SSCFA AGM, 18th June 2018 - Shrewsbury School (Peterson Room).   5pm
AGM minutes 

A date has been arranged for the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shropshire Schools' and Colleges' Football Association. The meeting will be held on Monday 18th June at Shrewsbury School, Peterson Room (Enter School just off Kenedy Road.  Follow road until it splits and keep to the right.  The Peterson Room is on your left as you enter the small car park.)) at 5pm.


  1. Chairman’s address (MH)
  2. Apologies (MH)
  3. Items for AOB (MH)
  4. Minutes of last meeting (MH)
  5. FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships (MH)
  6. Primary competitions report (LS)
  7. Secondary competitions report (BM)
  8. Post-16 League report (SW)
  9. Inter-county programme reports:

            U14 Boys (DB)

            U15 Boys (JT)

U16 Boys (TL)

U18 Boys (SB)

U14 Girls (AP)

U16 Girls (BR)

U18 Girls (BR)

  1. District reports:

            North (DB)       

Shrewsbury (KC)

            South & East (TW)

            T&W (VM)

  1. ESFA report (MH)
  2. Finance report (AJ/SG)
  3. Appointment of council (MH)
  4. Election of officers (MH) 
  5. Election of representative team managers (MH)
  6. AOB (if required)






Present:  Mark Hignett (SSCFA & HLC Sch.), Lisa Sandford (SSCFA), Neville Boulds (SSCFA), Kevin Chandler (SSCFA & SDSFA), Steve Wilderspin (SSCFA & Shrewsbury Sch.), Bob McGrath (SSCFA), Tom Lappin (Charlton), Paul Bullock (Thomas Telford), Dom Bradburne (Oswestry Sch.), John Timmis (SJT), Dai Lewis (TWDSFA), Steve Benyon (NSC), Malcolm Webster (TWDSFA). 

Chairman’s address

Welcome to the 2016-17 AGM and thank you for attending.

It’s been an honour to serve as Chairman of our fantastic association in what has been another busy and sometimes challenging season.

Particular challenges have included the logistics around our receipt of the ESFA administration grant and how we make it work for us given our unique position.

A further challenge has involved the issues with the U19 league and I know you have received some rule amendments that seek to provide clarity and consistency. This will come up later in the meeting when Steve will explain further the rationale.

Throughout the season, I have been determined with the support of Steve, Nev and Lisa in particular, to modernise SSCFA in terms of governance and working practises. This has taken many meetings, much communication and a considerable amount of time but I thank you for your patience and believe that we now have a council that has representation from all of our membership whether it be district associations, boys football, girls football, disability football, primary schools, secondary schools and so on. This group will now meet more regularly in subsequent seasons and will give all parties a greater voice and involvement in decision making.

2016-17 has been another very successful season for SSCFA and it would be remiss of me not to mention some of the outstanding achievements of our schools and teams. In particular:

Thomas Telford School (TTS) winning all six of the Boys County Cup Competitions

Oswestry School winning League 2 of the U19 League in their first season of entering.

The President’s Trophy being shared amongst schools including Telford Priory School winning their first county trophy.

TTS and Meole Brace winning all of the Girls County Cups between them.

St Georges Primary (Shrewsbury) and St Giles each winning two county finals.

Church Stretton becoming the ESFA Small Schools national champions.

TTS winning four ESFA national cups plus finishing runners-up in their Premier League competition.

St Georges (Shrewsbury) Girls reaching the national finals of the ESFA Danone Cup.

SSCFA U14 Boys winning the Midland Counties League.

SSCFA U15 Boys finishing runners-up in the Midland Counties League.

TWSCFA U11 Girls District squad becoming ESFA regional champions and national semi-finalists in their first season.

Of course, all of this is only possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment of PE staff, teachers, coaches and volunteers and I would like to place on record my appreciation, on behalf of SSCFA, for all that you do for schools’ football in Shropshire.

I would also like to pay homage to all of the schools who have entered competitions this year, whether district, county or national regardless of the stage that they reached. Without these schools and these staff, schools’ football would not be the success it is and would not be providing the memories that it does for so many young people.

