AGM minutes - 18th June 2018 





Present:  Mark Hignett (SSCFA & HLC Sch.), Lisa Sandford (SSCFA), Neville Boulds (SSCFA), Steve Wilderspin (SSCFA & Shrewsbury Sch.), Bob McGrath (SSCFA), Tom Lappin (Charlton), John Timmis (SJT), Dai Lewis (TWDSFA), Steve Benyon (NSC), Richard Goody (St. Winefrides Primary Sch.),           Alan Jones (SSCFA), Steve Broome (Bridgnorth End. Sch.), Mike Thomas (Charlton Sch.) 

Chairman’s address

Welcome to the 2017-18 AGM and thank you for attending.

Once again, it has been an honour to serve as Chairman of our association.

This season 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 for their five national titles, TWSCFA U11 Boys District squad for reaching the national finals and also St George’s (Shrewsbury) U11 Girls’ squad for reaching the national finals of their competition.

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 my fellow SSCFA officers who have supported me this season and who have all done a fantastic job with their own responsibilities.

In particular, I would like to make a special mention to Bob McGrath, a former SSCFA Chairman who has served the association over many years in varying roles and who has given so freely of his time and expertise. We have all received Bob’s secondary competition report which highlights a number of challenges going forward, not least in the staffing of our nineteen finals but what Bob hasn’t mentioned is that he presided over far more of these than anyone else. Regrettably, only last week, I received notification from Bob that he is not seeking re-election to his current position and that he wishes to begin a well-earned retirement from schools’ football. Thank you again Bob for all that you have done for the children of Shropshire over so many years.

On the national stage, I would like to congratulate Harvey Howell (Thomas Telford School and formerly of The Corbet School) on his selection to represent the ESFA U18 Boys in the 2018 Centenary Shield and also Anna Perks (Thomas Telford School) who has represented the Welsh Schools’ FA U15 Girls this season. Through my role as ESFA U15 Girls’ Coordinator, I was privileged to watch Anna during the Bob Docherty tournament in Belfast as well as watching Harvey via FreeSports and both represented themselves, their schools and us as a county with distinction.

Finally, as I am sure you are all aware, Malcolm Webster, Secretary of TWSCFA, recently lost his battle with cancer and I would like to formally recognise Malcolm’s selfless commitment to schools’ football and, more importantly, to send our thoughts and best wishes to his family and friends at this very sad time. 

Mark Hignett
Chairman, 2017-18 Season 

Apologies:  Eve Bailey (SFA Girls & Womens Dev. Officer), Dominic Bradburne (Oswestry Sch.), Des Lyttle (Thomas Telford Sch.), Graeme Howes (Shrewsbury Cathedral Sch.), Jamie Norman (Meole Brace Sch.) 

Items for AOB 


Minutes of last meeting 

Agreed as a true record – Mark Hignett, Bob McGrath 

FA Girls Football Schools Partnerships

Information was presented to all attendees at the AGM detailing the ‘Girls Football Schools Partnership’  for further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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. 

This season due to the position of STFC within their league we had to move our finals day to The Venue, home of The New Saints FC.  Thanks go to all at TNS for allowing us the use of their fantastic facilities and even though we didn’t have the crowds this year, I think it was a memorable day for all involved. 

A full list of the days results & photos are available to view via the SSCFA website. 

In the ESFA and STFC’s Football League competitions, St. Giles Primary School represented Shrewsbury Town FC in the Midland regional finals with Burton Borough 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 Whitchurch, St. Georges Shrewsbury and Condover Primary Schools qualified for the regional finals which were held in Nottingham.  Congratulations to St. Georges Shrewsbury Girls who for a consecutive year won the regional Girls Individual Schools Trophy securing their place in the National final.  

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. 

This season has unfortunately brought a few disputes with regards to boys being allowed to play within the girls competitions.  We would like to place on record that this is not an SSCFA rule this is a National FA rule and to clarify it is the FA rules that dictate that girls can play in boys competitions and that boys can play in girls competitions up to U18 level. Whether this is agreed with it is irrelevant as we as a county schools' organisation, or indeed ESFA as the national governing body for school's football, are not in a position to challenge it. 

The rule was introduced by The FA a number of years ago to provide appropriate challenge for talented female players but, with this, on the grounds of equal opportunities the reverse must also be permitted. It is very much hoped by The FA that coaches/managers/teachers apply the rule in the spirit intended and that teams only field less talented males in female teams who would otherwise not play in a team/in competitive football. 

We look forward to welcoming the Schools back to the Federation Centre for the 2018/2019 season.

