The Jack Petchey Award Scheme

“We do it because we want to help young people raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society”
Sir Jack Petchey CBE.

KTFA is delighted to have been selected to join Jack Petchey Foundation Award Scheme. Being part of this scheme will help us recognise the positive contribution our young members make to our club and assist them in achieving their potential.  The Foundation supports programs and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25 in London and Essex and has to date invested more than £110m in its work.

The Achievement Awards scheme  is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organizations to celebrate the achievements of their young people as well as receive additional funding. There are currently over 2,000 schemes running. The young award winners choose how best to spend their £250 award money to the benefit of their club or school.

At KTFA each year three children will be nominated for an award, they will receive framed certificate and £250 to be spent within the club. In addition, adults age 21 and over who are leaders/volunteers at the club will also be able to be recognised through the Leaders Award Scheme. This award will be run once a year and all club members including parents will be able to nominate the winner. Leaders Award winners receive certificate, medallion and a small grant of up to £750.00 to be spent on the project that benefits the club.

Members of the club will be invited to nominate the recipient of the award. The aim of the awards is to recognize those who are ‘trying their best’. Therefore, the recipient does not have to be the best football player but they do need to be exceptionally hard working or to have done something really positive for themselves, others or the club. Once the nominations have been received, the winner will be chosen by the committee.   The winner who will be presented with the certificate and the badge at our annual celebration evening.   The winner will also decide how to spend the £250 from a ‘wish list’ of items that would benefit the club put together by coaches with input from members of the club.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • The Achievement Award scheme will be run by coaches within the age groups they select (11 and up). Children will be given the nomination forms to nominate those they feel are deserving of the award. Please encourage them to participate in the nomination process.
  • Once a year we will choose a winner for the Leader Award Scheme and all club members and parents are invited to nominate an adult age 21 and over for this award.
  • The nomination forms can be downloaded here. Please email them to vuksanovic@blueyonder.co.uk.
  • Nominate items to go on the ‘wish list’ by letting your coach know or emailing me on the above address. Please note that ‘spending guidelines’ apply.
  • Get to know our winners by visiting our Jack Petchey winners page
  • Visit http://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk to find out more about the scheme

Thank you to Jack Petchey foundation for giving us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate those who give their best!

If you have any questions about the scheme please feel free to ask by emailing me.

Mrs Georgia Vuksanovic
Jack Petchey Scheme co-ordinator
vuksanovic@blueyonder.co.uk

KTFA kick off season with 11-0 win for U12s!

Kentish Town kicked off the 2017-18 season with a thrilling 11 goal victory over Regents Park.

Carrying on where they left off last season, the U12s hit the ground running in a dominant display that brought a smile to the face of coach Ben Flynn : “It was a great game, played in the right spirit. Our kids showed what they are capable of when they play at their best, and could have easily got 20 to be honest.”

Goals were shared across the team, with Dan, Lukas, Kian, Nathan and BB each netting two goals and Jaden chipping in with a goal as well.

High five for Kentish Town cup winners!

Kentish Town were dealt a full house of trophies weekend, picking up five titles and narrowing missing out on a sixth in their biggest ever haul of silverware in the Camden and Regent’s Park League.

After disappointment in the U9 A cup final, seeing a one goal lead turned round after half time by a spirited Hampstead second half performance, Kentish Town’s U13Bs kicked off their winning streak with a 4-1 victory against HSFC. Town went into an early two goal lead in the final with goals from the constantly dangerous Rron Mujka and Callum Currie. Though HSFC snatched one back shortly after the break, Currie and Mujka scored another goal apiece to secure Town’s name on the U13 B cup.

Town’s U13As then turned on the style, running out 4-0 winners against ProTouch. Going a goal ahead through a long range free kick from Trey Farrington-McCarthy towards the end of an otherwise evenly balanced first half, the League Champions took complete control in the second half scoring three more goals, with Al Reese Minsiomi, Denny Smith and Max Leach all getting onto the scoresheet as Town confirmed their status as U13 A League and A Cup double winners.

Kentish Town’s U11s were next to grab cup glory. After the game of the weekend – a highly charged 0-0 draw between two of the strongest teams in the Camden and Regent’s Park League – Town won a tense penalty shoot-out against Camden Elite 4-2, goalkeeper Jakeem St Louis Mitchell pulling off two spectacular saves to win Town their fourth title of the day.

With Town’s U12s also picking up their 9v9 League Champions trophy at the end of their unbeaten 2016-17 campaign, Kentish Town’s coaches were faced with the challenge of finding space for all the new silverware on an ever growing trophy cabinet.

Kentish Town’s head coach Tom Looney said “It’s been a fantastic day and a brilliant season for everyone in Kentish Town. We don’t focus on winning – that’s just a bonus. What is most important is playing football the right way, and helping talented kids reach their full footballing potential. I’m so proud of every one of them. What’s been achieved today shows how far they have all come.”

Town will be holding trials for next season over coming weeks. Interested players can contact us here.

Fantastic photos from Kaya Skaanes and Visare Jakupi


Four Kentish Town sides into Cup Finals!

After seeing their U12 and U13A sides take League titles last month, Kentish Town looks set for more glory and a lot more silverware as all four teams won their weekend semi-finals in the Camden and Regents Park Youth League Cups this weekend.

Our U13Bs started the day well – an outstanding second half performance seeing them turn round a two goal deficit to win 3-2, Leon Basha scoring two and Callum Currie getting the third.

The U13As continued their run of form, soaking up all that a spirited Queens Park Sharks could throw at them and seeing in form striker Al Reese Minsiomi bag four chances, despite starting the game on the subs bench.

The U11s put on the pick of the performances, running out 7-0 winners, with Jayden Irish getting a hattrick, Lukas Boyd scoring 2 and Nathan Jobbins and Roman Vuksanovich chipping in with a goal apiece.

Finally, the U9s secured a cup final place, with a 5-1 victory, Gabriel Camilli getting a brace, Jacques Lorraine and Ellis Irish each scoring, with an own goal deflected in from a cross from Alfie Christophers making it five.

All make it through to their respective finals next week, which could see Kentish Town pick up a record six pieces of silverware as league championship trophies are awarded the same day.

U11s and U13s visit Norwich City

Our brilliant U11s had a great visit to Norwich City’s development hub at Stonebridge on 30 January, winning all of their games and showing on the way what a talented group of players we’ve assembled at Kentish Town.

And yesterday, our U13s made a return visit, and again put on a fantastic display of passing football, winning 3 out of 4 mini-games against a strong Norwich development side.

With former Town goalie Arlo Doherty thriving at Norwich’s academy, its great to continue to grow our links to a fantastic professional club with a well established and high quality local development base.

Clean sweep of wins for Kentish Town this week!

A clean sweep this week for Kentish Town, as all our age groups put four goals past their opponents on a freezing cold morning on Regent’s Park.

The U13As cruised past Regent’s Park 4-1 first thing, never really getting out of first gear as they showed off some brilliant passing football in a game where they probably had 90% of the possession. If Town had pressed their advantage, the goal tally could have been in double figures, but on a rock hard pitch they did a professional job of getting through to the next round of the U13A Cup.

The U12 9v9s won 4-1 against West End, in a game which saw them overtake their opponents at the top of the league table, with some great goals from Callum, Jayden and Nathan (the latter two playing a year up).

Despite missing some players to the U12s, the U11s came away as winners of their cup game against Jolof FC. After going two goals down, they came back to win 4-2, with a hat trick from Jaden Anderson and BB also grabbing a goal.

Finally, the U9s ran out 4-2 winners of their cup game against Regents Park, with goals from Arti, Zekie and Jacques.

Great photos this week from Visare Gutiqi- Jakupi

Town soar to top of table

A great day in the park for Kentish Town this Saturday, as all our age groups showed the quality they are capable of, scoring 44 goals between them on the way and our U13As regained top spot in the Regents Park A League.

After a disappointing start to the day, which saw our U13B game called off late due to a frozen pitch, our U13A, U12s, U11s, U10s, U9s and U8s all put in some great displays.

Our U8s (who are mostly super-talented U7s playing up a year) ran out 11-0 winners of their game.

Our U9s played two games this morning, winning the first 6-0 and second 13-3.
Some of those U9s went on to play in the U10s game immediately afterwards, the only game Town lost today, going down 1-3 – but scoring a great goal and creating some decent chances in what was a pretty evenly balanced game.

Our U12s 7v7 side – made up mostly of our outstanding U11 group – won its Cup game against Regents Park 8-0, with Jayden Irish bagging 5 goals.

Finally, the U13As continued their charge towards the A League Title, playing their best football of the season as they ran out 5-0 winners against a good Arsenal Community side, putting them 2 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand and an astonishing positive goal difference of over 50 (achieved in only 9 games).

Great photos from Kaya Skaanes

Great start to 2017 for Kentish Town stars

A great start to the new year for Kentish Town.

The u9s rested some key players and tried out a few new players, losing 4-3, but playing some great football and showcased some brilliant development across the team.

The u11s ran out 11-1 winners in a one-sided encounter that showed off how much they are continuing to grow as a team – they are going to make a brilliant U12s side next year.

The U13B team played an exciting end to end game against HSFC. Going into the second half 3-1 up, they allowed HS back into the game before a last second goal from Reece Davidson won the game for Town, the final score ending up 5-4.

Finally, the U13As overcame a half time ID card fiasco to win 5-0 over a poor Jolof FC side, who put up little resistance as Town passed their way around them, moving into second place in the table – one point behind the leaders with a game in hand.

Great photos from the U11s from Kaya Skaanes

Week 10 Round-up: Town starlets continue charge to top of U12 table

Only three games this weekend at Regents Park.

Our excellent U11s drew 1-1 in a game they could easily have netted double figures if their shooting boots had been on, dominating from start to finish, but not quite finding the net when it mattered.

Our U12’s carried on their unbeaten run in the 9v9 league, making it 4 wins from 4 with a 6-1 victory. It could have been double digits as all played well as the team charges forward towards the league title.

Finally, our U9s came out 3-2 winners, as their season continues to go from strength to strength under coach Blaine King.

Great photos, as ever, from Kaya Skaanes

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PRESS: Camden and Islington goal-getters set for cup head-to-head – CNJ 17/11/16

TWO teams packed with talented young footballers from Camden and Islington will be playing for more than just a place in the semi-finals of the Under-13s London FA Youth Cup next month – major bragging rights will also be on the line.

Stars from Kentish Town Football Academy (above) and Camden Elite were rewarded for the 27 goals they scored between them on Saturday by being paired against each other in the quarter-finals of the capital-wide competition.

Kentish Town cruised into the last eight with a 15-goal demolition of Leyton United, while Elite also hit double figures as they ran out 12-0 winners against Clapham Rangers.

The two sides are now scheduled to go head-to-head on Saturday December 10, with a venue for the titanic showdown yet to be decided.

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