30 July - We need your help!
Following a ground grading visit this week, the club has been given a list of jobs to complete to enable spectators to be allowed access to the ground when the season starts in September. The clock is ticking & we have no alternative but to ask for your help to fund this work. We have set up a Crowdfunder page for people to make donations, with every penny raised going directly to the club and only being used for ground grading work. Please donate if you can. Donations can be anonymous and payments can be made by Debit/Credit Card and also Google/Apple Pay. Please click here to make a donation. Thank you!
18 July - Season to restart in September
The FA have received approval from the Government to their proposals for the return of grassroots football. There are several detailed documents for us to look through & comply with, but the headlines are : Competitive training now allowed in July (limit of 30 people including coaches). August, pre-season friendlies can begin. September, football restarts with the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on the 1st. Step 4 Leagues such as ours, restart on Saturday 19th Sept. FA Trophy 1st Qualifying on Saturday 26th. Full Guidance documentation on the FA Website Here
12 July - Season Tickets on sale now!
Find below details of our Early Bird season ticket offer for the upcoming season. It looks increasingly likely that we will start our league season in September or October, which would allow for a full season of 19 home games. For those who held season tickets last season, we are offering a 10% discount due to the 19/20 season being cut short.
We have made every effort to keep prices as low as possible, but there are economic reasons why they have increased. The club is now VAT registered, so all prices now include it. Being VAT registered has enabled us to afford the ground redevelopments that have, and still are, taking place.
We built and fitted out the new clubhouse last season and this summer we are on track to open a new changing room block and improve the paths & fencing at the ground, as well as renovate the pitch, demolish redundant buildings and install contactless payment terminals at the Turnstiles. We have been helped by generous grants from the Football Foundation, but still had to fund the difference, whilst keeping the club afloat during the Covid-19 crisis. Apart from the generosity of our sponsors & committee members, there has been no income for the club since early March.
Whilst many clubs at our level have made public crowdfunding appeals for cash, we were only willing to do that as the very last resort. As well as the redevelopments (with more in the pipeline, such as a new covered stand), the day to day costs of running a grassroots football club are only increasing. Therefore, to keep the club afloat, competitive and continue our ambitions to grow Sholing FC on and off the pitch, we hope you will understand the need for a modest increase and back us in our plans.
To purchase a Season Ticket, please contact Claire Paine, firstname.lastname@example.org - 07887 778266
Also available to buy, is Clubhouse Membership, which gives you discount on food, drink and venue hire. Speak to Claire for more details.
12 July - NHS Staff Free Admission
As a token of our appreciation and thanks to NHS Staff, anyone holding valid NHS identification will gain free admission at our home games during the 2020/21 season (please show a NHS pass at the turnstile).
16 June - Clarke Willmott extend change shirt sponsorship
Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement, we are excited to follow it up with the news that CLARKE WILLMOTT SOLICITORS have extended their sponsorship of our change kit. Many thanks to Peter Swinburn for showing faith in the Boatmen by continuing to support the club.
15 June - South Coast Building Group continue shirt sponsorship
Delighted to announce that SOUTH COAST BUILDING GROUP have extended their sponsorship of the Sholing FC first team home shirt. This will be the second season that their logo will appear on our red & white home kit. We are very grateful to Jamie Chalmers, South Coast Building Group Managing Director and his team, for continuing to back the Boatmen during these challenging times for everyone.
8 June - Boatmen receive Pitch Grant
Good news for Southampton as Sholing FC have been awarded a £1500 Pitch Preparation Fund grant from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.
The Pitch Preparation Fund was set up in support of the game, which is currently facing unprecedented challenges because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Fund is providing grants to clubs that have lost out on normal revenue streams during this difficult period.
The funding will enable us to prepare our football pitches so that they are match-fit for when it is safe to play football again, following Government advice.
We will use the grant to help pay for the cost of the extensive renovation work taking place at the Mackoy Stadium pitch at the moment. Recently the pitch has been weed killed, scarified, had 60 ton of sand spread over it before being slit, seeded and fertilised.
Clubs are also being given access to the Football Foundation Groundskeeping Community. This is a free online resource the Foundation developed with The FA and the Grounds Management Association, containing advice and guidance. Anyone in Southampton can sign up at https://thefa.hivelearning.com/groundskeeping.
Dave Diaper, said: “This generous grant has come at a crucial time for Sholing as we cope with the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis, which meant the premature end of last season and subsequently, no income being generated for the club. It will help us pay for the much needed pitch renovation currently taking place at the Mackoy Stadium”
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is a vital grant to help clubs get their pitches match-fit. “The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation exists to help provide quality infrastructure at the lower-levels of the game. Pitch Preparation Fund grants like this one are giving a helping hand to clubs across the country to get their playing surfaces ready for when the game is allowed to begin again following government advice.”
The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.
5 June - Club Newsletter
A revamped and refreshed Sholing FC Newsletter is now available! With news and features across all the club sections, you can download & read it by clicking the following link (automatically downloads as a PDF) - Click Here to Download
1 June - Updated FA Guidance for Grassroots
20 May - Win Money & Support Sholing
We have joined forces with "My Club Lotto" to launch our own lottery, where you could win a first prize of £3000 ! Every ticket purchased through the link below will benefit the Boatmen : https://sholingfc.myclublotto.co.uk/
19 May - Sponsorship Opportunities
To discuss sponsoring Sholing FC (1st Team, Reserves, Youth Teams & Pan Disability Teams), please contact Claire Paine : email@example.com - 07887 778266 - 10% renewal discount available for current sponsors - Shirt Sponsorship, Pitchside Banners, Clubhouse, Matchdays & Player sponsorship available.
Many thanks to all our wonderful sponsors who have backed us over the last 12 months and beyond. With normality edging closer, please support these businesses who have back their local community football club :
15 May - FA Guidance for Grassroots Football Activity
Today the Football Association has issued the updated guidance :
Consistent with Government advice, published on Wednesday 13 May, the following outdoor football activity is currently permitted:
• playing football individually (individual skills or fitness activities);
• playing football with your family or other people living in your household;
• an individual can play football with one other person who is not from their household.
• coaching an adult player one-to-one.
All social distancing guidelines must be followed.
Additionally, maintaining a grass or artificial football pitch is permitted, as long as social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices are adopted.
If an individual is symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.
The following football activity is not permitted at this time, consistent with Government guidelines:
• coaching a child (U18) from a different household one-to-one. In order to comply with our safeguarding policy, a child must have a parent/carer with them, which doesn’t comply with Government social distancing requirements;
• two or more people from one household playing with one person or more from outside their household.
1 May - Sholing FC Code of Conduct
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
Football belongs to, and should be enjoyed by, everyone equally.
Sholing Football Club is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for supporters, officials, players and volunteers. This applies to everyone, irrespective of their age, culture, ability, gender, sexual identity, language, racial origin or religious belief.
Sholing Football Club will not tolerate racist or sexist abuse at our games, be they home or away.
Sholing Football Club will not tolerate bullying, verbal abuse or physical assault.
If you hear or see any of the above at one of our games or on our property, please report it to a club official immediately.