City Focus on Safeguarding

24 members of Southwell City Football Club recently attended an FA Safeguarding workshop held by the club, as part of its ongoing commitment to the safety of all children and young people who come into contact with the club.

Many of those who attended the workshop had already been on FA Safeguarding courses and the event gave them a chance to renew their qualifications. For others, this was a first chance to learn about all aspects of safeguarding and to earn a qualification, which is valid for three years.

Southwell City has embedded a culture of responsibility for the well-being and safety of all children and young people who are under the club’s care or utilising the club’s facilities. It is the duty of all adult members at the club to safeguard the welfare of children and young people by creating an environment that protects them from harm.

The Child Welfare Officers at Southwell City are Richard Miller (07545 425147) and Richard Wilson (07773 942132). Both promote awareness of safeguarding best practice across the whole of the club. They can be contacted at the football club and any matter can be discussed with either of them in complete confidence.

Photo: Back: Coaches Mark Timms and Lyndon Short with their FA Safeguarding certificates.  Front: Players Matthew Timms and Toby Short.

Winter Warmer for Southwell City Girls

Winter training has got a whole lot warmer for Southwell City Football Club’s Under 10 Girls, thanks to sponsorship from local company ChemDry Central.

The kind donation has allowed the club to kit out the team with some much-needed all-weather training jackets.

ChemDry Central are carpet & upholstery cleaning professionals who have been serving local customers for the past 15 years. Richard Harris is a director of the company and lives in Southwell. After his daughter joined the team he decided to sponsor them with new jackets for the winter months.

It’s been a busy season for the girls team so far, with a healthy mixture of wins, losses and draws. All of the players’ parents have commented on how much the girls are enjoying playing for a football team and that it has noticeably improved their confidence.

All Southwell City teams are run by FA qualified coaches with first aid certificates, high level DBS check & safeguarding qualifications. Chris Barnes is the manager and coach of the U10 girls and would be pleased to hear from any girls who would like to try out for the team.

All new players can come and try training for free before committing to the team if they want to play in matches. To be eligible to join, girls must be aged 8 or 9 on 1/9/2016. For more information, contact Chris on 07870 928233 or [email protected]. To contact ChemDry Central, please visit their website,


Back row (L to R) – Andy Bostock (Assistant Coach), Chris Barnes (Manager), Richard Harris (sponsor), Franc Leitheiser (Assistant Coach)

Middle row – Emelia Baird, Isla Smail, Emmie Toomer, Evie Wollacott, Freya Bostock, Isabelle Riley, Lois Harris

Front row – Connie Thompson, Jessica White, Bella Bromwich, Emily Leitheiser, Georgia King, Hope Barnes

Absent – Lizzie Dugand

U10’s Amazing Winning Streak Finally Ends

After a fine run of 8 wins on the trot, Southwell City U10 Sunday team has finally been stopped. The perfect start to the season finally came to an end when the players were held to a draw by Bulwell Athletic last month.

City’s great start to the season began with a win against Burton Joyce in September. Victories then followed against teams from Calverton, West Bridgford and Dunkirk, amongst others.

As well as winning regularly, the team have not been shy in front of goal. Many of the players have got onto the scoresheet in games and there have been three hat-tricks so far – two for Freddie Rayns and one for Alex Gardner.

The team currently plays in Division Four of the Young Elizabethan League and will start 2017 with play-off fixtures against Bulwell and Burton Joyce to decide who will be crowned champions of the winter division.

After the excitement of the league campaign is over, they then head into a cup game against Beaufort United White U10 on January 15th.

The team can be proud of what they have achieved since the beginning of the season. Here’s hoping that 2017 proves to be as successful as the year just gone!

Back row from L to R: Ben Hazard, Logan Dykes Brierley, Jack Crawshaw, Josh Evans

Front Row, Callum Lowe, Will Wheatley, Alex Gardner & Freddie Raynes

U12 Players Celebrate 100 Appearances for City

Two of our Under 12 boys have reached the milestone of 100 appearances for Southwell City. Jacob Higman and Matthew Cunningham both started playing for Southwell City Romans at Under 8 and have now reached a century of games for their local club.

