Welcome to Clifton United

Dear Clifton United Parents, Guardians and Players,

As the 2019/20 season is now over, it's time to start preparing for next season. We hope to be able to start the season at the start of September 2020 as normal, and there are a few things you need to be aware of and things you will need to do to help this to happen. 

Your team manager should have been in touch with you to let you know about registering and paying a deposit for next season using our online registration and payments system

Subs

Given the uncertainty surrounding plans for next season, we have agreed to register players and take a £30 deposit per player. Once we have greater certainty about what we will be doing to restart football, we will finalise subs levels and ask you to pay the balance prior to the start of the season, whenever that is. We expect subs levels to be in line with this season, and are hoping to provide a small reduction to players given this season was curtailed.

Whilst the club will have saved money by not needing pitches or referees for the last few weeks, we will not see the income from our annual tournament which usually gives us a buffer against increased costs and additional expenses during the season. We are a ‘not for profit’ club, run by volunteers and aim to provide the best coaching and facilities in the area and we expect this to continue once we restart next season.

If you have any trouble paying or have any queries about registration or plans for next season, please contact your team manager as soon as possible.  

Locations

Training and home matches will mostly be based at Clifton College Sports Ground in Abbots Leigh. However, Saturday morning training and some matches will take place on the 3G pitch at Redland Green School during the spring term for U7 to U11s. Full details of training locations and times will be confirmed by your team manager. 

Term dates for 2020/21 

Dates for next season will depend on the lifting of Covid-19 related restrictions, but our plans are as follows:  

U7 to U11 Saturdays only for all training and matches  

  • Term 1: 5th Sep 2020 - 12th Dec 2020, no training Oct 24th and 31st or 19th and 26th Dec
  • Term 2: 2nd Jan 2021 - 27th Mar 2021, no training 13th and 20th Feb, 3rd, 10th and 17th Apr
  • Term 3: 24th Apr 2021 - 26th Jun 2021, no training 29th May or 5th June. Last training on 26th Jun

U12 to U16 Midweek training and AYL league matches on Sundays

  • Term 1: 2nd Sep 2020 - 9th Dec 2020, no training 28th Oct, 16th, 23rd or 30th Dec
  • Term 2: 6th Jan 2021 - 31st Mar 2021, no training 17th Feb. Last training on 31st Mar

Training and match times and locations will be confirmed by your team manager. 

Kit

We have an online shop for the purchase of new kit at http://cufc.macronstorebristol.co.uk/. You can order the core kit of orange shirt, black shorts and orange socks and optional items of rain jackets, hoodies and beanies. The shop is being run by an external company on behalf of Clifton United and the club do not receive any payment from orders placed with them.  

Players who currently have shirt, shorts and socks that fit them should continue to wear their kit until they grow out of it.

If your player needs new or replacement kit there you will need to buy from the online kit shop. Please check with your team manager if a number is required on the reverse of the shirt. Please order by the end of July for delivery to Clifton United at Beggar Bush Lane at the start of September.

Please can we ask that you put your child's name in any CUFC kit so that we can return it to you as soon as possible if we find it – thank you.

Pitches and football boots

Please note that the 3G pitch at Clifton College has been recognised as an FA approved pitch. If you are lucky enough to train on that surface, moulded studs are best, however full metal studs as well as astro trainers are acceptable. Please discuss with your team manager if you are unsure about what to wear.

Supporting your club

As encouraging and supportive parents you are all, of course, hugely important to a thriving club. As a Committee we are incredibly grateful for the time (and significant logistical endeavour) you devote to making sure your child turns out each weekend. However, we are always looking for more help and here are some great ways you can add more to CUFC:

Club Administration – Working as a Committee member is tremendously fulfilling and we are especially keen to hear from parents who would like to get more involved in the running of the club. If you would like to discuss what it involves, please let me know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I’d be happy to explain the role in more detail.

Team Management – If you are interested in helping with the coaching and assisting with the organization of squads we would love to hear from you. The club will even pay for you to attain the prestigious FA Coaching Level 1 qualification!

Sponsorship – If you’ve got a business to advertise and are looking to support your community, the club provides great promotion opportunities. From kit to event sponsorship, we’d love to get your backing and help you get your message across. Please speak to your team manager if you would like to discuss sponsorship.

New Player Introduction – We know how important parental word of mouth is in selecting a club for children. We’re hoping that you can help to encourage more young footballers to join Clifton United. If you would like any support in promoting the club at a school or amongst friends please do let us know. Any potential new players should contact Richard Haines by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We’re really looking forward to seeing you all at Clifton United. Get ready for another great season ahead!

Best

Chris Strange

Club Chairman

On behalf of the CUFC Committee