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Chairman's Message: 'No Swearing' Policy

Updated: 07.11.17

I'm pleased to say that our 'no swearing' policy is continuing to gain momentum with our home supporters and players at First Team fixtures – and this spreads to our visitors in most cases. It has also been filtered down to be taken on board with our Reserves and even, as necessary, among our Youth Team.

This season we have been specially chosen by the Wessex League (where our First Team play) as one of four clubs tasked to 'set a standard for non-league clubs' with us being given a specific aim 'to engage with the community and improve the match day experience at our senior home fixtures'. The more we improve it, the more spectators and families we attract to games – a crowd of over 150 recently for a First Team game and now regularly around or over the 100 mark, up by 30 or so from last season. A healthier support now for our Reserves and Youth Team too.

Chairman's Message: 'No Swearing' Policy

All this doesn't happen by accident and requires a fair bit of activity behind the scenes with advertising & promotions while maintaining the facilities at The Enclosure, Clubhouse and Catering to the highest standards. I'm very grateful to all those who put in the effort and showcase the right attitude on so many fronts to create a welcoming atmosphere around The Enclosure at all times - not just at First Team fixtures (and at almost every home game we're receiving unsolicited compliments on our hospitality and friendly approach from away and neutral supporters) but at the junior games on a Saturday morning and at training sessions every evening of the week.

We are continuing our commitment to engage with the community with particular emphasis on our local schools. We have partnerships in place with Wootey Junior School and Eggar's School.... Alton School (formerly The Convent) use our 3G for Hockey training 8 times a week....we have recently met with Alton College to discuss areas of mutual benefit....at the other end of the scale Tootsies Nursery are making themselves known at The Enclosure....and we have more work to do.

As a club of 35 teams with 501 registered players (396 under 16 years) it is incumbent on all parent members and adult spectators to ensure that nothing but a positive atmosphere prevails at all times – and I am delighted that this seems to be the way we are heading, but we must keep at it!

Cheers

Mr Chairman

See also a note from the Wessex League recently sent to all member clubs:

From Bob Purkiss [Development Officer Wessex League]

As part of this seasons development programme, four clubs have been selected for special attention. One of them is Alton FC, with a particular interest in community engagement and inclusion. I would just like it to be known that they have implemented a “NO SWEARING” policy and the Chairman Jim McKell, has made it very clear that he intends to enforce it.

I observed the match against Christchurch, where many young people and families (in a crowd of 162) were present. With the significant exception of the Christchurch goal keeper, the lack of unacceptable language was very noticeable. So the Chairman is correct. IT CAN BE DONE, if it is led, and enforced from the top.

Why cannot all our clubs be as responsible as Alton?



Fixtures & Results

  • See all:
    First Team Fixtures & Results 2018-19
    Last Result:
    Fawley AFC 1 - 2 Alton
    Tue 16th Apr

    Sydenhams Wessex League
  • Last Result:
    Alton Res. 11 - 0 Liss Athletic
    Sat 20th Apr

    Wyvern Combination League
  • Last Result:
    Alton Youth 4 - 1 Westfield
    Tue 9th Apr

    Allied Counties League
  • Last Result:
    Moneyfields 5 - 1 Alton Ladies
    Sun 24th Mar

    Southern Region Women's Football League: First Division - Southern

  • For our Junior and other teams' fixtures and results, please see the individual team pages by using the menu above or visit the FA Full Time website and search for the appropriate league/division.


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