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Introduction

Young players are introduced to mini-soccer so that by Under 11, players have acquired the skills and knowledge required to participate in the full 11-a-side game. This progression has been designed to facilitate the changing developmental abilities of children as they mature with the emphasis being on the improvement of individual skills through purposeful and enjoyable activities. Provision is made for testing these skills in match situations during a limited number of competitive fixtures and tournaments each season.

Players then move up to the junior section -Under 11's to Under 16's (school year 6) played to FA rules with variations for each age group, distinguishing it from the adult game.

We also have a senior section, consisting of an U17 team and an open-age team too. Our players progress through the club, feeding our senior teams. We are very proud to be able to offer children the opportunity of playing football from 7 years of age to adulthood.

Federation of Clubs for Young People

Four Oaks has been a long-standing member of the Federation of Clubs for Young People. This enables our members opportunities to undertake a wide variety of other sporting activities during the year. The Birmingham head quarters are at Bilbury Hill, Longbridge and offers weekend courses and activities that are sometimes residential. There are also regional and national competitions available, for example pool, canoeing, basketball, snooker and table tennis. For further information please contact your team manager.

The Charter Standard Club Award

The Football Association has introduced the Charter Standard Club Award as a method of examining, maintaining and improving the provision of football. The accreditation aims to recognise the effort and achievement of those clubs that reach, maintain and improve on the required standards of a committed, safe, effective, child-friendly club.

Clubs applying for this award complete an assessment file to show that their programme meets the required standards. The F.A. is committed to support all clubs who are working towards accreditation.

Coach qualifications

We have a growing number of experienced and trained coaches, all of whom are understanding and aware of the needs of developing football players at various ages and levels of ability. Almost every team has an F.A. qualified coach working with them to further enhance the quality of provision made.

Criminal Records Bureau

The FA now insists that all managers are CRB cleared to enable them to work with children. As a Charter Standard Club, Four Oaks adheres to this policy.

How do I register?

All members must register with the club and the F.A To register with the club, please complete the club registration/Medical Consent Form. Members will also need to complete a League Registration Form, available from the relevant manager, attaching passport photographs as required.

How much does it cost to join?

SubsScription fee is £40 per player and 10 monthly subs fees of £25. All families, as a condition of membership, are expected to complete a Gift Aid Declaration Form to enable the club to claim additional funds from Her Majesty's Tax Office and therefore enable us to keep our costs to a minimum. Teams also charge either a weekly or a monthly fee. Please contact the relevant manager for further details.

What kit do I need?

Players should come adequately equipped to cope with the likely weather conditions. Shirt and shorts are fine in warm weather. When it is cold and wet, layers of warm and waterproof clothing are essential (waterproof top/tracksuit bottoms or similar).

  • Boots with all studs (new FA regulations officially prevent a player from entering the pitch if they are missing a stud)
  • Shin guards
  • Drink (fizzy drinks can cause stomach cramps and are not advisable)
  • Match kit - club shirt, shorts and socks are required

Child Protection Policy

The care and supervision of the youngsters in our care is paramount. Under F.A. guidelines we have adopted a Child Protection Policy and Codes of Conduct. We have Codes of Conduct for our players, for our managers and coaches and also for the parents and supporters. These are all included inside this pack. The Child Protection Policy encompasses various policies including a photo policy, equality policy as well as guidelines and procedures relating to disclosure, suspicions and allegations of abuse within or outside the club.

Please do not hesitate to contact either a member of the committee, a Child Protection Officer or any manager of the club if you have any concerns or questions.

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