29 July 2017
United In The Community is looking to appoint a part time administration officer to assist in the day to day running of the organisation.
Based in Blackfriars Street, United In The Community provides the player pathway for Hereford FC and is an established charitable organisation which interacts with the local community across a number of programmes.
The successful applicant would be required to work 6 hours a week, for which they will be remunerated, and additional hours as and when required on an ad-hoc basis. They would report directly to the Community Manager and an assigned Trustee.
The successful applicant would be required to:
All applicants should email a CV with a covering letter to Lee Symonds at firstname.lastname@example.org by 25th September.
Given that the girls team were only formed last year, they had a very successful season, finishing runners up in the league and beating Forest Green Rovers in the final of the League Cup.
This year they will again be competing in the Gloucestershire FA U18 league where they hope to go one better and do the double.
The girls currently train in Hereford once a week but given a large number are students at Hartpury College, they train and compete in midweek matches for the College and represent UITC at weekends.
We are always looking to strengthen the squad and have this season added five new players all with great potential.
Team photos are in the HFC programme which now offers an opportunity to sponsor a player. For further details please contact Mick Loader (Commercial Manager UITC) at email@example.com or call 07825154336.
31 August 2017
The Election Management Group wish to remind HUST members that nominations for the 2017 HUST elections close at 12:00 noon on September 7th.
Completed nomination forms and candidate statements MUST BE RECEIVED by this date. A candidate information pack which includes the nomination form can be downloaded here.
If any member has queries regarding the the election please contact the EMG at firstname.lastname@example.org. Complaints or concerns about the election process should be addressed to Neil Le Milliere, the independent EMG chairman at email@example.com.
21 August 2017
Andy Smith from Savills is thanked by Ruth Walkden for a generous donation to UITC. The money will be used to provide new shirts for one of the UITC teams.
16 August 2017
United in the Community's annual outing took 28 lucky young participants to St. Georges Park in Burton-On-Trent. The £105 million facility, set in 330-acres of Staffordshire countryside, is the home to England’s 24 national teams. The children are all regular members of United in the Community (UITC) and were treated to a tour and their very own session with FA Qualified coaches.
On arrival, the children were taken to their own dressing rooms before making their way into the impressive indoor 3G, a replica of Wembley’s pitch. The group were split into three for the sessions, which included lots of opportunities to show off skills and tricks, as well as being able to develop in other areas. the Qatar National Team made their way into the 3G during the session as they were due to start training in preparation for their match at the venue against Leeds United U23’s later that day.
UITC is a registered charity and provides Soccer Schools during school holidays throughout Herefordshire. Within term time they work with schools with quality provision in PE and After School Clubs. The Soccer Schools and Education Programme enable staff, coaches and scouts to recognise and identify local talent in order to enable youngsters to progress through to the Development Centre and possibly Academy teams.
Luke Shuttleworth, coach at UITC said, "UITC works hard to provide access to football for all children from 4 to 14 years of age and received funding from Cargill towards these schemes. We are committed to providing opportunities for all and promoting healthy lifestyles in schools across Herefordshire and today is an important experience for our participants. They see at first hand the commitment, coaching, support and training at a semi-professional and professional level. They also see all the associated staff careers, and this inspires them to be the best they can be."
St Georges Park has 13 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface, a full-size indoor 3G pitch, a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas, and an indoor futsal sports hall, St. George’s Park provides world-class facilities for all England teams ahead of international fixtures.
The group’s tour came to an end with a picture outside the venue and this was certainly a day the children won’t forget for a very long time. UITC would like to thank all staff at St. George’s Park for the experiences, as well as P.W. Jones Travel for providing transport on the day. A final mention goes to Cargill and their photographer, Emma Drabble.
5 August 2017
This game was played as part of the Open Day on 29 July and Hereford started strongly with Greg Preece scoring two in the first half, both goals assisted by Harry Franklin but Newport finished the half 3-2 ahead. In the second half, Newport began to dominate and extended their lead to 6-2 with Harry Franklin unlucky to have a late goal disallowed for offside.
29 July 2017
United In The Community is looking to appoint a part time administration officer to assist in the day to day running of the organisation.
Based in Blackfriars Street, United In The Community provides the player pathway for Hereford FC and is an established charitable organisation which interacts with the local community across a number of programmes.
The successful applicant would be required to work 6 hours a week, for which they will be remunerated, and additional hours as and when required on an ad-hoc basis. They would report directly to the Community Manager and an assigned Trustee.
The successful applicant would be required to:
All applicants should email a CV with a covering letter to Lee Symonds at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4th August.
19 July 2017
The Lionesses begin their European campaign tonight as they face Scotland at 7.45 pm. UITC will be supporting the FA Girls’ Football Week and the Lionesses throughout the Euros.
A GIRLS ONLY Soccer School will take place from 31st July to 2nd August at Central Park (HR1 1AW), to book now click here. For more information regarding ALL Soccer Schools, please contact email@example.com.
7 July 2017
Hereford FC Under 18s have been drawn away to Nuneaton Griff in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup. Fixtures will be played in the week commencing Monday 4 September. The winners of this match will entertain Stourbridge at home in the next round which would mark a potential return to his hometown for the Manager, Luke Shuttleworth.
23 June 2017
United in the Community’s Summer Soccer School programme is soon to begin and will include a trip to England’s training ground, St. George’s Park for children aged 7-12.
09 June 2017
United in the Community’s summer programme begins in Hereford on Monday 24th July. This kicks off six weeks of delivery across the county and will include a trip to St. George’s Park, as well as a Girls Only Soccer School. Children aged 5-14 (some venues may vary) and of all abilities are welcome to attend; each day will run from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm.
Every day our qualified coaches will be providing fun and enjoyable football related games, activities and competitions suitable for all abilities. Please ensure children bring suitable clothing and footwear for indoors and outdoors, along with food and drink for each day (a snack and lunch).
Prices start from just £15 per day and places are subject to availability. Full courses can be booked online now, offering a £10 discount. All other payments will be cash on the day. (Junior Bulls and HUST members will receive a £2 cash refund on the first day of camp when booking the full course online.)
Week 1 - 24 to 28 July
Week 2 - 31 July to 4 August
Week 2 - 31 July to 2 August
Week 3 - 7 to 9 August
Week 4 - 14 to 18 August
Week 5 - 21 to 25 August
Week 6 - 29 to 31 August
04 June 2017
UITC are launching girls open training sessions for U9s (school years 3 and 4 from September 2017) and U11s (school years 5 and 6 from September 2017).
*Please note that these sessions are open access and aimed at targeting girls aged 7-11 who do not currently play for a local girls team.
The sessions will run on the following dates;
16 May 2017
UITC's under 16s have won the JPL Cup for the second season running. They defeated Leicester based APFC Youth by three goals to one at Aston Villa's training ground. Scorers were: Firkin, Marston and Spink.
Starting XI: 1.Regan 2.Mellars 3.Godsall 5.Edwards 6.Vanstone 7.Marston 8.Beckett 9.Bishop 10.Firkin 11.Gauci 17.Peeters-Vanstone. Subs: 4.Greenhouse 12.Baycroft 14.McLeod 15.Spink 16.Marston 18.Woodcock.
9 May 2017
Hereford/UITC U18s were crowned champions of the Midland Floodlit Youth League Southern Division at Edgar Street after a 5-1 win over bottom side Cinderford Town.
