Bradford & District cup

Thackley U14 Storm reach Bradford & District FA cup final

Well done to our U14 Storm team who have reached the Bradford & District FA cup final.  They have done it despite the competition being for U15 teams, so have done really well in their achievement.

This means a Thackley team has reached the final for 5 consecutive years since being eligible to enter the competition, winning 3 out of the first 4 that they competed in.  Hopefully, the U14 Storm team can keep the success going.

They will face Fairbank Juniors U15’s in the final, the details of which is yet to be announced.

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Thackley U16’s reach County Cup Final

Congratulations to our U16 Thunder squad who have reached the West Riding County Cup final.

They managed the feat by beating a spirited Pannal Sports U16 Predators in the semi final held at WRCFA HQ at Woodlesford.  The game finished 2-2 after Thackley had shown some clinical finishing to race into a 2 goal lead by the break.  Two superb goals put them in the driving seat with the first, a volley by Josh Debenham from the edge of the area into the top corner, with the second by Joe Storey who produced some deft skill to dance around 3 defenders and then showed great composure to steer the ball past the advancing keeper.

The second half saw Pannal Sports battle back, and although Thackley could have had a couple more Pannal completed the comeback near the end of the game to take the game to penalties.  A serious injury to Harris Thompson marred the second half but the Thackley boys rallied together for the shoot out.

After both sides confidently scored their first 2 penalties, Thackley missed their third but when Pannal missed theirs to put Thackley back in contention they didn’t look back with goalkeeper Will Morrell saving the final penalty (see video below) to spark scenes of jubilation by the Thackley players and spectators.

It means that a Thackley team have reached the County Cup for the first time in our club’s history, and it will be a proud day when Stuart Greaves and Steve Thompson lead the team out in the final.

The final will be played on Sunday 17 April, 1.30pm kick off at WRCFA Woodlesford (LS26 8NX) against Harrogate Railway.

It will be great to have as many Thackley supporters at the final as we can to cheer the boys on.

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Junior Football Leaders Award 7th April

Venue; Thackley AFC

Date; Thursday 7th April 9:00-3pm

Who will take the course? The content will be delivered by coaches from the West Riding County FA

This course provides a basic introduction to leadership skills required when involved in football.

We will also provide each candidate with ongoing opportunities to assist our qualified coaches in sessions with our younger age groups u6-u9’sDSC_3181

 

The course will primarily introduce 4 areas:

  • Assisting football activity sessions
  • Introduction to refereeing
  • Helping with a team
  • Different Football Events

 

In addition to these areas, Respect, promoting the game and developing the game will be embedded during the guided learning hours.

 

Who should apply?
This qualification is aimed at young people aged at least 12 who are looking for an introduction to leadership skills that may be used within the game and beyond.

 

What will I learn?
The course will cover:

  • How to get involved in football
  • Getting involved and helping those involved to ‘get better’
  • Creating a safe learning environment
  • Organising games
  • Introduction to the basics of ‘FUNdamentals’
  • Preparing to referee
  • Whistle techniques and and introduction to ‘Ball In, Ball Out’
  • Safety of the players and re-starts to the game
  • Preparing for the game
  • Warm-up prior to the game
  • Organising and managing player’s expectations
  • An introduction to three different formats of competition
  • Using these in a practical setting

 

How long will it take?
The course will last 6 hours and then there is a requirement for 4 hours of additional voluntary work.

 

If interested please contact Mat Everett  – matt@thackleyjuniors.co.uk

You must be on the register and have filled in a medical form prior to the day.

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The FA Cup day in pictures

BBC trucks and vans

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The FA Cup arrives in it’s security box

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And carefully placed on it’s plinth

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The FA Cup, pride of place on the main pitch ready for photos

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Mat with a few final words for the U17 lads who were helping steward for the day

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The blow up pitch being prepared

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And the kids begin to arrive, excited by what lies ahead

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And the blow up pitch proved a real favourite with the kids

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MOTD Kickabout’s John Farnworth was a great attraction too

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Meanwhile the photo shoots with the FA cup were in full swing

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And plenty of games going on around the pitch

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All being filmed by the Batcam

Then they gathered for the finale

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A great day all captured for CBBC MOTD Kickabout.  The kids loved it, the coaches loved it and John Farnworth loved it.

A big thank you to all those who volunteered to help on the day and to all our kids who did themselves proud for the club.

Thackley Juniors…the best club in the world

 

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Charter Standard Community Club – An overview

Our FA development programme for Charter Standard Community Club Status

What is it?

The FA Charter Standard kitemark is awarded to football clubs who provide a high quality football experience. FA Charter Standard clubs are proven to be well run, sustainable, and importantly place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’.

Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained. Kitemark awards can be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record, fails to attend in-service FA Charter Standard events or is unable to continue to meet the criteria.

As a club we have maintained FA Charter Standard Club which needed to feature a trained Welfare Officer, CRB-checked volunteers, Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team, Respect programme sign-up, a Level One coach for each youth team, appropriate club administration in place and a volunteer co-ordination.

We already met the criteria for FA Charter Standard Development Clubs which must in addition have at least five teams, have a club development plan, a Level 2 coach, and club officials must attend two in-service development events per year.

Our application for FA Community Club Status meant we needed to have at least ten teams. We must have male and female football provision, a Mini-Soccer team, an advanced 5 year development plan, and stage at least one workshop per season to improve behaviour. We need at least one coach to have completed the specialist youth coaching module 2 and one club official needs to have attended an FA mentoring course. The club must have a schools co-ordinator and volunteer co-ordinator in addition.

So what is in our 5 year development plan?

The good news is we were already doing a lot of great things as a club and we just need to keep up the good work, such as:

  • Growing our teams each year and backfilling at the young age groups.
  • Having a positive relationship with the local schools
  • Providing a development pathway through the age groups into the senior game
  • Actively supporting the respect campaign and raising standards of behaviour. (To maintain our status we must continue to improve and maintain a good record)
  • Being able to provide good facilities whilst growing our teams through good relationships with the local authorities & schools
  • Run award ceremonies annually
  • Ensure governance over the annual health checks

What’s new?

There are lots of plans being worked through on taking the club forward and continuing to grow. Here are the key headlines:

  • Create a Football development subcommittee, this needs to be formed with representatives from the juniors, seniors, girls, disability and coaches.
  • Coach development – supporting the pathway whether that be level 1 or 2, youth modules, or branching out into specialist areas like goalkeeping, futsal etc.
  • Create a new junior disability team
  • Develop referees (10 referees within 5 years)
  • Develop Youth Leaders  through the football futures programme (this is youth leaders from 14yrs plus)
  • Grow the girls section in the way we did with the boys
  • Increase the number of female coaches.
  • Create a juniors skills You Tube channel to promote self-learning, encouraging kids to practice outside of sessions and show what they can do.

We’ve lots of new and exciting initiatives on the roadmap and as a committee we are looking for help. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining a subcommittee to be part of building and maintaining our Community Club status then please let us know by contacting one of the committee members.

It would be great to have you involved.

RESPECT NOTICE

To all spectators,

Firstly we would like to thank all those who support our club in the right way. We appreciate your adherence to our philosophy and code of conduct, and we are proud that you uphold our values and set good examples to the children.  Unfortunately not every parent / spectator behaves in the way we would like.

It is common knowledge that within the grass roots game environment, there is a small percentage of adults that choose to act in a negative way from the side-lines.  This behaviour breaches not only our own codes of conduct (please see our website for a copy), but is also in breach of the FA Respect campaign.  It is the committee’s opinion that such behaviour arises ultimately as a result of adults’ unrealistic expectations of their child.  Therefore as a committee we will hold everybody responsible for their own actions.  We also expect our coaches to set a good example and support us in creating the right environment for children to learn and have fun.  From here on, the committee will be taking a much tougher stance on negative side-line behaviour.  In particular, if we feel that children are being exposed to messages or behaviour that impacts on their emotional development, and that behaviour contradicts the clubs philosophy – ownership, creativity and learning through play – we will proceed with our disciplinary procedure.

Going forward, the club’s strategic plan is not only to increase participation, but to maintain our reputation; of which the committee, most parents, volunteers and players, have worked so hard to build.  We will now place the emphasis on quality rather than quantity, and as we now have extensive waiting lists to join the club, we will have no hesitation in asking people to leave in the interests of the players. 

The committee has made contact with several parents / spectators over the previous weeks and is proactively making contact with several more in the next few days, who have been reported to us for breaching some of our codes of conduct.

If you yourselves have any concerns over parents, spectators or coaches, please contact us via the following committee members – Brenden Barker, Mark Bywater, or Mathew Everett.  Contact details will be found on our website.  You can also do this via messaging on the Facebook site, or on Twitter.

 

As we are approaching the end of the season, we are also implementing our new club contracts and codes of conduct. All coaches will be required to sign these, and so will all parents and players.  Signing on will take place on two evenings which will be arranged shortly.  All players and a parent need to attend.  They will listen to a short presentation by the coach and a committee member, then sign the papers to state that they are in agreement of our philosophy, code of conduct, and our disciplinary process.  Unless they attend one of these sessions, they will not be able to sign for the upcoming year. Forms will not be given out to sign and return, as in previous years.