Secondary Schools Competitions 

Cup Competitions Report 2017-18 

  • SSCFA  running 19 Countywide Knock-Out Boys and Girls Competitions
  • 42 schools/colleges enter
  • Oswestry School new entrants
  • 3finals unfinished 





U12 BoysCountyCup

Thomas Telford

Madeley Academy


U13 BoysCountyCup

awaiting result



U14 BoysCountyCup


Bridgnorth Endowed


U15 BoysCountyCup

to be played 12 Sept



U16 BoysCountyCup

Meole Brace

Thomas Telford


U18 BoysCountyCup

North Shrops College

Thomas Telford


U12 Boys Presidents




U13 Boys Presidents


Telford Priory


U14 Boys Presidents


Telford Priory


U15 Boys Presidents


Meole Brace


U16 Boys Presidents


Shrewsbury Academy


U12 GirlsCountyCup

Thomas Telford

Meole Brace


U13 GirlsCountyCup

Thomas Telford



U14 GirlsCountyCup


Thomas Telford


U15 GirlsCountyCup

to be played



U16 GirlsCountyCup

Meole Brace

Thomas Telford


U18 GirlsCountyCup

Thomas Telford



U14 Girls Greenhous Trophy


Madeley Academy


U16 Girls Greenhous Trophy


Thomas Adams



  • Meeting the playdate deadline is still very poor but the new rules introduced last year not always straight forward to implement and using a toss of a coin may result in schools who do meet the deadline being penalised and not going through into the next round
  • To avoid holding up the draw schools need to arrange their cup matches well before the playdate  and use the final week to play postponed or re-arranged ties.
  • Schools need 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.
  • More walk-overs were  awarded this season than in previous years.  If schools are unable to meet the play date deadline or raise a team please let your opponents and Lisa at in the SSCFA office know early. Please do not wait until after the deadline to inform us of the result, even if it was a walk over.
  • It is the responsibility of both schools to notify Lisa in the SSCFA Office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
  • Points for the future consideration....

(a)Currently 19 cup competitions and 10 evening of finals are organised by the SSCFA this sustainable in view of the prospect of our reducing budget over the next few years? The current cost of one final is £150 + for referees, venues and medals. Are there possible ways to reduce expenditure on finals, egg omit putting the date on medals so they can be used the following year.

(b)Not enough SSCFA officials to organise/host the evening finals referees/sscfa staff/gatemen/Staff to pack away equipment

(c)Lack of venues ...need to use all-weather pitches if weather poor 

R McGrath 2018 (Competitions Coordinator) 

Inter County Competitions - Season 2017/2018

U14 Girls report:

Our first competitive game of the season saw us travel away to Gloucester in the ESFA Inter County Trophy with the game finishing 5-3 to Gloucestershire.  In the Mid Counties Schools competitions, we were the only county to play all 6 games but unfortunately, we finished last in the league, this was no reflection on the girl’s performances as always, they put in 110%.

U14 Boys report:

A season that started with a disastrous double figures defeat in Liverpool on a cold and wet Tuesday night to an exceptionally strong Merseyside ended in triumph v West Midlands at Compton (Wolverhampton Wanderers Training ground).

The squad has progressed, improved and developed significantly throughout the year, with a huge emphasis being placed on developing the team ethos and allowing the boys to develop socially as well as developing levels of performance. We as a management group are happy with the progress made and hope to see further improvements from this group of boys as we progress.

I as lead manager would like to put on record my thanks to AJ and Wooda for their support with this age group over the past seasons and appreciate all they do. 

U15 Boys report:

Another successful season had by the U15's. They finished second in the league behind a very strong West Midlands outfit, only losing two games. 

We had a squad of 23 players and all players were required to fulfill the busy schedule. 

The squad capped off the good season with their final game at Aggborough Stadium where they came out 2-1 winners against Worcestershire. 

All players will be called upon again next season. 

A big thanks to Iain Sweeney for this support throughout and Thomas Telford School for letting us play our home fixtures on their 3G. 

U16 Girls report:
This season was not meant to be for the U16 girls squad, they failed to win a game but have put in 100% effort throughout.  We have failed to have consistency within the squad due to RTC’s failing to release players! 

Thanks go to Thomas Telford for allowing us the use of their facilities for hosting our home games.

This is to be my last season with the Girls county squads, as I will be hanging up my boots after 21 years service with the association and I would like to place on record my thanks to all involved.  I wish the Association well for the future.

U16 Boys report:
Shropshire U16’s have experienced a very frustrating season. Due to the continued bad weather throughout much of the winter and the freak snow blizzards we have experienced this year, many of their fixtures were cancelled just before or on the day of many proposed fixtures. This meant that alternative dates had to be rearranged, something which is particularly more difficult at U16 level due to the players’ examination commitments. As such, Shropshire U16’s didn’t play a competitive fixture against our closest rivals West Midlands, and three of our other area games (Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire) were classed as ‘double-headers’. Including our national cup run, Shropshire U16’s only played a total of 5 competitive fixtures this season, which, for all parties involved, was very frustrating.

Our first fixture of the season was also very troublesome. We were scheduled to play Staffordshire on a Monday night at Stafford Town. Unfortunately, due to a series of unforeseen injuries incurred on the Sunday before the game, as well as certain clubs policies about players being unable to play two games in two days, meant the squad was reduced to 8 available players. Thanks to some collaborative work from the Shropshire Schools associated contacts, Shropshire U16’s were able to field a competitive team at very short notice. Unfortunately, Shropshire lost the game 4-1. Only their second league defeat since the team was conceived at U14. The long term injury list, as well as several players being successful in gaining scholarships at their respected football league clubs, meant that the squad, which has been largely unchanged over two years, needed some fresh faces. A trail game was held at Thomas Telford against Herefordshire. From this, five new players joined the team for the duration of the season.

The ESFA inter-county cup competition saw Shropshire U16’s best performances of the season. They managed to beat Cardiff and Vale (away) 3-1 in round 2 before playing against Nottinghamshire in the quarter-final stages. Unfortunately, two late goals saw Shropshire lose the contest 2-0. Shropshire were considered the better team on the night, but two individual errors and a very physical approach from the opposition was ultimately Shropshire’s demise. Once out of the national competition, Shropshire drew with Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the only other league games which were able to be played.

With the squad of players which was eventually assembled and available to the coaching team, it proved a very frustrating season as everyone who was involved felt that, if given the opportunity, then it could have been a very successful final season for both the players and staff. On a positive note, 6 players who represented Shropshire for 2 or more years have achieved scholarships at their respected clubs (5 x Shrewsbury Town and 1 x West Brom).

U18 Girls report:
No fixtures played this season.

U18 Boys report:
Performances from our under 18's this season, has certainly put Shropshire well and truly on the footballing map once again. Competing and for large spells completely outplaying counties ten times the size of ours, the season has seen the boys reach the quarter finals of the National Cup, only to find ourselves 10 seconds away from reaching the semi-final, but a late equaliser and controversial goal conceded in extra time saw us lose out 3-2 to Lancashire, who were under the guidance of Trevor Sinclair. This was coupled with earlier round wins against Lincolnshire (0-5) and South Yorkshire (4-1).

Our league campaign again was very positive sweeping aside teams, with 2 very evenly contested matches against the excellent Staffordshire, whereby they pipped us to the final of the county cup.

The boys have been selected from North Shropshire College, Thomas Telford, Shrewsbury School, Oswestry School and Thomas Adams, and have been outstanding, with the future certainly looking bright with a high number of these players only being 16 years of age, playing against second years, as well as 3 boys; Harry Bower, Harvey Howell and Ben Clark all representing England.

A huge thanks to Al Morris for helping me this season, the players and their parents as well as Thomas Telford for hosting our home games.

District Schools reports

North Shropshire Under 11s.
Did really well in their first attempt at going to a regional final. A really good set of children with some outstanding talent. It was a learning curve for everyone including me! Knowing what it is like now, means we will be more organised and ready for next year’s event. A big thank you to Oswestry School for hosting everything we did.

Report to follow

Shrewsbury primary competitions
Another successful season for the Shrewsbury primary school’s competitions.  13 Schools took part in the 4 competitions on offer.  The finals this season were played on the competitions pitch at the Shrewsbury Sports Village and our thanks go to the staff at the village for allowing us the use of their facilities. Presentations of trophies and medals were made by Andrew Young of Dyke Yaxley, Sponsors of the Shrewsbury District Primary Schools FA and Cllr. Jane Mackenzie, Mayor Shrewsbury Town Council.

Report to follow

Telford & Wrekin
Luke Shelly has over seen the 2 representative teams, the under 13’s and the under 15’s alongside Pete Field.

Lee James has once again had a successful season with the under 11 Boys and Girls representative teams. The boys won the Midlands region tournament and represented the region at Liverpool on Saturday 9th June. They drew all three of the pool game which include Newham one of the fancied teams. Unfortunately, they did not progress through to the finals but went into the plate competition. They lost to Bexley and 2 – 1 to the Liverpool team.

The girl’s team came third in the regional finals with the top 2 going on to the national finals.

Chairman Vic Maher, Vice Chairman Richard Thorpe, Lee James and Dai Lewis over saw the finals, including the Primary finals on the Thursday. Pete Wilson organized the referees for us again this year. Thanks to Frankie Williams and Sally Harris for organizing the Primary competition to get the teams to the finals.

