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).
Friday 12th July – Deal Town – Book Here
Thursday 8th August 19 – Dartford FC – Book Here
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
Reminder to all Clubs
The Kent County Football League Club Meeting will be on Monday 12th August.
The Venue will be ‘The Appleyard’, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE at 7:30pm
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”.
A REMINDER FOR ALL TEAMS
The start of the new season (2019/20) will be as follows:
Premier Division – 17th August, with a full midweek programme on 20th or 21st August and a Full Premier Division programme on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.
Divisions 1,2,3 West and Central East will start on Saturday 31st August.
The Veterans Divisions will begin on Saturday 21st September
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.
Premiership teams must have 15 players registered by the 3rd August.
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.
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
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
BEARSTED RESERVES FC – Are looking for a coach and players
CROCKENHILL FC – requires players in all positions for the coming season 19/20
GOAL KEEPER – Looking for new team
CUXTON 91 – Looking for pre-season friendlies
TUDOR SPORTS FC – Require players in all positions
FAVERSHAM STRIKE FORCE SENIOR SIDE – Looking for a Striker and centre back
RUSTHALL RESERVES FC – Are looking to strengthen their squad for next season
BROMLEIANS FC – Are looking for managers and coaches
BURGESS HODGSON FC – looking to add to their squad
Monday 12th August 2019 – League Clubs Meeting – Venue: ‘The Appleyard’, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE at 7:30pm