Pan-Disability Open Day

The club is delighted to be holding a Pan-Disability open day on April 28th, with the long term aim of creating one or more teams to represent Southwell City FC! ⚽ 🦓


We are welcoming all players with a sensory, learning or physical disability to come along and join Southwell City FC in a safe and inclusive environment.

Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. Have fun, make friends, play football.

WHERE: War Memorial Ground, Bishops Drive, Southwell, NG25 OJP

WHEN: 28th April 2024, 10am – 1pm

GET IN TOUCH: Rich Berridge – Head of Disability Football, 07947 439680 or email: [email protected]

This is a free football session delivered by fully qualified coaches.

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McLeod appointed Reserve Team Manager

Southwell City are delighted to announce the appointment of Max McLeod as our reserve team manager, taking over from Brett Bramwell in the summer.

Max, 26, is currently a coach within the Nottingham Forest educational programme and has recently completed his UEFA B license. After a decent playing career and aspirations to move into coaching senior football, he can’t wait for the opportunity.

“Southwell is a great club, with brilliant people and I can’t wait to be part of the setup next season. Brett has done a great job & I’m really looking forward to building on that.”

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100 Club Results – April 2024

Southwell City’s 100 Club allows members to support the club whilst entering a draw to win a cash prize every month.

This Month’s Winners

1st Prize – £150 –  Amy Smith
2nd Prize – £100 – Pat Johnson
3rd Price – £50 –  Joe Ness

2024 Winners

March – 1. Ben Selby 2. Ed Munton 3. Ben Kastenbauer
February – 1. Jeff Tyler 2. Ben Kastenbauer 3. Stephen Tooley
January – 1. Ed Munton 2. Rich Berridge 3. Jay Archer

2023 Winners

December – 1. Oli Webster 2. Edward Clark 3. Harry Brown
– 1. Ben Selby 2. Liam Gleeson 3. Chris Bowles
October – 1. Jayne Taylor 2. Fraser Bricknell 3. Tom Tyler
September – 1. Jordan Barnes 2. Dylan Lee 3. Joe Sargison

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Easter Groundhop 2024

A unique Groundhop opportunity where you can see four local UCL sides on the same day!

Newark and Sherwood will host Lincoln United, who have aspirations for the league title. KO is 12:30.

Afterwards, a short journey to Brinkley will see Southwell host old rivals Newark Town. KO is 16:00 to allow for travel between games.

There will be a variety of food options, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks & merchandise available to purchase at both grounds.

Matchday programmes can be pre-ordered when you purchase your ticket.

The discounted dual-ticket price of £8 gives a 27% discount if bought separately.

Your ticket and programme voucher will be your receipt from this purchase.

Click here to book your tickets online now

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Festival of Football 2024

Southwell City invite you to our annual tournament, taking place on the 22nd & 23rd of June 2024.

We aim to provide an enjoyable day in a picturesque setting right in the heart of historic Southwell. There will be plenty of parking, food, refreshments and other fun attractions.

Format will be as follows:

Saturday 22nd June – BOYS
10:00 am until 1.00 pm  – U7 (5-a-side), U9 (6-a-side), U11 (6-a-side)
2.30 pm until 5.30 pm – U8 (5-a-side), U10 (6-a-side), U12 (6-a-side)

Sunday 23rd June – GIRLS
10:00 am until 1.00 pm  – U7/8 (5-a-side), U9/10, U11/12 (both 6-a-side)
2.30 pm until 5.30 pm – U13/14 & U15/16 (both 6-a-side)

Entry fee is £30 per team
Season 23/24 ages, also it’s a grassroots tournament so no academies or JPL sides please!

Click here to book a place online now

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Vacancy – Reserve Team Manager (Step 7)

Southwell City is looking for an enthusiastic manager/coach to take the reins of the men’s reserve team, which is currently playing in the NSL Premier Division (Step 7).

The successful candidate will be invited to shadow the current reserve team manager for the rest of this season, before taking charge when he steps down at the end of the 23/24 season.

The team is having a good season. They currently sit in the top half of the table and are in the semi-finals of the Notts Senior Cup. We are looking for a manager that can continue to build on the progress that has been made so far.

Whoever comes in will play an important role in supporting player transition from the reserves to the first team (Step 6) and from our development team (Step 8). They will become part of a tight-knit senior management team that works together for the benefit of the club and the players who play for it.

Ideally, the candidate will have at least a Level 2 coaching qualification (UEFA C). However, support will be given to the right candidate if they are not currently qualified to this level.

This is a volunteer role.

Current reserve team manager, Brett Bramwell, had this to say about the opportunity at Southwell City:

“After two successful seasons it’s time to step away and spend the added time with my young family.

Southwell City is a fantastic environment to challenge yourself and the facilities are second to none in the local area.

The squad is in a great place following promotion and a stable first season at Step 7. It is now ready to kick on again under new management and challenge the leading clubs at the top end of the division along with the opportunity for cup success.

The potential at Southwell City is huge and the opportunity to be part of that was a big pull.

