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Nottinghamshire Schools Football Association Annual Report Season 2010/2011

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Honorary Secretary’s Report

Another season comes to a conclusion with thousands of pupils across the City and County having been involved in many quality football competitions both locally and nationally. Unfortunately, no individual school or district team from Nottinghamshire reached the final of any of the ESFA’s national competitions.

There were many noteworthy performances though, with the Under 11 Girls from Ryton Park School, Worksop reaching the quarter-finals of the ESFA Small Sided Primary Championship and playing in the national finals at the superb facilities of the Watford FC Academy Ground at London Colney. Sadly, they were eliminated in the group stages but no doubt will remember for a long time an excellent day out competing against the best Under 11 girls’ sides in the country.

Of the individual school teams in the National Secondary competitions, congratulations must go to Trinity School from Nottingham who stand out by far and away as the most successful of all the City and County schools – their U16 Boys and U15 girls reached the last eight, both losing out to two very strong footballing schools in Malet Lambert from Hull and Thomas Telford from Shropshire respectively. Their Girls’ Under 16s, also progressed well into the last 32 before being beaten 3-1 by the eventual winners, South Holderness Technology College from the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Several other individual school teams from Nottinghamshire produced good sequences of results to reach the latter stages of ESFA national championships. In the Boys competitions, the Under 12s of George Spencer School from Stapleford reached the last 16 nationally before losing 5-2 to the eventual winners, Cardinal Heenan School from Liverpool. The same side showed that this was by no means a flash in the pan by reaching the National Futsal Finals weekend in Birmingham. Bluecoat’s Under 14 team were also knocked out at the last sixteen stage, well beaten by the team from West Bromwich’s Sandwell Academy.

The third Notts team to reach the last 16 nationally were the Under 15 Boys from West Bridgford School who narrowly and unluckily lost 2-1 to Northampton School for Boys who went on to reach the final.

With the national Inter County competitions again running alongside the Midlands Federation Championship, the season proved to be a nearly but not quite one for all of the County’s four representative sides. Nearest to recording honours were the Under 16 Girls who reached the semi-finals of the national competition and played Durham at Teversal FC. Having fallen behind in the first half, the team rallied strongly after the break to go 2-1 up only to concede a very late equaliser minutes from the end of the match and then to disappointingly go down 4-2 in a penalty shoot out to the eventual winners, Durham. In the Midlands competition, the girls travelled to Lutterworth for their last league game knowing that a draw would seal the Midlands title for them. On an almost unplayable, dust bowl of a pitch, they went down 2-1 with a below par performance, handing the championship to local rivals, Leicestershire. Special mention and congratulations must go, however, to one member of the squad, Izzy Sullivan. After missing out on the first trial for the England Under 15 Girls national side she received a late call up to the squad and actually went on to captain the side to a 3-1 victory in Scotland.

The County U18’s enjoyed a long but successful season. A squad of players was assembled from last season U16’s, U18’s trialists and recommendations to the management. The squad proved to be very committed to playing for the County and this showed with their performances on the pitch. The season started with a tie against Derbyshire in the 2nd round of the National Knock-out Cup. A very solid first half saw Notts come away with a 4-3 victory. In the next round Notts were drawn at home and played Lancashire on a cold frosty night at Pelican FC. Lancs dominated most of the first half but only led 1-0 at the break. In the second half any belief that Notts had about a come back was short lived as they soon went 3-0 down. Lancs eventually went on to win 5-0. Notts lost to a very strong, good footballing side who went on to win the national competition.

After a break due to the snow and cold weather, Notts played their Midland group matches against Linconshire, Humberside and Derbyshire. Notts started against Lincs and in a very competitive game won 3-2 scoring in the last minute to win. Next up was Humberside, a team Notts historically struggle to beat. This season Notts proved too good for them and won 2-0. The last group fixture was against Derbyshire. Both teams had qualified for the semi finals of the Midland group but were playing for top spot in their section. A very tight game ended 1-1 with Notts finishing group winners on goal difference. This meant Notts played Staffordshire in the Midland semi final. This game was played at Teversal FC on a warm April evening. The badly worn pitch did have an effect on the match but both teams put on a very exciting game. Staffordshire dominated the first 20 minutes and took the lead with a penalty. Notts came back strongly but were still 1-0 down at half time. The second half began with Notts continuing to push Staffordshire back but the visitors scored a second on the break. Notts got back into the game with 10 minutes to go but could not find an equaliser despite hitting the bar and post in the final minutes.

It was a disappointment not to reach the final but the squad throughout the season had showed great team spirit and played some good quality football. The majority of the squad are available next year so it is hoped they can have an even more successful season.

The Under 16 Boys squad, having had five final trials postponed because of the severe weather in late Autumn, begun the season with a thumping 5-2 win against Derbyshire in the national knock-out competition but lost to Leicestershire in the next round. Losing to Lincolnshire in the Midlands Federation combined with a heavy defeat at the hands of national champions, Humberside, meant that they could not qualify for the Regional semi-finals and their last group games against Leicestershire and Derbyshire were unable to be played.

The Under 15 side suffered the reverse of the Under 16 result against Derbyshire in their first Midland Counties game going down 6-3 in a match that was not as one sided as the score might suggest. They recovered well to beat Northamptonshire 2-0 but then a poor performance and a 2-1 defeat by Leicestershire meant they missed out on qualification for the Midland semi-finals by a goal difference of one.

Despite their ‘nearly’ moments and disappointments, all four County squads represented Nottinghamshire with pride and commitment and we must thank them all for their efforts.

In the County’s own Inter District competitions, South Notts reversed the superiority that Nottingham had shown in last season’s Secondary cups by winning three of the five titles on offer – the Under 13 Intermediate and Pavis trophies as well as the Under 12 County Cup. Nottingham, however, won the two senior competitions scoring five without reply in the Under 15 Cobbin Cup and taking the Under 14 Norris Trophy by the odd goal.

The Under 11 Primary Reprotec Cup was again, like last year, a very entertaining encounter but sadly for Bassetlaw with almost the same result in favour of the City Boys. Honours were evenly shared in the small sided tournaments with Nottingham winning the Outdoor 7-a-side and the Indoor 5-a-side and Bassetlaw taking the corresponding girls events.

In Area D competitions, Nottingham’s Under 13 squad finished level on points with Davis Trophy winners Grimsby but had an inferior goal difference. South Notts also had a decent season at this age group finishing with 11 points, level with Leicester in equal third place. The KW Blood Under 14 Trophy was won by East Riding with South Notts as runners up and Nottingham in third place. The senior competition, the Goodhand Trophy, was also won by East Riding with Nottingham finishing in third place with three wins out of five matches.

As last year, the Individual Schools County Cups this season, both Secondary and Primary, were often beset by problems caused by teams not meeting limit dates or by withdrawing from competitions weeks after they should have played a particular game. Just one match not played in a 1st or 2nd round tie has a huge knock-on effect for the rest of the competition in the later rounds. It was intended to be more strict with schools who did not complete fixtures this last season but the huge amount of time lost to the unusually severe weather made this rather unfair on some of the teams.

All the secondary finals, with the exception of the John Fox Under 19 Cup were played on the superb pitches at The Poplars Sports Ground, Burton Joyce. Thanks have been offered to David List, the groundsman, who is so supportive of Notts Schools’ and also to Alan Bird who has been present at all the finals to provide refreshments, to help David with the erection of goalposts and on occasions to welcome teams and show them to their dressing rooms.

Thanks also must go to our refereeing friends who support us so magnificently, turning up night after night to ensure we have a full complement of officials for every final. The finals themselves were excellent affairs, played in the best of spirits and with not one trophy shared ! Special mention must go to the Under 13 Boys of Arnold Hill School who, having been beaten 8-0 by Harry Carlton two days previously in the South Notts Cup Final, turned in an exceptional display to win the Graham Cordell County Cup 2-0 ! On the subject of Arnold Hill, congratulations to the school in general who picked up three County titles – a feat not very often accomplished – well done to them.

The Majestic Final was a terrific game won eventually by Bispham Drive for the second time in four years. In an exact repeat of last year’s George Abbott Final, the result was also mirrored in a very physical game with Trowell once again taking the title.

