LEAGUE AGM 2017
West Farleigh’s good behaviour earns them £800!
The Kent County League held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 14th June. Before the meeting commenced a number of awards were presented by Kent FA Vice Chairman Philip Smith.
West Farleigh received their Fair Play Award trophy. These awards are part of our sponsorship agreement with Andreas Carter Sports and West Farleigh received vouchers value at £600 from ACS to exchange for playing kit, training apparel etc.
In addition, the League EAD Committee decided to reward clubs across the league for both playing and administrative records. A total of £1,000 being allocated from fines received.
West Farleigh collected another £200 from this initiative, other recipients being Club Langley and FC Elmstead Reserves – £150-00 each; Belvedere, Burgess Hodgson, Tonbridge Invicta, South East Athletic and Sydenham Sports £100-00 each.
The Aford Awards Manager of the Year was also presented to Rob Jeffrey of Greenways FC. The winner is calculated by looking at the whole season playing record together with team discipline. Although very tight at the top of the standings, Rob emerged as this season’s winner.
The annual Secretary of the Year trophies were presented to:
Premier – Jindi Bainwait – Punjab United FC
One Central & East – Alan Chandler – New Romney
One West – Michael Costa – Club Langley FC
Two Central & East – Karim Habibi – West Farleigh FC
Two West – Daniel Hollis – South East Athletic FC
Three Central & East – Daniel Rowling – Rochester City
Three West – Martin Jenkins – Drummond Athletic FC
The overall winner was Karim Habibi of West Farleigh FC who received the Doreen Johnson Secretary of the Year shield.
Ian Couchman of Farnborough Old Boys Guilds was presented with a League Long Service award.
Photographs of the awards can be seen by clicking here.
At the meeting itself 11 new clubs joined the league and we are delighted to welcome back some old faces including Herne Bay, Lordswood, Faversham Town. Woodnesborough, Bromley Green and Tenterden Town together with Deal Town Rangers, AFC Ashford Athletic, CC Sport, Red velvet and AFC Lewisham.
Reserve teams from existing member clubs Deal Community Sports, Old Bromleians and South East Athletic.
The constitution for 2017/18 can be seen by clicking here.
The clubs were advised that the season will commence on Saturday, 12th August for the Premier Division with a full programme of all divisions, two weeks later on 26th August.
League Notices for Clubs
The Pitch Availability and Cup Entry forms must be completed by 9th July, clubs must use the online form which can be found by clicking here.
If clubs make any changes in personnel, contact details, club colours, etc. these must be advised using the online form which is available by clicking here.
Please note certain changes require League approval so should not be implemented until the approval is granted.
Kent FA Coaching Adult Football Conference
The Kent FA has announce the 2017 Kent FA Coaching Adult Football Conference will take place on the 13th August 2017 and the Kent County League has secured four places that are available, free of charge, for managers and coaches of member clubs. All KCFL places now taken but it is still possible to register and attend the conference, see details below.
The day is open to all coaches and managers regardless of previous experience or knowledge. The conference is packed full of useful workshops delivered by leading professionals to support coaches ahead of the new season.
The conference, which will be held at K Sports, Aylesford is an ideal opportunity for those coaching and managing in adult football, and those with aspirations to do so to network with others while adding to their knowledge and experience of the game.
The day will include four exclusive workshops;
- Pre-season preparation
Former Gillingham FC Academy Manager, Darren Hare will open the day with practical session where he will showcase his experience and knowledge in order to deliver an appropriate and efficient pre-season schedule to your players.
This workshop will be delivered by former Charlton Athletic first team coach, Damian Matthew who will give an insight into how teams prepare for a weekend fixture including the implementation of a game plan and tactics in both theory and practical demonstrations.
- Match Analysis
Nick Gearing is Head of Analysis at Leyton Orient FC and previously Gillingham FC. During this part of the day Nick will go through the role of a Match Analysis at a professional club; what goes on, how he collates data and feedback provided to the coaching staff.
- Psychology in football
Matthew Cunliffe is a South East London based British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council. In this session Matthew will help participants to identify the types of things that may affect sport performance, such as pressure, expectations, external influences, and concentration. He will also outline some strategies to help deal with these factors.
There are only 50 places available so don’t hesitate and book your place by clicking here. The cost of attending the day is *£25.00 which includes a finger buffet lunch.
The day will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm approximately.
PRESENTATION DINNER 2017
Almost three hundred guests gathered at the Great Danes Hotel to attend the League’s Annual Presentation Dinner on 3rd June. The main guest was Tony Cottee who spoke of his career in football and as a pundit with Sky Sports, he then went on to answer a number of questions from the audience. Awards were presented to the Fair Play Awards winners, the League’s Personality of the Year, plus awards for our Referees, leading goal scorers, divisional and cup winner. These were presented by Tony Cottee and from our sponsors, partners and guests, Jerry Carter (Andreas Carter Sports), Darryl Haden (Kent FA), Andy Ford (Aford Awards) and Philip Smith. At the end of the presentations were entertained by vocalist Josh Hassell.
