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Enfield Town FC In The Community
After the demise of the Enfield F.C. Football in the Community scheme when their Southbury Road site was sold a huge hole was left in the facilities for local children to be coached affordably by qualified football coaches. Enfield Town Football Club, along with Enfield Town Ladies FC have launched a new scheme and have recently been granted some office space from Enfield Council and have made the first steps in appointing a full time Football in the Community Officer and begun after-school coaching in Brimsdown Junior School with a view to getting involved with many more schools and organisations.
The medium-term ambition is to progress to in-school coaching, after-school coaching and Holiday Soccer Courses. We intend to target both the children of Of the middle classes as well as those less well off, underprivileged and the disabled. We will not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex or ability. The club is intent on developing its links with the local community and we have continued to build on some of the initiatives started in season 2002/03.
One of the main ways of achieving this is to provide coaching opportunities for children. We are currently working with the Local education authority and the Middlesex FA to do just that. Children of the borough are being given the chance to take part in schemes run by the club. We have begun working in some schools already and have plans to roll out the scheme to others as soon as we can.
Summer coaching events were run in Bush Hill Park last year and it is hoped that we can do some more of this during the coming months. These were open access events where children were free to participate in the activities taking place.
Courses for coaching qualifications are being provided by the club. We have already successfully run a Level One coaching course, which was attended by players and officials of ETFC along with representatives of other local football clubs. These include our friends at Enfield Tigers, Enfield Town Ladies, Brimsdown Rovers and Winchmore Hill. These courses are run in conjunction with the Middlesex FA and benefit the local community by increasing the number of qualified coaches available in the local area. It is intended to run more of these courses in the future.
Enfield Ladies has recently taken the decision to affiliate to the Middlesex FA as Enfield Town Ladies FC. This is a big step for both clubs, but the enormity of this decision by the Ladies cannot be underestimated. This has not been a hurried decision, but the result of a relationship between the two clubs based on mutual respect, and shared ideals. Enfield Town Ladies are committed to providing footballing opportunities in the borough for girls of all ages. They currently have over a hundred members, participating in teams at the moment, and are very proud of their success and high standards. It is hoped that over time we will all be able to work together to build a club to be proud of.
We also continue to strengthen our ties with local youth club Enfield Tigers. In the medium term, we have plans to employ a football in the community officer or OFICO who would be responsible for running the club's activities in this development. We are exploring ways to finance this without putting a drain on the clubıs resources. As a result we have decided to seek charitable status for our football in the community activities. We are also working on a bid for a grant from the football foundation to kick start our programme. The prime purpose of the football in the community scheme will be to encourage the enjoyment of football in all parts of the community.
These developments are taking time, but once completed, should serve the club and the community well for the future.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Community Scheme, coaching in local schools or just want more information on the scheme call Scott Reed on 07779 155347.