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Great News for all young Island. Footballers age 5 to 13 inclusive. Southampton FC will be returning to St Peter FC ( St Georges Preparatory School facility) from the 9th to the 13th August 2021 to run a 5 day coaching course.

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St Peter FC Academy is delighted to confirm the planned return to Jersey of the highly acclaimed  and FA accredited Southampton FC Coaching team, for one week commencing Monday 9th August through Friday 13th  from 9am to 3pm daily,  is on schedule. Bookings are going exceptionally well and are likely to exceed demand.

The course will once again be run at the beautiful facility at St Georges Preparatory School, La Hague Manor, La Rue de la Hague, St Peter, JE3 7DB

It is available to all young players aged between 5 and 13 from across the Island, on a first come first served basis. There are a limited number of places available and those who are keen to be involved are urged to make their reservation early. Should you find that the original number of places have been taken you can still join the waiting list to reserve a place, as Southampton are endeavouring to secure an increase in the Coaching staff to enable them to invite a greater number of youngsters.

Saints Soccer Schools offer exceptional value for money. They are  aimed at developing the skills of the participants through a structured and enjoyable coaching programme, devised and delivered by experienced FA qualified coaches. This is a fantastic opportunity for young boys and girls to improve their soccer skills, make new friends and experience a fun packed week. All participants will receive a certificate, a medal and have the opportunity to win performance related prizes throughout the week, including Southampton FC merchandise. As with all Saints Coaching programmes, those attending will automatically join their progression pathway, aimed at turning potential into excellence.  The experienced coaching team ensure that instruction is geared to the age and ability of the individual with fun and enjoyment an essential ingredient. The overall objective is to develop their football skills, to enhance performance and the benefit they get from the game.

Those wishing to seize this superb opportunity to receive first class coaching in a safe and enjoyable environment should register directly with the  Southampton FC via their web site –  coaching.southamptonfc.com  Click ’book now’,  enter 9th August, click all venues, locate St Georges Preparatory School. Complete the request for brief information,  make payment. The cost for the entire week is just £125. The booking form can also be accessed via the St Peter FC web site stpeterfc-theacademy.com

Tom Grevatt,  Southampton FC’s Coaching Programmes Manager revealed the Coaching team were delighted to be returning to St Peter. “After a prolonged lockdown the team are full of energy and ready to go. This really is a great opportunity for all aspiring young male and female footballers in Jersey to enhance their skills and have enormous fun throughout the week. We pride our Soccer Schools on being best in class and the engaging and special environment of St Peters,  St Georges School facility, always makes this a stand out venue. We’re excited about engaging with another group of talented Jersey youngsters and taking them to the next level.”

St Peter FC’s  Brian Foulser said “ We are delighted to welcome the Saints Foundation coaching team back after drawing a Covid19 blank in 2020. Their widely acclaimed coaching courses are so well received and provide immeasurable benefit to aspiring young players who want to improve their performance. They consistently have a magical and thoroughly enjoyable week of  football. With the limited number of places available I would encourage those who wish to benefit from a rare football experience to reserve their place as soon as possible.”

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Brian Foulser e-mail  bmillgill@aol.com    Tel: 01534 851075

Kent Cup Final Match Report

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Starting Team: Pierce Roche; Rhys Thomas, Ben Hamilton, Kacper Smilek, Noah Risby; Tommy Boarer, Jamie Ritzema, Toby Ritzema; Jan Bentley, James Carr; Ryan Marcinko
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Subs: 36m Luke Lister for Jamie Ritzema
          55m Harry Scott for Jan Bentley
          78m Tom Proffitt for Ryan Marcinko
          87m Andre Dias for James Carr
          88m Jan Bentley for Luke Lister
Goals:
                                         2m Ikumbasin ( Bexley 0-1)
         Half-time                 St Peter FC 0 Bexley FC  1
         61m Marcinko
                                        St Peter FC 1 Bexley FC  1
         77m Toby Ritzema
                                        St Peter FC 2 Bexley FC  1
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St Peter FC U18’s arrived at Chatham Town FC Stadium on Sunday 30th May, having already made history by becoming the first Channel Island Junior Club side to reach an English County FA Cup Final. To also have played all their matches away from homemade this an extra special achievement

 The bright sunshine reflected the atmosphere of the occasion. With around 350 people gathered in anticipation of watching a keenly contested game between the two finalists Bexley FC and St Peter FC. These two clubs started the tournament in September 2019 as just two of 64 of the elite teams in Kent. Having proven themselves in 5 previous rounds, the culmination of the tournament was about to unfold for both clubs. The Chatham Town Stadium was in pristine condition with the 3G pitch looking immaculate and inviting.

