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It is important that every year all of our members and their families read our code of conduct. As a growing club it is essential for our players safety and well being that everyone understands this. If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact either myself, Clare Dance Ide Hill Junior fc youth secretary or Suzanne Smith our Child welfare officer. 
Ide Hill FC's Code of Conduct (in association with the FA) 2017/2018

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game
Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for players at all times. On and off the field, I will:-

Adhere to the Laws of The Game
Display and promote high standards of behaviour
Promote Fair Play
Always respect the match officials’ decisions
Never engage in public criticism of the match officials 
Never engage in offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
Never engage in bullying, intimidation or harassment
Speak to my team-mates, the opposition and my coach/manager with respect
Remember we all make mistakes
Win or lose with dignity. Shake hands with the opposing team and the referee at the end of every game

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken  by my club, County FA or The FA.  I may 
Be required to apologise to team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager
Receive a warning from the coach
Receive a written warning from the club committee
Be required to attend an FA education course
Be dropped or substituted
Be suspended from training
Not be selected for the team
Be required to serve a suspension
Be fined
Be required to leave the club


We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game. As a player, you have a big part to play. That’s why The FA is asking every player to follow a Respect Code of Conduct. When playing football, I will:

Always play to the best of my ability
Play fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time
Respect my team-mates, the other team, the referee or my coach/manager
Play by the rules, as directed by the referee
Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game
Listen and respond to what my coach/team manager tells me
Talk to someone I trust or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club. I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA or The FA: I may:
Be required to apologise to my team-mates, the other team, referee or team manager
Receive a formal warning from the coach or the club committee
Be dropped or substituted
Be suspended from training
Be required to leave the club. 
In addition: 
My club, County FA or The FA may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of the Code of Conduct
The FA/County FA could impose a fine and suspension against my club.


We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game.  
Play your part and observe The Football Association’s Respect Code of Conduct in everything you do. On and off the field, I will:

Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators
Adhere to the laws and spirit of the game
Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour 
Always respect the match official’s decision
Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission
Never engage in public criticism of the match officials 
Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.
When working with players, I will:
Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning
Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me
Ensure all parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations
Never engage in or tolerate any form of bullying
Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem
Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behavior and performance
Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, age and maturity
Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists, welfare officers) for each player’s best interests.

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, league or The FA:  I may:
Required to meet with the club, league or County Welfare Officer 
Required to meet with the club committee
Monitored by another club coach
Required to attend an FA education course
Suspended by the club from attending matches 
Suspended or fined by the County FA
Required to leave or be sacked by the club.
In addition: My FACA (FA Coaches Association) membership may be withdrawn.


Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything. Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times. I will:

Remember that children play for FUN
Applaud effort and good play as well as success
Always respect the match officials’ decisions
Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)
Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do
Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials
Avoid criticizing a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning
Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behavior 

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, league or The FA:
I may be:
Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official
Required to meet with the club, league or County FA Welfare Officer
Required to meet with the club committee
Obliged to undertake an FA education course
Obliged to leave the match venue by the club
Requested by the club not to attend future games
Suspended or have my club membership removed
Required to leave the club along with any dependent

Ide Hill Junior fc are currently recruiting players for this seasons U9's. If you have a child who would like to join a friendly club please email me on .

Match Report:

Tunbridge Wells Foresters lions vs Ide Hill U8's 

Saturday November 26 2016

BY Steve McGinn


Match 1:  Tunbridge Wells Foresters Lions 4-1 Ide Hill Magpies

Ide Hill struggled to get out of the box in the opening half, put under pressure by a strong Tunbridge Wells team, coming in at half time at 2-0 when the score line could have been more. The second half was a much better performance by the boys. Ide Hill managed to create many more chances and threatened a lot more. 5 minutes into the second half, Ide Hill got a penalty for handball inside the box. Unfortunately it didn’t look like it was to be our game with the penalty being saved by the keeper. Ide Hill pulled one back though and started to mount on the pressure. However, they conceded a few late goals to finish the game. It’s a result that doesn’t really demonstrate how well the boys played in the game.


