Woodham Radars Football Club was established in 1972 to provide football to South Woodham Ferrers and surrounding areas. We are a non-profit, membership based organisation with an active Committee developing the club for the benefits of our members.
As one of a select few to achieve the FA’s top accreditation as a community charter standard football club, we are committed to providing a friendly and fun environment for children to learn and develop their football skills. Our ethos is one of fair play and respect for others and they are considered of equal importance.
“To be the football club of choice in South Woodham Ferrers, providing the best facilities and highest standards of football education in a friendly, fun environment for all of our players and members and to have a positive impact within our community”
- To encourage and facilitate the playing of football at all levels.
- To provide continuous development opportunities for our players, coaches and volunteers.
- To develop a Club culture based on respect, best practice, safety and fair play.
- To encourage parents to participate in the running of the club for the benefit of the players, Club and community.
To deliver this, it is important that our ethos is shared and demonstrated by our coaches, team managers, assistants, players, parents or carers and the Committee
Our ethos is the starting point for the creation of a culture of player development that leads to winning teams.
It is a statement about the identity and character of Woodham Radars and outlines our fundamental and distinctive characteristics both on and off the pitch, our values and standards of behaviour and the things we believe are crucial to our Club.
It is an opportunity to celebrate the pride in being part of our football club and to help create new perceptions of what it means to be a Woodham Radars player and Club member.
By communicating what we do and why, we hope to provide clarity and create relationships with all those involved in the development of our Club and of our players at every level.
There is a commitment and determination to continue to improve each aspect of our ethos, although the core values and principles will not change, the methods and ways of working will be continually updated and refined to reflect new ideas and inputs.
Collaboration is a core value of our ethos and we want all those involved in the development of our Club and players to contribute their ideas, feedback and ways forward to help us shape a successful future.
Our ethos is about being fair and inclusive but competitive and consists of 5 core elements:
- Who Woodham Radars are
- How Woodham Radars play
- How Woodham Radars coach
- How Woodham Radars support
- How are Woodham Radars run
It is an absolute commitment of the club that no child is ever excluded the opportunity of playing football for reasons of gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation or perceived ability as a footballer.
Our players match play journeys start from the age of 6 with mini soccer rules. Under 7’s and 8’s play 5 v 5 football, Under 9 & 10’s play 7 v 7, then 9 v 9 at Under 11 & 12, finally progressing to 11 v 11 sided football from Under 13 onwards. Each step up from 5 V 5 through to 11 v 11 requires different team sizes so we need to ensure we develop and grow the teams we have at Woodham Radars Football Club to make sure our players continue their journey and enjoy the experience whilst developing their potential. The basis for the team development first and foremost is an understanding that children want to have fun and play with their friends and although we monitor the range of ability through the squad, the development and enjoyment of the players is the centre of this process.
We strongly believe that football is a game to be played and enjoyed by everyone, and our success is measured not by the trophies we win, but by the number of children who choose to play for and remain at the Club throughout their childhood and into the senior game.
This is notwithstanding children whose natural progression may take them to higher levels of the game.
We have a clear playing philosophy based on:
- A possession based approach
- Playing through the three thirds of the pitch
- Quality of passing, intelligent movement and support off the ball
- Penetrative/incisive attacking play
- Counter attacking and transition
- All players getting equal game time throughout the season
We expect our players to:
- Show respect towards opponents, referees, team officials and supporters.
- Play as a team and work hard for each other
- Show good sportsmanship at all times
We expect our Team managers to:
- Treat everyone equally
- Place the wellbeing and safety of players above all other considerations.
- Develop working relationships with players based on mutual trust and respect
- Ensure that all players get a fair chance to play, in line with our “Playing Time Guidelines”
As a Club, we expect all our players to want to improve and develop their game, our managers and coaches, with the support and help of parents, commit to the development and enjoyment of football for every child. In general, our coaching sessions are available only to club members, from time to time we will allow potential club members to join coaching sessions for 2-3 weeks or via open trials days.
We may supplement our volunteer workforce with contracted coaching appointments. These appointments are funded by the Club and focused on specific skill development for U6 through to U18.
Teams are naturally made up of players of different abilities and attributes, the measure of developmental progress and the measure of enjoyment for one player may not be the same as for another.
The Club recognises development and progress rates will be different for different players, our coaching aims to produce technically excellent and innovative players with exceptional decision-making skills; allowing players to develop to be the best they can be.
All children, regardless of ability, will be eligible to join the club, where squad size allows, even if there is a perceived ability gap. Some children may need to develop confidence, be new to the game, or have health issues. Some children may be content to just train with a team, and not play matches until they feel confident enough. We want to help keep players in love with the game as a priority and will always do our best to accommodate players within a team.
Part of Woodham Radars Football Clubs ethos is there is no need to change the teams players are in within our system to develop ability. Retaining team structure whilst developing a team ethos throughout our teams will help in moving between 5, 7, 9 and 11 a side football. Managers and Coaches that have completed their coaching badges will be able to identify and manage differentiation within their teams meaning all players progress, play and develop together.
To help us along the footballing journey we have group coordinators associated with each game size (5v5, 7v7, 9v9 & 11v11). It is the group coordinator’s role to ensure that the coaches carry out the team development fairly and openly. His or her role is critical in the early years at the club, as individual managers and even parents may have other priorities. The interests of the children are paramount and should be the basis of all our decisions.
We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills.
Winning isn’t everything.
We expect all our supporters to adhere to the following Respect Code of Conduct for Spectators, Parents & Carers
- Remember that children play for FUN
- Applaud effort and good play as well as success
- Always respect the match officials’ decisions
- Remain outside the field of play behind the respect line/barrier
- Let the team manager do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
- Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials
- Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning
- Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour
It’s important to understand the FA, the Leagues and our clubs expectations because the following actions may be taken by the club, the League, the County FA or The FA.
You may be:
- Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official
- Required to meet with the Club, League or County FA Welfare Officer
- Required to meet with the Club Committee
- Obliged to undertake an FA education course
- Obliged to leave the match venue by the Club
- Requested by the Club not to attend future games
- Suspended or have your club membership removed
- Required to leave the Club along with any children playing for the Club.
- The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against our club
There are times on match days when team managers need support in setting up pitches, goalposts and corner flags. We really appreciate any help provided. On match days, any assistance is at the discretion of and under the direct supervision of the team manager.
The Club is run by a Committee, which is elected at its AGM, the Club Committee is responsible for:
- The administration of the Club.
- The development of the Club in line with its Ethos, Vision & Objectives.
- The periodic review and adherence to the Club’s Welfare and Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, Codes of Conduct and the coordination of the Club’s Volunteers and for Schools Liaison.
- Ensuring that, at all times, the Club has in place appropriate Public Liability Insurance in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Football Association.
- Ensuring continuity of Management Committee appointments
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in July of each year, the purpose is to:
- Receive the reports from the Officers of the Club over the previous years
- Elect or re-elect the following officers of the Club: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Child Welfare Officer, Team Managers & any other required officers of the club
- Table proposals for the forthcoming season and changes to the overall development plan, including budgeting & funding requirements.
- Club membership & team recruitment
- Status of kit order & distribution
- FA affiliation, insurance and League Membership
- Financial review, to receive a written statement of the Club’s finances over the previous year ended 31st Ma
- Approve revisions to the overall development plan