Junior Teams

Liversedge FC Juniors were formerly Cleckheaton Sporting Juniors and were founded in 2004. In 2020 we took the opportunity to merge with Liversedge FC. The club is run entirely by volunteers and is Charter Standard registered with West Riding County FA. We welcome children from 4 years old and teach them to be part of a team, meet new friends and to play football with a smile. 

Liversedge FC Juniors currently have seven teams and a development squad, with ages ranging between 4 years and 14 years. All teams play in the Huddersfield Junior League, and within the coming months and years Liversedge and Juniors plan to push forward to grow a true community club with Liversedge; all in the vision of hopefully allowing junior teams to feed through to the first team.

Liversedge FC Juniors play games and train at Spen Valley High School, as well as Moorend Recreation Ground and Mann Dam park in Cleckheaton.  All coaching is provided from a minimum F. A Level 1 standard coaching and teaching. With such promise and local ties, the future looks bright and as a club, they look forward to welcoming all mums, dads, and of course the young, up and coming footballers.

The club are always looking for young enthusiastic players and coaches interested in joining this fantastic venture and growing a true community through the love of football. 

If you are interested please contact the Club. Email: liversedgejuniors@gmail.com  Tel: 01274 875958.

Coaches for 2022/2023 season: Nev Harris & Anthony Thompson, U17s. Matthew Greenwood, U14s. Caroline Brown, U11s. Dan Fearn, U8s & U9s.

Junior Committee members: Paul Myers, Chair of Juniors. Alison Parkinson, Secretary. Caroline Brown, Head Coach/Vice Chair. Martyn Booker, Treasurer. Lucie Yardley-Fear, Welfare Officer.

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JUNIORS CLUB INFO

Any new player that joins the club will need to pay subscriptions each month to the club to become club members. They will then be covered by the club’s insurance.

For new Players there is a settling in period of two weeks with no subs required.

Week 3 requires a membership/joining fee of £30. This fee goes towards the cost of the players training top and match kit. The following month the first subscription fee is due. Following this, the player will be eligible to play team games and be covered by the club’s insurance. Insurance is paid to the West Riding County FA along with the affiliation fee each year.

Subscriptions for all players will be set on an annual basis and are payable all year round.

Any player who does not pay their subscriptions shall not be eligible to play for the club until the amount has been paid. However, individual team managers shall be given the power to alter this rule in the case of financial hardship or other circumstances. Subject to the committee’s approval.

Subscription fees for players are £15 per month. There is also an annual signing fee of £5, which also goes towards affiliation costs and the players training tops.

Statement of Intent

Liversedge Juniors F.C. is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our members so they can participate in football in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our club. If bullying does occur, all club members or parents should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING club. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the club welfare officer or any committee member. 

What is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of aggression to hurt another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. 

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional: being unfriendly, excluding (emotionally and physically) sending hurtful text messages, tormenting, (e.g. hiding football boots/shin guards, threatening gestures).
  • Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence.
  • Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
  • Sexual: unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobic: because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality.
  • Verbal: name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing. 

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Individuals who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. This club has a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy 

All club members, coaches, officials and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.

All, club members, officials and coaching staff should know what the club policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.

All players and parents should know what the club policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.

As a club, we take bullying seriously. Players and parents should be assured that they would be supported when bullying is reported.

Bullying will not be tolerated. 

Signs and Indicators 

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • says he or she is being bullied
  • is unwilling to go to club sessions
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • feels ill before training sessions
  • comes home with clothes torn or training equipment damaged
  • has possessions go “missing”
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay the bully)
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • is frightened to say what’s wrong
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above

In more extreme cases

  • starts stammering
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • stops eating
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away

These signs and behaviours may indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated. 

Procedures 

Report bullying incidents to the club welfare officer or a member of the club’s committee or contact the CFA CPO.

In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be referred to the CFA CPO for advice and possibly to the FA Case Management System. Parents should be informed and will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss the problem. If necessary and appropriate, the police will be consulted.

The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour. If mediation fails and the bullying is seen to continue the club will initiate disciplinary action under the club constitution.

If the club decides it is appropriate for them to deal with the situation then we will follow the procedure outlined below.

