U11 Recruitment For Season 2012-13

Our U10 boys football teams have had a successful season with our Lions team finishing third in the Surrey Youth League Premier and our Pride mid table in Division 3.

Next season at U11 the teams move from 7-a-side to 9-a-side and we would like to recruit a few players capable of playing at these levels.

We will have training sessions throughout the Summer but we would encourage boys who are interested to contact us sooner rather than later. Squads for next season are largely decided by the end of June.

To play at U11 next season you must be born between September 1 2001 & Aug 31 2002.

Martin Conway, conway@sheenlions.org
Michael Brian, tel 07765220895, michael.brian@sheenlions.org

Sheen Lions are an FA Charter Standard youth football club in the Sheen, Richmond, Kew, Roehampton area of South-West London. We are affiliated to the Surrey County FA and we provide coaching and organised match programmes for around 300 children from the age of 6 to 18 years. 

For the 2011-12 season we have twenty boys football teams representing the Club at all levels in the Surrey Youth League. The demand for organised youth football continues to grow in our local area and Sheen Lions will continue to develop to meet this demand. 

As part of our long term plan we became a Registered Charity in May 2008. In December 2009 we were awarded Charter Standard Club status by The FA. By taking these steps we will have more resources available to offer the best possible youth football experience in our local community whilst making sure we are fully in tune with The FA's youth football requirements. 

Most recently we have entered into a partnership agreement with Queens Park Rangers providing further benefits to Sheen Lions players, coaches and parents. This initiative is one of several marking the Club's 25-year anniversary in 2011.

Under 12's set up exciting finale

Only 2 wins and 2 draws amongst 9 games today, although still awaiting thev U18 result. Yet there was still a large number of very tight games. Terry's Under 13s finished their season with a credible 4-2 defeat at Div 2 Champions Carshalton Athletic. Brian's U16 Lions also faced top of the league, this time Molesey Juniors and lost 4-1 with the unusual art of two SL own goals. Michael and Marks U15 Lions also faced pending U15 Premier Elite Champions in the shape of Leatherhead and despite U15 Lions being 3-0 down at half time, Leatherhead left Palewell Park sweating on a narrow 3-2 victory. Dean and Sam's U15 Pride also suffered a narrow defeat losing 1-0 at Wandgas Colts, whilst Jon and Alastairs U11 Lion kept up this unfortunate trend losing 3-2 at Corinthians.

However, it wasn't all doom and gloom. Rick's U14 Pride faced an Esher side that had beaten them 12-1 a few weeks ago and a brave performance left both teams with one point after an exciting 3-3 draw, with Esher equalising very late in the game. Michael and Martin's U10 Lions also drew, 1-1 with Esher.

Trevor's U14 Lions went into their penultimate game knowing only a victory would be good enough to keep them in contention for honours. A 2-0 away win at Mitcham Park was an important win which leaves them top of the league with one game to play. However, with 3 teams dominating the U14 Div 2 league it is still possible for Trevor's U14's to finish first, second or third in the league.

The most exciting finale is the U12 Championship. Mel's U12s had to win to stay in the running and a last minute goal secured a critical 1-0 victory over Barnes Eagles Colts. As results went today Mel knows three victories in the last 3 games will be enough to make them U12's Champions and join the U9 Lions on the podium. However, there is a long way still to go. TEAM OF THE WEEK is therefore Mel's U12 Lions. They had a bare 11 players today but kept fighting to the very end and can now look forward to an exciting climax to the season.

U12 Lions
Team of the Week

Only a few more weeks to go and this week will be the last 'official' training sessions at BOE or Palewell Park.

The football highlight of the weekend was maybe Peter Crouch's goal v Man City. I don't know about goal of the season, it cannot be far off goal of the century!


