As the season winds to a close, the club is already preparing for the next season. A hive of activity takes place behind the seasons, this article gives you some insight into what takes place!

Sutton Juniors FC is a Charter Standard Club, Affiliated to West Riding County FA. This means that we have to meet a number of stringent criteria and checks. All our teams must have qualified personell, have completed the necessary child safeguarding qualifications and first aid. Each season we need to inform West Riding how our teams will run for the season ahead, which coaches we have at the club and what cups we need to enter. In return we are given an 'affiliation ID'.

Along side that, we prepare for the end of season presentations - a mammoth task involving hundreds of trophies, labels and two very successful awards nights.

The website is then refreshed so that any new parents looking to join has the right contact information for the year ahead. 

We then begin the mountain of work that is required to register all players for the season ahead and ensuring that we have the team structure to support the demand for the season ahead. This is where you come in - any mum's, dad's, guardian's that might be interested in supporting and assisting the club, please do get in touch - we are always looking for additional support and anything you can commit is very much appreciated. If you'd like to know more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



As part of the running of Sutton Juniors Football Club and maintaining appropriate governance and oversight, the club is required to hold an annual general meeting every 15 months.

This will take place on Wednesday, 21st March at 7.00pm. The location is the Sutton Village Hall (side room)

Any nominations for election to the core committee must be made by members of the club and must be received by the club secretary (Adam Burgess - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at least seven days before the AGM. Should nominations exceed vacancies, election shall be via ballot.

The current roles of the club are listed below so if you wish to nominate someone who has the time and motivation to join the core committee at what will be a very busy time for the club, then nominations should please get in touch with me in the first instance.

President....Phil Naylor.

Chairman... Chris Aldham.

Vice -Chair.... . Scott Mason.

Treasurer ... David Cowgill...

Secretary.. .Adam Burgess until end April 2018

Child Welfare Officer..... Melanie Halstead.

Membership Officer... Melanie Halstead.

Events and fundraising. Scott Mason.

Booking officer... Melanie Halstead.

Coaching & Development Officer... Chris Vollentine.

Equipment officer... Matthew Godfrey..

u5/6 recruitment and development officer ... Matthew Godfrey..

Charter Standard.. Melanie Halstead.

Club Development Officer - Dan Akrigg

Technical Support... Dan Akrigg.

Venue Officer.. Mel Halstead (South Craven)

Venue Officer....Andy Pepper (Sutton Park)

Venue Officer..... Nick pyrah (Glusburn)

Shop officer...Scott Mason..

Shop officer...Mathew Godfrey..

As part of The FA’s role in aiming to do everything it can to support a safe and enjoyable framework for football, a new film has been made outlining the four key steps to safeguarding.

The film, featuring Wayne Rooney, Steph Houghton, Jack Rutter and Nathaniel Chalobah, explains how both parents and children can raise concerns they have about adults working in football and centred around how the 8,500 safeguarding officers working across England football take the following four steps:

1. Checked – to ensure adults are suitable to work with youngsters 
2. Trained – from coaches to referees, all are given suitable safeguarding training
3. Hear – concerns from both children and adults will be listened to
4. Report – the importance of raising concerns about a child’s welfare

Following these simple but crucial steps means that there is a framework in place to ensure that, if standards ever fall short with poor practice or unacceptable behaviour, they can be addressed.

Anyone who has a concern about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult towards a child or young person under 18 years of age in football, is required to refer it to The FA Safeguarding team. The team is staffed by professionals who are experienced in dealing with these concerns.