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Our Grassroots Football Board

Meet the BBFA Grassroots Football Board

Our Grassroots Football Board

Our Berks & Bucks FA Council aims to ensure that we work closely with those who deliver football, that we make it easier to communicate and to receive feedback and most importantly, that decisions made on behalf of football in the County are representative of our membership.

Each Berks & Bucks FA sanctioned league was encouraged to elect a representative for Berks & Bucks FA Council to ensure those involved in the game are instrumental to the decision making processes led by the County FA.

If you are interested in getting involved or have ideas on how we can be truly representative of the population we serve, please get in touch.

Get in Touch

By Phone: 01235 544890

By Email:
Liz.Verrall@Berks-BucksFA.com

Meet the Grassroots Football Board

Who We Are

I am married with 3 children with Sarah a Dance teacher at Trinity School, Newbury. My son Joel works in the Golf Travel business for Golf Breaks.Com with my eldest, Louise working at West Berks Council, as does my wife Eleanor. I am a very keen golfer with a handicap of 6. I was born in Plymouth where many of my family still reside.

At school in Plympton, just outside Plymouth, I was a very keen sportsman gaining Devon County honours in Football, Cricket, Hockey and Badminton. Whilst playing for Plymouth SFA, I was taken on by Plymouth Argyle as an associate schoolboy but never given a contract (they were right !! ) . After secondary school I attended St. Lukes College, Exeter for 3 years to train as a PE teacher where I met many very able and competent sportsman at National level. Many have also become national football administrators.  I played Football and Cricket for St Luke’s 1st X1 and was selected for the English Colleges and played at Wycombe Wanderers against Oxford University. My final year was at Exeter University gaining a B.Ed degree which was a superb grounding for a future teaching career. I had played in the South Western League and the Western League by this time.

After college I moved to Hampshire playing football for Waterlooville in the Southern league and cricket for Petersfield CC. After five years teaching at Bedales School, Petersfield, I gained a new position at Shaw House School, Newbury as Head of P.E. This all girl’s school was taking boys for the first time and therefore there were no sporting facilities on site.  Coaches to local sports grounds and away matches were the main format for the first few years. However new pitches and a splendid Sports Hall soon made P.E. life a great deal easier.  I gradually moved out of full time P.E. and took on more classroom roles initially as a Geography teacher and later as a Careers advisor and Work-Related Activities Coordinator.  As a Head of Year, I was part of the Senior Management Team.  After fourteen years at Shaw House I was appointed to Kennet School, Thatcham, as a Head of House. This thriving comprehensive grew to about 1800 pupils in my 21-year term of office with each HOH being in charge of about 450 pupils.  For many of these years the school as listed by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’. I continued to teach Geography and P.E. throughout my career.

Whilst teaching in Newbury I was made Manager of the Newbury U15 schools’ team and gained considerable success in the ESFA ‘Trophy’.  At this time, I also did a great deal of coaching within the Reading & Newbury areas, often for Reading FC players in the summer holidays. I went on to become secretary of Newbury SFA for many years. After playing senior cricket for Falkland CC in the Home Counties league and Football for Thatcham Town F.C.  (recent FA Vase winners) I became a qualified Football referee.  After gaining promotion from the North Berks and Newbury Sunday Leagues I officiated on the Hellenic League, the Diadora Isthmian League and the Vauxhall Conference.  I was Chair of Berkshire CSFA for 8 years before being asked to join the National ESFA Council.  I was chairman of the ESFA for season 2018 -19.  In this role I had considerable contact with national officials at Wembley with the main focus being on the growth of the woman’s game and Futsal. There were also many financial discussions concerning grants etc. This has given me a very good appreciation of the National FA and the systems, functions and processes they provide for County FAs.

During this time, I became a Discipline Panel chair and eventually was appointed to the National Serious Case panel. I have to regularly attend training sessions and take assessments to maintain and develop these roles for the County FA.

