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Managers Meeting 4th November 2018

Managers Meeting 4th November 2018

Held at The Scout Hut, Riverside Road, St Albans

The full list of meeting attendees is included in the PDF version which can be downloaded here >

Secretaries Report

Treasurers Report

Chris Samways

Laurence Wilson (Business Manager)

Press Secretaries Report

Managers Reports


Date of Next Meeting

Ian Woods (Secretary's Report)

  • Not much to report - everything this month has been going steadily and with little drama.

Robert Baker (Treasurer's Report)

  • Expenses: Can payment requests please be sent in by Friday evening. These payments need to be approved and take three days to go through, so you should expect them in your bank by Wednesday the following week.
  • There have been many fines this season already for small things such as not filling in report cards. Can we please keep these to a minimum?
  • £110,000 has so far been collected through registration fees. This is still £15,000 less than last year with a similar number of players signed on. Can managers please chase up those who are still yet to pay.

Chris Samways

  • We have recently held a half term football camp at Nicholas Breakspear school which was a success. The next camp will be in the February half term.
  • The club have hired a new community coach called Nathan who will be involved in some of our school coaching. The club are looking to potentially hire more.
  • The club are hoping to host their first Youth Council meeting before the end of the year.
  • There is a FA Level 1 course specific to girl’s football starting on 11th November. This is aimed at female coaches or those working in the female game. There are still spaces if anybody is interested.

Laurence Wilson

  • Tottenham Hotspur have provided City Youth with four spaces for an academy event on Thursday 8th November. Tom Johnson, Julius Ilori, Chris Samways and Charlie Boswell will be attending on behalf of the club.
  • There is a 'SAVE' event coming up which addresses sexual abuse in football. Geoff Watts and Chris Samways will be attending on behalf of the club.
  • Can managers inform Tom Johnson if they are planning on cancelling training at Samuel Ryder. All managers should have received an email from him earlier in the month but if not, his email is -
  • For future reference, if there are any major injuries at Samuel Ryder Academy that require additional assistance/an ambulance - please get somebody to inform the member of staff in the sports office straight away.
  • The club are beginning to use their twitter page to share images and videos that can be used as visual aids for club coaches to share. The club twitter name is @CityYouthFC
  • The new pathway at Samuel Ryder Academy will hopefully be in action soon.

Geoff Watts (on behalf of Terry Edwards)

  • Those who are still yet to send in their squad lists are: U18 North, U18 West, U16 East, U16 West, U16 Orient, U15 Boreal, U14 South, U13 West, U13 Boreal. Can these teams send in a list of players to Terry Edwards as soon as possible?

Managers Reports

  • U7: The first St Albans under 7 side have started their season very well and have been moved to the top division of the Watford Friendly League. They beat London Colney today and are looking forward too many away trips to central London throughout the season.
  • U8 South: The team are new to the club. There have already been clear improvements since the start of the season and the side are doing well. In the rest weeks that the league gives them, fixtures have been arranged between many of the City Youth under 8 teams. Both U8 South coaches are doing their FA Level 1 course and have so far found it extremely useful.
  • U10 North Girls: The team started the season with no manager and coach and a depleted team. However, they have regrouped and got their first win of the season this weekend which they are hoping will be a turning point in their season.
  • U10 West: West want to thank the club for helping them move up an age group in their division. The team played their first game against a team a year older this weekend and won 5-3. 
  • U12 South Girls: The team won 3-1 this weekend and have had a great start to the season. They have a star striker who scored another hat-trick yesterday.
  • U13 Orient: The side haven't had a game for a few weeks as players have been on holiday. They are looking for more players and have been advertising on the club website. If anybody knows any players of that age group looking for a team then please get in touch (details on the City Youth website)
  • U13 Girls North: The team lost their manager and goalkeeper at the end of last season. They are currently top of the league, however they lost to Pro Direct this weekend who had a win at all cost’s mentality. 
  • EJA: U14's have had a great start to the season, winning 6-0 this weekend. They did however lose to Hitchin who reminded them how difficult EJA football can be. The U16 side won 3-2 against Cockfosters this weekend after an unlucky start to the season. The U18's beat Lee Allinson's Biggleswade side 2-1 this weekend, a rivalry is beginning to emerge between the two sides. Note that Tom Norman left St Albans City FC as club secretary recently, meaning that Lee Page has become temporary club secretary - this has left Andy Lawrence officially in charge of the club EJA system.

Any Other Business

  • Laurence: There is currently a plan in place to produce a club manager booklet. If anybody has any ideas for things to add into it then please get in contact with him.
  • Verulamium Park: Request to cut the tree down that hangs over one of the pitches. This is complicated due to the council having a level of ownership over the pitches.
  • There have currently been no litter complaints regarding the new 'coffee man' at Highfield Park on Sunday mornings. The club gain 20% of profits generated so please feel free to buy over winter. 
  • The goals and nets still haven't been fixed at Nicholas Breakspear School and the grass hasn't been cut.
  • The next managers meeting will be on Sunday 2nd December.