City Coach Attends FA Masterclass

Congratulations to Chris Barnes. He recently completed his FA Level 2 Coaching Award, alongside several other Southwell City football coaches. This takes the number of coaches that are qualified Level 2 or above into double figures, which is well above the average for most local grassroots football clubs.

Recently, Chris was lucky enough to be invited to attend a Match Day Masterclass at the home of the England football team, St George’s Park. His eldest daughter Hope, who plays for City U12 Girls, went along too.

The pair had a tour of the site including the Wembley replica pitch, the futsal stadium and the full-size indoor training facility. Former England & Arsenal captain, Tony Adams, was involved in sessions for coaches and children on the day.

Later, the invited coaches and players were put through their paces by an England UEFA A coach and then allowed to play a match on the indoor training pitch.

After the match, the coaches went through a full post-match hydrotherapy session with an FA physio which included a warm-down in the hydrotherapy pool, 6 rotations of the cold and hot plunge pools followed by the underwater treadmill

Chris picked up quite a few tips which we are hoping to see at his next Southwell City training sessions in 2020!

City Go Top

It’s turning out to be another exciting season for our men’s first team. This afternoon saw them snatch a last minute equaliser to draw 3-3 with Bingham Town in a pulsating game at the Memorial Ground.

The result puts City top of the Samba NSL Premier Division for the first time this season, after Woodthorpe lost points at Burton Joyce. The lads travel to FC Cavaliers in Nottingham next weekend in search of 3 points to keep them on top of the premier division.

Geoff Cameraman has posted some great photos on Twitter (including the photo used in this blog post). He has published his shots on Google Photos.

Also, Rob Hornby, Registrar of Notts Senior League, was at the game today. Read his match report in his excellent blog, Around The Grounds.

Under 6’s Coach Required

Southwell City is fully committed to providing football for children of all age groups, in a safe and supportive environment, enabling them to develop both on and off the field and to enjoy the game.


Throughout all of our age groups we aim to increase each players ball skills as well as their team play and overall understanding of the game. For our very youngest players we offer mini-soccer, where we teach basic footballing skills. This works through the different ages, adding new skills and improving existing ones.

The club prides itself on its coaching staff. All our coaches have a minimum FA Level 1 coaching qualification, FA Safeguarding and first aid. As a club, all of of our coaches are volunteers and each season we need new ones, particularly for these younger age groups.

Under 6 Coach Required

Currently we do not have an Under 6’s team or any provision for younger players However we would like to be able to offer the very youngest boys and girls a chance to start playing football

Are you a parent with an interest in football? Would you like to become a coach, running a team for your son or daughter’s age group? If you are, we would like to hear from you!

The club encourages parents to become involved in the coaching and management of its teams. If you choose to take on this challenge, we will support you. We will appoint a coaching mentor from within the club to offer help and advice. We will pay for you to take the FA Level 1 course in football coaching too. You will also learn about emergency first aid and safeguarding. All coaches and assistants are required to undergo a full CRC check.

Be Part Of Your Football Club

If you can spare a few hours a week and wish to contribute to the future success of Southwell City FC, please contact club chairman, John Cunningham, using the enquiry form below.

City Referees Take Charge

Southwell City recently hosted a training course for aspiring football referees.

The club hosted the referee course as part of the Young Elizabethan League Referee Community Development programme, run in conjunction with Nottinghamshire FA.

Eighteen young footballers from around the county participated in the course and all candidates became qualified FA mini soccer referees at the end of it.

Five of the participants were from Southwell. This helps the club as it increases the number of referees available to officiate at the club’s annual summer tournament.

The newly qualified referees were quickly in action as they were invited to officiate at a local Under 7’s tournament just one week later. The competition allowed the lads to quickly get some proper match experience, taking charge of a number of games each.

As the competition ended, the Southwell referees were chosen to take charge of both semi-finals and both finals on the day, making it a memorable debut for all of our newly qualified officials.

Pictured: Tom Kessler, Matt Timms, Toby Short, Matt Cunningham

Arnold Town Ticket Prices Announced

Details of tickets arrangements for next week’s Notts Senior Cup tie against Arnold Town are now available.

Our Mens First Team will play The Eagles on Tuesday the 7th of January 2020 in a 7.30pm kick off.