Match 2:  Tunbridge Wells Foresters Tigers 6-4 Ide Hill Magpies

This was definitely a goal thriller. Stereotypically it was a game of two halves. Defending wasn’t going well in the first half with 4 goals being conceded. However in the second half came a lot of fight from the boys which was great to see from my perspective and the parents. Another goal was conceded and this is when we piled on the pressure. Goals game thick and fast in the second half, with four goals being scored in 5 minutes. It was 5-4 with a minute to go and we chucked in everything to get a result, unfortunately leaving us short at the back and with the last kick of the game Tunbridge Wells secured the win.


Overall a lot of positives to take from the two games against some strong players! 

Good to see both teams do a 2 minute silence today before the game !


And a great 5-2 win to finish off! 


4 wins in a row now !

We are currently looking to recruit new players for our U9's team, if you have a child who would like to join a friendly football club please get in touch with:


Clare Dance    

Match Report: Ide Hill vs Raw Skills U8's 

Saturday November 5 2016

BY Steve McGinn



Match 1

Ide Hill U8’S 0 – 6 Raw Skill U8’S


We came up against a very strong Raw Skills team that you could see had plenty of talent in it.  Ide Hill were very slow to start, not showing what they have achieved in previous games this season. Ide Hill slowly settled in to the game, becoming more involved but nothing seeming to connect. It was an unfortunate result to start the morning.


Match 2

Ide Hill U8’S 1 – 4 Raw Skill U8’S


Another good Raw Skill team was up next. The Kids battled much harder in the game. They went behind after a really well taken goal from Raw Skills. In comparison to a full size pitch would have been a 30 yard screamer. Ide Hill pulled one back, but chasing the game to get a result we were caught a few times at the back.


Not the results that Ide Hill U8’s wanted but you cannot fault the commitment on a very cold Saturday morning.

Training and match schedule

Under 11's

10th October: Game at Ide Hill against Pembery Athletics 10:30am kick off Get there for 10:00am

Under 9's

10th October: TBC


Under 7's

10th October: Game at Ide Hill against Sevenoaks Weald Wolves 10:30am kick off

November roundup from the Youth secretaries

David Thomas talks to the players after their successful matches on Saturday

I'm sure all of you know that the U10's took to the field on Saturday. And yes I will be waxing lyrical about their performance very shortly. All good things come to those that wait...


But before that I thought it would be worth spending a few minutes looking back.  


"Looking back, are you sure ?".  Agreed, this is not something we tend to do in the Magpies. Having said that if you saw James Shiplee in his new football boots and kit yesterday morning you most certainly were "looking back" - back to an age long forgotten.  But I digress. "Forward" is the way forward... but indulge me for just a few minutes... we won't be looking too far back !! (Thoughts of James again, oh dear!).


In October's Newsletter we suggested after the matches against Chipstead that with such a spirited and improved performance the U10's had "arguably delivered their side of the bargain". They had showed us adults that the Mini's can have a bright future and that it was up to "us to provide our side of the bargain too and to keep the momentum going".  So with that in mind here are a few things that we've managed to do:


Club EGM - Clair and myself attended our first Club meeting as Youth Secretaries. With Suzanne also being voted in as our new Child Welfare Officer we now have 5 parents represented on the Committee.  For Clair and myself it was great to have the opportunity to talk to the Committee about the Mini's, the progress that has been made and our plans.  We were also very glad to hear the latest news on the Clubhouse and Pitch re-development - next year will be an exciting time.  We also discussed ways of better integrating the Youth and Senior sections of the Club and we were very pleased that the Committee members were just as passionate about the Mini's as we are.  Watch this space.

  • Qualified Coaching - we now have 2 FA qualified coaches for the Mini's - Peter coaching the U10's and Tom our new coach in charge of the U8's. Both represent the Club at the senior playing level and it's great to have in-house talent coaching the Mini's. Peter and Tom are also members of the Club Committee.
  • Parent Coaching - as you all know we now have separate training sessions for the U10's and U8's; and with 2 parents from each age group helping out too we often have 3 coaches per team on training days. A few parents will be taking the FA Level 1 course in the New Year and we have had many more parents offering help  - the more the merrier is what i say !!
  • The Cock Inn - we now have tea's, coffees and bacon sandwiches provided by the village pub on Match Days.  Feedback on this has being fabulous - from both the club and oposition - and great connection between the Club and the Village.  If you haven't experienced these yet please try the next match day - you won't be disappointed.
  • Player Numbers - we now have 9 players available for the U10's and 2 teams of players for the U8's.  And we are really impressed with high level of player availability.  It has made a real difference to get the boys training and playing matches together regularly - and obviously helps the atmosphere on training and match days too.  In fact it is very rare we don't have a full squad to pick from.   A big thank you to all parents, your commitment is appreciated.
  • Xmas Party - you saw the email from Clair yesterday regarding the Xmas Party and presents; please put in your diary and try and to attend - even if you can only come for a few short while it would be good to share a toast and see Santa with the boys.  Thanks to Clair and Steve for leading the charge on this.

So I think we have achieved quite a bit over the last few weeks. The atmosphere at the Recreation Ground on training and especially match days is fantastic.   With 2 pitches in operation and training going on as well, it really is quite a sight.  We've seen both the U8's cheering the U10's, and the U10's cheering on the U8's.  How good is that !!!  We have a foundation for a vibrant and happy club - both teams are going from strength to strength.  Long may it continue.


Now let's talk some football for a bit. The U10's were in action on Saturday against Tunbridge Wells Foresters and Pembury Fighters. How did they get on? Oh yes.....!!


Game 1 - Magpies 3 ; Tunbridge Wells Foresters 0

Game 2 - Magpies 1; Pembury Fighters 0


The boys continued their recent run of form with another couple of wins. They deserve all the praise because they worked their socks off in both games. Interviewed for Magpies Newsletter recently the U10's Manager Peter Dance-Harvey said "They are really starting to look like a real team. They are very organised in defence, break very quickly through midfield and look like they can score goals against anyone. It's very difficult to pick any boy out for praise, they all play well".


And so it proved at the Recreation Ground on Saturday. Keeping with the 3-2-1 formation the defence looked strong in both games and was well marshalled by Charlie Lucas. Fabian, Aaron and Archie keeping a strong line and tackling well. Once again Joe Harvey was a dynamo in the defensive midfield role but he also supported Henry and Harry in attack. With all 3 moving forward at pace, and shooting when they got the chance, there was always going to be goals. Henry and Harry having a number of chances but Harry proved what a deadly striker he is by supplying all 4 goals. And in the first game he grabbed the first ever Magpies hat-trick. And how good does that sound! 


My favourite moments were when Joe Thackray said at half time "I haven't had a shot to save yet", and when Harry Young scored the winner in the second game and got completely mobbed by all his team mates. Perfect.


The games were played with lots of energy, skill and passion; and in great spirit. Well done boys we are very proud.  Thanks especially to Steve for refereeing the matches - expect to see him in his silks at the Rec very soon.


One last thought.  After a heavy defeat in the first game of the season the boys have since played another 6 games - won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1.


The future is looking very bright indeed.




Best regards, David and Clair, Ide Hill Youth Secretaries

October roundup from the Youth secretaries

What a fantastic weekend. What a fantastic set of boys. And what a fantastic morning of football we had on Saturday. And our first 3 goals of the season to boot.


I can't begin to describe the level of improvement we were lucky enough to have witnessed from the U10's. Our squad did us proud. Well done Aaron, Charlie, Fabian, Harry, Henry, Joe H, Joe T and Luke!


