Firstly, and most importantly we hope you are all safe, well and remain so. It is obviously going to be a tough few months ahead for everyone.
The coronavirus is going to impact every person, every town, every nation and every business around the world.
We, therefore, feel it is important to share some of the steps we are taking at Maidenbower Colts FC to ensure the club can withstand the impact, that wasn’t foreseen or planned for this season.
With the Government stance to avoid large gatherings, postponement of all major and minor league sports, as our previous post stated, we have had to put any club related activities on hold. As a not for profit organization, we are always doing our very best to minimise costs to you, and therefore the club is run on a tight, ‘no room for eventuality’ budget. Often this means falling short and needing to stretch budgets further in order to bring the very best training and development pathways for your children.
This unforeseeable global situation is going to cause a big financial burden on our club. As you are aware your club fees are paid in advance or monthly to suit your family’s budgets. We do try to keep a reserve of funds towards the end of each season to assist with funding for the Annual Fun Day and new kit fees for the start of the new season. If we don’t receive any revenue, this could be in jeopardy.
Most of your fees are spent on League registration, Kit and winter training facilities. As you may appreciate, these have already been paid for. We have built up attractive credit terms with our suppliers which allows us to pay over the course of the season, and we still have payments that need to be made.
As it stands, our club can only survive until May if we do not receive any revenue. The real risk here is that if payments stop, there genuinely may not be a club to come back to which will have a huge impact within the local community.
So please, if you can afford it, please continue to make your existing payments. Many clubs are struggling to cope, looking at policy changes and constantly talking to their committees on how to move forward. This situation is unprecedented, but we are determined and confident that we will always find ways to return to the pitch, bigger and better than before, with the development and inclusion of your child in this amazing game.
We will give you regular updates as and when necessary and hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and well during this difficult time.
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
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
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
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
Well done to our U9 (21/22) players who pulled a team together last minute to play in the Elite Development Coaching Football Festival yesterday and made it through to the final. Coach Rachel said: “Just when we had started our break from football over the holidays, I got a message asking if we could get a team together for a tournament to cover a team who had dropped out. Between all 3 of our U9 teams, we took the only players that were available and they gave it their all. Being a mixed team that hadn’t played together as one team before we weren’t expecting to progress through the tournament. The team put the work in throughout the group games, finishing second place in the groups, and earning themselves a place in the quarter-finals. The quarter & semi-finals consisted of a draw, golden goal, and penalty shootouts where the team was successful in securing their place in the finals. With only a minute to go in the final, the opposition team equalised which saw us go through another round of golden goals and penalty shootouts. The team finished as runners-up today, only just missing out on a one-goal difference between the penalties. Well done to the winner’s Mile Oak 👏🏻 I am so proud of what they achieved today, given the circumstances of having to get a team together last minute and not playing in their usual teams. Overall, there was some great passing, communication, defending, goals and assists today.Well done team 👏🏻⚽️” maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #youthfootball #footballfamily #tournamentFootball
Maidenbower Colts FC U15s recently held their annual awards evening. In combination with the event, they held their yearly Foot Golf competition set with a world cup theme. It was a great way to end a fantastic season and all the players and their families had a fantastic evening. A special mention to those who won awards this season: 🏆 Clubman – Bruno🏆 Players Player – Charlie🏆 Most Improved Jack & Keir🏆 Managers Player – Kieran Coach Darren Said: “Every single player has contributed to the success of this team this season and we have had some awesome memorable matches in the Horsham A league. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved this season and it has been a pleasure to coach such a great team. We look forward to new challenges next season and will be working hard over summer in preparation.” Team Sponsor: Maidenbower Carpentry Ltd Photos: Grace Holloway maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #youthfootball #proudtobecolts #maidenbower
#shoutout to our U9 Red Team who finished runners-up in yesterday’s Faygate Youth FC Tournament. Coach Rachel said: “They had a rocky start in their first 4 group games and it was looking unlikely that they were going to make it out of the group into the semi-finals.In their last 2 group games, they played with determination, playing as a team and getting the ball across the pitch which resulted in getting enough points to finish at the top of the group and earning themselves a place in the semi-finals. The final saw a small defeat but they tried hard to play in hot conditions. Well done to the winners, Hurstpierpoint Colts.” maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #youthfootball #proudtobecolts #footballfamily #tournamentFootball
Last night our 21/22 U16 Black Team celebrated their fantastic season with an Awards Evening at MPCC – Maidenbower Park Community Club. This great group of young men, led by Coach Paul and Coach Rob, finished their season off by winning the Horsham & District Youth League Plate Competition. Together they progress as a group to U17/18 next season. Special mentions for those who won awards: 🏆 Most Improved Player – Owen🏆 Most Man of the Match Awards – Oli🏆 Clubman Award – Shayne🏆 Top Goal Scorer – Alex🏆Players Player & Managers Player – Freddie Coach Paul and Coach Rob would also like to thank their team sponsor DNA Ltd whose support over the past seasons has been fantastic. We are therefore very pleased and grateful that they have extended their sponsorship into next season. Congratulations and well done Colts 👏🏻
This morning our 21/22 U10 Red Team received their End of Season Medals in recognition of their fantastic season playing in the Crawley Youth Football League and all their efforts throughout the season.The Players are hard at work readying themselves to step up to 9-a-side football next season and are all very excited. Special mentions for those who won awards today: 🏆 Players Player – Dylan🏆 Managers Player – Maximo Coach Darren and Coach Kaies would also like to thank Assistant Coach James for all his help and support throughout the season. Assistant Coach James is a past Colts Player who transitioned to Coaching through our Players Pathways @ Colts project. Team Sponsor: PRS Recruitment Solutions Ltd
This evening our 21/22 U12 Squad celebrated their fantastic season. Each and every Player in the Squad should feel very proud of their achievements this season culminating in winning the Mid Sussex Youth Football League Plate Competition in April. Exciting times for these Players as they progress to 11-a-side football as U13s in September. Special mention to those recognised with awards: ⚫️ Black Team:🏆 Players Player – Connor🏆 Managers player – Jack & William🏆 Most improved – Malik 🔴 Red Team:🏆 Players Player – Liam🏆 Managers player – Connor & Tyler🏆 Most improved – Liam Squad Honours:⚽️ Mid Sussex Youth Football League Plate Competition Winners⚽️ Horsham & District Youth Football League Semi-Finalists. Team Sponsors: Best Western Lansdowne Hotel Special thank you to The Charcoal Burner, Furnace Green, for hosting and for laying on the buffet. maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #youthfootball #proudtobecolts
Our U14s were at the Steyning Tournament today, reaching their first Semi-Final! Coach James said:￼ “Well done to the team today. They made the semi-final after not losing a game in the group stage and only conceding one goal. We lost 1-0 in a tight semi-final that could’ve gone either way. Steyning whites won the tournament who we beat 2-1 in the group stage. A magnificent effort from all the players.” Well done Colts! maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #tournamentFootball #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #youthfootball #proudtobecolts
To Well done to our U15s who made it to the final of the Southwick FC youth tournament yesterday.Coach Darren tells:“Due to last-minute illness and several injuries, I was still struggling to get a six-man team together at 7 am yesterday morning. All of them gave their all and made it to the final. We played 10 matches and only lost two, one being the final. We got stronger and grew into the tournament and everyone played their part. I am so proud of all of them, they never complained and stayed positive all day.Charlie, Ben, Callum, Jack G, Jack s and Jack M“ Fantastic efforts Colts! Well done! Team Sponsor: Maidenbower Carpentry Ltd
Our 21/22 U9 teams celebrated a fantastic season on Sunday at MPCC – Maidenbower Park Community Club, culminating in their end-of-season awards. Congratulations and well done to every player involved. We’re all really excited to see what this group of Players can achieve as they transition to 7-a-side football as U10s in September. Special mention to those recognised with awards:🔴 Red Team:🏆Manager’s Player – Nehan🏆Player’s Player – Theo🏆Most Improved – BrandonHonours:Crawley & District Youth Football League Cup Final Winners / Three Bridges U9 Tournament Winners ⚫️ Black Team:🏆Manager’s Player – Jonny & Ned🏆Player’s Player – Caine🏆Most Improved – NoahHonours:Crawley & District Youth Football League U9 Terry Scott Memorial Cup Runners-Up. ⚪️ White Team:🏆Manager’s Player – Harry🏆Parent’s Player – Dylan🏆Most Improved- Grady Age Group Sponsor: CEA maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #youthfootball #proudtobecolts #wholeclub
On Sunday, Maidenbower Colts FC’s U16s Black Team played in Steyning U16 tournament. Coach Paul said:“On a very hot day in Steyning. Maidenbower Colts U16s Black Team played a 5 aside tournament.After 7 group games against some really good competition, we managed to qualify in the group to play in the semi-final against Mile Oak. After a tough game and a score of 0-0, it went to Golden Goal still finishing 0-0. So to penalties, and we won ⚽️⚽️⚽️. We played Billinghurst in the final who we had beaten 3-2 in the group stages but after a really hot day and with fatigue setting in we it wasn’t going to be the final we had hoped for and lost 3-0. Great effort from the lads in some really hot conditions and no mean feat coming runners in a competition with some really good teams” Team sponsor: DNA Ltd maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #youthfootball #proudtobecolts
Yesterday we received news that Maidenbower Colts FC has been nominated for Grassroots Youth Football Club of the Year in the England Football Grassroots Football Awards 22. Entering into the 21/22 season, as we slowly transitioned out of lockdown, it felt like such a hugely important task for us. More than anything we wanted to get back to what we love doing most, playing football. But, we also felt we had a responsibility and an opportunity to help our Players regain some confidence and start to thrive again as they returned to some sort of normality. The fact that we’ve received this formal nomination is so humbling and is a genuine milestone of achievement and recognition for our football club and everyone involved. Thank you for your support. Thank you for showing up for training and matches and giving it your all. Thank you for taking the time to get involved in our off-pitch programme of activities and thank you for representing our football club so fantastically well. We are very proud to be Colts! THANK YOU. maidenbowercoltsfc #maidenbower #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #youthfootball #proudtobecolts #wholeclub Sussex County FA England Football
Maidenbower Colts FC’s 21/22 U10 Black Team were presented with their End of Season Awards and participation medals this morning. 🏆 Player’s Player – Harry🏆 Manager’s Player – Zaiyn (GK) Congratulations and well done to all of our U10 Black Team Players, Coach Gareth, and Coach Craig and welcome to our new teammates for 22/23. maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #youthfootball #maidenbower #proudtobecolts
Congratulations to our SY1 Mini Colts who today received their end-of-season medals. It’s been fantastic to see this group of young Colts develop as Players whilst having so much fun doing so. We look forward to them registering with Maidenbower Colts FC tomorrow, at our whole club registration event, as U7s. Their Colts footballing journey continues on to Mini-Soccer in the Crawley Youth Football League next season. Well done to Coach Sam, Coach Tom and Assistant Coach Harry. maidenbowercoltsfc #wholeclub #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #footballfamily #Registration #youthfootball #proudtobecolts #footballer
Well done to one of our U15 teams who today finished runners-up at the Worthing Tournament, very narrowly beaten in the final. A valiant effort throughout the tournament. Well done boys Team Sponsor: Maidenbower CarpentryLtd #maidenbowercoltsfc#since1998#proudtobecolts#footballfamily#grassrootsfootball#tournament
Maidenbower Colts FC U16s Black Team Horsham & District Youth League U16s Plate Final 🆚 Ashurst Wood Arrows🏟 Horsham Football Club🗓 Sunday 1st May 3.50KO⏱ 2 -1⚽️ Tom – Oli🌟 ShayneCoach Paul said:“Great end to a decent season, having finished 2nd in the HDYL B league, we all headed down to Horsham FC for the U16s Plate Final against an A-league Ashurst Wood Arrows. The game started off slow with most of the possession going Ashurst’s way until a break on goal gave Tom the opportunity to put one in the back of the net, 1-0, giving us the boost we needed to get more possession and relax into the game a bit more.We came out for the 2nd half and Ashurst had stepped up a gear and was really on the fight back and to their credit and persistence got a goal back 1-1. As we got into the final 10mins Rob and I started talking about Extra time tactics and then at 77 mins Oli broke on goal taking a shot that bounced back off their keeper and Oli buried it in the back of the net making the final score 2-1. MOM went to Goalkeeper Shayne who put in a great performance like so many times this season so well deserved” Team sponsor: DNA Ltd maidenbowercoltsfc #since1998 #grassrootsfootball #youthfootball #proudtobecolts #matchreport #trophy #finals #winners #champions
his morning our U6 Mini-Colts played a series of games against our friends at Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers FC. Fantastic to see how much they enjoyed the opportunity to play in a ‘local derby’ as they continue to prepare for league football, in the Crawley & District League, as U7s in September. These two teams will meet many, many more times over the years and we are so excited to see how they develop through their grassroots journey. #maidenbowercoltsfc#since1998#grassrootsfootball#proudtobecolts#youthfootball#community#maidenbower#minicolts’To find out more about Mini Colts email:firstname.lastname@example.org