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October Half Term Coaching Camp

in Community News
To book go to October Half Term 2018 Coaching Camp- Football Fun for Boys and Girls aimed at 5 year olds Week One Booking £50 - Online Day Booking £12 - Turn up on the Day £15 29th Oct to 2nd November 2018 Venue: Nicholas Breakspear We now use Paypal as our payment system, please be aware you DO NOT NEED a Paypal account to pay using Paypal, just follow the instructions. Our holiday courses aim to be fun and educational and are open to boys and girls aged 5-13. Players of all abilities are welcome to attend. We offer prizes for player of the week, most improved player and for the person who follows our themed days the best. You can expect high quality coaching delivered by young local people. Goalkeeping coaching will be available every day. Arrangements can be made for an early drop off should this be more convenient for working parents. Venue: Nicholas Breakspear School Participants can come for a day, several days or the whole week The course will take place on the back sports field, please bring suitable footwear and shin pads. Also please dress appropriately for the weather (a change of clothing is also a good idea). A packed lunch will be required. 9.30 -10 Registration in the Lettings Office 10-11.30 Technical session 11.30-11.45 Break 11.45-1 Skill based session 1-1.45 Lunch (weather dependent) 1.45-3 Matches/Tournament 3 Pick up promptly Price for Pre-booking: : £12 a day or £50 for a week booking. Please note You will be charged £15 if you turn up on the day without a pre-booking. We also offer an early drop-off service: £5 for a 9am drop-off Special arrangements can made for whole teams wanting to attend. Participants must follow the coaches instructions at all times. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Our holiday courses are fun and educational open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 5 to 13. The course will include: Mini Tournaments, Penalty Shoot Out Competitions, Skill Challenges and Player Development. We will keep the young people on the move so they do not get cold. Free Gift for Most Improved Player and for Best Team Player There are subsidised hardship places available for children of parents who are out of work thanks to a grant from The Premiership and PFA through The Conference League Trust. PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITY Players MUST respect the other players and follow the instructions of the Coaches at all times. PARENT RESPONSIBILITY Parents must arrange for the players to come with clothing suitable for the time of year, shin pads and appropriate footwear for the day. A packed lunch, drink (or money to buy a drink)… Read more

Wildcats - Girls Development Sessions

in Girls Football
Sessions start on the 15th September To book the paid sessions from 29th September to 15th December please go to St Albans City Youth FC are delighted to announce our new Wildcats centre! An FA initiative, Wildcats sessions aim to provide girls only training in a fun and friendly environment. These will take place on Saturday mornings throughout the Autumn term from 10-11am at Nicholas Breakspear School, AL4 0TT, and are open to girls of all abilities in Years 1 – 6. Sessions will take place on the 3G AstroTurf pitch, but indoor space is also available to allow training to go ahead in bad weather. At the end of the term (December) we will assess whether girls are ready to join an existing squad or, if numbers allow, we will create a brand new squad at this age group to join the league in January, playing matches on a Saturday morning. There will be two free try-it-out weeks and then the cost will be £25 for the remainder of the term. It would be great to have your daughter there! To book the paid sessions from 29th September to 15th December please go to For more information, please email Sarah Kropman, Girls Section Coordinator, at: Read more



Those of you who were present at the St Albans City Youth managers meeting back in October 2017 will recall my intention to review my role within the club?

Now, several months have passed and recent events have hastened this decision, but I must announce that I have decided now is the right time for me to step down from my role as both Chair of Trustees and as a Trustee of City Youth.

After ten great years running a team with my dear friend Dave Wray, then, after a push from Dave and a shove from then Chairman George Walker I became Chair of the Club in 1997 and when the club became a registered charity in the early 2000s Chair of Trustees.

During my 32 years with City Youth I have had the privilege of working with some fantastic people, many have become lifelong friends. I must add that there are great people right across the club from the Trustees Board, the Management Committee, Team Managers and the many young coaches that have come through the ranks at City Youth.

Over the years there have been some tough decisions that not everyone has been happy with, but these have always been made with the best interests of the club at heart.

There have been many projects that I am proud to have been associated with, a couple that immediately come to mind are the facilities at Highfield (11 fantastic pitches) and the 3G Astro at Nicholas Breakspear (plus the new 3G Astro about to come on line at Samuel Ryder Academy), all of these projects are the result of some great work by the trustees and friends of our club, these projects, although hard work, have also been rewarding, with the added plus of seeing them come to life with the youth of the district reaping the benefit of this work. To everyone who helped with these projects thank you, it has been a privilege.

However, events in recent days have made me recall the opposition we faced with the first two projects mentioned earlier (Highfield Park and Nicholas Breakspear, there was major opposition to our plans from residents (which is always to be expected) but also from the St Albans District Council, it was the council opposition that took a huge amount of time and effort to overcome.  

I mentioned recent events have helped to confirm my intention to stand down, for some time I have been working, with my friend and fellow Trustee, the joint owner of St Albans City FC Lawrence Levy on the new stadium proposal, a plan which I firmly believed, if accepted, would have been of enormous benefit to the long-term future sustainability of St Albans City FC and, City Youth. However, having been present at the Planning Policy Meeting at the Council Offices on Tuesday evening the Councillors response to the proposal was the last straw. One such comment was that the Council carried out a study on this subject in 1994 (a quarter of a century ago!).

It may have been somewhat naive of me to have been surprised by the council’s negative reaction to the project, but I was, therefore, I am sorry to say that I have concluded that many of those who represent us in the Council Chamber have little or no understanding of the needs of the City, unfortunately they do not deserve a club like St Albans City Youth FC, a club run by hundreds of volunteers for the youth of our district, a club that has achieved great things in its 47 years despite the obstacles sometimes put in its path.

Over the next few months I have given my word that I will see out the rest of this season and take care of the club Affiliation for 2018/19, as well as help get things ready and in place for next season, but my name will not be going forward at the AGM in September, now is the time for a new generation to carry the baton.

I have agreed to continue as one of the clubs Welfare Officers (Safeguarding is something I am committed too) in addition to a few other minor jobs. I will continue my work with sport in my role at the Herts Sport Partnership and continue to promote the work of City Youth at every opportunity.

Thank you to everyone.


Mervyn Morgan

24th May 2018


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