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News item7 Dec 2011 - Further great achievement for Wylam coach

Having won the Northumberland Charter Standard Coach of the Year, Mark Jones has progressed on and is now also the Regional North East/ Yorkshire equivalent. Warm congratulations from everyone connected with the Rockets on a remarkable achievement.
His reward was to progress to the heady heights of the National competition held in Nottingham on Sunday. Whilst ultimately not gaining the National title, Mark clearly acquitted himself with distinction in what was a strong field in which everyone was already a winner just by being there.
The experience was also clearly memorable; to allow Mark to describe the final in his own enthusiastic words.
"Firstly thanks a lot for the words of encouragement prior to my trip down to Nottingham.
Secondly, thanks to Shirley [Hall, Club Child Protection Officer] for being the Jimmy Saville of the Tyne Valley.
The whole weekend was really enjoyable. My personal highlight was meeting Stuart Pearce, it's great to meet such a legend and for him to be so grounded and encouraging. He spoke about about his love of the game and how he feels previlged to be paid for doing a job he loves. I asked him about his career highlight and he immediately responded, captaining his country. Ray Wilkins had sent his apologies [and was unable to show up].
Obviously, the whole point of the day was not for me to fawn over Psycho and get him to write 'caged tigers' on my England shirt. On the Saturday night, had a meal and a couple of pints with other regional winners and Eric Harrison (ex Man U youth coach) and Les Howie ( FA grassroots head coach). The other winners all had least their level 2 qualifications and 2 of them were devolopment coaches for clubs with 30 teams. I'm kinda obsessed by the beautiful game, but it was an eye opener to meet fellas even more obssessed and far more dedicated.
Anyway, on the Sunday morning, I delivered a 45 minute training session to Lichfield under11's. Generally went well, but was recommended I would benefit from doing level 2 course, so my session would have flowed better. Will find out in next few days who has won National Award. Am fairly certain I won't have national award due to calibre of coach I was up against, will let you know either way.
Thanks again to Shirl for fixing it for me."
Followed by,
"Just had phone call from FA to inform me that....I am not the national coach of the year.
The coach that won the award is Tim Durkin Brown, development officer for Eagle FC, Warrington. I'm really pleased that Tim won because he delivered an excellent session and he is utterly devoted to his club. He literally goes down to the club to see other coaches for a couple of houres each evening.
Like I said previously, the weekend itself was really enjoyable especially meeting the great man.
Cheers Mark"
Again, well done Mark, not only for the achievement but for the sporting humility displayed throughout the process and which offers a shining example to all Rockets youngsters.

Author: JB

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News item2 Nov 2011 - Apollo retain 5 a side crown!

Congratulations to the Wylam Rockets u10s Apollo lads who repeated last years triumph in the annual Tyne Valley League First Division 5 a side tournament on Sunday 6/2/11.
By all accounts the team repeated their success in the day long competition - held at the Wentworth Centre, Hexham - with something of a flourish.
Well done to everyone, players, coaches and fans associated with the team.

Author: JB

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News item5 Aug 2011 - Wylam First School PTA - Wylam Brewery Tour.

Saturday 14th May sees the renewal of the much loved Wylam Brewery Tour (12pm)
Tickets are £20, for which you get a 'lip-smacking':
Taxi to Brewery; 1 hour tour, including 3 (three) pints of Wylam Beer; Taxi to Black Bull; Finger Buffet Lunch.
Tickets from Susan Walsh or school, or on 854221. Cheques payable to 'Wylam First School PTA' (All proceeds going to Wylam First School PTA). Please note: there are limited numbers - max of 18 people - so get in quick!.

Author: JB

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News item2 Aug 2011 - URGENT - Parking problems at Jubilee

There have been complaints (from pedestrians and motorists) regarding restricted access caused by cars parking on both sides of the main road outside the entrance to the Jubilee Fields on match days.
Could team representatives please ensure that Rockets supporters lead by example in parking away from the gate and immediate area.
Also, when arranging home fixtures please ensure that visiting coaches are made aware of the issue and ask that they seek the cooperation of their own supporters in parking considerately. The alternative parking options (eg the Pay Car Park behind the War Memorial or the spaces behind the Fox and Hounds near the Library) should also be advised to them.
Thank you.

Author: JB

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News item5 Jul 2011 - Wylam coach receives prestigeous award!

