This weekend's fixtures played over 2nd and 3rd October 2021, in the North East Hants Junior Leagues and in Grassroots football across the UK will embrace 'Their Game', where managers and spectators have minimal verbal contact throughout the match. This is to help raise awareness of the need to create a positive and pressure-free environment in which children can enjoy football.
Please help to support this initiative. Further information available on the Hampshire FA website.
Hartley Wintney JFC today hosts its first ever Referee Course, led by the Hampshire FA.
The Referee plays an integral role in ensuring all participants enjoy their match day experience, helping create a competitive, fair, safe and enjoyable playing environment. Today, 14 students are embarking on the referee course - and their new career in refereeing. The FA Referee Course is designed to equip new referees with the key skills and knowledge they will need to be able to referee grassroots football matches safely and effectively.
The course content helps you to learn the Laws of the Game and involves several online modules, then a full day and a separate evening session, addressing how to recognise and deal with fouls, off-sides, inappropriate behaviour, communicating decisions and how to caution/send players off. It is run by Hampshire FA Referee Development Manager, Andy Moisey.
One of those participating on the course is Cameron Swan. Cameron has a rich pedigree of refereeing in the family, as his Great-Great-Grandfather, John McAleer used to referee in the old football First Division about 100 years ago! You can read his full story, and learn how to become a referee, on the Hampshire FA website.
Chairman of Hartley Wintney JFC, Duncan Swan, who is also partaking in the course, comments "it is fantastic to have so much interest in this referee course. It will provide the local area with valuable referee resources as we approach the new season. The content of the course is superb and all of us on the course will agree that we have learnt a new appreciation of and respect for referees and the Laws of the game!
As part of their development, the club will ensure mentoring support to the new referees, when they start putting the theory into practice.
If you are interested in enroling on a future course hosted by the club, and you have passed your 14th birthday, contact us.
23-25 August 2021 - Hartley Wintney Junior Football Club
Hartley Wintney Junior Football Club will run its popular Summer Football School on Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th August 2021. Open to boys and girls from 6-18 years old, the players will work with experienced coaches, get some pre-season fitness, and enjoy a mix of structured training and fun matches.
Cost is £20 per session or £55 for all 3 sessions. For further information, please contact us.
Weetabix Wildcats: Open Day for Girls Football at Hartley Wintney Junior FC Wildcats Centre - Saturday 3rd July 2021, 9.30-10.30am
We are delighted to invite girls aged 5-11 years old to come along on Saturday 3rd July 2021, to get involved with football at Hartley Wintney Junior F.C.
Hartley Wintney JFC has been approved as a Hampshire FA Wildcats Centre.
So, what is Wildcats? It is non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age, have lots of fun and make new friends. FA Wildcats is sponsored by Weetabix and there is a big national push as the England Lionesses prepare for the Euros.
We are launching our new Wildcats Centre at Hartley Wintney JFC on 3rd July 2021. This will be the first of 6 initial sessions on Saturday mornings, from 9.30-10.30am at Greenfields Junior School football pitches.
The introductory offer to join is £3 per session. To register, simply apply online through the FA Wildcats HWJFC booking page. Our open invitation is for all girls aged 5-11, who live in the area, no matter what school you attend, so please let your friends and family know and help us spread the word.
CLICK HERE to register
Further information, please contact Suzanne Swan
Hartley Wintney Junior FC looks forward to welcoming all players and parents to celebrate the season's achievements. It's not too late, if you would like to promote your business, there are opportunities for sponsorship, as well as a raffle and auction, so please make contact. Please note, this was originally scheduled to take place on Sunday 11th July, then Friday 23rd July and due to the current spike in families getting 'pinged', we are now aiming to host this on the evening of Friday 3rd September 2021. Please visit the dedicated Trophy Day web page for further information.
The FA Charter Standard Programme is the FA accreditation scheme open to all grassroots clubs and leagues. It aims to raise standards in the grassroots game, supporting the development of clubs, recognising and rewarding commitment, quality and achievement. The FA Charter Standard accreditation is for clubs who can be proud to be places where people want to play. These are the clubs who demonstrate they offer well-run and sustainable football.
Hartley Wintney Junior FC is proud to have been awarded the FA’s ‘Community Charter Standard’, which acknowledges the most advanced level of club development and football provision. Only a few clubs are awarded this level and they must demonstrate sustainability and prioritise qualified coaching and safeguarding as well as the values of the FA Respect campaign as part of their game.
Suzanne McDermott-Swan, the junior club’s welfare and charter standard officer since 2018, has championed this process and explains what this accreditation means.
The club wanted to aim high, to grow at a sustainable level and ultimately, to be recognised as one of the best junior football clubs in North Hampshire. Working with an amazing group of people at the junior and the senior clubs we have now been recognised for our hard work.
There are three charter standard levels; basic, development and community, and already at basic level, we decided to skip the middle level and aim high. So, many hours later, several drafts of our 3-year plan, and we have made it, with Hampshire FA having awarded us with our certificate, and a grant for £210 towards new equipment.
Every volunteer who has ever been involved since the junior club started, in 1996, has helped lay the solid foundations on which we all continue to build. When our teams played their first matches, I am sure those dedicated volunteers involved would not have expected the club to grow to 26 teams. Like many clubs up and down the country, we started with teams playing friendly matches on pitches that were marked out by cones.
To achieve this award, we have done many things over the past two years, setting an ethos which supports all the great new initiatives our members bring to the table. We are a community club run by volunteers. We strive to be an all-inclusive, mixed ability, friendly junior football club for boys and girls. We aim to promote grass roots football from U6 to U18 creating an environment that is happy, fun and safe for all involved.
For as long as we have space, pitches and willing and qualified volunteers to run our teams we will do all we can to accommodate as many children as possible. We aim to grow the club at a sustainable level and be recognised as one of the best in North Hampshire. With the village expanding and green space for pitches become a challenge we strive to do as best we can. We have recruited more people and are always keen to hear from anyone who wants to lend a volunteer hand or two. We have a vision shared by a committee willing to try new things and make this great village club even better.
Much of this work has gone on in the background. One of the key things you will have seen over the past two seasons is how we look out on the pitches. We have transitioned to one style of kit that mirrors the senior team – and with a new badge ensuring one identity across all teams. Thank you to all our sponsors who have also helped us buy new kit for our teams across the age groups.
We have also recruited more women into football, adding three female FA level 1 coaches to our 40+ Managers and Assistant Managers who keep our teams playing. We now have two girls’ football teams and a third ready to start at U7 in September 21, as well as girls playing in mixed teams in a number of age groups. We also have a mentor mentee program and we have sponsored two young adults who wanted to get into coaching to complete their badges - they have now dedicated their spare time to helping out with a couple of our teams to gain experience before going on to the next level.
Several of our managers have wanted to continue with their training beyond the basic level and have given up over 145 hours of their time to achieve their FA Level 2 coaching badge, which is awesome and a huge commitment on top of running their teams, week to week. We have great links with the senior club; the First Team Manager, coaches and players take an active part in training our children’s teams and help to run our very popular annual summer camp. Many of our players aspire to wear the orange shirt of HWFC and play at the Memorial ground in years to come.
None of this is possible without the fabulous volunteers, the children, their parents and guardians, grandparents, aunties and uncles who come along and support in any way they can. Last season, we had around 10 children in our U6s - this coming season we have 30 - and a waiting list - which goes to show what a great club we have.
Parents, when you are looking for a football club for your child to join, take a moment to look at what standard the club is at, its ethos and culture, and be 100% certain that your child’s welfare and the enjoyment of football are the club's top priorities.
Thank you, Suzanne and team, for the hard work in getting the club accredited to Community Club status, and thank you to everyone involved for your support!
