Well done to our first team lads, deserved winners of the Notts Senior League 2021/22!
More to photos and reaction to follow …
Below are the spring/summer training times for the Memorial Ground. With the club now having more teams than ever, and with some days that are very congested, we have had to tweak some of the times to fit everybody in. Apologies if this does mean that your time has shifted slightly.
There are a lot of changes taking place at the MG right now. These are long-term changes that will benefit all of the younger teams and which will allow us more flexibility over training times going forward. In the short-term though it really does help if coaches can fit around this plan. Your cooperation is genuinely appreciated.
Memorial Ground Improvements
I just wanted to bring you all up to speed on some exciting new developments taking place at the Memorial Ground in April.
As many will know, with the senior teams moving to Brinkley the aim has always been to develop the Memorial Ground into our hub for junior football for 5, 7 and 9-a-side teams.
The first stage of this process will begin on Saturday 23rd April, when we start moving 5 and 7-a-side pitches in front of the clubhouse, onto what was the main first team pitch. Unfortunately the grass is not in great condition right now, and will need treatment over the summer, but we should be ready to open at least two 5-a-side pitches on this date.
The move to the new pitches ties in with work being carried out on the clubhouse. We have ripped the kitchen out and have refitted the facilities to allow Nellie at the Park to move in and take charge of all of our matchday catering.
From the 23rd, Nellie will be offering barista coffee, other hot drinks, and hot food, such as bacon and sausage cobs. She will be open all day on match days and possibly on some training nights.
Team managers will also be pleased to hear that we will now also be offering complimentary hospitality for home and away teams on match days. Free chip cobs will be available for all teams after games. We are sure all of our young players will love this after match treat. And you can invite the away team along too. We will set up a simple booking system for you to use to take advantage of this new facility.
Another new development will be Friday Night Football, which we hope to introduce when the weather is nice over the summer. The plan is to open the clubhouse, lay on some football for the kids, and open the bar and BBQ for the adults. More to come on this shortly.
Finally, we are back to training on grass next week. With new teams coming through, and a big demand for pitch use, we are having to shuffle training times about a tiny bit to fit everybody in. I will publish the timetable over the weekend, but we do ask that managers are flexible and will go along with the plan. As you can see, the exec committee is working hard to offer a great experience for players, coaches and parents when they come down to the MG. We hope that all managers will work with us to make this club one that we are all proud of.
Have a great weekend,
On behalf of the Southwell City Exec Committee
Now booking for Saturday – pre-booking is essential as all places will be filled.
For Young Footballers
Our fun football sessions for young footballers run every Saturday at the Memorial Ground, Southwell. These sessions are 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 take place every Saturday at 9.00am 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. Payment is taken at the end of each month by direct debit for the number of sessions attended.
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.
Times (based on 2021/22 school year)
F2 and Year 1: 09.00 to 10.00 am
Year 2 & above: 10:00 to 11.00 am
City’s win over Linby on Saturday was an astonishing 15th consecutive win for the senior team, a new record in the history of the club. It was also the continuation of an unbeaten run that now stretches to 20 games. The current City team has now equalled the record set by John Campbell’s team of 2001/02. One more game unbeaten and that will be a new record too!
Here’s how the two teams’ records compare:
After a run of 8 away games in our last 11, the men’s first team is now due to play the next 8 games at home! This includes 2 cup ties. All league games are free entry and it would be great to see strong support as we move into the second half of the season. The action starts on Saturday (5th Feb) when we take on Ravenshead FC. 2:00 pm kick off.
Up The Zebs! 🦓
Southwell City U18’s football team finished 2021 in style, winning their last six games of the year, scoring 29 goals in the process and conceding just 7. The team deserved to finish on a high after some great performances, which also saw them progress through two rounds of the cup.
Many of the lads in the team are now also playing for the club’s new Under 21 team and are on the verge of getting experience of adult football with the first team. For one or two of the players, it will be a real milestone when they do make their senior debuts as they will have been with the club since they were just 7 years old. A fantastic achievement!
One of the clubs younger teams, the Under 9’s boys, are in desperate need of a manager to allow the team to enter the league and play regular matches. Currently they are attending training sessions run by one of the club’s coaches. However they now need a willing parent that would be able to take the team under his or her wing. Full training will be given to any volunteer, including FA Coach training, safeguarding and first aid. Please contact Adrian Purdy ([email protected]) in the first instance, if you think that could be the next Pep Guardiola of junior football!
Our training partners, Canoville Coaching are running a football camp at Brinkley from Monday to Wednesday next week (20th to 22nd) December . A few places are still available for those that are interested. Full details can be found in the flyer.
Have a great Christmas!
Southwell City FC
Managers, players and parents,
Huge thanks for the support in the initial phases of COVID and we have enjoyed the return to football, which has and is continuing.
You will all be aware of the new variant and the increased community infection risks. We have updated our risk assessments, so please take time to read – you can access them through this link. The changes are not significant and as a hospitality venue, clubhouses carry no restrictions but of course people can elect to wear a mask inside if they wish. The changes are highlighted in the risk assessment and we continue very much as we are but perhaps with a little more awareness and caution as the risks are increasing. Keep playing, keep enjoying it, keep safe though.
Any queries – give me a call or drop me a mail. Looking forward we will shortly be checking our coaches record and will send a link on line to fill in – really quick if you know your FAN; we’ve the 1st action plans (laminated format to get to you) and we are planning some defib training – we will keep all posted.
Welfare and COVID Officer
The club’s new Winter Training Top is now available to purchase from the Southwell City website.
Available in all sizes, this top is the new, approved design for all junior teams. Not only will this top keep your young player warm, before and after the match, it also looks amazing too!
Until the end of this month we are offering reduced pricing so that you can order in time for Christmas, at a very reasonable price. Player initials can be added to personalise any top.
* Premium ¼ zip midlayer
* 220gsm full dull flat knit polyester with anti pill fleece reverse
* Contoured arm panel in two tone contrast mesh fabric
* Scooped hem with contrast colour reversed zipper tape
* Signature “Edge” range colour contrast print details
* Perfect for layering up in style