Many congratulations to Mark Jones, coach of the u9s Dynamos. Hot on the heels of Wylam Rockets earning the 'Charter Standard Club of the Year' Award he has gained the equivalent for individuals, the 'Coach of the Year' Award.

Nominated by the committee, winning the Award reflects his outstanding contribution to the development of kids football in the area. Well done Mark, and enjoy your day collecting the award at the imminent Corbridge Football Festival, when the club will also receive the Charter Standard prize.

Both awards reflect the fine reputation of the club and the high regard in which it, and all connected with it, are increasingly held in the wider footballing community.

Author: JB

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News item27 Jun 2011 - WYLAM ROCKETS AWARDS DAY - Part 2

Of course, this day is first and foremost about the players, to celebrate individual contributions to each side. Every team anounced three awards, one in each of the folowing categories - Parents/ players Player of the Year (PPoY), Coaches Player of the Year (CPoY) and Best Attitude (BA). These awards are always much sought after and prized, and this years deserving winners were:

u7s - PPoy Freddie Marr, CPoY Alex Kirkpatrick, BA Matthew Elliott

u8s - PPoY Rowan Bennett, CPoY Alex Buckle, BA Armon Leetham

u9s Dynamo - PPoY Joe Smith, CPoY Matthew Green, BA Marcus Chan

Rockettes u10s - PPoy Catherine Campbell, CPoY Izzy McKenna, BA Georgia Briggs

Rockettes u11s - PPoY Ellie Ridley, CPoY Georgia Birch, BA Juliet Haslam

u10s (Locomotiv) - PPoY Tom Brogan, CPoY Luke Armstrong, BA Elliot Walters (Congratulations also to Luke Armstrong who earned an additional award in recognition of his having won the most man of the match awards in Division 2)

u10s (Tynedale) - PPoY Wiliam Lavery, CPoY Eaun Daniels, BA Tony Tarbitt

u10s (Apollo) - PPoY Rory Hanley, CPoY Rory Hanley, BA Ben McDonald (Special congratulations to Rory Hanley who also won the overall Club Player of the Year Shield)

With thanks to Koby Bremer of the Jubilee Playing Field Association for presenting the awards.

Finally, the one downside to the days proceedings was having to say "Goodbye" to all the u10 players who are leaving the club in advance of next season; each received a framed photograph as a memento of their years representing the village side. These lads are now moving on to play the larger game, whether 9v9 or 11v11, complete with offsides, at a variety of local clubs (mainly Prudhoe YC). Everyone at the club wishes you well - we hope that you enjoyed your years at Wylam Rockets, that you have received a good grounding by playing mini soccer in preparation for the next stage in your footballing adventure and that you continue to enjoy the beautiful game.
As for the remaining Wylam Rocket(te)s teams, here's looking forward to the 2011/12 season (somewhat bizarrely, the advent of "Summer Soccer" for the youngest age groups means that this years u7 and u8 teams have already kicked off their new campaigns (the day before the awards ceremony!).

Author: JB

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News item27 Jun 2011 - WYLAM ROCKETS AWARDS DAY - Part 1

Sunday 19th June on the Jubilee Playing Field: A marvellous atmosphere, some reasonable weather and a healthy turn out all contributed to a fitting finale to a memorable 2010/11 season for Wylam Rockets. Fuelled by the famous Buffet Cars finest fare and high on the excitement of penalty shoot outs and impromptu kick-abouts, player and fan alike joined in applauding the individual and collective successes of the Rockets.

In reflecting on a vintage year for the Club, John Hanley (Chairman) noted that perhaps the greatest achievement was in just how many youngsters had participated in and enjoyed their football under the Rockets banner, coupled with the many team awards for sportsmanship garnered over the preceding months.

This contributed in no small part to Wylam being named Northumberland Charter Standard Club of the Year; a tremendous honour for everyone connected with the Rockets.

However, the campaign was also notable for the collection of silverware won by Rockets teams. Apollo u10s proudly displayed their Tyne Valley League Division 1 championship trophy, as well as the West Division and League 5-a-side Cups. The girls too got in on the act with the Rockettes u10s showing off their NGFL knockout Plate.

As a relatively young club (founded only in 2003) the club is now having a significant, growing impact on the local youth football scene.

Author: JB

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Help is needed to put up the marquees on the field for the summer fair -
from 5pm onwards on friday 24/6/11 - if any parent or coaches could help that would be great.