Arnold currently ply their trade in the Central Midlands League South Division and play at Eagle Valley (Oxton Road, NG5 8PS)

Tickets will be available on the day for City fans at a price of £5 for adult, £3 for concessions (including students). Under 16’s are admitted free of charge. (Note: Gates open 15 minutes after kick off when admission is free for all.)

Free parking is available at the ground and the club have a large licensed clubhouse as well as a snack bar.

Programmes will be available also on the day at £1.00.

City Stars Shine in New Kit

Southwell City Stars is a new Under 7’s football team made up of local 6 and 7-year-olds. All are keen new footballers and the team is managed by a Dad of one of the players, Paul Nicholls.

Paul used to play for Southwell City’s first team for six years and now plays for the club’s Vets team.

The Stars train on a Monday night in Southwell from 5-6pm, and play their matches on a Sunday morning in the YEL league all over the county.

They chalked up their first win at Ripley recently and excitedly look forward to developing their skills as young footballers.

Utilita are a prominent supporter of grass roots football and were thrilled to help out Southwell City by sponsoring the kit.

Photo (From L to R) Ezra Chuhan, Zac Allen, Fergus Armstrong, William Kenney, Charlie Nicholls, Finnley Richmond, Myles Knight.

Minster Fields Pitches

Last night some mindless individuals decided to race cars over our junior pitches on Church Street. They have caused serious damage and the 7-a-side pitches will be out of action for some time. Southwell Town Council are aware and are talking to the police.

The club is now looking at alternative arrangements so that the 7v7 matches can continue to be played with the minimum of disruption. Team managers will be in touch with parents/carers to discuss arrangement for specific matches that were due to be played this weekend.

Thank you for your understanding.

Chairman, Southwell City FC

Welfare High on City Agenda

John Cunningham, newly elected chair of Southwell City Football Club discusses with Richard Miller, the role of Welfare Officer within the club.

John – Let’s start at the beginning, what does a Welfare officer do?

Richard – The work is perhaps in two camps. 1) keeping the issue of player welfare high on the agenda of managers, parents and the executive committee 2) dealing with and supporting situations when thing have perhaps gone wrong or differing views exist.

John – Can you expand on keeping welfare high on the agenda?

Richard – in its simplest form it is ensuring we consider welfare on each manager meeting, in our club handbook and at the executive committee. Perhaps explained differently it is about raising the profile of the club’s ethos, speaking to managers or parents, but making sure we always consider the experience of the player.

Each team is different.  Different people, different players, sometimes different goals and we have to react to those. In reality the club if offering fun, exercise and great team building skills to young people in Southwell and the local villages, we must always keep that in mind.

In practical terms we work with managers to ensure things like qualifications are right and they feel supported.

John – Qualifications; I might know what that involves but how would you explain it to someone new?

Richard – There are 4 elements to the qualifications. Child Welfare, CRC checks (also know as DBS), 1st Aid and coaching badges. All are important. We want the checks done to give confidence to parents, carers and the club but 1st aid and coaching are as important.

When and hopefully not too regularly a manager has to deploy their 1st aid skills we hope it means they feel confident; the player feels supported. However, it could be a more serious issue with a player, supporter or referee. We have de-fib machines at both our grounds and while not used as far as I recall, I know they have been on the pitch under advice of emergency services, this is welfare – keeping people safe to the best of our abilities.

If I considered qualifications, it is about the professional way a manager approaches their training and match day sessions. These qualifications are a commitment by the volunteer managers in terms of time to pass and this is an important aspect of the club. Managers should be supported, informed and given the resources to deliver great experiences for players. We have an FA mentor who works with us and supports coaches when he can.

John – lots of points there, the role, the expectations and the qualifications, what else does welfare consider?

Richard – we are currently planning development at both club houses and making sure they are fit for the future is part of that. The environment must give people to have the best experience we can offer. I might also suggest referees as a part of welfare.

As a club we support what are often young people to enjoy referring and cover the costs of the course. We also have to make sure we create the environment for them to flourish, to learn as that is what they are often doing. It’s great we have so many local people who referee, we can of course always do with more!

John – any closing views

Richard – The role is much wider than people often think. The main objective is preventing disagreements, supporting people and giving great player, parent, carer and official experiences. That is only delivered thought the great volunteer coaches we have.

John – we could go on more but an interesting insight to a role which some might have viewed as dealing with just the problems. Good luck this year, the club’s development is exciting, and I look forward to presenting an even better experience for players, parents, carers, officials as the club continues to develop.