December 2015

Hi All

It is hard to believe Christmas is only a few weeks ago and we are nearly half way through the season already.    

The first bit of great news for the season is our new U11 girl’s team has finally come together and nearly 20 age 10/11 year old girls are enjoying training on a Wednesday evening with Matt and Samantha when she is available.   So thrilled another age group has begun and that there is a big demand for a girls to be part of a team. In the words of Dell Boy, this time next year, we might not be millionaires but we hope to fulfil yet another girl’s age group.

Our Vice Chairman has just completed and passed his Level 2 Football Coaching qualification so a big well done to Matt Nash. Also congratulations to Charlie Fricker and Paul Barnes on passing their Level 1 last month. Great new additions to the Club and their teams. Matt Rakes is doing his Level 1 in February so good luck to him and Martin Kerton will be starting his Level 2 then also. Great coaching continues at the Club.

We have been lucky with the weather not having disrupted many fixtures as of yet and long may it continue.   Everyone is now using the new carpark and utilising the tea hut when it is open which is fantastic. However, please do be mindful of other games taking place on match day and park in a sensible manner to allow everyone to leave safely with as little disruption as possible.  

The gate between the Cricket Club and the playing ground will be opened by the first manager at the ground on training and match day and will be locked immediately after. It is our responsibility to ensure everything is all locked up so if there is children playing on the pitches that are not part of our club we do need to ask them to leave to enable us to lock up securely if everyone else has left.   The last thing we want is children locked in who then try to climb a fence to get out and injure themselves.

Our Facebook pages are regularly updated so do take a look. We have one for Youth, Girls and U18 plus there is one for Player Forum which you can post on if you want to start a discussion. Please do remember to use them correctly and not by putting unnecessary comments on. Feel free to post photos etc you have taken if you think they would be of interest to everyone (Purnell Football ones, not your holiday snaps!!) If you can, please like the Midsomer Norton and District Youth Football League page also.

Our first player Youth committee met for the first time this season on Sunday 11 October 6.30pm at Paulton Rovers and many ideas were discussed. If your Son or Daughter would be keen to join our award winning player committee please email or call Claire and let her know. Her contact details are at the end of this letter. It is a great chance and opportunity to have your say and that of your fellow team mates in a very informal get together. We always welcome new players and would really like to have members from every team from U8 through to U18. The next meeting is planned for one of the following Sunday evenings, 10 th , 17 th or 24 th January and will be decided shortly. We already have one member on the Somerset FA Youth Council which is wonderful and a great feedback from the FA on all we do. Please do have a chat with your child and see if they would like to be involved and have their say in how the club runs.

We are hosting Goalkeeper training once every month for all our team goalies.   Dates are shown in the diary dates below.   It is free to those goalkeepers that attend. The next one now is February. Unfortunately November date was cancelled due to the weather.

Our website is constantly updated and we hope you use it to check out things so please do take a look. .   Please feel free to send Claire anything you wish to add ie: - pictures, news, photos etc and she will be able to add them on.

Boot Swap – Please feel free to donate or swap your old boots. You will find a tub in the container at the club where you can leave or swap boots or shin pads. There is more boots added and we would really like people to take advantage of this. As we all know, boots are grown out of very quickly so most are hardly worn so to give someone else the chance to use them, why not pop them in the tub. Ask your child’s manager if you want to have a look. Don’t feel you have to donate to grab a pair, you are more than welcome to help yourself.

Any items of clothing can be ordered direct from Wellingtons -01761 410042, at Great Mills Trading Estate, as you turn in it is directly on your left.   From here you can order jackets, hoodies etc but there is a minimum order of 6 so your details will be taken and added to this list. This may mean there will be a delay in getting items as not all are kept in stock.

With Christmas fast approaching once again this is the simplest way of helping raise money for the club with a click of the fingers and it doesn’t cost you a penny. You all use the internet to do online shopping I expect so if you can go through that would be fantastic.   It is so easy to do by setting up as a user with Purnell Sports Youth Football as the cause. You can also set up an account for your own company, school, charity etc by using our referral link: - .

