Club Information

  • Chairman’s Welcome

    Dear Omonia Youth FC family

    Welcome to another season, one which will take us into 2019 and the club’s 25th year anniversary.

    It is with pride and honour that I address you as Chairman of the club having been appointed at the club’s Annual General Meeting in July 2018.

    Now in my third year as Chairman, it is a role that I take seriously and a role I know carries a huge weight of expectation to continue the incredible work done by those who preceded me.

    As a club, next year we celebrate our 25th year in existence. From humble beginnings, the foundations that were laid and the vision of those who preceded us we now find ourselves a significant and important provider of football in our community.

    We have an important place in our local community and the young people whose football education is entrusted to us is only part of what we provide. We provide a sporting outlet, an opportunity for making life-long friends, a competitive environment but also somewhere where advice and guidance is offered to ensure that the next generation of young people have not only enjoyed their football through their Omonia Youth FC journey, but have also learned lifelong traits of respect, good manners and how to be a model citizens.

    As coaches, managers and adults who get to work with these young people we are fortunate to use our passion for the sport we love to pass on our knowledge to these young, impressionable people.

    As Omonia Youth FC coaches and managers, administrators, helpers, we don’t get paid to work with these young people – we do it because we want to – and it is this altruism and selflessness that I admire. We are unselfish and generous in what we give to this club.

    I will always be grateful and I am humbled to have been asked to be your Chairman for the past two seasons and I hope what I have brought to the club has taken us forward.

    This past season has been joyous, tiring, exciting, eye-opening, frustrating, wonderful, time consuming and enjoyable. The whole range of emotions.

    So what has happened in the last year?

    First of all I would like to say a massive thank you to the members of the Management Committee – we are lucky as a club to have people who given up their own time to provide us with the year we have just enjoyed. Thank you all.

    I want to give a special note of gratitude to Kyri, our vice-chair, whose love for the club is unconditional and who has done everything in his power to support and ensure the club is the best it can be. The institutional memory he has brought to the committee while I have been Chairman has been invaluable and as you all know Kyri will be stepping down this year. His advice and role in the decision making process is and has been vital. Huge, huge shoes to fill and I will certainly miss him for his diplomacy, his generosity and wisdom.

    Thanks also to Fano who as Secretary has shown incredible energy, dedication, organisational skills and a willingness to ensure we all get to play football. This doesn’t go unnoticed but I think is under appreciated.

    To the other members of the committee you have all contributed to another season of success in your own ways and we can measure this by the mere fact that as a club we provide so many positive experiences for so many young people of our community.

    This year, I am pleased to confirm that your Management Committee is made up of:

    Michael Pieri – Chairman Omi Omirou – Joint Treasurer
    Chris Mousicos – Vice Chair & Welfare Officer Adam Demetri – Equipment
    Fano Shiamishi – Joint Secretary George Constantinou
    Demi Shiamishi – Joint Treasurer Alex Christofi

    In addition, the Management Committee is supported by the club’s Trustees overseeing the Club and its objectives and together with the Management Committee its future strategies. This season, the Trustees committee is made up of:

    Andy Charalambous – Chairman Elia Constanti Nick Zimaras
    Kypros Kyprianou Joe Castignetti Tony Antoniou

    So, what went well last season?

    We have had an incredible amount of success on the pitch – I won’t go into each and every one but we should be proud of the triumphs many of our teams have experienced during the regular league season, cup competitions and subsequent summer tournaments.

    League title and cups have been won and promotions secured and I have been fortunate to have been witness to the scenes when at the final whistle our young footballers know that they have tasted football success. Lifting a trophy and wearing a winners medals is a special moment and something many of our young footballers have experienced this season. Well done to all.

    In addition as a club we have secured two new shirt sponsors. Huge thanks to PIA Financial Group and Phillip Ross Solicitors for supporting our club and the new club kit that our young footballer will be wearing looks stunning.

    Our new kit will also be adorned with the ‘Kick it Out’ logo, thereby entrenching and publicly acknowledging our view that we are a tolerant and inclusive football club that is against all types of discrimination.

    This has been possible through the work of many in the club espousing the positive message of inclusion. As part of the process of educating, our young footballers have had a talk about racism, tolerance and inclusion and have been given a ‘Kick it Out’ wristband.

    Girls football has taken off amazingly with 60+ girls weekly enjoying training and this season we have two all-girl teams.

    We hosted another successful summer tournament which yielded much needed funds for the club and our Dinner and Dance was again a fantastic showcase of what we are as a club.

    We have again had extensive media exposure, so much so that we have been mentioned on national Talksport radio in addition to the local community media

    We appear in Eleftheria and Parikiaki print editions every week and Parikiaki’s online edition too.

    We have over 1000 twitter followers

    We again held our Charity Football Match raising money for a worthy cause.

    We have closer links with Omonia London FC

    I truly believe there is a vibrancy around the club and we have gone from strength to strength.

    We are a community hub; a place where young people can come and make friends for life and learn to play the game they love. Every week last season over 400 children enjoyed training and matches. They were having fun and being with their friends. We put on many events and I genuinely believe it is a happy environment, an environment young people can develop their football but also grow as young people. And this is what I am most proud of about this club; it is more than about the football.

    The club’s roots, philosophy and core values are a fundamental reason why the club has been so successful for so long and remains a prominent sporting outlet for the youth of our community.

