July 2023 edition #18

  • Club News
    • Forward Planning dates
    • 2023/ 2024 New season
      • Registrations & Membership
      • Respect – we all play apart
  • Newsletter
    • Opportunity for someone with a passion for journalism
    • Tell us what you think?
  • Pre Season Countdown
  • Soccer Tots  – New teams & Spond registrations for new season
  • Girls Football
  • Coaches Corner – Should my child play one sport?
  • Tournament photos – A look at some of the summer tournaments our teams have been enjoying


  • Committee details
  • Wellbeing


Happy holidays – We wish you a fantastic summer holiday break with your families.

2024 dates –  Key dates to plan in your diaries

AGM – Tuesday 5th September 2023 – (venue TBC)
Quiz night   -Tuesday 19th September  (see Andy Hellier for more details)
Fun Run –  Saturday 11th May 2024
Presentation – Saturday 8th June 2024
Club Tournament – Saturday / Sunday  13th
& 14th July

Registrations – new season 2023 / 24

Managers / Coaches will be asking parents to sign up and register for the new 2023/24 season soon and we ask for your help by providing the information as promptly as possible. It really helps to get everyone registered.
Don’t forget to complete the:

  • Players Members form – (document hub on the website) this must be completed for each player and provides important consent (Medical / Photos / Club Governance)
  • Volunteers form’  (document hub on the website) for any role you play as part of the team (this includes Managers, Coaches, and Parent Helpers)

Respect – We all play a part
Your support as parents wearing the ‘Respect Steward’ Hi-vis at every match does not go unnoticed.(this is a league requirement) It sends a powerful message to everyone involved in youth football that we all have a role to play in creating a positive and enjoyable environment for our children to develop their skills and love for the game.

We believe every child deserves a safe and supportive environment to play football, where they can learn, grow, and have fun. With your continued support, we can create the best possible atmosphere for everyone involved.

So, thank you once again for your dedication and for being an active participant in nurturing a positive football culture. Together, we can make a lasting impact on our children’s lives and help them thrive both on and off the pitch.

Check out this great video, a Dad trying to live out his own dreams, do you recognize this?

Top Tips for Football Parents, supporters

Newsletter – 
Our newsletter plays a vital role in engaging and communicating with our Fleur De lys club members. And to ensure that our newsletter continues to serve its purpose effectively, we need your input. We kindly request you to share your feedback by completing the survey provided below.  Click here to complete the survey

Additionally, we are seeking individuals who are passionate about journalism and would be interested in joining our editing team. This opportunity is open to both club members and individuals you may know who are studying media and would benefit from gaining practical experience.

If you or someone you know fits this description, please reach out to Jerome. Your participation and contributions will be highly valued and greatly appreciated. Together, let’s make our newsletter more impactful and engaging for all!

Tell us what you think

As we head toward the new 2023/24 season there will be lots of behind-the-scenes preparations.
Registrations, club membership forms, ordering kits/equipment, maintenance on the goals, clearing out our Container, / Shed,  the list goes on.

To help we ask parents to respond to any of your team managers’ requests for information or time to help as promptly as you can.
We will also as a club be sharing over the weeks leading up to the new season some reminders of what we all need to do to ensure we create the best environment for our children to play football the game we love.

Look out for these from your team managers

Soccer Tots
Soccer Tots – Back September 4th 

Great to see our 2 new U7 teams in action over the summer and getting ready for their footballing journey.  It was a privilege to see them play a friendly and to see how much they have developed already and play good passing football, well-done coaches and good luck.

Saturday 4th September we will be starting back with Soccer Tots with 2 sessions. Soccer Tots is open to boys and girls (must be at least age 3+) and we will run 2 sessions, it is £3.50 per session.

To register your child (we are using SPOND) please complete the relevant link below
09.00 – 10.00 – Pre School & Reception year (September 23)
10.15 – 11.15 – School Year 1 (September 23)

**All parents & Guardians must stay with their children, this is not child care**

All sessions will be run by a Qualified lead coach who is DBS cleared and have relevant First aid and safeguarding certifications.

Parent Helper – Volunteers
As a ‘Parent Helper,’ you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the boys & girls and help create a fun and safe environment for them to learn and enjoy football. Your support will be invaluable in assisting the coaches and allowing them to focus on individual development within smaller groups.

We understand that volunteering requires time and effort, and as a token of our appreciation for your commitment, the club is willing to cover the costs of the relevant DBS certification. This will ensure that all volunteers are eligible and suitable to work with children, providing peace of mind for both parents and the club.

By becoming a ‘Parent Helper,’ you not only get to witness the progress and growth of your child first-hand, but you also play a significant role in fostering a love for the sport in other children as well. Your involvement will contribute to a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. You are there watching your children so why not get involved?

We encourage you to consider this opportunity and join us in creating a supportive and engaging environment for the boys & girls. Together, we can help develop their football skills and cultivate their passion for the beautiful game.

If you are interested please contact Jerome 07774127866

Here are our new U7 Teams getting ready for September 2023. Thank you Emma, Richard, James, Beth, Jack and Zaki for starting out as volunteers and joining in the fun.

Girls football update

1 year on and our girl’s football continues to thrive. Our U13 team finished the year much stronger than they started, even managing a win along the way. The improvement in their performances was clearly visible. We also continue to offer training to the U8-U12 age group and despite it taking longer than we hoped, Lee and I were able to step away and focus on the U13 team a month ago thanks largely to Chris Joliffe who has stepped forward to help out. In fact, things are looking so good, we are very likely to be in a position to enter a second team into the Hampshire girls football league at the U11 age group. That all said, we need more volunteers so please if anyone knows of a parent who would be interested please send them my way.

Anyway, back to the U13’s. Despite a difficult season, the girls never gave up and in late June we entered our first-ever tournament. I am sure everyone thought we would be the easy team to beat but they surprised everyone by topping their group. However, as we have seen so many times with our national team, heartbreak followed by way of a penalty shootout loss (main picture) . That all said, the girls absolutely loved every minute of it and they showed just how far they have come.

I wanted to say a big shout-out to Kris & Natalie Johnston and Darryl & Debbie Saunders, both sets of parents have stepped forward and offered to sponsor us next season. Thank you guys its really appreciated. We also had the added bonus of Lee’s brother-in-law sponsoring us and an unbelievable donation from one of our girls (Evie) Nan. All we can say is thank you it makes such a big difference.

Finally here is a picture of our player of the season Larissa, you will notice the shield. This has plenty of space on it and we hope becomes a legacy for many years to come for all of our Fleur’s girls teams.

Coaches Corner
As coaching evolves, it does not matter how experienced we are, we can always learn and in youth football, our parents can play a huge part by understanding what we are coaching your children. Perhaps have a read and have a discussion with your coach & other parents. We are all in this together.

Please listen and complete the poll

Long-term sport development.  “Should my child play one sport?”

Agree / Disagree / Neither disagree or agree

Summer tournament, Summer Fun

Tournaments are a great way to have a lot of fun, playing differently, with different formations and different positions is all about development, playing with your friends just makes it the best time ever.

Here are some pictures of lots of fun and a bit of raising money,  well done U10 Warriors:

U10 Admiral – Winning winning the Portchester tournament
U8 plate winners at Fareham Town
U16 Runners up Havant & Waterlooville

Staying connected to the local community is what helps communities thrive.  If you know of any local businesses you would like to promote please let us know.

For this Newsletter, we are happy to share Anytime Fitness who reached out to let us know about their wellbeing classes.

Email to Fleur de Lys from Anytime Fitness

Good Afternoon

Thank you so much for getting back to us and please do keep us in mind for any upcoming events ….. we can also offer free wellbeing sessions i will attach the information to this email we would also like to offer you and your coaches  some free 3-day guest passes to our gym we like to give something back to our community and we know how much hard work you all put in  with the kids .

Being a community-based gym and brand, we are keen to engage in the local area to help support your wellness and healthy living goals. I’d love to catch up with you locally over a coffee to see what we can do to kick start or continue your employees’ fitness and wellbeing journey.

It has been found that companies which offer wellness activities to their employees can significantly reduce sickness rates, stress levels and in turn improve their retention and productivity.

Our free Wellness Day can be carried out either in a group or on an individual basis, in a conference room or staff canteen and is completed free of charge.

Your local Anytime Fitness is based in Cosham and is a 24/7 gym offering:

  • Studio/virtual classes
  • Full cardio offering
  • Resistance kit and free weights areas
  • Functioning training including rigs
  • Friendly personal trainers and staff
  • A welcoming and safe environment with a community feel

Our mission 
To promote fitness and healthy living as an affordable and necessary part of everyday life for everyone in our local communities no matter what fitness ability, age, gender or race.

We can also offer a safe place to workout / talk within our private studio we can offer more if this is of interest to you

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you soon and explaining more about our fantastic wellness opportunity. In the meantime, feel free to pop into the gym and I will be happy to introduce you to the team.

Kind regards,

Trina – Manager 
Maria -Membership Advisor  
Ellie – Membership Advisor & PT  

02392 988004 

Fleur de Lys FC is very much a community club and the committee are guardians to ensure our club continues to thrive and bring football in a safe and nurturing environment.  Please feel free to contact any of the committee if you have any questions.

Chair Steve Jackson 07910 365674 steve@sreltd.co.uk
Vice Chair Jerome Carroll 07774 127866 Jerome.carroll@manpowergroup.co.uk
Secretary Rhiannon Perez Hiedra 07811321643 secretary@fleurdelysfc.co.uk
Treasurer Ian Hackney 07983 468186 treasurer@fleurdelysfc.co.uk
Child Welfare Officer Justin Davenport 07773388368 cwo@fleurdelysfc.co.uk
Coordinator Kerrie Kilford 07828 246395 kkilf@hotmail.com

Fleur de Lys FC agreed with Portsmouth City Council to a 25 year lease at Drayton Park and the following members are ‘Trustees’ of the lease.

Steve Jackson – 07910 365674
Kerrie Kilford – 07828 246395
Simon England – 07800 964514

Safeguarding & Wellbeing

We take very seriously the safeguarding and wellbeing of all the players, parents, coaches and anyone associated with Fleur de Lys football club. For our wellbeing we have 2 qualified mental health first aiders in Jerome Carroll and Sam Leng who are available should anyone wish to talk.  As a club our CWO has been working to ensure all teams coaches, managers and volunteers have completed the relevant qualifications to ensure everyone in our care is able to play and enjoy football in a safe environment. We are all responsible for the safeguarding of everyone associated with Fleurs, so we thought to share some useful links and details you may find useful

Online Safeguarding Children Re-Certification – Managers / Coaches
SafeGuarding Children in Football – Parents
Childline – 0800 1111
NSPCC Helpline – 08088005000

Mental Health First aiders:
Sam Leng 07775 671737
Jerome Carroll 07774 127866
Vicki  – 07814422610

If you, or someone you know, may need some support, someone to talk to or just listen, please get in touch. It’s completely confidential.


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