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Are you an ex-Frys/Somerdale Player?  Reminisce via the Previous Teams link on the left.  Alternatively you can catch up with old team mates with our "I Played For Keynsham Wanderers / Somerdale Wanderers / Fry Club JFC!" Find us on Facebook Facebook page. As a Social Media Fan, keep up to date with our current Find us on Facebook Facebook page.

Keeping Children Safe In Football!

The FA is asking every parent/carer with a child involved in football to take a few minutes to watch the video. It outlines what you should expect from your club and how you can play your part in safeguarding your child.  Fry Club JFC are fully supportive of this message and if you have any queries then please speak to your Team Manager or if you have any safeguarding concerns you can contact the Club Welfare Officer (Andy Glover, photo to the right) by clicking the link. Our parent County is the Somerset FA.

The FA - Keeping Children Safe In Football

 

Andy Glover - Club Welfare Officer

   
Get Your Fry Club JFC Face Mask!

Fry Club JFC now have our own brand face masks which can be purchased through your Manager for those who would like to wear them and advertise their Club with pride. This is all part of Fry Club JFC ensuring that Somerdale and Manor Road are as Covid safe as possible to allow our Girls and Boys to continue to play the game we all love.

Scan your Test & Trace QR Reader

   
James (Bakery) Baker Leads Esports!

Fry Club JFC old boy James "Bakery" Baker has gone from strength to strength ever since he retired from competitive Esports to take a behind the scenes role. James, now permanently based at the Team HQ in LA has been promoted to Director of Esports for all Team Dignitas competitive teams. In his Esports career, James captained his Heroes of the Storm team to European Champions four times, and World Runners-Up twice. James played for Frys for ten years, playing for both of his age group's Colts and Wanderers teams, and received his Les Stroud 10 Year Award in 2012. To look back on his Esports Career, click the link.

Director of Esports

 
Scan The NHS Test & Trace QR Code!

Both Somerdale Pavilion and Manor Road will display an official NHS QR poster from 24 September 2020 when the NHS COVID-19 app will launch for public use nationally. The NHS COVID-19 app has a feature that allows users to quickly and easily ‘check in’ to a venue by scanning the code. The information stays on the user’s phone. If there is an outbreak associated with a venue, a message will be sent to the relevant app users with the necessary public health advice. Look out for the posters at our venues, and at away matches.

Scan your Test & Trace QR Reader

   
Good Luck For The Coming Season!

Fry Club JFC would like to wish all of the girls and boys, not just of Fry Club JFC but also all of the Teams who are embarking on the coming season, a fun, enjoyable and most importantly safe time.  Good luck everybody.

Start of the new season

   
U13's In Pre-Season Tournament Final!

Fry Club JFC U13's started their preparation for the coming season by entering an 11-a-side pre-season tournament at Warmley.  In what is one of the few, if only tournaments to be arranged in these strange times it was nice for the boys to get back on the pitch competitively after such a long time and initially the break didn't seem to affect them, winning three on the bounce.  They lost narrowly to the hosts in the fourth match as tired legs began to show and the fifth and final group game was a battle of attrition for a 0-0 draw, enough to see them into the final.  Despite the hosts playing a division above, Frys lifted themselves for the final and it was a close run affair, going to extra-time before Warmley snatched the winner, but Frys can be proud of their performance and will take confidence ahead of the season.  For more on the U13's, click on their Team Page.

Socially distanced tournament Team photo

   
Competitive Guidance From The SFA!

With The FA having given the green light to resume competitive football and the associated guidance on the restart of football in the UK, the Somerset FA held a webinar to answer many of the questions which had been posed. Whilst it covers all aspects including adult football, payments, refereeing, changing facilities and more, it is a good knowledge bank for answers.  It runs for 90 minutes and you will want to skip past the first seven minutes of administrative faffing... More can be found at the SFA Website.

 

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SFA Covid restart guidance

   
Competitive Grassroots Games Restart!

Late on Friday 17th July 2020 The FA announced competitive guidance on the restart of football in the UK. The timeline is:

Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people.

From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions.

From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.

There is more guidance around hygiene and COVID19 safe practice available on the website via the link and a full Guidance Document, but at last our girls and boys can safely play football again.