Mum's The Word - Respect

It was a great honour today for Sheen Lions to welcome members of the Surrey FA and WSYL officials to Palewell Park to host their Respect Awareness Day. It demonstrates that all the hard work Sheen Lions puts in to apply the right principles in staging matches is increasingly being recognised. Asking boys to shake hands, making sure that spectators are on the correct side of the pitch and behind the spectators lines and above all that the upmost respect is given BY ALL to match officials and opponents IS ALL PART of running a successful football club. Sheen Lions has been positioned as a benchmark in Surrey for best practice. Sarah has driven these principles for many years and deserves great credit and WE just need to keep ensuring we continue to deliver the highest standards possible.

It was also a day where respect had a different meaning - MOTHERS DAY. A day where we can all appreciate the tolerance and support we all get at home whether it be muddy boots and kit, lifts to matches, passionate love and support for our every move. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE MUMS and WIVES. Happy Mothers Day from Sheen Lions.

On the pitch the football continued. 5 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws excluding our younger groups. Simon's Under 7's played their second consecutive game and delivered an outstanding performance against Barnes Eagles. Both Julian and Eric's U8's also had impressive and successful days.

In the leagues three teams - Mel's U12's Lions, Trevors U14 Lions and John's U18 Lions have very good chances to win medals in their leagues. Martin and Michael's U10 Lions in addition have a mathmatical chance, although it looks to be a very long shot. As such, todays results were crucial.

Mel's U12's had a very exciting game winning 4-3 at Carshalton with the prolific Nils R scoring another hat-trick. This keeps the pressure up on Ascot their rivals for 2nd place. Trevor's U14 Lions faced the unbeaten Junior Bees and came away with a very important 2-2 draw. Three teams in the U14 Div 2 are neck and neck well ahead of the pack and a draw was a good result to keep the U14's in line for 2nd place. John's U18 had an excellent 4-2 win at Corinthians helped by a Matthew H hat-trick which means 4 points in their last two games will be enough for medals as Runners Up.

Bernie's U12 Pride faced a tough Ballers side in their last game. Unfortunately a 5-0 defeat was not the result they were looking for BUT must take great credit for finishing 3rd in the league. A massive improvement from last season. David L's U10 Pride also finished the season in style moving into the top half of the league with a 3-0 win over Ashford. Another example of a team that has really stepped up this year. WELL DONE to Bernie and David and their respective coaches TREVOR and FREDDY.

After the success of last weeks County Cup semi final victory, Michael and Mark's U15 Lions had another outstanding win against a top 3 PE team winning 3-1 v Kingswood Falcons. Dean and Sam's U15 Pride shared the spoils with Chertsey in a double header winning the first game 1-0 and then losing the 2nd game 3-0. Three points a piece was a good reward for the day and better than two draws!

Rick's U14 Pride had one of the best results of the day holding the run away leaders in their U14 Div 3 league Whitton, who had beaten them twice before, to a 3-3 draw. Other teams faced table toppers today had slightly less success. Jon and Alastairs U11 Lions lost 4-1 at home to Staines and Brian's U16 Lions went down 3-1 to Eagles. Nick and Gavin's Under 9 Pride finished their season with a 3-1 defeat to table toppers Surrey Predators. In their first competitive season, Nick and Gavin also deserve great credit as the team have played with great spirit and the boys have improved considerably. A number of narrow defeats have not gone in their favour. Remember this is season 1 of perhaps 10 seasons so I'm sure they will gain from the experience and develop significantly next season.

Terry's U13 Lions lost a very tight game 3-2 to AFC Walcountians but still can get a top half finish albeit the last game is against this years U13 Div 2 Champions Carshalton Athletic. Terry's team play football with great spirit and quality so it is a chance to go out, enjoy themselves and finish the season in style.

TEAM OF THE DAY - Tough this week. I will give it to the two U14 sides Rick and Trevor - Lions and Pride for two draws that were either impressive or important for different reasons. WELL DONE TO THEM.
U14 Pride
Joint Team of The Week

U14 Lions
Joint Team of The Week

Finally, football was put in perspective with the tragic case of Fabrice Muamba. A young man with incredible talent, passion and commitment. Everyone at Sheen Lions prays for your recovery.