The Girls Reprotec Final should have taken place some weeks ago until one of the schools decided they had a parents meeting for a school trip on the same evening as the final and pulled out at the last minute. This has now been re-arranged.

The two indoor individual schools’ 5-a-side tournaments held in the superb facilities at Trent University’s Clifton Site were excellent events with Barnby Road School from Newark winning their first County title of any kind and a strong West Bridgford Girls team lifting the Dora Cobbin Cup. The Outdoor 7-a-sides along with the corresponding Inter Association contest were staged at the super new 3G facility at Sutton Lawn. In the individual schools tournaments, Worksop swept the board with Redlands taking the Boys title and Ryton Park the Girls. Both these schools represented Nottinghamshire in the Regional Tournament held at Highfield Sports Ground. Redlands could not quite manage to qualify for the national finals but the Ryton Park girls booked their place at the finals day at the Watford FC Academy Ground at London Colney. Although they were unable to qualify for the semi-finals on the day the players, staff and spectators enjoyed a brilliant day out.

The Association once again staged all four of the Midland Regional Finals of the ESFA Small Sided Cups for the Under 11 age group at Nottingham University’s Highfield Sports Ground in March. The Association was represented by Nottingham in the Inter District event, Hollywell Primary in the Small Schools Tournament and by Redlands and Ryton Park in the Boys and Girls competitions respectively. Unfortunately, as already mentioned, the girls of Ryton Park were the only Nottinghamshire side to qualify for the national rounds of the championship.

The Association continues to run both its web site and Handbook in tandem but is still striving to encourage schools to use the web site for updates of competition results and progress.

The Nottinghamshire Schools Council for Sport continues to play a vital part in obtaining the financial support that allows all sports Associations in the County and City, including football, to provide sporting opportunities for young people in our schools. Special thanks go to Gerry Mills, the Secretary, for tireless work in his protracted negotiations with the City and County Councils to ensure that the NSCS still receives a substantial, if somewhat reduced, grant for the coming year.

As always, the Association offers its sincere thanks to the following organisations and individuals:

  • Reprotec for their continued invaluable support and financial assistance.
  • The volunteer referees who give so much of their time and commitment to the Association and Schools Football in general.
  • Private individuals who support the Association financially.
  • All the schools and clubs that make their facilities available to the Association and offer such a warm welcome – particularly Bilborough Pelican, Collingham, Dunkirk, Rainworth, Clipstone and Teversal.
  • The Nottinghamshire Football Association with whom the Association continues to enjoy an excellent relationship.
  • The City and County Councils who continue to give the Association much needed financial support through the Nottinghamshire Schools Council for Sport.
  • All the personnel – teachers, ex-teachers, non-teachers, parents and supporters who together combine to offer the pupils of Nottinghamshire and Nottingham schools a wide and varied programme of football competition.

Let’s hope that we are able to maintain the amount of competitive football that we offer at the moment to the young people of Nottinghamshire – there’s no doubt that hard times are ahead in the coming years but it would be a pity if any of the Association’s many and varied activities had to be cut back because of financial constraints and probably more significantly by lack of personnel.

JCL Williamson – Honorary Secretary

To keep up to date with all the latest news from the world of local schools’ football go to:
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2010 / 2011 Secondary Cup Competition Results

U19 John Fox Cup Arnold Hill 3 v 2 Manor (Mansfield)

U16 Hawkins Cup Djanogly (Nottingham) 6 v 1 Trinity (Nottingham)

U16 Girls Hilary Swinn Cup Trinity (Nottingham) 3 v 2 Valley

U15 Netz Shield West Bridgford 6 v 1 Magnus (Newark)

U14 Chaplin Shield Manor (Mansfield) 3 v 0 Djanogly (Nottingham)

U14 Girls Active Sports Trophy Gedling 3 v 2 Kimberley

U13 Graham Cordell Cup Arnold Hill 2 v 0 Harry Carlton (East Leake)

