We held our annual Presentation Day on Sunday 29th June at Chester Rugby Club and it was declared by Chairman Neil Jones as
a day to enjoy and remember.
Record numbers of Managers, Coaches, players, parents and friends of Upton JFC enjoyed the party atmosphere at the event, which saw every age group
from U6 to U17/18 celebrate success on and off the pitch, and each of the 338 players receiving their own individually engraved trophy.
The Club was celebrating a milestone 12 months in its history with so many achievements to celebrate and share. The pinnacle milestone was being awarded the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community Club status, demonstrating best practice in the key areas of growing participation, raising standards and developing players in grassroots football. This award also allows Upton JFC to become a ‘Nike Partner Club’, allowing the whole Club, both players and coaches, to be kitted out in the same Nike apparel.
Another cause for celebration was local grassroots hero Sue Cable, Child Welfare Officer, being awarded not only Cheshire FA Volunteer of the Year 2014 but also triumphing in the North West Regional awards. Sue will now go on to represent the North West in the country-wide search for FA Volunteer of the Year.
There were many successes on the pitch too, with four teams winning League ‘Fair Play’ awards and others being awarded League and Cup honours. All in all a great day celebrating all that is good in grassroots football and enjoying being part of the extended family that is Upton JFC.
Upton Junior Football Club are pleased to announce that we are now a Nike Partner Club. The Nike Partner Club scheme is only open to Charter Standard Community Clubs and offers a number of benefits. One of these is a dedicated on-line club web shop to buy club branded Nike product and the opportunity to see next year’s ranges before anyone else. Our Club Web Shop is operated by Sportsjam, Cheshire County FA's preferred supplier.
Other benefits of the Nike Partner Club scheme include:
Upton JFC are delighted to announce that Sue Cable, our CWO has been awarded the North West's FA Volunteer of the Year! Only two weeks ago we announced Sue had won Cheshire FA's McDonald Community Award of Volunteer of the Year, following which she was put forward to the regional awards.
Sue was overwhelmed with just being nominated for the award and can't quite believe she has now won both. The real icing on the cake has to be that Sue along with George Williams (Young Volunteer of The Year) from Newton Athletic, will now represent the North West in competing for the National title.
Fingers crossed Sue!! Upton JFC couldn't be anymore proud of your achievements and the whole Club are rooting for you for the National award. We will keep our supporters posted!!! In the meantime check out the news on the Cheshire FA's website.
Sue Cable, our Child Welfare Officer, has won the Cheshire County FA Volunteer of the Year Award 2014.
Local grassroots heroes from across Cheshire FA have been named as County winners of the 2014 FA Community Awards by the FA and its Community Partner, McDonald’s. In its fifth year the annual FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s aim to recognise and reward the people and organisations that are driving grassroots football. The Awards build on the continued commitment of Cheshire FA to improve the standards of community football and to increase participation across all aspects of the game through The FA Charter Standard Leagues and Clubs.
The eight, who have been recognised for their commitment to grassroots football, were selected as winners by a panel of County FA representatives made up of staff, council members, an FA Tutor and two of last year's winners. The winners will now be shortlisted for the 2014 Regional FA Community Awards, where they will be judged alongside other county winners to represent the North West region in the National Awards shortlist.
The eight 2014 Cheshire County FA award winners are:
The above winners will each receive as County winners a certificate, leather embossed folder and two tickets to an event hosted by the FA. The Charter Standard Club winners will also receive equipment packs and Coach Education bursaries. The eight award winners will be formally presented with their certificates at a Cheshire FA awards event later in the year.
Upton JFC will be holding its AGM on Monday 2nd June 2014 at 7:30pm in the The Royal British Legion, Upton. The club welcomes nominations for: Fundraising / Social Secretary (including grant applications).
The Club Secretary must receive nominations for the election of Executive Committee members, in writing by a proposer and seconder, at least 2 weeks before the AGM. Both proposer and seconder must be members of The Club. Nominations will close on Friday 30th May. All persons attending the AGM will be entitled to vote on the issues, and resolutions will be made by a majority of those attending, the Chairperson will have a casting vote in the event of a tie.
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Upton Junior Football Club of Chester announced receipt of the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community Club Award. The award recognises the club’s commitment to growing participation, raising standards and developing better players within the grassroots game.
The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award is the pinnacle of the programme and recognises clubs with 10 or more teams which includes provision for boys, girls and disability football, as well as links into the open age game. The club has demonstrated a commitment to the programme by completing a development plan which sets the blueprint for the club to develop and grow over the next 3 years.
Cheshire Football Association CEO, Simon Gerrard said:
“The FA Charter Standard programme was established to recognise clubs who improve standards of coaching, administration, player development and safeguarding children all of which Upton have done."
“Clubs such as Upton JFC are at the heart of what grassroots football is really about and I’m delighted they have received Community Club status, it is thoroughly deserved.”
Upton Junior Football Club Chairman, Neil Jones said:
“We are so proud to have achieved this award. Not only does it recognise the excellent standards in UJFC, but more importantly it illustrates the hard work and commitment from all the volunteers who help run this successful, community based organisation.’’
“This award will benefit all those involved in the club, as well as the wider Upton community, both now and for the future.”
Charter Standard Community Club Facts
Upton JFC are proud to announce they have been awarded Football Association Charter Standard Community Club status, the most advanced level of Charter Standard.
At the end of this season (2013/2014) Michelle Lally is hanging up her Chief Fundraiser Boots and Upton JFC will be looking for another volunteer to take up the role. Fundraising Manager is a varied and very rewarding position with three main areas of scope:
Happy New Year to all!
I am delighted to confirm that our next fundraising / social event will be a Golf Day on Saturday 12th April 2014. The Golf Day is being organised by one of the U9 parents, Nick Stark, and will take place at Walton Hall Golf Club. Information on the club can be found at www.waltonhallgolfcourse.co.uk. The UJFC Golf Day flyer will give you all the information you need on what will undoubtedly be a great day out, whilst raising money for the Club.
Thank you for your continued support of Upton JFC.
Michelle Lally - Fundraising Manager
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.