Midweek Training During Lockdown

Southwell City is pleased to announce that we will be offering online training for all of our players during lockdown. We will be running three sessions a week, in collaboration with our partner, Canoville Coaching. These FREE OF CHARGE sessions for our players are run via Zoom and take place on w/c 9th, 16th and 23rd November. Hopefully we will then be allowed to resume training as normal.

The sessions will be mixed groups (girls/boys/ages) and consist of a live 30-minute football related exercise drill. All attendees will also receive a YouTube link to a 30-minute Canoville Coaching training drills session. The groups will be:

– U6 – U9’s – Thursdays with Lawrence 5.45 to 6.15 pm
– U10 – U12’s – Tuesdays with Henri  6.00 – 6.30 pm
– U13’s and above – Tuesdays with Henri  6.45 – 7.15 pm

The club will email the Zoom links before each week’s session. Attendees should ensure they join the sessions on time and with microphones muted.

We hope you agree that this is a really positive opportunity for the players to continue with some football training during these difficult times.

Thank you & stay safe!

Southwell City FC

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COVID-19 Support

Southwell City FC has prepared a guide for visiting teams and parents/carers which can be downloaded here. (Last updated: 29/10/20)

Our risk assessments can be found here:

Nottinghamshire FA guidance

Notts FA has published the following guidance of permitted football activity under Tier 3 restrictions (updated 28/10/20)

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Sharks Start Season in Style

Southwell City F.C. U9’s Sharks have had a fantastic start to the new football season. They are unbeaten in their first four games, scoring 13 goals and conceding just 7.

However, it is not all about results for the coach Martin Russell. He is enjoying managing a group of local boys that has a fantastic team spirit. For him, making sure that the players are enjoying their football and playing for fun is the top priority.

All of the team send out massive thanks to sponsors East Midlands Carpets Ltd (EMC) and HAE Group for the team’s new kit, which looks great and was supplied by Sportstar of Southwell.

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Pictured: (Back, L to R) Conor Cherry, Max Perkins, Sam Russell, Oscar Thackeray, Oliver Pogson and Henry Rickett (Front) Oliver Prentice, Isaac Thackeray, Matthew Massey and Eddie Stayne.

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Football Training sessions for Boys and Girls aged 5 to 7

Our new fun football sessions for young footballers continue on Saturday 12th September at the Memorial Ground, Southwell. These sessions are being run by our partner, Canoville Coaching. This local coaching company was founded by Lee Canoville, a former professional footballer with over 200 games played for teams including Arsenal, Northampton Town, Torquay United and Notts County.

Training takes place every Saturday at 9.00am and 10.00am and costs £5 per session. If your child is looking to play for a Southwell City team, these sessions are the starting point.

Due to high demand, we ask that all bookings are made in advance on a week-to-week basis. You can book a number of weeks ahead if this works for you.

Please book one or more sessions using the form below. If you child is attending for the first time, you will then be sent an email to register your child’s details with the club and to confirm the booking and payment.

Session Times:

Reception (F2) and Year 1 – 9.00am until 10.00am
Year 2: 10:00am until 11.00am

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City Girls Looking to Recruit

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The club is looking to recruit more players for our fantastic girls teams. There are opportunities for players in most age groups, regardless of ability. Players that are interested in joining one of our thriving teams should contact Girls Development Officer, Sven Richards, in the first instance. Email: [email protected], Mobile: 07818 274336

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Return To Competitive Training & Matches

The club is pleased to announce that competitive training and matches can now be allowed, following the issuing of new FA guidance.

We have produced four documents designed to keep matters simple. These can be shared with parents, other opposition coaches, etc, as needed.

All City coaches will be required to attend a Zoom meeting with the Club Welfare Officer, Richard Miller, before any matches take place. Invites will be sent out shortly.

The following documents will need to be read before the meeting.

The club will provide the required PPE packs and a top up system will be organised.

Managers and coaches of City teams should contact any exec committee member if they have any questions about any of the above.

League Risk Assessments

Our risk assessments can be found here:

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City U14’s Looking For New Players

Southwell City Saracens are on the look out for new players to join them. The team play on Saturdays and next season will be U14’s in YEL Division 2. The coaching team are now looking to add a few players to the squad in time for the next campaign.

For further details, please contact Mat or Adam on the phone numbers shown above.

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Chairman’s Update

Firstly, I hope everybody is keeping well and staying safe at this difficult time. As the lockdown gradually eases, we can only wish that we soon return to a more normal existence and the chance to do things like play football!

Like many local organisations and businesses, the football club has been very much affected by the pandemic. With no income coming into the club, we are fortunate that we do have back up funds to keep us going. So, we wait and hope that we are in a position to play football again in the Autumn and we can start the slow return back to normal.

Brinkley Update

The lockdown has meant that we have had to postpone much of the development at Brinkley for a season. However, this week we were granted planning permission by Newark & Sherwood Council, which means that we can now plan ahead and start to deliver what we have promised, albeit a bit later than planned!

The club is truly grateful for the time and effort given by Joseph Kemish Architects. Joe has been a true friend to the club. His images of the proposed clubhouse and main pitch can be seen below.

Memorial Ground

Away from Brinkley, we also hope to make some improvements at the Memorial Ground, which we would like to have in place before the beginning of the next football season, whenever that starts. As well as spending some money on essential maintenance of the main pitch, we will be upgrading the windows and doors as part of a process of smartening the place up. We want to encourage people to start using the facilities more, for both football and community-related activities.

Presentation Day

Under normal circumstances, last weekend would have been our Junior Presentation Day. Despite the event being cancelled, some teams will still be issuing the usual end-of-season medals and trophies and managers will be in touch about this. As a club, we hope that we might be able to arrange a day in September when we can all come together and celebrate a return to football. Obviously, we cannot be certain that this will happen, in current circumstances, but we would like to do something. Hopefully we are not being too optimistic!

NHS Appeal

Thank you to everybody who donated to our recent appeal for Nottingham NHS hospitals. In just one weekend, club members and friends donated nearly £2,500, which is amazing! As a club, we will continue to look at ways in which we can positively contribute to our local community, for the benefit of all.

Senior Teams

Finally, I am pleased to report that our adult first teams have both had a great season, despite the early end to games. We are lucky to have two inspirational first team managers in Jonny Upton (Mens) and Andy Mollet (Ladies). Their end of season messages can be found on the club website:

If anybody has any further questions as to what is happening at the club, myself or any of the executive committee will be pleased to respond.

Take care everybody. We really hope to see you all again very soon.

John Cunningham
Chairman, Southwell City FC

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