Upton JFC is delighted to welcome Neil Jones to the executive of the club in the role of Chairman. Neil has over 25 years’ experience in business development and marketing and brings a wealth of knowledge in running successful businesses. Neil has been involved within the club as a coach and parent for over 10 years, and we all now look forward to working together to take the club forward.
The chairman's opening statement can be found in the latest club newsletter.
Upton JFC are delighted to announce that at the EGM on Monday 9th September a new Club Chairman was appointed. Upton JFC welcome Neil Jones to step out of his coaching boots and into the role of Chairman. Neil has been part of Upton JFC for more than 10 years and has 2 sons playing for the Club in the U14s and U17/18s. Neil is looking forward to being Chairman for our fantastic, local community Club (Neil's update to follow soon).
Upton JFC would like to thank Ken Berry, Vice Chairman, with the help of The Executive Committee for ensuring the Club has continued to run efficiently in the absence of a Chairman. Ken will continue in the role of Vice Chair, Manager to the U12s and Coach to the U7s.
Lindsay Carrington, another long standing member (12 years) of Upton JFC was appointed as Secretary at the AGM. Lindsay would personally like to thank Ken for helping her settle so smoothly into her Club role.
On July 7th, Upton JFC U10s hosted Chester's first 9 v 9 festival at Hoole Park. Ten teams, over 150 people, from around Cheshire participated in a very successful event.
The emphasis on the day was to provide players with the experience of the new FA 9 v 9 football structure, that comes into place in Cheshire in September. CWAC marked the new size pitches and Upton JFC were able to provide the new sized 9 v 9 goals, following a successful application for a grant to part fund the new equipment. Local, experienced young referees, Ryan Pimblett and Connor Johnston competently officiated the matches.
Players competed in group games, progressing to Cup and Plate finals. Pictured in the Photo Gallery are hosts Upton Pumas lined up before their penalty shootout to decide cup final winners and the four finalists; Upton Pumas Cup runners up, Vicars Cross Cup winners; Witton Juniors Plate Runners Up, and Vauxhall Motors Plate winners.
Sue Cable's role as Child Welfare Officer for Upton Junior Football Club is varied; she is primarily responsible for making sure that all coaches are appropriately qualified before they start coaching your children. Not only is this critical in enabling us to retain our status as a Charter Standard club, but more importantly, it ensures that your children play football in a safe and happy environment.
As a club we have fantastic coaches and managers, you all know how many hours are put in on the football pitch at matches and training. You may not know that your coaches also spend time updating their qualifications; this season there have been 15 CRB renewals, 13 Safeguarding renewals and 7 managers completing their FA Level 1 Coaching Certificates. This requires a lot of work from your managers, so many thanks to them.
A big focus for us next season is ensuring that all players, coaches and supporters are aware of the FA Codes of Conduct. Each player will be given the Code of Conduct relevant to them with their registration form; please take time to read and understand this to ensure that we continue to be one of the most disciplined and well-respected teams in both the Ellesmere Port and Chester & District Junior Leagues.
Upton JFC U8s had a great time at the Vauxhall Motors Festival of Football, our second tournament of the Summer campaign.
The boys started well in their first game against Princess Villa, but in the 7 minutes that was available neither side managed to score. In the second game vs Heswall we were very much on top. Sammy Hollins scored from a corner,then Thomas Dougherty lobbed the ball over the keeper to make it 2-0. In the third game we won 1-0, Anthony Audas scoring the goal against Vauxhall Vivas. Then we retreated to Richard’s canopy out of the very hot sun and had lunch.
There was an hour before the fourth game. Unfortunately we didn’t get going and Ridgewood Rangers beat us 2-0. In the fifth game, we again started very slowly and were 1-0 down to Vauxhall Zafiras but goalkeeper Matthew Robinson came to the rescue. He took a goal kick and scored! After that we were on top and every goal kick added excitement to the game but the score remained 1-1. In the sixth game the boys played to win and the passing was good. It was a tight game and Jack Carroll eventually got a good goal to beat Peninsula Stars 1-0.
Then came the final game against Higher Bebbington Celtic, who had won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1 and were unofficially leading the tournament to that point. (Upton JFC had won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1). The boys started well and it was a closely fought game. Late on in the match, we were awarded a free kick, from which Thomas Dougherty scored. We won the game 1-0!
The Under Eights tournaments are non-competitive and all U8 players were awarded medals. Unofficially, however, our results meant that we had won our group! Well done coaches Dave, Steve, Rich and all the U8 players who participated in this tournament and represented our Club so well.
Congratulations go to Upton North U16s who have had a stunning season and won 'THE DOUBLE'.
Upton North have played 16 games in the league season with 12 wins, 3 draws and just 1 loss; this Sunday they played a league playoff against Groves. With both teams fully rested from the season a good game was expected. Upton JFC played some exciting football with full use of the pitch, this materialised with Upton winning 6-1 and thereby taking the C&DJFL League title. The team have worked hard this season and this double is well deserved. WELL DONE BOYS.
