KNOWLE FC

Farnell

NEWS

Weekend wash out!

All games at Hampton Road were called of for the first weekend of 2014 and the training pitch is also out of action this week due to the heavy rainfall. Indeed, games across the region were cancelled with only a handful of fixtures played. The only Knowle side in action was our Ladies team, as they played on a 3g artifical pitch for their away game against Worcester! The poor weather has also caused some damage with the dug out roof blowing off in a gale; if any builders can help us out with the repairs, that would be most appreciated.

More rain is expected so Chris Knott will inspect our pitches early on Sunday 12th Jan. For those teams playing at Arden, please do not play if the pitch isn't fit; the ground is in quite poor condition and the school will not let us use it if it continues to degenerate.

Changing Room!

The clubhouse has undergone a bit of a mini makeover this month, with help from our friends at McCarthy and Stone who are working on the old Knowle garage site. New carpet tiles and blinds have been put down and up, the lighting has been upgraded and new flat screen TVs are now installed! We have also had the pool table re-felted and levelled out, ready for battle! If you haven't seen it yet, come down to one of the Festive Fixtures to check things out!

Chris Knott and Craig Bayliss have also opened up the Knowle FC shop in the clubhouse. Various kit and training wear is on display in in club colours with the Robins badge embroidered. Beanie hats and scarves look to be the big sellers so far - ideal stocking fillers for Christmas - but bags, coats, hoodies and t-shirts are all available too. Knowle FC benefit from a percentage of the profit, so any purchases will help support Senior and Junior football in our community.

Groundsman Wanted

Our groundsman Chris Scott has announced his resignation at the end of 2013; everyone at Knowle would like to thank Chris for his tireless work on the Hampton Road pitch over the years. We genuinely would have been in real trouble without the hours he has put in.

However this has left the post vacant! Its not a paid position but we would certainly pay expenses and cover all the maintenance costs of the equipment. You do not need to have experience - just to be able to steer the tractor reasonably straight! The details are as follows:

1. We have a tractor that has a roller attachment, harrow and three rotating cutters. It has just been lovingly repaired and serviced by Kevin Dayman who ran our Under 17s team last season. The pitch wouldn't need cutting this time of year but it would need the occasional roll or harrow after muddy conditions (after the pitch has dried out)
2. The main pitch would need marking out, either on a Friday or of course on a Saturday morning.
3. You would have your own groundsman's shed with tea/coffee making facilities (its not a hotel room but its OK!)
4. Our pitch is very well drained and compared to some, is easily maintained.
5. You would become an important part of our fast developing club and your services would be greatly appreciated by everyone.

If you know someone who might be interested, please discuss it with them and contact davesykes30@hotmail.com or 01564 205123

Manager's update

Mark Fogarty’s coaching sessions have been going very well over the past weeks, so please get involved and come down to one if you haven’t had the chance yet. We have had lots of feedback from managers, and attendees have been sharing their own ideas with other teams - it has certainly began a discussion about coaching methods across the club as a whole! Please contact Dave Sykes for details of Mark’s next demonstration.

The FA are running a Health Check on Knowle FC to make sure we are meeting all the criteria for Charter Standard still. For manager’s, this means getting all your CRB checks, coaching certs and first aid qualifications in order. If you have recently had a CRB, please let Dave Sykes know the disclosure number. Please also send Dave Sykes your FAN number (the one the FA gives you!) he can add your details to the club master list and we will monitor this until you are due for an update. It is extremely important that all managers, coaches and assistants are CRB checked, this is absolutely compulsory! Our manager list is nearly complete, but we are still missing several CRB numbers for some assistants.

Mr President!

Fantastic night at Knowle on 5th October; the clubhouse was packed with 80 people turning out to see local band Mr President. The band raced through all the rock classics, with a bit of reggae and ska thrown in. The club ran an additional bottle bar which seemed to go down well with all in attendance! Thank you to everyone who helped out on the night; Tracy, Charlotte, Andy and the parents of the U9 team!

Changes at the Top

At the Club AGM on 3rd September the committee accepted the resignation of Chairman Derek Adamson and Secretary Danny Green. Derek and Danny have done a fantastic job over the past few years and have held the club together; we all thank them for their hard work and dedication. The committee voted in Tracy Lake as the new Chair; Tracy is the first female Chair of Knowle FC and only the second female Chair in the Mid Comb league. Craig Bayliss was appointed secretary. Craig and Tracy both have children playing for the club and are committed to taking Knowle FC forward over the next few years and beyond. They are very keen on beginning the development of Hampton Road, and will bring about some exciting changes to our club - watch this space.

Off to Wembley!

Exciting news for some of our youngsters - as a Charter Standard Club, Knowle have been selected to provide flag bearers for the England v Moldova World Cup Qualifier at Wembley! 6 names were picked out the hat, so make sure you keep an eye out at the start of the game. All the children receive a kit and tickets for the game, so it will be a fantastic evening out for them and their families.

Code of Conduct

Over the summer, the committee have been hard at work agreeing a Code of Conduct for all those involved with Knowle FC, helping us to promote a shared club ethos. The Code of Conduct is a set of behaviours that we expect everyone at Knowle to aspire to. We are all ambassadors of our club and the reputation of Knowle belongs to us all. Football can be an emotive game, but first and foremost we are here for enjoyment. We hope that the Code will help everyone to enjoy their football in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. A copy of the Code will be handed to all managers at the next meeting and mailed to everyone on our members list. Please read it, and we hope you all agree that as a club we can all abide by the guidance within.

Welcome to Knowle!

After training for the past few months, we not have three new U7 squads for the next season, so everyone at the club would like to welcome all the new managers, players and parents to Knowle FC. Training starts in July on Saturdays at 10.15am - have fun and we look forward to seeing you represent Knowle over the coming years!

We also have new teams at U9 & U11 boys, Girls's U10 and Girl's U16 level, so welcome and good luck to those too.

Our final new team is a first for Knowle; we now have a Over 35's men's side. Adam Speake is the new manager, and they are still looking to bolster their squad so if anyone is interested please contact Adam through this website.

Samba Goals - Please Take Care!

This is an appeal to everyone who uses the small sided Samba goals belonging to Knowle FC. We have recently had two sets of these damaged beyond repair due to people not taking due care in moving and putting away the goals after games. They may not look it, but these things are in fact quite fragile and can be broken by simple acts such as dropping them over the pitch barrier at Hampton. Each goal costs around £100 and we really don't want to be putting up subs next year to over the cost of replacing these when the majority of people look after them well. Please take care when handling these goals and if you have any queries as to where/how they are stored, please speak to your team manager or Dave Sykes.

Help required!

We have got an extensive programme of works for the grounds and clubhouse this year, including cleaning, repairing and securing the vandalised doors, bush cutting, levelling the training area, external painting, changing room scrub & paint, new guttering, repairing the leaking valve in the toilet & clearing out the container.

As you can see, this is quite a list! However, items such as the painting and cleaning should be fairly simple as we can do these ourselves. Of course, this will only work if enough people are willing to give up their time to help out with this, therefore as a committee we are appealing to everyone involved with the club to give us an hour or two of your spare time this year. There are over three hundred adults closely linked to Knowle FC through either playing themselves or parents/guardians of junior players. The difference that three hundred man (and woman!) hours could make to our club would honestly be colossal.

Last winter’s volunteers made a real difference to the inside of our clubhouse, and we want to do the same again this year. There will be several more working parties on various days, evenings and weekends over the year and these will be advertised on our website and Facebook pages. If you feel you can give up your time, please please please come along to one of these, or contact us to offer a date/time suitable to you. We are also looking for people to help out with admin tasks and tradespeople of all descriptions for quotes and work - if you know or you are a tradie, conact us and we will let you know what jobs are on our list and sort out a time for you to provide us with a quote!

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