Dear Parents, Managers and Coaches
I hope this finds you well.
I write to give an update as to the current status of both the Club, training and Grass Roots football for Loddon Sports FC. Currently the FA, East Hants Football and East Berks Leagues have provided nothing solid by way of information pertaining to a return to normality for Grass Roots football. Clearly as more guidance becomes available from the Government, the leagues and FA themselves will be issuing further instructions, however with just under 4 weeks to go to the end of the season it is doubtful that anything further will take place by way of matches for the remainder of 2019/2020.
Over the last few weeks both I and other committee members have been listening to feedback from Managers and Parents suggesting that there is a will to return to training. Guidance issued by the FA (linked below) has stated that this is permissible, should certain rules be followed relating to social distancing and of course SafeGuarding. As such the Committee has agreed that training can commence from Tuesday 30th June for the remaining 4 weeks of the season. It is important to state at this point that this is by no means mandatory and that should you feel it is too soon for you child to reengage, then this is of course absolutely your prerogative. Furthermore given the short period of time remaining the Club will financially support this endeavour with no charge to parents.
For your info I have also attached the LSYFC Training Guidelines for Managers and Coaches, Parents and Players that have been compiled to ensure we follow all guidance and rulings by both the Government and of course the FA during this Covid 19 pandemic. These are of course mandatory and I hope that these guidelines will provide a level of confidence to you should you wish for your child to take part in the training activities that are being scheduled.
Finally a personal ask from me and on behalf of the committee. As we enter into the 20/21 season I would like to expand the number of Committee members. We are currently recruiting for a Treasurer and ideally I would like to have a Committee representative from each of our year groups to bring forward ideas, suggestions and feedback for how we can take this great and historic club to even greater levels of success. Please do reach out should you be interested in supporting the Club further.
As ever I welcome any feedback you may have regards the above (or other topics) and please feel free to contact me personally, or other Committee members should you have any questions.
I sincerely hope that during the commencement of the new season we will see the players return to the normal levels of fun activity that makes up this great game.
Loddon Sports Football Club
U10's Lions and Tigers Sponsorship continues - thank you to Charlie at AES!
U7's Secure Sponsor!
Paul Monger U7's - Delighted that Simmons & Sons, our local Estate Agents in Sherfield-on-Loddon, have sponsored Loddon Sports Youth FC Under 7's team this season. Here is my son Jake modelling their badge on our kit. It's great to see the local community getting involved in supporting grass roots sport, thanks to Linda and all at Simmons & Sons for their generosity.
U8s Vipers Team win the end of season Fair Play Award !
New 2019/2020 Season Underway...
Making A Difference
Spitfires & Hurricanes
"Hi, I’m Paul Monger and I am the Manager of our Under 7's.
I started playing myself for Loddon Sports 40 years ago, so when my son Jake was old enough, I decided that I would help out with training the Lodds Tods, which I did for 2 years before taking on the Under 7's in 2019. My assistant coaches provide great help to me and they are Joao Coimbra, Dan Shorey and Fernando Garcia.
I love managing the Under 7s, not just because my son plays, but because I really like to see them develop their football skills and personalities. I remember back when I started playing how important is was for me to have a coach that was energetic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, that’s what both I and my coaches want to bring to our roles."
U9's Cobra's & Vipers
"I first dabbled in coaching almost 20 years ago when I would coach "soccer" at an American Summer camp for three years. When the opportunity arose to help coach my sons' team I couldn't turn it down. I enjoy seeing the enthusiasm on the kids faces and helping them all to improve and enjoy the game. There is no better feeling then seeing the improvement in each player no matter what level they currently are at and also seeing them do it with a smile on their face."
“Five years ago I offered to help out one Saturday morning to coach a Loddon U6 group that my son had just joined, since then I have completed the FA Level 1 coaching qualification and have been involved in coaching and managing two teams progressing from U7s to U9s.
This time has been thoroughly rewarding, watching the players develop their football skills, social interactions and just enjoying playing football together.”
"I began coaching t my local club Burghfield when my 2 boys started to play. i completed my level 1 qualifications 14 years ago, coaching and managing my youngest boys team from under 5's through to under 17's. Burghfield club had lots of success winning 2 1st Division titles along the way and numerous tournament wins.
My son played at Reading FC from under 6's through to under 10's and I picked up lots of coaching tips from attending their sessions twice a week for a 4 year period. Prior to this I managed a men’s team for 8 years after playing for them for 10 years. I was approached 3 years ago by one of the Loddon parents who asked if I could help their under 6's. I had just come to the end of coaching my boys team so the timing was right. I agreed to give it a go and have been with them ever since
The team are a very talented set of boys competing in div 1 of the East Berks Alliance league on Saturdays against some of the biggest clubs in Berkshire It is a real privilege to be able to coach these boys and will continue to do so as long as the parents want me to."
"With a history of playing football myself for the likes of Swindon, Wimbledon and Bournemouth, at youth team level, that came to a sudden end due to a knee injury I wanted to give something back.
I then had my daughter who was really keen to play and so we joined Loddon Sports, our local club. After getting to know the other coaches a position arose for me to get involved and take my FA level 1 coaching course and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I coach a great team of players who are all determined to listen, learn and improve, all of which are key steps toward being a good footballer. The satisfaction I gain from this is great and is something I want to continue for many years to come.
I’m just grateful that Loddon have given me this chance to carry on doing something I love most."
"I became the Manager of my team from the age of U7. My son was then 5 years old and I brought him along to a 'Lodds Tods' session. I could see from the session that the kids had real smiles on there faces and enjoyed football. So I decided I would like to be part of there progression and help them develop into fine footballers.
I knew Loddon would be a good club for my son to join as I played for the club over 30 years ago, where I was very successful. Loddon is open to the community and no matter the ability you're always welcome. We have a great set of kids in the squad and I always ask for a good attitude and to try their best. This in turn promotes respect for themselves and each other.
The game is not all about winning but by coaching this side and watching them improve every season, I can't ask for anymore and I do feel this is better than winning any trophy.
I feel fitness and tactical awareness were all important factors in my training . I think the most important factor though is to instill a love for the game and make sure that when we leave a session we are both disappointed that the time has ended so quickly but still have that big smile on are faces.
"This is my fourth season as a coach at Loddon and it has been great watching my U12 side develop both as individuals and as a team. Both my sons have a passion for football, like I did as a kid, and so helping out and getting involved in some way felt only natural.
Ultimately, the most rewarding part of coaching is watching the players enjoy playing football but there is also a great spirit within the team, and the club as a whole, which makes it great to be part of. Winning isn’t everything; never giving up is much more important and part of the buzz for me is watching your players support each other and give everything right up to the final whistle.
Prior to coaching, I played football locally for over 20 years but was a bit unsure as to whether I could coach youth football. Looking back, it is one of the most rewarding decisions I have made and I would recommend it to anyone."
"Hi, I am Andy Pearson, I have been involved with Loddon Sports FC for the past 5 years.
Following my level 1 FA coaching certificate, which I was awarded last year I am now in my second season as a coach of the u8's. As a coach it is my ethos that we all have fun, everyone takes part and that we all work together to get better. It gives me a huge amount of pleasure when I see the friendships that are being formed by the players, the coaches, the committee and the parents, as we need support from everyone to make this club a success."
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Bramley Rd, Sherfield on Loddon, Hook RG27, UK