Not much to report/comment except the usual:-

1)       For every parent that volunteers and commits, the £25 they earn will help towards their childs Astroturf fees. All you will have to do, is spend a morning in Bath with other club members having a laugh, watching the race and be provided with a free lunch!!For every parent that volunteers and commits, the £25 they earn will help towards their childs Astroturf fees. All you will have to do, is spend a morning in Bath with other club members having a laugh, watching the race and be provided with a free lunch!! For the mini soccer teams you must not post scores or you risk being fined if discovered. Also for Mini Soccer a parent/guardian has to be present at all times during training/matches and not just dump and go. This is FA regulations.

2)       It is also a requirement that you must refrain from using photographs and full names of either your own team or opposition players names on Facebook, twitter, in the paper or on any other social network site without gaining permission from their parent or team manager so please do abide by this rule.

3)       The most important piece of information that we ask you all to remember is that all our Managers/Coaches/Committee are volunteers and give up their time freely to give all our children the opportunity to play football, make friends in a safe environment.  Each team Manager will select their team as they see fit and the reasons should be explained to you at the start of each season. Some teams have large numbers so team selection is made harder. Unfortunately when we get to Youth Football, Leagues become very competitive so decisions made will not always please everyone. You MUST speak to your manager if you have any concerns and between you a solution can be met. Please do acknowledge receipt of any team message saving the Manager valuable time chasing to see if your son/daughter is available to play etc

4)       RESPECT – At every home Purnells match any spectator, home or away, must stand behind the designated respect line which is laid out before the match. Managers and their coaching team will be stood at the other side of the pitch. Under no circumstances should anyone be stood behind the goals or alongside the Management team. You will be asked to move back to the correct place!!!! The referee will not let the match commence until everyone is where they should be.  

5)       All our coaches qualifications are kept updated so please be assured each member of the coaching team is fully qualified and all have completed the CRB checks needed. If anyone is keen to join our team there are certain forms to complete for Child Welfare purposes but please do not let this put you off helping as this is essential for the care and wellbeing of all our children. With immediate effect, any new volunteers wishing to help their child’s age group will not be able to start helping until they have met with Claire, completed the relevant forms and completed a CRC check. Once this CRC disclosure has been received by the applicant, the information will be added to the FA site and only when it is recognised on their system as accepted can you start assisting that team. This is a new rule by the FA and one which we at Purnells will follow.  

6)       Can you also please ensure you use black tape to match our regulation club colour black socks if you need to wear it following FA ruling.  

7)       If anyone has any concerns about their team, please do speak to your team manager first and foremost. Only then if you do not get the help or answer you needed or if your concern is of a Welfare issue, please do contact Claire, our Child Welfare Officer, on the number below and she will be more than happy to assist you.  

8)       Please do refrain from sideline coaching as this distracts the players and at times makes it impossible for players to hear manager’s instructions.  

9)       All our players must wear shin pads and everyone needs to bring a drink to training and matches.  

10)    One last important reminder, when at the club can you please make sure your children do not swing on our new goal posts, we don’t want any  accidents or have to purchase new ones.

Below are the links for all teams on Fulltime. You can check your fixtures, results and any other information you may need :-

omerset Girls League – U15 Girls – then click on your age group

Midsomer Norton & District League – U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 – then click on your age group

Mid Wilts League – U16 – then click on your age group

Wilts Girls League – U17 Girls – then click on your age group

Somerset U18 League – U18


Saturday 13 Feb 2016    Goalkeeper Training    Purnell Sports Club   9am – 10.30am

Saturday 12 Mar 2016    Goalkeeper Training    Purnell Sports Club   9am – 10.30am

Friday 6   May 2016          Presentation                Paulton Rovers          from 6.30pm

Sunday 3   Jul 2016          AGM – All Welcome       Paulton Rovers          6.30pm                

Sunday 4   Sept 2016       Tournament                  Purnell Sports Club   8.30am onwards


  CHAIRMAN                        DAVE HAYWARD

                                       07872 307945


SECRETARY/CHILD WELFARE OFFICER                            CLAIRE BURTON                                                                                                                       07518 034988


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24.06 | 14:10

Hi Can you please email me on and I can chat with you. Kind regards. Claire

24.06 | 12:41

can my son charley childs join a purnells u16 team however hes autistic

09.05 | 22:19

Hiya was wondering how i would go about my son joining the under 12s football team please

06.05 | 10:17

HI Charlie. We have from 5-16 plus girls. If you would like to email me on with your childs details etc I can give you the correct info

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