The Whites got the game off to a strong start as Jamie Davies scored two goals in as many minutes. Greg Preece made it 3-0 before the break, before Cinderford pulled a goal back two minutes after the restart. Harry Franklin and Ollie Smith added to the goal tally before the final whistle, with the young bulls remaining unbeaten all season.
Hereford: 1.Griffiths 2.Clarke 3.Pugh 4.Hayes 5.Purrington 6.Richmond 7.Young 8.Lancett 9.J.Davies 10.Preece 11.Nunn. Subs: 12.Hurst 14.Huntbach 15.Franklin 15.Smith 17.Muirhead.
8 May 2017
The U18 Girls side beat Forest Green 2-1 to lift the Gloucestershire FA League Cup at the GFA’s Oaklands Park headquarters. Lauren Brown and Sian Bull scored the goals to seal the Cup win over the League champions, who finished just two points and one place ahead of the debutant Bulls side.
The girls took the lead in the first half through Lauren Brown who chased down a through ball and latched on the end of it before rounding the keeper and slotting home. The Hereford side went into the break 1-0 up knowing FGR would come out fighting in the second half. With all still to play for, Captain Sian Bull stepped up, ghosting past three defenders and smashing the ball home to make it 2-0.
FGR managed to find themselves back in the tie as a Meg Briggs own goal gave them hope and with 12 minutes of added time to play, it was a little nervy to say the least. Hereford held on until the final whistle in what was a gutsy team performance from start to end. Finishing Runners-Up in the League and winning the League Cup has exceeded all expectations.
Starting XI: 1.Conway 2.Young 3.Devereux 4.Bull 5.Elcox-Bond 6.Forest-Blake 8.Holman 9.Brown 10.Bushell 11.Stezaker 15.Briggs. Subs: 7.Kenny 12.Sullivan 14.Layton
6 May 2017
Hereford U18s have the chance to clinch the Midland Floodlit Youth League title on Monday evening as they host Cinderford Town U18s. The match will take place at Edgar Street, kick-off 7.30 pm.
The team need just one point against bottom of the table Cinderford, the boys will be looking to repeat the performance in their previous game where they beat the visitors 8-0. All support welcome, £3 for adults and £2 concessions on entry. Tea/coffee will be sold on the night.
4 May 2017
Sunday sees the top two teams in the league come head-to-head in the Cup Final at the Gloucestershire FA in Almondsbury. The semi-final draw was played at Central Park last month, where Hutton FC were the visitors. It proved to be a tough test ending 0-0, with Hereford winning 5-4 on penalties.
Forest Green Rovers pipped Hereford to the league title toward the end of the season in a 4-0 win. The score line would suggest it was comfortable for Rovers but the girls pushed their opposition to the limit and on another day the outcome could’ve been different. There’s no better time to play the champions as preparations for the final have been positive, the team won their last two league games against Dursley and Lads Club.
No matter the outcome on Sunday, the squad has exceeded expectations and all have ultimately raised the profile of female football in Herefordshire. The support and backing they’ve received has been tremendous, UITC thanks everyone for this and hopes it will continue in the future.
ALL support is welcome on Sunday, it would be great to see as many people as possible to support the girls and the female game, in what will be a fantastic occasion!
24 April 2017
Customers can now save 25% off the full course price for Whitsun Week in May when the Soccer School will take place at Central Park in Hereford from Tuesday 30th May to Friday 2nd June. This Early Bird offer ends on Monday 1st May.
21 April 2017
UITC will be holding their Whitsun Soccer Schools, for children aged 4 to 11, in Hereford during the May half-term break. Every day our qualified coaches will be providing fun and enjoyable football related games, activities and competitions suitable for all abilities. Please ensure children bring suitable clothing and footwear for indoors and outdoors, along with food and drink for each day (a snack and lunch). Spaces are limited so please book now. Early Bird price (25% discount) available until 1st May.
Tuesday 30th May to Thursday 2nd June
7 April 2017
United in the Community will be holding a Girls Football Day on Thursday 20 April. The day is open to girls of all abilities, aged from 8 to 14 (school years 3 to 9). This will take place at Central Park (HR1 1AW), from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and costs just £12.
The day will consist of lots of fun games, as well as the opportunity for ALL participants to take part in ‘Hereford’s Penalty Queen’ competition. The girls will be split into the following age groups for the penalty shoot-out; U10, U12 and U14. The finalists from each of the age groups will then take part in the finals of the competition to be held at Edgar Street at a later date.
This event is supporting the #itsnotalwaysalump campaign, which has already raised a staggering amount for a number of charities including Macmillan Cancer Charity, The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, NHS Trust and Coppafeel. For every participant booked in, UITC will donate £3 to the campaign.
Come along and show your support. For further enquiries, please email Laura Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 March 2017
U9 – Oliver Phillips
U10 – Lucas Hipwell
U11 – Kyle Smith
U12 – Jamie Holman
U13 – Mikey Yalland
U14 – Tom Hamilton
U15 – Ben Hopkins
U16 – Reece Edwards
U18 – Liam Griffiths
U18 Girls – Amelia Stezaker
27 March 2017
Luke Shuttleworth writes;
14 March 2017
The youngsters remain undefeated in their league with Jamie Davies scoring four of the goals and new signing Ollie Smith scoring the other two.
Starting XI: 1.Griffiths 2.Hurst 3.Clarke 4.Franklin 5.Purrington 6.Pugh 7.Nunn 8.Huntbach 9.J.Davies 10.Preece 11.Young Subs: 12.Lancett 14.G.Hayes 15.Richmond 16.Smith
After the game Adam Jones, who manages UITC Under 18s, spoke about their 6-0 win over Malvern in the Youth League.
"Really good but we've stuttered a little bit the last couple of games," said Jones.
"They kind of think they are going to win before they've started. That's difficult for them.
"We're looking for performances both individually and collectively as a team and for them to be listening and learning and getting better.
"Ollie Smith came on, we've signed him today, and scored two. He's from Hereford.
"Great to see Jamie get four, he's been out injuried for a little while. He's a talented player, good on the ball."
The game was played on an artificial pitch at Ludlow.
"It's a bit hard on their joints running.
"It's a great surface for passing and for the way we want to play but on their joints and bodies a bit more impact on them. Some were complaining afterwards.
"It's great that Ludlow and Shrewsbury Town have helped us out to play as we've been unable to carry on at Leominster."
Jones spoke about the remainder of the season.
"We've got four left, we're top of the League, but it's not done by a long way.
"We've got Bromsgrove and Gloucester in contention.
"There are two home and two away games to be played. Cheltenham and Cinderford at home, Bromsgrove and Cinderford away.
"We also play Bromyard away next week in the HFA Giantkillers Cup next Wednesday. That's our next fixture."
2 March 2017
UITC are holding a Bingo fundraising evening on Friday 3 March at the Welsh Club starting at 7.30pm. There's plenty of parking available.
There are some great prizes and vouchers, including donations from Debenhams, Kelpaul Brewery, Contrast Hairdressers, a pair of tickets to the 'Just Like That' Tommy Cooper Show, lots of Easter Eggs and many more. UITC are hoping for good support to this event where everyone is welcome.
They are also holding an Easter raffle with a first prize of £100. The draw is being held on 14th April. Anyone wishing to buy tickets or sell books for UITC, please contact email@example.com.
