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Join In as Kent FA Thanks You!

The Kent FA will be shining the spotlight on volunteers as part of two weeks of celebrations aimed to reward and recruit volunteers.

From the 1st to 14th May 2017, football clubs and leagues from Kent will be sending, tweeting and posting their photos and saying thanks to the amazing volunteers that make football in Kent happen.

We need you to be part of it – so save the date!

The #KentFAThanksU campaign is led by the Kent FA Youth Council, together with the Kent FA.

Reward a special volunteer with a special #KentFAThanksU presentation

Over the course of the two weeks Kent FA Youth Council ambassadors and staff will be surprising some of our very special volunteers. If you have a volunteer in your club or league who deserves recognition and a thank you, click here to complete a short nomination form.

If selected the volunteer will receive a special thank you gift from the Kent FA as well as being great opportunity for the club or league to celebrate the vital role that person plays within Kent football.

Deadline for nominations is the 1 March 2017 so don’t miss out.


GALLERY

The new season has started and the Gallery returns with a completely new look. On the Gallery page matches can be viewed by month played, division or via the match index. The layout has been updated to improve the viewing of the match photographs. To view the Gallery page click here.

 

Andy Clay watched the mid-table Premier Division match between Bexley and Lydd Town Reserves which ended in a 1-1 draw. The Lydd Town goal was scored from a free-kick which Andy has expertly captured and shown here.

The NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup Quarter Final between Otford United and New Romney was covered by League Photographer, Julie Hoare. With both teams challenging for the top place in their respective first divisions it promised to be a close encounter and that proved to be the case. Otford led 2-0 at half time only for New Romney to pull the tie back to 2-2 before Otford notched the winner.     

David Terry has supplied photographs of our third match, the clash at the top of Division 3 West which saw leaders Sydenham Sports bet Metrogas Reserves 3-1. David commented “This was a most enjoyable game where Sydenham piled on the pressure from the off, having a goal disallowed for offside then a strong penalty shout dismissed by the referee. The breakthrough eventually came just before the half hour mark when Sydenham’s number 12 rose high to head home. Metrogas looked to have levelled just before half time but saw their effort ruled out for offside and it was 1-0 going into the break! Second half saw the league leaders start strongly with a number of efforts, but it was Metrogas who pulled it level on 60 minutes when their number 16 was judged to have been brought down in the area and it was him that stepped up and coolly converted the resulting penalty. The scores didn’t remain level for long as Sydenham’s number 10 was first to a rebound making it 2-1.

Metrogas tested the Sydenham number one several times but there was only going to be one winner of this game and Sydenham sealed it on 88 minutes when Sydenham’s number 41 broke through to slide it home to jubilant celebrations and a 3-1 win. Mike T was there to capture the match and this is one I am eagerly awaiting post processing so I can watch it all again!”


KCL-TV CHANNEL

kcl-tv-tablet-youtube-4With the help of @MikeT_football we are launching the KCL_TV channel page which will feature video of Kent County League teams in action. Watch on your PC, tablet or smartphone.

Mike saw another high scoring game last Saturday when he covered Metrogas Reserves v Meridian VP Reserves which saw the home team win 5-1 and have a penalty saved!

Lots of goals feature in the two latest matches added to the channel. The Premier Division game between Metrogas and Borden Village produced 7 goals with Borden winning 5-2. The second game added is from Division 3 West, HFSP & Ten-Em-Be entertained Welling Town and the visitors left with a 4-2 victory.

Mike started the New Year by covering the NRG Gym ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Cup 3rd Round tie when Division One West team Otford United traveled to Premier Division Farnborough OBG. The result was something of a surprise as Otford left with a 3-1 win. In the next round they will be at home to New Romney from Division One Central & East.   

To visit the page and view the video click here


FIXTURES

FixturesThe fixtures for March have been released for all divisions, League Cups, County and outside cup competitions. The forthcoming fixtures page will be further updated to show these as soon as possible.

For the March fixtures list click here

Please note all fixtures are subject to change, latest fixtures can always be found by viewing the Forthcoming Fixtures page. Also, as per League Rule 10(C) a club may be given a revised fixture with 5 days clear notice, therefore only after this deadline has passed can you consider that you have not been allocated a fixture. 


