TICKETS: Lewes v Brighton & Hove Albion – 5th July

It’s nearly here. El Sussexo…

Saturday 5th July sees the visit of Sami Hyypia’s Brighton & Hove Albion first team to The Dripping Pan to face the mighty Rooks. It’s a 3pm kick off.

Win, lose or draw, it’s going to be a good day and there’s only one way to make sure you’re there. Buy a ticket (obviously).

Ticketing is solely online. No tickets will be available on the gate (no matter how nicely you ask).

BUY YOUR TICKET HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: Ticket numbers were allocated to Adult/General Admission, Concession and U16s categories in proportion to our usual matchday attendances. The tickets for U16s and Concessions categories have now sold out BUT, of course kids, senior citizens etc can still attend it’s just that you will need to purchase a General Admission ticket.

(If you know someone who’d like to come but does not have access to a computer and/or feels unable to make an online purchase, please contact Adrian@LewesFC.com for assistance).

 

Malins bolsters Rooks backline

Versatile defender Alex Malins has joined Lewes on a permanent basis.

The former Crawley Town professional has become the Rooks’ eighth signing of the summer.

Malins, 19, enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Dripping Pan last season and also did well while on work experience the year before.

He was released by Crawley at the end of the season without making a first team appearance and was the subject of interest from a number of clubs.

Assistant manager Danny Bloor said: “Alex was with us at the latter part of last season and we saw then what and up and coming young player he was. There were a couple of other clubs after his services and we were delighted to beat off competition to sign him. We feel he will only get better as a player.”

Call to Arms..and brushes, tools etc.

With the time to spruce up the Dripping Pan much reduced, due to the big Brighton game on 5th July, there is a massive rejuvenation weekend planned for this Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th …. cleaning, fixing, painting, washing, and we need as much help as possible.

If you can donate just an hour or two (or a day) of your time every little will help, and we will supply tea/coffee, refreshments etc.

The ground will open up about 10 am on both days so please just come along at any time.

 

 

Promotion door opens to WSL

Jacquie Agnew, Director of Ladies’ Football at Lewes FC comments on the FA’s decision at the weekend to open up promotion to the Women’s Super League. This is a campaign that she has led the way on:

13931452468_2ace10ef29_b“At the Women’s Premier League (WPL) AGM on Sunday 22nd June, some very significant progress was made in further developing a strong and united women’s game at all levels.

The major announcement from the FA was to unite the fledgling Women’s Super League (WSL) with the newly reconstituted WPL.

The FA announced that, from the 2015/16 season, there would be one automatic promotion spot into the WSL via a two-leg play-off between the winners of the WPL South and North divisions. This will then be the case for the 2017 too which takes us to the end of the current WSL2 franchise license – at this point, clubs will take part in a further review of the system. As with any League structure, it is understood that reasonable governance and ground-grading criteria will need to be met too for promoted clubs.

Lewes Football Club acknowledges the great strides made by the FA in agreeing promotion from the WPL to the WSL – this is a move that has been brought forward from a review originally intended to happen in 2018. The biggest gain for the whole game is that WPL players now have their ambition back and can once again set their sights on playing at the highest level with their own clubs and the clubs themselves can start building a sustainable future in the knowledge that promotion into the WSL will be based on sporting merit.

Lewes FC also welcomes the retention of certain criteria for promoted clubs as we believe that standards are key to retaining and attracting players into the sport. The FA have stated that it will work very closely with all clubs to make sure that those clubs who have the ambition of playing in the WSL are ready to do so when the time comes.

The challenge now is to align the WSL and WPL seasons since the former is a summer league and the latter a winter league. The 2015/16 WPL League season will need to be brought forward to the beginning of August and some games move to mid-week to help facilitate that. Cup games need to be addressed by local FAs to help the clubs make the move should they win promotion.

But at the heart of the debate is how to ensure that there are appropriate pitches and facilities to support all 92 women’s clubs (WSL and WPL). Those clubs, like Lewes, who are unified with their parent club and play at the main home ground will be calling for the mid-season break to occur from mid May to mid July as stadium pitches are being rested and prepared between men’s seasons at that time. On a practical level, many potential football pitches are unavailable during mid-summer.

The new League Committee, as voted in by the FAWPL clubs, along with the 2 members of the FA Board have a lot of work to do to bring 72 clubs together to make the newly constituted FAWPL a strong, sustainable League which is fit for purpose both in the short and long term. The FA branding, administration and development monies allocated by the FA will give us some tools to enable this but clubs must do their bit too and get involved to help drive the agenda forward so that governance and the constitution is carried out to the highest level it can be.

