for the second half of the game with a more positive and focused mindset. This shift lead him to stay mentally strong and his performance noticeably improved as a result. It was a great demonstration of resilience 👏🏻Also, thank you to Aaban, James, and Louis for stepping in as goalkeepers today.Thank you to LUCA FC & Academy for making the journey down here despite the cold conditions!” maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #proudtobecolts #youthfootball #grassrootsfootball #shoutout #cluboftheyear

#Shoutout – U10s White

Coach Lee said of his U10 White Team today: “I’d like to give a shout-out to my U10 White Team that played a tough game against good opposition in testing conditions of snow and freezing temperatures. Their hard work and relentless dedication were rewarded with positive result.Goals from Louie, Alex, and Harry – all the boys battled so hard and none of them gave up… tough choice for POTM, but awarded to both Thomas and Archie 👍🏼” maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #proudtobecolts #shoutout #youthfootball #grassrootsfootball #cluboftheyear

#Shoutout – U10s Red

Shout out to our magnificent U10 Red Team who again proved that resilience, hard work, and determination always pays off. Coach Rachelle said:“Shoutout to these legends who competed in the gold semi-final this morning as a team of 7 again without any subs.Really good teamwork was seen throughout the match today and great decisions were made.They improved their performance throughout the first three quarters until they became understandably tired in the last quarter.They still held their own and battled until the final whistle even with the opposition having 8 players on the pitch, finishing on a clean sheet.Well done to Louis who was the players player of the match for playing well in defence.POTM – James & Louis. James completed his individual challenge and played really well in the first half. Louis did some great work in defence, making those runs back to chase the players, gaining possession, and playing the ball forward. Both of them are full of coughs at the moment so their efforts today exceeded my expectations.A little shoutout to Aaban who improved his performance with some guidance and used his timing & positioning well to make some really good interceptions.So proud of them all and looking forward to the final in the coming weeks. The boys have earned their place there and it is thoroughly deserved 👏🏻” maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #cluboftheyear #youthfootball #awardwinning #shoutout

#Shoutout – U10s Red

Yesterday, our U10 Red Team played their final group game of their League Cup. Coach Rachelle said:“They were down to 6 players due to illness but they went out and worked hard as a team of 6 from start to finish in the rain.In what was our last group cup game, the team had to play 6 v 7 without a goalkeeper for the duration of the game. Not an ideal situation but the boys always rose to the challenge and put the work in when needed.The second half saw the team equalise which took them through to a round of penalties. The team got their win on the penalties in what was a close game with the opposition. Their ability to be adaptable to last-minute changes and determination to play with the disadvantage of an under-load situation was truly admirable.Thank you to Tahir for covering whilst I was off and to Paul for attending the match to support with match day admin despite his own child being unwell and not playing today.”Well done Colts. Fantastic resilience, determination, and team spirit.Well done to Coach Rachelle for finding a way to get the game organised despite the bad weather and for coping with all the last-minute issues on the day – whilst completing the last practical day of her UEFA C course. maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #shoutout #cluboftheyear #proudtobecolts #awardwinning

#Shoutout – U11s Black

SHOUT OUT to our U11 Black Team. Coach Gareth said: “Really impressive 2nd half performance from the U11 Black Team on Saturday. Behind at half time but they didn’t drop their heads, never gave up, and showed great tenacity and resilience to finish strongly with 5 2nd-half goals to get the win!”Fantastic job Colts. Showing true Maidenbower Colts FC mentality! #maidenbowercoltsfc#since1998#grassrootsfootball#footballfamily#shoutout#proudtobecolts#awardwinning#cluboftheyear#mindset#resilience#determination

Adrian Theobald Memorial Cup 2022

Maidenbower Colts FC will be honouring the memory of Adrian Theobald with our club’s annual charity football match. This will take place on the 3G pitch at Oriel High School on Sunday 30th October. Kick Off at 14:00. All proceeds from this charity match will be donated to StCatherines Hospice in Adrian’s name.The two teams will be made up of Colts Coaches of past and present and past Colts Players.Spectators are asked to donate £2 to witness this footballing marvel! If you’d like to make a more personal donation please do so via our GoFundMe page.https://www.gofundme.com/f/AdrianTheobaldMemCupThank you.Sussex County FAPremier Sports & LeisureSt Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley maidenbowercoltsfc #footballfamily #youthfootball #proudtobecolts #maidenbower

#Shoutout – U10s Red

Our awesome U10 Red Team started a new adventure today in the Tandridge Youth Football League. Coaches Rach and Keith said: “We started our new league journey today in the Tandridge league. Not knowing what to expect after being in the Crawley & District Youth Football League for the last few seasons, the Players adapted superbly! We started the opening 10 mins a bit nervous on a bobbly pitch but settled into the game and started playing the passing game we are known for. Strong performance from front to back with good team goals scored through passing and moving.POTM – TobySHOUTOUT – Nehan All the best to Old Wilsionions Owls for the rest of the season” Well done Colts! 👏🏻 maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #awardwinning #cluboftheyear #youthfootball #footballfamily #grassrootsfootball #proudtobecolts

#Shoutout – U7 Reds

Today one group of our Mini Colts received their brand new Maidenbower Colts FC home and away kits, ready to start their journey into Mini-Soccer, becoming our U7 Red Team. In September they will play in the Crawley & District Youth Football League. Thank you to our Kit Officer, Mitch, for ensuring their kits arrived in good time and to the U7 Squads’ new sponsor Wickhams Brown – Case Makers. maidenbowercoltsfc #grassrootsfootball #since1998 #footballfamily #proudtobecolts #youthfootball #cluboftheyear #awardwinning

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