We're excited to learn about the return to grassroots football, announced by the FA this week. This will start from Monday March 29th 2021.
There are some caveats in place, including the number of spectators, so well worth checking out our dedicated page to COVID-19 Return to Football and the full article and relevant links to guidance documents on the Hampshire FA website here.
There’s good news for Hartley Wintney as the junior football club has been awarded an Enhanced Grass Pitch Maintenance grant from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation. The Grant – in excess of £30k - will be released over a six year period; the junior club will also need to make contributions to the pitch works in years 3 to 6. The purpose of the grant is to ensure clubs like Hartley Wintney can invest in the improvement of existing grass pitches for the benefit of the children in their community.
Hartley Wintney Junior Football Club is a community club run by volunteers. We strive to be an all-inclusive, mixed ability, junior football club for boys and girls promoting grass roots football from u6 to U18 and currently have 27 teams. The funding will enable the junior club to improve the football pitches at Greenfields School with deep spike verti-draining and fertilisation being the immediate priority.
After a formal tender process, Hartley Wintney Junior FC is pleased to announce its preferred partners to carry out this work are Winchfield Landscape Services Ltd and Southern Ground Care Ltd. Winchfield Landscapes will be responsible for the over-seeding, fertilising, weed-killing, and repair of the Greenfields pitches. Southern Ground Care will provide verti-draining and the first grass treatment to address the years of compaction to the ground. The aim is to improve drainage and allow more air spaces for roots to develop and for rainfall to pass through quicker.
Lee Wales, Vice-Chair and Pitch Manager, HWJFC said “As a club, we are committed to providing the best possible facilities for youth football; we have been planning ground improvement works for almost a year now. Despite having to temporarily postpone these back in March, we're extremely pleased that we can now proceed with this important investment, which will benefit the community as well as the football club. The committee is very grateful for the guidance and support we received from Hampshire FA, as well as the Football Foundation. Without them and our fantastic volunteers at the club, this essential work to protect and enhance the grass at Greenfields School would not have been possible. We are also indebted to Sue Tadman, Executive Head at Green Oaks Federation, for her support and partnership in allowing us to provide children's football in the school grounds. We look forward to growing this partnership for many years to come."
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said “This is a vital grant to help Hartley Wintney Junior FC get their pitches match-fit and will help the club improve grassroots sport in the area.”
For more information please contact: Suzanne Swan CWO and Grant Officer, Hartley Wintney Junior FC.
Winchfield Landscape Services Ltd has extensive experience of football pitch ground maintenance and clients include Hampshire County Council, Parish Councils and local football clubs. They currently maintain over 21 football pitches.
Southern Ground Care Ltd provides grounds services for all types of sports facilities: football, rugby, cricket pitches, lacrosse and bowling greens. Clients include some of the top clubs in the Premier, Southern Electric Premier, Thames Valley, Hampshire Cricket Leagues as well as Hartley Wintney FC and Hartley Wintney Cricket Club. https://www.southerngroundcare.co.uk/www.southerngroundcare.co.uk/
The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK. It champions and supports fair access to quality football facilities for everyone, regardless of postcode, gender, race, disability or place.
The FA has provided an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national Covid-19 restrictions. Unfortunately, this means that ALL fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor junior grassroots football will be suspended until Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
Hartley Wintney Junior Football Club will therefore be suspending playing all fixtures until Saturday 5th December 2020. Training will take place as usual on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November and restart on Thursday 3rd December. We await details from our respective leagues – NEHYL, JPL and HGYL – as to the impact on dates for fixtures for the remainder of the season; we will be looking at the potential to extend training beyond the end of March should the season be extended.
The FA Update can be found in full at https://www.hampshirefa.com/news/2020/nov/03/fa-update
Team managers will be in contact to confirm details for matches on December 5th/6th assuming the suspension has been lifted ahead of these dates.
Thank you all for your understanding.