The teams and the officials were presented to the crowd and team photographs taken.

Nerves were jangling —- Let battle commence!

Bexley started the more confidently with two rangy strikers David Ikumbasin and Mo Jallow, hustling and bustling and looking powerful and threatening. With St Peter’s slow to get into their stride and leaving the opposition with too much time on the ball, they paid the price when Ikumobasin was left clear on a one on one with keeper Pierce Roche, the keeper and Noah Risby both attempted to close the striker down as he delayed to pick his spot. All three players got to the ball simultaneously and all went to the ground with the ball slowly trickling across the goal. With the two St Peter players momentarily entangled, the burly Bexley striker was quickest to react and managed to get to the ball for an easy tap in. Two minutes on the clock 1-0 Bexley. The worst possible start for the Saints.

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 The first 20 minutes was somewhat end-to-end with Bexley holding the upper hand and conjuring up two good chances which the lively Ikumbasin failed to convert. After which, St Peter started to ease their way back into the game creating chances of their own. After 36 minutes disaster struck when their talented young midfield player Jamie Ritzema, who was at this stage playing exceptionally well appeared to be caught from behind and instantly went to the ground screaming in agony. After prolonged examination by physio Ciaran Pack, he was carried from the pitch with suspected cruciate ligament damage.

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Jamie was replaced by Luke Lister, who had only just been declared fit to play after recovering from a fractured hip. In the 38th minute, Pierce Roche was called on to make an extraordinary double save. Bexley right-sided player Ben Twist, who was seeing a lot of the ball, cut in from the right bye-line and struck a fierce shot which Roche managed to reach palming it away from goal. It was quickly latched onto by the Bexley left-winger who struck it cleanly only for Roche to dive full stretch to turn it around the post. 

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Luke Lister was filling the Jamie Ritzema role with energy and purpose and little skill. With, Luke, Tommy Boarer, Toby Ritzema and Noah Risby now holding the upper hand in midfield. It was St Peter who were gaining the ascendancy and creating chances of their own. They were a real threat with several dead-ball opportunities, skilfully taken by Noah Risby causing severe problems for the Bexley defence without producing the equaliser that St Peter desperately wanted. Whatever Karl Benest and Anthony Lister said at half-time it was certainly effective. From the moment referee Hewson blew the whistle to start the second half there was a renewed sense of purpose about the saints. The defenders were tighter on the opposition attack and Hamilton and Smilek were giving the two Bexley strikers no opportunities and little time on the ball. With Thomas and Risby getting the measure of the wide men it was St Peter now having most of the possession and looking threatening.

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The midfield of, Ritzema, Boarer, Lister and the wide men Carr and Bentley were now playing the ball around fluently and Marcinko was occupying the defence and looking hungry for a half chance. Lister struck a thunderous shot that was inches too high. In the 55th minute, Bentley took a knock and was substituted for Harry Scott the youngest player on show, at just past his 16th birthday. No nerves and full of confidence, he made an immediate impact, going past defenders and working hard to win possession back when the ball was lost.

 In the 59th minute, Tommy Boarer got forward, took a pass from Ritzema following a brilliant team play and struck a fierce shot that cracked against the bar. Close but not close enough, the Reds supporters were beginning to think it wasn’t going to happen. Not the players though, two minutes later, centre back Ben Hamilton of all people saw an opportunity to make ground down the right flank, fought off a couple of robust tackles and expertly found Marcinko with a pinpoint pass in the Bexley area, the big striker brilliantly turned his marker and arrowed the ball into the bottom corner of the goal for the equaliser. The players smothered him in celebration, the watching St Peter contingent erupted raising the decibels by a serious margin.

