Managers Meeting 3rd March 2019
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 >
Ian Woods (Secretary's Report)
- The club are still receiving fines for stupid reasons, please keep these down where possible. The club receive over £1000 of fines each year.
- If you call your game off, the club receive a £50 fine. Can teams please try to avoid postponing matches at all costs.
- Can teams please stick to the yellow and blue club colours for their kit.
- Can managers please tell parents of both sides if they are playing second on a pitch not to park on the field at Highfield Park and instead to park in the YMCA Gym car park.
Robert Baker (Treasurer's Report)
- £5000 of the £25000 still owed in subs have been paid over the last month, thank you to those who have paid.
- Reminder to put in expense claims for referee fees.
- Some attendees stated that there wasn't much transparency from the club in the summer as to who has paid subs and that PayPal in particular has provided an issue for many parents looking to pay. Laurence Wilson reassured attendees that the new system next season will be clearer and easier to use. It was suggested that the club should have a stricter policy next season with players not being able to play unless they have paid.
Laurence Wilson (Business Manager)
- St Albans City Youth are not continuing their partnership with Coerver Coaching next season. It has been decided that the club aren't currently in a position to receive the support offered, Laurence is happy to speak to any managers with questions or concerns regarding the situation. The club are looking to provide their own club curriculum to managers that will be online next season. Chris Johnson raises the point that many Coerver sessions can be found online if managers still wanted to use them.
- The relaunched club holiday camp will be returning in April for the Easter break. Simon Joyce asked if this will target older age groups than previous camps. Laurence Wilson explained that the age range will still be U5-U13 but managers may be able to book a team session through the camp.
- The club are in the process of developing a long term training plan that should create a clearer structure amongst the younger age groups. This will be explained in more detail at next month's meeting.
- Andy Lawrence asked if there is any update on Hertfordshire FA running a Level 2 course, the club are still waiting to hear from them but a course should be released soon.
- U9 Girls: A new kit has been ordered for the girls, sizes small and medium youth. They are looking for a futsal opponent on March 31st - Under 8 South volunteered during the meeting.
- U10 Wildcats recorded their first win since being formed, their development has been remarkable. It was suggested by Simon Joyce that the club provide a Player of the Match certificate to give to the opposition as this is often given to them.
- U12 Dragons asked where they are likely to play when they move to 11 a'side. Ian Woods responded saying it is likely to be Highfield but the club have access to many different locations. Geoff Watts suggested that the club should try to use more of the space at Verulamium.
- U14 EJA played Braintree Town and won 7-3. They are currently 4th in the league with seven games left in their first season playing at this standard.
- U15 Boreal are in the County Cup semi final. They are currently in discussion to play EJA football next season. More City Youth teams will hopefully play EJA football in the future.
- U16 EJA beat Ware Youth today, five of the players are in the Colney Heath reserves. The team are likely to be leaving St Albans City Youth at the end of the season with manager Gary McShane coaching many of the boys at Colney Heath.
- Trials for the U18 EJA team will be in May, adverts will soon be put up.
- U18 North and nine points clear at the top of their league and are still in multiple cup competitions. Some of their players have recently been scouted by Stoke.
Any Other Business
- Robert Baker: Club summer tournaments, 29 boys teams and 29 girls teams have entered so far. Alam Jamil asked if teams can enter two sides into the tournament, Ian Woods responded saying this would be possible if we don't receive enough entries.
- Jim Campbell asked if they would need his help for this years presentation day programme. Ian Woods said this will be arranged soon. Jim asked if any has professional contacts that may be interested in an interview for the programme then please get in touch. The presentation day will be on Sunday 30th June.
- The next meeting will be on 6th April.