The Under 16s team is for players who, from 1st September 2017, will be in Year 11 at school.
The squad is managed by Paul Baker with assistance from coaches Lee Gocher and Steve Pascoe. If you are able to assist the team in any way, be it collecting money & registration forms, setting up or clearing away, please let them know ~ all offers of help are always very gratefully received.
2017 training for the U16s will start on Saturday 2nd September from 9:00am - 10:30am at the California Field in Downley (see map and directions on the 'How to find us' page)
Please note: No cars are to be driven down to the California Field, please park in Mannings field or the Le De Spencer car park and walk.When parking in the new car park extension on Mannings Field, cars will need to be parked at a 45° angle to allow the maximum number of cars to be parked. There is a turning area at the far end. Please do not park on the road. Thanks for your cooperation.
Training is held every Saturday morning during term time, starting at 9:00am sharp at California Field, Downley on grass pitches. Sessions finish at 10:30am. Please try to have the players with us on time as the warm-up is an important part of the session and please ensure your child has had plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast at least 1 hour before the start.
What to wear/bring
Players should wear suitable shirts, shorts, socks (usually Replica Kit) and football boots on training days with warm clothing depending on weather conditions. Players are expected to wear clean studded boots (moulded or screw-ins depending on the hardness of the ground) and the club recommends 'NO BLADES' due to the potential dangers associated with them so please bear this in mind. SHIN PADS are compulsory. Please also bring a soft drink (NOT FIZZY) and a small snack for your child as there will be regular breaks for refreshments.
Important Note to Players
Being part of a team means supporting your team mates and those involved in your club. Make sure you read the club code of conduct and understand it. You should also make sure your parents read it too!
Finally, your assistance in even the smallest way in respect of setting up and clearing away the equipment before and after each training session is enormously appreciated!
Important Note to Parents
For new starters, we recommend that parents or guardians remain on the field during the session until your child has become familiar with the routine.
Feel free to pop to the Pavilion on Downley Common where you will find beverages, bacon rolls and other refreshments on sale. You can also find a selection of the club merchandise available to look at and purchase (see the "Club Shop" page for further information).
If you are unable to stay
Please make sure you have left a contact number with the coaches so you can be contacted if necessary. We would also be grateful if you could ensure that you return at least 10 minutes before the end of training to ensure the players are collected promptly.
If you are interested in joining the U16s please register your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. Please bear in mind that the club is run entirely by volunteers, and if we do not reply immediately please bear with us. Should there be a space available for your child you will be sent a link to our Online Registration Form and following completion you will be sent an invoice for your subscription via PayPal
Subs & Player Registration
Subs for the 2017-18 season are £90.00 which can either be paid in full or in two installments of £45.00 at the start of the season and in January. This season we are moving to online registrations/payments and prior to the start of the season you will be sent a link to our Online Registration Form which should be completed before the first training session on 9th September. Following completion of this form you will be sent an invoice for your subscription via PayPal. On a match day we charge £2 subs to help cover the cost of running matches, cutting grass, line painting etc. If you need to talk to the club about Subs, or anything other matter, please feel free to discuss with any of the coaches or club welfare officers in strict confidence.
Training during the school holidays
Training will take place on the 1st Saturday of either the half term or end of term holidays and will resume on the 1st Saturday after school has reopened.
There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities within our age group and we are always looking for local businesses to help support our young players. Please email email@example.com if you would like to support the team in any way.