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October Half Term Coaching Camp

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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

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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

Robert Murphy - Standing down as a trustee


The picture shows Mervyn Morgan, Robert Murphy and Jeff Lawrence during the 'Back 4 Dinner' in 2003


Mervyn Morgan and Lesley Wray are not the only trustees standing down this summer.

Trustee and Life Vice President Robert Murphy has also decided to call it a day. Robert has been associated with City Youth for more years than any of us can remember following his links with St Albans City FC.

There are many stories about Robert, one of his claims to fame was when he was running things (in the mid 1980’s) at St Albans City FC, Ian Dowie (later West Ham and many others) was playing for the Saints at the time, he met with Robert, saying he had been offered £5 per week more by another local club, Robert wished him well and sent him on his way (that was the polite version).

Another story, around the same period, when the famous Oak Tree had pride of place in the middle of the Clarence Park terrace, during a game, the Referee complained to Robert that the supporters at the tree end of the ground kept throwing acorns at him, Roberts reply was ‘but they always throw acorns at this time of the year!’, the Referee was lost for words.

St Albans City Youth owes Robert a huge debt of thanks, he played a pivotal role as part of the team (Robert and Brian Luckhurst were a fantastic double act) who helped raise the club’s contribution towards both the Highfield Park drainage projects and the Nicky B Astro. In 2003 Robert planned the famous ‘Back 4 Dinner’ at the Watford Hilton (the Back 4 was the Arsenal quartet of Dixon, Adams, Winterburn and Bould). The evening was hosted by several household names including John ‘Motty’ Motson and went on to raise a staggering £45,000 for the City Youth Highfield Project (A base for City Youth).

Robert also organised several other events over the intervening years, including two ‘Lee Dixon’ Golf Days raising a further £30,000, the clubs 40th Anniversary event and a Black-Tie dinner at Nicky B raising money for the Astro.

Robert you will always be part of St Albans City Youth, thank you for all you have done for the club over many years.



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