17 February 2017
UITC will be holding their Easter Soccer Schools, for children aged 4 to 11, in Hereford, Ledbury and Leominster. There is an Earlybird discount for those booking before 27th February.
Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April
Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th April
Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April
12 January 2017
Every year thousands of runners take up the challenge of the Vitality London 10,000, one of most scenic runs open to runners in the UK. The course takes passes many of London’s famous sights including Buckingham Palace, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
UITC invites parents, players and supporters to join us on the run which next takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May. The minimum you will need to commit to raising is £50. To register your interest and for further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can make a donation here.
4 January 2017
United in the Community, official player pathway into Hereford FC, is delighted to announce that Luke Shuttleworth has been appointed as its new Community Manager.
He joins from the Albion Foundation, having also coached at West Brom amongst other clubs in the West Midlands.
Commenting on this appointment, Vice Chair Ruth Walkden said: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Luke. He brings a wealth of experience, masses of enthusiasm and great ideas to take UITC forward."
Luke starts with UITC on 1st February 2017.
3 January 2017
United in the Community delivered two Edgar's Winter Soccer School days at The Point4 in Hereford, with over 50 children taking part.
Hereford FC’s Max Harris and Rory Huntbach visited the participants during the first day, with Hereford FC Girls U18’s, Jess Kenny and Meg Holman also being present.
Dates and venues for February half term Soccer Schools will be released soon so watch this space!
30 December 2016
A big thank you to everyone who bought and sold our Christmas Raffle Tickets this year. Fundraising is vital for UITC, helping to provide new equipment for our coaches and players, plus funds required for the day to day running of our organisation.
The draw took place in the Mayor's Parlour on Friday 23rd December by the Mayor, Jim Kenyon.
The winners are:
Prizes may be collected from UITC office, Blackfriars Street on Monday 2nd January between 12.30 and 2.30 pm.Congratulations to all winners!
Look out for our Grand Easter Raffle - please get in touch if you would like to sell tickets on our behalf. Your help and support is always very much appreciated.
Happy New Year to all.
28 November 2016
Our requirements are that you hold a Level 1 or above National Governing Body qualification, a valid FA First Aid certificate, a valid FA Safeguarding Children certificate and a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service enhanced criminal records check).
Supported by the Football Development Officer and roster of coaches, you will be responsible for every aspect of the organisation’s work, including: Football Academy, Soccer Schools, Schools and Girls Football. You will also be expected to advance the provision of UITC activities into new areas. This role will involve forming partnerships with a whole host of local stakeholders including schools and community groups.
This isn’t a 9:00 am-5:00 pm job, so commitment, passion and a love of knowing that you will be making a difference is going to be vital to your success within this role. You may be required to work on UITC / HFC home match days, evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.
1. Developing and managing all budgets for new and existing projects and ensuring all projects are delivered within budget and that all prescribed targets are not only met, but exceeded wherever possible.
2. With support from Trustees, ensure financial sustainability of organisation by developing a strategic business plan and actively seek funding and/or opportunities to sustain and develop the growth of UITC programmes.
3. Hold regular meetings with the staff to ensure all activities are running to required standards and to ensure all projects are delivered within their prescribed budget and at the desired quality.
4. Organisation of sessions ensuring they are efficiently promoted throughout the local area.
5. Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with both internal and external partner organisations including HFA and HFC.
6. Attending relevant meetings as required, ensuring information obtained is cascaded throughout the organisation.
7. Promoting all positive aspects of the organisation to relevant media personnel.
9. Day to day administration as and when required.
10. Any other duties as deemed appropriate by the Trustees.
Along with the relevant experience the post holder must possess excellent communication, time management, organisational and administrative skills and be highly motivated.
First Stage Interviews will take place on Monday 12th December
United in the Community are committed to Equality and Diversity
28 November 2016
Joyce and Mel Powell have kindly sponsored the Hereford Girls training kit this season.
Joyce said, "As they've started a girls team, which was slightly later than it ought to have been, I felt I wanted to do something, So I contacted Mick and asked if there was anything I could do for the girls. Mike said yes, their training kit, and so we sponsored thait. They should have set up a girls team years ago when I was able to play, rather a long time ago!"
Mick Loader said UITC was very pleased with their support. "We are a charity at the end of the day and every single penny counts so if there are people out there who would like to put their hand in their pocket for the Christmas raffle we would be very grateful."
22 November 2016
Joel Edwards, Hereford FC Team Captain, along with Edgar the Bull, made a guest appearance at this week's " Christmas Lights Switch On" in Hereford's High Town.
Accompanied by Dan Chance, Rory Huntbach, Joe Regan and Harry Franklin from UITC, they were cheered onto the stage in front of a bumper crowd of over 5,000 in celebration of the continued success of Hereford FC and particularly for having reached Wembley earlier in the year.
17 November 2016
Thursday 22 December - 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
After a successful Christmas Soccer School last year, United in the Community will be holding two days over the Christmas period for all children aged between 4 and 11. Edgar will be making an appearance and is looking forward to getting into the festive spirit! Please note the time change for the second date, this is due to Hereford FC’s match against Evesham United at Edgar Street.
Juniors £16 / Mini Kickers £10 per day. (Reductions for Junior Bulls and members of HUST.) It is recommended that bookings are made as early as possible.
15 November 2016
This year, we at UITC are pleased to announce that we shall be collecting for the Hereford Food Bank for their Christmas distribution. If you could please help us with food donations, they can be taken to Victoria Park on Sunday 20th Nov and Sunday 27th Nov when our U18s Girls teams will be hosting Fry Club and Tuffley Rovers respectively. Both games are 10.30 am kick off.
Food which is always needed at the Food Bank include: tinned meats, tinned fruit and veg, UHT/dried milk, coffee, sugar, jam. Other items needed are toothpaste, soap and toilet rolls. Also, at this time of year selection boxes and Christmas treats would be very much appreciated. We hope to see you at Victoria Park, but if you can't make it, donations can be dropped off at Express Bathrooms, Thorn Business Park, HR2 6JT or email email@example.com to make arrangements to drop off at UITC office, Blackfriars Street.
14 November 2016
Player of the Month Awards were presented during half time at Edgar Street on Saturday 12th November. Players from U9 to U18 were photographed with acting Bulls chairman Chris Williams and Interim Community Manager, Dan Chance. Congratulations to all players for their awards.
8 November 2016
Dan Chance has been appointed as Interim Community Manager at United in the Community. He will be supported by coach Steve Saunders with the academy. Dan will work alongside Football Development Officer Laura Davies. He will report directly into the Board of Trustees.
2 November 2016
Hereford FC Under 18's travel to Boston later today for an FA Youth Cup first round tie.
Potentially this could be a tough game for the Young Bulls as Boston defeated Kimberley Miners Welfare 9-0 in the previous round. They have also defeated Lincoln United, Leicester Nirvana and Loughborough Dynamo and Kimberley Miners Welfare.
The game will be played at the Jakemans Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off. Admission to the game is £5 for adults and £3 for Concessions.
2 November 2016
Kick-off 10.30 am
This Sunday sees a top of the table clash between Hereford FC U18 Girls and Hutton Juniors U18. There’s just a point separating the two, with Hereford remaining top after their 5-1 win over local rivals Lads Club at the weekend.
Please come to Victoria Park and show your support for the girls - all spectators welcome. Free entry and refreshments available.
7 October 2016
Fighting for a place in the 1st Round proper, Hereford FC Under 18s have been drawn at home to Newcastle Town in the FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round. The tie will take place during week commencing 17th October.
6 October 2016
United in the Community, official player pathway to Hereford FC, is delighted to report that three more players have signed forms with the football club.
Joining Rory Huntbach and Max Harris who signed before the season are Lewis Clarke, Harry Franklin and Matt MacDonald.
The Board of Trustees wish them well and congratulate our coaches right across the organisation who are doing a wonderful job as reflected in some terrific performances in all age groups since the start of the season.
3 October 2016
FA Youth Cup
Tomorrow Hereford FC U18s face Bromsgrove Sporting in the FA Youth Cup at Edgar Street, kick-off 7.45 pm. Admission will be through the Executive Club, door located below B block in the club car park. The bar will also be open in the executive club for refreshments. Admission prices will be £3 Adults, £2 U18s.
With no senior game, please show your support to the young bulls on Tuesday night! UITC and HFC would like to thank HUST for their support in funding the cost of the floodlights for this game.
22 September 2016
With a growing demand of community work, United in the Community are looking for casual coaches who are able to assist with extra-curricular school activity and assist our growing U9-U11 elite development centre.
We are seeking enthusiastic coaches looking to learn and develop alongside current senior coaches at UITC. You must hold an FA coaching qualification with a valid enhanced DBS Check and with valid first aid and safeguarding certificates. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
21 September 2016
Hereford FC U18s Girls got off to a flying start on their league debut with a 9-0 victory over Bristol side, Fry Club Girls. The Hereford team had spent minimal time together on the pitch prior to the game but it didn’t take them long to get off the mark in this one, with captain Sian Bull hammering the ball home from outside the box, giving them lead within the first minute.
With the newly formed Hereford team eager to impress, it was pleasing to see every player adapting to new positions and formations introduced by the coaching staff. This gave Hereford an attacking edge over the home side, enjoying the majority of possession, with which they kept the ball well, moving it quickly and creating endless opportunities.
Credit goes to Fry’s goalkeeper as she made save after save during the first 20 minutes, only to be beaten by a composed Lauren Brown shot. Another closely followed after Jess Kenny whipped a dangerous ball across the goal before Brown tucked it away for her second of the match.
Natasha Devereux came on and made an instant impact, scoring Hereford’s 4th and 5th goals either side of half time, success coming from crosses out wide again. It was then time for Tinny Conway to get on the score sheet as she ghosted through the middle of the opposition’s defence to calmly place her shot past the keeper. However, Sian Bull was not to be outdone and produced another great finish as she controlled the ball outside the box and placed it into the corner, making it 7-0 to Hereford.
As the game came to a close, hard work and determination paid off for both Megan Holman and Frances Layton as they both made it on the score sheet. The game ended 9-0 to the away side, a very convincing first league performance by the girls.
Next up sees Forest Green Rovers visit Hereford FC at their home ground Victoria Park on Sunday 25th September, with a kick-off time of 10:30am. Please come and show your support for the girls’ first ever home league match, all spectators are welcome.
14 September 2016
Every year thousands of runners take up the challenge of the Vitality London 10,000, one of most scenic runs open to runners in the UK.
The course passes many of London’s most iconic sights including Buckingham Palace, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
UITC invites parents, players and supporters to join us on the run which next takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May 2017.
The minimum you will need to commit to raising is £50. To register your interest and for further information please email: email@example.com.
UITC will confirm entries for the race in December.
5 September 2016
UITC coach Ben Archer has been appointed to a new position at Fulham FC Foundation as a full time coach.
It will be a similar role as the one he has with UITC but working on local community projects in different areas of South and West London in addition to coaching in the clubs Development Centre based at their First Team training ground.
Ben has been with UITC for three years and it was his first coaching role after he returned to Hereford from University. An UEFA B Licensed coach, he has also coached various youth teams in the US and has lattetly been coaching the UITC Under 12s team.
Reflecting on his time at UITC, Ben said: “Working on PPA in schools, disability sessions, soccer schools and FDC with U9s was a great experience in helping me to develop my skills and working alongside some brilliant colleagues. I would like to wish good luck to everyone at UITC and hope to see you all during the season”
He joins Steve Jay at Fulham who was with UITC for a short period coaching in 2012/13.
2 September 2016
UITC are very pleased to announce that GJS Carpentry and Building Contractors Ltd are the new shirt sponsors of the U18s squad.
Pictured alongside Mick Loader, Nick Vaughan, Tom Nunn, Dan Pugh and Adam Jones is our sponsor, Gerry Smith, a lifelong supporter of the club. Gerry is a firm believer in offering young players the pathway to progress, with the ultimate aim of representing the club at senior level.
30 August 2016
Hereford FC photographer Stephen Niblett secured a great fundraising item for UITC whenr ex-Bull Sam Clucas donated his play off final boots for auction. As UITC is registered as a charity, the winning bidder can further assist with Gift Aid. (The auction ends on 4 September.)
The lot is described on Ebay as "Sam Clucas's personalised boots worn in the Play off Final versus Sheffield Wednesday on 28 May 2016."
Sam, now an attacking left midfielder for Hull City has very kindly donated his boots from the above match which secured Hull City's place in the Premiership where he has already made a significant impact at the start of 2016/17 season. The boots are 'almost new' with a splash of Wembley mud on the sole!
Lincoln born Clucas has played for clubs ranging from the Central Midland League through to the Premiership. Along the way Sam played for nearly two seasons at Hereford United before moving onto Mansfield, Chesterfield and subsequently Hull City where he has recently signed a three year deal.
Update - Sam's boots raised £143!
19 August 2016
United in the Community, the official player pathway into Hereford FC is seeking a ground sponsor for Victoria Park.
The facility plays host to Hereford FC Under 18s / Under 19s training, Soccer Schools, Junior Premier League academy matches every Saturday and Gloucester FA County girls matches every Sunday.
The facility also welcomes the FA with their England Cerebral Palsy team who train at different times of the year in addition to Hereford FC's first team who occasionally use the facility.
For further information about this opportunity please email: Mickhufc@gmail.com
17 August 2016
United in the Community announced its first ever Hereford FC Under 18s Girls team last week for the 2016 / 17 season, which will be competing in the Gloucestershire FA U18 Girls League. This follows three trials which recently took place at Victoria Park
Laura Davies, Football Development Officer, commenting on the new squad, said: "We had over 25 players registered for trials, which made the final decision on selections incredibly difficult.
Having said that, I do feel as though the squad we have is very strong & we’re looking forward to what the future holds for these girls in their first competitive season."
The Board of Trustees congratulate all the girls who have been selected and wish them a successful first season.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks to Cargill who are sponsoring their kit and equipment.
Hereford FC U18 Girls will play in their first ever match tonight in a friendly against Shrewsbury Juniors U18 Girls. The game will take place at girls’ new home, Victoria Park Training Ground, Field Grove View, HR1 1AW. Kick-off is at 6:45 pm, all spectators are welcome to come along and support the girls.
23 July 2016
If you are interested and would like the opportunity to represent Hereford U18 Girls in their first ever season, we’d love to hear from you. To sign up to trials and for further information, please email your name, date of birth and school year to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 July 2016
On Wednesday 6th July, the Hereford U18s and U16s squads will host Sky Bet Championship side Burton Albion at Victoria Park. This will be a great opportunity for the young squads to compete and test themselves against higher opposition Academy teams, providing a great and tough challenge for them so early into their pre-season programme.
Please come and support both games. Entry will be free but with an opportunity for supporters to donate a 'Pay what you like' entry fee to watch the young Bulls with all money raised going to UITC to continue the development of the Victoria Park facility. Refreshments will be available including tea, coffee and bacon or sausage baps.
Victoria Park, Field Grove View, HR1 1AW
30 June 2016
UITC confirms that Caroline Preedy, appointed onto the Board of Trustees, will have responsibility for Fundraising to complement the existing work of Commercial Manager Mick Loader in sourcing additional income streams for the organisation.
We also announce that Justin Ratcliffe has decided to step down owing to increasing professional commitments.
Commenting on this, Nick Vaughan said:,"We are extremely sad to lose Justin as he did an absolutely unbelievable job for UITC in the past year. We had to grab "the bull by the horns" when we all came on board last year to get UITC stabilised. He led from the front on much of this and I place on record my sincere thanks for his very significant contribution - which sees us go into the 2016/17 season with such strong foundations."
28 June 2016
United in the Community’s Summer Programme begins during the first week of the summer holidays and we will be visiting lots of venues across the county!
Each week consists of four days at one venue. Week’s 1, 3 and 5 will be spent in Hereford at Victoria Park Training Ground. Week 2 is in Leominster at Bridge Street Sports Centre. Week 4 in Ledbury at John Masefield High School. For week 6, staff will be split across two soccer schools - one will take place in Bishop’s Frome and the other in Hay-On-Wye.
Edgar’s Soccer Schools gives both boys and girls of all abilities the opportunity to learn new skills, both through fun sessions delivered by our qualified coaches and through the use of small-sided games.
There will be different themes for children to get involved in each day, including ‘Wacky Wednesday’ and ‘Euros/World Cup day’. A ‘Coaches Challenge’ will take place for children to choose their favourite coach and cheer them on. Edgar will also be visiting each venue this summer and can’t wait to see lots of new and old faces!
The full course for each venue is being offered at a fantastic price and will cost £49.95 for Juniors and £39.95 for Mini Kickers. Places are subject to availability and bookings MUST be made online. For more information, email email@example.com.
26 June 2016
We are really pleased to announce our coaching team for the 2016/17 Season. The team includes six new coaches who have been added to the excellent and dedicated team we developed last Season. It includes a wealth of experience with a range of UEFA A, UEFA B, Level 2, FA Youth Award coaches all working closely together to produce a successful player pathway to the Hereford FC first team.
U18, U19 – Adam Jones, Jamie Pitman, Jonny Evans
All age groups will begin Pre-Season on Monday 4th July at Belmont Abbey with the U16s and U18/19s starting a week earlier with fixtures vs Burton Albion on Wednesday 6th July at Victoria Park.
25 June 2016
Following the UITC awards ceremony and BBQ earlier this month, first team manager Pete Beadle addressed over 200 players and parents stressing the importance of the work that UITC carry out.
"I think the most important thing about the programme is to have a pathway that continues into the first team, and to have as many local talent players in the first team as we possibly can.
"Obviously with everything that went on 18 months ago, to see the numbers here today shows that we're finally back as a football club.
"I know all teams from all age groups have been successful in one way or another this year.
"There's proof there that there are talented players in Hereford, we want to keep that going and this programme is vitally important to keep that going.
"Lewis Clarke, Tom Gameson, Matt McDonald, Carlos Moreira and Jay Richmond have had 20-odd appearances between them in the first team this season, and that shows that there is a pathway there.
"There has to be proof that it works.
"We have had two under-16s Rory (Huntbach) and Max (Harris) who have signed contracts for us for next season; they'll spend preseason with us, and they'll work with us because we see the potential there.
"And I'm sure that won't be the end of it, there will be many more to come.
"The pathway works and this programme works."
Beadle then went on to sympathise with parents, but thanked them for their continued support.
"This needs a lot of support from parents, and I know that, being one!
"The travelling you have to do, but it is important for these boys.
"These boys are the lifeblood of this football club and this football club is the lifeblood of this city.
"I just want to thank you all, as parents, for putting in all the time and effort, and the boys for their time.
"A big thank you to the coaches who give up their time as well, which is much appreciated. You look after these boys and you're propelling them towards the first team."
23 June 2016
22 June 2016
Hereford FC UITC are to offer a local training centre just for goalkeepers. The centre will focus on improving local goalkeepers of all ages, gender and ability which will benefit all local junior clubs. Our sessions will meet the technical needs of each individual goalkeeper in a fun, friendly environment. Goalkeepers will be coached by two experienced, FA qualified goalkeeper coaches.with goalkeeping playing experience and highly experienced in coaching goalkeepers.
First block of sessions
There will further blocks added to this programme as well as the opportunity to attend full day goalkeeper centres during Summer Holidays. Details to be released soon.
22 June 2016
United in the Community is delighted to announce the appointment of well known, semi-retired businesswoman Caroline Preedy onto its Board of Trustees.
"I couldn't be happier that Caroline has agreed to join the Board," Chairman Nick Vaughan told BN.
"This is a real shot in the arm for the organisation as the Board looks to increase its expertise and experience. It takes a huge amount of work to maintain our provision in support of the football club so the more people of Caroline's calibre who can get involved and take a leadership position, the better."
22 June 2016
United in the Community is a charity organisation, established as a partner of Hereford FC since the 2015/16 season and is also the official player pathway for Hereford FC.
UITC had a successful season last year, with the Under 15s winning the Junior Premier League National Cup Final after beating Worcester City U15s 3-1.
They are calling on the local community to consider potential opportunities to support the organisation:
Advertising board at Victoria Park:
Advert in HFC programme:
Hereford FC U18 Player Sponsorship:
For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 June 2016
Monday 20 June
Please email email@example.com to confirm attendance with the player's name, contact number and email address.
With a three day course in Hereford and a day in both Ledbury and Leominster, it was a busy week for UITC.
It seemed as though the Wembley buzz was still at large with over 30 children attending each day in Hereford, where they met Edgar and even managed to get a glimpse of one of Hereford FC’s trophies from the season.
Edgar’s Soccer Schools will back for the Summer Holidays when staff will be visiting Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster, Bromyard and Hay-On-Wye. Each Soccer School venue will host a four day course. A place for Juniors for the full course will be £49.95 and £39.95 for Mini Kickers.
UITC have appointed Paul Harris as Victoria Park Manager. Well known to Bulls fans he held a similar role for the old football club. He replaces Paul Stevens who leaves the position so he can devote more time to his growing business. The Board of Trustees would like to thank Paul Stevens for the huge contribution he has made to the organisation, not least in tackling the significant backlog of work which had to be undertaken at Victoria Park last year.
Wednesday, 1st June , 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Trials for the Midland Floodlit Youth League are for any players wishing to represent Hereford FC Under 18s with the National League Under 19s Alliance being predominantly for those players enrolled on the education course. The course timetable together with training provision will be confirmed during the close season to the successful trialists. To attend or for further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 31st May
Wednesday 1st June
Please email email@example.com to confirm attendance with the player name, current age group (+ DOB), contact number and email address.
Our U9s-U11s Development Centre squads train every Monday and compete in organised fixtures that also take place on training nights. This is the first opportunity for players to be coached in our football environment and help prepare them to be ready to play for our U12-U16 Junior Premier League Teams.
UITC is pleased to announce that physio Jonny Evans has agreed a one year deal for the 2016/17 season.
Hereford FC 3 - 1 Worcester City
The first half was difficult, playing down a slope with the wind against Hereford who defended exceptionally well against some good attacks but struggled to play the football everyone knows they can play. Worcester took the lead after 20 minutes, which resulted in Hereford making a small change to their tactics, bringing on Luke Marston who had an instant impact. With four minutes to go till half time, a great move saw Liam Bishop break into the penalty area, finishing very well, low into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.
After a good half time team talk, Hereford settled down - nerves had gone and the belief that they could win the game was now very clear. Within a minute Hereford had scored but the goal was disallowed as Jake Spink (who was excellent all game) was flagged offside. Worcester continued to be dangerous on the attack, hitting the post and keeping defenders Hayes, Vanstone, Davies and Perkins really busy. Hereford had control of the game for the majority of the second half and started to play some great football, creating plenty of chances and came really close, hitting the post direct from a Rhys Davies free kick. Hereford then took the lead from another free kick from Davies which was headed in by Joe Mellars making it 2-1. Hereford's organisation was excellent and their fitness level showed, with a really good intensity throughout the game, making it difficult for Worcester by pressing the ball quickly, making some great tackles and keeping the ball very well. With eight minutes to go, Liam Bishop received the ball from Jack Marston, and from 25 yards out hit an absolute screamer which went in off the bar to make it 3-1 and sparked some memorable celebrations with team mates and spectators on the sideline. Hereford continued to be in control and pressed Worcester high up the pitch right till the end, stopping them from playing forward and forcing them into mistakes that continued to frustrate them. The final whistle blew to signal a 3-1 win for Hereford.
The JPL Cup Experience
United in The Community is currently seeking highly self-motivated, enthusiastic coaches to support and develop their programmes across Herefordshire.
Coaches will be delivering on Schools and Soccer School Programmes and ensure that sessions are inclusive and challenging, with all participants engaged throughout. They will also provide the participants with a fun and safe environment.
Schools delivery includes PE lessons and After School Clubs, with Soccer Schools taking place during half term time.
Applicants must have a minimum of a FA Level 1 in football and will preferably have qualifications in coaching/delivering multi-skills, as well as Safeguarding/First Aid certificates.
Experience of planning and delivering coaching sessions in football/multi-sports and working with or in primary schools/sport clubs is essential.
All UITC staff are required to represent the organisation in a professional manner and maintain a positive working relationship with school and key partners.
If you are interested, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura commented, “It was a great day for everyone involved, players, coaches, parents and officials. I was honoured when Richard asked me to hand out the awards, I was happy to be a part of the day.
Girls from Belmont Wanderers, Lads Club, Ross Juniors and Leominster Town were all involved in the Finals Day, competing fairly and representing their clubs in a professional manner.
Hereford FC U15s vs Worcester City U15s
Hereford U15s will travel to Lilleshall to face Worcester City in the JPL Cup Final. The U15s have played 11 fixtures to reach the final, beating Bristol Rovers, Evesham United and Gloucester City in the group stages before defeating Birmingham City in the last 16, Wimborne Town in the quarter-finals then Newport County in the semi-final. Hereford have already played Worcester City twice this season, drawing 2-2 away then losing at home in a tight game that finished 4-3 to the visitors. Worcester City are an excellent side - this will certainly be an exciting final - and it's great to see two clubs from the Midlands in a national final.
Victoria Park, 3 June, 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Peter Beadle will be presenting the awards with various other special guests in attendance. We will also have an ice cream van in situ and the inflatable football pitch. Macron have kindly donated a few prizes for a raffle and there will be a 50/50 draw.
Our U12s-U16s compete in the Junior Premier League and have performed exceptionally well this season. Our Hereford FC youth pathway aims to deliver the best youth football experience, provide the best opportunities to develop and deliver the best coaching with all teams being coached by minimum Level 2 coaches and regular contact with UEFA B coaches.
Herefordshire Council has agreed a new 25-year lease for Victoria Park with United in the Community, the independent charitable arm and official player pathway into Hereford FC.
This follows ongoing investment at the facility since the current trustees took control of the organisation last year.
Victoria Park is used during the week for Under 18s training and matches in addition to Academy matches that take place on weekends. It is also used for soccer schools during the school holidays.
Hereford FC are expected to train at the facility in preparation for the FA Vase Final on May 22nd ahead of a re-seeding which is being done by contractors Highground.
Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member contracts and assets, said: "We applaud the significant progress made by UITC Trustees in the past year. They have worked hard to improve the facility at Victoria Park. UITC is doing a tremendous job in reaching young people throughout the county with their various activities and I look forward to seeing a few more academy players progress into the Hereford FC first team".
Hereford U15s played Newport County U15s in the Semi-final of the JPL National Cup. The game was played at Edgar Street, home of Hereford FC and was a great experience for both teams who thoroughly enjoyed it with a good crowd cheering them on. Hereford U15s had come on a great journey this season to reach the semi-final which has seem them compete in 11 games to get this far in the competition and were really looking forward to the opportunity to play at Edgar Street.
Hereford had a poor first half with the whole occasion (ground, spectators, competition) getting to them mentally and causing a number of nervous moments. They did take an early lead through Liam Bishop but the goal was ruled out for offside. Newport had a spell where they were in control and after a defensive mistake, they broke away to make it 1-0 to the visitors at half time.
Saturday 30 April
This Saturday the Bulls U15s face Newport County U15s in the semi-final of Junior Premier League Cup. A game built up to be the most important of the season for Hereford who have had an excellent season, done exceptionally well to reach this stage of the competition and have become a great example of a team who have significantly improved and developed through the pathway.
Along the way, The U15s played eight cup qualifying games, beating Bristol Rovers, Evesham, and Gloucester City twice. Then they beat Birmingham City in the last 16 round 3-2 before defeating Wimborne FC 6-5 on penalties after a dramatic 2-2 draw in the quarter final. They now face a very tough Newport County Academy side which is sure to be a very competitive, entertaining game.
Please come and support the boys in this important fixture. For those not going to Shepshed it’s a great opportunity to see some of our excellent young talent progressing through. And if you are going to Shepshed, pop in for a bit to watch before you travel!
U12 - Harrison Summers
U13 - Tom Hamilton
U14 - Max Farmer
U15 – Ben Vanstone
U16 - Harry Franklin
U18 - Jay Richmond
A supporter who would like to remain anonymous has donated a defibrillator which will be located at UITC's Victoria Park training base in Hereford.
This follows a recent donation from Hereford FC for kit and equipment in support of UITC's school work and London Bulls who have donated all of their ticket sales from their Pre-Vase Final Party for use by the charity's football academy next season.
Nick Vaughan, Chairman, said: "I would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and generosity. The recent donations come at a good time as we begin preparations for next season."