I’ll be sad step away from a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging role but there are solid foundations in place for further success in the coming seasons. It will be a pleasure to watch on as a spectator at the future progress of the team and of the club as a whole.”

If you are interested in the role or would like further information, please apply directly to club chairman John Cunningham by email: [email protected]

Closing date for applications: 03/03/24

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New SCFC Environmental and Sustainability Policy

Our new Environmental and Sustainability Policy has now been published.

Here at SCFC, we recognise the importance of sustainability within our local community and seek to minimise our own impact on the environment while encouraging all those who engage with the club to do the same. It is only by working together that we can make a meaningful, positive impact and secure a more sustainable future for us all.

Click here to download a copy of the policy document

The intention is to update the document regularly, as the club continues to adopt new greener policies. Many thanks to Dr Stephen Ball for his work on this initial draft of the policy.

Please contact the club is you would like to be involved in the practical development of this policy in any way.

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Chairman’s Festive Update

Season’s greetings from all of us at Southwell City FC!

Dear friends

As the festive season is nearly upon us I would like to extend my warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, on behalf of everyone here at Southwell City FC.

As a football club, we now have a total of 41 teams, representing all age groups in boys, girls, mens, and womens football. This is the largest number of teams the club has ever had. We are incredibly proud of this achievement, but it does present its challenges in managing the club. Our dedicated committee and the numerous volunteers who generously give their time to run each of these teams deserve special recognition for their hard work in making this happen.

Looking ahead to 2024, I would like to share with you some of the club’s aims for the upcoming year. Please find below an update on many of the activities that we are working on. As well as an update on what is happening on the junior side of the club, Jonny Upton has provided an update on the men’s senior team.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the rest of the committee for their dedication and hard work throughout this year. They have consistently gone above and beyond, managing their jobs, families, and other commitments while still prioritising the club’s needs. Their unwavering commitment during challenging times showcases their true passion for Southwell City FC. We are a small but determined team, and although progress may not always be visible on the surface, rest assured that we are continuously working behind the scenes. We are always on the lookout for additional support across all areas of the club. If you believe you can contribute, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to the exciting opportunities that 2024 will bring.

Yours in football,

John Cunningham
Southwell City FC

Juniors Update

  1. England Football Accredited: In 2023, the old FA Charter Standard was replaced by England Football Accredited. I am immensely grateful to our coaches and volunteers who have invested the last 12 months in updating their qualifications to meet the new FA standard. Moving forward, we aim to build upon this progress by offering our coaches further opportunities to develop their skills through advanced coaching badges.
  2. Inclusive Football: We are currently in preliminary discussions with the FA to introduce disability football within our club. This aligns perfectly with our mission of ensuring that football is accessible to everyone who wishes to participate. To spread awareness about the new program, we will be organising an open day this spring to provide interested players and their families with more information on how they can get involved.
  3. Playing Kit: For the 2024/25 season, we aim to establish a club-wide policy for playing kit. Quality and affordability are crucial factors that we will consider. We will engage in discussions with various kit manufacturers, both large and small, to find the best options. At the same, we want to continue to support and collaborate with local suppliers who have proven to be excellent partners thus far.
  4. Renovation of the Memorial Ground Clubhouse: Our intention is to allocate funds for the much-needed renovation of the Memorial Ground clubhouse. These improvements are vital to accommodate projects like disability football. Furthermore, we want to enhance the working environment for Nellie’s Cafe and Bubblewrap. We eagerly await the signing of an extended lease for the building, which has been agreed upon by the Southwell Town Council and is currently with the solicitors. Once finalised, this will enable us to access potential funding for the renovation work.
  5. Sustainability: In January, we will publish the club’s new sustainability policy. As a club, we are committed to minimising our environmental impact and implementing long-term objectives to promote sustainability. In the short term, we will launch an online boot recycling scheme and encourage greener transport solutions on match days. We believe that small changes can make a big difference, and we are dedicated to doing our part to protect the environment.
  6. Goal Storage: We recognise the need for improvement in goal storage for mini soccer at the Memorial Ground. Our priority is to replace the plastic Samba goals with more durable, foldable goals that can be easily assembled and stored. To accomplish this, we require suitable storage facilities. We have explored various options and are currently working with Southwell Town Council to obtain planning permission for our preferred solution. We hope for their continued support in approving this plan by early 2024.
  7. Pitches: As our club continues to grow, the demand for pitches also increases. We are currently operating at near capacity and need to explore options that will allow us to cater to all of our teams. We have provided information to the Southwell Town Council regarding pitch improvement grants available through the FA. Given that we often lose games during the winter due to inclement weather, it is essential to find ways to enhance the quality of our grass pitches and their drainage. Looking ahead over the longer term, we are engaging in very early discussions with other local sports clubs about the potential installation of a 4G pitch in the town.

Mens Seniors Update

What a whirlwind of a year!

