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EASTLEIGH WOMEN APPOINT NEW MANAGER
Eastleigh in the Community Women are delighted to announce the arrival of Rafa Citron as the new First Team Manager.
The Brazilian joins the Spitfires with five years of experience in the Women's game, having coached Solent University's BUCS First Team since 2017.
He led the Sparks to a Third Place finish in the BUCA Western 1A Division in his first season in charge, as well as reaching the National Final in the BUCS National Trophy 2019/20.
'Rafa The Gaffer' continues his strong links with Solent University, which has seen several players star for the Spitfires Women in recent seasons.
Upon joining the club, Rafa Citron said: "I'm really excited, I have been looking for an opportunity like this.
"For me, after having a meeting with the staff, I saw what they want to do with the club and I want the same as well. We want to progress and that's the mentality we need from the beginning.
"With the facilities here, and all the support on and off the pitch, this feels like the right place to be."
With Rafa now confirmed at the helm, he has started to assemble the Eastleigh Women's 2022/23 squad with re-signings and incomings to be announced in the near future.
Eastleigh Football Club and Eastleigh in the Community FC, which includes our Eastleigh in the Community Ladies side, are proud to partner up with #HerGameToo, a movement aiming to raise awareness and tackle sexist abuse in football.
Upon partnering with the #HerGameToo campaign, Head of Community Gazz Davison explained:
“This partnership with #HerGameToo is the perfect way to show that everyone at Eastleigh Football Club and Eastleigh in the Community FC are dedicated to making football available for all.
"With nine Womens and Girls teams within the clubs, and plans to run an all-girls scholarship next season, we are showing that we do not have barriers here and want that to continue alongside #HerGameToo.
"In addition, with attendances growing all the time at the Silverlake Stadium, we want to continue to show our female fans that they are supported when they come here, whether that is for the women’s or men’s home games.”
“We are delighted to partner with Eastleigh Football Club and Eastleigh in the Community FC,” said HerGameToo founder Caz May.
”Our aim is to work closely with the Club to raise awareness, campaign, and eradicate sexism from the game. Female supporters should feel safe watching the club they support and our campaign with Eastleigh aims to create a positive change."
What is the #HerGameToo campaign?
HerGameToo was founded by 12 passionate female football fans who are committed to growing the campaign with the aim of fostering an ethos in football in which women are welcomed and respected equally.
HerGameToo sees the value in everyone. They strive to be a catalyst for positive change and are driven by the same ideas they initially founded their Non-Profit Organisation upon: support, empowerment, and progress.
PAN DISABILITY LEAGUE KICKS OFF AT CANTELL SCHOOL
3rd October 2021
The much anticipated Eastleigh Football Club Community Trust Pan Disability Football League got underway on 3rd October at Cantell School. The day was a great success with 8 clubs entering 29 teams at Under 12, Under 16 and Open Age age groups.
With the funding from The National League Trust the EFCCT Pan Disability Football League was able to get off the ground after the Community Trust took the league over from the Saints Foundation earlier in the year.
With the support of Cantell School and Unity 101 FC, the fixtures will take place on the first Sunday of every month (not January) up to May this season.
Gazz Davison who heads up the Community Trust on behalf of Eastleigh Football Club said 'It is with thanks to the National League Trust who have pledged in excess of £16,000 in support of this project over the next 2 years we were able to get the League set up. Also, we need to thank Cantell School for sorting out the use of their 3G surface after Unity 101 FC agreed to play away from home on the first Sunday of the month. It is fantastic to see so many children and adults, who are not able to access mainstream football, playing football in the League.
The first fixture date was a pilot to let the Committee see how they could improve the experience for the players and to test the timings of games. Feedback forms were sent out to the participating teams to get their ideas of how to make the League the best it can be moving forward.
THE COMPETITION BEGINS
7th November 2021
The U12, U16, Adult Premiership, Adult Championship and Adult Participation competitions began in earnest at 0900 today. First thing on the agenda for all the age groups was a minute of silence to Remember, this was held impeccably by everyone in attendance at all age groups.
This month saw 10 clubs entering 35 teams across the ages, so a full day of football was on the cards.
As the U12s are non-competitive, the results and tables are not allowed to be published. However, below are the tables for the other age groups after the first round of fixtures.
LEAGUE RESULTS AND TABLES
Updated November 2021
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PARA FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Community Trust takes the reigns from Saints Foundation
Saints Foundation and Eastleigh Football Club Community Trust (EFCCT) are delighted to have reached an agreement for EFCCT to run the Para Football League moving forward.
The new season of the Para Football League will kick off in September as part of Eastleigh FC Community Trust’s hugely successful work supporting disability football across Hampshire.
Saints Foundation has enjoyed running the Para Football League for the past 5 years, providing young people and adults with disabilities with the opportunity to play football competitively in an inclusive environment.
Following discussions with local partners, including Hampshire FA, Saints Foundation has reached an agreement to cease running its league and support EFCCT with the creation of a new Para League, which will be best placed to support its players as competitive disability football continues to grow in popularity.
