SJFL Continues to provide the best opportunity for young people to play and enjoy football across the county and is the First county league to be awarded (for the eighth consecutive year) the McDonalds FA Community CS League award for Shropshire 2018 and the Regional West Midlands 2017 (a fifth award) https://shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk//fa-charter-standard-league-of-the-year-and-regional-cs-league-of-the-year-2017/
SJFL delivers FA Charter Standard Football to ALL member clubs and teams within the league
To: 2300+ players registered using The FA Player Registration through Whole Game System
Development football for U8–U12 (127 teams)
Open competition fixtures U13-U16.
Cup competitions U12-U16 (including Shropshire Charity Cup U13 &U14) – 65 teams
Four charity trophy festivals hosted across the county for U10. U11s & U12s
Futsal for U7 to U12 (86 teams participated 2018)
Mid-winter fixture break December/January.
All fixtures, match reporting (SMS results) and respect reports are managed by FA Full-Time along with referees appointments to U13, 14, 15 & 16s fixtures with 100% coverage by registered referees for all age groups. The National Referee Development Partner League Award (first for Shropshire/West Midlands Region) offers sponsored Referee’s courses & mentorship during qualifying games.
SJFL enjoys Partnerships with The New Saints FC to host U16 Cup finals and with Market Drayton Town FC to host charity cup festivals.
The League provided a tenth consecutive Respect Futsal Festival through January to March https://shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk//futsal/ for 74 teams/144 fixtures over 700 players on Sundays (U7-U10) and with a second FA Futsal grant delivered Futsal to older age groups U11 & U12s (12 teams) with midweek fixtures – 78 fixtures over 120 players and finals participated within the CS league’s player development programme. The league also sponsored Futsal coach education and Futsal referee’s courses and delivered Kick It Out campaign at Futsal Respect festival
FA Silver Respect Accreditation in 2013 (reaccredited in 2015) and being the ‘first’ FA CS League (2009), SJFL continues to adapt/different formats of the game irrespective of ability, gender, ethnic origin and have collective responsibility to create a fair/safe/enjoyable environment in which the game takes place. SJFL is committed to inclusivity/eliminating all forms of discrimination and was awarded Runners up in Best Inclusive Project 2017 for Kick It Out.
SJFL was the First county league to have a Respect partner and to include the two parties within a new league logo/badge. ‘Respect’ partnership with Georgia Williams Trust https://shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk//futsal-gwt-respect-partnership%e2%80%8f/ that promotes respect not just in football but also the wider community. The trust is our partner for the league’s Respect Awards and team winners receive their awards at Shrewsbury Town FC – part of Community Trust Partnerships. SJFL has its HQ in ‘The Hub’ in partnership with STITC who support match-day respect and reward the league’s monthly winning respect team with match-day vouchers for home games at STFC. SJFL promotes their summer cup and The STFC’s RTC Girls U12 team completed a second season in the SJFL within the FA Development Pathway for girl’s football.
SJFL is the first county league to become a partner on the Shropshire County Council ‘Hate Crime’ Commission – Kick It Out Shropshire Working Group – objective Kick It Out not just in football but across all sports. Also, the First league to fully Implement Respect Marshalls and to welcome the National FA CS/Respect Manager (Tom Lee) to open league forum on Respect, and is proud to be the First ever junior football league to receive a Mayor of Shrewsbury’s Awards – Gold award to SJFL in recognition of their achievements towards enhancing the wellbeing of young people in the area https://shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk//mayor-shrewsbury-youth-award/
SJFL continues to support the valid work of young volunteers and was the First county league to co-opt a member of Shropshire FA Youth Council onto league office. The Youth Council were key partners in delivering Kick It Out campaign at Futsal Respect festival (2017) leading to the Best Inclusive project runner -up award (2017).
Since the new millennium SJFL has raised over £27000 and gifted 60 charities https://shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk//charity-work-2017/ but also acknowledges/rewards excellence in our own volunteer workforce contributing to league’s successes https://shropshirejuniorleague.co.uk//category/awards/
Photo call of CS Award presentation here then SJFL Chairman receives the FA CS League Award 2018 from Steve Hodge supported by Officers of the league at the FA Community Awards Event.
Photo courtesy of Yarrington Limited.