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More Guidance On Grassroots Return.

On Friday 12th June 2020 The FA have announced more guidance on the restart of football in the UK. This comes with a series of downloadable documents; Covid-19 Grassroots Guidance and then there is the Football Activity Guidance for Coaches, for Parents & Carers and finally for the Providers of Outdoor Football Facilities. Again, this is another step closer to the return of our girls and boys playing football again.

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Football Restart Guidance

   
Grassroots Football Takes A Step Closer!

On Monday 1st June 2020, the Government announced new guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation in the UK. This was swiftly followed by the FA who issued further guidance for all grassroots football and informal football activity outside the professional game and included a sharable version of the guidance. What this means is that socially distanced training in small groups is allowed, although no playing of games. More importantly, it is another step closer to the return of our girls and boys playing football again.

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Football Restart Guidance

   
The Premier League Set To Resume!

On Thursday 28th May 2020, the Premier League announced the date for the provisional return of the rest of the 2019/20 season, and set that date as Wednesday 17th June with the catch up matches of Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal.  The Premier League was officially suspended on 3rd April although the last match played saw Leicester beat Aston Villa 4-0 on Monday 9th March which means there will have been a hiatus of 100 days. We do not know what this means for the return of Grassroots football, however it is the first step in the long road back to football.

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Fry Club JFC Girls & Boys Thank The NHS!

Fry Club JFC would just like to say a huge thank you to all of the NHS and Key Workers who are helping to keep us safe, supplied and connected during this pandemic, and to show their appreciation, a few of our Girls and Boys have recorded some messages of thanks.  Wherever you are; thank you. Remember...

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

For more information please visit the official NHS and UK Government websites. Please stay safe.

NHS

 

 

NHS Rainbow

 

 

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Stay Positive, Test Negative!

Fry Club JFC would just like to wish all of our players and their families the very best of health, both physically and mentally during this lockdown period and hope that everyone keeps their safe distance.  We are all most grateful to all frontline workers during this crisis, from the NHS right across to key workers in supermarkets, post offices, schools and wherever you are; thank you. Remember...

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

For more information please visit the official NHS and UK Government websites. Please stay safe.

NHS

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Football's Staying Home!

The FA have kicked off an initiative to help everyone stay occupied during the lock down period. From tips to staying safe and healthy, to football activities to keep your body and mind active they will offer online content to explore how you can make the most of football staying home. This was kicked off with a short video on Twitter featuring the two England Captains, Steph Houghton and Harry Kane. As well as daily content across their channels, The Boot Room will feature a range of insightful articles, guides and top tips from some of the most knowledgeable figures in the game. They will be broadcasting classic Emirates FA Cup and Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches back-to-back every Sunday afternoon on The FA Player. Look to the Online Hub, #FootballsStayingHome

#FootballsStayingHome

 
Local Leagues Cancel Rest Of Season!

The Avon Youth League, Hanham Minor League, Bristol U18 Football Combination League, Bristol Girls League and the Bristol Saturday Youth League have all made the regrettable but understandable announcement that the remainder of the 2019/20 football season is over. This follows the Government’s Announcement on Monday 16th March 2020 for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible due to the Covid-19 Pandemic after which The FA advised that all grassroots football in England initially be postponed, but now be concluded. Remember...

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

For more information please visit the official NHS and UK Government websites. Please stay safe.

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Grassroots Football Postponed!

Following the Government’s Announcement on Monday 16th March 2020, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, The FA are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future. The FA have also decided to postpone all matches across all FA competitions, including those outside of the professional game, until 3 April. This is like to be extended however. Remember...

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

For more information please visit the official NHS and UK Government websites. Please stay safe.

##Update## The FA, Premier League and EFL have agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April.  Grassroots continues its hiatus.

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Fry Club JFC Cancel Tournament!

It is with much regret that Fry Club JFC have decided that we will not be holding our 2020 Summer Football Tournament.  In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, Fry Club JFC feel that holding a large public event this year would be an unwise decision, at a time when no one knows what the level of UK infection will be and the risks that this could entail. We hope to return next year. Remember...

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

For more information please visit the official NHS and UK Government websites. Please stay safe.

