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Luke Williams – Respect the Person Respect the Game Tribute

Little Shartsted and New Romney Banner 300Both KCL and teams from across the County paid tribute to Luke yesterday when they stood together as a group to take a moment to respect a young life, take a look at each other, respect the fact they are there to play the game and respect the game from that moment on and pay the greatest respect to a most tragic moment.

The League asked for a photograph of this moment and many have been posted on Twitter using the Kent FA’s Respect #SetYourStall hashtag to celebrate Luke’s life and pay their respects.

The photographs have been placed on a Luke Williams Tribute page which can be viewed here

If you have a photgraph you wish to be added send to website@kentcountyfootballleague.co.uk


GALLERY

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Thanks to Paul Roth we have photgraphs of Saturday’s Division Three match between Crayford Arrows and Johnson & Phillips which saw the visitors leave with a 3-1 victory and remain in second place in the league table.  

Photographs of this season’s matches can be viewed by clicking here

If you have photographs you would like included in the gallery please email to website@kentcountyfootballleague.co.uk – photographs should have a minimum width of 600px.


Kent County Football League form exciting partnership with MyClubPro

As Kent’s largest adult grass roots Football League we work tirelessly to bring the very best products and services to our clubs. Many of you will be aware of the MyClubPro product due to their August launch in partnership with the Kent FA, the first product of its kind to be endorsed by a County FA.

If this is the first you are hearing of the product, simply explained it provides clubs with a professional website for a low cost monthly or yearly subscription with additional discounts for Charter Standard clubs. Your website is customised with your club colour scheme/badge, and placed on your domain name i.e. www.yourclubfc.co.uk and if you don’t have a domain name MyClubPro will provide one free of charge as part of the service.

News_and_Mailer_Image_620x349Our partnership with MyClubPro brings with it an exclusive first year discount only available to our clubs. Any KCFL club to sign up before 21st November 2014 will receive 3 months subscription free of charge (a saving of £54).

MyClubPro director Jason Batt commented on the partnership;

“After launching our product in our home county with a great partner in the Kent FA the next logical step was to look for a league that could become the flagship league for our product. We did not have to look too hard, the Kent County Football League were the standout choice, terrifically organised and proactive with every club holding Charter Standard affiliation.

Our vision is for every club in one league to be using MyClubPro to provide their website. This would set an example to clubs all over the country that they can have a professional website that contains absolutely no third party advertising for less than a mobile phone contract!

For clubs concerned about the cost of the product one great feature in MyClubPro is the option to display a website sponsor that is featured throughout the site; many clubs already using the product sell this space to cover the costs of their new website.

We are proud to be partnered with the Kent County Football League and look forward to working with them to help raise the standards of grass roots Football online.”

Kent County League Chairman Cyril Windiate stated;

“We are delighted to have established this partnership with MyClubPro as we are fully aware of their involvement and commitment to grassroots football. As with all our initiatives the purpose is to assist our members in the running and sustainability of their clubs and we believe this MyClubPro meets this objective.

The Kent County League has been involved in commercial partnerships to support the league and its members since 1987 and this has enabled the league to invest back into our clubs over £60,000 in Fair Play Awards alone. Many of these partnerships have lasted for many years and we hope that our agreement with MyClubPro will be another long term collaboration.”

As many of you will know in recent years there have not been an abundance of website options for grass roots Football clubs beyond paying a lot of money to a web design company or utilising one of the free sites. The problem with the latter is you end up with a cluttered website where the main emphasis is placed on the advertising rather than a site dedicated to your club. We share the MyClubPro ethos that clubs at any level should have the option of a professional website, and their low cost subscription is a small price to pay.

If you would like to find out more about the MyClubPro product here are some contact details and useful links:

MyClubPro: www.myclubpro.co.uk – 0330 010 2055

Example MyClubPro Club Websites:
www.corshamtownfc.co.uk
www.favershamstrikeforce.co.uk

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LUKE WILLIAMS

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Luke Williams – 1985-2014

It is with great sadness that the League has been informed that Luke Williams passed away yesterday. Luke as joint manager of East Kent College FC shared the Manager of the Year Award with Liam Morris for last season. On learning that his cancer was terminal Luke embarked on a fund raising mission which to date has raised almost £25,000  for Cancer Research UK and The Pilgrims Hospices. To contribute in memory of Luke please visit gofundme.com/LukeyWilliams

Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his family, friends and all at East Kent College FC at this very sad time.

We have been advised that Luke’s funeral with be on Tuesday 21st October at 1.45pm at Holy Trinity Church, Northdown, Margate. No black to be worn.


KENT FA WORKFORCE AWARD WINNER – PHIL HUDSON APM CONTRAST

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Congratulations to Phil Hudson, Chairman of APM Contrast who has been named as the inaugural winner of this season’s Kent FA Media Award and will receive his award at the annual Workforce Awards Ceremony celebrating grassroots football at Priestfield Stadium on Thursday 23rd October, for further details click here


SEPTEMBER MANAGER OF THE MONTH AWARDS

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Metrogas FC collected a second Manager of the Month Award when Roy Davies received the Premier Division Award from Peter Hunter a Life Member of the League on Saturday.

The first presentations of the 2014-15 season were made on Saturday 4th October when Gavin Hoare presented Richard Ankah, Metrogas FC Reserves, with the Western Section award. His side won all of their four games in September and sit at the top of Division Three West.

On Tuesday evening John D’Arcy made the U21 Development League award to Adam Woodward of Phoenix Sports Under 21′s. Phoenix Sports played four games in the month and won three.

 

News on the Eastern Section Winner will appear soon.

 


OCTOBER FIXTURES

The October Fixtures have now been published and can be viewed here


ANDREASCARTERSPORTS OPEN IN KENT!

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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:

Tel: 0208 303 1818 – Email: andreascarter.welling@gmail.com – twitter: @ACSWelling

1 Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY (adjacent to Welling United FC)

www.andreascartersports.co.uk

 


KENT FA LAUNCH ONLINE HANDBOOK

The Kent FA have today launched their online library that replaces the traditional printed handbook.

Kent FA Online LibraryKent 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.


SITUATIONS VACANT

With the 2014/15 season now well underway do you still need new players or volunteers? The latest vacancies received are from:

BEXLEY FC – Under 18′s require a goalkeeper.

SNODLAND TOWN FC – Are looking for an assistant manager for their reserve side

SEVEN ACRE & SIDCUP FC - Are looking to push forward and require players in ALL positions.

NEW PARK FC – Are looking for players of all positions who have played at Kent County standard

BEXLIANS FC – Are looking for players in all positions for their reserve team for this season.

ORPINGTON FC – Require players for their Under 17s in most positions.


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.   SLTIposterKCFLSupported 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.

Find out more information by visiting kentfa.com or following @KentFA


DIARY DATES

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