How is the Youth Section set up ?
The main point of contact for a player is their manager, who will have one or more coaches. Managers have regular meetings to share expertise and discuss issues under the Head of Youth who sits on the Steyning Football Club Committee.
If you have any safeguarding concerns you can speak to our Welfare Officer who is a delegate for processing CRC checks via the FA.
What coaching can a player expect ?
Our coaching aims are:
- Each year group is to have at least one FA level one coach, who takes on overall responsibility for that year group.
- All managers and coaches will be subject to the relevant CRC checks. (criminal records check)
- Managers and coaches are required to join the FA Licensed Coaches Club online.
- Each game to be attended by a qualified emergency aid person who has attended an organised FA first aid course.
- Promote and retain interest in the playing of Association Football.
- Develop standards and encourage progression to affiliated Senior teams.
Where will I train and play ?
Each year-group trains on the main floodlit pitch at Shooting Field. Matches can be on other pitches depending on the age-group. Match pitches are:
- Shooting Field 3G Floodlit pitch
- School Playing Fields (St Andrew and Steyning Grammar)
- Memorial Playing Field
What Leagues will I play in ?
We play in the Horsham District League on a Saturday. Our girls teams play in the Sussex County Women and Girls Football League, typically on a Sunday. We also have teams in the Junior Premier League who play on Sunday.
Do I have to live in Steyning or surrounding villages ?
Our catchment area is that of Steyning Grammar – further for Junior Premier League players. Players outside of this area need to be approved by our committee.
Are there match fees ?
We have an annual fee – that can be paid monthly. See FAQs – Fees.
Can girls and boys play in the same team ?
Yes. We follow FA Guidelines – your manager ensures that each boy or girl is able to cope with requirements of an age-group.
Are the best players always selected ?
We call this streaming. The club policy is:
- Mini soccer – inclusive without exception
- 7 v 7 – inclusive without exception
- 9 v 9 – inclusive without exception,
- 11 v 11 – this is at the manager’s discretion after good communication with parents and players to ensure a contented squad.
We aim to train all players equally to give the best opportunity for each player to reach their potential. Your manager and coaches will consider the requirements of each individual player and coach accordingly.
What kit does a player receive ?
Every registered player is provided with a full playing strip by the club. This includes a shirt, shorts, and socks. Strips remain the property of the club and can be redistributed, typically at the end of the season.
What happens if a player loses part of his strip ?
We will have a look to see what is available – but lost kit may need to be replaced.
Can I sponsor a team ?
Yes please. Just speak to your age-group manager who will be delighted to speak to you. You will get:
- 2 year advertising board at the club
- Banner advert in the first team on-line match day program
- Reduced rates for full page advert in STCFC tournament program
- Promotion through out the season on the Clubs social Media sites
- Sponsors logo on the clubs official website
What are the Club colours ?
The club has a proud tradition and is keen to protect and develop its identity. The club’s strip is the most powerful form of identity that helps bond the players of all age groups into a single club community. It is therefore a foundation stone of the club’s history and its aspirations, and as such there are strict guidelines concerning kit colours and livery.
- Home – Red and White shirt, with solid red shorts, solid red socks.
- Away (where applicable) – Blue and Black shirt, with solid blue shorts, solid blue socks
Can I help ?
Yes please. We are all volunteers and more people assisting our over 400 young players helps massively. You will enjoy it.