Woodley United Best Practice Award

It has been a highly successful season for Woodley United with the first team gaining promotion to the Hellenic Premier Division and winning the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup. In recognition of the great work going on throughout the club they are now recipients of a benefits pack.

Throughout the 2016-17 season Berks & Bucks FA has continued to support adult male football and adult male leagues with a club benefits pack. The benefits pack was designed by leagues that attended the 2016 Adult League forum.  As part of the benefits pack scheme BBFA sought to reward adult teams displaying good practice  within the Thames Valley Premier League, North Berks League, Reading Sunday District League and Newbury Sunday District League, leagues who signed up to support this year’s benefits pack scheme.

Thames Valley Premier League
Woodley Utd FC (FA Charter Standard Community Club) was selected on behalf of TVPL for their good practices throughout season 2016 - 17.  The club was formed in 2011 and has gone onto providing football provisions locally including:

  • Running six men’s 11 v 11 teams (four on Saturday & two on Sunday) and one ladies team.
  • Having the Saturday men’s 1st, Reserves and “A” team train together at one site with managers working together to develop players and share player resource, with the “B” team for match days.
  • operating one U18 team with players invited to train with men’s teams so as to aid youth transition.
  • The U18 manager is part of adult management team to ensure adult managers are aware of any players who could be promoted into adult football.
  • Very few fines incurred within TVPL
  • All TVPL matches involving WUFC teams during season 2016 – 17 having been played with at least 11 players in attendance.
  • 23% of players registered with TVPL being under 21 years of age and have been given opportunities to play in Premier Division, Division Three and Division Four.

 Other activities the club has implemented to better the game

  • The managers of the Reserve and “A” team hold FA Level 2 qualification.
  • Manager of “B” team holds FA Level 1 qualification.  
  • In house FA Emergency Aid course held in February 2017 which saw nineteen members attend.
  • In house FA Safeguarding course held in February 2017 that saw sixteen people (both WUFC and members from other TVPL clubs attend).
  • Five U15 teams run which has bucked the national trend of players dropping out of football at 14 – 15 years of age. Scope exists for these to progress to adult football in the coming years.
  • Two U18 players have recently obtained their FA L1 coaching certificate. These two plus one further U18 player assist with either U8 or mini kickers coaching sessions.
  • With support of the Reading Referees’ Association mentoring is being given to young referees who officiate of our youth team games.
  • With support of Reading RA a parents assistant referee evening was delivered on 7 March 2017.
  • Strong social media (website, twitter and Facebook) and local press presence that promotes club.
  • Club delivered a weekly lunchtime soccer session for year 2’s in a local school during the Spring term
  • Club assists in the running of the annual Woodley & Earley schools small-a-side tournament.

BBFA congratulates Woodley Utd FC & The Thames Valley Premier League on their continued ‘good practices’ in the adult male 11 v 11 game.  There are so many positives within the adult male game and BBFA is proud to associate itself with member clubs who continue to achieve not only high standards but also to recognise the time and effort of all volunteers that make the beautiful game.

In accepting the Benefit Pack award from Simon Wears, (BBFA Football Development Manager), Mark Rozzier (General Manager WUFC) said; “It is pleasing to see the hard work given by the club’s volunteers in providing football from mini-kickers to open age being recognised by both the TVPL and BBFA. In addition the fact that so many U21 players are given the opportunity to play and are able to play for the club’s men’s’ teams, particularly the Saturday 1st team (Step 6) and Saturday Reserve team (Step 7) is a testament to the coaching these players have received and the faith managers have in giving them opportunities”.