A huge thank you to Minute Book!

We’d like to express our huge thanks to Minute Book who have sponsored our two new 12ft x 6ft goals!

Minute Book isn’t just another photobook. It allows you to tell your own unique story with words and images. Invite family and friends to tell you their story of your special day, presented as a package of unique yet coordinated books, or just tell your own story in an individual book.

You can read more about Minute Book on their website,  www.minute-book.co.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Steven Knight shortlisted for Coach of the Year 2017

We are very pleased and proud to announce that one of our coaches, Steven Knight, was shortlisted for the Express and Echo Sports Awards “Coach of the Year” award.

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated fantastic leadership within their chosen sport. This person has determination and drive that is infectious, They are someone who has worked tirelessly to achieve success.

Steve was coaching our Under 7’s which was in his first year of coaching, so it’s fantastic to achieve this nomination so early in his career. It just proves how successful the West Exe Youth Football Club pathway is for a child’s development, that parents and carers want to make a noise about it.

The Awards ceremony were held at St James Park, Exeter on Wednesday April 26th 2017, and was hosted by Mark Tyler, former ITV West Country Sports presenter, with Special Guest Speaker Sara Cox, the first female referee to join the RFU Professional Game Match Officials Team, and also officiated at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Thank you to all those who voted.


Image used: “Orkla Awards” (CC BY 2.0) by Orkla

The FA Community Awards 2017

Nominations for The FA Community Awards 2017 are open.

The Awards are split into several categories and each category is judged at a county and a regional level before a national shortlist is created from the regional winners of each category. In 2016, more than 2,000 nominations were put forward for the Awards in England.

Click one of the eight categories to nominate now:

The National winners will be chosen by a National Award judging panel featuring 1966 World Cup winner and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst.

More information here:


What are we doing to keep your child safe?

You will no doubt have been reading in the news regarding the tragic and distressing stories of grooming and child abuse in football academies.

As a Committee we would like to put any fears or concerns you may have at rest for what we offer at West Exe YFC.

All of our coaches, managers, and any helpers which have direct contact with the child through our club, have an enhanced Criminal Record Checks (CRC) carried out on them, which must come back as a pass, before any child is left in their control.

You will also notice that all of our teams have at least two coaches. This is to ensure that we are never putting a child or a coach in a vulnerable position where they are left alone in a 1 to 1 situation in private.

Our coaches are required to attend regular workshops on child welfare and safeguarding as per the Football Association guidelines.

At West Exe YFC we also have a dedicated welfare officer on hand, so if you do have any concerns or queries regarding your coach, their behaviour, or anyone else involved in our football club, please feel free to contact Emma Swain on 07725 754 988 or at welfare@westexeyouthfootball.org.uk where you will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

In addition to this there are other organisations where concerns can be addressed including the NSPCC on 0800 023 2642, Childline on 0800 1111 and the FA through safeguarding@thefa.com.

Here at West Exe YFC we are very proud of what we offer, which is a safe learning environment for children of all ages and long may that continue.

Image used: “lone coach.” (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by vICtoR_iN_BoSToN

Thank you for supporting children and young people with cancer

We have received a lovely card from CLIC Sargent thanking us for the donation we made to the charity following our charity day in May.

Thank you for supporting children and young people with cancer
Thank you for supporting children and young people with cancer

It reads:

On behalf of everyone at CLIC Sargent I would like to thank you for everything you have done for CLIC Sargent in support of Harry. On average it costs £4,000 to support a family through a childhood cancer, therefore your donation could allow CLIC Sargent to support two families through a childhood cancer.

Simon, that is simply amazing!

Thank you so much, we are extremely grateful for everything.

All the best,

Jordan Anderton

Our donations to both CLIC Sargent and FORCE Cancer Charity were only made possible by your generosity, so once again: thank you all so much!

Cheque presentation to FORCE Cancer Charity and CLIC Sargent

West Exe Youth Football Club will be presenting a cheque to FORCE Cancer Charity on Monday 19th September 2016 at 6:30pm at Cowick Barton Playing Fields.

This follows our charity day in May, held at Tedburn St. Mary Football Club, to raise money for both FORCE Cancer Charity and CLIC Sargent.

We will present a similar cheque to CLIC Sargent in the near future [see update below].

We would like to invite all our players and coaches to attend, in full match kit please. We will have a photographer and are hopeful that the Express & Echo will cover the event.

Update 19th September 2016

Good news! As well as presenting a cheque to FORCE Cancer Charity we will now also be presenting a similar cheque to CLIC Sargent at the same time, 6:30pm today, Barton Fields!