And now the details.....


Game 1 - Chipstead Hawks 3 Ide Hill Magpies 2

From the very start the Magpies just seemed "different". They were disciplined, focused, tenacious, together, skilful, and athletic. And Harry Young was the centre of the early action. Harry is a lovely player and after a dangerous run had a great shot just saved by the Chipstead keeper. He set the tone, and the rest of the team followed when we took the lead with a goal from Henry. The Hawks equalised but we took the lead again from a well worked corner. All credit to the opposition as they pulled level and got a late winner. The boys were disappointed but their heads never went down!  


Game 2 - Chipstead Kestrels 1 Ide Hill Magpies 1

After going a goal down the boys fought and fought for every ball, and every blade of grass. And it was our turn to get the late goal. A "never give up" attitude got the reward. We can all learn from spirit they showed. Well done!!


All of the boys played their hearts out. Our defence showed great shape - Fabian, Luke, Aaron and Charlie were disciplined, focused and tackled anything that moved. Henry, Joe H, and Harry provided the midfield strength and attacking menace. And of course Joe T in goal - still the best keeper in the league. And well done to Peter too, he had the boys looking and acting like a team.


All of them deserve praise, they were all that good. But I do want to mention a couple of the boys in particular! 


First of all Charlie Lucas: "Game 1 Man of the Match" -  What a debut! Great marking, great tackling, and great energy from the first to the last whistle. And this is just the start and he can only get better. Charlie played the first game on the right side of defence and stopped a number of attacks developing from the right wing. He then moved into the centre of defence and continued the good work from the middle of the park. He was brilliant in both games and with Charlie in the line there was a much better balance in the defence. He has set the bar high and good for him. Well done Charlie!


Secondly, there is Joe Harvey: "Game 2 Man of the Match" - I really don't know where to start - Joe was simply sensational! I can't remember how many times I shook my head in amazement at not only the number of tackles he made but also how he made them. The games were played at great pace but if you blinked you missed a tackle from Joe. The opposition simply had no answer to Joe's commitment and energy. And against boys that are bigger and older. Unbelievable and it is making me smile to think of it again! The best player on the pitch? Joe Harvey. Oh yes!


We have some super pictures taken by Phil Young - our new "Official Mini's Photographer"? - which I will send through separately (when i work out how to do it)!


And a final word for the parents. Unbelievable support this weekend. Remember WE were the AWAY team but we had the most parents present, and the most energetic and vocal support. Yes we had the best team on the pitch (of course - see above), but just as importantly we had the best 'team' on the sidelines. As Youth Secretaries, Clair and I had a ball on Saturday, the boys played a big part in that, but so did the parents. We couldn't have asked for more. Thank you.


The future is starting to look quite bright. There is a lot to do - and we haven't hit the bad weather yet - but we have momentum. You could argue that the boys delivered their side of the bargain this weekend. They bounced back and showed their spirit and skill against a much better resourced and a much more mature football club. It is up to us to provide our side of the bargain and keep the momentum going....




Best regards, David and Clair, Ide Hill Youth Secretaries

Youth managers and volunteers wanted

Friday 8 August, 2014

Ide Hill Football Club are looking for a manager for their under 9's for the forthcoming season. The club are also on the lookout for any volunteers to assist at training and on match days.


The club is in a position to pay for any training or first aid courses and would encourage parents to come forward to fill these positions.


Please contact David Thomas, the new Youth secretary, should you feel you can offer your services to the club on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

Ide Hill Magpies secure first wins in clubs history!

Ide Hill Magpies under 7's and under 8/9's

Crowborough & District Junior Football League

On Saturday 8 March, the under 9's team which also includes the under 8's, secured their first victory for the club away at Tonbridge Juniors. It was a special day for all present with both players and parents obviously delighted at the result.


"They ran their socks off, and showed passion, commitment and teamwork for every minute of both games, and they got their reward!" - commented one parent.


You wait for one and two come along at once

Last Saturday, the under 7's, who not wanting to be outdone by their elders, visited Hayesbrook School for the match against TW Foresters, and again came away with the first win in their short careers! The one constant factor at both matches? Lorraine Seal was managing both fixtures! "Lorraine for Manager of the Month? A shoe in..." cried another parent!


David Thomas commented: "How do you like those Magpies now! Awesome performance from the boys this morning. They were strong in all areas. Aaron and Fabian tackled everything in defence. Archie and Henry bossed the midfield, Harry and Ben were a right handful up front and of course Joe in goal - surely the best keeper in the league. Honestly they were fabulous today and looked a proper team. They tackled everything in sight, passed the ball really well and shot forward so quickly. They made the opposition fight for everything and always looked like they were going to score. Amazing improvement. Thanks to the club and Jack in particular."


Clair Thackray said: "They truly were completely awesome!" 


Keith McGinn, the club's secretary, said: "This is truly a momumental day in the history of Ide Hill Football Club. Everyone involved in the Youth setup should be immensely proiud of themselves and the kids. I shall have a few drinks to celebrate for them!"


Well done all! Well done Magpies!

Under-8's join the under-9's until the new year

Friday 20 September

Due to a shortage of players at the under-8 and under-9 level this year we have had to make the decision to merge the two teams until the new year. Ide Hill FC have agreed with the Crowborough & District Junior Football League that we shall not be playing any of our under-8's matches this side of Christmas.


It is hoped that during this time, we will be able to secure more players at both levels and then participate in the fixture schedule come 2014.


Apologies to those players who have to step up, but after the matches last week, we do not believe they are that far away in terms of skill. We will be doing our best to recruit new players, but you can help too. If you know of any players looking for a club please ask them to get in touch with Lorraine Seal (under-8's manager) or Peter Dance-Harvey (under-9's manager).


Many thanks for your patience during this period at the club. Training for all age groups continues tomorrow.


Kind regards,


Steve Rowley, Media Secretary

New appointments give needed boost to minis for second season at the Hill!

Monday 22 July, 2013

The recent announcement at the club's AGM that Peter Dance-Harvey and Jaymes Randall have stepped up to manage the under-9's and under-7's respectively, has delighted the committee and club members alike. We now have three minis teams, with Lorraine Seal completing the management with the under-8's.


The season is due to start in September, however we have yet to receive any official match dates, so with that in mind, please pencil in September 14, 2013 for the first training session, which will start at 9.30am.


If you need to get in touch with the managers, please incude the details below and place in the subject header of an email to me at and I will forward this on to them.


Under-9's: Peter Dance-Harvey

Under-8's: Lorraine Seal

Under-7's: Jaymes Randall


Good luck to all our minis this coming season, it looks like we have some top talent rising through the ranks.


Kind regards,


Steve Rowley, Ide Hill FC Media Secretary

CDJFL Jamboree - Saturday 20 April, 2013

Response to parents meeting on Wednesday evening

Thursday 28 March, 2013

We were a little bit disappointed that only a couple of parents turned up at last night’s mini’s meeting. This was, after all, your chance to give us your feedback about the club and infrastructure of the mini’s teams going forward. However those that did come along gave us some great feedback to build on for next season.



It was noted that a few times during the season the communication surrounding cancellations could have been a little better. We have addressed this towards the end of the season and we will now notify all parents via text message as well as by email from now on.


Matches and training

It was also mentioned that when the under 8’s have a match the training is cancelled for the other players, and with the bad weather of late, this has meant some players have not played for a number of weeks. We understand that this has been an issue and will work to make sure that when a team is playing we do our best to continue training for the remaining players. We obviously cannot do anything about the weather.


