23-24 September 2023
Jersey LD Football took its largest ever group of players to a tournament, which was organized by Bradford Disability FC.
On the first day, the squad travelled to Harrogate Town to watch their league two match against Salford City and enjoyed an end-to-end encounter which ended in a 3-2 home win. The next day, Jersey joined over fifty teams taking part in the annual Bradford tournament.
Jersey A results and report:
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|Jersey||0||-||3||Skem Mens A|
The A team played four 5-a-side games of 20 minutes each in the top league on a very large Astro pitch, which could easily have accommodated 6- or 7-a-side games.
After a strong winning performance in their first game in which Seb Leonard scored a hat-trick, the effect of having back-to-back games was telling on a tired Jersey team and they conceded four goals.
In their third game, the host team Bradford A scored first but Jersey didn’t let their heads drop and, following a substitution, their neat passing and link up play saw them score three goals for a well-deserved win.
The final game against Skem Mens A, the eventual winners, was a hard-fought match. Jersey created several goal scoring opportunities but were unable to beat the goalkeeper and their own mistakes were punished.
Jersey finished second in the league on goal difference and super-sub Ryan Le Monnier was named player of the tournament for the A team.
Jersey B results and report:
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The B team took part in league 3; two other teams unfortunately pulled out at the last minute, which resulted in them only playing three 6-a-side games of 18 minutes each.
Their first game was a very even affair against Leek B and it was the opponents that eventually broke the deadlock and scored.
The lead didn’t last long as Jersey’s Will Hutchinson burst through the center of the pitch and gave the Leek keeper no chance with a well struck shot into the bottom corner.
The second was a difficult game against a well-organized Greetland team and despite Sam Cross and Charlie Quenault both scoring for Jersey they conceded four goals.
Jersey’s final game against the eventual winners, Danby C, was again a very close match and it looked like it was going to be a goalless draw but a shot in the last minute beat Ian Le Maistre in the Jersey goal and went in off the post.
Will Hutchinson was awarded B team player of the tournament for his tireless effort in all the games, together with scoring the best of Jersey’s goals.
Jersey C results and report:
The C team were placed in league 5 and played six games of 10 minutes each.
Jersey lost their first game but after getting used to playing on the rough grass pitch they won their remaining five matches scoring fifteen goals!
The goal scorers were Ryan Jones with seven, Ollie Wellum and William Davy with three each, and Jonathon Begg a brace, the best of these goals coming from captain Ollie Wellum with a well taken volley.
The defensive protection by Chris Green and solid goalkeeping of Ryan Barras denied all attempts on the Jersey goal and they recorded five clean sheets. Their impressive goal difference earned Jersey C team winners of the league.
It was truly a ‘team’ performance and the choice of C team player of the tournament was a very difficult decision as all the players contributed exceptionally well. However, for his consistent defensive play, blocking shots and making vital tackles, Chris Green was given the award.
A special thanks goes out to Jason Davy for stepping in and coaching the team to such a special result as it was the first time the C team has won in the eighteen years the squad has been taking part in competitions.
Humair Batista also travelled with the Jersey party to gain experience and played with the Bradford under-16 team in a league of seven teams. Humair played in all the games and impressed the Bradford coach who said that Humair was a credit to the Jersey team and they would like to keep him to play in their team regularly!
Jersey would like to thank the support of TDS and also Strive, who have let the team use their 3G pitch for extra training and provided valuable strength and conditioning coaching.
Anyone interested in receiving more information about the Learning Disabilities football can contact head coach Gary Norman on 879033.
We often reflect in this section about the superb results gained by our LD football squads, often away in the U.K. Some of this success is surely down to the support delivered to LD Football by Strive.
Strive provide health, fitness and performance expertise at their state-of-the-art facilities in St Peter with a holistic approach to fitness, balancing nutrition, movement and a positive mindset through a wide range of classes and facilities.
As part of Strive’s support of community programmers, the football squad has benefited from the use of the 4G football pitch and weekly strength and conditioning sessions in the gym.
Many of the players have never had the opportunity to use gym equipment under the supervision of professional coaches, and enjoy the challenges set.
Strive are also generously helping to raise funds for the football squad and the first of these events will be a Spinathon for their members to be held on Saturday 23 September.
The monies raised will be used towards travel and other costs associated with taking part in tournaments in the UK.
Twenty Jersey players and three coaches will shortly be travelling to Bradford to take part in their annual five- a-side tournament which is hosting 55 visiting teams of all ability levels.
