Statement Concerning Protection of Children in Winwick Athletic FC

As a Charter Standard Community Club we are saddened by the media stories surrounding historic cases of abuse against children. We have therefore issued a reminder statement to all coaches of how we go about our weekly arrangements as a Club and what our Club Rules require ……. this is reproduced here to reassure parents about the steps in place to safeguard their children when under the care of our Qualified Team Volunteers.

“In light of recent allegations (as below in formal email received from FA Chairman, Greg Clarke) we wish to make it extremely clear that our Club upholds all the procedures of Child Protection / Safeguarding Children, which is why we insist without fail that all of our Volunteers MUST be CRC checked and have the relevant qualifications in place prior to any unsupervised activity with children taking place.

If teams have any temporary issues with completing any of their training sessions or matches, for example when the normal qualified person is unavailable, then please let the Club know, we will try to provide cover, or if we cannot manage to do that then the activity will not take place, because on no occasion can a non-qualified person or non-CRC checked person take control of any sessions in an unsupervised manner.

We also need all coaching qualifications to be updated if you do become out-of-date.

This Club Committee thanks you in advance for your cooperation in ensuring that this remains the case at all times across our Club. We also have an obligation to reassure parents that we take every step to protect their children. If you need to cancel any team matches or training sessions because you cannot comply with the above then so be it, and please explain to all parents why this is the case.

Many Regards
Paul McMahon
Club Secretary, on behalf of Winwick Athletic FC”
The statement received from the FA that prompted our message to all club volunteers reads below ……

“Dear Club Secretary,

I am writing to you today to ensure that all our clubs are aware of the recent disclosures of child abuse in football and what they should do next if they have any concerns.

Everyone at The FA is appalled by the horrific abuse that has been suffered by former footballers. I applaud their immense courage and bravery in coming forward. Our thoughts are with the victims of this abuse and we are clear that we will do everything we can to support them.

 

I wanted to ensure that you are left in no doubt concerning how seriously The FA is approaching these disclosures. At the moment, and in line with the normal FA safeguarding procedures, we are working closely with the police and relevant authorities and we continue to encourage anyone with information about possible child abuse to report their concerns to the police, The FA or the NSPCC.

 

I am sure you too are deeply concerned about the recent disclosures and it is of course important to emphasise the diligence with which clubs must approach their safeguarding responsibilities. I am therefore writing to every grassroots club in the country, while my counterparts in the Premier League and EFL are writing to the professional clubs too.

 

All clubs need to ensure their safeguarding is a priority. Together, we will make sure that the game we all love can be played in a safe, fun environment.

 

Firstly, I would like your help to ensure that we can offer support to those who need it. Please ensure that those at your club are aware of the specific helpline we have commissioned the NSPCC to provide to help encourage more people to come forward. The number is 0800 023 2642.

 

Secondly, I ask you too for extra vigilance with regards to safeguarding and your procedures. If you have any concerns, please contact The FA through safeguarding@thefa.com.

 

We cannot and will not be complacent. Despite the fact that the safeguarding landscape has changed significantly in recent years, we must ensure we all treat the topic with the utmost care. As you know, The FA works collaboratively on prevention and investigations with the Premier League, the EFL and County FAs, along with other football stakeholders. The FA has a team of safeguarding professionals who put in place preventative measures via policy, education, best practice and support for the network of people acting as Designated Safeguarding Officers (DSOs). That team is here to help you if you need it; as a grassroots club you can also seek advice and guidance directly from your CFA DSO. In addition our specialist Case Management Team comprised of safeguarding professionals manage referrals and concerns, working closely with the statutory agencies in relation to investigations and put in place safeguards to manage people who pose, or may pose a risk of harm.

 

This framework sees 8,500 DSOs across the professional and grassroots game and carries out some 55,000 criminal records checks each season. 35,000 coaches and referees also attend The FA’s safeguarding awareness course each season and each club of course also implements its own safeguarding policy.

 

Collectively we will continue to work together to ensure that these measures are robust and that football is played safely across the country.

 

If you have any concerns please contact us.

 

Yours sincerely,

Greg Clarke
Chairman

England

Club Presentation Timings – Sat 2nd July 2016

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Presentation 1 – Starts 10.30am

10.35 Academy (Paul, Rachel, Jeni, Gary, Phil)

10.45 U7 Wolves (Neil, Anthony)

10.55 U7 Wildcats (Keith, Simon)

11.05 U8 Wolves (Steve, Stuart)

11.15 U8 Wildcats (Neil, Niall)

Followed by Child Entertainer 11.30 – 12.15

 

Presentation 2 – Starts 12.30pm

12.35 U9 Wolves (Richard, Dave, Lee)

12.45 U9 Wildcats (Martin, John)

12.55 U10 Bulls (Tracey, Alan, Brad)

13.05 U10 Wildcats (Ian, Mark, Martin)

Child Entertainer 13.15 – 14.00

14.05 U9 Warriors (Andy, Gary)

14.15 Special Awards

 

Presentation 3 – Starts 3.30pm

15.35 U11 Tigers (Lee, Chris, Steve)

15.45 U11 Reds (Steve, Lee)

15.55 U11 Dragons (Rhyan, Ross)

16.05 U12 Dragons (Ricky, et al)

16.15 U12 Hawks (Ste, Steve)

16.25 U12 Hyenas (Neil, Richard)

16.35 Special Awards                              

Followed by Child Entertainer 16.45 – 17.20

 

