Kiveton Park FC
Who are your club committee members and what do they do?
Officially formed in 1881, we have provided a recreational outlet for the village’s inhabitants for over 137 years.
Every person within Kiveton Park Football Club is a volunteer and contributes their time and effort for the footballers, the community and their love of the game. Without all of our volunteers there would be fewer opportunities to play and enjoy this wonderful game of football.
As well our men and women's senior teams, we run 17 junior teams, meaning over 300 men, women, boys and girls represent their village with pride.
Where are you based?
Located roughly equidistant between Sheffield, Rotherham and Worksop, the former mining village of Kiveton Park is right at the very heart of the earliest footballing hotbed, and we today cater for more players than at any point in our proud history.
What is your club philosophy/Culture?
Kiveton Park Football Club’s aim is to provide a good standard of football coaching that helps children learn to play, improve, enjoy and continuing playing football into their adult life. As a club we take great pride in providing young players for the senior team.
The players are the most important part of the Football club and therefore coaches should aim to provide a fun, friendly environment in which to learn how to play competitive football.
Football should be enjoyable and this should be emphasised by the coaches, making training sessions enjoyable and age appropriate, while striving to improve the players individual skills, Coaches should also encourage fair play and teamwork whilst keeping discipline within the squad.
The long term aim of the club is to produce teams who can eventually compete at a good standard in leagues and cup competitions, this means that the long term development of the players should be valued higher than immediate success in leagues, sometimes both can be achieved. The club defines success as improving players and teams over time, by rewarding performance and effort rather than just the result. Learning to accept defeat is just as important.
Players will benefit from playing a variety of positions, this will help them learn to play the game more effectively. Small sided games (SSG’s) in training allow more touches on the ball and can be used to coach many different skills and tactics by using conditioned rules – they are also far more fun than standing in lines waiting or running without a ball.
The club aims to accept children of all abilities although, currently, it has no disabled team.
The club is aware that some children are late-developers and keenness to learn and play is an appropriate younger-age attribute that should be encouraged.
What is the clubs current female football offer?
The club has a full female player pathways from U8s through to open age football. The club has a development team and first team in the open age section allowing the players that require it the chance to transition from junior to adult football, whilst providing the players who are ready to step up to first team football the opportunity to do just that!
The club also has a wildcats centre that provides the opportunity for young girls from the local area to experience football in a recreational format with the opportunity to then join a team if they wish.
What does your club to ensure that it is the great place for women and girls to play and enjoy football?
The opportunity to join the club from 6/7 years old and have the opportunity to play all the way through to open aged football is fantastic for the girls coming through at the club.
The club aims to create a friendly environment with a community feel around each team rather than just a group of players, teams are able to socialize on site as well as families which helps to create a family feel for all teams.
Kiveton Park also pride themselves on listening to the voice of young players and ensure that the opinions of players are considered in all future decision made by the club.
Finally, the online presence that the club ash cultivated is also helping to give the players a great experience with match reports and match photography it all adds to the buzz of the playing for the club!
Why is your club a great place for women and girls to coach/volunteer at?
All volunteers are offered support and inducted into the club in line with it philosophy outlined above. As well as offering to support traditional football qualifications the club has also engaged with the County FA to provide in house coach support for coaches and also runs its own in house training most recently in Neuro-Diversity to support coaches understanding of all the children within their group.
The club itself already has a cohort of female coaches, role models for the young players within the club and it is fantastic to see that some of these coaches are current or ex-players that are now investing back into the club following their positive experience!
How has the Euro Legacy Pledge affected the club?
The club itself were well established and had a fantastic reputation within the local community. The key effects of the pledge itself have been securing a FA club consultant to support the club, accessing in house coach support from FA coach Educator’s as well as looking to kick start a player to coach programme to help increase the number of female coaches volunteering within the club.