AFORD AWARDS MANAGER OF THE MONTH

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The final award was presented on 11th February by Cyril Windiate when he visited Cobdown to make the Central & East award to Paul Atkins the manager of K Sports Reserves. They played two away league games in the month, winning both, against Rolvenden and Sutton Athletic Reserves.  

Despite two very reduced weekends of fixtures enough qualifying matches were played to announce winners in all sections for January. The first two Manager of the Month presentations were made last Saturday to the Premier Division and Western Section winners. 

Jugit Sian of Punjab United has now scored a hat-trick of wins and received his award from League Secretary, Gavin Hoare. Punjab United played their three matches at home in January winning all three, scoring 16 goals and conceding none! Their two league wins were against  Guru Nanak and Lydd Town Reserves and in the NRG Gym ‘ Bill Manklow’ Inter-Regional Challenge Cup they defeated Staplehurst Monarchs United.Richard Dimmock - Welling Town

Cyril Windiate made the Western Section award to first time winner Richard Dimmock of Welling Town. The month started with a home win against Old Bromleians, from Division 2, in the NRG Gym ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield. This was followed by two league wins, away at Bridon Ropes and home against Drummond Athletic. 

As always teams are required to have an excellent disciplinary record during the month to secure the award.

 For full details of this seasons Manager of the Month awards click here.


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LEADING GOAL SCORERS

goal-scorer-v2Abraham Opoku (Peckham Town) leads the way with 21 goals, last year’s winner Daniel Hanshaw (Cuxton 91) is second, also on 21 but with fewer league goals. They are followed on 20 goals by George Goodwin and Luke Adams of Punjab United and Riley Alford (Willesborough Athletic). Finally, in the leading group are Luwayne Greenwood (Sydenham Sports) and Steven Brady (Old Bromleians) both on 19 goals.

Leading the way in other Divisions are in Division 1 Central & East – Timothy Sims (Rolvenden), Division 1 West – Steve Gillett (Long Lane), Division 3 Central & East – Matthew Lightfoot (Burgess Hodgson) and Division 3 West – Luke Whitehead (Metrogas Reserves).

Further details on all goal scorers can be found by clicking here


BECOME A KENT REFEREE!

Referee Course Flyer (1)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 


COUNTY CEO TO RAISE FUNDS FOR DEMELZA

Paul Dolan, Kent FA CEO, is running the 2017 London Marathon. His chosen charity is Demelza Hospice Care for Children, the County FA’s charity partner. The partnership aims to bring the paul-dolanfootball family in Kent together with the goal of raising enough money to update the soft play room at Demelza’s HQ in Sittingbourne. This valuable facility gives children a safe and fun space for family time, using sensory play.

Demelza is a children’s hospice charity providing vital care to families. They are all about life – to help those who may not live a long life to live a full life. They provide compassionate and expert care for babies, children, young people and their families when they need it the most. They are here to enable families to stay and play together. To enjoy quality time in a quality place, supported by quality care.

We know that many of our clubs support Demelza and may wish to support Paul’s aim of raising £2,000 with his run. If so, you can do so at Paul’s Just Giving page by clicking here 


SITUATIONS VACANT

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.

JOHNSON & PHILLIPS FC – Are looking to appoint a new management team for next season.

AYLESFORD FC – We as a club are looking to bring in experienced players for next season and we want to put out a 2nd team as well.

PITCH FOR HIRE – At STC Sports Club, Ivor Grove, London SE9

MANAGER/COACH LOOKING FOR CLUB – I am looking for a team to Manage/Coach, I am a UEFA B licenced coach and Level 2 Goalkeeper coach.

AYLESFORD FC – Aylesford Football Club are looking to appoint a Club Secretary.

COACH LOOKING FOR CLUB – Coach looking for a coaching role in a KCFL club.

 


STEP UP SPORTS CONSULTANCY

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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.


LEAGUE CUP DRAWS

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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.   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

Cup Final Dates sponsored by NRG Gym

Wednesday 26th April 2017 – ‘Barry Bundock’ West Kent Challenge Shield – Sevenoaks Town FC – KO 7.30pm

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 – ‘Bill Manklow’ Inter Regional Challenge Cup – Chatham Town FC – KO 7.30pm

Wednesday 5th April 2017 – ‘Les Leckie’ Cup – Faversham Town FC – KO 7.30pm

Saturday, 3rd June 2017 – Annual Presentation Dinner – Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel