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SAFEGUARDING

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
 

d)Encourage:

  • 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
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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.

THE ASSOCIATION’S CRB PROCESS

  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.

INTERIM SUSPENSION ORDERS

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.

https://www.sussexfa.com/about/rules-and-regulations/safeguarding-and-welfare

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

CLUB #SHOUTOUTS

#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

#Shoutout – U9s

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

U15 Dragons – End of Season

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 – U9s Red

#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

U16 Blacks – End of Season

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 👏🏻

U10 Reds – End of Season

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

U12s – End of Season

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

U14s – Steyning Tournament

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

U15 Dragons – Southwick FC Tournament

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

U9s Awards

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

Tournament Report – U16s Black

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

We’ve Been Nominated!

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

#Shoutout – U10s Black

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

#Shoutout – Minicolts

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

#U15s Dragons

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

#U16s Black

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

Mini Colts

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:minicolts@mcfc1998.com

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