    The future of the club looks very bright as this season we will have more teams than at any time in the club’s history. For the 2018/19 season we have 29 teams from U8 to U18, a thriving Development Centre for U6 and U7 and two girls-only team. In total there are over 400 young footballers affiliated with the club who wear the club’s crest with distinction every week during regular training sessions and organised matches which are both competitive and uncompetitive.

    The club’s standing in the community is amplified and via social media and the local press, the positivity that radiates from the club is felt by all stakeholders.

    I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and successful season. I look forward to working with you all and that together we can ensure that our club continues to be a positive force for good in our community.

    We have an incredible responsibility having been entrusted with the football development of so many young people. It would be remiss were we not to ensure we give these young people the best opportunities and the best experiences. Working together towards this common goal, I know we can guarantee the young footballers in our care enjoy their Omonia Youth FC journey.

    Michael Pieri

    Chairman

    (September 2018)

     

  • Club Ethos

    Club Ethos – ‘Football for All’

    The core, overriding principle of Omonia Youth Football Club is ‘football for all’.

    This all-encompassing philosophy exists to ensure the children whose football development has been entrusted to the club benefit from an environment that is both safe and compassionate.

    In addition there are areas where all those involved in running individual teams, as well as officers of the club, need to adhere to:

    • The welfare of the child comes first.
    • Children must be treated as children, not as small adults.
    • Children are given a fair chance to compete and a fair chance of winning.
    • The coach is at liberty to constantly stretch and challenge the abilities of the child.
    • Reasonable demands can be made of the children, e.g. punctuality, standards of behaviour and the children can be expected to practice in their own time.
    • Participation at all times must be encouraged with an emphasis on skill development, athleticism, and development of the whole child socially as well as in a sporting context.
    • Competition is encouraged but not to the detriment of the above.
    • A win at all costs mentality is to be discouraged.

     

    Omonia Youth FC has an expectation that ALL children, irrespective of age, have a commitment to their sport, their club and their team and this includes their participation in all training and game sessions where possible.

    Omonia Youth FC values the role of sport and its contribution to overall human development by providing good quality footballing opportunities in a safe and positive environment.

    Our club promotes personal, professional, and social well-being through footballing experiences, regardless of an individual’s socio-economic status, age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

    This is encompassed by a positive community spirit expected of all.

    Finally and importantly a positive community spirit is expected by all.

  • Club Policies / Codes of Conduct / Photo Consent

    Codes of Conduct for Coaches, Players and Parents

    Omonia Youth FC values the role of sport and its contribution to overall human development by providing good quality footballing opportunities in a safe and positive environment.

    Our club promotes personal, professional, and social well-being through footballing experiences, regardless of an individual’s socio-economic status, age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

    Our Codes of Conduct set minimum standards of best practice for everyone associated with the club, coaches, players, parents/carers and volunteers.

    We must all aim to improve standards and protect the welfare and well-being of everyone involved in our club, in particular young footballers and those who are vulnerable.

    We must all strive to embody values, virtues and standards of excellence appropriate to our club setting. Ultimately, we must actively pursue our goals, realising the importance of our own, and our fellow participant’s commitment to uphold ethical duties and social responsibilities to others.

    At the beginning of every season, every coach, player, parent and official has to read and sign a code of conduct.

    Omonia Youth FC is fully supportive of the FA Respect campaign and details of each person’s responsibilities are listed in the appropriate code of conduct sections, full details are available on the FA web site:

    http://www.thefa.com/my-football/player/respect

    If you have any concerns regarding respect or welfare issues please contact the Club’s Welfare Officer.

    • Code of conduct for player, managers, parents and spectators can be downloaded from here
    • Photo Consent Form can be downloaded here
    • SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN POLICY AND PROCEDURES  Download the guidelines
  • The Omonia Youth FC Way (Coaching advice and guidance)

    An Omonia Youth FC Coach:

    What we look for:

    Required minimum qualifications:

    • FA Level 1

    • Attend at least one FA qualification / CPD course per year.

    • First Aid (Sports) qualification.

    • FA Safeguarding

    • CRC (Criminal Record Check)

    Skills and Attributes Required:

    Coaches should have the ability to:

    • Analyse ability levels and manage development of individuals + team as a whole.

    • Communicate clearly & effectively.

    • Design football training sessions which are fun, varied & stimulating.

    • Motivate participants.

    • Plan and organise sessions effectively.

    • Be flexible and adapt sessions at short notice.

    • Evaluate sessions delivered to identify future improvements.

    • Analyse own performance and manage own personal development.

    • Work as part of a team.

    • Effectively communicate with other stakeholders such as parents, opposition, referees etc.

    • Work with other team coaches, helpers & volunteers to ensure that a common understanding of each person’s role exists.

    • Ensure team’s development is managed in line with Club values & ethos.

    • Provide feedback on performance on a regular basis.

    • Familiarise self with any special needs of any players in the squad e.g. a medical condition.

    • Ensure all kit & equipment is well maintained & stored in the correct place.

    • Ensure Club Code of Conduct is being followed by other Coaches, Players & Parents; deal with any incidents of inappropriate behaviour

    • Be a role model and positive ambassador for the club

    Coaching for the future – your role as coach

    The future of football depends on imaginative and effective coaching. Your responsibility is to:

    • Make it fun

    • Make it safe

    • Ensure player use the ball

    • Be positive

    • Involve all

    • Be patient

    • Be a positive role model

  • Kit Supplier

    All of our kits and trophies are supplied by sportsandtrophies.co.uk .

    Check out their website for more information.

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Registered Charity

Omonia Youth F.C. is a registered Charity.
Registered Charity Number: 1120272 Registered in England & Wales.

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