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Junior Nomads Newsletter - Bumper Xmas Edition - Issue 3

The Newsletter of Chester Nomads Junior Football


This news letter is sponsored by:

Boughton Hall Cricket Club - Clubhouse and Summer Marquee

The home of Boughton Hall Cricket team and Chester Nomads AFC

As 2024 approaches we look forward to another busy year ahead at the Boughton Hall bar.


March time will see the construction of the club marquee again, bringing with it (hopefully) a glorious summer! With the 2024 Euros starting on Friday 14th June it will be great to welcome the Nomad families during the tournament.


With the renovated clubhouse and the marquee, we are able to offer both bars to hire at a discounted rate for club members. Our upstairs clubhouse is able to host 110 people while the marquee has a capacity of 140. We are able to look after all functions including christenings, family parties, wakes and wedding parties.


Myself and the staff are always happy to welcome new faces, please feel free to pop in whilst at Boughton Hall enjoying the action and say hello.


Please remember that our members receive a 5% discount on purchases with proof of membership (keep an eye out for increased members discount in 2024 👀🤑)


Please get in touch if you wish to discuss any potential events

Eddie Skelton 07736381996

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Welcome to our third newsletter!

Chester Nomads Association Football Club


Chairman's Words

I'll try and keep my ramblings short and succint...

The Good

There are so many good things happening in and around the club at the moment it's hard to list them all. If you read further on then you'll read all about the return of Santa, the new club app, club legends photo day and the xmas day auction. These are all 'big ticket' items but they are just a part of the club that everyone see's. All the hours of work that go on in the background by the countless volunteers we have is what makes this club such a fantastic place to be.

I've said this in every newsletter I've written so far but it's the coaches and volunteers who make the club what it is. Thank you, let's make 2024 an even better year.

The Bad

The British bloody weather which seems determind to stop us playing the game we love.

Finances - I know I constantly bang the fundraisng drum but as a club we are not awash with money, essentially we are sprinting to stand still. Our amazing facilities cost an equally amazing amount to keep running so we need every pound and penny we can get.

And finally..

I told you I would keep it short and to the point. All that is left for me to say is merry xmas to you all, I hope you all have a wonderful break and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Chris Bain

Junior Chairman


Managers Meetings

General Meeting - Wednesday 21st February 2024

Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 22nd May 2024


Xmas Party

On Sunday 10th December Santa finally returned to Boughton Hall for the first time since 2019. A huge thank you to Dermot & Stacey Enright and all of the team who got involved in organising the visit, we all know he's incredibly busy with all those kids at this time of year ( Dermot not Santa!).

A huge thank you to Ian Thistlewood from our U10 Jaguars for playing a huge part in the day too, he's in the photos, you probably just don't recognise him!

Message below recived from a parent after the party

As an immensely grateful parent, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the fantastic event organised by Chester Nomads Junior Football Club. The tireless efforts that went into orchestrating such a fantastic Christmas Party did not go unnoticed, and the result was pure magic for our little ones. The enchanting magic show was great, capturing the children's attention from the very beginning. The magician's skillful sleight of hand and mystifying tricks left our kids in absolute awe and the unexpected appearance of rabbits from his hat was a delightful surprise.

The kids loved the pancakes and they loved that they could customise their own pancakes with as much fruit and chocolate as they desired. Then the pinnacle of excitement was the highly anticipated visit from Santa Claus himself. Witnessing the wonder in the children's eyes as they gathered around Santa, eagerly awaiting their turn for a gift, was a heartwarming experience.

I must give a resounding shout-out to Dermot and his fantastic team of elves for their sterling job in organising the event and orchestrating the party festivities. They truly made this Chester Nomads Junior Christmas party an unforgettable celebration, leaving us with memories and hearts full of festive joy Great work, guys!


Breaking News

I am pleased to announce that on Tuesday 12th December I signed an agreement with community club app for the creation of an official Chester Nomads app. This fully branded app will be a one stop location for all the news, events, fixtures and much much more. This is a huge step forward for us as a club in terms of communication and engagment. It is expected to take approx 3 months to fully build so I'll try and keep you all updated on progress via social media.

If anyone would like to sponsor the app then please get in touch.


Club Legends Photo Day

Another hugely successful event for the club, with over 370 participants photographed on the day, this event was at no cost to the club (apart from volunteers time) and will raise funds as the club recieves a small commission on all photos sold.

Huge thanks to Matt Bithell for all his efforts on the day, a new world record was set for the most repeated phrase in a single day with 'shirts tucked in and hands behind your back'! Thanks to all who attended.


Xmas Day Auction - Early access to newsletter readers

Our annual xmas day auction is almost upon us and below are just a small selection of the items up for auction. If you would like to bid on any of the items, or you have something you would like to donate then please contact Steve or Ian with your bid or for more information

  1. Holiday apartment in Calpe Spain for 7 nights - Donated by Mark Abbott (subject to availability, excludes August)- Guide price - £600

  2. 2 Tickets Liverpool new stand in March tbc - Donated by Geoff Moss - Guide price £200. (Possibility of some quality football on show depending on opposition!)

  3. 2 tickets to Man Utd V Aston Villa on Boxing Day 8pm KO - Donated by Eddie Skelton - Guide price £150 (No refunds available for Utd fans unfortunately!)

  4. England shirt signed by Lineker, Shearer, Wright and other MOTD presenters - Donated by Peter Clark - Guide price - £300

  5. Holiday Cottage in Treaddur Bay for 2 nights (Subject to availability) - Donated by Mark Williams - Guide Price £400

  6. 3 nights Airbnb in Christleton Chester - Donated by Steve Smith - Ideal location for any visitors who need to be kept at a distance! - Guide price £250

Loads more lots being announced next week or alternatively pop down to the club on Xmas morning where the place will be swimming in restaurant vouchers, golf days, cheese, port, pheasants, designer sunglasses and all manner of other things. All items have been donated by members, thanks to all of you across both the football and cricket sections.


