To all Club and League Chairs, Secretaries and
Manchester County FA Registered Match Officials
Friday 17 October 2014
Subject – ‘Manchester Remembers’ - Remembrance Weekend 8 & 9 November 2014 &
The FA’s Football Remembers Project
Dear Grassroots Football in Greater Manchester,
This year marks the start of the national commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.
Football will be playing its part in these national commemorations through the ‘Football Remembers’ project.
Here at Manchester County FA we are asking all our Leagues, Clubs and our registered Referees to play their part. On the weekend of 8 and 9 November we would ask that all Leagues and Clubs observe a two minute silence whether that be before their game or actually at 11am. As this marks the centenary, I have been approached as CEO of Manchester County FA by many grassroots clubs, coaches and volunteers who have requested that I ask Clubs and Leagues to distribute this letter and for everyone to try as much as possible (noting pitch availability) to observe a two minute silence at 11am. This may require the following:
1.) On Sunday a change in a scheduled kick-off time. Perhaps 11.05am or a 10.10am or 10.15am kick-off allowing for half-time opportunity to remember those that have fallen for their country.
2.) With the approval (prior to the match starting) of both teams and the match official stopping the match part way through to observe the 2 minute silence. Just consider how strong the remembrance message would be from Grassroots in Greater Manchester if we can do this.
Every one of our Manchester County FA team will be at one of 20 selected fixtures on Sunday 9 November to join you in the tributes and in addition, we are working closely with the Royal British Legion to bring a local war hero to these games to be central to the commemorations and the Respect handshake.
We are also taking the opportunity on this weekend to ask Clubs to collect donations for any one of the following charities. All Referees have been offered the option to also donate part of their match fee back to your Club collections, you can then submit directly to any of the following two charities:
1.) Help For Heroes: Registered Charity 1120920; http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/
2.) Royal British Legion; Reg. Charity 219279; http://counties.britishlegion.org.uk/counties/greater-manchester
Football Remembers will continue and The FA will also be coordinating a week of commemoration between 6 and 15 December in which we want everyone playing the game at any level to play a part. At matches that take place during this week we would like clubs/leagues to arrange for a joint team photo to be taken at the start of the match.
Over the next few weeks Manchester County FA will be promoting ‘Manchester Remembers’. I would be grateful if you can confirm your Club/League’s support so that we can acknowledge you in our communications and media.
Now is the time for you all to play your part. I ask that everyone does as much as they can to find a way to support this worthwhile cause, ‘Manchester Remembers’.
Chief Executive Officer
ECCLES SUNDAY LEAGUE double winners, in the Manchester FA Sunday Competitions
Following on from the league’s previous successes in 1992 with De La Salle (Shield) and Boathouse (Cup) and in 2002 Catholic Club (Shield) and De La Salle (Cup).
This season saw CHARLESTOWN CYC lift the MFA Sunday Shield with an emphatic 4-1 win over Rifle Range from the Oldham Sunday League. After going 1nil down, Charlestown came back strongly with 4 goals without reply.
G.C.J.T., also took on Oldham League opponents Middleton Colts, and again went 1nil down in the early stages before scoring 3 times. Middleton scored again in the second half to reduce the arrears, however GCJT held on to win 3-2.
With heavy rain and snow causing widespread fixture disruption across the country this winter, many in the grassroots football community have suffered the frustration that has become an all-too-familiar feeling at this time of the season.
Summer football – March to November…….
From March to June and August to November matches are mandatory, while during July, when most families take their holidays, games are played subject to availability of coaches and players with a one week postponement request implicated.
1. To increase participation
2. To create an attractive modern game
3. To improve coach education and development
4. To create a vibrant volunteer workforce
5. To develop club and school football
6. To produce more talented young players
Bad weather means bad pitches, which means more cancelled games and for young footballers in particular, poorer conditions in which to develop their skills. “It’s a no brainer… lush grass, warm conditions. These are the conditions where kids and young adults will learn the basics, enhance their skills and enjoy themselves.“The alternative, players out all wrapped up, cold, dark, wet and matches called off because the pitches are flooded.”