Category Archives: Youth News and Newsletter

October Newsletter 2011

The season is now well under way on the field with all our representative sides having played at least five games with a mixed set of results.
Firstly I must apologise unreservedly to those teams, players and parents who have been penalised through some administrative errors which has seen several of our teams lose points and been hit with fines for playing “ineligible” players in matches, whilst it was never deliberate, it is inexcusable and we will make sure we have correct procedures in place going forward to eliminate any chance of this happening again in any other season. We must however move on and I am extremely pleased that our fighting spirit is showing through and I can assure everybody we will do all that we can to make this another successful season at the Club.
This year we are running teams from under 8's to under 13's only as we lost too many players at the older age groups to operate in the league, however, having made a shaky start on numbers at under 8's, under 9's and under 11's we now have enough registered players to complete our fixtures commitment and numbers are growing all the time. The younger age group of 5 years old to 7 years old is massively over-subscribed having started with only five players six weeks ago, there is now 30 players if they all train together.
The under 13's continue to lead the way on the pitch and you can read all about their latest match on the front page of this website, all our other teams are having mixed results but there has been no lack of effort at training or at match days, if you want to see goals then a visit to watch the under 12's is a must as they have been involved in some high scoring games, whilst the under 11's are the pluckiest side we have as they have been playing regularly with less than the required numbers, due to various reasons and delivering some good performances. The under 10's are playing some good football without getting the results their play would expect, whilst the under 9's are still finding their feet under a new management team, the under 8's are developing as a side and playing well together.
The Club are still awaiting new kit for the under 9's and under 11's and hopefully this should be with the teams by the 16th October. The under 12's have taken delivery of their great new away kit sponsored by Cafe Riva, Southbourne and we thank them for their support.
There will be a fund-raising quiz night on Saturday 19th November 2011 at Hurn Bridge, commencing at 7:30pm, tickets will be on sale shortly, please ask your team rep for more details.
If you have not received your Hurn Bridge admission cards please see your team rep or contact me. The card allows free access to all the children registered with the Club when accompanied by a paying adult, for any game, the adult will only pay a concession admission of £3 for First team games and £1.50 for Reserve team games.
Keep up to date with all that is happening at the Club via this website, if you have any feedback please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mark Duffy
07505 370906

Chairman’s Update – August 2011

Welcome to the start of another season’s football in the Bournemouth Youth Football League, the close season has been extremely difficult for the Club as we have been battling dwindling player numbers within our youth section and the age old problem of the older players falling out of love with the game for a variety of reasons and players positioning themselves at different clubs in the hope that they might “get picked up by one of the professional clubs”. This has severely affected our two older teams and has led the club to make the difficult decision not to run teams at both under 16 and under 15 level this year, even more disappointing as the under 16’s were runners in the league last year whilst the under 15’s were runaway winners of their league, combine this with the fact that the club did not have an under 14 team already, means that we have a massive gap this season within the older aged ranks. Unfortunately this also means that we have let a number of boys down as they still want to play for the Club but we are not able to offer competitive football, however, we are trying to work with the Under 18’s management team to offer a short term solution, we will keep you informed.
The Club will be running teams at all other age groups from 8 years to 13 years and have a strong number of players in the younger age groups. The players will look extremely smart in their new kits this year though some of our other ambitions around professional coaching will have to be placed on hold for now.
The youth section are actively looking for players and helpers alike so if you are enthusiastic, can complete a CRB check and willing to give some of your time to our younger players for their development and enjoyment then please contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Mark Duffy
07505 370906

March Newsletter 2011

Well, the end of the competitive season is nearly upon us with many of our teams having only one game left and in the case of the under 9's and under 11's they have completed their fixtures.
It has been a successful season for the Club on and off the pitch with player numbers rising, the Club being financially stable, though that does not mean we are still not actively seeking additional sponsorship, no matter how small or large.
The under 15's have finished second in their league with only one game left to play, a credit to their young manager and the boys themselves, who have worked hard all year to improve their game.
The under 14's have won their league with three games still remaining and are in the final of the BYFL Cup for their age group, this team deserves a special mention as they almost folded last year due to lack of numbers and boys having other commitments, which made it difficult for the management team to put out 11 players some weeks but they have bounced back and with the addition of a couple of new players they fully deserve their ultimate reward.
The under 12's are still on course to win their league and are still unbeaten, with six games to go they are six points ahead of their nearest rivals having played the same number of games and with a superior goal difference. The team are also through to the BYFL Cup and reached the semi finals of the Hampshire Cup narrowly losing to a team from the Isle of Wight. This team have been the most consistent of performers over the last two seasons and again through the support of the parents and the dedication of the management team they thoroughly deserve all the rewards they are getting.
The under 11's have completed their games and finished comfortably mid table but their performances over the second half of the season have been fantastic and with their new manager this year they have grown in confidence and developed their play, if they can start next season as they finished this one they are surely title contenders next year.
The under 10's team have three games left but unfortunately look like they will be relegated for next season, it has been a difficult year for the players, parents and manager but there is a good team spirit and with some additional coaching there is no reason why they cannot bounce straight back.
The under 9's like the under 11's have finished their competitive matches and have finished comfortably mid table, the young management team have performed exceptionally well this year despite player numbers being erratic and the team finding it difficult to put out the same squad more than one week in a row.
The under 8's team have played some attractive football this year despite many players being a year younger than the age group, things have settled down well with a new manager and supportive parents, the outlook is bright for when they start playing competitive football next season. Two of the squad have been picked up by Bournemouth for the new season, so we would like to wish them well.
There are good numbers in the younger age groups and this should enable the Club to start next season in a much stringer position in this area than we were able too this season.
If you would like to support either the Under 12's or the under 14's in their pursuit of a cup final victory, matches are being played on Sunday March 27th at King George's Playing Fields in Ferndown, times do vary so please contact either the team manager, Club Secretary or myself on the number below.
The Club's celebration and presentation evening is to be held on Saturday 21st May at Poole Stadium, commencing at 5:30pm for the mini section and 6:30pm for the 11-a-side section, tickets will be on sale shortly, please see your team manager or any of the committee for more details. we will be holding a raffle on the night so if you have any suitable prizes you may be willing to donate please let either Mary Cameron or myself know.
I would also like to inform parents and any interested parties that the Club AGM (Youth section ) will be held on Monday 11th April at 19:30 hrs at the Bournemouth East Liberal Working Men's Club on Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. All are welcome, so please come along and support your Club, volunteers always required and greatly appreciated.
Lastly I would like to thank our sponsor In-Excess for their generosity in supplying new training jackets for all our players and for their ongoing commitment to Christchurch Football Club, without their support and that of all our parents we would not be able to continue to move forward in a positive way.
Mark Duffy
07505 370906

February Newsletter 2011

A delayed Happy New Year to all players and parents of Christchurch Youth FC.
As we are all aware the weather has played havoc with playing matches and putting on training sessions, especially for the younger members of the Club, so I would like to to thank everybody for their understanding and patience during this difficult time. Please can parents ensure that all our younger players arrive suitably dressed to keep warm during this cold period, it is difficult for them to concentrate if they are feeling too cold.
The first thing I must do is celebrate success and say a MASSIVE WELL DONE TO THE UNDER 12'S AND THE UNDER 14'S who have reached their respective League Cup finals of the BYFL, a tremendous achievement for all the players, parents and coaches/managers. Both teams also remain unbeaten in their respective league's and have worked extremely hard to maintain the high standards they set themselves from last season. A special mention must go to the Under 14's who have come back from the brink of folding last season to dominate their league playing some superb attractive football and have given themselves every opportunity of being able to complete a league and cup double. The under 12's have delivered yet another stunning season despite losing some key players to professional acadamies during the last year and are still unbeaten in all competitions and are chasing another league and cup treble (including the Hampshire Cup), you are all a credit to the Club.
The Club is maintaining a strong player base despite the local decline in football participation and the demise of many teams and clubs across all age groups, I would like to think that this is down to the way we try and promote inclusion and respect across everything we do and the friendly and sportsmanlike way we approach our games and training. Due to our strong player base especially at under 10's age group and below we are actively seeking coaches and helpers who can spare some time on a Saturday and Sunday morning to keep these teams alive, so even if you don't have a detailed knowledge of football but are willing to help please contact either myself or the Club Secretary via the e mail address on this website, in the first instance.
The Bournemouth Youth Football League have now adopted fully for next season the RESPECT initiative launched by the FA and this will mean all matches will have to have marked out a respect line for any spectators to stand behind and that all spectators will have to watch games on the same side of the pitch whilst coaches and players involved with the games will be positioned on the other side of the pitch, older age group players will also line up and shake opponents hands at the start of the match, similar to professional games. This will not make a great deal of difference to our Club but it will streamline the RESPECT practice across all Clubs.
Thank you for your support over the course of the season so far especially in relation to the collection of subs, without these our Club could not survive and provide all our players with full match kit, training kit, training jackets and hats, as well maintaining good levels of equipment.
Have a great month and I look forward to seeing you all at matches and training in the near future, if there are any issues you wish to discuss or have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mark Duffy
07505 370906

December 2010 Newsletter

A massive well done to the Under 12's and Under14's who have both been successful in reaching the semi-finals of their age group in the BYFL Cup, the under 12's are carrying on where they left off last year as under 11's and still remain unbeaten in the league and all cup competitions and a special mention to the under 14's who last year came close to folding due to player shortages and other commitments as they also remain unbeaten in the league as well as progressing to these cup semi-finals.
This last month has been very positive month for the Club with player numbers increasing each week especially within the younger age groups, it is nice to have players join on recommendation to their parents from others, we have seen the under 10's break their losing game streak and then follow it up a week later with their second win of the season, a testament to the players determination. The under 11's are playing some great football and winning games with plenty of skill and loads of effort, the under 15's have set off on a winning streak that has seen them climb the table steadily to be within touching distance of the top, the under 9's are playing some great football but without having the luck that you sometimes need to win the game, but they sit comfortably mid table.
The weather has started to turn very cold and with it we are starting to get some cancellations so please keep close to your manager for updates, training will carry on regardless unless we feel it will endanger the child then we will take the necessary decision to postpone or shorten the sessions, the safety and well-being of the child has to be paramount.
Please remember that the Club will be holding its Christmas Party, primarily for the younger children on December 10th, if you want to book your place please see Kerrie Gough (under 10's).
On a more serious note CYFC have been inspired to try and raise some monies to support a local boy who has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness, James Boobier of the under 11's has put together a raffle supported by donations of gifts and services from within his own team's parents, if you would like to support the raffle please see James at training each Saturday at Kings Park or contact me and I will pass on your messages. The Club will also be entering four teams in a tournament at Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre towards the end of December with all profits also going to the family of this young boy.
I would like to wish all players and parents a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year
Mark Duffy

November 2010 Newsletter

A little late posting this month, apologies for this.
All the boys now have their training and wet weather jackets and they look great, many thanks to our sponsor In-Excess who has provided the bulk of the money for these, the boys from the under 12's are pictured on the site wearing these.
On the field the players are working hard in training and delivering some great results, the under 12's and under 14's are still unbeaten this year, the under 11's are starting to find their form and making winning a habit, the under 10's have won their first match this weekend in the league and the under 9's are still maintaining their form even if the results have not always gone their way, the under 15's are also starting to hit their form now and sit comfortably mid table.
At training we are seeing new players each week attending sessions from recommendations of other clubs and from within our own parents, this is particularly satisfying as it gives confidence to us all that what we are trying to do, in creating a safe and respectful club is paying off and we now have record numbers turning up each week especially within the younger age groups for some fun but developing training.
I want to thank all the players, parents, managers and supporters for helping so manfully at the recent Bonfire Night event at Stanpit, it was a great success and spread the name of the Club to many people and we did gain some new players that night from this event, it just shows that when we all pull together we can be very successful. Whilst we also raised some extra funds that night, it was more important that people connected wit their home town club.
Following on from a recent meeting of the BYFL management committee and the issue of respect and child protection being witnessed at other clubs it is important that all our players, parents, managers and supporters abide by the Code of Conducts that we as a Charter Standard Club has in place, they are about respect, sportsmanship and playing in a fair way as well as being about ambassadors for the Club wherever we play. I am proud of what we achieve at the Club and I want this Club to set the standards for local youth football, too often at the moment we are hearing about blatant cheating in matches, poor supporter behaviour, un-sportsmanlike behaviour from players and abuse of officials and opposing teams, we should not and cannot be part of this. When you hear of managers taking their players off the pitch because of the abuse they are receiving from the opposing playing team and their spectators and of the police being called to a match because of crowd trouble between parents, you know that this is wrong and has no place in the game and certainly no place in youth football.
What our players and children are meant to be involved with is meant to be the beautiful game of football, but it is only a game and we as parents and adults should be setting the example for them to follow, to enjoy and to stay part of for the longer term, lets not try and live out our own playing frustrations and expend our own pent up aggression whilst on the touchline supposedly supporting the team and the players. We should be as generous in defeat as we are when we win because it is right and proper to do so.
Mark Duffy