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.
It is with a heavy heart that we report the resignation of Old Westminster Citizens from the SAL with immediate effect. all of OWC's results will be expunged from the divisions they were competing in (Senior Division 3, Intermediate Division 3, Minor Division 3 South and Minor Division 4 South). For those clubs with ISEH Cup matches against OWC, they will be awarded a walkover to the next round.
"Citz" joined the SAL in 1935 from the Old Boys League and have remained loyal members ever since. During their time they lifted the League championship in 1957-58. In 2012 long-serving committee member Jock Henderson became the repeat substitute in the SAL. They finished on a high last season with the 5th XI lifting the SAL Intermediate Novets Cup.
Unfortunately the loss of their Tamworth Lane ground in the summer has decimated the club, and despite best efforts, playing membership numbers have dwindled without a permanent home ground near their spiritual home in Mitcham.
The club will continue to run a Vets side so we hope in time they will be able to resurrect the Saturday arm of the club and perhaps one day we can see them gracing the SAL once again.
It is truly a sad day for Old Westminster Citizens and SAL football but we wish them well and all the best for the future.
As you may be aware one of our member clubs, Old Salesians, were evicted from their home ground of many years recently by a company wishing to build on the four grass pitches at their long-standing ground at Old Schools Lane, Ewell.
The original planning application was defeated but, like all these things, it has raised its ugly head again and I am appealing to all AFA clubs to assist Salesians in this matter by objecting to the new application online.
If you would like to support Salesians please follow these instructions but bear in mind it has to be done by THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER at the latest:
1. Please enter a comment on the E&EBC planning applications site at:
http://eplanning.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/online-applications (case number 15/00845/FUL).
The jist of the comment should be along the lines of "I oppose the application on the grounds that the area is a registered strategic open space and the proposals reduce the current number of 4 grass pitches to just one".
2. Sign the petition which can be accessed at: http://www.save-ewell-playing-fields.org.
It is far from certain that the re-application will be rejected, as initially happened in September 2014, so calling upon a broad supporter base will be vital to the cause.
We need to get as many clubs and individuals getting involved as possible.
Many thanks in advance on behalf of Old Salesians Football Club.
For the attention of all clubs and match officials, especially those participating this Saturday:
Please note that until further notice match officials' fees in the Southern Amateur League will remain the same as for 2014-15 at £32 for referees and £25 for assistants. This decision was taken by the League Management Committee towards the end of 2014-15 in view of the continuing reduction in playing numbers experienced both by our League and across amateur football in general with one reason for falling participation being the increased cost to participants.
However, following the decision by the AFA and other competitions to raise fees to £34 and £27 respectively, the SAL is now considering the option of adopting a unified approach to avoid confusion for players and officials. The issue will be discussed at the next League Management Committee on Tuesday 15 September with a final decision being notified to all participants following the meeting.
For the time being, please note that fees remain as indicated in the handbook (£32/£25) until further notice from the Southern Amateur League Management Commmittee.
Hot on the heels of the Ibis Eagles merger Lloyds AFC have announced that with immediate effect they have merged with local club The Warren under the name Lloyds Warren AFC.
The new club will be based at the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground in Hayes, Kent with some matches being played at neighbouring grounds St. Dunstan's and Club Langley in Beckenham.
The new club will use Lloyds' existing colours and crest for the time being but plan to release a new crest soon and will ultimately switch to blue and black stripes.
The club is hopeful that The Warren's links with youth football will help them to build on last season's Senior Division 3 championship in which they scored a record breaking 65 points and to increase the number of teams fielded.
We wish them the very best of luck in their new venture.
Ibis Eagles Football Club becomes the latest name on the list of SAL clubs following a pre-season merger between Ibis and BB Eagles. The new club will play at the BB Eagles grounds at the Riverside Drive Sports Club and GSK Sports Ground in Hounslow.
Both clubs have a long history with the league dating back to the 1920s and share a financial heritage. Ibis was originally the sports club of the Prudential Insurance company while BB Eagles was formerly the Barclays Bank Sport Club.
Both have faced an uphill task to keep playing following the split with their respective parent companies but the new club is hopefully that a joint effort will bring them success in their quest to grow the club locally, not to mention bring home silverware.
We with them all the very best for the future.
The annual Stuart Hyde Trophy match will take place on Wednesday 3 September when League champions Winchmore Hill host the Rest of the League at Potters Bar Town F.C. The match will kick-off at 7.30pm and admission is free for all who wish to see the champions in action.
The match will be a good warm-up for the representative team who open their FA Inter-League Cup campaign just over two weeks later.
Team selection and full details will be posted in the Representative Team section.
The Old Owens annual 6-a-side tournament will take place on Sunday 30 August this year. All comers welcome but entry will be on a first come, first served basis so don't delay - register now to avoid disappointment!
The entry fee is £50.00 per team. Email John Sullivan or Graeme Wilson to register or for more information.
Old Wilsonians invite all SAL (and other) clubs to their annual 5-a-side competition which takes place on Sunday 16 August from 9.00am till 4.00pm.
The annual 5 a side tournament is a fantastic day, where the club welcomes up to 40 teams to pit their wits against each other on the hallowed Hayes turf. This is a great day out for the family with music, a barbeque, an open bar, and hopefully a hot day. Get your team together before you miss out on a place. For more information visit the Old Wilsonians website.
To enter a team please contact Richard Smart at Richard.email@example.com.