Category Archives: SS14 Team News

Sporting Stonnall U10s – November/December Report

A really positive two months for the team. We achieved our goal of winning two matches on a Sunday with the prize to take place in the New Year. Even better were the two clean sheets which are difficult to achieve in Youth football.

Sporting Stonnall U10s

Sporting Stonnall U10s

To compare to September we drew/won 20% of our matches in November/December that percentage had risen to 40%. That is a really positive achievement. Let’s aim for 50% in January.

November at Leamore was an excellent effort from the players and we had several comments from fellow coaches, spectators and referees about how much the team had improved and their never give up attitude to matches win, lose or draw.

We have had new players: Arthur and Harry and both had added something extra to the team in terms of defence and attack.

As always I am proud of all the players particularly the numbers who turn up for training either on a Tuesday or a Saturday. Even more so those who can make it on both days. The level of commitment has been superb and I want the boys to understand that you need to put effort into anything in life to achieve your goals.

As a team we need to keep working on our defence and making sure we press quickly as well as attacking with pace and continuing to create and take our chances. We are on the right path.

Finally great to see the boys have such a good time at the Christmas social. Their behaviour was excellent and this is an important part of being a team learning to get on with people. Thanks again to Janet and Jim for organising the event.

An extra special thanks to Jim for stepping up as an extra coach, organising man of the match and being a sounding board for ideas.

Your continued support as parents is always appreciated in the cold, rain and wind.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in January.

Never Give Up


Sporting Stonnall U10s – October Review


Sporting Stonnall U10s - October 2015

Sporting Stonnall U10s – October 2015

Another win and a draw in our matches in October along with positive performances in our other matches have seen Sporting Stonnall continue to make progress. We are starting to develop a number of different styles of football in addition to improving our short passing, possession based game. Another positive aspect of our attacking play is that we have created more chances this month than last. In fact we scored 4 goals this month in comparison to 3 in September from less matches.

The lads have worked hard in training on Tuesdays and Saturdays to develop their skills as well as their all round understanding of roles and responsibilities within the team. As always this has to be supported by a positive attitude to the team and one of the most pleasing aspects of October has been the camaraderie of the players. They always support each other whatever the result. I have set the team a challenging target for November to win 3 matches. It should be a good experience attempting to achieve this.

Thanks as always to parents and families for their support we really appreciate your efforts.

Never Give Up


Sporting Stonnall September Review

Sporting Stonnall U10s

Sporting Stonnall U10s

The opening month for Sporting Stonnall has been a very positive experience. We have been able to win two matches and draw one. The players have been committed in training and been willing to work hard and try their best in every match.

Sporting Stonnall U10s

Sporting Stonnall U10s

We have been playing teams who have been together for 2,3 or even 4 years so considering we have been a team for six months I am very proud of the boys attitude and effort. The next step for the team is to start to add the passing style of football their coaches want them to play on top of the hard work and pressing.
Sporting Stonnall U10s

Sporting Stonnall U10s

I am really grateful to Annie and Jim for helping me with paper work and player of the match. Coaching the team is enough to think about so assistance is always welcome. Mike and Ruth have taken some photographs of the team which are attached to this article and serve to reflect the positive nature of Sporting Stonnall.
Finally a big ‘Thank You’ to all the parents who have come to support us we really appreciate the time and effort you put in – without you there is no team.
Never Give Up

Welfare, Respect and the match-day environment

I hope that the teams have enjoyed their first month of the new season. You may be aware of the Walsall Junior Youth Football League meetings that are attended by club officials once a month. At the last league meeting it was stated that there had been noticeable abuse of referees by spectators at some of the games already this season. There has been an increase of female referees and they have particularly suffered, including being subject to sexist remarks. Referees have been advised to abandon any matches where this happens.

As part of the FA’s Respect agenda everyone involved in the game has a responsibility to ensure that football is enjoyed by all who take part. The league has asked for all clubs to support them in trying to eradicate unacceptable behaviour at matches and I know that Stonnall Juniors FC will have your support in this. Spectators will often witness incidents at matches that coaches and referees are unaware of. I am in the process of discussing with team coaches methods to help Stonnall families and friends report inappropriate behaviour that they may witness at matches.

Deborah – Club Welfare Officer

SJFC Welfare Officer – Deborah Lamont

I’ve been the Welfare Officer at Stonnall Juniors FC since the AGM in September 2015. My older son plays in the Sporting Stonnall U10s team and the team is ably coached by his dad Shaun. Our younger son plays for another team in the Walsall league so we are a complete footballing family. My background is in Children’s Social Work so I have a good understanding of Safeguarding Children and their Welfare. I am planning to come along to Stonnall Phoenix U12s and Stonnall Juniors U10s matches in the next couple of weeks to say hello to those I have yet to meet.

The role of the Welfare Officer in youth football is to ensure that all children involved in football stay safe and happy whilst enjoying playing the game. We have decided to put the Safeguarding and Respect policies and procedures as well as other relevant information on to the Welfare section of the club website so that it is accessible to all who are involved in the club. Please take some time to look at the information and discuss and share with your child where necessary. Hopefully the information will act as a reference point for you if it is ever needed in the future.


Coaching Congratulations

Congratulations to coaches Shaun McKenzie and Jamie Hawkes who have completed their FA Level 1 and FA Level 2 coaching badges respectively. This brings the number of Stonnall Juniors FC qualified coaches to five across our three teams.


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McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme

Many thanks to the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme. Our new group of young players in the Sporting Stonnall team received their kit this week 🙂

New kit

The McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme is a four year programme, providing thousands of kits each season, demonstrating McDonald’s commitment to supporting Community Football. Kit is supplied to recognise clubs who have the FA Charter Standard accreditation.