Measham Welfare Adults

About Us

Measham Welfare Junior Football Club took its name from it's association with the old Miners Welfare Club that used to be situated where the Leisure Centre is today. The Welfare Club serviced local miners that worked at Measham colliery. The colliery closed in 1986, and the land was handed to the local parish by the miners to provide young people in the community space to play and enjoy sport.
Measham Welfare Junior Football Club was founded in the early 1990's by parents in the village that were keen for their children to play football with other local clubs from the area.
In 2004, the club gained its FA Charter Standard and affiliated to the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA. During this time the club has received several nominations for FA Charter Standard Club of the Year for supporting footballing education in the community.
The club currently has various age appropriate development squads that play mini soccer and development league matches and tournaments through Tamworth Junior Football League. The club focuses on ensuring the very best coaching education is maintained to promote Long-Term Player Development of all its players.


Age Chart

Age as of 31/8/2016

School Year in Sept 2016

Football Age Group for 2016/17 Season

Essentially the age group that a player joins is determined by his or her date of birth – this also mirrors the school year. The key date is 31st August and the chart below shows which age group applies for next season.

FA rules do permit a child to “Play Up” a year (an under 9 can play for under 10’s) but under no circumstances can a child play for the age group below.

As a club, Measham Welfare Junior Football Club require that, for any player wishing to play up a year, a consensus of agreement is reached between both age group managers, the child’s parents and, of course the child themselves. We always try to consider what is best for the child, taking into account factors such as ability and physical development.


Bad Weather Guidelines

If the weather forecast or conditions give reason for suspecting a pitch might be unplayable then these guidelines should be followed.

Home team manager or appointed person makes an early pitch inspection (90 minutes prior to KO is recommended) to decide whether the pitch is “Frozen” or “Waterlogged”, “Playable” or “In Doubt”.

Use the Pitch Inspection Protocols detailed below to decide pitch condition.

With “Frozen or Waterlogged” pitches that are not going to thaw or drain by the KO time, the Home Team Manager should telephone the Away Team Manager to cancel immediately so unnecessary journeys are not made (Do not Text). This call should be made before contacting home team players in case the Away Team Manager has a slot on a playable pitch and is able to offer to reverse the fixture location.

With “Playable” pitches (including pitches that will obviously thaw in time), the Home Team Manager need not do anything. The Away Team Manager will presume the match is on unless he/she is called.

With pitches “In Doubt” (and unlikely to thaw in time) then the Home Team Manager should telephone and advise the Away Team Manager of the possibility of abandonment. It is then up to the Away Team Manager to decide whether his team makes the journey or not, taking into account how far the journey is.

Before play starts the usual inspection is made by both team managers and nominated referee. If either Manager thinks the pitch is dangerous, too wet or hard due to frozen ground then the match should be delayed slightly, subject to pitch availability, or abandoned if this is in the best interest of the players. 

If managers are unable to agree then the referee will make the final decision.


If the game is postponed the home manager or appointed person is responsible to email the League Fixtures Secretary and League Secretary and copy in the Club Secretary, informing them of the reasons why the game was postponed.

The club will be fined if you fail to inform the League within 12 hours of the KO time.

For advice in respect of pitch inspections, please be advised of the following that would be considered best practice and should be adopted wherever possible. 

When carrying out a pitch inspection, seek to wear suitable footwear so that you can make as accurate an assessment of the playing surface as it would be in a game… get your football boots on if you can. In addition, it is also great to get a football that you can take onto the pitch too… to see the effect any potential surface problem will have on a rolling/bouncing ball.

The Inspection 

Inspect all areas of the field of play but pay specific attention to areas of high traffic ie: goal/penalty areas, the central third of the pitch from goal to goal/penalty area to penalty area… this is where the majority of the game will be played. Look to see that the playing surface is safe and/or playable ie: not frozen/icy, not waterlogged, not covered in snow: 

If the pitch is frozen/icy, are there ruts from previous games that would be dangerous ie: they could cause twisted ankles etc if stepped into and/or could cause cuts to legs/arms if slid over.

If this is so… postpone the game.

If the pitch is waterlogged, does the ball run feely and/or bounce true ie: does it gets get stuck in puddles/not bounce back up having hit the ground.

If this is so, postpone the game.

If the pitch is covered in snow, are the pitch markings visible and/or does the ball run feely and/or bounce true ie: are the lines covered in snow and /or does the ball get stuck in the snow or gather snow onto it as it rolls/not bounce back up having hit the ground.

If this is so, postpone the game 

Take your time to assess the current weather conditions and be fully aware of the local forecast for the next few hours 

If, as an example, the pitch is close to being waterlogged and heavy rain is falling and will continue to do so… will you be able to finish the game if you were to start it.

If a delay to kick off is possible, consider this if it means the game can take place ie: if kick off is 10.30am but a delay to 11.00am to allow the temperature to rise will allow the pitch to become safe then consider this (be mindful though of games that might follow yours… this might not be an option available to you). This is especially pertinent in respect of fog-bound pitches; a small delay could allow the game to take place safely 

Having said that, frozen or icy pitches will not become playable in a short space of time… they will need a substantial increase in the temperature to unfreeze – if the weather forecast doesn’t support this happening, postpone the game.