In addition, a personal thank you from me, to Steve, Nev, Lisa and all of the other officers who have supported me this season and who have all done a fantastic job with their own responsibilities.

Finally, I am delighted to report that I was honoured to preside over a small and informal celebration last week to recognise and reward the significant contributions and impact that three individuals have each had upon schools’ football in our county. Phil Bradbury (25 years) and Percy Mullaly (40 years) are both retiring at the end of this season and I know that you will all join with me in wishing them a happy retirement that is so well deserved after their years of exemplary voluntary service. Similarly, in celebrating Alan Jones who was recognised (the week after his presentation from the ESFA) for 50 years outstanding service to SSCFA. Without these three gentlemen we all know that our association would not be what it is today. Thank you to Phil, Percy and Alan for all that you have done, the opportunities and memories you have created and legacy that you have left. Thank you too to Alan (who isn’t retiring) for all you continue to do to ensure SSCFA remains financially viable. 

Mark Hignett
Chairman, 2016-17 Season 


Bob Renke (U16G manager), Jan Butler (Welfare Officer), Alan Jones (SSCFA), Sean Gorman (treasurer), Mike Thomas (Charlton Sch.), Vic Maher (TWDSFA) 

Items for AOB 


Minutes of last meeting 

Agreed as a true record – Mark Hignett, Tom Lappin 

Constitution amendment

Proposed by Mark Hignett & seconded by Tom Lappin 

Primary Federation Centre Competitions

Another very successful season at the Federation Centre held at the Shrewsbury Sports Village which saw over 290 teams from across the county compete in 13 competitions.

Primary Schools finals were held at the Greenhous Meadow home of STFC.  Only 1 of the 8 finals finished on penalties. 

St. Georges Junior School Shrewsbury again reached 3 of the 8 finals this season. 

In the ESFA and STFC’s Football League competitions, Mount Pleasant Primary School went forward to represent Shrewsbury Town FC in the Midland regional finals with Thomas Telford also representing STFC in the 6-Aside U13 Girls FL.  In the ESFA U11 Boys & Girls Individual Schools Trophy and the U11 Small Schools Trophy Short Wood Primary from Telford, St. Georges Shrewsbury and Prees Primary School qualified for the regional finals which were held in Nottingham.  Congratulations to St. Georges Shrewsbury Girls who won the regional Girls Individual Schools Trophy and will now take a trip to Stoke FC in the ESFA Danone National Finals.  We wish them the very best of luck.  

SSCFA would like to acknowledge our thanks to the young referees for their continued commitment during the season. 

The Association would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Greenhous, Shropshire Star, Greenhous Meadow, Shropshire Community Leisure Trust (Shrewsbury Sports Village), Passmaster Coaching, Shropshire Junior Football League, Kidz in Focus,  Crossbar Coaching & Shropshire Trophy Centre which without your continued sponsorship and support SSCFA would not continue. 

The Association’s thanks also go to the Shropshire Star for their continued Sponsorship of the Primary Schools Finals day, to Greenhous for their sponsorship of the Federation Centre and to the Chairman and Board of Directors for allowing us the use of STFC. 

Primary Schools finals day results: 

John Hatfield Village Schools

Newtown v Prees 1-0 

U11 Girls Small Schools Trophy

St. John the Baptist v St. Winefrides 6-0 

U11 Boys Small Schools Trophy

Prees v Longden 0-2 

U10 Girls County Shield

St. Georges Shrewsbury v Grange Park 4-0 

U10 Boys County Shield

St. Giles v Redhill 6-1 

U9 Boys County Cup

St. Giles v Oakmeadow 2-0 

U11 Girls County Plate

Trinity v St. Georges Shrewsbury 1-5 

U11 Boys County Plate

St. Georges Shrewsbury v Harlescott 3-0 

Secondary Schools Competitions 

11-18 Competitions Report 2016-17 

  • Now running 19 Countywide Knock-Out Boys and Girls Competitions
  • 42 schools/colleges enter
  • Shrewsbury School and Oswestry School new entrants 




U12 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

Madeley Academy

U13 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford


U14 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

Hadley L C.

