Managers Meeting 7 April 2019

Managers Meeting 7th April 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 >

Chairs Report

Secretaries Report

Treasurers Report

Laurence Wilson

Press Report

Managers Reports


Geoff Watts (Chair)

  • U16 girls put in a heroic performance in the County Cup final yesterday, unfortunately losing on penalties. It was a magnificent effort from all involved.
  • Congratulations to player Tom Ward and coach Liam Dwyer in winning gold medals at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi. There has been considerable coverage in the press which Tom has handled well, setting a superb example to young players looking up to him.

Ian Woods (Secretary's Report)

  • The last games scheduled in the Hertfordshire Development League are on 27th April.
  • Details for the HDL cup finals should have now been circulated, reach out if this isn't the case.
  • There is a meeting on 15th April for the Hertfordshire Girls League regarding the new 'sin bin' rule that will be introduced next season. This rule applies to other leagues as well so the club may decide to have their own meeting to explain the logistics.
  • Presentation Day information should have now been circulated. Tickets can now be booked online at please let Ian know as soon as possible if your team cannot attend.
  • The St Albans Tournament(s) details should have now been received by managers.
  • If you require a change of kit, please contact Ian.
  • Ian will be chasing teams about plans for next season. Teams need to have a plan in place by the end of April.

Robert Baker (Treasurer's Report)

  • Club registration fees: £13,000 it outstanding, down from £30,000 a couple of months ago. This is likely to be a better position than what we were in this time last season.
  • Rob is happy to send updated lists as to who hasn't paid if required.
  • Reminder to keep fines low: these are often for cancelling matches or not handing in results cards. It costs the club £30-£50 in fines if a game is cancelled. Keith Collins argued that the West Herts Youth League need to rethink their league system for Under 16 as it is GCSE year and the team are been scheduled multiple midweek matches that they are unlikely to be able to field a team for. He has raised this with the league and their response was useless. Sarah Kropman added that a lot of leagues do not consider academic commitments when arranging fixtures and that some girls’ teams seem to cancel frequently at younger age groups. Suggestion from various attendees to introduce a minimum squad size for teams.

Laurence Wilson (Business Manager)

  • There is a Coaches vs Managers match on Wednesday, 4pm kick off for charity. Samuel Ryder have offered us their facilities for free. The club aim to do more charitable events in the future in order to bring managers together.
  • FA Safeguarding and Emergency First Aid checks: It is each managers own responsibility to check when these expire. These are a necessity in order to run a team so please be proactive and book on to renew with time in advance.
  • The Easter half term camp is on next week, so far there has been better numbers than anticipated.
  • The U7-U12 training plan will be in place from next season. Next year's U7-U10 teams will be training at the same time on the same day, this will hopefully save money and bring age groups closer together. For U11+ teams, Laurence will be asking for training requests. Those at the managers meeting can request now.
  • Team Information next season will be sent through Google Forms, this is a requirement if you wish to receive club support.
  • Details of an FA Level 1 course in which we have priority for will be sent out shortly.

Terry Edwards (Press Secretary)

  • There has been reasonable coverage in the press, but it hasn't been great.
  • All reports and results (U12+) go on the website to make sure you send them in. Under 7 manager Steve Neville also designs match programmes in which the reports go in.
  • Next season, managers have three strikes to send in match reports - if not then no reports will be uploaded for that team in the future.

Managers Reports

  • U9 South: Made the cup final on 18th May, the players are looking forward to the experience.
  • U10 North: Also made the cup final on 11th May. Five out of the seven St Albans U10 sides made the final in their respective leagues. Laurence Wilson asked managers to send in photos for the club social media.
  • U11 Girls North: Also made their cup finals.
  • U13 West: Have made the Intermediate Cup Final and their league title/promotion race is likely to go down to the last game of the season.
  • EJA: U14 drew today but are currently on an impressive unbeaten streak. The U16's are currently mid table and the U18's are third in the league and are through to the Floodlit Cup final. Three players have also been training with the first team with Tom Geller having made the bench in the last two matches.
  • U16 Central: Through to the Senior League Cup final on May 12th.
  • U18 Central: Through to multiple cup finals after only being formed this season.

Any Other Business

  • Terry Edwards: For teams that are in Cup Finals, please email a match report alongside a team photo and please try and save him some programmes from the day.
  • The next managers meeting will be on Sunday 5th May.