Full reports and pictures will be available soon after the tournament finishes, so bookmark this page to make sure you don't miss any of the action!
In the meantime, if you want to know more about Strive and the facilties they offer, take a look at their website right here.
Three days of football against teams representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland saw some sensational results for the LD squad on Pontefract Collieries FC’s very large pitch.
Friday 28 July
After a warm welcome, there was a friendly introduction to the weekend’s football with all the players and coaches being allocated to eight seven-a-side teams. Matches were played in two groups of four in a round robin style format.
Jersey’s Seb Leonard and Ian Le Maistre were part of the blue team that won their group and both of Jersey’s debutants, Will Hutchinson and Wilson Ibbet, were in the purple team that won the second group.
Saturday 29 July
The main event, The Home International Championship, started with the five teams walking on to the pitch carrying flags representing their country and lining up in front of the stand to have their national anthem played.
Jersey’s first game was against Scotland and their accurate passing and shooting was rewarded with three goals. Fabio Cerviera scoring once and Seb Leonard a brace.
In the second game against Wales, Wilson Ibbet scored after just 18 seconds, the fastest goal of the tournament. However, Wales were not dispirited and they levelled the match just before half-time. In the second half Jersey pressed the Welsh defense and substitute Charlie Quenault was rewarded with two goals and Wilson Ibbet added a fourth for Jersey.
After lunch despite two spirited performances, Jersey suffered narrow defeats to Northern Ireland (the eventual winners) and England.
Jersey finished second, on goal difference, out of the five teams which exceeded the coaches’ initial expectations given the lack of experience of the players playing 11-a-side and associated rules, such as off-side.
Home International Championship final scores:
Jersey, England, Scotland and Wales competed for the British Isles Cup, and in all three games an upbeat Jersey team played to their full potential. Both of the Jersey goalkeepers and a solid defense, marshalled by David Collingwood, contributed to a 100% record with no goals conceded.
The midfield worked tirelessly in each game and the strikers all scored. The best of the three games was the decider against England who had also won both of their previous games. A strongly contested first half saw Jersey take the lead from a goal scored by Fabio Cerviera, who neatly found the bottom corner.
The second half continued with both teams creating chances before a Seb Leonard long shot added a second for Jersey and just before the final whistle Wilson Ibbet, who was later awarded the Player of the Tournament for Jersey by the officials, sealed the win with a third goal.
British Isles Cup final scores:
The team did Jersey proud, not just with their footballing exploits but with their off-field behavior, and this would not have been possible without the support from The Sir James Knott Trust, Shane and Polly Crocker, Jersey Freemasons, Jersey Sport, Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled and Ann Porter and Malachi Michel in memory of Mickey Porter who historically helped coach many of the players.
A squad of eleven players from the Jersey Learning Disability football team recently took part in the 6 a-side charity ‘Jersey 2 Africa 4 football’ tournament, which consisted mostly of corporate or business teams, with many Island or league players included in the various teams.
Fourteen teams took part and they were divided into two groups of seven for the first round-robin games of 10 minutes each. Despite only winning one of the group games, all the players gave it their all and many games were close affairs. In fact, the biggest match loss (3-0) was to the eventual winners of the tournament.
The knockout game was also a close match but tired legs resulted with the Jersey LD team losing 2-0, and finishing twelfth in the tournament.
In the absence of the head coach, Shane Crocker and Seb Leonard took over as player coaches for the day and they both found this challenging but a great learning experience, picking up on a number of points which can be worked on in the weekly training sessions.
Shane and Seb agreed that Lewis Nowell (left) was the player of the tournament for the LD team.
Everyone enjoyed the competition which was played in great spirit, friendship and respect from all players and teams.
It certainly was a good experience and warmup for their coming participation in tournaments in Pontefract and Bradford at the end of July and September respectively.
Our LD football team have been entered into a prestigious event in Pontefract this coming summer, the first time ever they will have competed in an 11-a-side event.
Coach Mark Jones is thrilled at the prospect. "This is the second time this tournament has been held and we are taking a group of 18 over, including 14 players. This is the first time we have taken part in an 11-a-side tournament so there is a lot to do to prepare for it." It's hoped that this will include arranging numerous friendlies against some local teams at 11 a side to help the players get used to the format.
The 3-day event is the Mencap Home Internationals which takes place between Friday 29th June and Sunday 31st, with all matches being played at Pontefract Collieries FC ground.
