Welcome to Walton MK FC
We have put together this guide to help parents and carers of new players to understand a little more about our club and what we strive to achieve with our football coaching activities.
Who are Walton MK FC?
Walton MK FC plays football in the south-east corner of Milton Keynes. We are very much an integral part the local community and draw the majority of our players from the Walnut Tree, Wavendon Gate, Old Farm Park, Browns Wood, Caldecotte, Walton, Kents Hill, Monkston, Middleton, Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands areas of the city. We are a not-for-profit organisation and we are reliant on volunteers to run our club.
Walton MK FC offers a friendly football experience for children of all abilities between the ages of 3 and 17 (pre-school through to year 12). We have teams in the Milton Keynes District Development League (under 6’s to under 12’s) and the Milton Keynes Border Counties Youth League (under 12’s to under 17’s). We have also created a partnership with the team at Football Feeders to provide a football club for pre-school children.
Walton MK FC is an FA Charter Standard club. Amongst other things this means we meet the FA requirements for the recommended way of running a football club. This encompasses all aspects of the club operation, including having an elected committee, regular committee meetings, an AGM, and fully audited accounts. All of our coaches and managers have at least one recognised coaching qualification, or are working towards achieving one.
When and where will the training sessions be held?
For our younger age groups, we hold weekly training sessions on a Saturday morning at Heronsgate Primary School, Walnut Tree or at Power League, Walnut Tree. Typically these sessions will run from 1000 until 1100am. As the children get older (from under 6 age group onwards) we will introduce a midweek early evening training session which will be at one of the local schools that we are affiliated with or at Power League (winter months only).
What equipment is needed?
All of the children will require football boots or trainers (depending upon how hard the ground is), a pair of shin pads and a water bottle (no fizzy drinks please.) From under 6s onwards the club will provide a team kit but warmer clothes will be required when it’s cold (tracksuits, gloves and hats). The only other consideration is sun cream in very sunny weather. Otherwise the club will provide all other training equipment such as balls, cones and bibs etc.
How much will it cost?
The cost of regular training will be £4.00 per session, payable weekly for the under 4 and under 5 age groups and typically £20 per month in standing order subscriptions from under 6s onwards. This monthly fee helps us run the club and provide the following;
> The costs of equipment – first aid equipment, goals, balls, bibs and the like,
> Hiring our playing pitches – we pay all of our hosts for the pitches that we use,
> Hiring of Power League pitches – this enables us to train during the week in the winter months and at weekends when pitches are unplayable due to the weather,
> Playing fees – registration fees, tournament fees (two per team per season), referee fees and associated costs,
> Training our managers and coaches – FA qualifications, CRB checks, first aid training etc.
> Awards night – venue hire, trophies for every player, photographs for every player etc.
> General club costs – such as insurances, IT costs, bank charges and accounting costs.
Please be aware that we are a not-for-profit organisation and none of the managers, coaching staff or club officials are paid – they do it for the love of the game!
Will it be competitive?
By its nature football is a competitive sport but winning at all costs is not what drives our club. In the early age groups, there are no competitive matches and our focus is on teaching the fundamentals of the game. As the children get older (under 7s level) there are still no published leagues so all organised matches are friendlies and we aim to give each and every child equal playing time.
As our under 6 teams develop, and in accordance with the FA guidelines, we will aim to play a few training matches against similar local teams once we have established some basic skills with the children but this will only happen when the coaches feel the children are ready and happy to do so. Absolutely nothing is compulsory and if your child does not wish to participate in matches, we will not force them. It is always important to remember that every child develops physically, emotionally and mentally at their own pace and we have to recognise that in their development as footballers.
We aim to enter teams into the district league in the September they start in school Year 2 (under 7s), and if we have sufficient numbers, we will enter more than one team with some degree of streaming in terms of ability. This allows the league to match our teams against those of similar capabilities locally.
What if my child is not very good at playing football?
Our aim is to help everyone have some fun with football and to gain confidence and self-esteem. It is our experience that joining a team and training in a sport can have a very positive effect on lots of different aspects of your child’s life. Walton MK FC is an all-inclusive club and we accept that all our players come to us with different skills and levels of ability.
We hope that we will assist the children in enjoying football and that you will see improvement in their confidence and technical ability over time. We also have a track record of developing quite a number of local children into very good footballers. Our aim is to make each and every player the best footballer that they can be.
Can I get involved in helping out with training or running the club?
Yes! We are always looking for new skills to add to the club. In particular we are keen to engage enthusiastic coaches to help train the children. Recognised qualifications in this area would be an advantage but the club will sponsor the right individual in order for them to get formal FA Coaching badges if interested.
We are also always on the look out for some administrative help to assist with subscriptions, regular communications, organising games and the like. No previous football experience is required – just an organised mind and some patience! Equally the club committee is always looking for willing volunteers who can help us develop the club as a whole so please get in contact with any of the Club Officials if you feel that you can assist in any of these areas.