Open Sessions For Years 1 and 2

To start the next generation  of Sheen Lions we have an open session for YR 1 (under 6) and YR 2 (under 7) EVERY SATURDAY IN MARCH from 10.15 - 11.45 at Palewell.


FA and League Representatives Visiting Palewell

On Sunday 18th March Sheen Lions welcome senior representatives from the FA and the Surrey Youth League to Palewell as part of a Respect Awareness Day.

Sheen Lions Celebrates Fantastic Success At Palewell

A wonderful sunny day at Palewell Park and much to celebrate for quite a few boys and supporters that provided some of the biggest crowds of the season.

For the record, 6 wins today, 4 defeats and 1 draw excluding two notable additional wins for Bernie's U12's and Ricks U14 Pride in scheduled friendlies. However, within the wins there were a couple of games that will live in the memory for a long time.

Nidal and Richard's Under 9's faced a 'winner takes all' battle against a strong Meadow Sports side. Whoever won would be Champions of Div 1. A tense first half saw Sheen Lions take control but a late goal from Meadow Sports made it 1-1 at half time. Sheen continued their excellent form in the 2nd half and a 2nd goal from Sammi gave them the 2-1 victory that they deserved. So they are CHAMPIONS, in their first competitive season for this squad, having achieved 32 points from the last 36 available. WELL DONE to all the boys in the squad, Richard and Nidal and also particular credit to Trevor who has done a great job coaching them and also Jack who has helped Trevor this season. FANTASTIC, you won it playing great football but also in a wonderful spirit that has made the club very proud.

That was not the end of the excitement. Michael and Mark's U15 Lions faced a very strong Farnborough Elite in the Surrey County Cup semi Final. A tournament that started with the best 74 sides across Surrey and North Hampshire, and a tournament that we have never managed to get any age group team to the final in our history. However a sensational first half with two outstanding goals from Charlie P. and Bertie L. gave Sheen a 2-0 lead. It became a lead that they were determined not to lose. In the end a 2-0 victory was enough to put Sheen Lions into the final on the 29th April 12 against Sutton United who are top of the Tandridge League. WELL DONE to Michael and Mark and everyone in the squad. Some pictures from the match can be seen here.
The Headmaster Scores The Lions Second

It has been quite a week for the U15's with 7 boys from Sheen Lions U15s also becoming English Schools (ISFA) Champions late on Thursday night this week at Burton Albion' Stadium v Bolton. You wait for a Cup Final all season and two come along at the same time!!

In the leagues there were a number of very notable victories. Mel's U12 had a great day with results going there way to set up an exciting climax to the U12 season. Mel's U12's did their bit with a good and important 3-0 victory over Carshalton. Jon and Alastair's U11's kept up the trend v Carshalton beating them 4-1 away to give them 3 more important points.

Trevor's U14 Lions were the highest scorers of the day. A Rory J hat-trick put them on the way to an 8-0 victory v Barnes Eagles and results elsewhere has kept the U14's in contention for the honours. Brian's U16's also faced Barnes Eagles and produced a good 2-0 victory to keep them in the top half of the league.

A Jake D hat-trick helped Terry's U13's secure a high scoring 4-4 draw with Corinthian Casuals.

I.m pleased to say that Simon's U7's played their first competitive game today and to quote the opposition manager. That was the best performance we have faced from another club this season by a mile. With c 18 Under 7 boys training regularly with Sam and Dean things are looking bright. The number of Under 6's is also growing week by week and we have a great new coach on board Frank Wilson from Fulham FC.

REMEMBER OPEN DAY FOR ALL YR 1 (under 6) and YR 2 (under 7) EVERY SATURDAY IN MARCH from 10.15 - 11.45. ALL WELCOME.

Julian and Jason's Under 8's continued their excellent form and Eric's U 8 Pride is showing much promise. Things are looking very bright for the future of Sheen Lions.

David's U10P had a very narrow 3-2 defeat v Whitton. John's U18 had a disappointing 4-1 reverse at Junior Bees and Dean and Sam's U15 Pride lost to FC Byfleet.

 Matt's U16 Pride had a 2-0 defeat v a strong Kingston Juniors side. However, they will learn from this and come back stronger on May 1st when they play them again in our 2nd Cup Final of the season, the U16 League Cup Final.

HOWEVER, quite a day. TEAMS OF THE DAY have to be jointly both the victorious Under 9 Lions and the impressive Under 15's.

U15 Lions after their semi final win
U9 Lions
Surrey League Division 1 Champions 2012

I would just bring your attention to a couple of further initiatives:

(1) BOOTS FOR AFRICA Firstly BOOTS FOR AFRICA. Thanks to Sarah and Maia Dickson we are looking for all unused boots for our AFRICA APPEAL. As MANAGERS PLEASE PLEASE make an effort to notify all parents. All you have to do is organise a collection point for your team and then deliver all boots to Sarah or Maia. Details on Sheen Lions web site. Also with the kind help of Jon Darlison we will shortly kick off shirts for Africa.

(2) SHEEN LIONS NEWS Secondly, thanks to all the efforts of our great WEB Managers - Gordon Campbell and Henrik Woergaard we now have our own Sheen Lions Facebook, RSS (if you are more up to speed ) and Twitter feeds.

We issue a SHEEN LIONS NEWS BULLETIN every week and you can choose one of the links below so you can keep up to date with all the Club news.

National Cup Success For Sheen Lions Boys

Sheen Lions' Harry S. Captains Hampton School To A National Cup Win
With Six Other Lions In The Team

A big congratulations to the Hampton School U15 team who won the Investec National ISFA U15 Cup on Thursday evening at Burton Albion.

Hampton led by a single goal after an even first half and should have made the game safe controlling the second half. They had three opportunities to establish a good lead but they paid the price 10 minutes from time when Bolton equalised. Both sides were battling cramp on a big pitch and the match finished 1-1 after extra time. Hampton held their nerve and converting all 4 spot kicks to win 4-2. An exciting end to a campaign that started back in September at the lovely setting of Lancing College on the South Coast.

Sheen Lions have fourteen boys from Hampton in our U15 squads and no less than seven of Hampton's winning squad play for Sheen Lions U15s.

Boots For Africa Appeal

After the success last year, Sheen Lions FC is collecting again for the fantastic Boots for Africa Charity.

In many of the African communities you will see children playing football in their bare feet on rubble-strewn ground. Boots For Africa collect your old football boots and deliver them to the children and adults of Africa. Your support can make a real difference. Your donated boots will be the first ever pair worn by disadvantaged children and will offer a generation of young people affected by poverty, poor health and lack of opportunity a new sense of hope, pride and ambition for themselves and for their country.

Pretty impressive, eh?

It's SO easy to donate - just dig through your cupboards and root out any old boots your children may have grown out of. Put the (clean) boots into a bag and give them to your Manager or leave them in the porch of either Maia Dickson or Sarah Street. They will get the boots to the charity for shipping.

Maia Dickson

Under 16's Both Score 6 For Convincing Wins

Probably (no definitely!) the wettest day of the season with pitches turning into muddy pits. As we get towards the climax of the season, we expect an increasing number of critical games and today was no exception. I always like to win more than we lose and today we managed 7 wins, 1 draw and unfortunately 6 defeats.

The two biggest games of the day were games that would strongly influence the eventual league winners. Nidal and Richards U9's went to Claygate knowing that a win would set up a 'winner takes all' title showdown with Meadow Sports next Sunday at Palewell Park. I am delighted to say they managed a narrow 2-1 win which is enough to put them top with their last game next week. Whoever wins will be Champions. A draw will favor Meadow Sports who have two games to play. Lets get lots of support behind the team next week!

The second 'game of the day' was Trevors U14 Lions away at Hanworth. A win for either team would put them in pole position for the Championship but unfortunately a very narrow 1-0 defeat for Trevor elevates Hanworth as favorites to win the league.

Both U16's had big wins. Brian's U16 Lions had an excllent 6-2 win v Claygate with a Jonathon H hat-trick and Matts U16 Pride warmed up nicely for their forthcoming Cup Final with a solid 6-3 win at Tooting. Jesse W also managed a hat-trick in this game.

It was a day of contrasting results. The U10's had slightly mixed fortunes. Last weeks team of the week, David's U10P carried on their form with a good 2-1 win v Hampton Youth. Martin and Michael's U10 Lions did everything but win v Carshalton Athletic but had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The runners up position is still a possibility but the two points lost might be costly.

The U12's also had contrasting results. Mel's U12 Lions were missing some key players but eventually lost 2-0 to a strong Ascot Utd team. Bernie's U12 Pride may have left it a bit too late for runners up but had a good 4-2 win at Esher Colts. Saying that, a key game v Ballers next week can keep them in the mix.

The U13 also ended up with a win and a defeat. Terry's U13 lions beat a good Kew Association side 5-3, whilst Matthew and Russell's U13 Pride team were pipped 2-1 by Elm Grove.

With Trevor U14 L losing, Ricks U14 Pride provided good news for the U14's with an excellent 3-1 win away at Manorcroft Utd.

John 's U18's lost 4-0 against table toppers Barnes Eagles and it wasn't the best day for the U11's with David's U11 Pride finding table topping Chipstead a bit too strong and with Jon and Alastair's U11 Lions going down 3-1 at Sutton.

TEAM OF THE WEEK have to be Richard and Nidal's U9 Lions for creating such an exciting end to their season next week.

U9 Lions
Team Of The Week

We are looking for lots of support at Palewell Park next week with two massive games. The U9's attempt to win the league for the first time and at mid day Michael and Marks U15 Lions face Farnborough Elite in the semi final of the Surrey County Cup and attempt to get the first Sheen Lions team into a Surrey CC Final.

We have had great success from our U7 (YR 2) and Under 6 (YR1) Open days and now have a very strong U7 infrastructure and we are still looking for more Year 1 boys with potential. If you know any year 1 boys that you think would be right please send me contact details as we are running an U6 and U7 development squad EVERY SATURDAY 10.15 to 11.45 during MARCH at Palewell Park.

Putting all games aside THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT of the week is Sheen Lions nomination for the National Respect and Fair Play Awards. This is a FA National competition and is fantastic reflection of all the great work Sarah, you the Managers and Coaches and all the boys have done. WELL DONE TO YOU ALL

Sheen Lions Nominated For National Respect and Fair Play Award

Frank Thompson, General Secretary of the Surrey Youth League has nominated Sheen Lions for an FA Respect and Fair Play Award. FA staff will assess the nominations and winners will be presented with an award at the FA Cup final on 5th May.

The FA remains committed to driving up standards of behaviour in football and the Respect Awards allow them to celebrate those leagues, clubs and individuals that have been exceptional in tackling difficult problems and ensuring that football is played in a fair, decent and enjoyable environment.

Sheen Lions are delighted to receive the nomination from the Surrey Youth League. Our Club Secretary Sarah Street said:

"I am absolutely thrilled that the club has been nominated for the National Respect and Fair Play Award. Whether we win, or not, it is a great testament to all our managers and coaches  for their effort and determination to make the game of football what it should be."

Absolute vintage: The Club Sec gracing Palewell.

In his citation Frank Thompson said:

"Sheen Lions are a model club in terms of all that is good about the respect programme and are an example to others of how to behave towards, opponents and officials. They have a very strong Club Secretary and Committee that endorse best practice behaviour and who implement the respect codes throughout parents, management coaches and players alike."

"They have been seen to act swiftly with any misconduct that may arise and can be relied upon to always act in the best interests of the game."

"They have consistently over the last five years been in the top five of 150 league clubs (600 Teams) in the league respect marks system. They have won the league divisional respect awards in different ages over the past few years. They will be the Focus Club of the league's respect day later this month."