U15 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

Meole Brace

U16 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

Shrewsbury School

U18 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

Shrewsbury School

U12 Boys Presidents



U13 Boys Presidents

Telford Priory

Bridgnorth Endowed

U14 Boys Presidents

Meole Brace


U15 Boys Presidents


Burton Borough

U16 Boys Presidents

The Grove


U12 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford


U13 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford


U14 Girls County Cup

Meole Brace

Thomas Telford

U15 Girls County Cup

Meole Brace


U16 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford

Meole Brace

U18 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford


U14 Girls Greenhous Trophy


Sir John Talbot

U16 Girls Greenhous Trophy

Madeley Academy



  • Meeting the playdate deadline is still very poor .
  • Schools need to arrange cup matches early within the  playdate window and not leave it to the last week
  • Need for schools to use email contacts instead of relying on telephone contact to ensure message reaches correct personnel and a paper trail is evident in case of a dispute.
  • Playdate deadline to take account of postponement due to weather in order to prevent draw being held up.
  • More  walk-overs awarded this season than in previous , if you unable to meet play date deadline and/or raise a team please let your opponents and Lisa at in the SSCFA office know early…please do not wait until after deadline to inform us (home team’s responsibility) of the result even if it was a walk over
  • Currently 19 competitions being organised…is this sustainable in view of the prospect of our reducing budget over the next few years? (current cost of one  final £150 + (referees/venue hire/medals)….possible ways to reduce expenditure on finals (cheaper venues/3 matches per evening)? 

R McGrath 2017 (Competitions Coordinator) 

Special Schools Report – Season 2015-2016

During this season we have organised friendly fixtures rather than run the league. However, with the support of Wrekin College I did manage to organise 2 successful 5 a side tournament. 1 for KS3 and 1 for KS4. Young Options had straight wins to be KS4 Champions and Woodlands did the same in the KS3 tournament. Both tournaments were well attended and this time Thomas Telford students refereed the matches for staff which was greatly appreciated.

As ever the students conducted themselves well taking decisions and defeat with grace.

Our Bucks Head Special Schools KS4 Cup Match saw Mt Gilbert and Southall fighting for the trophy again-this time Southall were clear winners, but the goal of the match went to Mt Gilberts Kallum Ball, with an amazing shot from the half way line that went over the keepers head and into the back of the net.

Lynda Manson

Inter County Competitions - Season 2015/2016 Boys

U14 Girls report:

The U14’s have developed in to an excellent side over the course of the season. We had a slow start with a large majority of the team moving up to the U16’s, giving opportunities for a number of U13 girls to come in to the squad. The girls have developed as a team each game, playing some excellent football and scoring some fantastic goals in the final two games. Highlights have been two great wins against West Midlands and Worcestershire County later on in the season, reflecting how far the team had come.

U14 Boys report:

We had a successful season, finishing top of our group. We went through our league unbeaten but drew twice against Worcestershire. We also managed to keep two clean sheets. 

We got knocked out of the ESFA cup by Merseyside. The stronger team won on the night. A area of weakness was the lack of our first choice keeper, our left back volunteered to go in and played well.  

The players have formed into a team and parents are very supportive. The only issue would be conflict from academies regarding lads missing training due to county fixtures.  

Our goals for next season are:

To win as many games as we can

To organise fixtures around training nights

To arrange a training day at the start of the season 

U15 Boys report:

The U15 boys have enjoyed a very competitive season. Building on from last year’s league success the boys have continued to improve and develop this season. There has been a core group of 17 players that have continued to represent the county from last year. They finally suffered their first defeat at the hands of Warwickshire in a closely fought 2-1 loss at the Sport Village. Although the result didn’t reflect the dominance of the game, the boys have since progressed and recorded wins over Derbyshire and Staffordshire and a draw against West Midlands. The boys have still got a few fixtures remaining and some positive results would see them retain their county area title from last year

U16 Girls report:

Awaiting report 

U16 Boys report:

A very tough season with a weak group when measured up against other counties. Lack of availability from the stronger players in county due to pro club ties made things really difficult. Also coupled with the fact that management changeover this year left some boys unwilling to play after previous experiences. That said we fulfilled all fixtures and the support of Paul Bullock and Alex Johnson was invaluable. By the end of the season I think we have a group of boys who were proud to wear the county shirt again and who we could rely upon. Notable performances from Rhys Taylor who led the side well at times, coupled with Harry Farnsworth. The two boys helped at difficult times and really seemed to show leadership qualities over the rest of the group in the dressing room.