Also, make sure you take a look at the smashing Rockets scarecrow football scene, situated in the gardens of 3 West View, Wyam. A spookily lifelike Mike Dibb Fuller can be seen overseeing a number of players, complete with diving goalkeeper. One player even comes complete with a kicking action that will have many a dad wistfully remembering his own youthful glory days! Well done to everyone involved in the construction for a tremendous effort.

Author: JB

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The basic timetable the Wylam Rockets Presentation Day on Sunday 19/6/11 (at the Jubilee Field) will be:

4pm start - penalty shoot out, kick around - whatever the
Coaches are up to organising!

4.30 or 4.45pm (depending on how things are going) -
presentations - usual format team by team - with Coaches
saying a few words - "a lot of teams so keep it brief!" -
will start with you youngest and work up - I've asked Koby
Bremner (Chair of the Playing Fields Association) to say a
few words and will get him to present some of the trophies

5.30 or 5.45 at the latest -aim to finish

The world reknowned Buffet Car will be open throughout, selling food, drimks and sweets.

Do try and get along. A major theme of the recent Wylam Rockets AGM was the desire to promote people's sense of belonging to the club as a whole (ie as well as to an individual squad or age group).

An event like this is just the sort of get together that helps foster such unity. Therefore, everyone connected to the Rocket(te)s is invited to come together to reflect on and celebrate an excellent 2010/11 season. Most importantly, the day will be FUN!

Author: JH

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News item13 Jun 2011 - FAIR PLAY AWARD for Rockettes u11s

Yet more good news for Wylam Rocket(te)s and a further illustration as to just why we have been named 'Northumberland Charter Standard Club of the Year'.

"On Sunday, at the Northumberland Girls League Annual Presentation at Newcastle Racecourse, the Rockettes U11's were awarded the trophy for the Most Sporting team in the U11's League. The trophy is awarded for the most sporting team, supporters and coaches and awarded based on the votes cast for by all the teams in the league.

In front of over 400 girls and parents Heather accepted the trophy on behalf of the whole squad from Everton, Newcastle, Sunderland and England legend Paul Bracewell.

This is a great accolade for the U11's and reflects the excellent spirit and approach adopted by the girls and all those associated with the U11's over the course of the whole season. Well done, girls"

Author: SH

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Dear All,

Wylam Rockets AGM

Please find below agenda for AGM. The AGM will take place on Thursday 9 June at 8.30pm at the Wylam Institute.
At the AGM, we need to confirm a chair, vice chair and parent representative if possible as committee members.The AGM is open to all parents,

Wylam Rockets Annual General Meeting
Wylam Institute
8.30pm Thursday 9 June 2011


2.Minutes of last AGM

3.Chairman's Report

4.Changes to constitution

5.Appointment of committee

6.Statement of Annual Accounts

7. AOB

Author: JR

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News item5 Jun 2011 - Apollo Storm to League Title!

Congratulations to Kevin, Mike and the Wylam Apollo lads on recently securing the Tyne Valley u10s Division 1 title. Always in the leading pack, their extraordinary consistency enabled them to surge clear of some quality rivals to secure the crown with a number of matches still to play.

The first Wylam Rockets team to secure a Tyne Valley league title, this achievement completed a notable double, adding as it did to their recent West Division Trophy triumph.

Rightly described in the Hexham Courant as a "class side", everyone connected with Apollo can look back with pride on an outstanding season as well as forward, with some confidence, to the move on from mini-soccer.

Well Done!

Author: JB

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News item3 Jun 2011 - We're all goin' Loco down in Wylam!

Buy the bubbly... Hire the open top bus ... How can any celebration do justice to this great 8-4 win for Locomotiv........?

From his calm demeanour and emotionless poker face not many will have realised just how much this victory (and performance) meant to Martin.

Well done to him, to the fans and most of all the players, who have all demonstrated that perseverance and a refusal to get too downhearted will eventually be rewarded.

Author: JB

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News item30 May 2011 - Last Friday's Hexham Courant worth a look

Hexham Courant, Friday May 27th, Page 16 celebrates (yet more) good news regarding the tremendous 2010/11 season currently being enjoyed by Wylam Rockets.

The occasion? The annual Northumberland Football Association Charter Standard Festival at Tynedale Park, Corbridge. Three Rockets teams (Apollo, Dynamos and a Tynedale/ Locomotive combo) entered the event, with all enjoying a smashing day of fun football.

However, the day was also notable for the array of awards presented to individuals, Rockets u9s and u10s teams, as well as the club after the event ended.

Mark Jones was presented with the Northumberland Charter Standard Coach of the Year (a tremendous personal achievement) whilst he and coaches Mike Dibb Fuller, Kevin Anderson, Mark Keller, Martin Armstrong and Ian Histon accepted the NFA Charter Standard Club of the Year award on behalf of Wylam Rockets FC.

To cap a marvellous day for the club both the Dynamo and Tynedale/ Locomotiv teams also won Fair Play awards for their sporting contribution to the days football.

There is even a photo of the event in the current Hexham Courant (but don't let that spoil your pleasure!?). Other pictures from the day will be on the various relevant sites soon.

Author: JB

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News item30 May 2011 - Wylam Rockets - Northumberland Charter Standard Club of the Year

We all know what a great club we belong to and support. Below is the submission that shared our qualities with the wider footballing community in Northumberland and earned Rockets the County Charter Standard Club of the Year.

"Wylam Rockets Football club has a great reputation for offering mini soccer in a safe and supportive environment. The coaches are passionate about football and deliver excellent training throughout the club.
This is enabled through attending excellent training sessions booked through our parent FA. ( Northumberland FA). Coaches are able to update and improve their own skills, before implementing them in training sessions with the children.
The club encourages parental involvement and has a great relationship with the local community too.
Parents are extremely important to the club. They provide moral support, as well as practical help and those who wish to, can become more involved by becoming a Parent Representative, or committee member.
Each of the teams has a Parent Representative, who helps organize the goals on match days, the refreshment rota and is a point of contact for other parents who may have any team concerns.
This has proven to be an effective method of ensuring that all coaches get team feedback, without direct confrontation.
Behavior in general is excellent, because coaches explain at the outset what is expected from both players and parents alike. Poor behavior is not tolerated and there are clear sanctions if such an occasion should arise. Having clear policies and procedures in place is essential in the smooth running of our club.
Match day behavior is excellent too, with coaches leading by example, showing respect for the opposing team and referee.
The coaches at our club are highly respected for offering a fun, safe opportunity for children to play football, where the focus is on taking part and fostering a good team spirit.
They always give encouragement for effort made, regardless of match day results and should be commended for offering children an excellent opportunity to enjoy football."

Author: SH

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News item30 May 2011 - Mark Jones - Northumberland Charter Standard Coach of the Year

Not everyone in the Club knows Mark Jones, the u9s Dynamo coach; below is the submission highlighting his contribution to kids football that helped secure him the Northumberland Coach of the Year title and earn further kudos for the Rockets!

"Mark Jones is a fantastic coach. He is brimming with enthusiasm, has great sense of humour and a passion for football.
In his team everyone is included and valued, regardless of their ability.
He has created an excellent team spirit and sense of selflessness within the team that I think is rare for such a young age group. The children have fun playing, try their best and support each other fully, which is testament to his great coaching and direction.
Particularly remarkable is the way in which he manages the team and the individuals within it.
He shows great patience and understanding and is able to motivate each child, by giving encouragement.
Mark allows the players to make decisions for themselves on the pitch too, rather than bombarding them with too many instructions. This works very well and the children have become very intuitive in their play, which is a joy to watch.
With a wide range of player ability and up to five subs on the bench, keeping everyone happy is no mean feat.
However Mark does just that, rotating the players, giving everyone a fair chance and always commends their efforts, regardless of the score line.
Training sessions are thoroughly planned and great thought is given in tailor making the sessions around the needs of the children. The individuality of the children is always celebrated and if a child has a particular skill they are encouraged to share it.
Mark's match reports are legendary too - full of humour and praise for both sides. It is clear to see that he loves his coaching role, yet always keeps match success in perspective. His approach of giving every child a chance to shine is welcomed by parents too, with all of the children getting a mention for their efforts.
With this in mind, Mark along with coaching partner Ian, who is also fantastic, devised two initiatives to reward good play and attitude.
The first is a ' trainer of the week trophy ' given out at the end of the weekly training session. (For a good attitude or particular skill that week). This is kept by the child for the week and then returned. Every child has the opportunity to earn the trophy and the children show real pride in their achievements when it is their turn.
Secondly, the Captains arm band is shared weekly, so that all of the children have the experience of being a captain for the match.
The team's success is well deserved and it is lovely to see their team with the emphasis on fair play, at the top of the Northumberland mini soccer league table. As a parent it is also a delight to see the way in which coaches and children in the team conduct themselves. Indeed it is this respect which earned Mark's team a ' Most sporting side ' award last year."

