We are very sad to learn of the passing of referee Phil Cain (pictured, right) recently, at the age of just 58. Phil was a popular character throughout AFA football as referee, referee tutor and long term member of Alexandra Park FC. He was also Old Garchonians referee secretary this season, having coached many of the club's players in their youth.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. Her will be sorely missed throughout AFA Football.
RIP Phil. A fine referee and a friend to so many of us.
The following is from John Morris of Alexandra Park F.C.:
Phil Cain RIP
The Amateur Football Alliance and North London football community has lost one its most colourful and passionate characters: Phil Cain. He was a one in a million person who's charisma, distinctive growling voice and opinions would light up many a changing room and clubhouse, and everyone who knew him will have their own tale or story to tell.
Phil's love and contribution to the beautiful game stretches back several decades through his roles as a much respected coach, club official and referee. His disciplined approach to both coaching and officiating were renowned, but always laced with humour, whether he was taking a training drill or issuing a red card! Off the pitch Phil was highly entertaining, with many stories to tell and jokes to crack, which made him such a big hit as MC at last seasons SAL dinner.
Having tried his hands at many occupations, Phil set up his own football coaching business in the early 1990's...The Palace Soccer School, and went on to coach 1,000's of youngsters in North London, many of whom are still playing/involved in football locally. Recognising the somewhat limited opportunity to play competitive youth football, Phil then established the Alexandra Park Youth Football Club and nurtured its development between 1995 - 2004, whilst also encouraging and assisting young players to join the semi/professional football ranks.
Phil also played for APFC in the latter part of his playing career during the 1990's, often skippering a side in his own inimitable way! Players would run through brick walls for him, but those playing against him would want to hide behind one. Regardless of the result, it was never dull and boring when Phil was around and in charge!
Phil went on to become an excellent referee with the AFA, and more recently shared his experience and knowledge of the game, together no doubt with some colourful anecdotes, with new referees as both a tutor and mentor. He was definitely a players referee, as he would talk to players, have a laugh, but fairly put them in their place when required.
His final whistle came far too soon, but his legacy within youth development and refereeing, individuals and teams, will last for generations.
The AFA are holding a series of Club ‘think tanks’ where Clubs can come together in an informal environment and share concerns and good practice with the aim of developing our football.
These are aimed at club officers and players in what will hopefully result in a frank and open discussion on what players want and expect from our level of football today.
The meetings are as follows.
If you’d like more information please contact Bob Leeds at the AFA.
Have you ever wondered how to attract more volunteers and younger volunteers to you club? Would you like to ask them directly?
The Amateur Football Alliance, London FA and Middlesex FA are hosting a volunteer workshop, bringing together expert volunteer organisations and members of their youth council to speak about volunteering and to answer all clubs questions.
The volunteer workforce is vital for a lot of grassroots football and is the foundation in the day to day running of many Clubs and Leagues throughout London.
Whilst there are many volunteers out there, often clubs do not know where to look or have the means to recruit new volunteers.
This workshop will offer member clubs advice on how to:
• How to attract new volunteers
• How to recruit volunteers in a safe way
• What motivates volunteers?
• How to assess volunteers skills and experience
• How to develop and retain volunteers
• How to recognise your volunteers
This workshop will take place on Tuesday 3rd November, 7-9pm at MSE Meeting Rooms,103a Oxford Street, London W1D 2HG.
London Sport and The Join in Trust will discuss ideas on how clubs can further access volunteers and what opportunities are already out there in a wider sporting network.
The Youth Councils from each County FA will also be present on the evening to discuss their role in volunteering and how to engage the younger generation.
The workshop is open to all AFA, London FA and Middlesex FA affiliated clubs.
To book your place on the workshop, please use the following link http://eventspace.thefa.com/amateur-fa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=146568#regform or register on the night.
There is no cost to attend this workshop.