U13 Girls Fred Riddell Shield Arnold Hill 2 v 1 Gedling

U12 Reprotec Cup George Spencer (Stapleford) 5 v 0 Ashfield

U12 Girls West Bridgford Colts Shield Toot Hill 2 v 0 Dayncourt

U15 Cobbin Cup Nottingham 5 v 0 South Notts

U14 Norris Trophy Nottingham 1 v 0 South Notts

U13 Intermediate Cup South Notts 5 v 3 Mansfield

U13 Pavis Trophy South Notts 4 v 0 Nottingham

U12 County Cup South Notts 3 v 1 Nottingham

U14 Gordon Mills Cup Bluecoat 3 v 1 West Bridgford

U15 Forest Bowl Bluecoat 0 v 0 National

U14 Forest Vase Bluecoat (Nottingham) 4 v 0 George Spencer (Stapleford)

2010 / 2011 Primary Cup Competition Results

U11 Reprotec Primary Cup Nottingham 4 v 1 Bassetlaw

U11 Inter Association 7-a-side Nottingham

U11 Inter Association 5-a-side Nottingham

U11 Girls Inter Association 7-a-side Bassetlaw

U11 Girls Inter Association 5-a-side Bassetlaw

U11 Boys Individual Schools 5-a-side Barnby Road (Newark)

U11 Girls Individual Schools 5-a-side West Bridgford

U11 Majestic Trophies Shield Bispham Drive (Beeston) 3 v 0 Pierrepont Gamston

U11 George Abbott Shield Trowell 5 v 1 Gunthorpe

U11 Reprotec Girls Shield Arno Vale 7 v 0 Arnold Mill

U11 Boys Individual Schools 7-a-side Redlands (Worksop)

U11 Girls Individual Schools 7-a-side Ryton Park (Worksop)

U11 Small Schools 6-a-side Hollywell (Eastwood)

Honorary Treasurer's Report 2010-2011

This has been another season where the Association has provided many opportunities for young people to participate in a great variety of activities. This means quality football for boys and girls in a range of age group events covering small sided games, indoor and outdoor, as well as full games. Again, there has been some success at national level demonstrating the standards attained and reflecting well on this area.

Schools football goes further than providing games. It sets high standards based on sound educational principles. It is important in personal development and young people can enjoy the game more! All of these depend upon a sound financial base. The excess of expenditure over income is very worrying; although the end of the Financial Year did come just before we were due to receive some payments. However, we have still had an expensive year.

There is a further great concern. The life blood Grant Aid from the City of Nottingham and the Nottinghamshire County Councils may well be drastically reduced during the next year. Currently, our Association has one of the best programmes in the Country and our Member Sovereign Associations, as well as schools, benefit from this. The Nottinghamshire Schools Council for Sport is responsible for the grant's administration and other supportive measures. We thank them again on behalf of all school sport. They will be involved in some difficult decision making. ESFA payments under Grant Aid have significantly helped, whilst The Nottinghamshire Football Association continues to give valuable support with specific initiatives, notably in girls’ football and Futsal.

Our friends at Reprotec have again given valuable support; done in such a friendly fashion. Our friend of many years, Jim Hawkins, now domiciled in Scotland, also continues to donate as a thank you for the opportunities given to his son. We need to look at all expenditure, as well as seek further income. The cost of travel is approaching an untenable level. Are there alternative methods? The cost of ground hire also needs consideration whilst our agreement with our friends at Collingham Football Club will soon be coming to a close. Administration costs need to be considered, although so much is given freely by the volunteers who run the Association!

Mike Simmonds, as Development Officer, nurtures partnerships, whilst John Williamson works hard to keep the Association running. Other Committee Members, such as Bob Young and Barry Shackley, plus the Team Managers also give freely of their time. No-one must be taken for granted for they perform valued tasks. Mr Micawber’s homily, translated to modern currency would read: “Annual income, £20.00, expenditure £19.95, result happiness; annual income £20.00, expenditure £20.05, result misery." We need to consider this as well as hope that “Something will turn up”! I hope that we shall not need Mr Scrooge!

Long live schools football and the standards it promotes.

