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Potential funding from Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund to help with winter training

Stonnall Juniors FC players - Sept. 2015

Stonnall Juniors FC players – Sept. 2015

As a Charter Standard club in its third year, Staffordshire FA have agreed that Stonnall Juniors Football Club should be put forward to the Football Foundation as being eligible for a Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund grant. This is done to help grassroots football clubs with participation and to help with costs. After considering what may best help a club like ours, there is a grant available to help with portable floodlights.

As a club, our biggest outlay is winter training and for our under 11s teams, this means midweek training at locations such as Perry Barr. The winter locations are driven not by locality, but by price and availability and Perry Barr was the best of a bad bunch of options last year. This has issues for those children in and around Stonnall as it is a relatively long journey on a school night and a significant number of them train far less through the winter as a result.

IMG-20160802-01138bSecuring this funding would enable the children to train at Stonnall Playing Fields during the winter. The main considerations are (a) the need to be considerate to residents’ properties and (b) careful management of the field to ensure that one area is not worn out in the winter months. We’ve listened to advice from Staffs FA and had a demonstration of a product from their preferred supplier. The suggested portable lights have no backlight and are highly portable – on the photograph you will see some yellow bags. The lights are designed to fold away so that they can be set up and taken away each training session. The lights are battery-driven, meaning that there is no generator noise.
We are proposing that our existing midweek training on Tuesday evenings at Stonnall could continue during the winter with these portable lights. Before we can accept any grant which is offered, we need to ensure that the residents of Stonnall are amenable with the idea. The portable floodlights are similar to those already used by Clare Agg at her fitness class on the field last winter. Looking forwards, we have discussed with Clare the possibility of her fitness class also using them on a Tuesday so that more people in the village benefit from their use.
benefits of sport for children
Money for juniors sports is extremely tight, so any help we can get to cut our winter training costs would help us immensely. We are currently struggling as a nation with childhood (and adult) obesity and sporting activities are a major step towards addressing this. We are also enjoying sporting success at the Olympics. These athletes must come from somewhere though, and we should do all we can to afford the younger generation sporting opportunities such as this one. Anything less would be remiss of us.
Update: 19 Aug 2016 – we received approval today for a grant of £1,200 from the Football Foundation and we are currently discussing proposed use of the portable lights with the Stonnall & Lynn Playing Fields Association.

Sixfest music festival

Players and parents enjoying a great time at Sixfest music festival in aid of Breast of Friends, John Taylor hospice and Stonnall Juniors FC.
It was a great night of fun and laughter had by everyone, live music sat round a fire pit with friends (and a beer, or glass of Sharon’s Proseco!) socialising at its best.
Thanks folks for your support
20150905 Sixfest

Presentation Evening 2015

Hi all Parents & Players of Stonnall Juniors,
Our first annual player presentations evening was a fantastic occasion backed by equal support. As I said last night, this time last year there were two lads kicking a ball on a playing field, today that number is 34 players and that field is now the home of Stonnall Juniors FC. All of you have made this possible. On behalf of myself and SJFC committee, thankyou and here’s to many more social occasions.


Stonnall Phoenix U11s

Stonnall Phoenix U11s

Stonnall Stars U9s

Stonnall Stars U9s

Sporting Stonnall U9s

Sporting Stonnall U9s

Stonnall Phoenix U11s

Stonnall Phoenix U11s

Thankyou to Captured HQ from Stonnall Under 9s

Captured logo - White
Many thanks to everyone at Captured HQ for the goodie bag for the Stonnall Under 9s teams 🙂
Captured logo - White

What is Captured?
In a rapidly changing world where the desire to learn and improve has never been stronger, but education is becoming unstructured and disrupted by the internet, Captured is pioneering the philosophy of shared learning. We help teachers/coaches/managers to empower their learners to take ownership of their own development with a unique and engaging set of tools within a web and mobile platform. The founder of Captured, Sir Clive Woodward, pioneered this philosophy and put it into practice with the World Cup winning England Rugby Team, as well as with Team GB during their historic performance at London 2012.

In just 18 months, Captured has already found its place on the centre stage in sport, being used by world leading athletes and coaches, and partnering with sports organisational giants such as The FA, PGA and the International Olympic Committee. More recently, the corporate and education marketplace has come into focus, working with M&S, Sainsbury’s and various schools, proving Captured is a development tool set to revolutionise the way we learn in sport, business and education.

Hat-trick hero

Stonnall Stars U9s – Congratulations to our hotshot number 9 for bagging the first hat-trick in SJFC history (and two in the subsequent match!). Match-ball below.


The whole of the Stonnall Stars U9s team deserve congratulating as three of the five goals came from a forward pass from a team-mate, something the team have been working on in recent linked sessions. Taking what’s learnt at training into the matches is a fantastic achievement. Well done!