AGM

AGM minutes - 10th July 201 

SHROPSHIRE SCHOOLS & COLLEGES FA

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – MINUTES 

WEDNESDAY 10TH JULY 2019
VENUE:  SHREWSBURY SCHOOL (PETERSON ROOM) 

Present:  Steve Chase, Mealor Owen, George Hounsell, Dom Bradburne, Andy Jones, Dan Cohen, Sam Peate, Will Smithson, Mike Thomas, Tom Lappin, Aiden Tisdale, Alex Beaman, Nev Boulds, Mark Hignett, Steve Wilderspin, Lisa Sandford, John Timmis

Chairman’s address
Welcome to the 2018-19 AGM and thank you for attending. It’s great to see a number of new faces plus some returning ones.

Once again, it has been an honour to serve as Chairman of our association in what has been another very busy season. It has also been a season of challenge and reduced resource which have each brought about some changes and tightening of protocol regarding our competitions that will be discussed as the AGM unfolds. Suffice at this stage to say that it has been extremely difficult to staff finals with the seventeen secondary finals all staffed by just three volunteers, a situation made worse by requests to rearrange of a number of finals resulting in additional nights being added to the programme as the planned two finals on the same night did not come to fruition.

I must also mention my disappointment with the increasing levels of ill-discipline in a number of games under our auspices this season and especially in a number of our finals where the level of behaviour fell way below the standards expected. I must remind all schools that the conduct of their teams reflect on both the staff with them and their school as a whole. Regrettably, on a small number of occasions, the attitude and behaviour of some staff has not helped the behaviour of players. This is not acceptable and is not representative of the schools’ football ethos that places it, in my opinion, above that of all other formats. During the 2019/20 season we will very much be looking for a reaction to this statement from these responsible for school teams.

This season has been another very successful season for SSCFA and one which seen success on a national level for some individual schools and district associations (further details will appear in my ESFA report later in the meeting).

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 Wilderspin and Lisa Sandford for their support this season which has been very much appreciated. Also to Neville Boulds, our President who has informed me of his decision to stand down from the role he has carried out with distinction for the past ten years. On behalf of everyone in the room and all those who have benefited from Nev’s input I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for all that he has done.

Finally, as we look forward to next season, I need to make you aware that we have lost a number of our long-standing sponsors after years of outstanding financial support for schools’ football in our county. We are working hard to secure new sponsorship and would very much appreciate conversations about any potential avenues you are aware of that we could explore.

Mark Hignett
Chairman, 2018-19 Season 

Apologies:  Brandon Bevans 

Items for AOB 
None    

Minutes of last meeting
Agreed as a true record – Tom Lappin, Will Smithson 

Primary Federation Centre Competitions
This season saw a change in the venue for the Federation Centre as we moved to Telford College due to the Shrewsbury Sports Village failing their 3G FA pitch licence, this meaning that no affiliated football was allowed to be played on the pitch! 

This move caused transport issues for a lot of Primary Schools, this resulting in a considerable drop in Schools participating in the weekly competitions. 

We wish to place on record our thanks to Claire Riekstins and Andy Robinson of Telford College for accommodating us this season at such short notice! 

We did manage to finish the season on a positive note with us returning to Shrewsbury Town FC for our Primary Finals day in May.  The day was enjoyed by all and another great show case of the high standard of football within Primary Schools. 

In the ESFA and STFC’s Football League competitions, Harlescott Junior School represented Shrewsbury Town FC in the Midland regional finals with Idsall Secondary School 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 Oakmeadow, Grange Park and Newtown Primary School qualified for the regional finals representing Shropshire which were again this year held in Nottingham.   

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, Shropshire Trophy Centre and the Shropshire FA 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. 

We look forward to welcoming the Schools back to the Federation Centre for the 2019/2020 season at the Shrewsbury Sports Village.