Fry Club JFC

 
U11 Girls Enjoying Their Football!

Fry Club JFC U11 Girls are having a great first season under the management of Rich, their Manager.  A product of our highly successful Wildcats Centre, they started playing their first matches this season in the Bristol Girls League having started playing football just last year.  On the right you can see them resplendent in their Home kit and for more on the U11 Girls, click on their Team Page.

U11 Girls

   
Somerdale Continues To Flood!

With Storm Ciara, followed by Storm Dennis and now Storm Jorge, Somerdale has again seen a weekend of sport completely wiped out and pitches unusable.  The video below from  a few weeks back shows the extent to which the water had reached up the field.  Somerdale is no stranger to flooding, so have a look at our historic Flooding page for a pictorial history.  As for matches... Surfing anyone?

Somerdale flooded
 
   
U6's Get Ready For Next Season!

Fry Club JFC U6's started their preparation for next season with a joint training session against St Aldhelms last Saturday at Somerdale Pavilion.  Under FA guidelines, players under six are not allowed to take part in competitive matches so to help them prepare for next season the two teams took part in a shared training session with Managers from both sides on the pitch giving guidance, coaching and encouraging the players as good experience ready for next season.  All of the players really enjoyed it along with sausage and chips in the Pavilion after.  For more photos click the St Aldhelms link and for more on the U6's, click on their Team Page.

Everyone is going for the ball (including the Coaches)

   
Fry Club JFC Fundraising Challenge!

Fry Club JFC are embarking on a Club-wide fundraising challenge to try to raise £2,500 to be split between the Children's Hospice South West and Fry Club JFC.  All of our players, from the Tots up to the U18's will take part in a sponsored run (or walk) around the Somerdale Parkrun, taking the 2.5k or 5k route depending on age and ability. If you would like to donate, then please visit our Crowdfunding page for more details.  This event is inspired by the three U12 boys (see photo) who undertook the Ironman challenge last year for the same causes and you can watch a short Video about that, or for photos of the day, click on the Ironman link.

Children's Hospice South West

3 Ironmen at the Children's Hospice

   
U8 Girls Lead Out Bristol City v Man City!

Fry Club JFC U8 girls were fortunate enough to be the mascots late last year at the Women's Super League match at the SGS Stoke Gifford Stadium between Bristol City Women and Manchester City Women.  It was a great day for the girls, meeting many of their heroes and role models and seeing what their football pathway could eventually lead to. Unfortunately for the locals, Manchester City ran away with the match in the last five minutes to win 0-5, but the girls had a fantastic experience and you can view some photos by clicking on the Mascot link.  This BBC link has a match report and highlights of the game. To see more about the U8 Girls, click on their Team Page.

Bristol City Women & Fry Club JFC U8 Girls before the match

Bristol City Women v Manchester City Women - BBC iPlayer

   
Charlie Is Boxing To Success!

Ex-Fry Club JFC player Charlie Sutton, (click to check out her Team History) is following in the footsteps of her older brother Aaron (also an ex-Fry Club JFC player - check out his Team History) in pursuing a boxing career, and started very well just before Christmas at the England Boxing Women's Winter Box Cup 2019 competition where she won! Everyone at Fry Club JFC would like to wish Charlie the very best in her boxing career and if you would like to see a few more photos, then click on the link for Aaron and his page where you can also see the latest on his boxing career including details on his next bout.

Box Cup 2019

Charlie & Aaron

   
Welcome To The Lakeside Pitches...!

After six years, the floods are back with abandon at Somerdale as the whole of the bottom pitches were submerged for the start of 2020.  Somerdale is no stranger to flooding, and have a look at our historic Flooding page for a pictorial history.  As for matches... Water polo anyone?

Somerdale flooded
   
Happy New Year From Fry Club JFC!

We at Fry Club JFC would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  We hope that this year is a fun, successful, and most importantly of all, enjoyable year. We hope to keep improving our Club, so keep checking back here to see what great things the players of our Club get up to.

Happy New Year
   

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It is hoped, perhaps forlornly, that more parents and players involved in Youth Football will come to realise that its not just about winning. Anyone reading this and wondering what is meant by this should visit the FA Website