After the U15s fantastic home win against Birmingham City in the last 16 of the cup, they were drawn in an away quarter-final fixture to Wimborne Town on Saturday 9th March, a long 135 mile journey. The players prepared well for the game, staying overnight in a hotel close to the match venue to allow them to be fully focused on the game. This was a great experience for the boys who were praised for their professional attitudes and behaviour by the hotel staff and represented Hereford FC very well.
In the first half, Hereford dominated possession, playing some excellent football on a very nice 4G pitch, playing out from the back, switching the ball and moving it quickly, creating numerous opportunities to score but failing to find the net due both to some excellent defending and great goalkeeping from Wimborne and some poor finishing from Hereford. Hereford did take the lead in the first half through captain Rhys Davies who finished from close range after an initial save by the Wimborne goalkeeper. They nearly got a second when Charlie Greenhouse hit a 35 yard shot which took a deflection before looping over the goalkeeper wo just managed to tip it over the bar. Wimborne were dangerous on the counter attack but were restricted by some excellent work from Joe Regan in the Hereford goal whose positioning was excellent throughout.
The second half saw both teams sharing equal possession with Wimborne pressing Hereford more and more to stop them from playing out from the back as much as they had done first half. Hereford created a number of scoring chances but failed when in front of goal. Again some good defending but also some very poor finishing from Hereford! Wimborne continued to be dangerous going forward and equalised with 20 minutes to go to make it 1-1! Then the drama started with four minutes left, Wimborne scored a great goal to go 2-1 up. With the game nearly over, it meant a quick attacking change in formation by Hereford from the restart, who knew they needed to score saight away. Rhys Davies received the ball, beating the first defender before hitting a shot (I am sure it was a cross!) which looped over the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net.
The game went into extra time and remained 2-2 which meant it would be decided by penalties. Both teams' penalty kicks were excellent giving the goalkeepers no chance. At 5-5 it went to sudden death, Wimborne hit the bar which left Ben Vanstone with the next penalty to win it for Hereford. Ben calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Overall, Hereford U15s thoroughly deserved to win the game and would have been very disappointed if they hadn't. But Wimborne were an excellent team which created a very entertaining game with plenty of drama and their players and staff were very humble in defeat with their staff saying, "Our 15’s were naturally disappointed in not making it to the semis but today they came up against a really well organised team with good coaching staff. Wimborne would really like to wish them all the best in the rest of their run in the JPL cup".
Hereford's progress to the Cup semi-final is further than any of the Hereford youth teams have ever got in this competitions and thet can be really proud of their achievements. They are set to face Newport County in the semi-final which will be played at a neutral venue on a date to be confirmed.
Other results were fantastic too, with the all teams performing very well.
A big well done to all the Academy youth staff on a very successful weekend.
UITC are delighted to announce it will be hosting its annual end of season awards at Victoria Park on Friday, June 3rd from 6pm to 9pm with Hereford FC Manager Peter Beadle who will be in attendance to present the awards. In addition to UITC parents and players, supporters are warmly invited to attend by registering their interest to email@example.com
Hereford FC U15s 7 - 1 Evesham Utd U15s
Evesham Utd U13s 1 - 2 Hereford FC U13s
WBA Stroud U12s 2 - 3 Hereford FC U12s
From Monday 9th April, The current U12 team will begin open trials as they begin to recruit and add to the current strong squad of players. Training sessions will be held at the Belmont Abbey Training Ground, Ruckhall Lane, HR2 9RZ on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
The U13s will compete in the Junior Premier League where all age groups from U12 to U16 have been very successful this year. Our Hereford FC youth pathway aims to deliver the best youth football experience, provide the best opportunities to develop and deliver the best coaching with all teams being coached by minimum Level 2 coaches and regular contact with UEFA B coaches.
On Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May, there will be an open trial for all present U13 players who are interested in playing for Hereford FC U14s next season. Numbers will be limited and interest needs to be registered by Friday 22nd April. Please send the following details:
A training session and small sided games will be held from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm at the Belmont Abbey Training Ground, Ruckhall Lane, HR2 9RZ Those players who show potential on the Saturday will then be invited to play in short 11 v 11 games on the Sunday. Details will be provided to successful players following Saturday.
The U13s currently compete in the Junior Premier League and have performed particularly well in their first season on full size pitches. Our Hereford FC youth pathway aims to deliver the best youth football experience, provide the best opportunities to develop and deliver the best coaching with all teams being coached by minimum Level 2 coaches and regular contact with UEFA B coaches.
Hereford U 14's magnificent cup run in Nerf Junior Premier League national cup ended on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 in the last eight by Reading FC (Swindon) who are the top seeds in the competition.
Hereford were again missing their 22 goal striker- it being the last game of his suspension - so they again played with the one striker (Sam Williams) backed by a five man midfield in a diamond shape. The players have adapted to this system really well and show improvements in implementing it every week.
The game started at a very high tempo as Reading tried to stamp their authority on the game from the outset. However, once Hereford had repelled this they grew into the game and took the game to Reading for long periods. Indeed, the first chance fell to Hereford’s Sam Williams, which the keeper saved and almost straight away Hereford found themselves 1-0 down when Reading’s own star striker Gabe Costello (25 goals) unleashed an unstoppable volley from just outside the six yard box.
Far from this damping Hereford’s spirit they pressed forward in numbers with some great wing play from Luke Bufton as he tormented the Reading defence. The game was now end to end and Will Byng was having to work overtime to break up attacks before they were able to get at the Hereford defence.
Half time came at 1-0 to Reading and after a brief spell of Hereford pressure which ended with a fantastic strike from Josh Bridges being saved superbly by the Reading keeper they scored two goals in two minutes from Rahan Limbu who was the stand out performer for Reading.
Hereford regrouped from this setback and the game continued end to end with Max Farmer in the Hereford goal making some outstanding stops and Shaun Yalland dominating the crowded midfield area with quick feet.
Hereford by now had gone to a more standard formation with the versatile Lollan Guinane effortlessly moving from full back to striker. With ten minutes left he scored with a delightful chip over the Reading keeper which raised Hereford’s spirits and they could easily have scored a second in the last five minutes which would have set up a tremendous finale.
It was however not to be and the cup run was over, but Hereford can be proud of the performance they put in as everyone contributed to what was a fantastic spectacle of football by both sides.
The final accolade to the Hereford team was that they have been invited for a return game in pre - season as the Reading management praised the way the Hereford team played and had caused them numerous problems adding that Hereford were the best technical side they had faced this season.
On Thursday the 7th April, there will be an open trial for all present U11 players who are interested in playing for Hereford FC U12s next season.
United in the Community, the official player pathway into Hereford FC, is delighted to announce that Ruth Walkden has today been appointed onto its Board of Trustees. She will take on the portfolio of Children Safeguarding. This follows the resignations of Nick Nenadich last month and Chris Hall at the end of last year.
Nick Vaughan, Chairman, said: “A familiar face to many Bulls fans, the Board is delighted to be making this appointment. We’ve had a pressing need for this position to be covered at Board level for some months and with Ruth’s considerable experience of both local government and the voluntary sector and specifically children safeguarding, the organisation will be in an even stronger position to fulfil its various legal and safeguarding obligations. The Board are looking forward to working with Ruth as we reach the end of the current season and work on new initiatives for the 2016/17 season.”