Moving forward The FA also fully support the issue of FAWPL clubs having player contracts, which will help both players and clubs build for the future.

Now that the FA have re-connected the two Leagues (WSL and WPL) the game can fully flourish and players once more have something to aim for. There will need to be more discussions about how to re-align the playing seasons in a way that ensures that the right playing facilities are available but clubs can start planning now to get the facilities in place in readiness. The majority of Clubs recognize that they have to do their bit and continue to improve their own standards and the way they operate – this can only be great for the game.

We understand that work is underway to progress the linking of the two winter and summer pyramids by the FA.

Lewes Football Club remains fully engaged in its efforts to help the FA in its work to link the two winter and summer pyramids and hopes that all clubs will ‘Be Inspired’ to continue building the national game at all levels.”

 

John Donoghue appointed Lewes Ladies Manager

The Board of Directors at Lewes FC are delighted to announce that John Donoghue has accepted the Ladies Managers role.

John was at Brighton & Hove Albion last season and was also Head Coach at Worthing College Girls Academy. He has also been boys Academy Manager at AFC Bournemouth and previously worked for Southampton Football Club as Manager of the Women’s first team who at the time played in the National Premier League competing against Arsenal, Doncaster Belles and many of the current Women’s Super League teams, after this John coached at Saints boys Academy for seven seasons and as assistant manager at conference south Dorchester Town FC.

John brings with him a wealth of experience in Football  as well as being the right fit for us in both the short, medium and long term. Head of Football Jacquie Agnew said ‘ I met with John on a couple of occasions and really liked his football philosophy and his personality. He is someone who the Directors at the club felt would build on the success so far and further develop our playing style and is someone who is very player centric, which fits in perfectly with our ethos here. I think this could be a perfect fit and I am really looking forward to working with John’.

On accepting the post John said ‘This is an exciting project for me and I want to help the Ladies grow at the right pace. We now have a proper pathway in place with 2 new Teams this season which I can help support. The ground regeneration investment will give us great facilities. It is also a unique situation that I will be working with Jacquie who is on the Board at the club, which means I will have direct access to club Directors’

John starts with immediate effect and pre-season starts on the 2nd July at Lewes FC.

Bill’s Restaurant join Support & Save scheme

BillsOne of Lewes’s most popular restaurants, Bill’s, has become the latest to join Lewes FC’s Support & Save scheme, set up to provide the Club’s owners with superb discounts across the town.

Bill’s will provide 10% discount on presentation of an Owner’s card, and Sonia Tann, Manager of the Restaurant is delighted to join: “We’re very happy to join the Support & Save scheme and provide Lewes FC owners with a nice discount. We look forward to welcoming all Lewes Football Club owners over the Summer and beyond!”

For more information, or to book a table visit: http://bills-website.co.uk/restaurants/lewes

If your business would like to be involved in the Support & Save scheme contact Norm Duncan: norm@lewesfc.com

To become an owner and take advantage of superb discounts from over 60 retail outlets in Lewes and surrounding areas visit: http://www.lewesfc.com/become-an-owner

Rooks back big parade

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Year 6 kids celebrate the new Rooks/Patina partnership at the Pan.

Lewes FC is delighted to announce a partnership with Patina, the Lewes-based charity behind The Moving On annual carnival parade. Patina will become the Rooks’ official charity for 2014-15.

The annual Patina parade (and art workshops that precede it) involves children from up to 17 primary schools in the Lewes District and takes place in the centre of Lewes, this year on 11th July. It marks and celebrates the transition from primary school into secondary school.

To kick off the partnership, the football club will be donating ALL of the gate proceeds from their forthcoming home Friendly match on Saturday 26th July versus East Grinstead Town – kick off 3pm. The game will be ‘Pay What You Want’ entry.

Board member Charlie Dobres commented: “The Patina parade is a real highlight of the year in our town and all the kids taking part love it. We really want to support this creative local children’s charity, so for all the coming season the football club will work with Patina to raise money and awareness for the fantastic work they do.”

The partnership will also ensure the return of the hugely successful Patina 5-a-side tournament that took place at the Dripping Pan in May. And there will be other events during the year too.

Patina Development Coordinator Caroline Croft said – “Everyone at Patina is delighted that Lewes FC has chosen us as their charity partner for the 2014/2015 season. We are two active organisations with a shared spirit of commitment to our young people and the local community. It is very exciting to think where our collective creativity and energy will take us and we are really looking forward to developing our partnership over the coming months”.

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