The club plays in step 4 of the English football pyramid, and has a capacity of 1,200
A Jersey Learning Disability football squad of thirteen players, which included Ryan ‘Chicken’ Blandin and Bernardo Houiellebecq making their debuts, travelled to Wrexham for a 5-a-side tournament.
24 teams entered from all over the UK, divided into three ability groups of eight teams each. Jersey A played in League 1 whilst Jersey B were placed in League 2 with all teams in each group playing each other in 12-minute games. The top four then played knockout games.
Jersey A League 1 Group:
Jersey 1 - 1 St Annes A
Jersey 3 - 0 Bradford B
Jersey 1 - 1 Autonomy FC
Jersey 1 - 0 Leek Pumas
Jersey 1 - 1 Wrexham C
Jersey 1 - 0 Woodlands B
Jersey 3 - 2 Doncaster C
That final round robin game was the standout game for Jersey A, as they needed to win it to make the next round of knockout games. A nervous Jersey started slowly and were 2 - 0 down after five minutes. Seb Leonard then scored two quick goals to equalize, and after a nail biting final two minutes he score again to complete his hat-trick with the last kick of the game. Seb was duly awarded A team player of the tournament for this performance and for being the top goal scorer.
Having finished fourth in the league, Jersey A faced Wrexham C, who had finished top of the league, in the knockout round. Unfortunately, with injuries picked up during the earlier games, Jersey were unable to keep pace with the fit opposition and were beaten 2 - 0.
Jersey B League 2 Group:
Jersey 2 - 0 Leek Leopards
Jersey 5 - 0 Bradford D
Jersey 4 - 0 Doncaster D
Jersey 5 - 3 Leek Lions
Jersey 4 - 2 Bradford C
Jersey 1 - 1 St Annes B
Jersey 0 - 0 Wrexham D
All the players contributed to some impressive football throughout the group games and Jersey B finished second in League 2, only missing out on topping the league by one goal. In the knockout round Jersey were drawn against Leek Lions, but a tired B team were punished for mistakes and they lost heavily 6 - 1. It was a difficult decision to select the B team player of the tournament but ‘super sub’ George Schiessl received the trophy for his all-round performances.
Although disappointed that both teams didn’t make the finals, the trip was another good experience and everyone looks forward to taking part in this very well run and friendly tournament next year.
Many thanks to Wayne and all at Wrexham Inclusion FC for their great work in again hosting a successful tournament , and below you can see the gift presented to our LD squad and coaches.
Jersey LD football squad also wants to thank the Sir James Knott Foundation and Unite for their support and also the friends and families of the late Mr M. Weedon and Mr Allenet for their generous donations which helped towards the costs of the trip.
After two long years of no competitive matches, the Jersey Learning Disability football squad were very pleased to be invited to a charity tournament against many corporate and business teams.
The event, run by the charity Jersey 2 Africa 4 football, saw 16 teams divided into four groups for round-robin games of 20 minutes. This was then followed by a second round of knockout and playoff matches of 15 minutes each against teams that had finished in the same position in the other groups.
1st Round-Robin Games:
Jersey 1 – 2 Aztec
Jersey 2 – 3 TMF
Jersey 4 – 2 Standard Bank
Jersey finished in third place.
3rd-placed Group Play-offs:
Jersey 0 – 1 Sanne
Jersey 1 – 1 Suntera (Jersey win on pens)
That last game saw George Schiessl score the winning penalty.
The organizers also added some fun to the day by including a crossbar challenge and a shooting skills challenge, which was won by the Jersey LD team.
Importantly, everyone enjoyed the competition, which provided the Jersey LD players with a good experience and warm-up for their coming participation in a tournament in Wrexham at the end of May.
Jersey 2 Africa 4 football is a charity which started in 2012 with the aim of providing kit, boots and coaching to young players in slum areas of Nairobi, and also to use football to provide enjoyment, teach teamwork and life skills to help those involved to become better young men and woman as they mature to adulthood. The charity has raised thousands of pounds over the years and shipped tons of donated kits, shoes and boots to Africa and has helped train coaches as well as being involved with other community projects
12th October 2021
Players from the LD football squad joined a few players from MIND, a Jersey charity that provides support to people living with mental illness, on World Mental Health Day, 10th October.
MIND, in conjunction with the Jersey Football Association, arranged an open day at Springfield football stadium to promote the benefits that football can provide for the well-being of Islanders. A few of the LD football players have benefited from MIND’S weekly football sessions and a number of the squad took part in a one hour session of six-a-side.
The two teams were a mix of players from both MIND and LD football and a fast- paced game was played in good spirit. The score was very close and everyone agreed that the result was irrelevant as they had thoroughly enjoyed the runout!
MIND provide other physical activities and their staff were available to meet and greet, and discuss how people can be involved with their other initiatives in sport.
29th June 2021
Shane Crocker and Seb Leonard have both completed the FA referee course at Jersey’s Springfield stadium to qualify as referees.
The course started several months ago with monthly Zoom calls hosted by the JFA’s Brian Oliver, and covered many aspects including the laws of the game, terminology, welfare of players and dealing
with spectators. There was also a requirement to successfully complete a number of online assessments.
The final part of the course saw the pair attend three sessions at Springfield Stadium over one weekend which was also attended by retired professional referee Trevor Massey. His presence
benefitted the group with his extensive knowledge and experience.
The first three-hour evening session was a useful refresher and also covered the more obscure rules and how to deal with different match scenarios.
A full day second session continued with more match scenarios and also drills on the pitch, including referee hand signals, use of the whistle, how to correctly do the famous ‘coin toss’, assistant referee flag signals and how to 'crab' run whilst looking at play. (This apparently was more difficult than you think at a fast pace).
On the final day Shane and Seb had to put into practice all that they had learnt and referee a couple of short games, and also ‘run the line’ as an assistant, whilst being assessed. They both found this harder than expected and were surprised at the level of concentration required.
Shane and Seb said they both enjoyed the course and are looking forward to sharing their new knowledge with the rest of the LD squad; they certainly now have more respect for this challenging role! Well done to them both.
Despite having to deal with extreme weather conditions, Ciaran Hocking completed his remarkable Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle challenge, covering an extraordinary total of 874 miles, and raising over £1300 for the coffers of LD football.
Originally intending to start back in April, Ciaran had to patiently wait until the easing of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, and eventually set off on his epic jpourney on August 18th. He initially followed the famous ‘Trafalgar Way’ route before heading north just after Exeter, travelling through Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Despite being fit, Ciaran found parts of the route difficult with very steep inclines and of course he has also had to cycle through extremely difficult conditions and along many flooded roads because of severe weather brought in by storm Ellen, which battered parts of Scotland.
“The last few days in Scotland were mentally tough,” said Ciaran, “but the scenery was fantastic!”
What an outstanding effort, and what a fabulous feel-good story after what has been, and sadly continues to be, a very difficult year for Disability Sport in Jersey.
Ciaran Hocking and Zoltan Zsilinszky both turned pandemic cancellation disappointments into massive fund raising for LD football.
Ciaran had planned to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End in April but with the current pandemic this was cancelled and he is hoping now to undertake the challenge in August.
With the support of some of his work colleagues and friends he has still managed to raise the incredible sum of £851 and, being a keen footballer himself, has kindly donated this to the LD football team.
Zoltan is a personal trainer at The Mayfair Hotel and with the support of the hotel entered the Elite Muay Thai V1 competition, planned for March 2020, but unfortunately this too got cancelled.
Knowing quite a few of the football squad players, Zoltan decided to use the build up to the event to promote a raffle, which included prizes donated by himself and the hotel. In all, he raised the magnificent sum of £665.
Well done chaps – fantastic effort!
Shane Crocker and Seb Leonard have both passed the Level 1 certificate in football coaching, provided the the J.F.A. at Springfield Stadium.
The two long-standing players of the LD football squad both thoroughly enjoyed the challenging course, as it gave them an insight into another side of football and covered a variety of other subjects such as club administration, emergency aid, child protection and best practice.
Shane joined the football squad as a young man fourteen years ago and has become a very respected player, captaining the first-team in all competitions both in Jersey and in the U.K. In 2013, he led the Jersey team, representing the Southern Regions, to a gold medal in the U.K. Special Olympics in Bath.
Shane was nervous starting the course, but characteristically he was determined to do his best. "I really enjoyed the practicals," he said, "because they show us how to plan drills and put them into action which will definitely help the squad at training sessions."
Seb Leonard is an ardent Celtic supporter, and has been playing with the Jersey squad for eight years - he marshals the first-team's midfield where his work rate is boundless.
Ever-passionate Seb has wanted to get into coaching for some time and says: "I hope to develop even more from the course in future and become a top coach in years to come, teaching players young and old about the beautiful game."
