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Under 10 Blacks shown the card

Our Under 10 Blacks have announced a sponsorship deal with Card Outlet to sponsor their training jackets. Coach Rob Davis said “Our footballing policy aims to allow local children access to grassroots football at an affordable price. The club relies on sponsorship to provide kits for all, so we are grateful for Card Outlet's support. The players love their new tops. We are always on the lookout for new players and we would welcome any children who might be interested in joining the new team.”

Under 16 sponsorship - could it be you?

We are delighted that this year we will have a full contingent of age groups playing football when we introduce our Under 16 team into the Co-op Central Lancs Junior Football League. The team we hope will be "one season wonders" and wow the league with their silky football, although we do hope that they will carry on into open age football. The team require training jackets, but with the possibility of only having 1 year together as a team, we cannot offer our usual 2 year sponsor package, so we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to offer some of our smaller businesses the opportunity to sponsor a team and win a sponsorship package. The club will run a football card competition. The prize for the winner is an Under 16 sponsorship package and all its privileges which will see your company logo on the back of the jackets and your name and logo on the club website. The football card is held by the club and the winner will be unveiled on Facebook. A copy of the card is replicated in the picture above. If you wish to enter the competition, then each team/entry will cost £10 and your chosen team will be confirmed upon payment of the fee. The team names and selections will be placed on Facebook and chosen by you on a first come/first served basis. You can request a team by emailing David.Ellis@outlook.com The competition will close when all slots have been filled or by the 1st September 2020. Sponsorship must comply with FA guidelines. Arsenal Liverpool Falkirk, Swindon, Coventry, Bournemouth, Ipswich, Blackburn, Airdrie, Chelsea, Blackpool, Aberdeen, Oldham, Swansea, Stirling, Milwall, Bolton, Burnley, Clydebank, West Ham, Celtic, Motherwell, Everton, Tottenham, Rangers, Norwich, Bristol City, Wolves, Manchester Utd, Manchester City, Morton, Southampton, Crewe, Stockport, Portsmouth, QPR, Reading, West Brom, Hamilton Charlton

Under 12's Reds new sponsorship is Ultra Sound

Our under 12 Red's have secured a sponsorship deal with Northern Medical Ultrasound to become their club jacket sponsors for the next 2 years. The deal will see the reds receive training jackets and raincoats with the Northern Medical Ultrasound emblazoned on the back. Joanne Holgate, managing director of Northern Medical Ultrasound said of the deal "Grassroots football is very expensive but an absolute necessity for children as they grow up. Not only the health benefits but also the all the other ethics it provides. It fills me with absolute pleasure that we have been asked to provide sponsorship and support. I know how much it means for the children to play football and how important it is to their wider family, I would therefore not hesitate to provide sponsorship" If anyone wishes to get involved with sponsorship of the club, then please get in touch to discuss your needs.

Sweet 16 for Juniors

We are pleased to announce that the Central Lancs Junior Football League have accepted our application to put a new under 16 team into the league for the 20/21 season. The teams entry culminates the hard work put in by coach Jeremy Riding to give the young lads one last swansong before they take the step into open age football. It is a major achievement for the club as we now have a team at every age group from our development squad up to under 16's, a first for the club and a sign of the growth at the club. The club is now one of the fastest growing teams in Preston. The club pride itself on being able to offer football for all and if anyone wishes to join any of our teams, then please email david.ellis@outlook.com for further information.

Club appoint Club Welfare Officer

Following last nights AGM, the club have appointed Rachel Lancaster as the clubs welfare officer. Rachel brings with her a wealth of experience having previously coached and been club secretary at Chipping before coming to the club and knows the day to day running of a grassroots club. The mother of two young children, she also understands things from a childs perspective. Rachel said on her appointment "I am happy to join LTJFC as your new Club Welfare Officer. I have a lot of experience in working with children and families gained through my job and my various volunteer roles in the community. As the clubs CWO I have two key responsibilities which are: To be clear about the club’s responsibilities when running activities for children and young people and, To help club personnel (coaches, committee etc) understand what their ‘duty of care’ towards children and young people means and, what that will include on a day-to-day basis. My top priority is the wellbeing of our children and young people. I will always try to clearly communicate to you as a parent, coach, team manager. Should you have any questions at this stage then please do contact me via the club website or via your child’s team manager. Child welfare is of the utmost importance at the club and we are looking at various ventures in the future that will emphasise its importance. All parents, coaches and players are subject to codes of conduct and are reminded of their duties. If anyone has any child welfare concern, then they can contact Rachel on 07949 959551 or email at Longridgetownjuniors@outlook.com

Under 12 Blacks join the Premier league

The club are pleased to announce a deal with Premier Store in Grimsargh to become the club training jackets sponsor of our Under 12 Blacks for the next 2 seasons. Longridge Town Juniors strength is based on its community foundations and it is this close-nit support that makes it so successful. The Premier store in Grimsargh is that community store which serves many of our players. The partnership seemed like a Premier winning move. The club relies heavily on the support of our local businesses to provide football for the children of the local community. We understand that these are difficult times for all with the Coronavirus pandemic and many companies are struggling. If you are able to provide your support and sponsor a team, then we would be grateful to hear from you.

SWC renew shirt sponsorship

LTJFC are pleased to announce that SWC have agreed to renew their sponsorship of the club. The deal will see the SWC logo on the front of the club shirts for a further 2 years. It is a massive commitment from SWC and shows the amount of support that SWC have for grassroots football in the Longridge area. The deal was a no-brainer for the club, Managing Director Ben Lee showing a real enthusiasm for the club and a knowledge of grassroots football that is second to none. He has a winning mentality and shows a commitment to drive the club forward. We are currently experiencing a global pandemic which has meant that all football has been suspended, but when we do return we want to provide to the children of Longridge, a club that they can use to get back to normality whatever that may be. Grassroots Football Clubs are vital parts of the local community, providing health and social benefits to the youngsters of the community and it will be vital to the children to have these activities. SWC's commitment ensures that this will happen bigger and better than before.

Coaching opportunities

Longridge Town Juniors are hoping to find the coaches of the future by reaching out to their under 16's. The club discussed the need to retain these players and provide opportunities for them after football whether that be coaching or refereeing. It was realised that their was no support for the youngsters once they finished their footballing journey and it was a case of "thanks for the 10 years you have just given to us, but see you around." Every player that finishes their footballing with the club will now be offered the opportunities to turn their hand to coaching. In terms of coaching, what we would aim to do is bring the players in to our development coaching nights (u5-u7) and ask them to assist in a volunteer role. We would work with them to develop their coaching skills. If the player then showed a desire to continue their coaching, we would then look towards putting them forward for their Level 1 courses and eventually bring them in to take a team if this was their wish. Every enquiry would be dealt with on an individual basis, some players may just want to spend a few weeks coaching, some may want to make a career out of it. We would work to their needs. We feel that these skills look good on CV's when players enter the workforce and we could provide references for future employers.

Finlay Cross-Adair to play for PNE youth

It will be a proud moment for ex-player Finlay Cross-Adair today who has been selected for Preston North End's U18 fixture for todays game against Shrewsbury Town. Finlay started his footballing journey at Longridge Town Juniors and left the club in 2015 to join PNE academy. Today he will pull on the famous white shirt in what is a dream come true for many a footballer. This is a massive achievement and shows the potential that he has, in that Finlay is still only an u15 player and it all started at our club where his younger brother still plays. It is going to be a massively proud moment for his dad Mick, who is a massive PNE fan and also for his first coach Jeremy Riding who always predicted that he would make it, "He’s got all the necessary skills but I would say his biggest strength is his pace. He’s absolutely turbo charged" It is every youngsters dream to make it as a professional footballer and one that we are extremely proud at Longridge Town Juniors to be part of. Finlay joins one of a few players that have left the club to go on to play for professional teams and we hope he is one of many more to come. Good luck Finlay, wear that shirt with pride, and remember us when you score your first goal.

Under 11's co-operate in team bonding event

Our Under 11's enjoyed a recent social event courtesy of a grant donated by the Co-op foundation to the club. The event was the brainchild of Under 11 parent Jacqui Hulse who made contact with the co-op for funding. The grant provided by the Co-op paid for over 35 children to attend for a fantastic afternoon out at Level entertainment centre in Preston. The children firstly enjoyed running and playing around the obstacle course and this provided them with the opportunity to enjoy themselves, burn off some energy and bond with players from our other u11 teams. Following this, the children then enjoyed a meal with a drink and had great fun eating together, chatting, laughing and socialising. The children finished off with a game of bowling each and they enjoyed the competitive side of this, cheering each other on and showing great sportsmanship. These fun activities enabled the children to socialise away from modern technology, such a Xboxes and mobile phones and the children all left the event happy, contented and feeling good about themselves through the bonding/ laughing/ chatting with other children. This is a particularly important time for these children as many of them, who have never met before, will be going to the same high schools and therefore by having this event the children feel more confident about going to high school and their emotional well being has improved. It will also develop them as players as the social aspect is recognised in the FA's four corner model. None of this would have been possible without the support of the Co-op who also provided two members of their team, Sean and Liam, who were a great help and a credit to the Co-op. They were enthusiastic and helped to supervise the children throughout the afternoon as did many of the parent helpers. For further information on what the co-op foundation does, you can visit their website at https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/

New kit unveiled

Longridge Town Juniors are pleased to reveal the 19/20 kit. The kit will see us move to a new blue goalkeeper kit which was requested by many players. Proudly displaying the SWC logo across the chest, the kit will sure be a firm favorite.

FA cup in coming to Town

The FA cup will be paying a visit to Longridge this weekend as the Seniors will play in the Extra Preliminary round of the FA Cup. The seniors will welcome Barnoldswick Town to the Mike Riding Ground on Saturday 10th August 2019, in what will be the clubs first ever FA Cup game. Prior to kick-off, the trophy will be on display and there will be photo opportunities. This will surely be a once in a lifetime experience and a fantastic occasion for the Club and the town to have the trophy pay a visit. Admission for the game is Adults £6 Concessions £4 Under 16's Free

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