Simon Such organized the Secondary competition and gave up a large portion of his time helping teams rearrange their games for the finals.

Simon Crowson worked hard to get the Plate competition to the Finals stage, once again having to rearrange age groups to accommodate each school’s needs. As well as having to cope with the short period of time available for the last few games to be played.

Sir Kevin Satchwell for making the excellent facilities at Thomas Telford available and Paul Bullock for helping on the evenings of the finals.

Aiden Tinsdale for organizing the Girl’s competition and having 4 teams at the finals.

There is definitely a need for a Year 7 Girl’s competition because they can’t play in the Year 8 & 9 competition because of the 2 year age gap rule. However, it was encouraging to see 3 year 7 girls in the Burton Borough year 7 team in the competition.

Cathorina Byrne for organizing girl’s fixtures.

Mike Thomas organizes the ESFA year 7 boys and girls 5 – a – side in Nov/Dec. Mike also helped out at the finals and is taking on the responsibility of collecting the trophies prior to the Finals next year.

The TWSCFA AGM is set for the 5th July.

All committee members are standing for re-election next year. Pete Field has agreed to become Secretary for next year after the sad event of Malcolm Webster’s illness and death a few months ago.

Committee will probably be as follows.

President                      Paul      Sanderson

Chairman                      Vic       Maher

Secretary                      Pete     Field

Treasurer                       Dai       Lewis

Secondary Representative Teams  Luke Shelly and Pete Field.

Primary Representative Teams   Lee James.

Finals 2018
                                                Winners                                                Runners Up

Malcolm Webster Cup               Southall                                                Mount Gilbert

Year   7 Boys                            Thomas Telford                                     Burton Borough

Year   8 Boys                            Telford Priory                                        Thomas Telford

Year   9 Boys                            Idsall                                                    Telford Priory

Year 10 Boys                            Thomas Telford                                     Telford Priory

Year 11 Boys                            Telford Priory                                        Idsall 

Year   8 & 9   Girls                     Charlton                                                Idsall

Year 10 & 11 Girls                     Idsall


Year   7 Boys                            Ercall Wood

Year   8 Boys                            Idsall

Year   9 Boys                            Hadley Learning Community

Year 10 Boys                            Hadley Learning Community

Year 11 Boys                            Thomas Telford                                     Idsall


Year 3 & 4 Boys                        St. Peters Edgmond                              St. Patricks

Year 5 & 6 Boys                        St. Georges ( aet )                                 Coalbrookedale &


Year 3 & 4 Girls             Redhill                                                  Grange Park

Year 5 & 6 Girls             Grange Park                                         Old 

South Shropshire

No Primary School competitions are currently running within the south.

Report to follow 


Major challenges remain in terms of funding and financial stability as well as with the volunteer workforce and achieving diversity.

In order to address the financial shortfall, Council have recently agreed a re-structure to the trials process for both the U15 Girls and U18 Boys international squads that will ensure we are still able to facilitate these squads. Such was the financial position, there was consideration for suspending the international programme but this compromise, although not ideal, retains this important aspect of the ESFA portfolio.

Despite direct communications with schools, CSFAs and other promotional material, we have again failed to recruit to the existing Council vacancies – one here in the Midlands (in addition to Mark Warren’s pending co-opted appointment - using the new eligibility criteria), two in the North and one in the South West.  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 Mark Warren 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.

Appointment of Council
President; Chairperson; Vice Chairperson; Office Manager/Secretary; Treasurer; Secondary Competitions Coordinator; 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 

Inter-County Secretary 

Election of  Executive Committee 

President:                                             Neville Boulds                          

Chairman:                                             Mark Hignett

Vice Chairman:                                      Steve Wilderspin

Office Secretary :                                   Lisa Sandford

Treasurer:                                              Sean Gorman  

Representative Football Coordinator:     John Timmis

Development Officer:                            Mark Hignett 


Election of Team Managers

U14      Boys                 Tom Lappin, Aiden Tisdale, Josh Darlington

U14      Girls                 John Timmis

U15      Boys                 Dom Bradburne, Paul Bullock, Alex Johnson, Kristen Wood         

U16      Boys                 John Timmis, Ian Sweeney, Graham Dyke

U16      Girls                  Steve Chase

U18      Boys                 Steve Wilderspin, Steve Benyon, Andy Jones, Alun Morris, ?Des Lyttle?

U18      Girls                 Steve Benyon, Alun Morris 

*Current vacancies

Proposed by Neville Boulds and seconded by Steve Broome 

Date of next meeting – TBC

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