Firstly, let me give you more of a detailed update on Munno. He suffered a double leg-break against St Andrews in what was the worst injury I’ve ever seen on a football pitch. The assistant referee Paul, and the emergency medic were amazing, and I can’t praise them enough for how they handled the situation. He was in transferred to hospital, where he had 3 operations over the course of 4 days. Two were to fix the bone break, one was an emergency one to relieve blood pressure that had built up in his calf. They’ve put a metal rod in his shin and he may need a skin graft after Christmas to help tidy his shin up following the last operation. The good news is he was released from hospital on Friday so he gets to spend Christmas at home. Six of us have visited him in hospital and he’s absolutely blown away by the response to his fundraising campaign. I also want to thank everyone who’s contributed and he’ll be attending the game at Newark; it’ll be great to see him again!

From a football perspective, it’s been a year where we should keep some perspective. We comfortably stayed up last season after a stronger second half of the season, and that in itself was a huge achievement considering the landscape we are up against. This season we want to kick on, but we’ve been inconsistent to say the least. We’ve played in the FA Vase for the first time and I thought the way the club handled the groundhop day was immaculate.

Whilst I think our squad is better this season, we’ve got a really young side that needs time to adapt to Step 6 football. I think our average age is about 22, which therefore means we’re going to have ups and downs. We’ve got over 16 senior players who’ve come through our youth ranks and I’ll continue to back the young lads as the conveyor belt provides us with a key route to sustainable success. However, my standards are high and being honest I think we’ve under-delivered so far. Let’s call it a slow start with expectations that we’ll improve as the season goes on!

My principles remain the same and I’m delighted that four of my players have hit 200 games for us, which in itself is a remarkable achievement for a Step 6 team. I also hit 200 games in charge this season which is an equally proud moment for me. I’m super fortunate to be here with a great bunch of players and a supportive exec committee.

On a side note, I’d like to again congratulate Brett & Phil on their promotions last season. We now have a development side at Step 9 which is there to service our youth section as a bridge to senior football, and a reserve team at Step 7 which massively enables us to raise the level of the senior section. We operate as a team of three and talk daily, which I think is a unique and powerful position to be proud of.

I think we have the tools on and off the pitch to be a Step 5 side in five years, that’s my target. I’m so driven and determined that I want to make that happen. Collectively, let’s work to get there but appreciate that it’ll take time & perspective.

Off the pitch, we’ve continued our improvements in 2023. We now have a seated stand, a players walkway and better drainage. Let’s face into the elephant in the room on the latter! Whilst we’ve made improvements on the pitch and Shaun has worked tirelessly at it, we’re still having more games called off than we’d obviously like. There’s some important context here. It’s a former sheep’s field which is clay-based and basically situated on a floodplain at the bottom of 2 hills… these are significant challenges! However, what’s great and reassuring is that we have created a plan to continue to invest some profits into the pitch over the next few years to add more drainage and improve the surface.

To finish, thank you all so much for your support in 2023. I hope you all have a great festive break with your families and here’s to a successful 2024.


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ETS – Come for a Kick About?

Starting in September, Enlighten The Shadows, will be running free football and talk sessions at Oak Tree Leisure Centre.

Ages 18+ | 6:00pm – 7:30pm starting on the 4th September. Check the booking page for future dates!

About Enlighten The Shadows

Enlighten The Shadows is a local men’s mental health group looking to prevent male suicide. Enlighten The Shadows are particularly passionate about reaching men suffering in silence with their mental health. 12 men die a day from suicide. ETS will never stop in their mission to bring light into the darkness of men’s lives.

In September, ETS will be starting a brand new football provision working with Mansfield Town Community Trust, over at Oak Tree Leisure Centre. This activity is for any age above 18 and any ability, and is a perfect chance to get to know some new people or old faces for a kick about.

The new football session is a good chance to blow off some steam and a chance to offload afterwards with the Men’s Mental Health Group, Enlighten The Shadows

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Brinkley Kick Off Times

Dear Junior Managers,

For the upcoming season, we will be implementing fixed kick off slots for Pitches 2 and 3 at Brinkley. To ensure a fair distribution of kick off times, you may need to coordinate with other managers to determine who gets which slot when the fixtures are released. Once agreed, you should only need to send one email to your league to request any changes to kick off times.

Brinkley – Pitch 2

The larger 11-a-side pitch is best suited for older players, starting from U15 and up. There are two kick off slots available: 10:30 and 12:30. Both slots have a duration of two hours, accommodating the longer game times for older players. Cup games must be played at 12:30 to allow for the possibility of extra-time and penalties if required. (A 10:30 kick off for cup games is only possible if there is no game at 12:30)

Brinkley – Pitch 3

This is a smaller 11-a-side pitch specifically designed for U13 and U14 players. Games on this pitch can commence at 09:30, 11:00, or 12:30. Each slot has a duration of 90 minutes. Similar to Pitch 2, cup games on this pitch must also be played at 12:30, allowing for the possibility of extra-time and penalties if necessary. (An earlier kick off for cup games is only allowed if no later games are scheduled for that pitch)

Any problems, please let me know by DM.

Kind Regards


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