U18 Girls report:
Awaiting report

U18 Boys report:
Awaiting report.

Post 16 League:
9 teams in league 1.  1 fixture unplayed/ no result received;
New College v Ludlow College

Idsall finished top of league 1 with 45 points

8 teams in league 2. 2 fixtures unplayed/ no result received;

Newcomers Oswestry School finished top of league 2 with 39 points

Oswestry School v Thomas Telford
Madeley Acad v Thomas Telford

Shrewsbury 6th Form unfortunately had to withdraw from league 2 due to players availability for matches.

Dave Farbrother resigned part way through the season, however the league continued to run with results being sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Rules of the league to be brought in line with the county games as of 2017/18 season and administered by SSCFA.

12-19 rule alignment proposal
Proposed by Steve Wilderspin & seconded by Dom Bradburne

District Reports:

North Shropshire
Cups – Winners
U13 Boys - Marches 
U15 Boys - Thomas Adams
U13 Girls - Sir John Talbot's  

We will have to decide at our AGM which direction everyone wants to take this competition, league format, knock out format etc.  

The Under 13's did well at both trial stages we had, also full nominations in area from all schools. 

The Under 11 trials went well under Josh Gough and Steve Blenkinsopp - we look to trial the under 10 in this summer term and enter them in respective representative football tournaments for 2017/18 season. 

South Shropshire
Another busy year in the South. 7 Secondary finals have taken place at Ludlow Town FC with 1 still to play at Shifnal Town FC. Organisation of secondary events has gone smoothly. Much better this and last year with STFC now running the stadium at Ludlow. Steve Brotherwood has been very accommodating and the grass pitch in particular is in excellent condition. We have the luxury of holding 2 finals at the same time with the astro next door. That gives us the opportunity to hold finals nights with 4 finals played in 2-3 hours. It works well.  

Trophies for winning team have been purchased, but no medals. We still struggle financially as we have no sponsorship in the South. The South Shropshire FA still operates within the South Shropshire Sports and Athletics Association, so we are not a separate body, although I do ensure the FA grant goes into football. 

There is scope for further growth, particularly in the primary sector, as we don't currently run any South Shropshire Primary events. I would be keen to get someone on board to help launch this.   

We were disappointed with our District Squad this year. I predict a better showing next year! 


U12 Boys: Idsall 4 Church Stretton 0

U13 Boys: Idsall Vs Church Stretton still to play

U14 Boys: Idsall 2 Church Stretton 0

U15 Boys: Idsall 5 Bridgnorth Endowed 0

U16 Boys: Church Stretton 4 Ludlow 0

U12 Girls: Idsall 2 Church Stretton 4

U14 Girls: Idsall 7 Church Stretton 0

U16 Girls: Idsall 7 Bishops Castle 1 

Shrewsbury District 

Primary – The four competitions open to the primary schools were well supported again this season.  For this season it was agreed at the District AGM that the Phil Lewis Trophy would become an U10 boys competition and the Severn Cup would remain as the U11 boys comp.  This was welcomed by all schools that entered. 

The finals day was again held at the Greenhous Meadow and are thanks go to the Staff at Shrewsbury Town for allowing us the use of the stadium and to the young referees for the commitment during the season.

Our thanks also go to Dyke Yaxley for their continued sponsorship of the primary schools. 

As a District our thanks must go to Percy Mullaly who after many years of supporting Schools football has hung up his boots. 

Phil Lewis – Greenfields
Severn Cup – St. Giles
Girls Challenge Cup – Harlescott
Kerison Jones ‘B’ teams – St. Giles 

Secondary – Another successful season with the 5 secondary school competitions.  The U12’s final was held at London Road Sports Centre, with the U13’s to U15’s being played at the Sports Village and the U16’s being played on the Greenhous Meadow, which is always a great finish to Schools football for the players. 