Both footballers thought the course was brilliantly run by Brian, Dan and Paul and would like to thank the guys for their time and effort.
Eighteen players of the Jersey Learning Disability squad took part, for the first time, in a five-a-side tournament in Doncaster, using the training facilities of Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat stadium. Over forty teams took part, many of which Jersey had not come across before, and the heat wave over South Yorkshire saw temperatures hit 33C, which added to the challenge for the Jersey teams.
Jersey fielded three teams of six players and in the morning they each played two assessment games of twelve minutes each, the results of which saw the three teams being promoted to higher leagues for the afternoon’s competition.
Jersey A 5 - 0 CDT Red
Jersey A 2 - 1 Brunsmeer
Jersey A 3 - 0 Bradford DFC
Jersey A 1 - 0 Lincoln DFC
Jersey A 1 - 3 Wrexham
After winning the first four matches, Jersey A went into the final game, against a strong Wrexham team, who had lost one game very narrowly, dead on their feet in the draining heat.
After both teams had come close to scoring, Wrexham broke the deadlock and shortly afterwards scored a second goal from a set piece. Seb Leonard pulled one back for Jersey and as they pressed forward in the last few minutes to try and snatch a draw, Wrexham scored a third.
With Jersey and Wrexham on the same points tally, it was Wrexham’s better goal difference that saw them take top position and Jersey had to settle for well-deserved silver medals. Malcolm Motie, who played every minute of each game, received the A team‘s best player award for his ‘solid as a rock’ defending.
Jersey B 2 - 3 Wrexham B
Jersey B 0 - 1 Ruston
Jersey B 1 - 2 South Tyneside
Jersey B 2 - 2 Skem Men B
Jersey B were placed in a very strong league and, despite narrowly losing three games and drawing one, every player gave their all, enjoyed the matches and felt that they had learnt much from the competitive games. The B team coach, Alex Reid, awarded the best B player award to Alex Hilton for his leadership, positivity and work rate.
Jersey C 1 - 3 CDT Black
Jersey C 2 - 4 CDT Blue
Jersey C 3 - 4 Carlisle B
In the two grading games, Jersey C scored ten without reply, with Ryan Jones and Simon Routier both scoring four and Olly Wellum a brace. These performances saw them promoted two leagues which may have been one too many as they lost their three afternoon league games.
Despite the results, there were some outstanding performances from George Schiessl, making his debut trip, and Olly Wellum who scored a hat trick in the final game. However, the best C team player was awarded to Warwick Millar for his overall contribution.
The Jersey squad gace their heartfealt thanks to the Jersey Football Association and Unite for their support, which meant that the teams not only looked the part in their new kits, but also helped improve their football through the use of Springfield Stadium.
The very well-run Wrexham Inclusion FC tournament was played on the 4G surface at the New Saints football club, home of the Welsh premier league champions. The 24 teams taking part were divided into three leagues of eight teams in each and Jersey was placed in league 1, the second ability level. The top four went through to the knock out stage.
Full round-robin league games results :-
Jersey 2 - 0 Leek B
Jersey 0 - 0 St. Christophers
Jersey 2 - 0 Woodlands
Jersey 4 - 1 Wrexham B
Jersey 3 - 0 Autnomy
Jersey 0 - 0 City Knights
Jersey 1 - 0 Doncaster B
All of the seven games were competitive and the Jersey players defended well, closed the opposing team down and took their goal scoring opportunities. This resulted with Jersey topping their league having won five and drawn two games, scoring twelve goals and conceding only one.
In the knock out round, Jersey were drawn against Wrexham B. A few nerves showed at the beginning of the game but Jersey soon gained their composure and took control of the game. Despite
having the majority of possession, Jersey were unable to take their few opportunities against a very defensive Wrexham team and the game ended goalless. A best of three penalty shoot-out followed and
unfortunately Jersey were beaten 2 - 1.
The hosts went out of their way to make Jersey feel welcome and some of their club members and coaches organized an enjoyable fun day of football golf the day before the tournament. With their knowledge of the course, the Wrexham players had the lowest score cards but the Jersey players didn’t disgrace themselves after the two rounds of 9 holes, which is more than can be said of their coaches!
The squad would like to thank the Jersey Football Association, Sir James Knott Trust and Unite for their support.
For further details please contact:
Paul Patterson MBE
5, Le Clos des Chenolles
Tel (01534) 872855