Presentation 4 – Starts 5.30pm

17.35 U13 Wolves (Paul, Terry)

17.45 U13 Wildcats (Ken, Mark, Jeff)

17.55 U13 Warriors (Jeni, Paul, Stuart)

18.05 U14 Wolves (Kath, Chris)

 

Presentation 5 – Starts 7pm

19.05 U15 Wolves (Chris)

19.15 U15 Warriors (Paul, Mark)

19.25 U16 Wolves (Danny, Mike)

19.35 U17 Wolves (Tex)

19.45 Open-Age (Paul, Reuben, Danny)

19.55 Special Awards

 

Evening Disco for all 8.15pm until late

 

 

Activities and Entertainment During the Day

Bouncy Castles

Mini-Soccer Goals on Field

Face Painting

Ice Cream Van

Hot Food Van

Penalty Shoot Out

 

2015-16 Presentation DRAFT TIMES v2.0

Youth Module 1 Course – CANCELLED due to low numbers (sorry !!)

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Winwick Athletic FC in conjunction with Lancashire FA are delighted to be able to offer a tailored Youth Module 1 package for current FA Level 1 Coaches to participate in. Usual cost per person applies of £150 but the format is over 5 evenings, all 5.30pm to 9.30pm at Winwick Leisure Centre, Warrington on the following evenings;

Mon 27 June         

Mon 4 July             

Wed 6 July            

Mon 11 July         

Wed 13 July         

ALL Winwick Athletic Coaches may make their course bookings by contacting Ricky Sergent on 07710 697 603 or thesergent@me.com

Others will shortly be able to book directly on the Lancashire County FA Course Booking page.

2015/16 Season Nears its End – WELL DONE ALL PLAYERS

Well done to ALL Club Players, Parents, Supporters, Friends, Coaches, Volunteers, Venue Owners, Partners, Lancashire FA, The FA, Warrington Junior Football League, Warrington & District Football League, Team Sponsors, Nike, Vesey, Winwick Parish Council, UA Warrington, Culcheth High School, University of Chester, Warrington Borough Council, Newton Rotary Club and everyone else connected with Winwick Athletic FC for achieving the most important thing of all ……. LETTING YOUR CHILDREN ENJOY THEIR FOOTBALL THIS YEAR !!

Your time, effort and patience, is invaluable to their well being, their self-esteem, their development as people, as well as their enjoyment of sport and improvement with their football …… its clearly not just a game, but in simple terms by making it be exactly that … “just a game” .. you reward the children in so many ways, too many for you to even measure.

Success measured by way of older teams winning divisions and titles has provided a good share for our teams too, particularly our U12s and U17s teams, but the message from the Club is that every single one of you are winners in our eyes.

To our 40 FA Licensed Coaches too, an amazing achievement to have so  many of you all on board with this public statement of commitment to developing yourselves as coaches.

Keep up all of the good work as we approach 2016/17 from 1st July …..

Yours very Proudly in Sport

Paul McMahon (Club Secretary)

Charity Race Night – Fri 3rd June 2016 – 7.30pm

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Friday 3rd June 2016 we are holding a Charity Race Night at Winwick Leisure Centre to raise funds for Charities identified in memory of Patric Wilson.

This is a very worthwhile event to support plus we can have an enjoyable evening in the process. Food is provided within the entry ticket price of £5 for adults (accompanied kids go free).

For tickets and further details contact Kath Cookson on 07450 080 460

U16 Wolves in Final of Presidents Cup this Sunday 8th May at 9.30am down at Warrington Town, Cantilever Park Stadium

The Club is delighted to see our U16 Wolves Team have, once again, reached a League Final, in the prestigious Presidents Cup, against Winstanley Warriors.

U16 Wolves Cup Finalists 2016

As many supporters as possible are encouraged to go down and cheer Danny, Mike and the lads on. Its a bright and breezy start at 9.30am down at Cantilever Park, Warrington Town’s Home Ground.

The very best of luck from the Club and hoping for a great game of football all round.

Lancashire FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year 2016

Fantastic news has just been announced for Winwick Athletic FC. We are pretty excited to have become Lancashire County FAs Charter Standard Community Club of the Year for 2016 under the FAs Community Awards programme. This is a huge honour to have been recognized at the highest possible level of Charter Standard attainment, as a Community Club, and we take this award on with great collective pride and commitment as we look to providing a sustainable future for all of the children in our Club. We have a history of being well organized and have won honours before as a Development Club between 2007 and 2011, but to do this at Community Club level now too is really amazing.CS Community Club Award 2016

At just under 400 players, from academy youngsters simply practicing having fun with a ball, through to competitive contests at open-age, with girls taking part too in all ages, with an open-door policy towards player recruitment and also by encouraging all adults to coach or to become referees for our common footballing future, we hope that in our 40th Anniversary Year here this year we can look forwards to another 40 years ahead !!

To be further announced by the FA at this same time as one of only 66 Clubs nationally to receive an FA 1966 Award too, in the 50th Anniversary Year of England’s World Cup victory of 1966, we are even more delighted to have been recognized for all of the hard work of so many in our Club. Not just the coaches and club committee, but also every single player, parent, supporter and friend of our club. Thanks to all who continue to support our Club, we will never let you down. To all players, continue to have FUN at all times, that allows all of us adults to have some fun too you know !!! You all make us smile more than you will ever know.