New Season Fixtures
Our second set of fixtures covering the full League programme and various League and County Cup fixtures is now available to download by clicking here.
The fixtures for August remain available for download. The Premier Division commences on Saturday, 17th August and there is a full League listing on Saturday, 31st August. To download the full fixture list click here.
Also available is the list of Veterans Fixtures up to the end of 2019. The Veterans teams commence their season on Saturday, 21st September and the list can now be downloaded by clicking here. Please note no Fixtures have been arranged on 14th September, 5th October, 9th November and 7th December as these dates are set aside for the Kent Veterans Cup.
With this in mind please also remember the following:
Each Club must have at least fifteen Players per team registered fourteen days before the start of each playing season (Rule 18 (B) (ii) applies)
Failure to do so shall incur a fine for each registration short of the required number.
Division 1,2,3 West and Central East must have 15 players registered by the 17th August
Veterans must have 15 players registered by the 7th September.
New Law changes
There are some new changes to the Laws of the Game for this coming season – Full details can be found by clicking here
The Gallery is now open!
Pictures from our regular photographers are now in the gallery covering friendly matches from Club Langley, Cuxton 91 and Crockenhill. Click here to see the pictures.
Hospital Charity Cup – AGM
Following the success of the Hospital Charity Cup in season 2018/2019, the Annual General meeting was held on 23rd July with a number of new teams entries now accepted into the competition.
We now have 16 teams in the Senior Division and 14 Teams in the Junior Section. This is an increase of 50% in teams since the Kent County League took over the administration of the competition . We have teams from the Kent County League, Southern Counties East Football League and Sevenoaks League.
We are all looking forward to another successful season and continuing to enhance the reputation of the competition. The Hospital Charity cup will soon be 100 years old and hopefully we can continue to increase numbers in future years.
The HCC were able to donate £2400 to the ‘Air Ambulance’ last season, hopefully this year it will be even more.
Fixtures for both the Senior and Junior cups have been drawn and are now on the HCC page along with the Competition rules and other useful information.
That could be new or upgraded facilities, an energy or money saving project, new floodlighting, all weather surfaces or everything else that is needed (other than better players) for promotion into the next league.
NeuxPark Ltd are that bespoke solution company that will guide you through the concept, design and delivery of such projects and can provide a full turn-key service.
We are able to visit clubs, facilities and offices with a view to provide ideas or detailed plans of proposed floodlighting and other facilities. We can also offer some guidance on potential planning issues you may come up against with your project too.
We are based in Kent and our advice is free so if you have any questions or would like us to look at your facilities then please contact one of the team at NeuxPark on 01732 410 140 – www.NEUXPARK.com
League Cup Draws for 2019-20
The first round for each cup should be played on or before the 28th September 2019
New Manager for League Rep Side
The league is pleased to announce that Mike Langston will take the helm with the league representative team.
The draw for the Inter league cup has taken place and we are drawn away to Hertfordshire Senior County league. The date and venue is yet to be confirmed but is expected to be on the 21st September.
The league would like to wish Mike and the team all the best for the coming season.
Another award for the Kent Disability Football League
During April and May people across the country have been nominating their grassroots heroes, from individual volunteers to clubs, and the response has been fantastic.
Amy Rutland, Marketing and Communications Officer for Kent FA said
“The standard set in this year’s nominations in Kent were very high, and our judging panel had great difficulty in selecting our County champions. However, I am delighted to say that the Kent Disability Football League have won Grassroots League of the Year 2019 in the Kent FA Grassroots Football Awards. As the County winner, they have been shortlisted for a National Award.”
When asked, the League chairman, Brian Gray said “This prestigious award means a lot to the Committee who work hard to provide footballing opportunities for disabled people across Kent. We have players from 8 years old upwards and both male and female who gain a lot from playing football. Amongst other things, the social skills they learn help them in other areas of their lives.”
If you would like to know more about the KDFL visit the Website www.kentdl.co.uk or find us on social media. Twitter, @kdfl_official or facebook @kentdisabilityfootballleague.
Get Into Refereeing – Become a Kent FA Referee
In order to qualify to attend a Referee Course, the ‘Get into Refereeing’ Workshop is a pre-requisite and forms Unit 1 of the Course. All Candidates who are 17 and under MUST attend with a Parent/Guardian, and the Parent/Guardian must remain for the duration of the Workshop. Please find below a list of venues/dates of the forthcoming workshops (the ‘BOOK HERE’ type is hyperlinked to the relevant booking forms).
Wednesday 4th September – Kent FA – Book Here
Thursday 10th October – Deal Town FC – Book Here
Monday 4th November – Colfe School (London ) Book Here
To enrol, you must enter your own FAN number, or create one if you do not have one. If you are booking on behalf of somebody else, please ensure you enter the details of the Candidate who wishes to enrol onto the course, and not your own!
Each workshop will begin at 18:45, with each space costing £12.50; payment being made through the online booking link only. All workshops subject to run, providing a minimum number of Candidates enrol. Referee Course dates WILL NOT appear on our website, but dates and venues will be provided only to those who attend. Only those who have attended a workshop will be permitted to enrol onto a Referee Course.
Please do help us to share this information with anyone else who may wish to become a Kent FA Referee. Whilst we do encourage players to ‘take up the whistle’, we expect all trainee referees to sign up to a League to gain independent appointments and not to officiate solely for one Club; if an individual is still playing, they may need to make a decision as to whether they continue to focus on this route in football, or indeed sacrifice this to focus on being a referee…it is difficult to balance both commitments.
For more information on refereeing and the courses – please click on the following link:
Player Registrations – Changes to procedures
There have been some changes made to the rules regarding player registrations and transfers for the coming season. Details of these new procedures and guides on how to register players, processing transfers and notice of approach can be found by clicking here
There are also a number of support webinars and drop in clinics and demonstrations regarding these new changes being held by the player registration team at the FA – Details of all these events and how to access them can be found by clicking here
The League is delighted that Aford Awards will continue their sponsorship of the Manager of the Month awards for the 2019-20 season. The partnership has just completed its 25th consecutive year and Cyril Windiate recently visited Aford’s Bearsted offices to present a framed certificate to Managing Director, Jon Ford, to recognise the support provided to the League by Aford Awards.
Cyril Windiate commented that this partnership is “quite unique in football” and probably in any other sport.
The partnership, initially to sponsor two awards each month, subsequently amended to three awards per month, when the League expanded its operations to a County wide Premier Division. Once the names of the recipient Club and Manager following the last match in each month are provided to the company, proofs are provided very quickly for verification before production is undertaken followed by delivery and or collection.
Prior to each season the League discuss the possibility of varying the monthly awards that have resulted in Glass Tankards, Whisky Tumblers, Brandy Goblets, Cuff Links, Ale Glasses and A4 Conference Folders. Each set of awards all duly etched with the Managers name, Club name, Kent County League logo and sponsors name.
Aford Awards later added the ‘Manager of the Year’ award to the partnership. This is presented to the Manager of the team that has had the best playing record each season, providing their overall code of conduct meets the League’s criteria. The 2018-19 winner will be announced at the League Clubs Meeting in August.
Cyril completed his comments with – “On behalf of everyone that has been connected with the League for the past 25 years, the Kent County Football League are proud to have been associated with Aford Awards and send their grateful and heartfelt thanks to their Directors and staff”.
REFEREES ONLINE APPLICATION 2019-2020
The online application form for Match Officials for the 2019-20 season is now open.
Please click here to complete and submit.
KENT FA PITCH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME
Kent FA is committed to improving pitches and supporting ground staff across Kent.
With this in mind they are introducing a monthly blog aimed to provide an insight into the world of Groundsmanship, while providing tips and advice to help pitches across the County flourish.
The blog is written by multi award winner and K Sports Head Groundsman, Scott Byers.
The latest edition is now available, to view the blog click here.
If you would be interested in the Pitch Improvement Programme email Lee Suter at the Kent FA by clicking here.
SITUATIONS VACANT & FRIENDLIES WANTED
Do you need new players or volunteers? After some pre-season matches? The latest vacancies and requests are listed below. For full details click here
HAWKINGE TOWN FC – Are looking to increase their squad
JOHNSON & PHILLIPS FC – Are looking for a goalkeeper
LOKOMOTIV CANTERBURY – Re looking for new players
SNODLAND TOWN FC – Looking to Strengthen their squad
GOALKEEPER – Looking to play again
MANAGER LOOKING FOR NEW CHALLENGE – Have worked at Kent County Level
BROMLEIANS FC – Are looking for some one to join their management team
LORDSWOOD FC RESERVES – Looking for friendlies in August
PLAYER LOOKING FOR CLUB – Central midfielder who can also play centre half
SNODLAND TOWN RESERVES – are looking for a new manager
ROCHESTER CITY FC – Looking to add some attacking players to their squad.
PLAYER LOOKING FOR CLUB – Has played in KCFL premier Division
BELVEDERE FC – Looking to strengthen their squad. following promotion last season. Specifically looking for centre forwards and wingers. The club are also looking for an assistant manager and a coach to join the management team. Please contact Danny Hill on 07713113279 or twitter @hillsy1975 or the club directly @Belvedere_FC
CROCKENHILL FC – Looking for a goalkeeper and central defender
FLEETDOWN UNITED FC are looking to strengthen their Kent County first and reserve team squads for the 2019/20 season.
FLEETDOWN UNITED FC RESERVES are looking for friendlies on 3rd, 10th and 24th August.
WEST FARLEIGH FOOTBALL CLUB is looking for new players to strengthen our first team squad.
SUTTON ATHLETIC FC RESERVES – Are looking for players in all positions.
BEXLEY FC – Are looking for players in all positions to join our squad for 2019-2020 season.
PITCH AVAILABLE – at STC Sports Club
WOODNESBOROUGH FC – looking to build their team
ORPINGTON FC – Looking to strengthen their club
PLAYER LOOKING FOR CLUB – 22 year old looking for a club to join and train with
BEARSTED RESERVES – Are looking fr a coach and a match day Physio
HALLS AFC – Looking for players for both first and reserves teams
CANTERBURY CITY UNIVERSITY – Looking for a manager for their reserve side
TUDOR SPORTS RESERVES – Looking for a coach/manager
PARKWOOD RANGERS – Open training and trial sessions & looking for friendlies
RUSTHALL RESERVES – Looking to strengthen their squad
WELLING PARK – are looking to add experienced coaches and players to our ever growing football club