I joined the Berks & Bucks FA council 18 months ago as the education representative which unfortunately has created a zoom familiarity and not the personal face to face contact which I had hoped for. It is a great privilege to be a Berks & Bucks FA director with the myriad of opportunities and experiences that will come with the role. My position with the Grassroots sector mirrors my football past and I hope I will bring knowledge, experience and integrity to the future issues that I deal with.  Already I am well aware of the breadth of events we provide for our footballers at all ages and I compliments all the administrators, managers and support staff that help deliver football throughout the county.  It is extremely important that we leave a lasting legacy for future generations, so we must continue to discuss, develop and manage all situations and issues with our partners to sustain the future success of the Berks & Bucks FA. I look forward to meeting many Berks & Bucks football stalwarts as my years in office unfold.

 

I was born in Charvil in 1952, the third of 6 children. I attended Twyford Infant School, Twyford Junior School and then Wargrave Secondary Modern School, leaving at the age of 15 to become an apprentice Carpenter and Joiner. Having served a 5 year apprentership I went to evening classes for 2 years to study for an ONC in site management. My work life has taken me along many different pathways having worked on many different projects including the refit of QE2 when she returned from the Falklands war, to the renovation of Windsor Castle after the fire in 1992 where I along with many others was honored to meet several members of the Royal family. Having been sole trader in the construction industry for over 40 years I am now semi-retired and like to spend time tending my allotment and garden but most of all spending time with my grand children.

I married my wife Sue in 1973 we have 2 sons and 2 grand daughters.

I first became involved with football when my eldest son started to play, having taken him to a club presentation and having had one to many glasses of lemonade I was challenged about becoming a referee, a challenge which I accepted. I qualified as a class 3 referee in 1986 and joined Bracknell Referees’ Society and am still a member having served as a committee member, society representative on the Berks and Bucks RA management committee, Secretary, assistant treasurer, vice chairman, Chairman and Training officer a position I still hold. In was persuaded to apply for promotion in 1898 and was promoted to class 2 that same season, 2 years later following a season dogged by injury I was promoted to a class 1 referee, the equivalent of a level 5 today. In 1990 I was invited to join the referee training team at Bracknell Referee's Society and was then encouraged to apply to the FA to become a Licensed Referee Instructor. Having attended the 1st year of the course in Lincoln 1998 and the 2nd year at Staverton Park in 1999 I qualified a Referee Instructor, a position I held until 2015 when family health commitments forced me to retire from the position. I am also a mentor for new referees and am an observer for referee promotion candidates.

After having been asked on several previous occasions in 2009 I stood for election to the B&B FA Council and was duly elected. I served on the Rules and Revisions and Football Development committee's for three years before moving from Rules and Revisions to the Referee's Committee. In 2013 I became Chairman of the Football Development Committee. When the formation of Council was changed in 2014 I remained on the Referee's Committee until 2015 when I moved over to the Cup Competitions Committee. I have been a member of the Grounds person of the Year award committee since joining council. I sit on County Disciplinary Commissions am a Disciplinary Commission Chairman I also sit on FA Discrimination Commissions.

In 2016 I was honored to be asked to stand for election as a Council Representative on the board of the County FA and much to my surprise I was duly elected, a position which I am proud to hold.

Over the last season we have a new look council giving all Leagues the opportunity to become a voice on how football in the county should be structured and would encourage all leagues that have not taken this opportunity to do so to join us in taking our great game into the future. We all know the Health benefits of football both Physical and mental so I would like to see us as a County strive to make Football more inclusive in all areas not just for players but for managers, coaches, referee's and club officials. Also to carry on the good works we are doing in promoting Women’s, girls’ and Disability football and give everyone the opportunity to share in this great game.

Contact Ron via bennett.50Norton@btinternet.com

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I was born in Oxford and moved to Milton Keynes at the age of 18 due to work commitments. I have been married 41 years and we have had 3 children and 3 very special grandchildren aged 3, 6 & 10 and 2 lovely step granddaughters.