P C Smith – Honorary Treasurer

Development Officer’s Report

My comments in the first two paragraphs of the last two Annual Reports seem to have raised little response and no one has come forward to help the five or so individuals who carry out the whole administration of one of the biggest Schools’ Football Associations in the Country. As those people become older, it can only be stated that the outlook for the organisation of schools’ football in Nottinghamshire will become increasingly bleak for the reasons stated at the conclusion of the Honorary Secretary’s report.

While the Association accepts that it is probably impossible for a serving teacher to take on the major posts of Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Development Officer, there are numerous tasks which could be done in relatively little time by willing volunteers which would relieve the Secretary of some of the time consuming jobs which cause him to work for full days at most times of the year. It would certainly help him if some of those schools which compete in the Association’s competitions could be more pro-active in sending results or informing him of withdrawals or delays.

The Development Officer has continued to try and maintain links with professional clubs in the County and to tackle the problems which sometimes arise. Nottingham Forest have again provided kit sponsorship for which Nottingham, South Notts and the County Association are extremely grateful. Nick Marshall, Forest’s Academy Director, has been particularly helpful, allowing use of the Academy facilities on additional occasions in the past season for County and City Association Finals and co-operating in many ways with those involved with schools’ football. The Association is also grateful to Sean England, the Education Officer and many other staff from the Academy for the time they devote when schools’ games are held at Wilford and also with the Under 10 tournaments which bear the Club’s name. Jane Carnelly and Alan Bexon and the ground staff were again very helpful with the annual Schools’ Night at the City Ground. For the first time for many years, Notts County were unable to stage any of the Association’s Finals but the Association knows that we have a good friend at the Club in Tony Cuthbert and hopes that this will just be a one year ‘blip’.

Discussions with the Nottinghamshire Football Association have continued through the season and the Schools’ Association is grateful for the work that the Notts. F.A. has done in connection with Futsal. We do not possess the person-power to devote much time to this developing side of the game but the fact that several school sides from Nottinghamshire reached the Regional and National Finals of the age group competitions indicates the growing popularity of Futsal and is a tribute to the work of the Notts F.A. staff. We are grateful to Ricky Stevenson, the Development Officer and Trevor Powell, the Girls’ and Women’s Development Officer for their support, particularly of the Under 16 County squad which has also been closely supported by the Director of the Forest Ladies Centre of Excellence, Steve Pritchard and his staff. It is a great pity that the Centre of Excellence has lost its licence for the coming season although being given Player Development status, as without the help of its staff, the County squad’s outstanding record over the past decade would not have been possible

MJ Simmonds – Development Officer

COUNTY UNDER 18 SQUAD

Managers - Richard Walmsley / Simon Coleman

ELLIOTT COOK   JOSH ROYCE  
JORDAN RALPHS   JOE PALMER  
JORDAN HARRIS   JAN JANIEWICZ  
RAHEEM GORDAN   JACK BAINES  
RICHARD FLETCHER   FELIX HOGG  
PAUL MORRIS   BEN GOSS  
MALAKY ESHELBY   ADAN BROWNE  
JOSH SWEETHAM      

Results:

Derbyshire (National KO) (A) 4-3

Lancashire (National KO) (H) 0-5

Humberside (Midlands) (A) 0-2

Derbyshire (Midlands) (H) 1-1

Staffordshire (National KO Semi-final) (H) 1-2

COUNTY UNDER 16 SQUAD

Managers – Chris Fisher – Ben Howarth

RYAN SWIFT ELLIS GUILFORD DANIEL BARKE QUEEN ELIZABETH’S
JASON GREGORY DUKERIES JEREMY MORAN CHRIST THE KING
KAMRAN KHAN DJANOGLY RYAN EJEZIE BECKET
KAMERON LEWIS-CAMPBELL ELLIS GUILFORD JACK HAWKINS ASHFIELD
LIAM DEANE BECKET JORDAN SLACK ASHFIELD
KAMAL ASAMANG-HAYLES BLUECOAT CONOR NAYLOR FERNWOOD
DANNY WILSON ASHFIELD MARCUS FLETCHER WHELDON
KYLE DIXON BLUECOAT LUKE WALTERS DJANOGLY

Results:

Derbyshire (National KO) (A) 5-2

Leicestershire (National KO) (A) 0-3

Lincolnshire (Midlands) (A) 1-2

Humberside (Midlands) (H) 0-4

COUNTY UNDER 16 GIRLS SQUAD

Managers – Ian Fidler / Louise Wray

REBECCA GRAVES SOUTH WOLDS FIONA WORTS RUSHCLIFFE
FRAN MEAKIN WEST BRIDGFORD EMMA WALKER ELIZABETHAN
JADE SHEPPERD TOOT HILL BLAYZE TEAL RUSHCLIFFE
ALICIA COX WEST BRIDGFORD LIBBY BEXON TRINITY
EMMA STEPHEN EASTWOOD GRACE BLACKBURN TRINITY
JESSICA WALKER TUXFORD HANAH McGLENNAGHAN RUSHCLIFFE
LAURA O’NEILL CHRIST THE KING LAUREN BARTLE DAYNCOURT
GRACE ABBOTT RUSHCLIFFE EMILY MONTGOMERY MANOR
IZZY SULLIVAN RUSHCLIFFE MAEVE KEANE CHRIST THE KING

Results:

Lincolnshire (National KO) (H) 3-2

Worcestershire (National KO) (A) 4-2

Derbyshire (Midlands) (A) 2-2

West Yorkshire (National KO) (H) 1-0

Durham (National KO) (H) 2-4

Leicestershire (Midlands) (A) 1-2

COUNTY UNDER 15 SQUAD

Managers – Tim Preston / Brian Newson

JORDAN FELL HOLGATE WARREN HOWARD HOLGATE
MATTHEW WARD ASHFIELD CALLUM THOMPSON NATIONAL
TYLER GUY ELLIS GUILFORD JACK THOMAS MANOR
JACOB HOLT CARLTON LE WILLOWS AARON MILLS QUARRYDALE
ROBSON DOOLAN DUKERIES KYLE JOHNSON KIRKBY COLLEGE
STUART STREET JOSEPH WHITAKER MONTEL NEVERS EMMANUEL
MATTY JONES ASHFIELD RYAN OSBOURNE BECKET
AARON NORTH MAGNUS TYLER WITTON BRAMCOTE PARK

Results:

Derbyshire (Midlands) (H) 3-6

Northamptonshire (Midlands) (A) 2-0

Leicestershire (Midlands) (A) 1-2

AGM Minutes 2011

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 11 July 2011 at Stanhope Primary School at 6.30pm

Present

R Hirst, J Waterall, R Young, R Donnison, M Simmonds, P Sanders, J Reynolds, J Williamson, C Hallas

1. Apologies

G Mills, P Smith, B Shackley, S Abbott, J Tarr, R Walmsley

2. Minutes of the last meeting

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved

3. Matters arising

There were no matters arising

4. Correspondence

There was no correspondence

5. Annual Report

The Secretary was thanked for a most comprehensive report

6. Treasurer’s Report

A discussion took place on the possible ways of distributing the Association’s Handbook now that both the City and County Post Rooms had closed and there was no way to physically get the Handbooks into school through this route. Postage costs would be prohibitive. A possible request to make use of the Notts FA franking machine was mentioned but again costs would be high.

South Notts reported that they too were looking into ways of cutting costs and to this end had moved their base for home games to the South Notts College facilities in Clifton.

The question of insurance and CRBs for parents was raised if they were transporting players to matches.

7. Elections of Officers

The Chairman proposed and was seconded by Peter Sanders that the Executive Council Officers be elected as per the Agenda paper – this was carried unanimously.

8. Election of Members

The Chairman proposed and was seconded by Bob Donnison that the Executive Council Members be elected as per the Agenda paper – this was carried unanimously.

9. Expenses

Following discussion it was proposed by Peter Sanders and seconded by John Waterall that a 5% increase should be applied to expenses for the 2011/2012 season – this was agreed by the meeting.

10. Affiliations

The meeting agreed that affiliation fees collected at the end of the 2011/2012 season would be – Primary Associations - £35 Secondary Associations - £75.

The meeting closed at 7.15pm

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