St Peters FC Academy is delighted to welcome back all players and parents for the 2020/21 season. This has been a strange and hopefully an exceptional year. We trust all of you have come through COVID-19 unscathed and are ready to enjoy your football once again.
As always, the safety of our players and coaches will be paramount and we will need to follow some clear guidelines. For training, all players should arrive in their kit ready to start the session, they should bring the following with them: A full water bottle (clearly marked with the individual’s name), a small towel and an individual hand sanitiser. As the arrival and departure will need to be carefully managed, we ask for your help and co-operation by arriving no more than 10 minutes before the start time and at the end of the session depart as promptly as possible. Please use the one-way entry and exit system at St Georges car park.
At the start of each session, the coach will remind the players of the simple procedures that should be followed. He will also ask players to be signed in and out of each session with a parent contact number supplied for emergency purposes.
We need to ensure that we have the necessary up-to-date information for each of our players and if you haven’t already completed a registration form please complete one at the first training session. We would also appreciate the seasons club subscription being paid if you haven’t already done so. Payments can be made online via our web site, click on subscriptions 2020/21, move to Academy click the red subscription link and follow the instructions. This is the easier and preferred method but if you prefer, payment can be made by bank transfer direct to the Academy Account or by cheque made payable to ‘St Peter FC Academy’. The registration form has full details.
We would also like to draw your attention to our monthly draw, which helps the Club and provides each entrant with the opportunity to win several prizes from £50 to £20 and £10 every month for 10 months for an outlay of just £10 for the season. This equates to just a £1 a draw. Half of all monies collected are guaranteed to be used as prize money. Entry forms will be available from your coach or can be downloaded from our web site.
We also take this opportunity to remind you of our online club sports shop, which supplies high-quality Nike items at advantageous prices, everything can be seen and purchased via the link on the web site ( https://www.clubwebshop.com/a-z/clubs/stpeterfc/). If you need assistance or guidance please feel free to contact our Academy Secretary, Mary Pack email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to an exciting season ahead with everyone performing to the best of their ability. We want all our players, above everything, to enjoy their football as that is the very best environment for them to learn and develop their abilities. It is important that we always play the game in the right spirit and set the example to other clubs by showing respect and sportsmanship to our opponents and officials at all times.
We always welcome new players to St Peter in all age groups, however, we would particularly like to add players to our U14, U15 and U16 squads. We would welcome and indeed ask for your support, in bringing this opportunity to the attention of any youngster who would like to enjoy his football and improve his game. Please contact Rui Marques on 07797 790388 or email email@example.com
We have some fine players emerging throughout all age groups and we will be doing everything to ensure that we harness that talent and that they continue to progress to the next level.
Head Coach, Rui Marques and his coaching team are looking forward to meeting up with their respective squads and to unleashing all that inbuilt energy that we are sure has been building up. Whilst the older age groups have already resumed training, our younger age groups will be back in action from WC Monday 7th September.If any questions remain unanswered please either contact your coach or the enquiries section of our web site and we will respond as swiftly as possible.
A final thanks to all the parents for your patience and understanding and for all the help you give to the Academy in so many different ways.
Best wishes to you all, Players, Parents, Coaches and all helpers.
Good luck for the season, our aim is progress and above all to ensure the enjoyment of the beautiful game.
Chairman St Peter FC Academy
August 2020. ( For and on behalf of the Academy Committee)
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St Peter FC regret to announce that the 17th consecutive annual Everton FC Summer Camp which was due to run from the 27th July has been cancelled. The Club has been in regular contact with Everton FC and the two clubs believe the logistical difficulties and the imponderables that currently exist because of the pandemic, make it difficult to provide certainty and the Clubs feel they have no option but to cancel the July event. It is hoped to find an alternative date for later in the year.
Brian Foulser, St Peter FC Academy Chairman commented,
”This is a major disappointment to everyone at St Peter, particularly Mike Horman and all those volunteers who have spent a considerable amount of time planning this important week in the St Peter FC calendar. We appreciate that a great number of young players will be disappointed and upset at missing out on something they have been looking forward to for a long time. It is an event that provides so much enjoyment for around 160 Island youngsters and its longevity speaks volumes. We offer our deepest regret and apologies to all of them”
Everton FC co-ordinator and Senior Community Coach Sean Robertson said
“We were hoping that the situation would have eased, as we always look forward to visiting St Peter and coaching the abundance of talent that exists in Jersey, it is a major highlight in our year. The current restrictions would mean that we would have to quarantine for 14 days in Jersey. The event itself would be severely restricted by social distancing and non-contact. Whilst we hope things will improve, people require certainty and the health and safety of the young players and the coaches attending has been our first consideration. We will be searching for an alternative date when it is hoped we will still run our 17th consecutive annual Summer Camp”
All those players who have registered will receive a full refund and this will be completed over the next 4 weeks.
The St Peter Club will be involved in a major cost limiting exercise as they try to unravel bookings made for air tickets, hotels, marquees and other ancillary necessary support items.
An announcement regarding a revised date for the event to be staged will be made later, if and when a mutually suitable date is found and government restrictions are relaxed. contd
St Peter FC Academy is delighted to announce that Rui Marques has been appointed as Head Coach of the Junior section of St Peter FC. Marques takes up his responsibilities with immediate effect even though a date for the return of football to the Island has still to be agreed.
Rui has a wealth of coaching experience and has enjoyed a great deal of success, particularly in his time with St Peter. In 2018/19 he managed and coached the U18 squad who swept all before them winning every single game they played in the Channel Islands, League Champions two cups and the Channel Island Trophy when they comprehensively beat St Martin AC, the Guernsey League Champions for the Portsmouth Trophy. In a pre-season tour, they defeated 3 top junior teams of professional or semi-professional clubs, including Gillingham FC U18’s.
From 64 starting teams in the Kent FA U18 County Cup, they battled through 4 rounds before losing narrowly to Folkestone Invicta in the Semi-Final. Rui Marques went on to manage the St Peter FC first team during the 2019/20 season and did an outstanding job in the most difficult circumstances.
Youth players were given their opportunity and seized their chance to provide the Club with an exciting and promising future. For personal reasons, Rui decided to stand down from his first-team role and he now wishes to return to his passion for being involved in the development of young players. Marques has very clear ideas on the structure and coordinated planning that is required to bring out the best in young players and enhance their natural talents.
St Peter Academy Chairman, Brian Foulser said
“we are absolutely delighted to have such a talented coach to Head up our Academy, I know he is committed to taking a fresh look at the way we approach the development of young players, together with providing the necessary support that is required for the coaching team. He knows it is essential a coach enjoys the role and feels they are supported, to enable them to become even more effective. I am excited about the future and look forward to once again working with an outstanding coach.”
An enthusiastic Marques said,
“I am delighted to be taking up the position of Head Coach of the Academy and I am grateful for the opportunity the Club has offered me. Developing our young
players are something I am extremely passionate about and by having a significant impact as to how the Club approaches player development is an exciting new challenge and one I consider a privilege.
With the help of the outstanding coaches within the Academy, the aim is to build on what is already an excellent youth set up. The foundation of our aims will be to give our young players a holistic football ‘education’ while also teaching them the St Peter values, Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship, it’s a challenge I relish.”
The club has already announced their new 1st X1 management team, headed by Elliot Powell along with Dan Garton, Gary Powell and Paul Brannan. They bring a refreshing appetite to the task, with a mixture of youth, experience and proven coaching skills.
This has been a challenging and frustrating season for all clubs for several reasons, not least the abruptness at which the season concluded in an unfinished state. The appointment of Marques and the new 1st team management gives the St Peter Club tremendous optimism for the future. Commenting on his appointment, Elliott Powell said
“I’m delighted to accept the position as first-team Manager at St Peter. It’s a club with a rich history and I am honoured and proud that the committee has entrusted my coaching team and me with this responsibility. The infrastructure and ambition of the club was an opportunity that we simply could not turn down, we can’t wait to get started.”
For further information:
Brian Foulser – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (01534) 851075
Rui Marques – email@example.com Tel: 07797 790388
Elliott Powell – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07397 198505
Below is a link to the training page for players during this lockdown. These may be completed indoors or outdoors during their 1hr workout time outside. We hope to continue regular training soon.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic situation, we regret the coaching course has had to be cancelled. Please contact the Saints Foundation for a refund if you have registered. Thank you for your understanding.
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The English and Jersey Football Associations, on the advice of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have today suspended all grassroots football in both the UK and Jersey, with immediate effect until further notice. This includes matches at both Senior and Academy level and also includes training and coaching sessions. Whilst no time limit has been placed on this restriction, it is unfortunately possible for it to continue for a prolonged period.
We will, of course, monitor the advice constantly and be guided by the FA/JFA whose actions will be based on Governmental guidance. The Government has also decreed that no mass gatherings should take place and social distancing should be practised at all times for the foreseeable future.
It is with regret therefore that the Awards Night will have to be delayed until the COVID19 virus is firmly under control.
We have a fine and talented group of players across all age groups in the Academy and a brilliant team of coaches. It is appreciated that you will all be frustrated by not being able to enjoy the game you love; however, it is important to keep yourself fit by remaining active. We will endeavour to publish some routines on this web site that you can practise by yourself. When this unprecedented situation passes, as it surely will, we can all return and enjoy the game we love. By keeping ourselves fit and working to develop our individual skills, we can ensure we get off to a flying start when we return and enable St Peters to continue to set high standards and remain the Club that others try to emulate.
Remember to watch for the updates and the training and development routines on the Academy web-site
I trust you and your families keep safe and well. We look forward to welcoming you back to St Peter FC /St Georges as soon as possible.
Chairman St Peter FC Academy
St Peter FC U18’s had another early start on Sunday 2nd February for the quarter-final game against Sevenoaks Town FC. All of their games have had to be played away, so leaving on the 7.30 am red-eye wasn’t a new experience. The week leading up to the game was a worrying time, with two or three injuries to key players and the news that the teams only registered goalkeeper Pierce Roche had sustained a broken bone in his hand and would be out of action for several weeks. Former U16 keeper Joe Harrington (who now turned to Rugby) was re-signed and agreed to be the custodian for one of the biggest games a St Peter Junior team has ever played. The team arrived at the Bourne Stadium full of confidence and ready to give everything to win a place in the semis.
The team started tentatively and were just getting into their stride when a Sevenoaks corner from the left wasn’t dealt with and was scrambled into the net in the 12th minute. 3 minutes later worse was to happen, a long diagonal ball to the far post, saw the Sevenoaks tall rangy winger head home to make it 2-0. It looked like being a long afternoon just 15 minutes into the game. Playing the favourites to win the competition, St Peter had given them a two-goal start. It was clear that the 3rd goal would be crucial. Instead of heads dropping, this proved to be the turning point, the belief and determination grew. Playing the ball around well, the reds were in a period of domination. A beautiful move involving 5 passes found Tommy Boarer on the ball and his beautifully weighted ball found Jan Bentley in the clear. Although he was being closed down rapidly, Jan hit a fine shot past the keeper from 20 yards, 2-1 after 20 minutes. All the pressure was now coming from St Peter, the brilliant midfield trio of Toby Ritzema, Tommy Boarer and Luke Lister were controlling the game. The Kent teams defence was beginning to look vulnerable under pressure. Toby Ritzema whose work rate was phenomenal struck a firm shot to the keepers bottom right corner which he just managed to turn around the post. From the resultant beautifully struck corner, Tommy Boarer leapt highest to nod home the equaliser after just 26 minutes. Just two minutes later from another Danny Fernandes corner, Boarer was there again to head goal-wards only for the keeper to push the ball onto the bar. Sevenoaks came back into the game and young Joe Harrington was put to the test making three outstanding saves.
Half time 2-2 and all to play for.
Once again, the Jersey team started the second half slowly and the Kent team dominated the early exchanges, strategically testing the reds defence with crosses into the area. From one of these a loose clearance found its way to the Sevenoaks striker unmarked on the edge of the box, who took a couple of strides before hitting a left-foot volley giving Harrington no chance. 3-2 Sevenoaks with 52 minutes on the clock. This was a trigger for St Peter to have another spell in the ascendancy, playing some delightful one-touch football. Half chances came and went. In the 60th minute, the odds appeared to be against a St Peter victory when keeper Joe Harrington went down with a badly pulled groin muscle. With no Goal-keeper on the bench, centre back Kacper Smilek took over the jersey with James Carr moving to centre back alongside Ben Hamilton and Andre Dias taking over the left-back slot.
Hamilton was performing heroics in preventing the Sevenoaks highly rated First team striker from having any impact on the game. Rhys Thomas was controlling the threat down the Sevenoaks left flank. Ritzema, Boarer and Lister were in control of the midfield, with Jan Bentley and Danny Fernandes providing width and causing Sevenoaks problems down the flanks. Several near chances presented themselves but it took until the 75th minute before the decisive pinpointed pass from Ben Hamilton found Ryan Marcinko who quickly turned his marker and was in on goal before a desperate last-ditch tackle brought him down. Penalty St Peter, Marcinko grabbed the ball and struck it firmly into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. 3-3. Straight from the re-start nerves were on edge when a silly foul was committed on the edge of the area 30 yards out. The Kent team were very well-coached with their set-pieces. Kacper Smilek, however, pulled off a great save to push the resultant kick over the bar.
Full time 3-3 30 minutes of extra time both teams were keeping it tight without too many clear cut chances for either side.
St Peter had a scare when Smilek dropped the ball which appeared to be heading over the line but he made a magnificent recovery to clear the ball away safely. In the closing minutes of extra time, Luke Lister dribbled past three players, struck the ball sweetly with his left foot only for it to go inches the wrong side of the post. One further chance for Sevenoaks when their striker found himself clear on goal only for James Carr to pull off a magnificent last-ditch tackle to clear. From the resultant corner, Smilek punched clear finding Boarer who played skipper Toby Ritzema through on goal only for the referee to blow the final whistle before he could shoot. 3-3 after extra time
120 minute of play and now the drama of the penalty shoot-out.
St Peter went first, through skipper Toby Ritzema neither keeper was getting a hand on the ball although Kacper Smilek got very close to two of them.
More successful strikes from Marcinko, Jan Bentley, and Luke Lister gave St Peter a 4-3 lead and up stepped the young fourth penalty taker for Sevenoaks and Kacper Smilek made himself the hero of this fantastic game with a fine save diving to his right. It was now down to Tommy Boarer, with all the pressure on him he cracked the ball into the bottom corner to put St Peter FC into the semi-final of this prestigious competition 5-3 0n penalties. From 64 starting teams, they are now into the last four
Although they did it the hard way from 2-0 down, there is no doubt that overall on the balance of play and the outstanding football played it was a deserved result against a team riding high at the top of their league and unbeaten to date in the best Junior league in Kent.
Every credit must go to the two coaches, Karl Benest and Anthony Lister for the work they have done with this squad and the way they managed the team when problems were confronting them during the game.
After the game, Benest said
“I was delighted with the overall performance and commitment of all 15 players. Their attitude and willingness to work for each other was outstanding.
The team spirit in this squad is as strong as any I have experienced over the past few years, we thoroughly deserved to win this match. When you go 2-0 down so early in a game it takes belief and courage to fight back to win the game” He went on to say “ I think we have a great squad who can go on and win this competition”
“I am so pleased and proud of this squad, from going down 2-0 to the cup favourites on their home ground, fighting back to 2-2 and then coming back again from 3-2 down and holding their nerve in the penalty shoot-out, shows the spirit there is in this
“ Joe Harrington stepped in to keep goal only 48 hours before kick-off and did a great job for the team. Our centre back Kacper then volunteered to take over when Joe was injured and also did a brilliant job, culminating in saving the key penalty.The team have worked hard during the last few weeks on tactics, such as high press and set pieces and this is beginning to pay off. The Island Coaches should be watching some of these young players not currently in the squad more closely. It’s a pleasure to coach and be part of this U18 set up with St Peter’s. we are certainly repaying the support and opportunities the club offer these young boys.”
“If they continue to work hard as teammates and friends, there is no knowing what this group can achieve, they play football in the right spirit and have fun on and off the pitch.”
Brian Foulser 3/3/20
For further information
Brian Foulser – email@example.com Tel; 851075
Karl Benest – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel;07700 369911
Anthony Lister – email@example.com Tel; 07797 750419
Jersey’s top and most long-lived professional soccer coaching week will be running again in the last week in July. The 17th consecutive year that this highly popular event has taken place. The successful format has evolved over the years and no doubt there will be one or two additions for 2020. Back in 2003 when the relationship began David Moyes was the Manager of Everton managing them for 10 years until taking over at Manchester United in 2013. This was a particularly successful period for the Club as they consistently finished between 4th and 7th in the league. In Carlo Ancelotti, they have just appointed a world-class Manager and are confident their best days lie ahead of them.
The Everton FC Soccer Camp Coordinator and Senior Coach,
Sean Robertson and his coaching team are excited by their return to St Peter FC,
“We run coaching weeks throughout the year and visit some exotic locations but the whole team agree our Jersey Summer Camp is consistently the one that is most enjoyed. The facilities are great, the commitment from the young boys and girls is exceptional and the talent that we find each year is exciting. I guess we are lucky but the sun invariably shines, which we count as a bonus. We expect to welcome back many faces that we know and to be introduced to several new youngsters who will be joining us for the first time.”
8 coaches from the Premiership giants Everton FC, under the guidance of Sean Robertson, will be running coaching sessions throughout the 5 days commencing on Monday 27th July. The week is open to all Island boys and girls between the age of 5 to 14. As always, the accent will be on developing skills with fun and enjoyment an essential ingredient. Depending on the number of girls registering, it is hoped to include two experienced female coaches to encourage and satisfy the growing number of young girls now taking up the game. The activities will take place from 09:15 am to 3:15pm daily and all those participating should be checked in by 9:00 am each day to enable a prompt start. Each child should come with a packed lunch and adequate water. However, the kiosk cafeteria will be open to enable any top-up requirements to be purchased.
The week concludes on Friday afternoon with a presentation of awards by the Everton FC Coaches, each participant will receive a medal, a certificate and Everton FC memorabilia. Some special awards of signed memorabilia will be made to the best achievers
The cost for the entire week is just £125 with a reduction of £15 for all St Peter FC Academy registered players.
To register go to the St Peter FC web site www.stpeterfc.com follow the link from sub heading, “Everton Soccer Week 2020”, then select the link “Register & Pay Here” then select “Subscribe” to the correct option (£125 or £110 for Academy Member) complete the information form and pay as directed online. Any difficulties please contact Mike Horman or Brian Foulser (details in the footer). Places are restricted to just 160 applicants so to avoid disappointment please book early as previous experience suggests that this week is normally sold out well in advance of the start date.St Peter FC Academy Chairman, Brian Foulser said,
“The Everton Summer camp is always a fantastic week enjoyed by the children and the Coaches. As you would expect after 17 years Everton FC have developed a format that is something special, it ensures the participants gain the maximum opportunity to develop their skills in the most enjoyable way as is evidenced by so many of them signing up for the following year as soon as the current year comes to close”
He went on to say,
“Both St Peter and Everton FC believe we have developed something special over an extended period which makes this week a memorable one for so many aspiring young footballers”
For further information please contact:
- Mike Horman – 07797 772454 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brian Foulser – 01534 851075 – email@example.com
- Everton FC – 07583 026088
- Sean Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org