Membership fees

At Ide Hill FC we pride ourselves on the value for money the current membership offers. Training, matches, and kit for each player is all part of the £50.00 membership fee for the year, and we will not be changing this for the 2013/14 season. Parents should note though that as our funding levels out, we may need to increase the membership fee in subsequent years. Karen McGinn, the club’s registrations secretary will be in touch soon with a membership pack for 2013/14.


New players

It has been decided that we will grow our mini’s teams next year, adding an under 9’s and under 7’s squad. For this we will be needing more players from the local area. So if you know of any players who wish to join a growing local team, please put them in touch with us. We will be holding a couple of summer training days (dates to be announced) where everyone is invited to come along and join in, plus we’ll be at the Ide Hill summer fair as normal. We will also arrange to visit the local schools once again.


Management positions

We are still currently seeking two managers for next season for the under 9’s and under 7’s. Lorraine Randall will continue as under 8’s manager for next season. Feel free to offer your services and the club committee will make a decision for the benefit of the club. Please note that any potential manager will be CRB checked, however the club will pay for the FA’s Youth workshop.




Steve Rowley, Ide Hill FC Media Secretary

Parents meeting at The Cock Inn PH, Ide Hill

Tuesday 26 March, 2013

A reminder of tomorrow night's meeting where there are a number of items to be discussed regarding the minis and more importantly myself and the management team would appreciate some feedback as to our first season. Whether it is good or bad we need to hear it so we can improve next season. We also need to review any new budding mangers.
With this in mind we have arranged a parents only meeting in the back room of The Cock Inn public house in Ide Hill on Wednesday 27 March, 2013 at 7.30pm. This will be very informal and relaxed but we hope to get some feedback as to your commitment for next season etc.
Sorry it is without the kids but I think it will be easier over a drink to quickly discuss any issues. Please remember this is now your club and I hope as many can attend as possible.


Kind regards,


Keith McGinn, Ide Hill FC Club Secretary

Lorraine Randall, Ide Hill FC Magpies Manager

Magpies frozen solid by Ide Hill's micro-climate

Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Once again we had another match day where we not only had to battle out on the pitch, but we had to battle the elements too!


We started really well and before the frozen fingers, toes and the numb legs set in, I definitely saw some great improvements in the football ability from each and everyone one of our magpies! That was extremely encouraging!


A tremendous effort from all the boys, in again such challenging conditions. Well done boys, be proud, that was not easy! It was also really great to see Luke back after his injury. Welcome back Luke!


I would also like to mention the parents. Who once again stood out and supported us in the sub-zero temperatures and helped to take down the nets at the end!


Your help and support is so much appreciated, from myself, the team and all at the club! Thank you!


Training will resume this weekend for all, and will start at 9.30am. Please try to ensure you are there before this time so we can get underway promptly. Come on you Magpies!


Kind regards,


Lorraine Randall, Ide Hill FC Magpies Managers

Young Footballers chip in to save club's future

Thursday 31 January, 2013

YOUNG football stars of tomorrow have tackled parish councillors to secure the future of their club.

The nine youngsters, from Ide Hill FC's under-7s team, were joined by 13 parents and supporters to resolve a dispute that threatened to block major funding for their Camberwell Lane ground.


They piled into the Sundridge with Ide Hill Parish Council meeting on Tuesday night as councillors were debating ways to resolve the issue.


Football club secretary Keith McGinn told the meeting: "This isn't about the future of our club, for the managers and coaches.


"It's not our club, it's the community's club. And these players here tonight are the club's future."


Ide Hill FC, dubbed the Magpies because of it's distinctive black and white strip, has already secured more than £100,000 of funding for a new clubhouse, facilities and pitch improvements.


But its plans to raise more cash ran into extra time when a potential backer - the Football Foundation - said it wanted a say in how the ground is used if the club folds in the next 26 years, as a condition of any funding.


With anything between £50,000 and £100,000 at stake, the club's management was keen to strike a deal. But the parish council, Ide Hill FC's landlord, was concerned it would lose control of what was essentially a publicly owned property.


