Who are Ongar Juniors Football Club
Ongar Juniors FC is a grass-roots, community-focused, FA Charter Standard-based Youth Football Club, providing football coaching for children in Ongar and the surrounding areas. The club currently has a large number of registered players, with ages ranging from 4 to 15 years of age (2018/2019). As a club, the health, safety and welfare of every child that participates in football at Ongar Juniors are our first and most important priority. This is closely followed by our commitment to providing a happy and inclusive environment for children to learn and develop their football skills under the tutelage of experienced coaches, who are FA qualified and have the appropriate CRB child safety checks and emergency aid qualifications.
It is an absolute commitment of the club that no child is ever excluded from playing football for reasons of gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation or perceived ability as a footballer. We strongly believe that football is a game to be played and enjoyed by everyone, and our success is measured not by the trophies we win, but by the number of children who choose to play for and remain at Ongar Juniors throughout their childhood. This is notwithstanding children whose natural progression may take them to higher levels of the game. Players who fall into this category can expect the full support and freedom from the club to pursue their ambitions, safe in the knowledge that they will be welcomed back at Ongar Juniors should they wish to return.
To deliver this, it is important that the Ongar Juniors Football Club has a strong, distinctive ethos that is shared and adhered to by its coaches, its volunteers, its players and the player’s parents or carers.
This ethos can be summarized as follows:
The health, safety and welfare of every child that participates in football at Ongar Juniors is our first and most important priority.
We are committed to providing a happy and inclusive environment for children to learn and develop their football skills.
It is an absolute commitment of the club that no child is ever excluded from playing football for reasons of gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation or perceived ability as a footballer. We strongly believe that football is a game to be played and enjoyed by everyone.
We commit to ensuring equal opportunities for any child playing football at the club. This includes a commitment that every child will get the amount game time that the club and its coaches can possibly offer that is applicable to their ability, based on our coaches assessment of the development needs of the child.
Children can expect to be asked to play in different areas of the pitch in order to maximize their learning experience.
Football is a game that children want to ‘play’. We want all players to have touches of the ball and have the freedom to explore, express themselves and be creative. It is vital that children are allowed to enjoy their football and not be negatively criticized for mistakes. Coaches and parents must see mistakes as learning opportunities. Children by their very nature can be inconsistent and random in their actions, so it should not be a surprise when mistakes are made, particularly when learning new skills.
The clubs codes of conduct for officials, coaches, players and parents are not negotiable. They underpin everything we do.
It is our view that winning games is a product of good development. Good development isn’t always a product of winning. Winning, however, isn’t a dirty word. Winning games can produce a positive environment for the players and fill them with confidence and self belief, but our focus will always remain on the player’s development. We place the learning aspect of the game above winning at all times and expect all officials, coaches, players and parents to accept this.
We recognize that children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. No child will ever be made to feel inferior or superior to his or her peers during their initial development. This includes the formal segregation of young children based on ability. We believe this practice is at odds with the inclusive nature of the club and can potentially have an adverse effect on the development of children who develop later than others.
Although we are NOT an academy, we are committed to providing the highest level of coaching that our volunteers can offer. We commit to continual improvement in our coaching methods to ensure your child receives the best learning experience we can possibly provide.
Player and Team Development
This falls into two categories:
i) Non-published score format
ii) League format
Non-published score format
This currently includes teams from Under 7 through to Under 11. The club encorougaes that all teams within individual age groups train together. Each player is registered to the club and NOT to a specific team, thus providing the opportunity for every player to play with different teammates and at different levels throughout the season. Group training helps build friendships between, not only players but, managers and parents alike and negates any chance of rivalry between teams of the club. Players can play in ANY team within their designated age group and will be placed in an environment applicable to their stage of development, as directed by the coaches.
This currently includes teams at Under 12 and above. We understand that players at these ages are beginning to “feel like footballers” and have a more advanced level of understanding of the game. Where logistically possible we, as a club, would encourage age group training sessions of multiple teams to maintain the club ethos and prevent rivalry. Unlike the Non-published score format, players will be registered to a specific team. This will be assessed by the club’s coaches and based upon the individual’s ability and experience. It is imperative that children, of whatever age, continue to play the game in an environment that tests their abilities but does not deter them from playing.
Our ethos is clear and underpins our mission: to be a safe, happy, open and inclusive football club that strives to provide the best overall football experience for your child.
These are kids
This is a game
The coaches are volunteers
The referee is human
THIS IS NOT THE PREMIER LEAGUE