Maidenbower Colts Football Club acknowledges its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of every child and young person who has been entrusted to its care and is committed to working to provide a safe environment for all members.  A child or young person is anyone under the age of eighteen engaged in any Club football activity.  We adhere to The Football Association’s Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures and endorse and adopt its strategy.

Our Child Welfare Officer is Nola Waight. She can be contacted by email cwo@mcfc1998.com

Our Child Welfare Officer is Nola Waight. Nola can be contacted via email at cwo@mcfc1998.com                 

The Two Key Responsibilities of a CWO:

1. To be clear about the club’s responsibilities when running activities for children and young people.

This involves:

  • Ensuring these responsibilities are well understood by others
  • Working with the Youth League Welfare Officer (YLWO)
  • Working with your County FA Welfare Officer
  • Promoting The FA’s Respect Programme and helping to develop best practice processes.

2. To help club personnel understand their ‘duty of care towards children and young people.

It is also the role of a CWO to make sure that:

a) The club put in place:

  • A safeguarding children policy, the anti-bullying policy, and equality policy
  • A Responsible recruitment process including the taking up of references and submitting FA DBC checks (getting the right people into the game)
  • The FA Respect Programme codes of conduct

b) Understand:

  • What the Respect Programme aims to do
  • The benefits of implementing the Respect codes
  • The quick wins to be gained by using The FA’s safeguarding children best practice guidance (e.g. Travel, Trips and Tournaments, Photography guidelines, Anti-bullying Policy, and Safeguarding Children Policy Template)
  • Why certain roles require an FA CRB check and how The FA CRB process works
  • How to refer a concern about the welfare of a child

c) Communicate with:

  • Club officials about the Respect Programme and its aims
  • Parents/spectators and get them to sign up to the Respect codes
  • Parents and new players by getting involved with running ‘start of season’ welcome sessions for members
  • Coaches and managers about the importance of being consistent role models for their players
  • Your Youth League Welfare Officer – introduce yourself, find out how they can support you, and let them know what you are doing to safeguard children in your club
  • Your County FA Welfare Officer if you need help or advice
  • The FA by taking part in surveys, questionnaires, focus groups as and when asked


  • Parents to complete the Respect education programme
  • Coaches, team managers, first aiders/medics to complete The FA’s Safeguarding Children Workshop
  • Coaches and team managers to listen to their player’s thoughts, ideas, and views
  • The committee to make use of the Respect Programmes designated spectator area at all games

e) Monitor:

  • Repeated incidents of poor behaviour and liaise with your committee (and where necessary Youth League Welfare Officer or County FA Welfare Officer)
  • Compliance with FA CRB checks through The FA CRB Unit for those who require one using The FA Safeguarding Online System

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

Reporting concerns

If you are worried about a child, it’s vital that you report your concerns.  Doing nothing is not an option.

How to report a concern:

  • To the Club Welfare Officer 
  • To the Sussex FA Designated Safeguarding team on 01903 768578  safeguarding@sussexfa.com
  • If urgent and you are unable to contact your Club or Sussex FA Safeguarding Officer, you should call the NSPCC 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000
  • If it is an emergency because a child is at immediate risk, then always call the Police by dialing 999
The FA Whistle-Blowing Policy

Whistle-blowing can be used as an early warning system or when it’s recognised that appropriate actions have not been taken. This approach or policy is adopted in many different walks of life.
It is about revealing and raising concerns over misconduct or malpractice within an organisation or within an independent structure associated with it. To report a concern, please use the contacts above. Further information is available on the Sussex FA Safeguarding page.


For further reading and more information, please have a look at the websites below.


#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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