Our thanks go to Salop Leisure for their continued sponsorship of the secondary schools programme.

Telford & Wrekin

Telford Schools Finals Buck’s Head May 2017

Tuesday 2nd May 2017   

Telford Cup Southall 7-1 Mount Gilbert,

Y7 Boys Thomas Telford 3-3 Idsall, Idsall won 5-4 on pens

Y9 Boys Thomas Telford 4-0 William Brookes

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 

Y5/6 Girls Lawley 0-1 Redhill ,

Y8 Boys Thomas Telford 0-4 Idsall,

Y10 Boys Madeley Academy 2-4 Burton Borough

Thursday 4th May 2017

Y3/4 Girls John Fletcher 2-2 St Georges, JF won 4-2 on pens

Primary Small Schools St Peter & Paul 5-2 Crudgington,

Y3/4 Mixed Coalbrookdale 6-1 Meadows,

Y5/6 Mixed Apley Wood 0-1 Grange Park,

Friday 5th May 2017

Year 8/9 Girl's Idsall 6-1 Madeley Academy

Year 10/11 Girl’s Final to be played

Year 11 Boys Charlton 1-0 William Brookes 


Like SSCFA, the ESFA are undergoing governance reform that includes reconstitution and a change in the charitable status. The main reasons for this being to modernise governance structures and practices, to improve diversity and representation and to make the NGB eligible for increased funding given the restraints we now find ourselves under.

The ESFA have enjoyed another extremely successful season on the field with highlights being the completion to an excellent standard of all national finals, many of which have included schools from within SSCFA as I shared in my earlier SSCFA Chairman’s report along with the ESFA U18 Boys squad retaining the Centenary Shield.

Major challenges lie ahead in terms of funding and financial stability as well as with the volunteer workforce and achieving diversity. Despite direct communications with schools, CSFAs and other promotional material, we have so far failed in our attempt to not only provide diversity on our council but also to simply fill the three existing vacancies – one in the North, one in the South East and one here in the Midlands. If anyone here today is interested in joining council or knows someone who may be, please get in touch with me.

Finally, just a reminder that I, along with Paul Rickard (Worcestershire) and Neil Hopwood (Lincolnshire) are elected to represent yourselves and the schools from the Midlands so if you have anything you would like me to take to council or to raise with any of our committees please let me know. I have a council weekend this weekend so I should be able to gain a quick response if there is anything that you would like raising immediately.

Mark Hignett
ESFA Council Member (Midlands) 

Treasurer’s Report
Full report to follow.
Year-end balance £30,000  

Appointment of Council

President; Chairperson; Vice Chairperson; Office Manager/Secretary; Treasurer; Secondary Competitions Secretary; Primary Competitions Coordinator, Post-16 Competitions Coordinator, Disability Football Officer; Child Welfare Officer, Football Development Officer; Director of Coaching; a representative of the boys representative squad management team; a representative of the girls representative squad management; publicity officer; income generation officer; a representative from each of our four District Schools’ Football Associations; a representative of the English Schools’ Football Association and a representative from Shropshire Football Association 

Proposed by Bob McGrath & seconded by John Timmis 

Election of  Officers 

President                      Neville Boulds                          

Chairman                      Mark Hignett

Vice Chairman               Steve Wilderspin

Office Secretary            Lisa Sandford

Treasurer                       Sean Gorman                           

Development Officer     Mark Hignett 

Election of Team Managers

U14      Boys                Dom Bradburne, Paul Bullock, Alex Johnson                 

U14      Girls                 Anna Perks, Bob Renke, Ian Fearnley

U15      Boys                John Timmis, Ian Sweeney

U16      Boys                Tom Lappin, Aiden Tisdale

U16      Girls                 Bob Renke, Anna Perks, Ian Fearnley

U18      Boys                Steve Wilderspin, Steve Benyon, Des Lyttle, Alun Morris

U18      Girls                 Ian Fearnley, Bob Renke, Anna Perks 

Date of next meeting – TBC


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Monday 18th June 2018
(Shrewsbury School. Peterson Room) 5pm