Saints Foundation continues to work with people with disabilities in other ways, including its long-standing SaintsAbility project, and will support EFCCT with continuing work to make the Para Football League a bigger and better success than ever.
Gazz Davison, Head of Community at EFCCT, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to Saints Foundation for the provision they’ve provided for the Para League over the last 5 seasons.
“This is a very exciting time for EFCCT as we take the reins of what has been a very successful league over the years. Our aim is to continue making sure that every player enjoys their football and gets the most out of playing as a team.
“Having spoken to a number of existing member clubs, a provisional plan has been put in place which will ensure everyone has say in how the league is to be run moving forward. We know that every club has the same goal – to get everyone playing football.”
Greg Baker, Head of Saints Foundation, added: “It’s been a huge privilege to watch the Para Football League grow and succeed over the past 5 years. I know that this incredible league will only continue to flourish with EFCCT.
“Saints Foundation looks forward to continuing to support EFCCT and the league as it starts this exciting new chapter.”
For more information going forward, please contact Gazz Davison via email at email@example.com or via phone at 023 8061 3361.
To find out more about Para Football, please visit: https://www.thefa.com/england/england-para-football
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U18S GIRLS WIN THE LEAGUE
Hampshire Girls Youth Football League - County 1
26 June 2021 - Our U18 girls secured the league title with a solid 3-2 away win at New Milton. This has been an excellent season for the girls before they dip their toes in their first season of ladies football next season.
U13 GIRLS WIN THE LEAGUE
Hampshire Girls Youth Football League - County 2
19th June 2021 - Our Under13 girls secured the league title with a convincing 7-1 win away against Warsash.
NATIONAL LEAGUE TRUST FUND SUMMER FUN CAMP AT THE SILVERLAKE
The National League Trust have helped to fund the Summer Fun Camps at The Silverlake Stadium over the children's school holidays. A large injection of funding has helped bring in local kids for five weeks during the holidays as well as giving the parents a chance to have a coffee morning with the Community staff to decide what could be done in the future in the area.
To enable the continuation of the programmes, there will be specific boys/mixed and girls only sessions available for the remainder of the season.
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Friday 7th May 2021
We were delighted to get out and about, after the recent lockdown periods, on 7th May.
Our Head of Community Gazz Davison visited the nearest secondary school to The Silverlake Stadium and presented a replica first team signed shirt to the PE Dept. of the Crestwood School in Eastleigh. The shirt will be proudly displayed in the Shakespeare Campus within the school.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Wednesday 28th October 2020
We recently served up free meals to our community during the half term. Lots of children, accompanied by their parents, came to The Brooks Suite which had been named 'Boycey's Bistro' for the event. Of course, the big lad was there to serve the diners with their meals and was assisted by Cav Miley. There was even some time, after their meal, for the kids to have a game of table tennis with Boycey & Cav before leaving with big smiles and a full stomach.
Alison Davison 47, of Chandler’s Ford has been named as Eastleigh Football Club Community Captain in recognition of their incredible work with the Eastleigh Football Club Community Trust Pan Disability Football League.
The Community Captain accolade is being given to more than 100 members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to their club and local community, as part of the Premier League’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
Alison received the accolade at The Silverlake Stadium where she received a PL30 Community Captain armband and pennant.
Lee Bradbury who presented Alison’s Community Captain award, said: “The work Alison does, with not only the football club’s disability team but the wider community, is fantastic and so worthwhile for those who are not able to access mainstream football. I am really pleased to be able to reward Alison with the Community Captain accolade for the work she does in our community.
Alison said “It is a privilege to have been chosen to be the Community Captain for the Club. Being a part of the Disability Football is such an honour as there are so many inspirational children and adults, all with their own stories, who play on a monthly basis under the Eastleigh FC Community Trust Pan Disability Football League. We are not stopping at football, our next venture is ParaNetball which will offer so many more children and adults an avenue to an active lifestyle.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “As we mark 30 years since the Premier League first kicked off, it is important we celebrate the unsung heroes who deliver brilliant work in their communities. These people – whether they are participants, coaches, volunteers or long-time employees – are the lifeblood of their clubs and their communities.
“The continued success of Premier League football enables us to provide unprecedented investment in communities and wider football. As we look to the future, we are committed to investing more than ever, to help develop the game and provide opportunities to people of all ages.
Across England and Wales, Premier League investment supports the community organisations of all 92 Premier League and English Football League clubs, plus the 72 National League clubs.
Over the next three years, the League will continue its world-leading levels of support by contributing £1.6 billion to communities and the wider game.
A sum of £9m is available to support National League clubs with running costs and sustainability. A further £3.6m will be available via the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association’s partnership to support the National League Trust and the network of club community organisations.
This includes increased investment into the Premier League Fans’ Fund, with £5m available to support fan engagement projects across the top four divisions of the football pyramid. The League is also investing an additional £13.5 million into the Football Foundation to create small-sided pitches in the heart of communities that need them the most. The tour will also give an opportunity to highlight new Premier League investment into women’s and girls’ football, including the Emerging Talent Centres announced earlier this summer.
To find out more, please visit premierleague.com