Secondary Schools Competitions 
Cup Competitions Report 2018-19 

  • SSCFA  running 19 Countywide Knock-Out Boys and Girls Competitions
  • 42 schools/colleges enter

Competition

Winner

U12 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

U13 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

U14 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

U15 Boys County Cup

Telford Priory

U16 Boys County Cup

Thomas Telford

U18 Boys County Cup

North Shropshire College

U12 Boys Presidents

Burton Borough

U13 Boys Presidents

Ercall Wood

U14 Boys Presidents

Madeley Academy

U15 Boys Presidents

Unknown

U16 Boys Presidents

Madeley Academy

U12 Girls County Cup

Priory

U13 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford

U14 Girls County Cup

Thomas Telford

U15 Girls County Cup

Unknown

U16 Girls County Cup

Meole Brace

U18 Girls County Cup

 

U14 Girls Greenhous Trophy

Burton Borough

U16 Girls Greenhous Trophy

Meole Brace

Reflections/Recommendations

  • Meeting the playdate deadline is still very poor.  Ruling of unplayed matches must be adhered to.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Inter County Competitions - Season 2018/2019

U14 Girls report:

The Girls have had a tremendous season with victories against Staffordshire both home and away.

Losing narrowly against a very strong West Midlands outfit and going toe to toe with a dominate Greater Manchester team in the National Cup Competition only losing 4-3.

The Squad capped off the season with a well spirited friendly against Rhonnda Cynon Taff at Lilleshall in April.

A handful of the girls will be staying on with the U14 Squad for the upcoming season which will ensure stability within the squad.

Emily Fletcher of Burton Borough School made it through at the English Schools Midlands Selection U15 Trial.


U14 Boys report:

The U14’s have had a very progressive year. After a slow start and some individual mistakes, the team began to develop as a unit. Performances became more cohesive and the unity of a team began to form. At the beginning of the season, particularly against Staffordshire, we were punished for some poor passages of play and some individual mistakes. While the score line doesn’t reflect the competitiveness of the game, the way in which Shropshire approached the game and the chances which were created were perhaps not reflected in the final score.

Shropshire’s most convincing and complete performance came against Worcestershire. We controlled the game throughout and if we were able to show a little more composure in front of goal then the score line would have been more emphatic.

As we progressed throughout the season, we developed a culture of trying to play out of the back and keeping possession of the ball under pressure. While some of the results towards the end of the season did not go our way, particularly against Staffordshire at home where we created more chances and were the better team on the night, the performances that we displayed were a marked improvement.

The core basis of a successful team has been embedded into the U14 age group. Moving forward into next season the boys need to work on their tactical understanding of the game, more specifically, when they should try and play out from the back and when they should clear their lines, as well as being more clinical in front of goal.

Results:
SSCFA 0-5 West Midlands (ESFA National Cup)
Staffordshire 7-0 SSCFA
SSCFA 1-0 Worcestershire (double header)
SSCFA 4-2 Warwickshire (double header)
SSCFA 1-3 Staffordshire
West Midlands 5-1 SSCFA (double header)

 

U15 Boys report:

An excellent season on the whole in terms of buy in and availability from the group in the main, although some academies could have been more supportive with release of their players, particularly when counties we were playing had players from the same academy available for them.

Progress in terms of quality of play and cohesion throughout the team was certainty seen with a clear philosophy implemented that team rather than individual was the focus.

While results overall were not quite enough to qualify for the final stages of the midlands counties I and the other members of the management team were happy how we perform led and the attitude of the boys in representing their county.

It is appropriate for me to put on record my personal thanks to Kris and Alex for their support this season. Logistical planning, some very late returns and all other tasks involved with running a county age group team were done without question and their support has been invaluable.

U16 Girls report:
A thank you to Lisa and John for all your help with fixtures and facilities. A thank you to Dani for sharing her knowledge with these girls and we have seen a rapid improvement as Dani stamped her style of play on the girls in the latter games. A thank you to Lilleshall for hosting the girls fixtures and the post match refreshments. This has been a really pleasing venue to play from and we hope that it continues next season and beyond.

The 2018/19 season has seen 21 Girls represent Shropshire from a total of 11 secondary providers. At the start of the season a number of RTC girls made the decision not to represent Shropshire choosing instead to focus on their club season. However, I am pleased to say that the 9 who did say they were available continued to be committed throughout the season.

I would like to propose a trial date at the end of this term and a squad training day to take place at Lilleshall in the October Half term.

 

WEST AREA

U16 Inter Counties Cup Nottingham 4 Shropshire 2 

22nd October                                       

Shropshire       1         -           8          West Midlands

Worcestershire  0         -           2          Staffordshire                 

19th November                                                 

Staffordshire     1         -           5          West Midlands

Worcestershire  4         -           0          Shropshire                                           

10th December                                     

Shropshire       2         -           5          Staffordshire

West Midlands             v                     Worcestershire                                      

14th January                                        

Staffordshire     2          -           5          Worcestershire

West Midlands  2         -           4          Shropshire                                           

4th February                                        

Shropshire       0         -           4          Worcestershire

West Midlands  2         -           1          Staffordshire                                         

25th February                                       

Staffordshire     4         -           0          Shropshire

Worcestershire  0          -           3          West Midlands

 

                                    P          W         D          L          F          A          POINTS

WEST MIDLANDS         5          4          0          1          20         7          12

WORCESTERSHIRE      5          3          0          2          13         7          9

STAFFORDSHIRE         6          3          0          3          15         18         9

SHROPSHIRE   6          1          0          5          7          27         3

 

U16 Boys report:
Great bunch of lads who have again worked extremely hard to produce some outstanding football throughout the league and cup competition. We lost 3-1 against Cardiff and the Vale who later reached the semi-final. 

Unfortunately, lacked that cutting edge to compete against the stronger teams like the West Midlands. Aman Gill of Thomas Telford was our top goal scorer.

Some of the lads will be staying on at colleges across the county and it would be great to see them represent at an U18 level.


U18 Girls report:
No fixtures played.

U18 Boys report:
It has been a frustrating season at U18 level this year. This has been down to a number of factors, most notably the lack of availability and the reliability of players. We must ask serious questions as to the benefits of running an Under 18 team in the coming seasons. Reasons for the issues this season could be due to the increase in the number of boys playing in the Midlands Floodlit league as well as the players from TNS, particularly not being able to play on Monday evenings due to their games programmes at weekends. As a result we have lacked a core groups of players to represent the county this year. This has affected our ability to fulfil our Midlands Federation fixtures in particular.  However, when we did play we again showed the potential we have as a county. Whilst results were not as positive as we would have liked we demonstrated an ability to play attractive football against much larger counties than ourselves. This was evident when we ran the ESFA National Winners, Lancashire extremely close at home in Rd 2 of the ESFA Inter Counties. If we take out 2 basic goalkeeping errors we could have won this game. We eventually lost 3-2 having been 2-0 up in the first half.  Saturday football in this competition also comes with its problems. We are at a huge disadvantage, especially when we are drawn at home, due to our general inability to play Saturday football. This is particularly relevant to the U18 group of players. However, this will continue to be a problem until there is a fundamental rule change or if we give up home advantage and agree to travel away in midweek. The two games we did manage to fulfil in our Midlands federation competition were at home to West Midlands and Staffordshire. The game against the West Midlands ended 3-3 with Staffordshire beating us 5-2.

Next season I feel the squad needs to be more reflective of the number of colleges in the county and not a squad based largely out of 2 main colleges. It is still vital that we attract the best players from our major schools and colleges including Thomas Telford and North Shropshire College (TNS) but we must try and identify more effectively players’ that are of the required standard at other institutions. We welcome back both Andy Jones and Lewis Taylor (Shrewsbury College) to the management team. They will bring valuable experience and enthusiasm to the squad next season.  I would like to thank Steve Benyon and Alun Morris who have worked with this squad over the past two seasons. A special mention must also go to Thomas Telford, who continue to support the squad with facilities provision. It is fantastic to know we have a wonderful venue to play our home games at without the need to pay pitch hire fees. On behalf of the association a big thank you to Kevin Satchwell for this continued support.

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.

Secondary
Report to follow

Shrewsbury primary competitions
Another successful season for the Shrewsbury primary school’s competitions.  12 Schools took part in the 4 competitions on offer. 

Our thanks go to the Staff and Students at Meole Brace Secondary School for hosting our preliminary rounds this season.

The finals this season were played at Shrewsbury Town FC and our thanks go to the staff at the club for allowing us the use of their facilities. Presentations of trophies and medals were made by Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Phil Gillam, Shrewsbury Town Council

Our thanks to Andrew Young of Dyke Yaxley for their continued sponsorship of the Shrewsbury District Primary Schools FA

Secondary
No report received

Telford & Wrekin
No report received

South Shropshire
No Primary School competitions are currently running within the south.