Julie Hoare took photographs of many of our sponsors, guests and award winners. Click here to view the Presentation Dinner GALLERY.
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Over 100 matches and events feature in the Gallery, to view click here.
With the help of @ we have launched the KCL_TV channel page which features video highlights of Kent County League teams in action. Watch on your PC, tablet or smartphone.
Latest updates include the Welling park v Crayford Arrows from Division 2 West, the Premier Division game between Kennington and Punjab United and in Division Three West, Sydenham Sports v HFSP & Ten-En-Be, see Sydenham score their 100th league goal in the season.
To visit the page and view the video click here
REFEREES ONLINE APPLICATION 2017-2018
The online application form for Match Officials for the 2017-18 season is now open, please click here to complete and submit.
BECOME A KENT REFEREE!
The Kent FA are holding a number of ‘Get into Refereeing’ Workshops from May to August 2017 at venues across the County. In addition the Kent FA are looking to encourage those players approaching the end of their careers to take up the whistle and are offering a special discount on the referee course fees, which could be as low as £50.00!
For further information email the Kent FA, Referee Development Officer, Nick Dunn by clicking here
Do you need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies are listed below, for full details click here
KENT COUNTY LEAGUE – The League are looking to appoint a Results Coordinator, availability on Saturday afternoon essential.
PECKHAM TOWN FC – Are seeking goal keepers for both their Premier Division First team and the Division 3 West Reserves.
HALLS AFC – The Reserves are currently looking for a new manager for the 2017/2018 season.
TONBRIDGE INVICTA FC – After gaining promotion to Division 2 Central & East in our first season back in the Kent County League we are still looking for 1 or 2 strikers and a centre back for the coming season .
ASHFORD FC – Are holding trials on Saturday, 24th June at Appledore Recreation Ground, 10:00am to 12:00 noon.
ROCHESTER CITY FC – Newly promoted to Division 2 Central & East, we are looking for proven county league players who want be part of a club with great ambition.
FAVERSHAM STRIKE FORCE FC – Are looking for a 1st team goal keeper to play in the Kent County League Premier Division 2017/18 season.
BEXLEY FC – Are looking for an assistant referee to assist their Reserve team every week Home & Away if available.
TONBRIDGE INVICTA FC – We are currently looking for 1 or 2 strikers of a good standard and who are looking at joining a club with great ambition. We are also looking for a centre back as well.
BEXLEY FC – First team and Reserves team are holding open trials on Saturday 24th June at St Marys Recreation Ground, Bexley.
AEI SPORTS FC – Are looking for players for the 2017-18 Season, must be committed to training and weekly fixtures.
CHIPSTEAD FC – With a new first team management in place, Chipstead are keen to follow on from the great progress they made last year and are looking to recruit new players to help take them to the next level.
OTFORD UNITED FC – A well established football club are seeking new management for the 1st Team.
WILLESBOROUGH AFC – Newly promoted to Division 1 Central & East are looking for a new first team coach.
GRAVESHAM BOROUGH FC – Are looking for away friendlies if any clubs have a pitch, Saturdays or midweek in July.
WEST FARLEIGH FC – Are looking for a new first team manager.
HALSTEAD UNITED FC – Are holding an open trials day on Sunday, 25th June 12:00pm, to sign new players ready for the new season.
METROGAS FC – Are looking for players for their U18 Kent Youth League Premier North Division team for the 2017/18 season.
OTFORD UNITED FC – Have a Physio opportunity for a willing or trainee physio student. Also we are looking for players especially strikers and a goalkeeper coach.
SOUTH DARENTH FC – Are looking for players for the 2017-18 Season, we train weekly on the 4G pitch at Dartford Football Club.
AEI SPORTS FC – Are looking for players for the 2017-18 Season, must be committed to training and weekly fixtures.
MANAGER/COACH LOOKING FOR NEW CHALLENGE – I have managed and coached at Academy, Kent County League, SCEFL Division 1 and Premier level.
STEP UP SPORTS CONSULTANCY
If you are looking for funding to improve facilities or for equipment, activities or coaching then Step Up Sports Consultancy may be able to assist. Annette Buswell and George Davis have extensive experience of Project Management and Fundraising and George has experience of running a club in Kent County League. To contact them to see if they can help click here for further details.
RELEASE THE PRESSURE
“Release the Pressure” is a new Kent campaign which aims to reduce the number of suicides by encouraging men feeling under pressure to seek help.
In Kent, suicide is the leading killer of men under 45; in 2014, there were 163 registered suicides of which 128 (79%) were men. The rate of suicide in the county is also higher than the national average. For more information click here
Tommy Sampson the League’s “Tackling Mental Health” campaign Ambassador has been speaking to KMFM of his own mental health issues and he urges all those with problems to seek help using the helpline number 0800 107 0160. Listen to the full interview with Tommy
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.
Wednesday, 14th June 2017 – Annual General Meeting – UKP Leisure, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE
Monday, 7th August 2017 – League Clubs Meeting – UKP Leisure, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4DE