Commenting on her appointment, Ruth said: “I am delighted to be joining the Board at UITC and intend to make a positive contribution to the organisation in whatever way I can. We are in the process of buying a house in Hereford so I will soon be able to commit the necessary time and energy to support the excellent work currently done by all at UITC”.
In other news, the Board have confirmed resignations from Nick Nenadich and Chris Hall.
Commenting on these resignations, Nick said: “Chris has been extremely supportive of the UITC over the years and we are sad to see him go. However, the Board continues to look forward to working with Chris and his colleagues at Cargill who have been particularly supportive of the Trust since my appointment as Chairman last year.
As many will know, Nick Nenadich kept UITC going following the winding up of the old football club and he worked incredibly hard to build the organisation we have today and we are indebted to him. I place on record my thanks to both these individuals who have both contributed so much to this fantastic organisation we are all proud to be supporting.”
United in the Community has received a number of applications to join its Board of Trustees and hope to make further appointments in due course.
This fixture had been advertised all over social media during the week and it was great to see the local press, Bulls News, Nibbo, Directors and Trustees all attending today in what turned out to be an excellent game of football. With no Hereford FC Senior game, it was also pleasing to see some local support from Hereford FC fans with an attendance count of around 80 spectators.
The U15s put in an excellent performance in what turned out to be a very entertaining game. The Hereford boys were excellent in sticking to their game plan and looked well organised throughout the game.
Hereford came out flying taking an early lead through Joe Mellars before Birmingham responded 10 minutes later to make it 1-1. Birmingham then took the lead with their striker chipping the ball over the on-rushing Hereford goalkeeper Joe Regan. Hereford created numerous chances to score and got their reward with a goal to make it 2-2 just before half time when centre back Ben Vanstone went on a run into the Birmingham penalty area, pulling the ball back for Jack Marston to calmly fire into the net!
Hereford never looked like conceding after this and the determination to hold out and win the game from all the players was clear. Lots of communication and organisation, commanding each other, working hard for each other, meant they comfortably held on to win the game.
All the hard work the U13s have been putting in at training came together this week as they produced one of their best performances of the year.
Hereford were fast out of the blocks and set the tempo from the start. The passing was sharp and the lads moved the ball quickly. The first goal came from a fantastic combination down the left with fullback Jack Mear eventually crossing deep from the byline with Will Powell smashing his header in at the far post.
At the break the boys were challenged to win the game with out conceding. We've worked a lot on maintaining possession but the way the lads picked off a strong Newport side was unbelievable. Josh Williams rounded off a man of the match display with a fine goal and Tom Hamilton completed his hat-trick.
Hereford 12’s travelled to Cheltenham Town’s Seasons training ground. This was the first time both teams had faced each other in the league this season. Hereford would start the match with a slight change of formation, as the away side set up for an expansive style of play which would utilise and express the flair and speed within their ranks.
We are pleased to announce our January player of the month awards. The players were presented on the pitch at half time during the Hereford vs Wulfrunians game on Saturday 13 February.
U12: Gabe Wetson
U18: Matt Macdonald
09 February 2016
Laura Davies, UITC Football Development Officer, commented, “The two days held at thePoint4 have been a real success from our point of view, we’ve seen lots of new faces, as well as old ones too. It has been great for us as coaches to see children attend who we’ve coached in schools or at our Development Centre and shows how positive our programmes within the community are at the moment. We need to say a big thank you to those children who attended and to the parents/guardians for their support and feedback, as well as those at ThePoint4 for allowing us to use their facilities for our Christmas Soccer Schools. I’d also like to thank Hereford FC players Joel and Carlos for coming to visit us last week and hopefully we will see many other HFC players visit our young stars in the future. On behalf of those at UITC, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you during February half term - watch this space!”
The first day of Edgar’s Soccer School Christmas Special took place today at thePoint4 in Hereford. The day was a success with children aged four to elevenhaving the chance to learn and show off their skills throughout a fun-filled festive day!
The day was led by UITC’s Football Development Officer Laura Davies, along with coaches Dan Chance and George Leyshon-James.
Laura commented on the day saying, “Today was about all about ensuring the children enjoyed themselves and let off a bit of steam in the lead up to Christmas. It was a great opportunity for those who came to have fun and gain the experience of meeting Joel and Carlos, who were both fantastic with the children. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas on behalf of United in the Community.”
South Gloucester U13s 1 - 3 Hereford U13s
Nick Vaughan, Chairman, said : "Absolutely delighted that we have agreed deals with Jamie and Joel. The feedback I've had in the past couple of months has been nothing but positive. They have worked really hard to improve players standards, both on and off the pitch, and it great to see this bearing fruit now. There are some tough fixtures ahead but I feel we now have a coaching set up in place to see the lads really push on until the end of the season."
Joel Edwards said: "I've really enjoyed the past few months working with the youth boys and can already see massive improvements from them both individually and as a team. They are a great bunch of lunch lads on and off the pitch with great attitudes and enthusiasm to work and learn."
He added:, "There are a number of quality players who if continue to learn and progress like they have will have a bright future in the game, it is our job to make sure this progression continues. The facilities at Victoria Park are now looking very professional and its makes it a lot easier for both us and the lads to work and train in such a great environment."
UITC have introduced a new player of the month award to showcase and reward players development within the Hereford FC pathway. Every month the head coach for each age group will nominate a player and give them three reasons why they have achieved this. The first awards were presented at half-time.during the home game against Rocester.
U12 - Tim Honey
U13 - Tom Hassan
U14 - Toby King
U15 - Matt McLeod
U16 - Cameron Godsall
U18 - Tom Gameson
7 November 2015
United in the Community, the official player pathway into Hereford FC, recently held soccer schools in Hereford, Leominster and Bromyard. The Soccer Schools were led by UITC Football Development Officer Laura Davies, supported by coaches UITC coaches Dan Chance and George Leyshon-James. Over 50 children attended during the week in what is the first in a series of newly relaunched Soccer Schools being organised by the charity.
Laura Davies, Football Development Officer, who joined UITC from Wolves in the summer, said: "We’re very happy with the turn out this week, it was great to see some new faces and some new possible players for our Football Development Centre for U8-U11." Nick Vaughan, UITC Chairman said: "It's great to see Laura breathe new life both into our schools and soccer schools programme. Our numbers dipped on both of these programmes when the old club died - but the continued success of the new football club coupled with Laura's hard work has ensured we have got off to an excellent start this half-term."
1 November 2015
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TO APPLY TO JOIN BOARD OF TRUSTEES
19 October 2015
In an effort to raise the profile of Hereford FC's Under 18's, the photos of youth squad are now included in the senior side's match day programme. Given this there is now the facility to offer sponsorship for the young players. For just £50, individuals, groups of supporters and businesses now have the opportunity to have their name/company details printed alongside the respective player for all the remaining home matches this season. In addition, at the end of the season, a photo of the player with his sponsor/s will be taken and this photo will be framed. For further information please contact Mick Loader at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 078251 54336.
16 October 2015
Two of the Bulls' U15 squad have been named in the Nerf Junior Premier League squad to face Southampton's U15 side at their Long Lane training ground on October 27th. Ben Vanstone and Tom Hayes will be joined in the 14 strong squad by representatives from West Brom, Birmingham City, and Coventry City amongst others. The pair have both been regulars for the U15 side that has been unbeaten so far this season, having moved up from the U14 side last term. They currently sit fourth after five games.