Author: SH

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News item26 May 2011 - Websites - tidy up and archiving

Bez and I are currently trawling through all outstanding items (results, reports, photos, current news etc. etc.) with a view to ensuring all sites are fully up to date and reflect accurately the entirety of each
Rocket(te)s teams 2010/11 season. Thereafter, every teams site will be archived, meaning that they can still be visited for reference (and nostalgia) purposes, but we will not be able to update them. This will probably happen some time in mid-June.

Please forward urgently any further items, particularly photos, that you wish to feature on the "finished product" (remember, snaps should be jpeg format with a file size no greater than 200kb; we will try to accommodate anything different, but no guarantees).

This is also a last opportunity to check your particular site for glaring ommissions and irritating errors so that we may rectify them!

Next season every side will again have their own "webteams" site - this will be for all team-specific data (eg squad details, results, reports, statistics etc.). However, we also intend to introduce an overarching Wylam Rockets site as a vehicle for all general club topics (eg Club history, Committee reports, documents and decisions, Social events, Charter Standard and Respect campaign news etc. etc.). As with this season, all sites (including the main Club site) will be interlinked and accessable each from the other.

Finally, Bez and I hope the website facility has enhanced your enjoyment of the 2010/11 season (thank you for all your kind comments). We both look forward to capturing the ups and downs of the 2011/12 season. Hopefully it will be every bit as enjoyable, exciting and successful as the season now drawing to its close!

Author: JB

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News item25 May 2011 - Congratulations to Rockettes u10s

A wonderful moment for the club as the girls section (the Rockettes) landed their first ever silverware, courtesy of the u10s triumph against Cramlington Juniors (2-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw) in the Northumberland Girls Football League Cup (Plate) Final. Well done Coaches Wynne and Spragg and, in particular, all of the squad.

This exciting breakthrough is the icing on the cake after a tremendous season for Wylam Rockets FC as a whole. The hard work put in by so many adults and players since the clubs foundation in 2003 has, over the last couple of years, begun to earn its due reward.

Wylam are now a Club noted not only for our friendliness and sportsmanship but also for producing a conveyor belt of fine players and competitive, sometimes trophy winning, sides.

Author: JB

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News item24 May 2011 - Website round up; Good luck for next season!

Apart from a few outstanding Division 2 results, some photos and any News updates the website is just about completed for the 2010/ 11 season; we will arrange for the site to be archived so you can take a nostalgic look back on an "interesting" season any time in the future.

Good luck from everyone at Wylam Rockets to all of the lads as they move on to footballing (or indeed other sporting) pastures new next season, whether 9v9 or 11v11, to Prudhoe, Stocksfield or whatever.

In the meantime, don't miss the Rockets end of season Awards Presentation day (4pm, Sunday 19/6/11 at the Jubilee - inside at Wylam Institute in the event of bad weather). Should be a wonderful family day for everyone connected with the Club.

Author: JB

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News item15 May 2011 - Locomotiv continue to impress (or - editors note -

Locomotiv were invited to play Prudhoe Under 9’s in a friendly, at Eastwood park, in an opportunity to continue the good form against one of our local rivals.

Locomotiv started the game strongly, and exerted the early pressure, but it was Prudhoe who weathered the early storm, and opened the scoring in the 15th minute. After the shock of conceding Wylam finished the half strongly and justifiably levelled just before the break, through Jonah Davie Jones, who took his tally for the season into double figures.

The coaching reigns were passed onto Jonah’s big brother Jamie at half time, and the team came out in the second half with far more attacking purpose.
Caution was thrown to the wind, as the team threw of the defensive shackles imposed under the previous regime.

On 5 minutes Josh made the break threw after a lovely flowing move, with a sublime finish. Incidentally Josh could well be joining Prudhoe next year. We thank him for his efforts, and wish him well for the future. The new total football approach did however leave a few hearts in mouths moments, as Elliot the Kaiser Walters was left as the only player in his half as Prudhoe break free, but with help from the cat Brogan in goal, and some “Unlucky” finishing, Locomotiv’s close out the game with a third.

Joseph Ryder ghosts into the box at the last minute to convert with a subtle chip over the keeper. The game finishes 3.1 to the Locomotiv, and Tom Drake is named man of the match, for an impressive display of wide play on the left, in his new red boots.

Author: MA

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News item14 Apr 2011 - Apollo Win Cup!

Congratulation to Wylam Rockets u10s Apollo on securing the first of the big local (ie Tyne Valley based) competitions to be won by the club since its foundation in 2003. They triumphed in an exciting final against Prudhoe Blues 5 - 2 to land the West Youth Division u10s Trophy - a victory that cements Wylams growing football reputation in the area and beyond.

Hopefully (almost certainly!) this will not be the only new silverware ito grace the clubs burgeoning trophy cabinet after this season: Apollo themselves hold a strong, long odds on favourites chance of completing a highly impressive double by securing the Tyne Valley League Division One title whilst the Rockettes u10s are looking forward to their own big day in the NGFL Shield final versus Cramlington Juniors. Given that Wylam teams will also have a strong presence in the traditional end of season Tyne Valley League's Presidents Cup competitions, as well as in a number of post season tournaments and we should have much to party about at our yearly Awards event.

A full match report and photographs celebrating Apollos tremendous cup final victory will be on the Apollo site in the near future.

Author: JB

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News item5 Apr 2011 - Wylam Rockets earn Charter Standard recognition!

Please read and enjoy the letter below; received from the Northumberland FA it is, I think, self explanatory. This is a tremendous achievement that reflects positively on everyone - players, parents, officials and coaches - connected with the Club. A particular thank you to Shirley Hall, our Child Welfare Officer, who prepared and coordinated all the paperwork and evidence that has obviously so impressed the judges.

27th April 2011

Shirley Hall
Wylam Rockets

Dear Shirley,

Re: FA Community Awards 2011 – Charter Standard Club of
the Year

I am pleased to inform you that your club has been awarded
FA Community Charter Standard Club of the Year 2011.

May I take this opportunity to congratulate the club,
officials, parents and the players on this fantastic award
which has been made in recognition of your contribution to
football development within your local area.

Your club will now progress onto the Regional Finals and
compete against Clubs from Durham, North Riding, East
Riding, West Riding and Sheffield and Hallamshire to
decide who will go on to represent the Region in the
National Finals.

We are planning to present the awards at our Charter
Standard clubs festival which takes place on Sunday 22nd
May 2011 at Tynedale Rugby Club (home of Corbridge United
FC). I would appreciate it if you could confirm your
attendance as soon as possible. You would be required to
attend from 2pm onwards, with the presentations taking
place at the end of the festival along with distribution
of other club and individual awards.

Once again, may I congratulate you and the club on behalf
of Northumberland FA’s Football Development Team.

Yours sincerely

Mark Woodhall
Football Development Officer
Northumberland FA

Author: JB

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News item17 Mar 2011 - Recent Wylam Rockets Committee meeting - Important!

Some items/ information arising from the Club meeting of Thursday 10/3/11.

i) New chairman required for 2011/12 season!
After a period of sterling service as Club Chair, John Hanley has decided to stand down from the role at the end of this season (to coincide with his own son moving on to play 11 a side, probably at Prudhoe). A replacement volunteer is urgently required; probably someone with a younger footballing child likely to be connected with the club for a couple of years (eg u7s, u8s, younger Rockettes?) would be the obvious candidate - however, ANY expressions of interest should be forwarded as soon as posible to John Hanley,or through any coach or committee member. The earlier we can sort out the issue of succession the smoother the hand over will be. John assures me that the role is not too onerous.

ii) CRB checks for parent "helpers" at training/ matches.
Any parent who may be put in the position of taking responsibillity for children representing the club should really be CRB checked as a minimum. Example scenario? Say, for whatever reason one coach is present at a session/ match who then gets badly injured/ called away urgently; a responsible adult needs to be in charge - even if the session or match is cancelled - until all the players are back in their parents charge - that person should really be CRB checked. Likewise any parent who regularly acts as a coaches "second pair of eyes" at a sesion. Any volunteers, all team age groups please - the club will pay and all disclosures are dealt with in confidence.

iii) Likewise, Level 1 FA Coaching badge - the club is always looking to get more qualified coaches to become involved with our Wylam community teams(s) - the course is not complex or too time consuming and does not require deep football knowledge or skill; but it will equip you with the knowledge to organise and run a basic training session safely, as well as offering Emergency Aid, CRB and Safeguarding qualifications. This would be ideal for anyone wishing to participate more with their childs current football experience under an existing coach or, better yet, someone with a child who already plays for the club but who also has a younger child or children - You might like to get more involved with the younger child when (s)he start to play football regularly in future years. Again, expressions of interest through your coach or the club committee and, again, the club will fully fund candidates.

