St Albans City Youth FC have been providing organised sport in St Albans for 40 years. They are an accredited Community Club undertaking much valuable work in the Community. This work includes After School Clubs at Schools, PE Lessons, School holiday sessions, Saturday sessions for their youngest members and work with local Disability groups. The work is mainly done by volunteers but they have recruited 2 full time members of staff to help with the planned workload.
In recognition of their good work and to help them to improve the services provided to girls sport in the St Albans District they have been given a £12,000 grant from the newly established Football Conference Community Club Development Fund. The grant has come via St Albans City FC in respect to their involvement in the Blue Square Bet Football Conference.
The grant will allow the club to go into local schools and youth groups encouraging more girls to take part in football and other sports. It will allow the club to run additional activities the evenings and at weekends, these include practice sessions, inter school activities, friendly matches and festivals.
St Albans City Youth will be working in partnership with St Albans City FC. St Albans to provide a match day delegate service allowing young boys and girls to attend the St Albans home matches for free and have a chance to “show off” their skills on the pitch.
John Gibson the Chairman of St Albans City FC said “We have always worked with St Albans City Youth but this grant gives the 2 clubs the opportunity to work even more closely together for the benefit of everyone locally”.
The Programme will be run with support from School Sports Partnerships, Herts Sport Partnership, Special Olympics, YMCA and our friends from the local Schools. Venues will include Clarence Park, Highfield Park, Cunningham Hill School and Nicholas Breakespear School. It will involve football and multi-sport sessions.
The Project will support Girls Sport in the St Albans area and help to encourage partnership working for the benefit of all. There are a number of female coaches within the club who can act as both leaders and role models to the younger girls.
In particular the project will:
- Encourage more girls to play sport
- Give young children opportunities to join a club
- Encourage healthy lifestyles
- Get more children off the streets
- Have young coaches becoming role models in St Albans
- Give girls the chance to represent their School or City in a festival
A number of the St Albans City FC first team squad have been developed through St Albans City Youth and the Oaklands College Academy. We will be looking for these players to be involved.
The official launch of the project will be at the St Albans home game v Chelmsford City on Saturday 12th Match 3.00pm kick off.
Lucy Hancock, one of St Albans Community Coaches, said “This grant will give me and my fellow coaches a fantastic opportunity to make a difference in St Albans. I enjoy coaching the young children and it gives me the chance to develop my leadership and practical skills before I go to University”.
The Football Conference launched the Fund in August. The scheme is designed to encourage member clubs develop their work in their local communities. It was made possible by the generous commitment of the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association. The Community Club Development Fund is a partnership between the Football Conference, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association.