  • Reconciliation by getting the parties together. It may be that a genuine apology solves the problem.
  • If this fails/not appropriate a small panel (Made up from chairman, Club Welfare Officer, Secretary, committee members) will meet with the parent and child alleging bullying to get details of the allegation. Minutes will be taken for clarity, which should be agreed by all as a true account.
  • The same 3 persons should meet with the alleged bully and parent/s and put the incident raised to them to answer and give their view of the allegation. Minutes shall again be taken and agreed.
  • If bullying has, in their view, taken place the individual should be warned and put on notice of further action. I.e. To issue a one-match ban of the player. The player will be placed on a one-month good behaviour probationary period.
  • Reviewed at the following monthly meeting.
  • To exclude from the club.

In some cases, the parent of the bully or bullied player can be asked to attend training sessions, if they can do so and if appropriate. The club committee should monitor the situation for a given period to ensure the bullying is not being repeated. All coaches involved with both individuals should be made aware of the concerns and outcome of the process i.e. the warning.

In the case of adults reported to be bullying anyone within the club Under 18:

The CFA CPO should always be informed and will advise on action to be taken.

It is anticipated that in most cases where the allegation is made regarding a team manager, official or coach, The FA’s Child Protection and Best Practice Awareness Training is recommended.

More serious cases may be referred to the police, social services or judicial complaints.

Liversedge Juniors F.C. Child Protection.

The F.A introduced the requirement that all junior football clubs must have a Child Welfare Officer and a Child Protection Policy in place from 1st September 2000.

As a result of this directive, Liversedge FC Juniors have their own Child Welfare Officer, Lucie Fear, who is available to listen to the concerns or worries of any child or adult involved with the club, concerning child protection issues.

Child abuse takes many forms and can be inflicted on the child by a parent/guardian, other family members, friend or stranger. The abuse may be intentional or occur as a result of failure to provide adequate care and protection.

Liversedge FC Juniors intend to do their best in providing a safe environment for the player at both matches and training sessions.

  • All players and parents/guardians will be aware of the location and times of training sessions and be given a fixture list for all matches.
  • Team manager(s) will have available, in confidence, information about a child’s medical condition and any necessary medication they may need.
  • Children will be supervised by the manager(s) and authorised assistants at training sessions and matches.
  • Children will be encouraged to behave responsibly and safely.
  • The training will take into consideration the child’s ability and potential, and not excessively exceed their capabilities.
  • The child will be actively encouraged to improve, be given realistic goals to achieve, and will not be exposed to destructive criticism or put under unrealistic pressure to perform to high expectations constantly.

Team manager(s) and other club officials should avoid situations that may allow false accusations to be made:

  • do not spend time alone with children
  • do not travel alone with children
  • do not become involved in rough games
  • do not allow the use of inappropriate language
  • do not ignore any allegations made by any child
  • do not become involved in any sexually provocative games, improper touching of any kind or engage in any suggestive comments.

Any allegations made should be reported to the child protection officer as soon as possible. Any reports of child abuse will be investigated and, if necessary, reported to the relevant authorities.

The local authorities have vetted and approved all our manager(s), trainers and club officials.

Use of Photographs and Videos 

Liversedge FC Juniors recognises the need to ensure the welfare and safety of all young people in sport. By following our child protection policy, we will not permit photographs, video or other images of young people to be taken without the consent of the parent/guardians/carers and children.

Liversedge FC Juniors Football Club will follow the guidelines for the use of photographs set out below which is recommended by the Football Association.

We will:

  • Share The FA’s guidance on taking images with all parents, carers and members when they join the club.
  • Ensure the club has parental consent to use a player’s image if it is to be used in the public domain, e.g.club website or newspaper article.
  • Ensure that any child in our club, who is under care proceedings, is protected by ensuring that their image is not placed in the public domain.
  • Focus on the activity rather than the individual.
  • Ensure all those featured are appropriately dressed.
  • Aim to take pictures which represent the broad range of youngsters participating safely in football e.g. boys and girls, disabled people, ethnic minority communities.

We will not:

  • Publish photographs with the full name(s) of the individual(s) featured unless we have consent to do so and we have informed the parents as to how the image will be used.
  • Use player profiles with pictures and detailed personal information on our website.

Liversedge FC Juniors will take all steps to ensure these images are used solely for the purpose they are intended. If you consent to us using your child’s photo on our website and for publication in the local press please complete players membership form and disclaimer.

