ANDREASCARTERSPORTS OPEN IN KENT!
Andreas Carter Sports the official Teamwear supplier of the Kent County Football League have now opened a branch in Welling. ACS supply Errea, Stanno and Joma Kits, footballs and all match accessories, plus Leisurewear and other Sporting Apparel.
Contact Paul White at ACS Welling:
1 Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY (adjacent to Welling United FC)
The September Fixtures have now been published and can be viewed here
FA RESPECT AWARDS 2014
The Kent County Football is extremely proud to announce that they have been named as a national winner in the FA Respect Awards receiving the Gold Award in the category of National League System League Steps 5-7. This follows on from the Silver Award received in 2012.
In a letter from the FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, he states “This award recognises your exceptional work to offer an experience of football which is fair, safe and enjoyable. This award recognises the standards that you have set and maintained in your competition and I am delighted that The FA has had an opportunity to reward you for your commitment and energy”.
Although the League have fully embraced the Respect programme they initiated their own Fair Play Awards back in 1990 and adopted the motto “Fair Play – We Lead the Way”! The Fair Play Trophy has proved a great success and University of Kent FC have won the trophy on six occasions, they were also one of the founder members of the Under 21 League.
The latest Fair Play winners are Faversham Strike Force FC who received the trophy and prize money totalling £700.00 at the League’s AGM. Their delighted team manager, John Goodwin said “We are over the moon and this demonstrates the structure and processes the club have in place to ensure players and officials conduct themselves in an acceptable manner on and off the pitch”.
All Kent County Football League matches commence with the Respect Handshake and our Referees undertake Respect training. Among recent comments from referees after matches are “What a superb game. Great advert for Kent County League Division 2 football” and “A really good game of football, played in a very sporting manner”.
Prior to receiving the award a team from the League visited the Best Western Hotel in Watford recently to meet up with a film crew from the FA’s media department. Some time was spent with them to film a segment for the FA’s respect awards ceremony. The results of this work went out on the big screens at Wembley. The film is shown below and covers the award winners from Steps 1 to 4 as well as the Kent County League as Step 5-7 winners.
Those attending were League Chairman, Cyril Windiate, League Secretary and League Photographer Gavin & Julie Hoare. Referees were represented by Keith Wenham and our Clubs were represented by Fabio Rossi from FC Elmstead. We thank them for their time and thespian efforts in front of the camera!
For further information on the 2014 FA Respect Awards click here
The August Fixtures have now been published and can be viewed here
KENT FA LAUNCH ONLINE HANDBOOK
The Kent FA have today launched their online library that replaces the traditional printed handbook.
Kent FA Chief Executive Paul Dolan said “We listened to our key stakeholders and considered all our options including potential data protection and safeguarding challenges. With this in mind we have created an online library where our volunteer workforce can access important documents on the go, 24/7, via a number of devices”.
The online resource is free of charge and unlike the traditional paper version of the handbook; it can be updated throughout the season. The resource is also supported by a ‘Find a Referee’ and ‘Find a Club’ tool which provides up to date contact details for referee and club secretaries.
The library and tool are the first of its kind and cements Kent FA’s position as being ‘Ahead of the game’
Click here to explore the new Kent FA Online Library.
JOIN LUKE’S FUNDRAISING
Joint manager of treble winning East Kent College Luke Williams was diagnosed with cancer of the mouth on his 28th Birthday, June 2013 – he underwent major surgery which saw half his tongue removed and replaced with skin grafted from his wrist. After a 6 week chemotherapy and radio therapy treatment programme, it was hoped the worst was behind him.
Unfortunately after months of pain, the doctor/specialist finally allowed him to have a CT scan and secondary cancer was identified in the lungs. Luke was immediately put onto a very intense chemotherapy treatment which made him extremely ill. After further consultation with his specialist it was agreed that Luke should be able to enjoy a certain quality of life rather than endure the pain and grief the treatment would inevitably cause all for what could be just a few extra months.
