Grassroots football update

We have received an update today from The Football Association on grassroots football in advance of step two of the Government’s roadmap.The Government has confirmed that on Monday 12 April we will enter step two of the roadmap and so the FA’s guidance has therefore been updated to reflect the changes to national restrictions. The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, use of changing rooms and outdoor hospitality.Please note this updated guidance comes into effect on Monday 12 April and until then all participants should follow The FA’s guidance for step one, apart from the updated position on spectators which the Government confirmed yesterday and is effective immediately.You can find full details on the updated guidance from the FA here: https://www.thefa.com/…/grassroots-football-update-step…

We’re back!

We are delighted that Grassroots football has now re-started – again! – with both development and competitive games extending into May and in some cases June, after a very disrupted season! Whilst we are unable to hold ‘home’ games due to shared facilities, everyone is working hard to find alternative solutions for all ages, including our popular All Stars sessions for our youngest players. Coaches will keep individual teams updated as information becomes available and please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for details regarding All Stars and anything further. You can reach us by email for all general queries on info@grayshottfc.co.uk.

Grassroots football returns…

We are very happy to confirm after the lifting of lockdown #2 in England and the re-introduction of tier systems, grassroots football can re-start from today! Please find details of the revised guidelines from the FA here. Revised guidelines based around the Tier alert levels for your area can also be found here.

The FA and associated leagues have been working hard to re-schedule matches and some of our teams will begin playing again from this coming weekend. Our club has carried out detailed risk assessments and all coaches and committee members have access to all these documents which they will be very happy to provide in full, upon request. However, we would like to highlight the main measures in place at Grayshott Youth Football Club for both training sessions and matches here.  

All measures put in place follow guidelines we have been given and primarily are to protect all players, coaches, parents & guardians, members, spectators and visitors to keep them as safe as possible. We kindly ask for everyone’s support in helping us all adhere to these measures which will also help to ensure football can continue for as long as possible. Other clubs may have slightly different measures in place specific to their venue and we ask that these are also respectfully followed.

Thank you for your continued support and let’s hope football can continue for the rest of the season with minimal further disruption!

Club Vacancy – Chair Person

We are currently seeking a passionate and enthusiastic new Chair for our lovely football club and would love to hear from anyone in the local community who might be interested in complementing our great team of volunteers.

We are looking for someone – or a couple of people to Chair and Vice-Chair – to provide leadership and direction but also to bring new ideas and opportunities as the club strives in its efforts to provide enjoyment and development opportunities for the children. Many on the committee have been involved for several years now, so we are keen to engage support for the next generation of players in Grayshott Youth Football Club and for them to become part of it’s future.

We do hope there is someone out there willing and able to join us soon! For more details please contact info@grayshottfc.co.uk. Thank you!

Grayshott Youth Football Club awarded funding to revamp football facilities

People living in the Grayshott area are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities as Grayshott Youth Football Club have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade two sets of goal posts.

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.

Grassroots football matches and training cannot take place at the moment due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will only restart when it is safe to do so following government advice but this funding is great news for local football in the meantime.

Grayshott Football Club has worked with the Football Foundation and the Hampshire FA to secure a grant of £2,160 towards this project, which will hugely benefit many children across several age groups both now and in the future, providing significant improvement to our facilities.

Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being.  That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country.  It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Grayshott Football Club’s efforts of providing grassroots football in the local community.

“Working with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – we will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade.  We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal.”

U7’s Debut

A huge well done to all our new U7’s and their coach last weekend who played their first ever match against Bourne Blade Hawks. We love the drawing from one of our player’s (below) with their own personal insight of the match, it looks excellent fun! We are currently looking for more players to join the team so if you are interested please get in touch by emailing info@grayshottfc.co.uk. Good luck for the rest of the season Phoenix!

All Stars fun

It was great to see so many children having so much fun at our free taster session last Saturday and we are pleased to offer another one this coming Saturday on 26th September. This is a great introduction to football for all girls and boys between 4-6 years, with the emphasis on enjoyment and having fun! If you are interested, just turn up on the day at Grayshott Recreation ground between 11am and 12pm. Hope to see you there!

Inviting new sponsors

We are gearing up for the long anticipated start to the season and looking for some generous local companies willing to sponsor our teams this season. Sponsorship is a vital and hugely beneficial contribution to the running of our club and helps fund team kits and equipment for the children. We have a few teams in need of a sponsor this season along too with our All Stars sessions, which provide our youngest budding footballers a fun and friendly introduction to the beautiful game! Our teams play in the North East Hants and Surrey leagues. If anyone is interested or can help in any way, we would be very grateful and would love to hear from you! THANK YOU!

We need new players

We’d love to hear from all boys and girls wishing to play football next season 2020/2021. We currently have availability in a few squads, particularly U10’s and U15’s. If interested, please contact us by email info@grayshottfc.co.uk and we can provide more details. Look forward to hearing from you!