Nomads Tournament May 2024

WIth an equal degree of excitement and trepidation I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Chester Nomads tournament at Boughton Hall on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May 2024. Our last tournament was in 2019 and was a huge success. This tournament will be aimed at 6v6 & 7v7 teams but we will be looking for volunteers from all areas of the club to get involved.

This is another fantastic opportunity for us to showcase ourselves as the best club we can possibly be and raise funds to help maintain and build on our fantastic facilities. I look forward to seeing as many of you getting involved as possible.


Volunteering Opportunities

There is a list below but if you would like to help in any way shape or form then please get in touch, there are always opportunities for everyone to get involved

Pitch Coordinators

In your role as a Pitch Coordinator, you will collaborate with team coaches to schedule junior football matches and in some instances pitch use for training You will manage pitch requests from your pitch size group, reviewing current pitch schedules and booking in pitch requests via our online booking system.

Full training will be provided on how to use the system and manage bookings and it is envisaged that the role will take no more than 30-60 minutes per week, all of which is online. No previous experience necessary

Social Media

Do you know your Facebook from your X We’re looking for someone to update our social media and increase engagement across all our platforms. Encourage managers to provide updates, interact with local and national accounts and generally just help to promote our club across all social spaces

Some previous experience would be great, please get in touch if you think you have what it takes

Welfare Officer

We are looking for someone to help out our existing welfare officer to ensure compliance across all our teams. The role would involve attending training sessions and interacting with coaches, parents and children. Full training would be given and a background in education or public office would be advantageous but not absolutely necessary


We are always on the lookout for more people to join our fundraising team. We always have a steady stream of ideas but we also need some people to ‘do the doing’. If you are passionate and enthusiastic about our club and want it to thrive then please get in touch.

Grants & Marketing

Do you think you would be able to create an attractive package that would bring some large spend advertising and sponsorship to the club? Could you fill in all the forms required to get grants from the FA for pitch improvements and facilities?

If you can then you could join our ‘One Club’ Grants and Marketing group. Looking to sell our brand as a junior & Senior football and cricket club you would work with a variety of people with similar interests. This is a role which is generally hard work for a long period with no real pay off until you strike the proverbial nugget and secure a large capital injection for the club.


Our Teams in Action over the last month!


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Team Focus: U7 Lions

After a successful season last year playing as U6s Lions in the U7s Yellow division, we are playing a year up again this season in the U8s Red division.

The boys have undoubtedly benefitted from playing together for a full season previously, and continue to do well against larger boys a year older than them.

Back row (L-R): Oliver Lynch, Jack Hoyle, Lewis Banks, Jesse Jones

Front row (L-R): Zane Bettison, Lewin Williams, William Darragh, Teddy Marsh, Cohan Smith


We currently have an embarrassment of riches with four volunteer coaches; Ian Smith, Jamie Darragh, Alistair Hoyle and Steve Marsh, and plenty of supportive parents too.

Spreading the workload across more people means it isn’t too onerous or time-consuming for any individual.

Training is on Wednesday nights (currently under the lights at Abbey Gate on the astroturf), and take the form of skills practice, different small-sided training exercises and games, before a 4v4 game to finish


We currently have a very generous sponsor who has organised and supplied new kits and equipment for the team. Thanks again to Oliver’s Dad, Frank Lynch. For those interested in x-ray screening and radiation protection, I can wholeheartedly recommend Raybloc!


Match Routine

The coaches remembering to get there early enough to set up the pitch for home games still needs a bit more practice!

Pre-match, in this weather, the most important thing for the warm up is making sure everyone is involved and warm.

Having nine players and ensuring everyone gets as much time on the pitch as possible can be a challenge.

Jaffa cakes at half time are crucial for team (and coaching staff) morale.



Last season, the boys entered three tournaments; they won one Manchester-based tournament (picture below), and came close to winning the other two.


Football Boots Recycling Scheme

If Santa brings your little angel a new pair of boots then please consider bringing your old one's back to the club for redistribution


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Who's Who

Charlie Farley - Nomads Mini Kickers & Self employed football coach

Hi all,

Many thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself to the Chester Nomads newsletter. I have been involved with Nomads since 1998 when I move to Chester from the south of England. I have had a wonderful time at the club and started as a player within the senior section and have made appearance’s for every senior team.

I have been coaching at Nomads for over 15 years, starting with the mini kickers under Snippy on a Sunday morning when my son Harry was 5 years old. I worked with his group right the way to under 18’s.

I have also coached the senior’s first team as assistant manager to John Cadwallader. During this time an opportunity came along to work with the Academy setup at Chester FC. I worked for 5 years at Chester and was privileged to spend 3 of those years working closely alongside the current Chester first team manager Callum McIntrye.

I left Chester FC in 2018 and moved on to Manchester City as a casual coach in the same year. I have learnt massively from the experience at City and feel that this is shown in what I do now at Nomads. At Nomads now I run the mini kickers programme on a Sunday morning working with players from reception to year 1 age, this gives me so much in regards to see players build confidence through football at the club.

Alongside the mini kickers, I also work with 7 teams weekly helping with their development in conjunction with the request of the managers. This is done through my player development business that I started in 2019. Working with these groups it has allowed me to pass on my knowledge from working within the game and coaching at the clubs I have had the opportunity to work with.

Nomads will always be in my heart and thank you for the opportunity to share my background.


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