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