Mr McGinn told the Chronicle: "The club has been around for 90 years and growing, so there is little prospect of closing down.


"However, the Football Foundation doesn't want to be in a position where it provides a grant for a sporting facility, that is then sold off to a private enterprise. They want to ensure the land remains in use for sport - they're not saying that one day they might want to build a shop or a working men's club on the site."


He said the Football Foundation - the UK's largest sports charity which is funded by the Premier League, the Football Association and the Government - ploughs £30million into grassroots sport each year.


"It's in the business of promoting sports facilities, not removing them." he said.


The parish council said it accepted there was little likelihood the Ide Hill FC - whose motto is Ludo Est Ut Lucror (To Play Is To Win) - would fold during the life of its lease.


But Councillor Michael Stokes pointed out that the parish, like the Football Foundation, had a duty to consider the possibility.


The council agreed to let its chairman, John Jolley, negotiate directly with the Foundation. It said it would have no objections to the funding condition provided the council got an undertaking that the premises would only be used for sport and that councillors would be consulted on the ground's future use in the unlikely event that Ide Hill FC folded.


They also praised the youngsters for braving a blustery night to support the club.


But reserve manager Baz Pennells said the team turned out in all weathers to train, and pitching in at the parish council meeting was the least they could do.


The football club, founded in 1923, plays in the Sevenoaks and District League and fields under-7s, under-8s and under-18s teams as well as two adults squads.


By Doug Kempster, Sevenoaks Chronicle reporter

Magpies battle the wind and rain to score first goals

Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Well the boys certainly didn't let the weather dampen their spirits on Saturday! On what was a very cold, wet and windy morning.... we got two goals!!


Everything I have asked from the boys, they have delivered. ‘If we keep going and trying, the goals will come'. And that's exactly what happened on Saturday with goals in both our matches! Well taken goals Henry, very well done!


There was also some great tackling and commitment as always from all the boys, Fabian, Luke, Archie and Aaron and strong performances in goal from Joe and Liam! What a versatile team I have! They put in another fighting performance and kept plugging away and got the goals they so thoroughly deserved! Well done boys!


It was understandably hard out there for the boys, but also for the spectators too!). Thanks for your continued support, it really does make a difference to me and the team.


We have two more training sessions before the Christmas break, please ensure you are at Ide Hill Recreation Ground for a 9.30am start this Saturday.


Also don’t forget to see Steve for your Christmas party tickets, he will be at the training session this Saturday morning. £10 adults, and the kids go free.




Lorraine Randall, Ide Hill FC Magpies Manager

Magpies continue on their road to progress

Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Firstly I want to say a big well done to the boys for another fantastic performance on Saturday. Again they showed tremendous commitment and determination from start to finish!


I was also very pleased with how well they all took to coming off for substitutions, something they hadn’t had to deal with before. No grumbles from anyone. Well done boys!!


Also a note of thanks to all the parents who helped to set up in the morning, your help was much appreciated.


There is no match this Saturday, so it will be training as normal, 9.30am-11.00am for everyone, details below! The following Saturday will be our final match before the Christmas break, details on this will be sent out shortly, but a note for your diaries.

Ide Hill Magpies training at Ide Hill Recreation Ground
Date: Saturday 17 November, 2012
Start time: 9.30am
Venue: Ide Hill Recreation Ground, Camberwell Lane, Ide Hill, Kent TN14 6JL

Lastly, as you know the club are organising a Christmas Party on Saturday 22 December for all members, friends and family, all the details you need are on the website here. Please see Steve Rowley or Keith McGinn (look for an Ide Hill FC training top) on Saturday morning to buy your tickets. Tickets are £10 per adult and the kids go free.


Have a good week everyone and we’ll see you all on Saturday.


