Over 60 kids pulled on their Red and Black shirts this week and went out and represented the Club and the Village in our first season in Youth Football. It was a mixed bag of results with 3 wins and 2 defeats. A massive well done to those teams who picked up the wins and im sure there were plenty of positives for the sides who were on the wrong end of results. A special Mention to our Under 9s Coach Elliott Bowe who won away to Long Stratton in his first ever game in charge!
This Saturday the Under 7s are away to Norwich United, The Under 8s host Dereham Saints and the Under 9s are away to Hethersett. On Sunday the Under 14s host Hathersett in the early KO (10AM) follwed at 1:30 by the Under 13s Vs Costessey.
The club are delighted to Jade Wooltorton has joined us as Youth Secretary. Jade brings with her a background in Finance and is by her own admission is very OCD in organisation and structure. Jade will be taking on the administration role of our Foundation phase team and will be the point of contact for our Under 7s, Under 8s and Under 9s.
The Foundation Phase teams have been named with a nod to our sponsors Swarm Apprenteships. The Under 7s will be know as the Bees, The Under 8s the Wasps and the Under 9s as the Hornets. Training for the Foundation Phase will be every Wednesday through out the summer Holidays starting at 6pm. There is still a little room for new players to get involved with the three teams but spaces are limited. To give maximum game time to everybody we aren’t going to use the maximum squad allocation. The Under 7s and 8s will be restricted to 8 players (5V5 Format), the Under 9s will keep a squad of no more than 11 (7v7 Format). The Club could quite easily recruit beyond this however we feel that taking registration fees knowing children would not get adequate game time is unfair.
Swarm Apprenticeships are the latest company to join the club, Their Logo will be displayed on the front of our Under 7s, 8s and 9s for the next 3 seasons. Their banners will welcome over 120 visiting sides to Heath Park over the next year.
Marketing Manager Emily George explains what this means to Swarm Apprenticeships, “Swarm Apprenticeships (C.I.C) is a not for profit, national training provider. We are a Norfolk born training provider that loves to invest in our local community. Therefore, we are delighted to be the sponsor for the Hockering Football Club Foundation Phase”. Club Secretary Derrick Johnson added “This investment is a huge step forward for us, it not only ensures all of our Foundation Phase Teams are wearing the exact same kit but also allows us to reinvest in our Coaching team. The Foundation phase teams will all have Junior Coaches involved and all of those coaches need to have the relevent FA Qualifications. This investment gives us the opportunity to offer coaching roles to Teenagers, its the perfect link up”.
With an ever increasing number of sides we need to add to our coaching team. There is an opportunity to get involved with coaching our Under 9s, Under 11s and Under 15s Girls teams. Each volunteer will need to complete an enhanced DBS check and undergo Child Safeguarding training and Emergency Aid training (This will be provided by club). If you are interested please contact us via the website page or by emailing email@example.com
Our Foundation phase teams need a shirt sponsor, We understand that times are tough for businesses aswell as individuals. With that in mind we are looking for several companies to come together and sponsor our new kits. There will be approximately 35 kits in total. There will be 3 home kits and 1 away kit. This gives us the chance to have 2 Front of shirt sponsors (One on home one on away) A sleeve sponsor on every shirt a sponsor on shorts and one on the back of the shirt. We will also give every sponsor a new pitch side banner. We are looking for £250 per sponsor. This will cover the cost of the kits. We will do a random draw as to who goes where on what shirt. for anybody who is looking to get involved please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via our contact page
The Under 8s have been training for a few weeks now and have enough players to form a team. We are looking to add 1 or 2 more to the squad. Training is taken by experienced FA approved Coaches at Heath Park Hockering. If you are looking to get your child/grandchild involved then drop us a message via the CONTACT PAGE A friendly exciting and happy group is waiting!
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