Earlier in May, Upton U16s North played Chester Nomads in the C&DJFL Knockout Cup Final at the Exacta stadium. In very hot weather both teams played some excellent football. However, it was Upton who came out on top with a 4-1 win.
In the coming new season Upton U17s will be looking to recruit more players to strengthen their squad for the C&DJFL U17/18’s League. These games are to be played on a Sunday afternoons.
Kevin Stanley has retired as Chairman of Upton JFC after 8 years. Kevin has put his heart and soul into the Club during the years he held the position. It was agreed by all that following the departure of the previous post holder the role of Chairman was going to be difficult. Kevin stepped forward and said that his success would be judged on keeping the Club on a stable footing. Well, Kevin has done more than just provide stability to the Club; he has been the driving force that has made sure it has gone from strength to strength. We also acknowledge and appreciate the support he has had from Mandy; without this, Kevin would not have been able to dedicate as much time to the Club as he has over the years.
Through his hard work and dedication, Upton JFC has had some fantastic success on and off the pitch. He has worked tirelessly to improve the playing facilities that all age groups enjoy; his ethic of providing the best training facilities and equipment has been fantastic and every age group has benefited.
The Chairman is the figure head of the Club but during Kevin's time he has done so much more. He has taken on aspects of the running of the Club when no other volunteer would step forward and he has done this without hesitation. With every task he has put his hand too, he has done it with enthusiasm, perseverance and dedication.
Kevin will now be able to take a back seat and enjoy his football. He is not leaving the Club and will be continuing to work with the U17s team next season.
From all the committee members, players and parents of Upton JFC Kevin, many thanks for your years as Chairman, your Chairmanship has truly been a successful one.
The Upton JFC Annual Presentation Day is to be held on Sunday 30th June 2013, at Chester Rugby Club, 1pm Start.
Ken Berry has decided to give up his position as Club Secretary. Ken has worked tirelessly in this key role for two years and has done an absolutely marvellous job. His commitment and dedication to the Club has been second to none and he has moved us forward no end, ensuring that we are a better organised and better run Club at the end of his tenure.
The Secretary role is many and varied, and Ken has approached every task and every challenge with his unique blend of common sense, pragmatism, people skills and positivity. Ken will be a much missed member of the Executive Committee but he will still be part of the Club as he is staying on as Manager of his very talented young Under 11 side.
Thank you Ken, we truly appreciate the great contribution you have made to Upton JFC and we have been very lucky to benefit from your knowledge and expertise over the last two years.
Sunday May 12th saw 10 boys representing Upton JFC U8s travel across the border to North Wales for the Flint FC Tournament and what a day we had! In terrible weather conditions the boys battled bravely through their group matches : played 4, won 2, drawn one, lost one - would that be enough to get us through to the highly coveted knock-out stages ? Answer - yes and then some, we only came top of the group!
The Quarter Final ended in a one one draw, so the dreaded penalties were upon us! Parents nerves were shredded but the boys were cool calm and collected, showing composure way beyond their tender years as they slotted their penalties home with aplomb - we were through to the semis and parents, coaches and kids were all delighted to have progressed so far in the competition. The Semi Final was against a strong Prestatyn side, but Upton JFC came out on top one nil, leaving us to face a technically gifted side from Liverpool in the Final.
The tension was unbearable as the final progressed, with both sides cancelling each other out and goalscoring opportunities few and far between. Then the ref blew his whistle and oh no - penalties to decide the winner of the whole tournament. The boys narrowly lost out ,mainly due to the opposition keeper pulling off a string of unbelievable saves but WOW!, we were runners - up out of 13 teams! Coaches Mark and Martin and all the parents were so proud of the boys - they gave everything for the team, they were impeccably behaved and they enjoyed themselves too. English FA rules do not allow competitive tournaments for our age group so thanks Welsh FA, you gave the boys a taste of what it is like to participate in a true competition. So thank you Anthony, Cameron, Charlie, Jacob, John, Luke, Mackenzie, Rhys, Thomas and Michael, you represented the Club in an impeccable manner - we will go back and win it next year!
Who are the only team in the whole of the Chester & District Junior Football League to win every single one of their league matches this season? Upton JFC Under 12s, that's who!
The lads have played 12, won 12 in the Chester & District Junior Football League Under 12 Division 2, are crowned Champions by a significant margin and are now looking forward to mixing it up with the big boys in Division 1 in Season 2013/14.
Every single player has given their all for Manager Richie Roberts and Coach Dave Jones and it has been a fantastic whole squad performance from start to finish. The boys have shown commitment, drive, determination, teamwork and focus : all the qualities you would expect from Upton JFC players.
Manager Richie commented: "Its been a fantastic season to go undefeated, winning all our games is phenomenal. The lads have really excelled themselves with some outstanding performances particularly against saughall at home (4-3). I'd also like to thank the parents for their superb support all year, thanx guys . Gaining promotion to div1 was our main aim and now we have achieved it we can now build on our success and hopefully challenge for top honours."