Jacob was the first to hit the 100 mark when he played in our 5-3 home victory against Ripley Town in November. In all those games he has scored 30 goals for the club.

Matthew was two games behind Jacob, hitting the 100 mark in our 5-2 away win at Bingham Town last weekend. He has also scored 30 goals in his Southwell City career to date.

Well done to both boys!

Pictured kneeling are Matthew (Left) and Jacob (Right)

Southwell City U12 Girls win the Autumn Winter League!

Our Under 12 Girls completed their league campaign at the weekend, beating West Bridgford 4-0 to become champions of the Autumn-Winter league division 2. Goals from Gracie Garrat (2), Mia Buckle and leading goal scorer Mollie Harris sealed victory for the team.

This latest success builds on a short but sparkling history for the team. Last season the girls won the development division and the league’s Respect award. This season the girls have continued to play the game in the right spirit, showing themselves to be great ambassadors for the sport and the town of Southwell.

A massive well done to the whole team and the best of luck for the rest of the season ahead!

Front Row from Left: Sophie Brown; Zoe Sharlotte; Ellen Jarczewski; Abigail Cousins; Emily Price; Mia Buckle; Martha Buttle;

Back Row from Left: Daniel Cousins (Manager); Beatrice Butler, Ellie Buckle; Cassie Tavernor; Paige Appleby; Charlotte Waterfield; Mollie Harris (Captain); Liliyana Mcghie; Gracie Garratt; Elle-Mae Alvey; Richard Harris (Assistant Manager)

Top FA Coach joins Southwell City

As part of its ongoing development programme, Southwell City will be working with an FA Coach Mentor to help further improve the level of football coaching within the club.

Steve Thompson joins the club for this season with a wealth of experience as a mentor, having worked with both professional and grassroots coaches and players.

Steve will spend a set number of hours over the course of the season working with the club. His appointment has been funded by the FA Coach Mentor Programme as part of its commitment to improve coaching in grassroots football by helping coaches to develop knowledge, confidence and skills.

Steve said, “My role is to improve and help to support grassroots coaching. At Southwell City, I will be working with groups of coaches to help them improve their coaching. I will also be working with individual coaches who feel that they want to move on to the next level.”

Richard Wilson, speaking on behalf of Southwell City, said, “Bringing Steve in has been like a breath of fresh air for me. His enthusiasm for the club is absolutely tremendous.  I am sure the level of coaching in the club is going to rise under Steve’s guidance and hopefully we will be able to maintain that legacy once Steve has left.”

Pictured are Steve Thompson (FA Coach Mentor) and Richard Wilson (Southwell City)

City U12’s All Kitted Out

Southwell City’s two U12 boys football teams will be looking all the smarter this season as they will both be wearing new Nike football kits, supplied by McDonalds.

The football club has benefited from a scheme that has seen the fast food giant offering free football kits to FA Chartered Standard teams such as City.

Launched in 2001, the FA Charter Standard Programme is the FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues. The award is given to clubs that are rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.

For nearly a decade, City has been an FA Community Club – this is highest level available under the FA’s Charter Standard program.  Today, the club continues to build on this firm foundation and is now one of the biggest in the county, with over 30 boys, girls and adult teams.

This season, the club will be working closely with an FA Coach Mentor in order to further increase the quality of coaching throughout the club.

Any local players are interested in joining their growing, community club should email [email protected]

Pictured in their new kits are Matthew Cunningham & Luke Burn (Southwell City Romans) with Tom Kessler & Matthew Timms (Southwell City Spires).

Another successful season for Southwell City Romans

It’s been another enjoyable season for Southwell City Romans U11’s. For the second year running they finished in a trophy position in the league. This time they finished runners up in a very competitive YEL Spring League campaign, finishing off in style with an 8-1 victory over East Leake.

More important than the results though has been the style and quality of football played by the team over the course of the season. With a strong emphasis being placed on passing football, they were a very enjoyable team to watch at times. Well done boys!

The team is pictured at the league award ceremony with Nigel Jemson, former Nottingham Forest and England U21 player who presented the boys with their medals.