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Hexley Rangers Football Club is a (Hextable/Swanley) community based football club and was formed by Mr John Domigan (a qualified level 1 coach) who has coached and managed children's football for many years) and Mrs Carol Thomas (a qualified Child Protection Officer and School Governor) who has also been working in children's football for many years. We started our club in May 2005 with two 11-a-side teams, aged under 11 and under 12. We are affiliated to the Kent FA and we play in the Bexley and District Junior Football League. Sponsorship since our inception in May 2005, we have been very pro-active and worked hard bringing sponsorship to the club, knowing from experience that the costs involved in a sports project of this size can only survive if we introduce sponsors for kits, equipment and facilities. You will notice that our letterhead proudly bears the FA Charter Standard. We received this prestigious award in August 2005 in recognition of our best practice in setting standards in coaching, administration and child protection. The Charter Mark is a quality assurance stamp for parents looking for a well-run and safe environment in which their children can enjoy playing football. We are most fortunate to be playing our football matches at Downsview School, Beech Avenue, Swanley and very pleased to call this our home ground. Our matches are played each Sunday during the season with training nights during the week or on Saturdays. During winter months we train at the all weather floodlit facility at Swanley Technology College. A little about our club. We offer a safe and responsible venue for young people to learn, train, and play football. We are committed to always taking a professional approach in all aspects of the football club, especially with our Managers and Coaches, who are all qualified to a minimum level 1 and all coaches hold first aid badges and child protection certificates. To ensure health and safety for our players, we make sure that we have good quality safety goals and equipment. Our awareness and experience of bad practice in children's football clubs has enabled us to develop this project with the children's interests firmly at the core of the club. NO child will ever be discriminated against and being aware of vulnerable groups in society, we will welcome all children equally, improving the self-esteem of the children. We will offer many other activities for our members; this includes an annual football tour, trips to see premier league football matches and annual presentation evenings. Courses are available to adults and parents within our club such as coaching courses, refereeing courses, first aid etc; as we encourage them to take an active role within the club. Our Vision for the Future - We have a vision that the club will grow each year with each age group moving to the next year and younger age groups joining the club. We hope to be able to provide the club facilities for them well into their teenage years.We hope to see a change in attitude that comes from educating young people to show respect for officials and demonstrate good sportsmanship. We have a Code of Conduct for Players, Managers and Spectators, which we will expect to see being adhered to. Each child joining Hexley Rangers is given a Welcome Pack, outlining our good practice for both players and parents to read and digest.As children from different backgrounds join our club, we hope that friendships will be formed, where their joint love of football will bond these friendships into their teens and beyond. Bigger & Better - There are other informal football activities in this area, but these do not have the professional ethos that we seek. Local schools no longer have the resources, so after-school football clubs for local children have closed. There are inadequate facilities in this area for young people and consequently teenage groups are bored and disruptive, which has been identified by the local authorities. We hope to reverse this trend as the young people of our football club approach their teens. Community Focused - As a club in the heart of the community aside from our regular managers and parents meetings we hold monthly meetings where team matters are discussed. Any issues or concerns that are identified are acknowledged and actioned. We have our own website www.hexleyrangersfc.co.uk. It is very interactive and members can enjoy accessing the site to see stats, results. fixtures etc. We also set up links to sponsors for those offering us their support. We feel that we have a lot to offer local children and we know that we can deliver a football club that young people will be proud to be a member of.
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