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Christmas Message from the Chairman
With 2023 drawing to a close I’d like to say wow, what a year for Highcliffe Hawks!!!
This season we have a record number of players/teams enrolled to play for the club, all the roles/responsibilities of our committee positions have been filled and we hosted a very successful inaugural club football tournament, well done to you all!
A big thank you from myself to the committee, admins, coaches, parents/supporters, affiliated organisations, opposition clubs/teams and of course our wonderful players for your continued support!
Highcliffe Hawks would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Highcliffe Hawks YFC
Play Safe Weekend 2023 - Saturday 30th September/Sunday 1st October
As a club we are fully supporting the FA’s Play Safe - Nationwide Safeguarding Weekend on the 30th September - 1st October 2023.
As part of this campaign, over the next 2 weeks, we are asking Parents/ Carers of the club to complete a free short online Safeguarding Awareness course to learn about the vital role you play in safeguarding at the club.
About the course
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – but are you clear about the vital role you can play?
Safeguarding is about creating safe environments and preventing children from experiencing harm or abuse. Put simply, safeguarding refers to measures we take to protect our children – and keep them safe and well. Whether that’s your kids, the opposing players or even the ref, every young person has the right to enjoy football.
This short safeguarding for parents course is designed to help you to make an informed choice about the football setting you enrol your child in. It starts by explaining the importance of safeguarding in football and the child-centred approach the game takes.
It will then guide you through questions you should ask to ensure the club or venue where your children play football has the correct safeguarding policies, people and practices in place.
The course also highlights signs that should concern you – and how to report these concerns. Please scroll down if you want to read about the course in more detail.
Ultimately, we want you to make informed choices about where your children enjoy our great game.
The FA is doing everything it can to create safe and positive environments wherever your children play football. This course will enable you play an active role towards achieving that goal. Thank you in advance for taking it.
Simply click on here to get started.
Everyone // Everywhere // Every Time
Start of the 2023-24 Season
We hope everyone has had a good summer and that your child is looking forward to heading back to Highcliffe Hawks. This season we have 226 players now registered across 17 teams. We're one of only three clubs out of the 33 clubs in the BYFL to have teams at every age group from U7 to U16 - this is an amazing achievement for the club and we thank you for your continued support.
As a grass roots football club we rely heavily on everyone's help to ensure things fun safely and smoothly. Our coaches and managers already volunteer many hours to the club and we appreciate any other support parents/ carers can provide.
To assist the club with this, please note the following:
At every match (competitive and non-competitive) one parent/ carer will be required to be a Respect Marshal for the supporters and wear a high-viz jacket. FA representatives regularly attend matches to check and will fine the club if no respect marshal is clearly wearing a high viz jacket.
Your team admin representative may also contact you regarding helping serve refreshments for home matches/ being a lines person for the game etc. For health and safety, no children u14 can go behind the counter in the club house when serving refreshments as there is a hot water urn.
We are looking to get the pitches verti-drained again - but same as last season if/when we do get bad weather one of the senior committee will do a pitch inspection at 8:30am on a Sunday morning for home matches. Please do not contact your coach/manager before this time and we ask that everyone respects the decision that is made on the day by whoever makes it.