Welcome New Managers & Coaches
Thanks for expressing an interest in running a Chesterfield Ladies youth team.
Here’s some information about the duties and responsibilities of a coach. It’s not exhaustive. Feel free to ask any of the experience coaches or club officials if you come across something new.
We are Chesterfield Ladies FC and have been running for 30 years. We've got a Open Age, u18, u16, u15, u14, u13 and u10 side currently.
Our ethos has always been about inclusion and we want to ensure that every girl who wants to play football gets the opportunity. On a match day we try and promote equal playing time (at the manager’s discretion of course!). We have a long term service level agreement with Chesterfield FC and our relationship with the Community Trust gives us the scope to reach out to new players. It also helps in our bids for funding from sponsors.
We have a management committee which each manager automatically joins. Our chairman Keith Jackson manages the u15 team. Steph Storey is our Child Welfare Officer, Sally Ashenden is the Treasurer and Fran Rodway is the Secretary. We have regular meetings as a management committee, with separate coaches and finance meetings every other month. We also need to send a representative to the girl’s and women’s league meetings. Failure to attend incurs a fine.
We have an end of season party where each player gets a trophy along with the usual awards. Nominations need to be collected beforehand. Advice will be given at the time. We also have a Christmas party each year.
Your first job is to get the contact details of each parent and names of the players so that you can liaise with them about training and matches. The club will reimburse any expenditure on balls, nets, etc and also contribute towards any FA coaching badges. Kits will usually be provided and sponsorship towards away kits or trainings tops for your team can be sought. You are responsible for collecting signing on fees and forms - but all you have to do is pass them to the secretary who does all the banking and sending forms off etc. She lives just off Derby Rd. Accounting sheets are provided so that monies can be properly allocated. Your parents will usually help you with collecting monies on match days.
For training, it's just taking a session. You just tell the parents when and where to bring the kids and get on with it. They are your team so you can gauge what you want to do with them - watch other training sessions for pointers.
For matches, the league allocate you a referee, so you just need to text the ref and the opposition manager by Tuesday of the week before with the pitch address, kick off time and kit colour, then text the parents the same. The FA Full – Time website tells you the other managers contact details, details of fixtures and results. On match day, you'll need to set up corner flags, nets and a respect barrier (this is a rope line a metre back from the side of the pitch for the parents to stand behind (they go on the opposite side to the managers)) and give a team sheet to the opposition manager, along with showing them the players squad list. These can be obtained from Fran. Once you have all your players registered the squad list can be laminated for use throughout the season. You could also allocate each of these jobs to different parents so that you can concentrate on doing a warm up. For home matches you pay the ref (or the parent who collects subs does). During the match you get an automated text off the FA website and you have to text back at full time with the final score. By Thursday of the week after, you have to log in to the FA Full - Time website and put in the scorers details etc. - it's just a case of ticking next to their names. That updates the stats etc for the website.
If anything happens at a match on or off pitch contact a club official if you need help. Contact numbers are on the club’s website. Notify Fran of any issues that you handle, such as a caution.
Match discipline is important and ‘Respect’ needs to be emphasised. Contraventions usually cost us money. Players may have to pay fines themselves.
We are a Charter Standard club which means that we have to publish policies and procedures for everything that we do. These can be seen on the club website along with other instructions that it is useful for you to know.
And that's it! I'm sure it seems like a lot, but when you get going these are all small jobs. The only things that take up time are training and matches.