Secondary
No report to follow 

ESFA
It’s been another busy and successful season for the ESFA and I have continued to serve as one of three elected council members for the Midlands. One council vacancy remains for our region and is now open to applications meeting the extended eligibility criteria. Please let me know following this meeting if you may be interested in getting involved with this voluntary role.

During the 2018/19 season I have served as the Representative Football Committee Chair over-seeing District, County and National football for our schools. I stand down from this role for the 2019/20 season as I become the association Vice Chair, also serving as a Trustee which means I am not eligible to undertake the role of a sub-committee chair. I will however continue as the regional selector and coordinator for the U15 Girls’ national squad.

The association Chairman for next season will be Phil Harding from Kent Schools FA who will preside over this years’ AGM which will take place on Saturday 23rd November at The Beacon Centre in Stafford. Please let me know if you may be interested in attending.

Having formed part of the delegation in Aberdeen for the U18 Boys’ Centenary Shield fixture this season and also having accompanied the Girls’ U15 squad to Belfast the previous year as team coordinator I have seen first hand some of the amazing opportunities provided by the association both for players and staff. Unfortunately, we did not have any players in either squad for the 2018/19 season but we hope this will change for 2019/20. Similarly, if any staff are interested in getting involved with either management team (Manager, Assistant Manager, GK Coach or Physiotherapist/Sports Therapist), please let me know and I will keep you abreast of future opportunities.

Shropshire will be the host county for the U14 Girls’ home nations Rod Houston Cup when the SAFIB tournament is held at Lilleshall in October. There is also potential for the U15 Girls’ international tournament, The Bob Docherty Cup, to be held in Shropshire in April but this is yet to be confirmed.

Finally, I would like to congratulate all Shropshire Schools and Districts who have joined the County representative squads in competing in the ESFA national competitions. In particular to Thomas Telford School for reaching nine national finals and winning six, to Priory School (Shrewsbury) for winning the U12 indoor 5-a-side for Girls as well as reaching the still to be played final of the 9-a-side Playstation Cup and to Telford & Wrekin Schools FA District U11 Girls’ for reaching the national finals in the Premier League sponsored District Cup.

Mark Hignett
Council Member (Midlands)

 

Treasurer’s Report
Attached.

Appointment of Council
President; Steve Biggins, Chairperson;  Mark Hignett, Vice Chairperson; Steve Wilderspin, Office Manager/Secretary; Lisa Sandford, Treasurer; Sean Gorman, Secondary Competitions Coordinator; Maelor Owen, Primary Competitions Coordinator, Lisa Sandford, Post-16 Competitions Coordinator,  Maelor Owen, Disability Football Officer; Ian Preece, Child Welfare Officer, Jan Butler, Football Development Officer; Mark Hignett, ;Representative of the boys representative squad; Mike Thomas,  Representative of the girls representative squad management; Steve Chase, 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; Mike Thomas

 

Election of Executive Committee 

President:                                             Steve Biggins                        

Chairman:                                             Mark Hignett

Vice Chairman:                                      Steve Wilderspin

Office Secretary :                                   Lisa Sandford

Treasurer:                                              Sean Gorman  

Representative Football Coordinator:     Mike Thomas

Development Officer:                            Mark Hignett 

Referee Officer                                     Maelor Owen

 

Election of Team Managers

U14      Boys                 Will Smithson, Dan Cohen, Sam Peate

U14      Girls                  Alex Beaman + 1

U15      Boys                 Mike Thomas, Brandon Bevins, Carl Mitchell        

U16      Boys                 Dom Bradburne, Alex Johnson, Kristen Wood         

U16      Girls                  Steve Chase, Danni Penn

U18      Boys                 Steve Wilderspin, Andy Jones, Alun Morris

U18      Girls                  Steve Chase + 1 

Proposed by Neville Boulds and seconded by Mike Thomas 

Date of next meeting – TBC

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Wednesday 10th July 2019
AGM
(Shrewsbury School. Peterson Room) 5pm