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1-1 and all to play for. With their tails, up the St Peter team were now looking more relaxed, the tension had been removed but the sense of purpose was now evident. James Carr on the left flank was living up to his ‘Giggsy’ nickname making several mazy runs and with Harry Scott creating opportunities on the other side of the park, St Peter were testing the Bexley defence to the full. Ritzema was dropping deeper, collecting the ball at will and finding his colleagues with style. With 20 minutes of normal time to go the St Peter coaching team made a big call, taking off big Ryan Marcinko, who had given it all for the cause. On came young Tom Proffitt, taking up position down the right side of midfield with Harry Scott moving to the central role.

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Without a target man, the ball needed to be played with a sense of purpose and accuracy. Smilek broke up an attack and with the big strikers closing him down quickly and the watching contingent shouting for him to get the ball forward down the line, Kacper calmly played the ball inside to Toby Ritzema, just inside his half, Toby moved away from his two markers saw space ahead of him, he went forward past two defenders into the area, brought the ball back onto his right foot past another defender and expertly placed the ball into the net. The ground erupted, even those supporting the opposition had to show their appreciation having witnessed a quite scintillating goal of rare quality. If it was to be the winner, it was worthy of winning any match at any level. The players couldn’t get to him quickly enough and the noise from the Jersey support was unbelievable. 2-1 St Peter; surely there would be more twists and turns. 

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In the 87th Minute, the outstanding James Carr made way for Andre Dias. All substitutes were now on the field. Two minutes later the Saints were forced to bring back Jan Bentley under the rolling sub-rule to replace Luke Lister who had performed so well after recovering from a fractured hip.

He made an immediate impact, after some clever play he found himself clear on goal. In desperation, the defender brought him down on the edge of the area with a late tackle. It seemed ages but eventually, the red card was shown. There were a few flurries from Bexley well coped with by the St Peter defence. Time added on seemed like an eternity, 7 minutes still to play!! One remaining scare was to come with a free-kick given away on the Bexley left, on the edge of the St Peter area. Up came the Bexley keeper Charlie Martin, could this be a re-incarnation of the recent Liverpool game. Were St Peters going to be deprived in a spectacular fashion? The ball was decisively cleared and the long blast on the referee’s whistle was music to the ears of everyone associated with the St Peter FC Club. They had made history for the 2nd time in a fortnight. They were now the Kent FA Cup Winners, standing above all of the other 63 teams who had entered the competition.May be an image of 8 people, people standing and outdoors

The first Junior Channel Island Club side to win an English FA County Cup. A close game played in the right spirit but over the 90 minutes a win that was earned and thoroughly deserved. Ryan Marcinko was made ‘Man of the Match’ by the Kent Officials, but there were 15 heroes out there today. Remember, St Peter had to play all of their 6 games away from home. Throughout the competition, they played some outstanding football against some high-quality teams. Every credit must go to the coaching team of Karl Benest and Anthony Lister and of course to all the players in the squad, who wanted to win this competition so much. That will and determination made the difference! Make no mistake these players were a credit to St Peter’s, to Jersey Football, to their parents and above all themselves.May be an image of 15 people, people standing and outdoors

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 St Peter FC wish to acknowledge the help and financial support the Academy has received from its two main sponsors Jacksons and Altair. Without their superb backing, the Club could not have competed in this prestigious tournament and they are owed a sincere debt of gratitude by the whole Club. This Kent FA Cup competition has produced so much joy and satisfaction for the players, coaches and everyone associated with the Club and raised the level of appreciation for the Status of Jersey football on the UK mainland.

Brian Foulser

– All photos used are from the Kent FA Facebook Page –https://www.facebook.com/1595033554146245/posts/2909916455991275/?d=n

Important Notice: The St Peter FC ‘Jacksons’ Academy Awards Night

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Sponsored by Jacksons the Academy Lead SponsorCI

All players, parents and coaches are asked to note in the diary, that the end of
the season ‘Jacksons’ awards presentations will be held at the Club, Rue Des
Vigne, adjoining the club lounge, on Friday 11 th June. Food and soft drinks
will be served from 6:15pm prior to the commencement of the awards
ceremony at 7pm and the bar will be open for adults attending.

This is always an exciting evening when we look at the Academy achievements
and recognise the outstanding talents that we have within our Academy
teams. Our new Academy Director of Football, Peter Vincenti will be helping
to present the awards and this will be a good opportunity for our young
players to meet this famous Jersey ex professional who played over 400
games including 3 Wembley appearances.

We anticipate the normal large number of persons attending and to assist with
the catering for this event it would be appreciated if each family would please
e-mail Mary Pack, our Academy Secretary at mary@ssc.je with the family
name and the numbers, planning to attend. This is very important as we
would like to ensure that we have enough food for all but do not waste time
and money preparing too much.

There will not be any charge for the buffet but we will be running a raffle and
we would ask those attending to please participate generously as this will help
to allay the cost of providing the food. The raffle tickets will cost just £5 for 5
strips and 11 for £10

The raffle draw will be made on the evening after thepresentation.
If anyone is able to donate a prize for the raffle, you can be sure it will be
graciously received. Please contact Mary Pack mary@ssc.je or Brian Foulser
bmillgill@aol.com

Please make every effort to attend as it is the presence of so many parents and
family members that makes this such a special evening for our young players.
It is always an evening of drama with a few surprises along the way. A strong
gathering will enable us to show our generous sponsors, Jacksons, that their
vital support of the Academy is appreciated and recognised by all those
associated with the Club.

We trust that things continue to improve with regards to the health
precautions and if there is any change to the direction that things are
proceeding we will update you before the evening. We look forward to
welcoming you to another exciting evening at our prestigious Academy
Awards Night and ask you to please make every effort to attend.

Brian Foulser. For and on behalf of the Academy Committee:-
Peter Vincenti, Peter Fleury, Dave Ferre, Alan Williams, Mike Horman, Steve
House, Mary Pack, Colin Pack, Aleksander Pal and Rui Marques and our
outstanding team of coaches.

St Peter FC U18 Team finally get their chance to make History.

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The long-awaited semi-final of the Kent FA County Cup Tournament against Isthmian League Club Faversham Town FC’s Academy squad has been confirmed for Sunday the 16th May KO 10-30am.

If they were to be successful St Peter would be the first Jersey Junior Club side to reach an English FA County Cup Final. 

Following their quarter-final victory against the tournament favourites, Sevenoaks Town FC in February 2020, St Peter FC have had to wait over a year for their chance to complete the tournament. The Kent FA cancelled all their County Cup competitions for 2020/21 but have shown a determination to complete the 2019/20 seasons tournament that was at the Semi-Final stage when COVID-19 intervened.

The Final will take place at Chatham Town FC’s Stadium on the 30th of May. Having fought through 4 rounds of a very tough draw, the team are excited to finally have their opportunity to put Jersey and St Peters FC on the English Football map by doing their utmost to win this prestigious County Cup Competition.

The Kent and English FA’s have decreed that any player who started the tournament and featured in at least one game is eligible to complete it, even if they are now past their 18th birthday. Joint U18 Coach, Anthony Lister said 

“It’s a bit like the curate’s egg. We feel it is only fair to the lads from both teams who battled to get their Clubs to this stage of the competition that they are allowed to complete the task. However, with a number of those players now in their first year at University and the restricted travel sources available, it is proving a major logistical task to assemble and organise the squad. A number of our players have recently enjoyed a break from their studies and have featured for the St Peter Club so we can see their fitness levels are good. We are taking 16 players to the game including some U16’s who have featured regularly for the U18’s this season. It’s a good mix of seasoned performers and exciting new talent emerging.”

St Peter FC have entered this competition in two consecutive seasons and in 2018/19 were knocked out at the semi-final stage in a close game by the eventual winners, Folkestone Invicta, so they are determined to go at least one stage further this time.

All games have to be played in Kent so all 9 games played to date have been played on the opponents home grounds with travel involving dawn starts from home. This particular visit is impacted by the lack of convenient flights as there is no morning flight on the Sunday to Gatwick the team were intending to travel on Saturday only for the only flight to be cancelled. The remaining route left open is to fly to Southampton on the Saturday and coach down to Kent, stay overnight for an early morning KO, to allow them to return on the only flight back to Jersey from Gatwick, which departs at 16-30pm.

Coach Karl Benest said, 

“The lads will take all this in their stride, they see this tournament as testing themselves against some of the best teams in the south of England.
If we can come back with a result, they can be very proud of their achievement as the constant unavoidable on off of this particular game, together with the tiring and difficult travel involved on this occasion, means this is a very tough ask. We have had a lot of success over the past 5 or 6 years but this is our biggest match to date. We were hoping to secure a sponsor for this fixture and the Final if we make it through, to relieve the burden on the players and the Club but to date that hasn’t been possible”

The route to the Semi-Final:
1st Round v previous year semi-finalist VCD Athletic 1-2 St Peter

Goal scorers Ryan Marcinko, Toby Ritzema

2nd Round v previous year finalist K Sports. 2-4 St Peter
Goal scorers Marcinko 3, Tommy Boarer

3rd Round v Orpington Mustangs 3-4 St Peter
Goal scorers Luke Lister 3, Jan Bentley

Quarter Final v Tournament Favourites Sevenoaks Town FC 3-3 AET
Goal Scorers Marcinko, Boarer, Bentley

Penalty Shootout St Peter win 5-3 on penalties
Goal scorers Ritzema, Marcinko, Bentley, Lister, Boarer

The squad to travel to Faversham Town FC: Pierce Roche: Rhys Thomas, Noah Risby, Doug Mc Dermott, James Carr, Andre Dias: Ben Hamilton, Tommy Boarer, Kacper Smilek: Jamie Ritzema, Tom Proffitt, Toby Ritzema, Harry Scott: Luke Lister, Jan Bentley, Ryan Marcinko.

Coaches: Karl Benest, Anthony Lister. Physio: Ciaran Pack. Officials: Brian Foulser and Peter Fleury.

For Further Information:-

Brian Foulser e-mail bmillgill@aol.com   Tel: 01534 851075
Karl Benest e-mail karlbenest92@hotmail.com Tel: 07700 369911
Anthony Lister e-mail listers88@gmail.com Tel: 07797 750419
St Peter FC Club President Peter Fleury
e-mail peterfleury@icloud.com  Tel: 07797 759209

Southampton FC’s Saints Foundation Returning to St Peter FC (9th – 13th August)

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Great News for all young Island footballers age 5 to 13 inclusive.

Southampton FC’s Saints Foundation will be returning to St Peter FC ( St Georges Preparatory School facility) from the 9th to the 13th August 2021 to run a 5-day coaching course.

St Peter FC Academy is delighted to confirm the planned return to Jersey of the highly acclaimed and FA accredited Saints Foundation Coaching team for one week commencing Monday 9th August through Friday 13th from 9 am to 3 pm daily.

The course will once again be run at the beautiful facility at St Georges Preparatory School, La Hague Manor, La Rue de la Hague, St Peter, JE3 7DB

It will be available to all young players aged between 5 and 13 from across the Island, on a first-come-first-served basis. There are a limited number of places available and those who are keen to be involved are urged to make their reservation early.

Saints Foundation Soccer Schools offer exceptional value for money. It is aimed at developing the skills of the participants through a structured and enjoyable coaching programme, devised and delivered by experienced FA qualified coaches. This is a fantastic opportunity for young boys and girls to improve their soccer skills, make new friends and experience a fun-packed week. All participants will receive a certificate, a medal and have the opportunity to win performance-related prizes throughout the week, including Southampton FC merchandise. As with all Saints Coaching programmes, those attending will automatically join their progression pathway, aimed at turning potential into excellence. The experienced coaching team ensure that instruction is geared to the age and ability of the individual with fun and enjoyment an essential ingredient. The overall objective is to develop their football skills, to enhance performance and the benefit they get from the game.

Those wishing to seize this superb opportunity to receive first-class coaching in a safe and enjoyable environment should register directly with the Saints Foundation via their web site –  bookings.saintsfoundation.co.uk

Click ’book now’, enter 9th August, click all venues, locate St Georges Preparatory School. Complete the request for brief information, make payment. The cost for the entire week is just £125. The booking form can also be accessed via the St Peter FC web site stpeterfc-theacademy.com

Tom Grevatt, Southampton FC’s Saints Foundation Coaching Programmes Manager revealed the Coaching team were delighted to be returning to St Peter. 

“After a prolonged lockdown, the team are full of energy and ready to go. This is a great opportunity for all aspiring young male and female footballers in Jersey to enhance their skills and have enormous fun throughout the week. We pride our Soccer Schools on being the best in class and the engaging and special environment of St Peters, St Georges School facility, always makes this a stand out venue. We’re excited about engaging with another group of talented Jersey youngsters and taking them to the next level.”

St Peter FC Academy Chairman Brian Foulser said 

“We are delighted to welcome the Saints Foundation coaching team back after drawing a Covid19 blank in 2020. Their widely acclaimed coaching courses are so well received and provide immeasurable benefit to aspiring young players who want to improve their performance. They consistently have a magical and thoroughly enjoyable week of football. With the limited number of places available I would encourage those who wish to benefit from a rare football experience to reserve their place as soon as possible.” 

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For further information:- Saints Foundation e-mail foundation@saintsfc.co.uk
Tel:0845 6889370
St Peter FC Academy
Brian Foulser e-mail  bmillgill@aol.com    Tel: 01534 851075

St Peter FC return to Ladies Football and invites experienced players and those wishing to take up the ‘beautiful game’ to make early contact

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St Peter FC is intending to restart its Ladies team from the start of the 2021/22 season and already has a potential sponsor in place.

Ciaran Pack, who is a qualified Level 2 coach and has a degree in Sports Therapy,  will coach and manage the squad. Ciaran coached the Blackpool FC Ladies team for two seasons. before returning to Jersey in 2020.

St Peter has first-class facilities both on and off the pitch and intends to fully embrace the ladies game. As soon as the team reaches a competitive standard, the Club will seek entry into off-Island County or National competitions. St Peters remain the only Channel Island team to have played in the English Ladies FA Cup which they did for three seasons from 2004 until 2007.

The Club are actively seeking both experienced players and enthusiastic and committed newcomers to the game who want to prove something both to themselves and to others.

The coaching will be of a high standard and Ciaran Pack was keen to emphasise that the training will be intense, varied and enjoyable.

  • Ladies football is now the fastest growing sport worldwide, its status and standards have risen remarkably in recent years and nowhere faster than the English game.

We ask everyone associated with St Peter FC to help us by ensuring any potential players, experienced or new to the game, are made fully aware of this opportunity and given Ciaran’s contact details. (Below)

St Peter FC has strong connections with professional Clubs and hopes to use those connections to ensure that talented players who aspire to play the game at a higher level, are allowed to impress those Clubs.

Jersey has developed some fine lady players over the years but the lack of a meaningful number of teams competing has been the main reason that the game has not blossomed to the levels that have been seen elsewhere. The return of St Peter FC next season can,  not only go a long way to remedy that but it will be a major boost for the Ladies game as a whole. Older girls 16 and above and Ladies, both experienced players and those who believe they could be attracted to the game are encouraged to make contact and judge the potential enjoyment for themselves. 

Contact Ciaran 

Mobile : 07456 002044

ciaran@ssc.je

 

Jacksons become Lead Sponsor to the St Peter FC Academy

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Jacksons LogoSt Peter FC is delighted to announce that Jacksons has joined with the Club to become the official Lead Sponsor to the Academy for a minimum 3-year period.

Jacksons, whose headquarters is adjacent to the St Peter FC ground, have been associated with the Club for several years and have agreed to take over the most important and prominent role in working closely with the Academy for the next three years.

As such, they will be involved and consulted before key decisions being implemented and their logo will feature prominently on the Academy kit and communication sources, including all Academy team shirts, perimeter pitch-side boards, the Clubs web-site, matchday programmes and other forms of communication.

Andrew Searle, General Manager of Jacksons Channel Islands commented,

“We are proud to support the local football community and look forward to celebrating success with the St Peter FC teams in the years to come.”

Brian Foulser Chairman of St Peter FC Academy said,

“We are delighted to have the opportunity of working more closely with Jacksons. We have been well served over the past nine years, having had the support of major organisations such as State Street, the Sanne Group and Altair Partners Ltd as Lead Sponsors.

We thank each of them for the contribution they have made, we have learned a lot and are grateful to them for their generosity and the progressive assistance we received.”

 

“To now have such a prominent and prestigious partner as Jacksons, who are trusted by the world’s best motor manufacturers, is both exciting and reassuring.

We have worked closely with Jacksons in other capacities over many years, so they already have a great understanding of the club and its vision.

We thank them for their generosity and the confidence they have placed in us. We look forward to working closely with them to build on the marked progress we have made in recent years.”

These are exciting times for everyone associated with St Peter FC. With senior football in the capable hands of a vibrant young manager in Elliot Powell and the announcement that ex-professional player Peter Vincenti is to Head the Academy in succession to Brian Foulser, the timely agreement with Jacksons to become Lead Sponsor to the Academy is a significant boost to the Club and its members in its 102nd year.

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Peter Vincenti to Head the Academy as Director at St Peter’s Football Club

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Peter Vincenti, who has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in professional football, has returned to Jersey and will become the new Academy Director at St Peter’s Football Club next season. In addition to starting a new career in the Finance industry with the Sanne Group, Peter will assume overall responsibility and lead the development of the club’s Academy players.

Peter, whose 14-year career saw him make over 400 professional appearances, including over 150 appearances for Rochdale AFC where he scored 34 goals, will return to the Club where he enjoyed local success and was named Jersey Footballer of the year in 2007 before leaving to sign professional terms with Millwall FC. 

During his time as a professional footballer, Peter has played against several top Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, and has also enjoyed memorable FA Cup victories against Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, in the latter, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory. Peter also played in a memorable victory for Aldershot when, the then League 2 side, defeated West Ham United at Upton Park in the League Cup. Peter has 3 promotions in the professional game on his CV, with Stevenage, Rochdale and Coventry respectively, and also has individual awards to his name including League 1 player of the month and was the first recipient of the EFL Unsung Hero Award for his charity work. Peter has had 3 visits to Wembley Stadium as a professional and was the first Channel Islander to play a competitive fixture at the new stadium when he won the FA Trophy with Stevenage in 2009.

Peter Vincenti

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shaun Boggust/REX/Shutterstock (7438686ab)Peter Vincenti (Stevenage Borough) shoots Stevenage Borough vs York City Carlsberg FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium 2/05/2009 England LondonFA Trophy Final: Stevenage 2 York City 0 – 09 May 2009

 

In addition to his playing career, Peter has been a member of the PFA Management Committee since 2015 and was recently a member of the steering committee which has overseen the independent review and subsequent organisational change within the organisation. Peter holds a UEFA B Coaching Licence and is currently working towards his UEFA A Licence and FA Advanced Youth Award and is passionate to put these into practice within St Peter’s Academy to develop and maximise the ability of St Peter’s Academy players and provide them with the best opportunity to achieve the highest standard of football in which their talents can take them.

It is envisaged that Peter will initially work alongside Brian Foulser, the current Chairman of St Peter’s Academy, until the end of the season before assuming full responsibility next season. Foulser who had indicated his wish to step away after 10 years in the role said,

“I am delighted that I will be handing the reins to a complete football person whose immense experience has been gained in the higher echelons of the game.

I have known Peter almost 20 years and the youngsters at St Peter’s and the coaching team are really fortunate to have the perfect person to help them develop their love of football and their abilities, to enable them to optimise their enjoyment of the game”

Peter Fleury, St Peter FC President said,

“This is an exciting new era for St Peter FC. We have a young and talented first team manager in Elliot Powell and we are delighted that Peter Vincenti, in addition to continuing to play for the club, has agreed to take responsibility for the vital development of the Academy.

Everything takes time but I am confident that these two appointments will have a continually increasing impact on the achievement and success of St Peter FC in the years to come”

Peter Vincenti said,

“I am delighted to be involved again with St Peter’s Football Club. It is a club which I have very fond memories of from my previous playing days before leaving for professional football. It is an excellent club which is run extremely well and Brian has done a fantastic job over the years with the Academy.

Because of the work Brian and the coaching team has done, this is not a case of me needing or wanting to make wholesale changes, but more a case of utilising my experience gained over the years and implementing changes which I think might help improve the Academy, but essentially complementing what is already in place.

There will be an opportunity for any youngster, of any ability, who wants to play junior football to be part of an Academy which focuses on participation whilst also maximising the potential of each and every player.“

Vincenti will join the Academy committee with immediate effect.

BGF Jan 24th 2021