Thank You

Author: JB

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News item5 Mar 2011 - Locomotiv In Motion!

A 2010/11 Tyne Valley League season of ups and downs for Wylam Rockets u10s Locomotiv finally ended in April with a 1-1 draw against Hexham Greens.

The statistics tell the story of the sides resilience and steady improvement. The first thirteen matches all ended in morale sapping, often heavy defeat! By comparison the team's record over the final seven games read a thoroughly respectable W2 D3 L2! If anything, the season ended too soon for a side really beginning to get its act together...

At least this end of season League match proved to be a rather more upbeat occasion than looked likely during those dark winter months - enjoy this photographic record of that final game and the end of season celebrations, plus all the other memories it prompts, simply by clicking on the link below (PS there are more photos to come soon).

Author: LB

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News item27 Jan 2011 - Wylam Rockets Club Officials - 2010/11

For information, here are the contact details of the current Wylam Rockets Club Officials.

In particular, please note the role of the Welfare Officer – Shirley is always available should you have any Child Protection, CRB check, bullying or other concerns revolving the welfare of children involved in Wylam Rockets.

Our aim as a club is to always provide a secure, happy environment in which your child can enjoy their sport in safety.


Shirley Hall
21 North Wylam View
NE42 5FD
Tel: 01661 834966
Email: [email protected]


John Hanley
Elm Bank Road
NE41 8HT
Tel:01661 852230
Email: [email protected]


Jane Robinson
High Croft
Elm Bank Road
NE41 8HS
Tel. 01661 854837 / 07939 223 150
Email: [email protected]


Gordon Macfadyen
25 Hartside Gardens
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel. 0191 281 5772 / 07704 690477
E-mail: [email protected]

Author: JB

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News item23 Jan 2011 - Point made, Locomotiv!!!

Well done to the coach, fans and most of all the players of Wylam Rockets u10s Locomotiv - after all the agony and frustration of such a difficult early season, securing that first precious point (and it was oh so near to being all three points) shows great character and represents a tremendous achievement - just reward for managing to keep team spirit and belief high whilst you found your feet in the Tyne Valley league..
I'm sure that the u7s, playing in Gateshead, could hear the well deserved celebrations from the Jubilee!
Dare I say it, but the squad should now feel more optimistic about the remainder of the season, perhaps even looking to secure a win at some stage - though whatever happens, make sure you enjoy this result to the full, lads; you deserve it!

Author: JB

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News item4 Jan 2011 - Massive game for Wylam Rockets Apollo next Tuesday

Apollo have a big Cup Final match next Tuesday (5/4/11). Good luck from everyone at Wylam Rockets as the team, already well on course to win the Tyne Valley League Division 1 title, look to also add the first local major cup competition to the Clubs, and their own, growing haul. I'm sure any extra support for what should be a cracking game would be welcome!


HON. SEC. M.WOODHALL, 4 BEECH HILL, HEXHAM NE 46 3AG H.01434 602456 m 0777 568 1525

E-mail: [email protected]

West Youth Division
Under 10
Trophy Final









Malcolm Woodhall
Hon sec

PS - Don't forget the big Wylam fundraiser at the Black Bull on Friday 8/4/11. Live music (3 bands) and a great night out - tickets on sale @ £5 from your coach or at the door,

Author: JB

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News item30 Dec 2010 - Jumble sale - Saturday January 8th 2011

Dear All

Hope you have a had a great Christmas - and happy new

There hasn't been much football with the bad weather - but
hopefully things will get up and running in the New Year.

The playing fields association is running the annual
jumble sale on SAT 8th JAN. It would be good if as many
coaches and parents as possible could help out with this.

Help is needed with sorting and selling - but also taking
stuff to the tip - we've been asked to organise this bit of the event in
particular - so we could do with plenty of volunteers with
cars - would you mind letting me know if you or any parents would be happy to help out - just turn up with your car at the institute at 4pm - load up and take stuff to the dump - if we get enough volunteers it should be one trip each - 2 at the most.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Author: JH

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News item24 Dec 2010 - SEASONS GREETINGS

A Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all at Wylam Rockets Football Club.

Author: LB

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News item29 Nov 2010 - New link on website - BBC Weather Check

Note the new facility on the Wylam Rockets website - local and national weather forecasts for the short and long term. Just click on "Weather Check" under "External Links" for all the up to date information.

