St Albans City Youth FC Community Update - Autumn / Winter 2021
It’s been an incredible 3 months for our wide-ranging programme of ‘City Youth’ Community projects, delivered under the ‘Saints in the City’ banner, since the children returned to school in September.
Under the leadership of Football Development Manager Charlie Boswell, our fantastic City Youth Community Coaches have been delivering 17 sessions per week across 6 partner primary schools in the district. This combination of after school clubs and lunchtime provision has been reaching around 300 children per week at Killigrew, St Alban St Stephen and Cunnigham Hill amongst others.
Links Intervention Project
Over at the Links Academy in Hixberry Lane, Football Development Officer Anthony Gosling has been delivery weekly multi-sports and mentoring sessions to the year 11 students who are looking to re-integrate back to mainstream education.
Our traditional Saturday morning activities continue to thrive. Our Herts Wildcats sessions overseen by Girl’s Section Co-ordinator and Trustee Sarah Kropman continue to run at full capacity. The fun and versatile sessions are a vital tool in introducing girls to the game and for helping to create and feed our organised teams in our ever-expanding Girls’ Section.
Saturday Soccer School
‘SACY SSS’ continues to play the same successful role for our mainstream boy’s development with up to 130 primary school age enjoying the activities delivered by up to 12 graduates of our own coaching programme.
Driven by the inspirational Leadership of Inclusive Section Co-ordinator Tracy Light and the invaluable support and contribution of Steve Ward, Chris Samways and our team of coaches the SACY Inclusive section can now boast an incredible 85 players. Our Saturday morning Inclusive Football sessions held for both adults and juniors, have seen spectacular developments recently with record numbers of attendees, expanded age groups and more coaching provision. A major highlight this term has been the recruitment of several adult players to the coaching team and the prospect of them joining our coaching programme. Monday night sessions also continue to flourish with record numbers and 3 teams being regularly fielded at Tournaments and Festivals.
Our midweek delivery at Oaklands College for students aged 16-18 with English as a second language is delivered by senior community coach, Mel Godino. This term Oaklands have asked to us double the provision to 4 hours per week due to the positive outcomes that Mel’s work is having in helping to integrate the attendees into both college life and the community.
One of our biggest successes this term has been the roll out of our inaugural Monday night Walking Football sessions, which are open to both men and women aged 50+, led by Community Coach Jake. After just 12 weeks of activity the sessions are full (additional sessions will be introduced in early February 2022) and our first competitive fixture was held against Boreham Wood WFC as a curtain raiser to SACFC’s 2nd round FA Cup clash.
St Albans City FC Match Day Activities
The response to the request from the ‘Mighty Saints’ for City Youth teams and their families to attend match days at Clarence Park as Ball Girls/Boys, Guards of Honour and Flag Bearers has been simply phenomenal. 44 squads have volunteered to enjoy the experience overseen by Saints Community Manager Phill Coates with Half Term activities delivered by City Youth coaches Jake and Max.
Our activities can never take place without the support of our Trustees, Committee, our vast army of volunteers and our families. Thank you to all of you.
Everyone involved in our community projects would also like to both thank and acknowledge the huge contributions from our Community Partners; St Albans City FC, St Albans District Council, Verulam Golf Club, Marshall Volkswagen St Albans, MENSPIRE Hair Salons and SACY Community Partner Verulam Golf Club.