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East Coker Cockerels Welfare Office – Michelle Knight

Please meet the clubs Welfare Officer – Michelle Knight.  Contact details for Michelle can be found here.

As a Club Welfare Officer Michelle’s key responsibilities are:
1. To be clear about the clubs responsibilities when running activities for children and young people.
This involves:
• ensuring these responsibilities are well understood by others
• working with the Youth League Welfare Officer (YLWO)
• working with your County FA Welfare Officer
• promoting The FA’s Respect Programme and helping to develop best practice processes

2. To help club personnel understand what their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people actually means and entails on a day-to-day basis.In order to carry out your responsibilities you need to follow these five simple steps:
a) Put in place:
a safeguarding children policy, anti-bullying policy and equality policy
• responsible recruitment processes including the taking up of references and submitting FA CRB checks (getting the right people into the game)
• The FA Respect Programme codes of conduct 

b) Understand:
• what the Respect Programme aims to do
• the benefits of implementing the Respect codes
• the quick wins to be gained by using The FA’s safeguarding children best practice guidance (e.g. Travel, Trips and Tournaments, Photography guidelines, Anti-bullying Policy and Safeguarding Children Policy Template)
• why certain roles require an FA CRB check and how The FA CRB process works
• how to refer a concern about the welfare of a child
c) Communicate with:
• club officials about the Respect Programme and its aims
• parents/spectators and get them to sign up to the Respect codes
• parents and new players by getting involved with running ‘start of season’ welcome sessions for members
• coaches and managers about the importance of being consistent role models for their players
• your Youth League Welfare Officer – introduce yourself, find out how they can support you and let them know
what you are doing to safeguard children in your club
• your County FA Welfare Officer if you need help or advice
• The FA by taking part in surveys, questionnaires, focus groups as and when asked 

d) Encourage:
• parents to complete the Respect education programme
• coaches, team managers, first aiders/medics to complete The FA’s Safeguarding Children Workshop
• coaches and team managers to listen to their players thoughts, ideas and views
• the committee to make use of the Respect Programmes designated spectator area at all games
e) Monitor:
• repeated incidents of poor behaviour and liaise with your committee (and where necessary Youth League Welfare Officer or County FA Welfare Officer)
• compliance with FA CRB checks through The FA CRB Unit for those who require one using The FA Safeguarding Online System

FA Respect Codes Of Conduct

Well done East Coker Cockerels U8’s

East Coker Cockerels U8’s did themselves proud by coming 3rd in a tournament organised by Exeter City Youth FC.  It was a great experience for the young footballers who have been invited back to play at the next event.  Well done to you all.

Well done coach Dean! – we are proud to announce the clubs first UEFA B coach.

Last week saw the end of a 9 month course for coach Dean.  Dean passed with flying colours and was signed off by Tony McCallum, the national coach development manager & course director for the FA.  Congratulations Dean Ritchie.

Dean is next season’s ECFC U8’s coach and also coaches at Exeter Academy.

For anyone interested,  Dean also provides 1 to 1 tuition.  Please contact: deanritchie@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Reminder – AGM

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE 2018 at 8pm

LOCATION – The Foresters Arms, Holywell, East Coker, Yeovil BA22 9NF

Please take Notice

That the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING for East Coker Cockerels will take place at The Forester Arms, East Coker on the 6th June 2018.

East Coker Cockerels Football Club has an obligation to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year. The purpose of the AGM is:

(a)
(i) receive a report of the activities of the Club over the previous year;
(ii) receive a report of the Club’s finances over the previous year;
(iii) elect members of the Club Committee; and
(iv) consider any other business.

AGM Minutes May 2017

AGM Notice – 6th June

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

WEDNESDAY 6th JUNE 2018 at 8pm

LOCATION – The Foresters Arms, Holywell, East Coker, Yeovil BA22 9NF

Please take Notice

That the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING for East Coker Cockerels will take place at The Forester Arms, East Coker on the 6th June 2018.

East Coker Cockerels Football Club has an obligation to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year. The purpose of the AGM is:

(a)
(i) receive a report of the activities of the Club over the previous year;
(ii) receive a report of the Club’s finances over the previous year;
(iii) elect members of the Club Committee; and
(iv) consider any other business.

AGM Minutes May 2017

FA Charter Standard 2018/19 Season

East Coker Cockerels are proud of our @FA Charter Standard status.  We’re committed to delivering the best possible experience for players, referees, coaches and supporters making football safe and fun for everyone.  Find out more visit http://bit.ly/2t6n5J0 @forall #charterstandard #proud

Congratulations – your club is among the country’s best

Thank you for completing your club’s annual health check. We’re delighted you have chosen to continue to deliver the highest standard of football.

Please find attached your certificate and additional information on your footballs with examples of how to communicate you are proud to be FA Charter Standard.

Keep up the fantastic work.

Tom Lee
National Clubs Operations Manager | The FA

Calling All 2018/19 Season U7’s Players..

A starter training night with Dean Ritchie & Ant Chatwin will take place on Monday 30th April, 6-7pm for next seasons new U7’s team.

If your child is in the age bracket below & would like to join the East Coker Cockerels team please come along.  The players will need appropriate footwear (moulds or astro’s), shin pads & a drinks bottle.

The club is also looking for a new coach for this team, so please drop in if you feel its something you would like to help with.  The club will pay for your FA level 1 course.  Alternatively please email secretary@eastcokercockerels.co.uk

Age as of 31/08/2018 School Year in Sept 2018 Football Age Group for 2018/19 Season
6 Year 2 Under 7
     

*Under 7 – the player must have attained the age of 6 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season but must be under the age of 7 as at midnight on 31st August in the playing season.

Club Welfare Officer – Urgently Required for 2018/19 Season

East Coker Cockerels FC are in need of a welfare office for the new season.  The welfare officer will be responsible for making sure coaches/helpers have an up to date & valid CRB certificate, and to be the point of contact for any safeguarding/welfare issues that may arise within the club.  Please contact us if you feel this is something you could help the club with.

Prerequisites to being a Welfare Officer

To become a club welfare officer you will need to:

  • 1. Attend The FA Safeguarding Children and Welfare Officer Workshops. Click here for more information.
  • 2. Have an in-date FA Accepted Enhanced with Children’s Barring List Check.

Make sure everyone knows you

To be effective as welfare officer it’s vital that everyone in your club/league knows who you are and how you can be contacted especially the players, parents and coaches. 

Implementing club safeguarding practice

The club welfare officer safeguarding checklist Click here will help you to ensure essential safeguards are place within your club.  

Please email secretary@eastcokercokerels.co.uk to register your interest.

Private Football Tuition – 1 to 1 Lessons

The summer season is fast approaching which is the perfect time to start your pre-season training.

Children develop at different stages, and often need extra coaching. Is your child looking to improve their game? Perhaps they’re just starting out and want to get a head start, or maybe they’re already playing and want to enhance their skills and confidence.

Whatever your reasons, my 1:1 coaching sessions give you access to an experienced football coach.

All training programs are tailored to meet your child’s needs.

The hour-long sessions take place on Monday, Thursday and Fridays.  £20 per hour or pre-book 5 sessions for £80 (one session free).

I currently work with all abilities from grass roots to academy players.

Please see my website: http://www.coachdean.co.uk/ or email me at deanritchie@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: +44 7460 810887