Lorraine Randall | Ide Hill FC Magpies Manager

Magpies making progress in under 8's

Tuesday 6 November, 2012

I was so proud of my little Magpies on Saturday, they worked very hard and really got stuck in! They are improving and learning week by week and all with smiles on their faces. I couldn't ask for anymore as their manager! We have another match this weekend again for the under 8’s, which is detailed below, please can you let me know availability as soon as possible. Others please come along and support.


One more thing, when we play at home we have to erect 4 goals and put the corner flags out. Keith McGinn and Steve Rowley have been doing this for us all season, however Keith has got a bad back and Steve travels down from London. Could I please ask for some assistance from parents to give me a hand this weekend from 9.30am? Please send me an email at

Ide Hill Magpies v Tunbridge Wells Foresters Ospreys/Eagles
Date: Saturday 10 November, 2012
Kick-off time: 10.30am
Venue: Ide Hill Recreation Ground, Camberwell Lane, Ide Hill, Kent TN14 6JL


Many thanks and see you Saturday.


Lorraine Randall, Ide Hill FC Magpies Manager

Ide Hill FC Youth sides

Monday 28 May, 2012

Ide Hill Football Club currently consists of two adult football teams. This coming season (2012/13), our first team will play in the Kent County League for the first time in the clubs 89 year history, with the reserves continuing to play in the local Sevenoaks and District League. Both teams were very successful last season which can be seen in the stats on the website.
In January, the club was successful in its application for £50,000 from the Sport England Olympic Inspired Facilities funding. Planning permission has already been granted to build a new club house on the Ide Hill recreation ground and we are currently awaiting news of other funding applications which will allow us and the parish council to demolish the current club house and start building the new pavilion as soon as possible.
Ide Hill FC sports development plan has always included the introduction of a youth side. Our aim is to re-introduce children and the local community from within Ide Hill and surrounding villages back into the football club. Therefore this coming season - 2012/13 - we have launched a few new youth sides starting with one U18 side and either one or two U7 sides. All youth sides will play at the current Ide Hill recreational field. The two adult sides will start next season at another venue until the new club house is completed. We would like to consider other age groups but at present we will look to attract a new U7 side each year until we have a side for every age group.
With funding support from the FA and 'Grow the Game' we hope to be able to set up our junior side with as little cost as possible to the parents. Full kit, training tops and training sessions will be made available. However a small signing on fee may be required.
The club is also very keen on getting as many parents involved as possible, and we are also appealing for anyone who may or may not have some background within the game who is keen to get involved in youth coaching for the U7's. Again, any costs for the required CRB checks or coaching courses will be met by the club. There are spaces for two parents to become trained for each team. The club would also been keen on recruiting any new U18 players from the local area.
Ide Hill FC have recently given presentations to Ide Hill and Sundridge primary schools and hope we can attract children and parents within our catchment area to become involved. Our club ethos has always been “To play is to win” and we welcome children of all ability to become involved. Children's participation will always be the priority rather than competitiveness or success.
To qualify for the U7 side this coming season a child must have attained the age of 6 but must be under the age of 7 by midnight on August 31, 2012. An U7 team can be between 6 or 8 in a team depending on both sides agreeing. They usually play a friendly game every 2 or 3 weeks on Saturday morning. The U7’s, like the U18’s, will play in the Crowborough and District league. This can involve the odd long journey but not that often.
If you have a child or you are a parent who is interested is joining our club next season, or you would like more information about the club, you can email me at




Keith McGinn, Ide Hill FC club secretary

You can download a version of the letter handed out to parents of the local Ide Hill and Sundridge primary schools below:

Ide Hill FC letter to parents
Ide Hill FC parents letter.pdf
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About Ide Hill FC

Ide Hill FC are a charter standard club who play in the Kent County League and the Sevenoaks & District League. They were formed in 1923 and became an affiliated member of the FA in 1924. The football club's home pitch is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill and is reported to be the highest football pitch in Kent. 

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