Author: JB

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80's Disco (with a hint of Australia); £4.50;
Saturday 27th November
7.30pm - 11.30pm @ Wylam Institute

All proceeds to 'Smile For Life Children's Charity' helping to send Sam Smith to Australia

Tickets from:
Deborah Wilkie tel: 07817675972 or 852465
Mel Gardner tel: 07986210114 or 854235

Also on sale in Stobos and the Wine Lodge

(Editors Note: Please support this great cause - for those who don't know Sam, he's a smashing lad and an ex-Rockets legend! - JB)

Author: DW

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News item22 Oct 2010 - BIG DERBY GAME THIS SATURDAY 23/10/10

Don't forget this weekends mega clash - Dynamos vs Locomotiv!
Can the u9s bounce back after their first two defeats of the season following an impressive five game winning streak; or will the ever improving Locomotiv put their slow start to the campaign behind them and, as often happens in derby matches, throw the form book out of the window?
Whatever happens, fans are guaranteed an exciting football spectacle. Get yourselves along to the Jubilee Field tomorrow for a rare treat, 10am kick off.

Author: JB

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News item21 Oct 2010 - Half Term futsal session

Dear all,

I will be running a futsal session for U9's and U10's at Jubilee
Field Wylam from 10-12am on Wednesday 27/10/10 . If interested please could you text me (07929232180) so I can plan the session accordingly.



Author: MDF

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News item19 Sep 2010 - chapter 3, a funny thing happened on the way to Throckley

Another defeat, this time 9-2 at Throckley, and the match report comes to the Sports Desk with the heading above.
To paraphrase a famous saying (was it Kipling or Harry Redknapp?): "If you can keep your sense of humour when all about are losing theirs, you clearly haven't understood the seriousness of the situation!"

Author: JB

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News item12 Aug 2010 - Tyne Valley fixtures FROZEN OUT

All Tyne Valley mini soccer fixtures involving Wylam sides (at u8, u9 and u10 level) have already been called OFF across the board for this Saturday 11/12/10.

Hopefully the New Year weather proves kinder to our hopes of some football!

Author: JB

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News item10 Aug 2010 - Website(s) Features

Just a quick reminder re some of the Wylam website(s) features, designed to help keep you informed and enhance your pleasure as Rockets affecionados..
Down the left hand side of your home page you will find links to all the match related statistics, such as detailed match reports, player performance statistics and, invaluable for forward planning purposes, advance notice of fixtures. Don't forget, you also have a picture gallery
facility for squad pictures and action shots - feel free to send in your own efforts (file size must be no more than 200kb please) and really bring your teams season highlights to life.
Down the right hand side you will find the latest (Club and team) news, including latest results. Beneath these you will find a series of links, not only enabling you to access all the Rockets teams 2010/11 season sites, but also other key, recommended ones.
Most notably, please take a look at the RESPECT campaign - this is a major FA initiative designed to improve behaviour and enjoyment of all involved in the game. You might also like to click onto the Easy Fundraising link for ideas about a painless way to raise funds for the club whilst doing your ordinary shopping. The other links in this section are recommended by the webteams administrators themselves and are also worth a look, for example regarding grassroots football in the North East.
Finally, please ensure you add your team site to your "favourites" list for ease of access and that you register for e mail updates (link towards bottom middle of home page, self explanatory once you acess it); this facility will then warn you whenever a fresh news update or match report has been added to the site, ensuring you never miss anything important.
Any questions or suggestions to improve the ste(s), or indeed news items or features for inclusion, please contact either Bez or myself on
e mail address [email protected]

Author: JB

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News item11 Feb 2010 - RESPECT campaign - general reminder

Please note the following missive from the Northumberland FA - the "rules" are non-negotiable and officials do "mystery-spectate" to check that clubs and central venues are conforming. Please note that standing behind the goals is also not allowed. Thank you to everyone in anticiption of your continuing assistance.

Dear Colleagues,

A reminder to all clubs that the above programme is designed to ensure that players can enjoy the game in an appropriate environment. As such, clubs and central venues are reminded that parents and spectators should have a designated viewing area (usually 3 - 5 yards away from one of the touchlines) and coaches and players/substitutes should be on the opposite side of the pitch.

Best regards,


Mark Woodhall

Football Development Officer

Northumberland FA

Author: JB

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