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The Club Ethos: Homepage_about

The Anchorians club ethos is founded upon the answers to three fundamental questions:

Who is the club for?

Why do kids play football?

How do we

measure success?

We, as a club, believe that we exist for our players, who play football for fun and enjoyment. 

We measure success by increasing player participation, the few children who leave our club, and by the development of all players. This guides everything that we do. This is the reason

why everyone in the club must abide by the following rules.



Let the players play.


Young players are not playing to satisfy your ambitions.


Young players are involved for their enjoyment, not yours.


You have responsibility to encourage players to play by the rules.


Teamwork and effort are as important as winning. You should accept losing without undue disappointment.


Do not allow your winning team to gloat over their victory.


Never ridicule or shout at a young person for making a mistake or losing. Praise them or keep quiet.


Set an example. Applaud good play by both teams.


Help remove all verbal and physical abuse from football.


Recognise the importance of the coaches and support them in their work.

​Playing time

All players will have playing time during matches. There may be occasions, when because of poor attendance or attitude, this is occasionally altered, but this would always be done after discussion with the child and parent.

Rotation of playing positions

Players will be asked to play in a variety of positions. There may be exceptions for this for goalkeepers. Players should know at the start of the match when and where they will be playing.

Attitude of coaches

Coaches will be required to strictly follow the coaches code of conduct and must let the players play during matches, with positive encouragement from the coaches. Information from the line is in a series of occasional questions from the coaching staff. Players always try their best. They will learn from their mistakes without being told they have done wrong.

Spectating and supporting

Spectators/Parents and Carers are required to strictly follow the Spectators/Parents and Carers code of conduct. We encourage spectators to support the team with positive encouragement, applauding effort and good play as well as success. Do not criticise a player for making a mistake, mistakes are part of learning. Let the coaches do their job and do not coach or tell the players what to do, this only confuses the players and remember that children play for fun and enjoyment.

The Club Ethos: Homepage_about


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Each age group will train together once a week, however there may be opportunities to have additional training sessions on an adhoc basis as arranged.


From time to time, coaches and team managers will get to know and work with all of the players in all the age groups – not just their own squad players.


There is no need for tactical training sessions as such. In mini soccer the emphasis is on the players discovery of the game and working matters out for themselves in a fun environment. Team managers and coaches are there to supervise and to organise fun sessions for the players and not to try and impart match tactics.


All players are expected to attend training every week. If unable to attend then managers or coaches must be made aware as soon as possible.

The Club Ethos: Homepage_about
The Club Ethos: Homepage_about


Each team chooses a parent representative to ensure the above rules are being applied. Parent representatives communicate regularly with all parents and provide feedback of any concerns to the managers, in the first instance, and to the committee (via the Welfare Officer) if any serious matters arise.

All parents should attend a workshop which will have content based around the FA's Respect campaign. and should watch the Respect campaign videos on the FA web site.

All parents are made aware of the club Ethos and rules and are asked to help enforce these via the parent rep, the team manager, or when necessary by contacting the committee.

In addition members of the Anchorians committee may monitor both training sessions and matches.

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