COACHES

  1. Coaches will respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person and treat each equally within the context of sport.
  2. Coaches will place the well-being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  3. Coaches will adhere to all guidelines laid down in the rules of the Football Association.
  4. Coaches will develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  5. Coaches will not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  6. Coaches will encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their behaviour and performance.
  7. Coaches will ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  8. Coaches will, at the outset, clarify with the player (and where appropriate, their parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  9. Coaches will consistently display high standards of behavior and appearance.
  10. It is not the responsibility of the coaches to put the nets up every week. The coaches are there for your child’s welfare and this isn’t being done if they are putting the nets up. It is however the coaches responsibility to check the nets before kick-off to ensure they have been erected correctly.
  11. Each coach will provide a fully stocked first-aid kit and hydration for each child who is under their care.

PARENTS

Parents/spectators have a great influence on children’s enjoyment and success in football. All children play football because they, first and foremost, love the game. It’s fun! It is important to remember that, however good a child becomes at football within our club, a positive encouragement will contribute to:

  • Children enjoying football
  • A sense of personal achievement
  • Self-esteem
  • Improvement in the child’s skills and techniques

A parents/spectators expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:

  • Other players
  • Officials
  • Managers
  • Spectators

Ensure that parents/spectators within our club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the children, not just their own.

Encourage parents/spectators to:

  • Applaud the opposition as well as your team.
  • Avoid coaching the children during the game.
  • Refrain from shouting and screaming
  • Respect the referee’s decision.
  • Give attention to each of the children involved in football not just the most talented.
  • Encourage everyone to participate in football.

CHILD PROTECTION RULES

Membership Rule No.1 of the West Riding County Football Association states that all persons connected with a team operating in age-limit football (under 18 years of age) must complete a self-declaration form under the Child Protection policy implemented by the County F.A. 

On completion of the form, the person will be subject to County and police checks, and subsequently issued with a photo identification card and certificate of Child Protection which is valid for 5 years from the date of issue unless withdrawn by the Association.

THIS CARD MUST BE CARRIED AT ALL TIMES AND PRODUCED UPON REQUEST.

Failure to comply with this rule will result in the Club’s affiliation being suspended and a fine of £50 being imposed for each person who has failed to complete the declaration form.

The Football Association’s Regulations on child protection are available on the F.A. website, and are defined in the F.A. Handbook.

To ensure that Liversedge FC Football Club comply with the F.A. Child Protection Policy, every Committee member, non-Committee member, Manager, Coach, or any other adult who may be in a position where they are alone or directly responsible for any child (including access to changing facilities) will be asked to complete a self-declaration form.

A record of all registered persons will be maintained by the club and the County F.A. and is available, as are additional declaration forms, from the Club’s Welfare Officer, Lucie Fear.

CHARTER STANDARD. 

Charter Standard is the Football Association initiative launched by Jamie Redknapp to raise standards, recognize good practice, and reward quality in the junior game. The following items are covered by the scheme:

  • Club Administration
  • Fair Play
  • Child Protection
  • Code of Conduct
  • Coaching

Junior football at its best is two teams enjoying healthy recreation with responsible parents watching. However, as with most things, there is a dark side: unacceptable touchline behaviour, poor health and safety, inadequate supervision, poor coaching etc.

As responsible adults we are the guardians of these children and must be prepared to put in a little time and effort to ensure their well being.

Liversedge Juniors is supporting the FA s Respect program to ensure football can be enjoyed by everyone in safe and positive manner.

  • We aim to improve conduct on the sidelines.
  • Promote positive role models.
  • Keep our kids in the game.

The pushy parent or spectators placing too much presure on our kids and the team is unacceptable behaviour.

  1. R-eferee is the one in charge.
  2. E-ncourage team play.
  3. S-hout but dont criticise.
  4. P-lay fair at all times.
  5. E-njoy the game and have fun.
  6. C-aptains only speak with officals.
  7. T-ry whatever the score might be.

LOSE RESPECT LOSE OUR GAME

LIVERSEDGE:

We train weekly and play home games at Spen Valley High School in Liversedge. 

CLECKHEATON:

We also train and play games at Moor End Recreation Ground and Mann Dam Park in Cleckheaton.

Liversedge FC

Quaker Lane

Liversedge

West Yorkshire

WF15 8DA