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About the Club

  • We, as a club, believe that we exist for our 400+ players, who play football for fun and enjoyment. We measure success, not by matches won or trophies gained, but by our size and the few children who leave our club, and most importantly by the development of all players. This guides everything that we do. We do this, as volunteers, by working in partnership with parents and local schools.
  • In Feb 2011 we were proud to be awarded the highest accolade of FA Charter Standard Community Club.
  • We have recently been awarded a £5,000 grant by the Football Foundation which recognises our commitment to starting new teams and increasing the number of young footballers.

Crosfields has more teams and more players with a wider age range than ever before: We have our first Open Age team, who gained promotion in their first season. At the other end of the spectrum we have 30 U5 players and 30 U6 players who spend an hour developing FUNdamental football skills in a friendly, enjoyable, supportive environment. Between these extremes we have 14 mixed mini-soccer teams and 9 11-a-side boy's teams. We have recently expanded our girls section to 5 girls' teams, catering for girls from U5 to U14. A number of players don't feel ready to commit to a league place and are accommodated on a training only basis - but fully involved in the club. A number of our older players choose to act as Junior Coaches or as mini-soccer referees and this is something we want to encourage in the future. We are a very inclusive club and have recently set up a disability football section.

At Crosfields JFC we pride ourselves on developing all players and to this end have very high coach-player ratios, typically 1:5 at mini-soccer and 1:8 at 11-a-side. Everyone involved in our club is a volunteer. Our Child Welfare Officer ensures that all coaches are CRB checked. We currently have over 50 coaches who have been awarded the FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football, including 6 female coaches. We encourage coaches to engage in development and are proud that we currently have over 10 coaches who have completed the new FA Youth Award Module 1 - specifically for coaching 5-11 year olds. Some have completed Level 2 and Module 2 courses. We have a coach who has completed the FA Mentoring Adults course. All coaches are given a copy of our "ethos' and our "Top Ten Tips' for coaching

We hold Soccer-Parent Meetings in the summer and ensure that families are aware of our club ethos, and the behaviour that we expect from everyone at training and on match days in line with the FA RESPECT agenda. Parent representatives monitor this and act as a bridge between parents and coaches. Our compliance committee are not afraid to enforce our rules and uphold our ethos.

We have entered into partnerships with Great Sankey High School and St Gregory's Catholic High School to ensure that we have high quality training facilities and pitches for matchdays. We have carefully managed our finances so that without raising subscriptions we have in 12 months renewed all playing kits, and replaced old training kit. We draw children from a wide area (over 20 Primary schools) because of our reputation. Many of these attended our primary schools' soccer tournament in the summer.

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