Category: Community

COMMUNITY | Club and Trust launch ‘Adopt a School’ programme

More than 2,750 school children from across the area will be able to meet with their footballing heroes as part of a new initiative launched by Yeovil Town F.C. and its charitable arm.

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and Yeovil Town Football Club will partner with ten local primary schools as part of its Adopt-a-School programme which gives them special access to activities including appearances from the club’s first team playing squad.

It kicked off the partnership with a visit from 20 players, including Lee Collins and Carl Dickinson, who handed out ticket vouchers for upcoming matches and specially designed t-shirts.

Club Chairman Scott Priestnall said: “This is another excellent example of how far the Football Club has come in a very short period. The Football Club and Community Sports Trust’s staff and our players have come together with the support of our commercial partners and local schools to bring the enjoyment of football to the younger members of our community and their families. 

 

“I keep beating the drum that engagement within the community is so important in professional sport, to become the hub that gives its community inclusiveness and a real togetherness.  This initiative not only does that but hopefully creates the next generation of glover’s fans or rising sports stars and is something I am really proud to be a part of.

 

“As with the rise of pre-home game participation managed by the Community Sports Trust, I look forward to welcoming more of our younger supporters and their families to be a part of the new era of Yeovil Town FC. Well done to everyone involved.

The programme builds upon the work of the Trust which already works with schools across Somerset and Dorset to deliver fun, safe and enjoyable activities for all people of all ages, abilities and social backgrounds by using the power of sport as well as the profile of Yeovil Town FC to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Trust Manager Sara Bradley said: “The ambition which drives our work is to make a positive difference to the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds across the community which Yeovil Town FC touches.

“This latest initiative will see us strengthen the links the Trust and the Football Club have with young people and those who shape their lives through education and their home lives.”

For the launch of Adopt-a-School, first-team players visited schools including Oaklands Primary School and Fairmead and gave each a signed replica shirt to illustrate the new partnership.

The visits were supported by local firms Jones Building Group, Tamburino Ristorante and Westbury Packaging.

 

Image: Len Copland

COMMUNITY | Club thrilled with impact of Christmas appeal.

Yeovil Town FC would like to thank all the persons and agencies who helped make the recent Christmas appeal such a huge success.

The campaign, which was driven in partnership with the club’s charitable arm, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust aimed to help provide basic foods and comforts to those at need this Christmas.

As well as collecting items for the Lord’s Larder, the campaign received a huge late boost when the Quedam Centre donated a Town Centre unit for four days. This move by the Centre proved to be key as it enabled the campaign to directly distribute donated water bottle and children’s shoes to those in need and provided a platform for it to link in with other groups in the area who could ensure the same items reached other families and homeless persons in need, both before Christmas and at other times of the year.

In total 100 specialised water bottles, several hundred pairs of children’s shoes and an impressive array of groceries will have found their way to those in need.

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The project was driven by one of the club’s new owners Errol Pope who worked closely with Club Padre Jim Pearce and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust Manager Sara Bradley.

The club would like to record it thanks to everyone who has donated so generously to the campaign either via logistics or volunteered time support including, Jones Building Group, Yeovil 4 Family, the Quedam Centre, R&R Entertainments, Howard’s Motor Group, David Coates,  Nick James, Brendon Owen, Sharon Swaine, Sara Bradley, Lewis Winter, Jodie Robinson, Sam Fisher, Louis McCarten, Kirstie Baker and Sarah Woodward.

Particular thanks go to Gail Brooks and Lesley Heron. Gail was a great motivator and was a key organiser for the entire project whilst Lesley donated shoes and gave up her time to come down to the unit to help out on the ground.

COMMUNITY | Glovers team up with Yeovil Walking Football Club

Keen to support all forms of the game at a grassroots level within the local community, Huish Park hosted a walking football showcase during half-time of a Checkatrade Trophy clash with Plymouth Argyle last November, which subsequently saw YWFC’s membership grow.

Now boasting in the region of 50 members, the club enters local tournaments and competes in the Somerset FA league. 

This success has led to the Glovers agreeing to give non-financial support to the town’s only walking football club, which was established five years ago. The newly formed alliance will include various supportive measures such as further opportunities to showcase YWFC at selected YTFC home games.  

Commenting on the new partnership Chairman of YWFC, Stuart Marples, said: “We are delighted and honoured to have closer cooperation with Somerset’s only EFL side.

“We have amongst our members loyal fans and club supporters and by bringing our membership more directly into the Yeovil fold, we feel it helps demonstrate the continued commitment to the local community by both clubs.

“As founder and chairman, I am personally delighted at this significant step and thank all involved for the positive approach taken. We look forward to a great future enjoying the game we love.”

Keen to move forward with the alliance, YTFC’s Chief Operating Officer, David Mills, added: “Walking football is one of the fastest growth areas for football and appeals to a significant number of Yeovil fans and to underline this we have already been contacted by another organisation who is looking to set up a Walking football club in the area.

“We are delighted therefore to help this growth area by working closer with Yeovil Walking Football Club which we hope will enable them to reach a wider audience whilst maintaining their independent status.”

COMMUNITY | Train with Town returns to Huish Park

Huish Park welcomed Pen Mill Vixens, Holcombe Under-9s and 10s, Somerton Under-13s and West and Middle Chinnock Youth Under-11s on Saturday with Sessi D’Almeida, Wes McDonald, James Bailey and Jordan Green hosting training sessions. 

The quartet passed on their skills to the next generation who all got the chance to have photos and collect autographs as well.

Having spent time with the first-team players before the 3pm Sky Bet League Two kick-off, the teams then enjoyed the encounter between the Glovers and the Super White Army. 

Local sides wishing to enjoy the ‘Train with Town’ experience can contact Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust by clicking here, but should be aware of large popularity with a substantial waiting list.

COMMUNITY | Glovers team up with bibic for charity Footballathon!

With all funds going to the Somerset-based charity who support children and young people with disabilities and developmental difficulties, the 3G pitch at YTFC will hold the charity match running from 8am to 8pm in late September.

Children aged nine and above as well as adults are encouraged to take part and enter a team for a registration fee of just £10. 

Prizes will be up for grabs for the winning and highest scoring teams as well as those teams and individuals who raise the most sponsorship! All players will also receive a memento from the day.

The first-team will be making an appearance in the morning to show their support for the charity that makes a difference across the county.

For more information and to register a team, click here.

NEWS | Kick It Out celebrates 25 years

Having started as ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ in 1993, Kick It Out has evolved into an organisation which – working alongside its partners The FA, the Premier League, the English Football League, The Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers Association and the Football Supporters’ Federation, among others – fights ALL forms of discrimination in the game we love. 

Since its inception, Kick It Out has provided a clear, independent voice within the game to challenge discrimination and exclusion, as well as education for professional players, clubs, fans, grassroots organisations and beyond. The organisation also provides mentoring and guidance to help underrepresented groups participate in football and secure opportunities to develop a career in the game.

Kick It Out has established an equality framework for professional clubs, supporting the development of equality practices and policies, and enabled more effective reporting and investigating of complaints of discriminatory abuse through its pioneering reporting app.

However, despite 25 years of progress, hatred, prejudice, abuse and discrimination are still evident in our society and in football.

In the 2018/19 season and beyond we want everyone involved in football to continue to campaign for equality and challenge discrimination, while playing a part in shaping a fair and inclusive future for everyone who loves the game.

But don’t forget to recognize how far we’ve come. Let’s kick racism and discrimination out of football – together.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved in Kick It Out’s 25-year anniversary, contact Robert Brown on Robert@kickitout.org, or keep up to date with the organisation’s work at the following:

Twitter: @kickitout  Facebook: @kickitoutofficial    Instagram: @kickitout  Website: www.kickitout.org

COMMUNITY | Wheelchairs required by DSA

The club have three adult and one child’s wheelchair, all supplied by the DSA to be used by the stewards and medics should a supporter need assistance during the match.

All wheelchairs are fitted with safety belts and equipment to ensure that health and safety regulations are complied with.

The wheelchairs are also available for free hire whilst at the match should a supporter need assistance to and from their car to their seat, for example.

The club also has a dedicated steward, Tracey Wilson, who will assist any disabled supporter upon request.

Supporters wishing to use a wheelchair service are advised to contact the nearest steward on arrival at Huish Park and then return the equipment to the nearest steward after the match. 

Any donated wheelchair will all be gratefully received and much appreciated by any supporter who uses them.

If you can help the DSA, please contact Sharon Swain on 07790 375250.

FANS | Help spruce up Huish Park

With cleaning and maintenance to be taking place in the build-up to the Glovers’ first home league match on the 11th August, the club is looking for fans to volunteer their time from the week commencing 6th August.

Tasks that will need to be covered include:

  • Stadium seat/step cleaning
  • Sign cleaning
  • Pitchside wall repainting
  • Cleaning of advertising boards

Refreshments will be made available throughout the day and all cleaning equipment will be provided by the club’s cleaning staff. 

Any help would be much appreciated with supporters wishing to volunteer kindly asked to email info@ytfc.net to express an interest. 

GALLERY | Spot yourself at our Family Fun Day

With activities for all the family taking place throughout the day, take a look at the gallery of images to see if you can spot yourself! 

On behalf of everyone at YTFC, thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you again during the 2018/19 season. 

#AchieveByUnity

TRAVEL | Roadworks close to Huish Park

Part of Somerset County Council’s Western Corridor scheme, the initial seven-week closure will see traffic unable to head east along Lufton Way in approach to the Preston Road (Asda) roundabout.

Traffic will be diverted along Copse Road, adjacent to Huish Park, which could cause delays when entering and exiting the stadium. 

Fans are advised to allow extra time when traveling to Huish Park. 

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COMMUNITY | YTCST host Football Festivals

As part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, the children enjoyed coaching sessions as well as a tour of the stadium. 

The programme aims to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills with YTCST spending time with local schools to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects. 

After heading to the home of the Glovers, YTCST Manager, Sara Bradley, commented: “As part of our Premier League Primary Stars programme, we have engaged with 324 boys and girls from our partner schools and local primary schools at our Football Festivals over the last two days. 

“We have received nothing but positive praise from the staff and pupils who attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. 

“I would like to thank the club for their help with hosting the events, Darren Way for his incredible support as always and the twelve junior leaders from Buckers Mead Academy.

“Finally, I would like to say a massive thank you to my team of staff who work tirelessly to provide fantastic opportunities for children in our community through events like this and the other programmes that we deliver within our community.” 

To learn more about the work of YTCST, click HERE.

FANS | Town reclaim Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy

Taking part in the annual event in memory of the former fans’ favourite, goals from Ryan Thurgood, Alex Leckenby Stevenson, Robbie Stowell and Kieran Conway helped the Green & Whites take back the trophy after defeat last year. 

With awareness raised during the day for the Adam Stansfield Foundation, those watching on at Ottery St Mary were treated to an entertaining match. 

YTFC would like to thank all who supported the event, with a special thanks to Mike Cairncross for organising the occasion. 

FANS | Adam Stansfield Memorial Match this weekend

Taking place on Sunday 20th May at Ottery St Mary AFC (12 o’clock kick-off), the Glovers will be looking to bounce back from the narrow 4-3 defeat last year. 

The annual fixture is in memory of the former Yeovil and Exeter striker, with the Adam Stansfield Foundation in attendance selling merchandise. 

Entry is free for all with the club bar open for the duration of the afternoon. 

With the first-team’s season done and dusted, fans are encouraged to get behind the Green & Whites in Devon this weekend and help retain the trophy, supporting a great cause and remembering Stanno in the process.

Ottery St Mary AFC: Washbrook Meadows, Butts Rd, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1EL 

FANS | GWSC end of season party

Taking place in the Alec Stock Lounge from 1930, the GWSC will be providing music, karaoke, food and drink to anyone interested in attending. 

Ridlers will also be providing transport for supporters wishing to attend from the Taunton/Ilminster area. 

For those wishing to attend, please contact Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 to register your interest. 

COMMUNITY | Help the DSA raise £3,000

An ambition pursued by Disabled Liaison Officer Bruce James who sadly passed away in December, Mike and the DSA would now like to bring Bruce’s idea to life. 

In order to do so, Mike – who has cerebral palsy – is attempting to swim 40 lengths in an hour-and-a-half. 

The biggest challenge undertaken by Mike to date, the DSA Chairman visited Darren Way and the first-team squad to garner their support in the form of sponsorship. 

You can do the same, by clicking HERE.

The DSA work tirelessly to improve the facilities and matchday experience for disabled supporters and all at YTFC wish Mike the best of luck.

COMMUNITY | YTCST appoints new Chairman

David has been a Director of the Trust since August 2013 and is also Yeovil Town FC’s Supporter Director and Business Development Manager, as well as being a Governor at Yeovil College.

David succeeds Alan Chamberlain who has been the Trust’s Acting Chairman since last summer.

Commenting on his appointment, David said: ‘I would like to thank Alan Chamberlain for his stewardship of the Trust and I sincerely hope to build on the legacy Alan and other past Trust Chairman have created.

“I see clear opportunities for the Trust to expand its work in sporting and educational opportunities for all, irrespective of ability. The Trust has a dedicated team of coaches and staff and my aim is to increase the Trust’s effectiveness by building stronger links with key partner organisations.”

Living in Yeovil, David has long been an advocate for the Town and has previously been Chairman of Yeovil Town Centre Partnership, Yeovil Town Ladies FC, General Manager of the Quedam Shopping Centre and President of Yeovil Chamber of Trade.

All at YTFC wish David all the best in his new role.

COMMUNITY | Join this year’s March for Men

As many of you will know, Prostate Cancer UK is the Official Charity Partner of the EFL. Their ‘Man of Men’ logo sits proudly in the squad numbers of every one of our player’s shirts.

Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Man of Men’ represents everyone who wants to stop prostate cancer being a killer. It’s a badge proudly worn by Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling and his fellow pundits week in week out on Soccer Saturday. 

How can you help? This June, Prostate Cancer UK will again be recruiting an army of walkers across the country after new figures have shown the number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, making prostate cancer the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

To combat these latest stats the charity will be heading to a number of locations, including Bristol, on Sunday 17 June at Blaise Castle Estate. Providing a choice of distances – circa 2k, 5k, or 10k – participants are encouraged to fundraise through sponsorship in their own bid to beat the disease.

Ted Wood, from Warmley in Bristol says: “When I first found out I had prostate cancer I didn’t believe it. I didn’t have any symptoms and I was very active. I put my tiredness down to working long hours. My outlook on life since my diagnosis has definitely changed, I value things more now and I want to help other men.

“I’m planning to take part in Prostate Cancer UK’s Bristol March for Men this year because I want the money raised from the event to go towards a more reliable test to detect prostate cancer.”

If you’re interested in joining a March for Men and putting your best foot forward, then visit Prostate Cancer UK’s website by clicking HERE

COMMUNITY | Town engage with EFL Day of Action

Helping to deliver YTCST’s workshop on Respect as part of the Premier League Primary Stars Programme, first-team duo Francois Zoko and Ryan Dickson spent the afternoon at Preston Primary in Yeovil. 

The programme is aimed at allowing children to identify unacceptable behaviour and its effect on others, develop an understanding of respect and how this can be implemented in daily life and to see situations from other people’s perspective.

Francois and Ryan speak to a student

With work in the community taking place all year round, the EFL Day of Action demonstrates the positive impact football can have in changing young people’s lives.

Commenting on the day EFL Chairman, Ian Lenagan said: 


“Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of Club community trusts.

“Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people.
 
“It is fantastic to see so many managers and players across England and Wales coming out in support of the excellent work being undertaken by their own Club right in the heart of their own community.
 
“There are few sporting organisations that can deliver the scale of innovative and ground breaking activity we do via our network of Clubs across so many important areas, including inclusion, charitable causes, community engagement, education or health.”

COMMUNITY | Players make festive visit to Yeovil Hospital

An annual event, the Jolly Green Giant joined the group who delivered gifts to the patients to try and help make it a Merry Christmas. 

Club captain James Bailey, Tom James, Dan Alfei, Keston Davies, Jordan Green, Jake Gray and Artur Krysiak joined Jolly and Skiverton, spending the afternoon with the children currently at YDH.

Speaking after the festive visit, Skiverton said: “It reiterates to the players that there are people who are not having their ideal Christmas and it’s just nice for the players and the staff to come out and give something back into the community.

It’s important that we do get out in the community and especially with the hospital where we’ve got close links. My three children were born at this hospital so it’s no problem for me to come up here and support them as well.

“The players have sold the club very well so it’s put a little bit of pressure on for the Exeter game this weekend but it’s very good and we’ve just got to make sure that the whole town sticks together.”

Jolly Green Giant visits hospital patients

The club recently collected cuddly toys for the hospital following the #SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy campaign. However, due to a recent outbreak of norovirus at YDH the delivery of cuddly companions was unable to take place.

Following the huge generosity of Yeovil fans who responded fantastically to the campaign, the toys will now be found alternative homes. 

A hospital spokesperson commented on the matter.

“We’re so grateful to the fans and players at Yeovil Town for these generous donations. It’s heart-warming that so many local people have given such personal gifts to put smiles on the faces of our youngest patients this Christmas.

“Because our hospital has been managing an outbreak of the norovirus, which is also circulating in the community, we have to be extra careful about bringing in gifts which could spread the virus amongst patients, visitors and staff. We have therefore agreed with the club that, this year, we will pass these gifts onto local charities to ensure they find a happy home with local children.”

COMMUNITY | Fans help spread some joy with a cuddly toy!

Asked to help #SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy, supporters at Tuesday night’s Emirates FA Cup replay against Port Vale were encouraged to bring along a soft toy as a gesture for the children who will spend the festive period at YDH. 

The response was overwhelming with several hundred cuddly toys handed over to the Jolly Green Giant at half-time, with Port Vale taking a pile back to Stoke-on-Trent for their own hospital visit next week. 

Manager Darren Way and the squad of players will deliver their cuddly toys on Tuesday December 19th during the annual visit, with a further donation being made to St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil. 

Cuddly toy donation

The idea came to light after Yeovil supporters highlighted a similar initiative in a Belgian league match earlier this month

YTFC would like to thank all those who donated a cuddly toy and supported the idea.

COMMUNITY | Bring some joy with a cuddly toy!

Fans highlighted a generous act undertaken by football supporters in Belgium, who threw cuddly toys on the pitch during a match to be given to children with disabilities

The Glovers will now be doing something similar for the Emirates FA Cup second round replay with Port Vale on Tuesday, December 12th (7.45pm). 

Supporters of both Town and the Valiants are welcome and encouraged to bring a cuddly toy which will be collected during the half-time interval. 

All cuddly toys collected will be donated to children at Yeovil District Hospital when the first-team squad make their annual visit later this month. 

People wishing to donate who are unable to attend the fixture can drop off their cuddly toy at Huish Park or post it to the following address:

Yeovil Town Football Club
Huish Park
Lufton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
Ba22 8YF

#SpreadSomeJoyWithACuddlyToy

COMMUNITY | Club trial Partner Schools initiative

Visiting Swanmead Community School in Ilminster to launch the initiative, the middle school became the first official partner of the scheme. 

To kick things off, the first-team trio of Nathan Smith, Connor Smith and Kesto Davies spent time with students at Swanmead, handing out awards, answering questions and signing autographs.

Each Partner School will enjoy benefits such as visits from the first-team, exclusive ticket offers and money can’t buy experiences. 

The scheme will also see the club put back into the community, with direct support for Partner Schools. 

As the initiative develops, the club will be in contact with more local schools.

Volunteers help improve Huish Park

Two sides of the ground have been touched up with non-slip paint to make the stadium easier on the eye and a safer environment for fans on wet days in Somerset.

Bruce James, who was appointed Disabled Liaison Officer (DLO) in April, has taken on the project alongside the Disabled Supporters Association (DSA). 

“The steps were in need of re-painting to maintain their non-slip quality,” he told YTFC.net.

“As the DLO, it’s essential to provide a facility that is safe for disabled and normal supporters and non-slip paint helps with this.

“The DSA kindly agreed to oversee this operation and I took it upon myself to advertise for volunteers who have turned up and the work is well under way.

“I would like to thank Pathways for giving us a couple of guys who have been doing a very good job for us and to Sharon and Tracy of the DSA.”

Town Legends to play in charity event

The local club are celebrating their 10th season in grassroots football and to mark the occasion are holding a fundraising event.

A host of former Glovers such as Andy Lindegaard, Warren Patmore and Terry Cotton will be in attendance to help raise funds towards the care of local sportsman Matt Fricker. 

As a result of a shower fall, Mr Fricker suffers with brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) which has caused bleeding on the brain and a series of strokes. The 32-year-old needs 24-hour care and is currently being cared for at Dene Barton hospital in Taunton.

It is a small 39-bed community hospital which serves the whole of Taunton Deane and the surrounding area.  

The Friends of Dene Barton Community Hospital are a small group who aim to raise funds to support patient facilities at the hospital and to provide amenities for both patients and staff in order to improve their environment. It is also W&M Chinnock FC’s aim to improve general public awareness of the valuable facility in the community.

West and Middle Chinnock Football Club, who play in the Premier Division of the Perry Street and District League have raised in excess of £10,000 for charity in their ten-year history.

The match on July 8th will kick-off at 5pm at Oxleaze playing fields and will be followed by an evening at the Muddled Man, West Chinnock.

There will be a raffle on the night which includes a signed Arsenal shirt from the Gunners’ last season at Highbury and much more.

If you would like to make a donation of any kind, please email Matt Alford on matt.alford40@btinternet.com.

For more information, visit West and Middle Chinnock’s Facebook page for the event.

ADAM STANSFIELD MEMORIAL MATCH THIS SUNDAY

Having won 12-1 last time out, the annual match will take place at Washbrook Meadows on Sunday 21st May. 

Played between Exeter City and Yeovil fans, the fixture is in memory of former player Adam Stansfield with the match kicking off at noon. 
Entry is free with the Adam Stansfield Foundation selling merchandise, whilst the club bar will be open for the duration. 
Away from the comforts of home soil, Glovers fans are urged to get behind the Green and Whites in Devon this weekend and help retain the trophy, supporting a great cause and remembering Stanno in the process.
Ottery St Mary AFC: Washbrook Meadows, Butts Rd, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1EL 

CLUB VOTES ON FUTURE OF EFL TROPHY

Clubs were last month asked to consider three options for the future of the competition: 
– Keep the current 64 team format to include 16 invited teams (Under-23 teams) 
– Revert to a 48 team competition 
– Scrap the competition altogether 
The club met with the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium to discuss the matter where a number of opinions were put forward. However, the majority view was to retain the current format.
Taking this into account, the club felt the footballing and commercial advantages to the competition in its current format were also beneficial, with the Glovers accumulating an almost six-figure sum by reaching the quarter-final stage. 
The results of the vote will be released later this week once collated by the EFL.

VOLUNTEER PAINTERS REQUIRED

As part of the preparations for next season, the club require as many volunteers as possible to help re-apply the non-slip paint on the stadium steps (this is a health & safety requirement). Painting starts on Thursday 1st June and continues until all steps are done.
If you feel you can help, please contact Sharon Swain on 07790 375250 or swainfoley@btinternet.com to volunteer or for further information.
 
Thank you for your help.

UNSUNG HEROES PART 2

Involved in all manner of roles and positions, the club wouldn’t be able to function without the help of many dedicated volunteers and committed staff members. 
Last week, Darren Way helped the club thank the first set of unsung heroes, before meeting a further two heroes prior to Saturday’s clash with Stevenage at Huish Park.
One of which, Malcolm Watts (pictured below with Darren Way), has been involved with Yeovil Town for 34 years! 
Working on a matchday, Malcolm is in charge of the players’ entrance, ensuring only the right people enter and helping away teams both arrive and depart without hassle. The job also means Malcolm has overheard some ‘interesting’ team-talks over the years! 
Making sure visiting club’s receive the necessary welcome and keeping the dressing rooms clear of unauthorised personnel, the matchday operation would be severely hampered without Malcolm’s hard work.
Remaining in close proximity to the players’ entrance, supporter Gareth (pictured at the top of the article) has been following the Green and Whites for 30 years. 
The loyal supporter is one of the first people at Huish Park on a matchday, waiting by the players’ entrance to give the Glovers squad a warm welcome on their arrival. 
An ever-present come rain or shine, Gareth was invited in by Darren Way prior to Town’s final home game of the season last weekend for a tour and a chat to thank him for his support. 
The unsung hero series will continue in the lead up to Yeovil’s final game of the season away at Colchester United, but on behalf of everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club, thanks to Malcolm and Gareth for their efforts this year.

UNSUNG HEROES PART 1

With the club’s motto of ‘Achieve by Unity’, much of the work carried out at Huish Park wouldn’t be possible without the support and help from a number of unsung heroes. 

In a series of thanks, the Town boss first met and thanked Disabled Supporters Association Chairman Mike Rowsell, whose work has been relentless in providing the best possible matchday experience for the Glovers disabled supporters, as well as organising away travel and other social events for the DSA’s members. 
With the DSA also a part of the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium, Mike has worked tirelessly with the football club to pass on and represent the views of the fan base. 

With more unsung heroes to be thanked next week in the build-up to Town’s final game of the season, the Yeovil boss has also spent time with two dedicated gardeners who maintain the Glovers Garden of Remembrance. 
Maria Cosgrove (right) and Anita Stabbins (left) have been tending to the garden for the last five years, keeping the site as a sanctuary for fans and the public to remember those with close links to the football club who are sadly no longer with us. 
On behalf of everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club, thanks to Mike (and the entire DSA), Maria and Anita for their commitment and hard work. 

GLOVERS RECOGNISED WITH EFL FAMILY EXCELLENCE AWARD

Created in 2007, the award recognises the outstanding experience provided by clubs for young fans and families, as well as their efforts to enhance the match day experience. 
This season represents a record-breaking milestone, with 51 clubs recognised from across all three divisions.
The club have made a number of improvements aimed at improving the matchday experience for young supporters and families, most notably the Family Area Cabin which provides pre-match entertainment for youngsters. 
The cabin is funded and run by Marilyn Cottle from the Junior Glovers (a member of the Supporters Alliance), acting on feedback sent to the club. 
Players spend time with young fans in the cabin, playing video games and enjoying other activities. 
Over the past 10 years, more and more young people have made their way through the turnstiles in the EFL, with junior season ticket sales having increased by a staggering 37% since 2007, and 20% of all EFL club match attendees now under the age of 16.
 
Such evidence is a strong indication of a healthy future for football in this country according to Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive. 
 
He said: “The EFL Family Excellence Awards have proven to be a fantastic vehicle for celebrating and highlighting the excellent progress that clubs are making in providing families with improved match day experiences.
 
“Now in their 10th year, the Awards have made a significant impact and this year’s winners have once again shown how innovative thinking and a strong commitment can enhance the experience for both home and away.
 
“I wish to congratulate each and every club who has been recognised for playing their part in continuing to attract a growing number of younger fans to the game in what is undoubtedly a valuable indication of a bright and healthy future for the EFL.”
The Award recipients are decided using independent assessments from real families, who make matchday visits across all 72 League clubs, during the 2016/17 season.

RESPONSE TO GLOVERS TRUST OPEN LETTER

Chairman John Fry has replied to the Trust’s letter regarding ownership of the club and financial structuring, with a copy being handed over to the Trust earlier this afternoon (Tuesday, April 25th). 

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.
Elsewhere, David Mills has been announced as the club’s Supporter Director, acting as the link between fans and the Board of Directors. The Associate Director will work closely with the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium (Supporters Alliance) and its Chairman, Rich Rendell. More on the appointment can be found by clicking here.

DAVID MILLS APPOINTED SUPPORTER DIRECTOR

David has strong ties to the club and its fanbase from his role as an Associate Director since 2013, Director/Trustee of Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, and time as Chairman and President at Yeovil Town Ladies until 2016.

Appointed by, and reporting to the YTFC Board, David will take on the role with immediate effect. 

Working closely with the newly formed Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium (Supporters Alliance) and its Chairman Rich Rendell, Mr. Mills will act as a link between fans and the board, able to take on and oversee questions and queries put forward by supporters. 
Speaking on his appointment, David said: "I’m really looking forward to it. The link between the fans and the club is vital for the future of the club and I’m keen to work my hardest for everyone concerned. 
"I keep an eye on social media so know what the fans think and I’m very keen on fan engagement. 
"When I was at Yeovil Town Ladies I introduced the first version of the fans ‘Bill of Rights’ which has been developed so I’m very keen to try and make things better where I can."
Yeovil fans can follow David on Twitter here, where questions and issues can be raised. Further contact details for David will follow in due course. 
As brought up in the recent fans survey, the club hopes the appointment will be the next step in improving links between supporters and Yeovil Town FC. 

RENDELL APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF SUPPORTERS ALLIANCE GROUP

Mr Rendell was nominated by members of the Alliance group and all supporter groups who were all in agreement he should take the role.

Rich, who is a lifelong Yeovil fan, will take up the position with immediate effect.

“I’m delighted to take up the role of Supporters Alliance Group chairman,” he told YTFC.net.

“I’m happy to deal with any queries from the supporters.”

The Supporters Alliance was formed at the end of 2016 and is made up of five supporter groups – G&A (Green and White Supporters Club), DSA (Disabled Supporters Association), Junior Glovers, Bridport Glovers and Cary Glovers.

The group, which will be known as the ‘Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium’, is a working party to improve the growth of the relationship between Yeovil Town Football Club and its supporters.

They will look to bring together official Yeovil Town supporter groups to provide a unified voice, improve relationships and unity between the club and its fans, and give all member groups a formal approach to the YTFC board.

This season has been used to discuss the makeup of the Alliance and how the group work with the club, and the second meeting was to show and gain further feedback from the supporters survey.

 

The aim is to build on this initial relationship in the close season and move forward.

 

The supporters groups have nominated and appointed Rich as Chairman of the Alliance Group whose main role will be to link the groups, the club and the Board of Directors, and in the future working on appointing a Supporter Director/SLO.

This will ensure there is dedicated time for supporters and a line of communication between the club and the groups.

Supporters can still come directly to the club if they are not part of these groups as we value all opinions and ideas.

More action and involvement is required and will start in the close season talking about fixtures, matchday staffing and asking these groups for their ideas, support and help.

 

Everyone at Yeovil Town would like to wish Rich all the best in his new role.

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR GOOD FRIDAY TRIP TO NEWPORT

Due to ongoing roadworks surrounding Rodney Parade, supporters travelling to the game by car are advised to leave the M4 at junction 25A and follow signs for City Centre Car Parks. 
From there, it’s a short walk across the Millennium Bridge to Gate 6 at the ground which will rule out being caught in any traffic delays due to the roadworks.
The coach station and train station are also a short walk from the ground, with ample signage for directions. 
Within the city centre, The Lamb on Bridge Street is happy to accommodate Glovers fans and is a short walk to the ground, once again via the Millennium Bridge. 
Rodney Parade has a dedicated away supporters facility within the away section of the ground, with a bar and BT Sport/Sky Sports. Tea, coffee and hot food is also available from an outlet, with the ground open from 1.30pm or shortly before.
Safe travels and we look forward to seeing the travelling Green and White Army in South Wales!

HUISH PARK VOTED BEST LEAGUE TWO MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE

Huish Park was rated 39th out of the 92 in the top four tiers of English football, putting it ahead of clubs such as West Ham United, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Coventry City.

The grounds and their matchday experiences were rated by FourFourTwo’s Chris Flanagan.

Flanagan labelled the old school terracing on offer for visiting supporters as the best feature at the ground, and gave it a quirk factor of three out of five.

CLUB APPOINT DISABLED LIAISON OFFICER

Bruce, a long-term fan and familiar face at Huish Park in various capacities since 2002, is also a member of the Disabled Supporters Association.
Already active in his role as DLO, Bruce will act as the link between the club and its disabled supporters – an area he already possesses experience in. 
Speaking on his appointment, Mr James said: “In my previous maintenance role at the club I worked closely with the DSA to improve the accessibility within and around the stadium. 
“It’s that understanding that I hope to bring to the position of DLO.”
Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to have filled the position and look forward to ever-improving the link between disabled supporters and the club. 

PLANNING APPEAL SUBMITTED FOR COMMUNITY PLAYING FIELD

Yeovil Town Football Club and Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd have submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate with regard to their planning application for a community playing field and recreation use at Lufton.
The appeal was filed at the Inspectorate on Friday following a refusal decision by South Somerset District Council in September.  
Following the appeal submission, Planning Agent, David Bell, said: “An appeal has been submitted which now has to go through the validation process. We have asked for a hearing rather than written representations or a full inquiry. 
"Once validated, the appeal will be heard by an impartial Inspector.”

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Doncaster Rovers maintained top spot with a 3-1 away win over Barnet.

The league’s joint-top scorer John Akinde opened the scoring for the Bees but two goals from veteran James Coppinger sandwiched John Marquis’ strike to earn Donny all three points.

Second-placed Plymouth Argyle remain hot on Doncaster’s tail after a 4-2 victory over Stevenage.

The sides went in level at the break before Arnold Garita and David Goodwillie turned the match in the Pilgrims’ favour.

A late goal at Brunton Park spared Carlisle United a third consecutive defeat as the Cumbrians drew 1-1 with Morecambe.

Aaron Wildig netted an early goal for the visitors before Charlie Wyke levelled things up with 16 minutes to play.

Conor Chaplin’s double secured Portsmouth an important win over Stevenage as they continue their push for automatic promotion.

The forward netted either side of Gavin Massey’s exquisite effort to move Pompey just two points off the top three.

Cheltenham Town moved out of the relegation places with a convincing win over fellow strugglers Accrington Stanley.

The Robins scored three goals in the second period in a game which Stanley saw midfielder Scott Brown harshly sent off.

Notts County replaced Gary Johnson’s side in the bottom two following a goalless draw with Mansfield Town.

Bottom club Newport County also earned a point against an in-form Colchester United.

Luton Town strengthened their position in the play-offs after securing three points at Crewe Alexandra.

Ryan Lowe’s first-half finish gave the Alex the lead before Jack Marriott and Jake Gray turned the match on its head.

Goals from Reuben Reid, David Wheeler and Ollie Watkins gave Exeter City a deserved 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

It was a result that extended the Grecians’ unbeaten run to eight League Two games, while the Mariners lost for the first time since December 17th.

 

Elsewhere, James Collins’ solitary goal saw Crawley Town defeat Hartlepool United while Cambridge United and Blackpool ended goalless.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO ROUND-UP

Oscar Threlkeld and Craig Tanner were on target as Plymouth Argyle ended 2016 top of Sky Bet League Two after a 2-0 win over Crawley Town.

The Pilgrims are two points above second-placed Carlisle United who edged out Notts County in a tight affair at Meadow Lane.

The Cumbrians had to come from behind against County with Jason Kennedy netting the winner in the 65th minute.

Doncaster Rovers dropped to third in the table level on points with Carlisle following a 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town.

The Stags went ahead through Matt Green’s volley but Liam Mandeville rescued a point for promotion-chasing Donny.

Luton Town ended the year with a comfortable victory over Barnet at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters moved above Wycombe Wanderers who temporarily occupied fifth following a 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town on Friday night.

Accrington Stanley picked up an important three points against Crewe Alexandra to distance themselves from the bottom two.

Stanley are now three points ahead of Cheltenham and seven in front of Newport County who suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Exeter City.

The Grecians continued their good away form thanks to a hat-trick from Ollie Watkins and a strike from David Wheeler.

Hartlepool United survived a late fightback from Morecambe to win 3-2 at Victoria Park.

The Monkey Hangers led 3-0 at the break but had to grind out a result after a persistent second half from the visitors.

Colchester United sit two places outside the play-offs following a 4-2 win over Stevenage.

The U’s were near the drop zone in November but have climbed the table due to a six-match unbeaten run.

Elsewhere, Leyton Orient and Cambridge United drew 1-1 while Grimsby Town and Blackpool ended goalless.

YEOVIL TOWN MEETING WITH GLOVERS TRUST

Directors David Lee and Andy Rossiter will also be present at the meeting, where the Trust will deliver the findings of their survey to build into the Club’s action plan regarding the matchday experience at Huish Park. 
The Club are still collating several thousand comments made by supporters with suggested improvements to the matchday experience, with an action plan being produced to target the areas and improvements suggested by supporters. Findings from the Glovers trust survey will be built into the Club’s overall response.

SUPPORTERS SURVEY FOR MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE

Supporters can complete the online survey by clicking here and have until midnight on Wednesday 19th October to submit their opinion.
The survey covers a range of topics including ticket prices, catering, pre and post-match entertainment, communication and various other aspects of the matchday experience. 
Upon closure of submission, the results garnered from the survey will be discussed by all departments within the Football Club, with improvements and alterations made where possible, as well as further consultation with supporters.

MINUTES FROM FIRST CLUB AND SUPPORTER GROUPS MEETING

The meeting was attended by the chairman John Fry, first team manager Darren Way, other members of staff at the Football Club and the Disabled Supporters Association, Green &White Supporters Club, Junior Glovers Club, Executive Lounge Members Group and the Bridport Glovers Club on September 20th. 
You can read the full minutes from the meeting by clicking here, with the next meeting yet to be scheduled. 
Following on from the meeting, an online poll will be released by the Football Club in the coming days to gather wider fan opinion on what can changed at the Club. 

SUPPORTERS GROUPS TO MEET WITH CHAIRMAN JOHN FRY

The main agenda will be focused around the potential creation of a Supporter Alliance Group which would be named the ‘Achieve By Unity’ Fans Partnership. 
Meetings would be held four times a year with agenda items being added through the affiliated supporter groups – allowing for topics and concerns of supporters to be raised.
The minutes of these meetings would be made public via ytfc.net. 
Amongst those invited to tonight’s initial meeting are the Green & White Supporters Club, the Disabled Supporters Association, the Junior Glovers, Bridport Glovers and the Cary Glovers, although the newly established Glovers Trust declined the opportunity to attend the meeting with the chairman. 
The meeting will take place at 7 o’clock this evening at Huish Park. 

YEOVIL TOWN WELCOME GLOVERS TRUST BOARD

The 10 board members were elected at the Trust’s first Annual General Meeting and will now represent just under 300 members who have signed up to the group.

 

Chairman John Fry looks forward to welcoming the Trust – along with other supporters’ groups – to Huish Park next Tuesday for a meeting to discuss their affiliation with the Club in the future. 

CLUB COMMENT AND POLL FOR EFL WHOLE GAME SOLUTION PROPOSAL

After discussion amongst the board of directors, Yeovil Town FC remains suspicious regarding the proposed changes put forward by the EFL in its ‘Whole Game Solution’. 

Chairman John Fry attended the EFL conference in Portugal in June where the proposed changes were outlined, and has since collected the thoughts and opinions of the Club’s board of directors ahead of the next EFL Club Meeting on the 22nd September. 
The main changes outlined included the expansion of the EFL to four divisions; the reformation of the FA Cup to include mid-week fixtures (primarily in rounds four and five); the introduction of a winter break and the potential regionalisation of the bottom two leagues in the EFL. 
The Club currently believes there is a lack of detailed information regarding the proposed changes to the structure and format of the EFL, although feels the changes outlined would be primarily beneficial for clubs operating in the Premier League and not the EFL – the needs of Yeovil Town FC are substantially different to that of teams in the top division of the professional game in England. 
Yeovil Town FC would like to canvas the opinion of the Club’s supporters who can do so via completing a poll by clicking here. Fans have until Monday 19th September to share their views, which will be taken into consideration when the Club puts forward its final views to the EFL later in September. 

FREE COMMUNITY FACILITIES TURNED DOWN BY SSDC

Plans put forward to South Somerset District Council by Yeovil Town Holdings, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and Yeovil Town Football Club have been refused by a narrow margin.
The application was discussed at SSDC’s Area South meeting on Wednesday 7th September, where the opportunity of a substantial investment which would benefit the local community without expense to the public purse was turned down.
The plans, aimed at providing community facilities at the site in Lufton on the outskirts of Yeovil, included two full-sized football pitches, an option for a cricket pitch, a modest pavilion to accommodate four changing rooms and necessary changes for access and associated car parking.
David Bell, planning agent for the application, said:
“All associated are obviously going to be disappointed after the proposal was narrowly defeated in the council chamber. 
“The application was recommended for a grant of permission by the officers, but after a lengthy two-hour meeting with two adjournments councillors narrowly voted to refuse the application.
“The reasons for refusal were not clear in the council chamber and therefore I will wait for written confirmation before commenting further or considering possible further action.”

Planning application for community benefit

Yeovil Town FC, Yeovil Town Holdings and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will soon find out if their plans for community football pitches and a cricket pitch on the outskirts of Yeovil will be approved.
Plans were submitted to South Somerset District Council on 1st June 2015 to change the use of the 12.5 acre site, adjacent to Lufton College, from agricultural use to community playing field and recreational use.
The planning application is due to be decided at SSDC’s Area South meeting on Wednesday 7th September and is recommended for approval subject to planning conditions, including a desk-based assessment and a field evaluation to assess the potential for archaeological remains.
The plans include two full-sized football pitches, an option for a cricket pitch, a building to accommodate four changing rooms, the necessary changes for access and associated car parking.
David Bell, Agent for the YTFC & YTHL planning applications, said: “These are exciting times for community level sport and it can be seen from the recent Olympics results that providing community facilities allied with good quality coaching pays dividends.”
Commenting on the planning application, YTFC Chairman John Fry said: “It’s evident from the success enjoyed by Team GB that encouraging the next generation to take part in sport can produce gold medal results.  
“We need to put aside our differences, work together at District and County level and beyond to invest in our upcoming talent.  The work undertaken by the Community Sports Trust is wide reaching and they need to be given the opportunity to expand their contributions to sport and society.”
With several medalists from Rio 2016 originating from Yeovil or the wider area within Somerset – including Helen Glover, James Guy and Ed Ling –  the facilities would be available to encourage use by not only the Community Sports Trust and Yeovil College but also other local sports clubs and teams to encourage active participation within all manner of sports.
David added: “These proposals are part of a wider corporate plan at the Football Club and the Community Trust.  Whilst we understand that planning, and even change, is not always well received locally to a proposal site, we have tried to be positive, open and transparent in our responses to comments whilst maintaining a wider, holistic view of the need for community sports facilities and coaching in the wider Yeovil area.”
When asked about football and cricket, David commented that: “This is a proposal to encourage general recreation and sport, not just for football and cricket.  The facilities could also be used for family and team based rounders, soft ball and any sport appropriate to the site.  The Trust propose to run the site and, no doubt, would try to assist.”

Ryan Bird joins Eastleigh

Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird has joined National League side Eastleigh. 

Ryan has only featured in one of the club’s friendly matches and with competition for striking places so intense his departure was not a surprise.

Speaking of the move manager Darren Way said:" I completely understand Ryan’s desire for regular first team football and his move to Eastleigh will help him to achieve that objective. 
"Everybody at Yeovil Town wish Ryan all the best for the future with his new club."

Don’t Forget Early Kick-Off

Don’t forget that Saturday’s Pre-Season match against Swindon has an early 1.00 o’clock kick off which will be followed by a Family Fun Day with attractions for all the family and opportunity to meet the players and the manager.

Another Successful Charity Bike Ride

After a ride of approximately 380 miles this year’s Charity Bike Ride returned to Huish Park this Sunday morning.

Unlike other years more individual charities benefited this year including St.Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil and the Baby Care Unit at Yeovil General Hospital.
The ride had started at Durham last Wednesday with Day One ending at Skipton after a grueling ride across the Yorkshire Moors. 
Day two took the cyclists from Skipton to Crewe and on Day Three it was down as far as Hereford.
With the finishing line getting ever closer Saturday saw the group reach Weston-Super-Mare with the final stint back to Huish Park on Sunday morning, arriving back at around 11.00 am. 
The ride was by far the most energy sapping event with some 23,000 feet of hills covered.
The organisers would like to thank all the riders who entered together with all the support crew and especially our sponsors including Jones Building Group, Westbury Packaging, We Do Vans and Old Mill Accountants. Organisers are hoping to have topped last years total and the figures will be released as soon as they have been accurately counted.
Yeovil Manager Darren Way was at Huish Park to welcome the cyclists back and he is seen with Dave Jones and Mark Porter from Jones Building group. Commenting on the ride Darren Way said:"I’d like to thank everybody concerned with such a worthy venture and a big "Well Done" to all the riders who completed the ride.

MATT CHOWN COMPLETES FOOTBALL TO AMSTERDAM CYCLE

Glovers fan Matt Chown completed the Football to Amsterdam cycle challenge in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Matt described the ride as "an unforgettable experience" and recommends everyone to take part next year.

When reflecting on the ride Matt said: "The whole ride was superb. I have made some great friends and he organisation was second to none."

This years ride was led by three former England footballers in Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson, the riders joined the fight against prostate cancer with the aim to raise half a million pounds for Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of The Football League.

More than 50 Football League clubs were represented among the cyclists, all riding 145 miles over two days to support the leading men’s health charity against a disease that kills one man every hour.

The £500,000 raised will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.

Want to take part in the 2017 Football to Amsterdam cycle ride? Just visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam to register your interest!

GEOFF HARROP GOIN NOWHERE ACCORDING TO ACADEMY CHAIRMAN

Following rumours of Academy Manager Geoff Harrop joining Torquay United Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter has released the following statement.

Rossiter said: "We have had no official approach for the services of Geoff from Torquay United.

"Geoff is doing a fantastic job managing our academy set-up and has a further year to run on his contract.

"Despite the reports in the media Geoff was appointed independently and was not appointed through former manager Paul Sturrock."

PLANS TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY SPORTS FACILITIES

Yeovil Town Football Club (YTFC), Yeovil Town Holdings Limited (YTHL) and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust (YTCST) are pleased to announce the latest developments in their collaboration plans to bring improved community sports and health and well-being facilities to the South Somerset area via their proposed site in Lufton.

A planning application has already been submitted to South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and some amendments are now being proposed as a result of discussions with the SSDC departments and Sport England.

Changes to the application submission include the provision of a second football pitch and an increase in size of the proposed pavilion to accommodate four changing rooms.  Both changes are at the request of SSDC and Sport England.

Stephen Allinson, Chairman of the Community Sports Trust said: “The proposals will facilitate an expansion of our community related opportunities at a base convenient to the Yeovil area.  One of our aims is to use sport activities to promote social responsibility, give support to those in need so that they have respect for their community and encourage people to make a positive contribution to society”.

David Bell, Agent for the planning application, said “Recent discussions have added value from a community perspective.  I am pleased that in these times of local government and public body funding austerity we have put together a proposal that will strengthen local facilities and the Trust.  The Trust is run for the benefit of the community, self-supporting and not a publicly funded body”.

When asked about why these facilities are not proposed at the Huish Park Stadium site, David commented that “The football and cricket pitches along with ancillary facilities such as a pavilion will not fit within the Huish Park available footprint without removing most of the main car park.  Clearly, that is not a viable option

GREEN AND WHITE SUPPORTERS CLUB DONATE TREADMILL


The Green and White Supporters Club have again dug deep and kindly donated equipment to the football club.

The GWSC have donated a new top of the range treadmill for the players to use in their fitness plans.

Paul Hadlow, who organises the GWSC away travel said: "We are always happy to help out at the club whenever possible and we are delighted to donate the new treadmill to the team. I Would like to thank the members of the supporters club and everyone who travels with us, it is because of you guys we are in a position to donate the equipment."

WALKING 10 MARATHONS IN 10 DAYS? THAT’S UNBELIEVABLE

In 2016 I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something where people could see I was feeling the pain on behalf of a fantastic cause.  Walking 10 marathons in 10 days to help beat prostate cancer, a disease killing over 10,000 men every year, seemed like an ideal opportunity. 

I’ll be walking with my mate Russ Green, the Chief Executive of Hartlepool United, and members of the football family on the way. Why? Us Hartlepool fans have never been to Wembley, and this is our chance to take them there while supporting Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of The Football League.

On Monday 21 March 2016, I’ll be kicking off the epic 262 miler from my beloved Victoria Park. Find out more about walking with me.

Prostate Cancer UK should be a charity close to every man’s heart because we know, or we should know, just how vulnerable we are. I like my statistics – but the ones I’m dealing with here are shocking. One in eight men will get prostate cancer, and one in four if you are black, it’s a scary thought.

Within the next 10 years Prostate Cancer UK believes they will find the answers to ensure the disease is something men and their loved ones no longer fear. I’ve met the scientists who pledge to do this and I can see how dedicated they are. So the idea of doing something ten times came from there.

Two hundred and sixty miles from Victoria Park, home of Hartlepool United, to Wembley Stadium, divided by ten; twenty six miles. The distance of a marathon. 10 marathons in 10 days. It just all fell into place like a jigsaw really.

I’ve got friends and colleagues, people that the public know, Bill Arthur and Eddie Hemmings both big rugby league men who I have known longer than I care to remember. All great guys who’ve suffered from prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is not discerning, but it can be treated if caught soon enough. It doesn’t just hit the bad guys; it’s the good guys as well, like Bill, like Eddie.

To get involved visit MenUnitedMarch.org or text JEFF to 70004 to donate £3 to support everyone affected by prostate cancer.*

All the best, Jeff Stelling

* Text cost £3 plus your standard network charge. Prostate Cancer UK receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Supporter care 0800 082 1616.

JOHNSTONE’S TRADE TO DELIVER COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Yeovil Town is throwing its support behind a nationwide campaign for a community project or charity to win a re-decoration makeover worth up to £10,000.

Charities and community groups have until Friday 11th December to let Johnstone’s Trade know why their project is deserving of a redecoration by completing the application form at www.johnstonestrade.com/communityspirit

Any charity or community project in Yeovil is welcome to apply.

The Community Spirit campaign is run in conjunction with the Football League Trophy, which is being sponsored by Johnstone’s for the tenth consecutive season in 2015-16.

The 48 clubs involved in this season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – as well as 24 clubs from the Sky Bet Championship – are being urged to encourage as many charities or community projects from their local area to enter.

Last year’s Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit campaign saw Milton Keynes-based charity MK Snap – which offers support to more than 100 people in the city with learning difficulties – see off competition from scores of other charities and community groups to win the makeover.

MK Snap was one of four shortlisted projects, along with entries from Portsmouth, Preston and Dagenham, but came out on top of a national public vote and saw its facility receive a colourful makeover.

This year’s competition will follow the same process with the general public invited to vote for one of four shortlisted finalists to win the prize.

Richard Mazurkiewicz, marketing manager for Johnstone’s Trade, said: “After the success of last year’s Johnstone’s Community Spirit campaign, we are delighted to be offering this fantastic opportunity for charities and community groups in Yeovil.

“There is no project too small – whether it be a rundown scout hut, a school in need of a makeover or a community centre requiring a lick of paint.

“The only proviso is that the facility or group must provide a community benefit.

“Johnstone’s Trade has always maintained a strong commitment to working closely with local communities and this exciting campaign allows us to focus on that.”

After being announced as the winner, Maureen McColl, chief executive of MK Snap, said: “We were thrilled to win the Johnstone’s Trade Community Spirit competition and the difference the re-decoration has made to the centre is incredible.

“Our learners all have a very positive outlook on life and now they have a colourful and vibrant environment in which to come into every day.

“I would urge all charities and community projects to enter the competition because it can transform the environment in which they work.”

Johnstone’s has been bringing colour to the beautiful game through its sponsorship of the Football League Trophy since 2006.

VACANCY AT YEOVIL TOWN COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust (YTCST) is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the Community Trust team.

Role: Community Football Coach

Vacancy: 20 Hours (Office & School based)  Please note: The successful applicant will also be required to work evenings/weekends with these hours being paid at our Level 2 coaching rate.

Salary: £8,320 per annum (excludes pay for additional evening/weekend hours)

Contract type: Part Time which includes a four month probationary period

Main Purpose of the Role is to:
To deliver high quality community coaching for all ages throughout Somerset and Dorset. Whilst delivering for YTCST you will enable individuals to develop their abilities to their potential and enjoy physical activity which will encourage them to sustain activity levels. Coaches will also promote positive healthy lifestyle choices and deliver educational messages through the median of football through coaching.

The successful applicant will need to be able to demonstrate both in their application and at interview their ability to deliver effectively. They will also be required to work most evenings and weekends. Our Interviews will include both formal questions and practical delivery.

To be short listed you must be able in your application, to demonstrate that you can meet the essential criteria of the role.

* Working within partnership and multi-agency programmes and a proven track record of successful project implementation and administration

* Activity planning, project management and session management.

* A proven track record of working with external partners.

* A proven ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines.

* Examples of self-motivation and the ability to work on own initiative.

* Excellent communication skills including written, telephone and interpersonal skills.

* Proven planning and organisational skills and experience of working within diverse communities.

Are you eligible:
To be eligible for shortlisting a candidate must have an FA Level 2 in Coaching Football qualification, which includes up to date Safeguarding and Emergency Aid.  It is also requirement that a short listed candidate will have the FA Youth Module 1 certification.  All short listed candidates must have a full UK driving licence and eligible to commence employment on the 7th September 2015.

How to apply:
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 17th August 2015. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Sbradley@ytfc.net <mailto:Sbradley@ytfc.net> . The interviews will take place in two stages; stage 1 will be a practical assessment week commencing 17th August 2015. Those shortlisted to Stage 2 will then be invited for a final interview on week commencing 24th August 2015.

 

As this role involves direct access to young persons under the age of eighteen, within the context of the job or any subsequently related activities or responsibilities, the successful candidate will undergo a thorough screening process, which will include a Criminal Records Check, to ensure their suitability for the role. Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

TOWN SUPPORTERS TO CONTEST ADAM STANSFIELD MEMORIAL TROPHY


On Saturday, Yeovil Town supporters will take on Exeter City supporters to contest the annual Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy.

The match will take place at Topsham on Saturday with kick off being 11am where the Adam Stansfield Foundation will be on site raising money for the charity.

The match this year will mark the fifth anniversary of popular striker Adam’s death. Last year the Town beat the Exeter supporters 2-1 to win the trophy.

Stansfield is remembered fondly at Huish Park for his exploits wearing the number 7 shirt – and at Exeter City, the number 9 shirt is still retired in his honour after his untimely death during his time at St James Park.

The address for the match is: Topsham Town FC, Coronation Field, Topsham Road, Topsham, Exeter, EX3 0LT.

CHAIRMAN’S THANKS FOR SUPPORTERS AND CYCLISTS

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has passed on his heartfelt thanks to all the Yeovil Town supporters who have followed the club through thick and thin this season, culminating with a large contingent up at MK Dons on Sunday and a huge turnout back at Huish Park for the return of the Pedal from Paris cyclists and the Beer Festival.

“Naturally we are all bitterly disappointed to be relegated again this season.” said Mr. Fry.

“But during all the trials and tribulations the fans have stuck with the team through thick and thin. They have traveled the length and breadth of the country to support the team never letting the results or the position the team was in put them off.

“At home we have maintained a reasonable level of support as well, which makes it so disappointing to find ourselves down in League Two.

“Whilst thanking people I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to the 103 cyclists who took part in the Charity ride back from Paris.

“Don’t under estimate the challenge that this ride presented, the organisers did a magnificent job in brining everybody back safely for the third time in three years.

“Although I wasn’t present for their homecoming, as I was away at MK Dons, I understand the atmosphere was brilliant around the ground and that after a couple hiccups everybody had a very enjoyable day.

“So to Ben Tupman, Sara Bradley, Marilyn Cottle, Events Crew, all the sponsors and volunteers, on behalf of the board, supporters staff and club I would like to thank you all for your support for the event, and to the supporters for your loyal backing throughout the  season as a whole.

“Now we must look positively to the future, get behind our new manager Paul Sturrock and his management team and new players and start a new chapter in the successful story of Yeovil Town.”

Backing up the Chairman was one of the main instigators of the Pedal from Paris bike ride- Ben Tupman.

“Getting the group of cyclists back safely for the third year running was an incredible feat and I’d like to thank all those that took part, together with our sponsors and Events Crew, without whom, we could not have achieved our objective.

“Arriving back at Huish Park was an incredible experience and the atmosphere around the Marquee with the live music, Beer festival and Community games was fantastic.

“Last year we managed to raise £51K for local charities and I am hopeful we will better that for this year’s charities Yeovil Town Community Sport’s Trust, Cystic Fibrosis and Cyclists fighting Cancer.”

THEY COUNTED THEM OUT AND THEY COUNTED THEM BACK

As that famous BBC Falklands reporter said "They counted them out and they counted them back!" well almost anyway as 102 of the 103 cyclists returned to Huish Park this afternoon after their epic ride back from Paris to Yeovil.

At this stage reports vary but it is anticipated that up to £100K was raised for the array of good causes.

Yeovil Town Media assistant James Healey again completed the trip and everybody at the club will be raising their glasses to the 102 hardy souls who completed the ride.

SEE YOUR FRIENDS MORE-JOIN MEN UNITED

We’re delighted to welcome Men United to Yeovil Town on Friday.  A team of volunteers will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, to help the fight against a disease that will affect 1 in 8 men in their lifetime.  And as well as giving generously, you yourself can get involved.

Men United is Prostate Cancer UK’s movement for everyone who believes men are worth fighting for.

By joining Men United, you’ll get more opportunities to do great stuff with your friends, from bike rides to pub quizzes to Iron Man challenges. Whatever you and your mates love to do, you can do it for Men United and help beat a disease that kills one man every hour in the UK.

For example you could represent Yeovil Town in the London to Amsterdam Cycle Challenge cycle this June.

Plus, you’ll find out about ways to make a difference on an even wider scale by uniting with men across the UK, like petitioning MPs or volunteering.

Whether it’s big or small, signing a petition or running a marathon, doing it together is what really matters. What starts with a quick ‘hello’, a chat in the pub or a barbecue with mates can end with a nationwide movement of men – ready to fight for their friends, themselves and men everywhere.

Join Men United and help keep friendships alive.

 

AWAY TRAVEL CLUB TO FLEETWOOD

The Away Travel Club will be running a trip to Fleetwood on Easter Weekend later this season.

We will be leaving the away end at Huish Park at 9.30 on Sunday 5th.April and returning to Yeovil Town on Tuesday 7th.April.

We will be staying at The Delton Hotel, the same one we were at when Yeovil played Blackpool last season.

The cost of the trip will be no more than £120 which covers your coach travel up (and back!) plus two nights at the hotel on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis.

To book your place on the trip please ring Roger on 01935 475384.

You will need to pay a £25 deposit per person to book your place. At this early stage there are only a few rooms left.

CHRIS WEALE VISITS COXLEY SCHOOL

Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale made a surprise visit to Coxley Primary School, near Wells this week to engage with the pupils and conduct a question and answer session to all of the 46 pupils.

After an entertaining questioning session Chris was persuaded to save a few penalties from pupils out on the school playing field.

JUNIOR GLOVERS AFTERNOON THIS FRIDAY

Junior Glover members have the chance to meet the players and management team at Buckler’s Mead Sports Centre on Friday 20th February from 1-3pm.

Activities on the day will include bouncy castles, inflatable football pitch and table tennis.

 

This event is only open to Junior Glovers members and names will be checked on arrival.

JUNIOR GLOVERS AFTERNOON THIS FRIDAY

Junior Glover members have the chance to meet the players and management team at Buckler’s Mead Sports Centre on Friday 20th February from 1-3pm.

Activities on the day will include bouncy castles, inflatable football pitch and table tennis.

 

This event is only open to Junior Glovers members and names will be checked on arrival.

POPPY SHIRTS RAISE JUST UNDER £2,000 FOR CHARITY

The shirts worn by the Town players in our fixture with Fleetwood Town were recently auctioned with all proceeds donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The Club are pleased to announce that the shirts raised just under £2,000!

Roger Duddridge, County Chairman of Somerset County and Bristol Royal British Legion said: "I can’t thank Yeovil Town Football Club enough for helping to raise money for the Service and ex-service community and their dependents. The total raised is magnificent.

"To me it is wonderful that the management and the fans that kept me awake for many hours taking the bids and the generosity of everyone is outstanding. On top of all that the cadets made a bucket collection as well for the Poppy appeal which is outstanding.

The management, the players and the fans that have supported this auction of the shirts is fantastic. When I became involved with the auction and as it progressed I had a lump in my throat as to the politeness of all who were bidding and they all thanked me when I responded to the bids as if I was doing them a favour."

"Yeovil Town Football club can be proud of all the fans for the generous and polite way they have helped and handled themselves over the past weeks and can be proud to say we support Yeovil Town Football Club.

 

"Everyone at the Royal British Legion so grateful and thankful to have been a part of it and I hope that I can come to many matches to watch a faithful and loyal team of players, fans and management, god bless you all and thank you."

VICTORY SHIELD PROGRAMME ON SALE FROM HUISH PARK

The official match programme for tonight’s Victory Shield match between England and Scotland will be on sale around Huish Park.

The programme will be on sale at various points around Huish Park including the Club Shop and Green and Whites Supporters Club Shop.

Priced at £4, the 100 page edition is packed with information on tonight’s match along with all the latest news from the FA.

Tickets are still available from the Ticket Office, priced at just £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

To purchase your tickets call the ticket office on 01935 847888 or click here to buy online.

TRAVEL: AWAY TRAVEL DETAILS

The Green and White Supporters Club have released their travel details for the remaining away fixtures of the season.


Please note that a pick up from the Bus Station will be by request only. Please make it clear when booking with Paul that you would like to be picked up from the Station. For midweek fixtures there will be no pick up from the Bus Station.

Departure times and prices are listed below.

Notts County

Saturday 22nd November 2014.

Bus Station – 7.45 am

Huish Park – 8.00 am

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Accrington Stanley

Saturday 6th December 2014

Huish Park – 7:15 am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Oldham Athletic

Saturday 13th December 2014

Bus Station – 7.30 am – Huish Park – 7.45 am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Bristol City

Friday 26th December 2014

Huish Park – 11.00 am

Adult Members – £13 – Member Concessions – £11

Adult Non-Members – £15 – Non-Member Concessions – £13

This is an ALL TICKET game for away supporters.

The Away Travel Club will also be running transport to Bristol City on Boxing Day. If you would like to book a seat please call Roger on 01935 475384. The coach will be leaving the away end at Huish Park at 11.30 am and the cost for the trip will be £13 a seat.

Preston North End

Saturday 3rd January 2015

Huish Park – 7.30 am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Barnsley

Saturday 10th January 2015.

Huish Park – 7.45 am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Peterborough United

Saturday 31st January 2015.

Huish Park – 8.00 am

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Crewe Alexandra

Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Huish Park – 1.45pm

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Doncaster Rovers

Saturday 14th February 2015.

Huish Park – 7.45am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29

Scunthorpe United

Saturday 28th February 2015.

Huish Park – 7.30am

Adult Members – £30 – Member Concessions – £28

Adult Non-Members – £32 – Non-Member Concessions – £30

Leyton Orient

Saturday 14th March 2015.

Huish Park – 8.45am

Adult Members – £22 – Member Concessions – £20

Adult Non-Members – £24 – Non-Member Concessions – £22

Colchester United

Tuesday 17th March 2015.

Huish Park – 1.30pm

Adult Members – £26 – Member Concessions – £24

Adult Non-Members – £28 – Non-Member Concessions – £26

Rochdale

Saturday 28th March 2015.

Huish Park – 7.45am

Adult Members – £29 – Member Concessions – £27

Adult Non-Members – £31 – Non-Member Concessions – £29.00

Fleetwood Town

Easter Monday 6th April 2015.

Huish Park – 7.00am

Adult Members – £30 – Member Concessions – £28

Adult Non-Members – £32 – Non-Member Concessions – £30.00

Swindon Town

Saturday 18th April 2015.

Details of travel to follow.

Milton Keynes Dons

Sunday 3rd May 2015.

Details of travel to follow.

To book your seat with The Green and Whites send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. You can also email Paul at paulhadlow@outlook.com. If you want to book via phone, please call after 6pm.

PLAYERS SHIRTS TO BE AUCTIONED FOR POPPY APPEAL


Yeovil Town is proud to announce that all the shirts worn by Glovers players during Saturday’s match with Fleetwood Town will be available to fans via a email auction.

All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The players will be wearing the special shirts with the poppy emblam on the chest during Saturday’s fixture against Fleetwood Town.

The bidding opens on Saturday 15th November at 6pm and closes at 11:59pm on Monday 1st December

There will be a minimum reserve of £50 per shirt.

P&P will be extra should you require it.

Bid is by email only; Roger Duddridge (County Chairman) on roger@duddridge.me.uk

PFA COMMUNITY PLAYER ENGAGEMENT EVALUATION 2013/2014

The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) is pleased to launch the ‘PFA Community Player Engagement Evaluation 2013/2014’ report, which highlights the achievements and processes developed during the delivery of community, charity and non-commercial activities by the 92 professional football clubs in the 2013/14 campaign.

The PFA is more committed than ever to see Community Player Engagement at the very heart of a Club’s social responsibilities work.

Player appearances have helped clubs address key social issues in Health, Education, Social Inclusion and Equalities and the result of these efforts are there for all to see with 39,658 appearances during last season.

Building on best practice scenarios the PFA have been able to raise standards of support and disseminate this information to other clubs and players around the country.

“The PFA continue to provide advice, guidance and support to all its members ensuring they are fully aware of their social responsibilities. The formalisation of player appearance procedures across all 92 clubs as part of the governance through Capability Status has enabled better access to first team squads whilst bringing press officers, player liaison officers and community officers closer together.

This social responsibility programme has been in place for almost 30 years and has allowed Football Clubs and its players, our members, to make a significant difference for the good in their communities.” Gordon Taylor OBE, PFA Chief Executive.

The PFA’s influence with clubs continues to be at the forefront and for the last decade it has seen an increased integration of ideas to ensure more meaningful player involvement through formalised player appearance procedures at clubs whilst also providing reassurance and guidance to maximise performance.

Since the 2005/06 season the number of community player appearances has increased dramatically. The number of visits for the last few years has been over 4 times the recorded visits back in 2005/6. Since 2010 appearances have consistently totalled between 35,000 – 40,000 visits each year. The PFA see this as an excellent response in support of Community and Charitable initiatives, something the players deserve a huge amount of credit for across all 4 leagues.

“The improved Capability status criteria, which all 92 Community Programmes adhere to has undoubtedly raised standards and underpins the quality of delivery, providing increased  opportunities for development, participation and engagement, whilst also continuing to embed player responsibilities, which is key to the PFA’s ongoing investment.”

John Hudson, PFA Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.

The PFA’s Charitable Partnerships go from strength to strength with the Premier League/PFA Community Fund, The Football League Trust, The Football Conference Trust, The Princes Trust, Kick It Out, Show Racism the Red Card, The Bobby Moore Fund, Know the Score, The England Footballers Foundation and Coaching for Hope to name just a few …

The PFA’s financial commitment to these partnerships alone is approximately £7million each year, highlighting not only the monetary investment but the serious nature of the union’s overall Corporate Social Responsibilities agenda.

The PFA’s ‘Community Player of the Year’ Award was once again prominent at the Football League’s main showcase event earlier in the year and with every club nominating their very own Community Champion, choosing a winner was a difficult feat.

However, the panel of judges from the world of football and media were unanimous in their decision to pay recognition to Reda Johnson (former Sheffield Wednesday FC). Having made over 100 community appearances over the past 3 seasons, Reda also made a substantial donation to allow a local school to purchase a computer system for the less physically able. Reda stated on receiving his award: “Sometimes you have to think about other people and try to help people who need it. Sometimes it’s not only about money, it is just a smile, you go to see people and try and make their lives a bit easier. I love it.”

The PFA Community Player Engagement Evaluation 2013/2014 report is available to view online by clicking here.

PLAYERS SHIRTS TO BE AUCTIONED FOR POPPY APPEAL

Yeovil Town is proud to announce that all the shirts worn by Glovers players during Saturday’s match with Fleetwood Town will be available to fans via a email auction.

All the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The players will be wearing the special shirts with the poppy emblam on the chest during Saturday’s fixture against Fleetwood Town.

The bidding opens on Saturday 15th November at 6pm and closes at 11:59pm on Monday 1st December

There will be a minimum reserve of £50 per shirt.

P&P will be extra should you require it.

Bid is by email only; Roger Duddridge (County Chairman) on roger@duddridge.me.uk

DEMENTIA UNIT NEEDS GLOVERS HELP

A few months ago Yeovil Town agreed to help the Dementia unit at Yeovil Hospital by supplying photographs of their history for display in the unit.

The idea was that patients with Dementia would have their brain stimulated by pictures from The Glovers past and recent history.

The unit are now in the running to receive £50,000 from ITV’s Peoples Millions to create a patient friendly garden.

Read on as Yeovil Hospital’s Janine Valentine makes the case in her own words:

“Just imagine spending weeks perhaps even months in hospital and not being able to go outside. Imagine not feeling the sun on your face or being able to smell the autumnal air? This is the reality for our patients with dementia.

“We want to change this by creating a garden where patients and their families can safely go. Just imagine a garden where a man with dementia can be visited by his wife and his 2 dogs,  just imagine a garden where a lady can plant seeds in a raised bed or perhaps sit by the fire pit and listen to the crackle of the flames. Just imagine all this and so much more and you are imagining the garden we want to create.

“This is a garden that will involve our local community and unite us in providing a better experience for people with dementia and their families. From the students of Yeovil college who can enrich the space with their beautiful art and entertain patients with their music, to the local gardeners who can help us create beautiful raised beds and help our patients to work in them.

“In order to make this a reality we need your help. We need you to pick up the phone on the 25th of November and vote for us. Help us to win £50,000 in the ITV People’s Millions and create a beautiful outdoor space for our patients.

“Over the next 3 weeks we will be counting down to the big day and telling you more about why this is so important for our patients. We will also be sharing some stories with you. So please follow our blog, tweet about us and tell all your friends as we need your support.

 “The number will be released on the 25th November and will be available at all of the following locations:  Our blog at:  justimagineydh.wordpress.com, people’smillions.org.uk,  www.yeovilhospital.nhs.uk

“Follow us on twitter @JustImagineYDH or search YDH dementia garden on Facebook

The number will also be printed in the Daily Mirror

“If you cannot find the number, ring 01935384960 and we will provide it. 

“Please vote on the 25th November so we can make this garden a reality. 

“Don’t forget to check out our blog: justimagineydh.wordpress.com

So come on Glovers supporters let’s help the Hospital win the £50,000 and bring their dream of a dementia garden to reality.

We will display the number to vote on at www.ytfc.net and also release it on our official Twitter and Facebook page.

JIMMY QUINN EXTRAVAGANZA

The latest "Boy Band" to gain National acclaim, well as far as Cudworth anyway, Wrong Direction, featuring Jimmy Quinn and Charlie Seaton (guitar and vocals) will be performing at Huish Park in the Alec Stock Lounge on Wednesday 15th. October.

Tickets are £5, over 18’s only, and are available now by ringing the Yeovil Town Booking Line on 01935 847888

BOOK OF ABSURD LETTERS TO FOOTBALL CLUBS

A book of spoof letters sent by a fictional football fan to a host of clubs has released to raise funds for charity.

Footie clubs around the UK, including Celtic, Rangers, Dundee, Dumbarton, Hearts, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham United, have been pranked by Fraser Syme..

For years, Fraser wrote funny letters under the pseudonym Struan J Marjoribanks.

Fraser has included the Adam Stansfield Foundation in his charity choices after Exeter City bought into a joke about Struan’s son painting a portrait of the striker. Months later Stansfield tragically died from bowel cancer, aged just 31, in 2010.

Fraser said: “He was such a good sport and his wife still remembers it. What happened to him was so tragic, so I included his charity among the three.”

My Book of Absurd Letters to British Football Clubs, by Struan J Marjoribanks, is available to buy now from: eatthebreed.bigcartel.com priced £6.99

From every copy sold, £1 will be donated to the Oscar Knox Appeal NCCAUK, the Adam Stansfield Foundation or Tartan Army Children’s Charity.

COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST PREPARES FOR NERF JUNIOR PREMIER LEAGUE

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, the charitable arm of Yeovil Town Football Club, are preparing for their first season in the Nerf Junior Premier League. The Trust have had teams accepted at under 13, 14, 15, and 16 levels.

The JPL teams are the latest step for the Trust to run in conjunction with their existing Development Centres and Advanced Centre established with the aim of developing local players. The Trust currently runs Development Centres in Yeovil, Taunton, Wells, Burnham On Sea, and Frome. In September 2012 the Trust opened an Advanced Centre for those players that were excelling and the idea behind this was that by training and playing against players of a similar ability their football development would be accelerated.

YTCST Development Officer Bob Thomas said “It is important for us at the Trust to work with local talented players but also to provide them with a strong connection with their local football club.

"The Development Centres and Advanced Centre have been a great success and the progress made by the Advanced Centre squads has been especially satisfying particularly at a time when we need to offer the participants an extra challenge by providing regular competitive fixtures. The Nerf Junior Premier League is the ideal way to provide this opportunity."

The JPL is run in a very similar way to Centre Of Excellence and Academy level football, the only difference being the incentive to play for league points and participate in cup competitions. All of our players will have the opportunity of representing Yeovil Town Football Club, through the Trust , at a competitive level which provides them with this exciting opportunity. It also provides an incentive for all of our squads, from under 8 to under 16 to be involved with YTFC. In the future we hope to expand with under 12 and under 18 squads competing in the league.”

An important consideration in the Trust’s decision to enter the JPL was that the players will still be able to take part in their normal junior football club programme.

Fixtures are played on a Saturday morning and therefore do not conflict with local leagues who operate on a Sunday. It is hoped that the Trust can work alongside local clubs in developing young footballers.

The Trust will be holding trials to top up their existing under 13 and 14 squads [2014/15 age groups] at the following venues and times:-

Wells Blue School, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2NR.  Monday 7th July.

U13s/U14s – 5.00pm to 6.30pm.

Monkton Heathfield School, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8PD.  Tuesday 8th July

U13s/U14s – 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Alvington Development Complex, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8UX. Thursday 10th July

U13s – 6.00pm – 7.30pm

U14s – 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Places for the above trial dates must be booked in advance by emailing the Trust’s Development Officer Bob Thomas at bthomas@ytfc.net or by telephoning 01935 706671.

These contact details can be also be used for further information on any of our Development Centres or Advanced Centre squads.

COME AND WELCOME BACK THE BIKERS

At between 10.00am and 10.15am tomorrow morning the 74 bike riders on the #Backfromboro bike ride will be arriving back at Huish Park.

Why not come down to Huish Park early to welcome them back and be nice and early for the final SkyBet Championship match of the season which kicks off at 12.15pm.

The Marquee will be open from 10.30 for drinks and snacks.

FANS GROUPS DONATE GYM EQUIPMENT

The Away Travel Club and the Green and White Supporters Club have again donated some fitness equipment to Gary Johnson and his squad to improve the range of equipment at present located in the club’s small gymnasium.

This is the first time the two supporter organisations have got together to donate equipment to the club.

It represents the end results of the numerous fund raising activities that both organisations conduct throughout the season and provides a very necessary facility within the players training programmes.

Our picture shows Away Travel representative Mark Kelly and Green and White Supporters Club  Chairman, Rich Rendell handing over part of the package donated to Manager Gary Johnson, and physios Mike Micciche and Simon Baker.

CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY SHOW THEIR SUPPORT

Somerset Chamber of Trade have come out with unanimous backing for Yeovil Town Football Club’s proposals for the lifting of POS restrictions at Huish Park and the building of a food store to support the new 800 house development off Thorne Lane.

In a letter to the Chief Planning Officer Rupert Cox, Chief Executive of the Chamber said: “The site at Huish Park would make an ideal location for a supermarket being able to serve the new development off Thorne Lane as well as give competition to other out of town supermarkets such as Asda and Morrisons.

“The movement of the residential centre of town to the north and west would suggest that there is a genuine need for more food retail opportunities. While the flow of traffic will need addressing, that must be better than clogging up the centre of Yeovil by food shoppers.

“There is a more fundamental reason to support this application, even if it means going against Planning Policy, and that is the sustainability of one of only two fully professional sports organisations.

“Somerset County Cricket Club and Yeovil Town Football Club promote Somerset and their local communities wherever in the country and provide real employment opportunities, so it is vitally important that they both remain viable businesses.

“Whatever Yeovil Town’s league position, they will remain a key brand in Somerset-from “Giant Killer” to sloping pitch, to the heady heights of the Championship, everybody knows Yeovil Town.

“This development at Huish Park will help the club to not just survive, but to grow and to continue to be the pride of the town and surrounding area as the most successful professional football club in the entire South West and as such should be supported by the community and local government alike.”

With Planning Application due to be heard on Wednesday April 2nd pressure is building on SSDC to make the right decision on this application.

SAFE STANDING: YTFC TO VOTE YES

At the summer Football League AGM the majority of clubs passed a resolution charging the league’s executive to explore the steps necessary for a safe standing trial to be run. 
Following research by the Football League, including a visit to Germany to examine the rail seat method used in Bundesliga, the League has now sent a detailed paper to the 72 Football League clubs, seeking a response to the four questions below.
1. Should the Football League approach the minister for sport to request that the ‘all-seater’ stadia requirement for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation?
2. Should the Football League approach the Sports Ground Safety Authority to request that rail seating products be licensed in Football League grounds?
3. Should clubs be permitted to accommodate supporters in rail seating in the Championship?
4. Should clubs be permitted to revert from seating to standing accommodation in League One and League Two following relegation from the Championship?
Yeovil Town Football Club has voted yes to all four questions.
The FSF have again set up a short survey, which representatives would be grateful if supporters could answer. More details can be found here

EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON PYROTECHNICS

The Premier League, The Football League and The FA have launched a supporter education campaign on the danger of pyrotechnics at football grounds, following research among fans that they would like more knowledge on how to address it.

The research, which was conducted with 1,635 Premier League supporters, found that 87% of fans believe that pyrotechnics such as flares and smoke bombs are dangerous at matches, and that 86% were concerned for their safety. The same number (86%) think flares and smoke bombs are a fire risk and 79% consider them to be a health hazard.

To help better inform fans who are not aware, clubs throughout the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference will be supporting a new campaign on the dangers on pyrotechnics by running adverts in their grounds and on club media like programmes and websites.

The campaign, which features posters parodying football chants, also has an online presence www.facepyrofacts.co.uk. There are real-life examples of how pyrotechnics are not, as pyro users attest, ‘innocent fun’, but can have serious repercussions.

Among the facts revealed in the advertising are that it is illegal to enter a football ground with a pyro and that supporters risk jail and banning orders even for being in possession of one.

Flares are used for marine distress and are designed not to be extinguished easily or quickly. They contain chemicals and burn at temperatures of 1600°C, the melting point of steel. Smoke bombs are mainly used recreationally in paintballing and war games, but these also burn at high temperatures and are designed to be used in wide open spaces. They are dangerous for those with asthma or breathing difficulties and can cause panic in a tightly packed crowd. They are not designed for use in confined spaces and it is illegal to enter a football stadium with one and set it off.

The use of pyrotechnics is a relatively new phenomenon in English football, with the trend imported from Europe where the issue is much more prevalent.  It is a rising issue: in the 2010/11 season there were just eight incidents across the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference and the domestic cup competitions. In 2011/12 this rose to 72 and last season it jumped to 172 incidents. During the 2013/14 season (up to the end of October 2013) there have been 96 incidents.

Although the use of pyrotechnics is still rare this is an issue that many fans would like addressed: 78% of those surveyed would support more action against the proliferation of flares and smoke bombs.

Over half of fans have now witnessed pyrotechnics at a match, and 36% have been directly affected: 24% have had their view of the match obscured, 10% have suffered from smoke inhalation and 2% have been affected by heat from a flare.

The research found that parents, who make up an increasing number of Premier League match attendees, were particularly concerned. Two thirds of them claim that the increased use of pyrotechnics is putting them off bringing their children. A further 81% of parents support more action for tackling pyrotechnics.

A disturbing element of increased pyrotechnics has been the involvement of children. It is not uncommon for ‘mules’ to bring the pyrotechnics into a ground on behalf of others, and in one incident at a Premier League match last season a child aged around eight was observed aiding those involved in pyrotechnic use. The child came into the ground with pyrotechnics in his rucksack and was then seen passing them to members of an adult group who let them off inside the ground. The child himself did not ignite any pyrotechnics.

There is general confusion among fans about key pyrotechnic facts. Those who undertook the research were asked six true and false statements about pyrotechnics: only 8% of respondents answered all six correctly, 29% answered five correctly and 31% answered four correctly.

When asked about the restrictions on pyrotechnics at football grounds, the majority of fans (82%) know it is illegal to go to a stadium with flares or smoke bombs. However, over half (53%) incorrectly believe that they are legal in most European football grounds. The six statements about flares and smoke bombs which fans were asked for a true and false answer were:

Statement                                                                                                                            Answer    Correct    Incorrect
It is legal to enter a sporting ground in possession of a flare or a smoke bomb                                False         82%          18%

Flares can burn at up to 1600°C                                                                                                 True          78%          22%

Possession of a flare or smoke bomb can result in being banned from football

grounds for up to three years                                                                                                     True          77%         23%

Flares and smoke bombs are less dangerous than fireworks                                                            False         72%         28%

In most European countries, the use of flares and smoke bombs in football grounds is allowed.          False         47%         53%

In general, it is illegal for a person to possess a flare or smoke bomb                                               False         45%         55%

PYROTECHNICS AND FOOTBALL – QUOTES


Andrea Brown, The Football League’s Head of Customer Services, said: “There really is no need for anyone to take pyrotechnics to a football match as they put fellow fans at risk of injury.  Supporters who do so are acting illegally and risk being banned from professional football and sent to prison.”

Policing Minister Damian Green said: “Football fans might see images of football grounds in other parts of Europe full of smoke and light caused by pyrotechnic devices and think that they create a good atmosphere — but they do not. Flares are very dangerous and can cause severe injuries. We are very lucky that no one has been seriously injured or killed by a flare here for a long time.

“This campaign clearly sets out the dangers of flares and smoke bombs. I want to see the courts taking this problem seriously and dealing in the strongest way possible with fans who still illegally smuggle pyrotechnics into football grounds.”

Alan Weir, Head of Medical Services at St John Ambulance said: “We know that St John Ambulance volunteers have treated people for burns and smoke inhalation caused by flares at several football grounds. These cases could have led to disfigurement or other serious injuries so we’re advising fans to seek prompt emergency help should they come into contact with a flare to help prevent their injuries from getting worse. Our volunteers are trained and equipped with life-saving skills to help those who need it. We urge fans to stop using flares and think about the safety of those around them.”

Amanda Jacks, Caseworker at The Football Supporters’ Federation said: "Whether it’s down to concerns around injury, or issues with smoke blocking their view, this survey indicates that a clear majority of fans oppose the use of pyro inside stadiums. This tallies with anecdotal feedback from members.

“Despite this its use does seem to have been on the rise lately, particularly among those fans who see it as a way to improve the atmosphere. However, we would strongly advise against supporters taking flares or smoke bombs into stadiums.

“Putting aside arguments over rights and wrongs the simple fact is it’s against the law and could be an inadvertent danger to other fans. Use pyro in stadiums and there’s a good chance you’ll be caught, get a criminal record, and long-term football banning order. You might even go to jail.

PYROTECHNICS AND FOOTBALL – BACKGROUND FACTS

Pyrotechnics and football – what we know

Pyrotechnics are illegal at football grounds

Being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985. Any person committing such an offence faces arrest and can expect the Court to make a Football Banning Order.

The 2012/13 season saw a record number arrested for pyrotechnics

There were 71 arrests for ‘Possession of a Firework / Flare at a Sporting Event’. This was an increase of 154% on arrests recorded for the 2011/12 season (28). These arrests have occurred at more matches in the Premier League (26) and Championship (21) than in League 1 and League 2 which saw less than five arrests each.

People are getting jailed and banned

•    In November 2013 a Manchester United fan that set off a smoke bomb during their clash with West Bromwich Albion – Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge – was given a two month jail term (suspended for 12 months) and banned from any football grounds for three years.

•    In February 2013 two Chelsea fans were jailed for 28 days and given six year football banning orders for taking smoke bombs into the Liberty Stadium for a match versus Swansea City. Their appeal for the sentence was thrown out.

•    In January 2013 an 18 year old Exeter City fan was jailed for two months and given a six year banning order for attempting to take a smoke bomb into Torquay United v Exeter City.

•    In August 2012 an Oxford United fan was jailed for two months and given a six year banning order for taking a smoke bomb into Home Park for a match versus Plymouth Argyle.

Incidents nearly always involved the away supporters

Of the 172 reported pyrotechnic incidents in the 2012/13 season, 164 were committed by away supporters.

They are used by younger fans

The average age of supporters arrested for pyrotechnic use is 20. Little disorder was reported as a direct result of their use.

What do football clubs do to counter the threat of pyrotechnics?

They gather intelligence

Prior to matches research is undertaken to find relevant intelligence about the visiting Club and the behaviour of their supporters with the Police, with the visiting club’s safety officer and by studying the reports collated on the Football Safety Officers Association website. When it is indicated that a threat exists in relation to smoke bombs, flares or fireworks mitigation is deployed.

How do they mitigate at grounds?

•    Pyrotechnic detection dogs are used as a visible deterrent and detect pyrotechnic devices both at points of entry and on the concourses. Their use is advertised to fans. Amnesty bins for those carrying pyros are often used by clubs.

•    Stewards and Security Officers are briefed on the intelligence relating to the visiting fans and how to react in the event of the illegal ignition of pyrotechnics.

•    Thorough searching of people entering the stadium is undertaken by security officers under the supervision of police.

What safety procedures to clubs have in place?

•         As pyrotechnics can vary in terms of manufacturer, size, duration, behaviour, effects and heat output, clubs treat each item as a ‘worst case scenario’.

•         After immediately informing the Stadium Control Room, stewards will monitor the situation from a safe distance.

•         If practicable they will ensure that spectators are kept away from the source and allow room for the Fire Safety Stewards to gain access to the area.

•         Only trained Fire Safety Stewards will approach and deal with the pyrotechnic situation, with associated Security Steward support as required.

•         They will gather evidence of those responsible for the pyrotechnic activations and request CCTV as appropriate.

Recent examples of injuries caused by pyrotechnics at English football grounds

•    West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United, 20 April 2013 – fans were treated for shrapnel wounds following the setting off of thunder flashes. Debris passed through jeans and caused cuts to legs.

•    Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa, May 2013 – a 15-year-old boy suffered lung damage from a smoke bomb thrown during the game. The boy needed hospital treatment, while two women aged 22 and 24, also required attention for the effects of the device.

•    Liverpool v Everton, May 2013 – an eight year Everton fan was hit by a smoke bomb thrown by fans in the away end. He was treated for a burn on his neck on his first visit to a Merseyside derby.

•    Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur on 20 October 2013 – an assistant referee was struck by a lit smoke canister thrown from the stand.

•    Leeds United v Shrewsbury Town, 11 August 2012 – two supporters were injured, one requiring hospital treatment, when an industrial firework was ignited and thrown in the away supporters’ toilet. 

•    Coventry City v Walsall, 8 December 2012 – a flare was discharged by the Walsall supporters. A steward placed his foot on the device to prevent further smoke escaping, however the sole of his shoe melted causing injury.

•    Leicester City v Sheffield Wednesday, 9 March 2013 – a female supporter received treatment for burns to her leg from one of the smoke bombs thrown between supporters. 

•    Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town, 2 April 2013 – Bolton supporters ignited a flare and an 18 year old youth was treated for burns picking it up.

GROMITS TO VISIT HUISH PARK

May Contain Nuts (& Bolts) Gromit and his two friends to visit YTFC v Wigan on Sunday 10th November.
Yeovil Town host Wigan Athletic at Huish Park on Sunday 10th November and the Silverline May Contain Nuts (& Bolts) Gromit will be in attendance along with two mystery friends! 
Find Nuts and his two friends at the match and tweet your photos to @SilverlineTools and @YTFCOfficial using #IFoundGromit for a chance to win the following: A miniature ‘Paint Your Own’ Gromit, £200 worth of Silverline tools, YTFC family tickets for a match of your choice and £20 YTFC club store gift voucher.
May Contain Nuts (& Bolts) and his two friends will arrive at Huish Park at midday and will be located at three different spots around the club ground, mirroring the Bristol Gromit Trail over the summer. 
80 Gromit Unleashed sculptures were hand painted by famous artists, designers and celebrities from all over the world including Pixar, Cath Kidston, Sir Quentin Blake and Richard Starzak, the creator of Aardman’s hugely popular series ‘Shaun the Sheep’. The Gromits then spent 10 weeks on a public art trail around Bristol! The Gromit Unleashed Charity Art Exhibition raised over £2.3 million for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal to support sick children and their families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
May Contain Nuts is made from over 24,900 individually glued hex nuts, designed by mosaic artist Natalie Guy.
Lauren Kennedy, Silverline Brand Manager, said “We instantly fell in love with May Contain Nuts (& Bolts) Gromit and knew we had to have him. We’re so happy that YTFC fans will be able to enjoy meeting Gromit in his new home town”
Players from YTFC visited Silverline HQ to meet Nuts when he was unveiled in October. Gary Johnson, YTFC Manager said “It’s great to have a Gromit in Yeovil.”
May Contain Nuts and his friends will be at YTFC from midday until KO at 3pm. 

COMMUNITY TRUST HELP LOCAL STAR

Every Season each Football League Club receives a share from the Community Shield fund. This year, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and Yeovil Town F.C. are pleased to be able to use that money to help and support Great Britain Skeleton star Donna Creighton, who lives in Yeovil.
Donna’s dream is to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. However,she receives no funding to support her life as an athlete, so therefore has to support herself whilst she travels for testing and specialised training on the Push Track at the outstanding facilities at the University of Bath.
As a Skeleton Athlete, Donna must negotiate a series of tricky twists and turns, on a one-person sled that offers little protection from the ice or barriers, while reaching speeds of up to 140km/h.
Last Monday, Trust managers, Sara Bradley and Roy O’Brien had the pleasure of representing both the Trust and the Club and joined the British Skeleton Team at Cumberwell Golf Club in Bradford on Avon.
The day, which combined 18 holes of golf followed by a drinks reception and dinner with Amy Williams MBE (Gold Medallist in Vancouver) was organised to send off the Skeleton team for the season, ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February 2014.
 Speaking about the event, Sara Bradley said: “We were absolutely delighted to represent the Trust at the British Skeleton Golf day and Dinner.
“The whole day was extremely well organised and combined with Nigel Laughton, David Henwood and their team’s gracious hospitality this made the day one we will always remember.
“We gained such a valuable insight into the work that they do and it was lovely to have the opportunity to meet Donna as well as Amy Williams MBE who is not only fantastic Ambassador for future Athletes, but for young women.
“We are pleased and honoured to be able to support Donna and look forward to working with her and the British Skeleton Team in the future.”
More information about Donna and the British Skeleton Team can be found by visiting here or by following them on Twitter @BritishSkeleton

JUNIOR GLOVERS TRIP TO WATFORD

The Junior Glovers have arranged a trip to Watford to on Saturday 30th November to cheer the Glovers on.
The coach will leave Huish Park at 8.00am and return at approximately 8.30pm.
 
There are a limited number of adult tickets available but this is primarily a Junior Glovers trip and all children will be supervised by appropriate adults.
Cost of the trip will be Junior Glover £5 – Adult £35. This covers ticket and coach travel.
Previous trips have been very popular so if you would like to attend please email m.cottle@homecall.co.uk ASAP. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Come and support your team away from home.

POLICE SUGGESTED PUBS

The Met Police have issued a list of recommended pubs situated near the Yeovil Town of Wembley Stadium. 

They are keen to point out that this is only a suggested list and Yeovil Town fans will be allowed to socialise anywhere they want and enjoy what promises to be a memorable day.

Wembley Pubs

 

East – Yeovil

 

1) The Torch

1 – 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB

 

2) Crock of Gold

23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB

 

4) Moore Spice

Wembley Retail Park, Unit 2, Engineers Way, HA9 0EH

 

5) Watkins Folly

1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW

 

6) Blue Check Café

12 – 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ

 

18) Alisan Bar

The Junction, Wembley Retail Park, Engineers Way, HA9 0EG

 

19) Crystal Club (Silverspoon)

South Way, Wembley

 

22) The Parish

120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP

 

23) First Class Sports Bar

125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG

 

24) The Wembley Tavern

121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG

 

32) Cheers Bar

45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS

 

BEWARE OF PIRATES

On this, the biggest day of our season, supporters are again reminded to only buy their match merchandise from official sources and not from the likely pirate sellers that will appear around the ground.

Flags, horns, hats etc are available from Mark Kelly who will be situated around the home terrace and Paul Hadlow from the Green & White Supporters Club Shop and of course from the official Club Shop in the main stand.
Any profits from these sources will be passed on to the club unlike the pirates who will not be donating to club funds.

WIN WITH POWERADE

Win the chance to power your club to promotion with Powerade

Powerade are giving fans of the 12 clubs that qualify for the Play-Off Finals the opportunity to win 2 x VIP tickets to the Championship/League1/League2 Play-Off Final, as well as seeing their motivational message of support appear on their team’s Powerade Sports Bottles. Fans will be able to enter the competition on Twitter by tweeting their motivational message using the hashtag #PowerOn.

How to enter

  1. Write your motivational message of support – this has to be 34 characters or less
  2. Add the hash tag #PowerOn
  3. Add the name of your club e.g. @ytfcofficial
  4. Include steps 1,2 +3 in a tweet from your Twitter profile

Example tweet – You have more power than you think #PowerOn @ytfcofficial

The prize

If selected, your motivational message will feature on the very Powerade bottles your club’s players will use during the Play-Off Final. Your words will directly motivate them when they need it most.Not only that but you will win 2 x VIP tickets to the Play-Off Final itself.

 

The fans of clubs that don’t make their division’s Play-Off Final won’t miss out as there will still be the chance to win a signed shirt or ball from their team.

 

Dates

For League 1 and 2 clubs the competition will run from Monday 29th April until Thursday 9th May.

For Championship clubs the competition will run from Monday 6th May – Sunday 19th May

TRUST SEEK COMMUNITY COACHES

Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust are seeking enthusiastic and committed part-time community football coaches to join our successful team. 
Candidates must be flexible and able to work both independently and as part of a team; they must also be able to demonstrate a genuine interest and commitment to the development of grassroots sports programmes and must enjoy working with young people of all abilities. 
As a community coach, you will assist in the teaching/coaching of a variety of client groups of varying ability.  You will assist/lead the delivery of progressive and developmental programmes, maintain and update registers, check all equipment and ensure that a safe and comfortable environment is provided at all times. You must be able to work effectively with a variety of professional partners, parents and children and possess excellent communication skills. 
Candidates must be able to show they already hold the following valid qualifications/certificates:
FA Emergency Aid Certificate (under 3-years-old) 
FA Enhanced CRB Disclosure (under 3-years-old) 
Minimum Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football (Assistant Coaches) 
FA Licence (within 3 months of qualification/start date) 
Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football preferable (essential for Lead Coaches) 
Full driving licence and own transport highly desirable 
Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer and supports continual professional development.
If you feel you have the necessary attributes to be a great community coach, and would like to join the team at Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, please contact us on 01935 706671 or e-mail Roy O’Brien on ROBrien@ytfc.net

CHRISTMAS CARDS IN THE MARQUEE

 

As part of the Christmas celebrations at Huish Park this year, players and management have signed a number of Yeovil Town Football Club Christmas cards to show their appreciation of the magnificent support of our fans and to wish them a Happy Christmas.

All Yeovil Town supporters that go into the marquee before the Oldham match this Saturday will be given a FREE draw ticket for the chance to have one of these signed cards.

The draw will take place at 2.00pm in the marquee and those with the lucky numbers will receive their signed Christmas card.

The marquee will be open from 12.00pm so come along early and get your draw ticket and the chance to have one of these very special Christmas cards.

JUNIOR GLOVERS TRIP

The Junior Glovers have arranged a trip to watch Southampton v Chelsea on Saturday 5 January 2013.  

The coach will leave Huish Park at 11.00am and return to Huish Park at approx 7.00pm.

 

The cost of the trip will be £12 for Junior Glovers and £38 for adults. This trip is only open to Junior Glovers and priority will be given to them over adult tickets.  All children will be supervised.  The cost includes ticket and coach travel.

 

If you would like to watch Premiership teams in action please e-mail m.cottle@homecall.co.uk