I cannot write this profile without mentioning my love for Everton FC. They are my boyhood team and I have fond memories of my Dad taking me to watch them in London and also to Goodison Park. My own family are also true blues and until recently we regularly saw the team 3 times per season. My eldest granddaughter has also made the trip and is a confirmed blue nose. Other sports I enjoy are Horse Racing, Cricket & Golf (although I am not as good at Golf as I would like to be).   

I was able to take an early retirement and currently I child care 2 days per week. In addition I work as an Invigilator at a school in Milton Keynes and act as a presiding officer for Milton Keynes Council at Election time. As well as holding the office of Deputy Chair, I am the ‘Board Champion’ for Safeguarding in our County and I act as an FA accredited Discipline Chair.  

My Football life began at the age of 9 when playing for my local cub group. As a young boy I played for Marston Saints FC who were a very successful team at that time. My whole life has been football and at this age I only ever wanted to be a professional footballer. At the age of 16/17 I played for Reading FC in their ‘A’ Team (Would be known as an academy team today). My highlight being selected for a Reserve Team fixture at Elm Park. Despite making a good start to my career at Reading, unfortunately my form dropped and I received a very nice letter saying ‘No thank you’. I then played for Oxford City in their Youth, Reserve and 1st Teams in the then Isthmian League. My 1st appearance in the first team was away to Dagenham in front of over 1000 people where we lost 3-0 but I enjoyed every minute of it including fish & Chips on the way home in the coach. My work commitments took me to Milton Keynes so after a short break in playing I then played briefly for Buckingham Athletic, then moved to Milton Keynes City (who played in the Southern League). I then played for Wolverton Town & Newport Pagnell Town in the United Counties League ending up my playing career at Bicester Town in the Hellenic League. The highlight being an Oxford Senior Cup Final played against Oxford Utd FC at the Manor Ground which we lost after extra time 1-0.

I then turned my hand to Football Management where I started off at Stony Stratford FC, followed by Buckingham Athletic (League & Cup Wnrs), Wolverton Town, Newport Pagnell, Wootton Blue Cross, Potton Utd & finally Buckingham Town in the Southern League (with my dear friend Steve Curley). Unfortunately we were relegated that season and were subsequently dismissed from our role!

I am also a Level 5 Referee and continue to Referee today for MK Dons Academy Teams, MK Dons SET, MK College & MK Dons Ladies. Until recently I also refereed in the United Counties League where I was an appointed official in a Reserve Cup Final. My refereeing career commenced whilst ‘running the line’ for my sons teams. It was often that we had no appointed referee and I would do the job (much to my son’s disgust!). I decided to complete the Referee’s course so at least I could do the job in a proper kit. It was here that my passion and enjoyment of refereeing started and I moved forward from level 7 to 5 and was The MKRA Referee of the Year in 2007. I have been fortunate enough to officiate many youth and adult cup finals.       

My association with the Berks & Bucks FA started when I became manager of the County’s U18 Youth Team. A position I held for 7 years (Winning the South West Counties Championship and Cup) before work commitments ended my association with the team. During this period I had made strong friendships with the late Mr Dick Custance (Youth Chair) and David Grainge (Youth Secretary at that time). I had an insight into the organisation which I had really enjoyed. A few years later an opportunity arose and I became a member of Council for the association in 2007. I became Deputy Chair in 2010. In addition I served as Chair of The Rules Revision Committee. I did not realise how many Rules I did not know until I held this position. I shall be forever in debt to Robin Woolman for his guidance throughout this period. During this time together with David Grainge (Now Chair) we have overseen many changes to the organisation and I believe we have moved considerably forward to keep up with today’s ever changing society. Looking to the future we need to continue to develop the Board and our Council. We have a great team of staff who have a willingness to help and assist football in our community which I am very proud of.

I am also the Safeguarding Champion for the Board of Directors. It is a responsibility that I take very seriously, and I am very proud of our approach to Safeguarding as a Board.

Contact John via 
harryhors17@gmail.com

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