Setting up a Club

Grassroots football is played by millions of people each weekend to have fun. It’s a great way of keeping fit physically, while spending time with friends. New teams are regularly set up to meet demand. Before starting up a new team, you should ask: are there enough potential players? Are there enough volunteers to run the club?

Firstly, all Clubs need to act within the rules of The Football Association. Clubs should appoint volunteers to become Club Officials. All clubs should appoint a:

Chairperson
Treasurer
Secretary

In addition, all youth teams must have a Club Welfare Officer, this person must have an FA CRB check and must have attended a Safeguarding Children Workshop and a Welfare Officer Workshop, and those working with children need to have an FA CRB check.

All clubs have to affiliate to North Riding County Football Association every season. Affiliation acts as a quality assurance and a safety net to help protect Players, Clubs, Officials and Administrators. The Football Development Team can advise on a suitable League or competition membership for your team/s.

Clubs should understand the rules of the League they enter. Fixtures are administered by the League, advising clubs of forthcoming games. For home matches, the secretary must arrange pitch hire and notify opponents and officials the kick-off time and venue. For away games, tell your players the kick-off time and arrange transport if necessary.

The League and Cup Competitions you enter will have rules regarding player registration. These rules will be provided to you on entering the Competition. At this point it is important to organise adequate insurance for players in case of accident or injury, this is mandatory for all Adult Teams affiliated to The North Riding County FA. Youth Teams have Insurance provided with their Affiliation. See the Insurance tab in Clubs & Leagues drop down box. All player discipline is administered by the County FA and the Club secretary is responsible for ensuring all players are eligible to play.

You should apply to the relevant Local Authority, Parish Council, non-league team or private pitch owner to hire a pitch for training sessions and home games. Pitch hire costs and terms vary widely, so take note of these, Public Liability Insurance is covered by The North Riding County FA for all affiliated teams so you will be fully covered for matches and training. You will also need to organise kit for your team.

As a new club, it will be important to raise funds quickly to cover the essential expenditure such as Affiliation fees, League membership fee, pitch hire charges and kit. Decide on the fee for players subscriptions and set up a bank account in the Club name.

New club checklist:

Select Club name and colours
Appoint Club officials
Affiliate with your local County Football Association and register with the league you wish to enter
Produce a list of running costs
Understand the rules of the League you wish to enter
Familiarise yourself with Safeguarding Children rules if running a team including under-18s or vulnerable adults
Purchase suitable kit and equipment
Hire pitches for matches and training
Raise fund and set up a cCub bank account
Notify members of fixtures and liaise with opposition

The attached pdf documents gives you more detail on organising these tasks and click on the links for more advice. If you require further help please contact Donna Crowthers or Paul Campbell on 01642 717779 or email donna.crowthers@northridingfa.com or paul.campbell@northridingfa.com

 

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