Luke is not one to take this unbelievably sad news to heart and is now determined to live out his life in the best possible fashion. His friends and loved ones have shared the thought of hosting a benefit weekend which would raise money that could financially contribute to Luke completing his ‘Bucket List’.
Luke would not agree for this to happen unless he was able to contribute some of the proceedings to charity and he has aptly chosen Cancer Research UK and The Pilgrims Hospices. Luke’s condition is rarely seen in a person of his age, gender and overall level of fitness so he is determined to assist the charities research in any way possible in the hope that one day this illness can be beaten for good.
Many of Luke’s friends and family have also experienced cancer in one form or another, either through being diagnosed themselves or knowing someone who has suffered with it and therefore Cancer Research UK is a charity close to many of our hearts.
There will be a series of fundraising events in order to raise monies for Luke and his chosen Charities, to find out more and join in visit:
Phil Hudson from APM Contrast has sent us images of their matches against Long Lane and Crockenhill and these can be seen in the gallery.
Photographer Alan Coomes, who covers many Kent football matches at all levels, has been out and about at pre-season matches involving Kent County League teams. The latest match he covered was Bexlians against Crockenhill.
League photographer Julie Hoare has also started covering matches and her images from the Kent County League Rep teams match against Woodstock Sport are now in the gallery.
Time to start planning for the 2014/15 season, need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies to be listed are from:
HALLS ATHLETIC FC – Are continuing to recruit SENIOR players for our 1st and 2nd team squads playing in the NGR Kent County Football League.
CHIPSTEAD FC - Are looking to recruit an experienced Coach/Assistant Manager
FARNBOROUGH OBG FC – Applications are invited for the post of Manager, Farnborough OBG Reserves.
AFC MOTTINGHAM – Require players of Kent County standard for their first team.
BEXLIANS FC – Are looking for a Goal Keeper for the coming season.
OTFORD UNITED FC – Are currently looking to recruit and strengthen their current squads for the forthcoming 2014/2015 session.
SEVEN ACRE & SIDCUP FC – Are seeking a Left Back, Centre Back and Goalkeeper.
NEW PARK FC – Are looking for a goalkeeper and striker to join the squad in time for the 2014/15 league campaign.
BORDEN VILLAGE FC RESERVES - Are looking to add to their squad, especially they are looking for a goalkeeper.
BEXLIANS FC – Are looking for new players for the coming season.
TANKERTON FC – Are holding an open session for any 18 – 21 year olds that would be interested in playing for the club.
FOREST HILL PARK FC - Are under new management, and seeking players, in various positions.
SITTINGBOURNE COMMUNITY FC – Formerly Woodstock Park FC are seeking players for the new season.
SOUTH ASHFORD FC – Are currently inviting players to trial for their new U21′s squad.
The Kent County League Supports SWEARING – Let’s Tackle It
The Kent County League is proud to support the Kent FA Youth Council’s ‘SWEARING – Let’s Tackle It’ campaign. Supported by members of Kent FA staff, the Youth Council collaborated with Fixers UK, a charity which supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better, to orchestrate a campaign tackling foul and abusive language in the game. From initial concept development to the execution of filming a promotional video, the Kent FA Youth Council has directed the campaign to help eliminate and raise awareness of the negative impact of bad language in football. The Kent County League looks forward to offering our support for this initiative to combat foul and abusive language in the game, as we believe for football in the county to continue to grow in a positive way, such behaviour needs to be tackled. The Kent County League are committed to creating safe and inclusive football environments for everyone and as a result fully support the Kent FA Youth Council for bringing this issue to the forefront of grass roots football in Kent. You can watch the Youth Council’s video below.
All this season 2013/14 photographs can be viewed by clicking here
If you would like to submit photographs for inclusion please send to email@example.com, photographs should have a minimum width of 600px.
Annual Presentation Dinner
Saturday, 13th June 2015 - Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, ME17 1RE
Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 18th June 2015 - UK Paper Leisure Club, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE