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‘Our aim is to build a community club, whilst improving the health and wellbeing of our children’

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About the Prestbury Phantoms

We formed on 1st October 2012.


Prestbury Phantoms AFC was born out of the discussions of a group of concerned parents who wanted to provide a local facility that families in the area could access more easily. Our aim is to build a community club, whilst improving the health and wellbeing of our children.


The club was set up by parents to serve the local area, which has limited youth football facilities. Prestbury is a large village on the edge of Cheltenham, with a significant number of young families. Historically, all children interested in football have had to join clubs outside the immediate area.


Local parents were canvassed for opinion and there was significant support, so it was agreed to form a new team called Prestbury Phantoms, the name was chosen reflecting the link to the folklore of the village.


The committee was formed and is properly constituted in line with FA rules.


We have forged links with Pittville School, Albert Road, Cheltenham and we train at the school each Saturday.


Cheltenham Council has allowed us to train at Prestbury Playing fields, Prestbury Road, which we use when the school is unavailable or during the summer break. In the winter months we also train in the Gym at St Edwards School one evening per week.


Our application to join the league was approved by the Cheltenham Youth Football League in 2013 in readiness for the 2013/2014 season, and we registered the Under 11 and Under 9 teams.


As well as the Under 11 and 9 teams, we also run a thriving Mini-Soccer centre where we have Under 8 and 7 in training as well as our academy for ages 4 to 6.


Our priorities are to provide great coaching and to provide outstanding footballing opportunities for all ages and abilities.


FA Charter Standard Community Club


We aim to achieve the FA Charter Standard by the end of 2014.


Child Protection


We subscribe to the Football Association’s (FA) Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures. We have appointed a Club Welfare Officer in line with the FA’s role profile and the required completion of the Safeguarding and Welfare Officers workshop. The post holder will be involved with welfare officer training provided by the FA or County FA.


Coaches/Helpers


Our coaches are parents and many have attended FA coaching courses to qualify at FA Level 1. Our aim is at least one FA-qualified coach per age group who are also supported by parent helpers. All coaches have CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) clearance and attend First Aid courses and FA Child Protection seminars. The Club and its helpers are covered by our public liability insurance policy.


Phantoms in the Community


We have forged links with Pittville School as well as St Edward’s where we play friendlies (and use St Edward’s gym for winter training). 


Financial Backing


We are grateful for financial assistance from our sponsors Simpsons Fish & Chips and Prestbury Motor House. This has enabled us to renew club kit and equipment  as required.


Facilities


Pittville School facilities include changing rooms, toilets and free parking. Refreshments including tea, coffee and cakes are available for a small fee.


Mums who stay for training sessions can also join in with keep fit activities locally known as ‘Mums on the Run’.