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Junior Nomads Newsletter Issue 4 - Change is on the horizon..

The Newsletter of Chester Nomads Junior Football


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Welcome to our fourth junior newsletter

Chester Nomads Association Football Club


Chairman's Words

No one likes change.. unless it's for the better

Ok maybe I'm being too optimistic by saying it's all for the better, but there is certainly change afoot.

From our new app to our new lottery, from our new Groundstaff to our outgoing bar staff it's all happening at once.

While some of you undoubtedly enjoy reading the newsletters I put together (I hope!) there may be some who like to read snippets of news in short form, well I have some good news for you all.

Whilst I will continue to create the newsletters for longer form reading, the future of Nomads communication will be within our new app. We'll be able to load shorter content on a more frequent basis, and make sure that everyone has the chance to see all information without having to rely on coaches sending messages or people visiting social media. Please download the app when it's available and let family and friends know about it too, it's free and open to all

In other news....

We have the return of our annual junior football tournament on 5th & 6th of May. This two day tournament is a huge event for the junior section. It allows us to showcase our fantastic facilities and raises some much needed funds for the club. Once again this doesn't happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers


Enough of my waffling, scroll down to see all the details of what's happening around the club

Chris Bain

Junior Chairman


Download the App

Available soon..

Search 'Chester Nomads' in your app store

It's almost here, I've seen the future and it's wonderful. We will very shortly be the only club in Chester with our own fully branded club app. Created by Community Club App and funded entirely by sponsors this free app will by the one stop shop for all Nomads news. It will contain news from across both junior and senior sections of the club and upcoming events across the whole club.

With quick links to leagues, upcoming fixtures, club shop and much more its the only app for Nomads players, parents, friends and family.

Keep an eye on our social media pages and messages from coaches for the official launch


Chester Nomads Lottery - Win up to £25,000

Our first ever club lottery is now available online, not only can you help to support the club but you can also win £25k!

The premise is simple, sign up and you are given a set of numbers. These numbers are entered in a national draw where you can win anything from 2 free entries up to £25k. The beauty of this for the club is that for every £1 you spend 50p goes directly to the club. All money raised will go directly to the upkeep and improvement of our facilities.

Please share with family and friends and let them know that they too can support the club without having to pull on a kit or stand in the rain in November!

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Bar & Catering changes - can you keep us fed and watered?

Following this recent post on social media we have unfortunately also received the news this week that our bar manager Eddie is moving on to pastures new. If you or someone you know are interested in either catering at the club, running the bar or maybe even both then please contact our One Club Secretary Jim Law via email


New ways of working

For those of you who have read all of the newsletters you may remember in issue 2 that we let you know that Alex Kegg was retiring from his position as groundsman. Following that news we embarked upon a lengthy process to find a replacement and following a number of interviews we have recently appointed Mark Carter to the role.

Mark has spent the majority of his working life in grounds maintenance from landscaping companies to golf clubs and even working on the Dukes estate. Mark brings with him a wealth of knowledge of grounds preparation and has a very keen eye for detail, something that is key to keeping our facilities up to the standard we have come to expect. I trust you will all join me in welcoming Mark to the role and support him in the coming weeks, months and years.

Please say a hello and welcome to Mark when you see him!

P.S - No matter how good the ground staff are they can't beat mother nature!


Annual Subscriptions

We have been chasing coaches to follow up on non payments, have they been in contact with you?

Club policy is that if we have not received any payment, or contact explaining why no payment, players will be stopped training and playing games. As of now we are nearing the end of February and we have reach the point at which we need to enforce this policy.

As a club we are committed to support parents who are in financial difficulty and we will always commit to doing so, however if parents don't make us aware of this or cancel direct debits mid season without communication then we have to draw a line.

If any of the above applies to you then please make contact with either


Volunteering Opportunities - A small sample below

Pitch Coordinators

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

Email –

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

Email –


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.

Email –


Guidance Changes - Shin Pads

Recently the FA have released guidance on the use of Shin Pads, click the link below the picture for more information. The picture below shows a pair of Shin Pads worn recently to a junior training session. We will continue to follow all guidance as and when it is released


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Team in focus - U14 Leopards

Coaches: Eric Pritchard and Sion Thomas


How long have you been involved: We have been fortunate to be involved in coaching this team since they were six years old.


The Team: Following many successful seasons in the Chester & Districts Junior League and the Eastham & Districts Junior League, it was for the 2022/23 season that the players & parents made the brave decision to be the first team in Chester to enter the Junior Premier League. It was thanks to the hard work and talent of these boys that saw the team reach the English JPL Cup Final at Gloucester City FC against the London champions Slough Town FC Academy.



After finishing last season in the Top 3 of the Northwest JPL the Leopards gained promotion this season to the National Conference Premier League of the JPL which has seen the team playing the likes Liverpool and Everton U16 Ladies. The players continued work ethic and enthusiasm for the game of football has made coaching the u14 Leopards an absolute pleasure.


Supporting Volunteers: we are fortunate to have an amazingly supportive group of parents, their unwavering support for the team and our club has been commendable and makes our role as coaches that much easier.



The team has two sponsors, for home & away kits.

ASG has sponsored the teams Amber Home Kit; many of you already know our Grounds Co-ordinator Aaron Wilton King – A massive thank you to Aaron.

Moneytree has sponsored the teams Blue Away Kit; you will know the two people who help us here – A massive thank you to Linford Brown & Tom Lenton.

Your favourite thing about the club: The facilities are without doubt exceptional and a far cry from my playing days, yet for me the people and social side of being part of such a wonderful club is fantastic and you quickly realise that supporting the many essential club events is such great fun. 


Future Plans: Continue to develop this talented team with an enjoyable football environment that will maintain their enthusiasm for the game of football.   


Football Boots Recycling Scheme

Did Santa bring some new shiny boots to your house, do you now have some old ones that don't quite fit anymore? Feel free to bring them along to Boughton Hall and drop them in the box at the bottom of the stairs


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Who's Who

In this section we thought it would be good for you all to see who's who and what they do behind the scenes in the club. All Junior committee members will appear and hopefully a few other faces from around the club will join in too?!


Name: Steve Fox

Role: Club Welfare Officer

My name is Steve Fox and I'm the club welfare officer for both the junior and senior sections at Nomads.

I joined Nomads in 2005 when my son started Sunday morning training (now Mini Kickers). When my son joined his first team (U7's), myself and another parent volunteered to coach the team (or were we volunteered? 😊)

We coached all the age groups from U7's to U18's (12 seasons) and won the U18's league cup in our final game. This brings back so many good memories. My son no longer plays for Nomads. However, many of our former players play for our senior teams now.

In 2010, I became Nomads' CWO. As CWO it’s my job to make sure kids under 18 can play football in a safe and secure environment. I also complete DBS checks for managers, coaches, and parent helpers, and make sure they're all certified in safeguarding and emergency aid. In addition, I support the wider committee in developing our Children's Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conducts.

Being involved with the club is very rewarding. I was honoured to be named 'Nomad of the Year' by the club in 2018 for my work supporting the junior section. I encourage everyone to get involved, either by supporting a team or supporting the Committee with the many jobs required throughout the club, or by attending the many excellent social events. Personally, I love the Sportsman's Lunch and the Hot Pot, which is now in its 120th year.

The Welfare team is always looking for volunteers, so if you're interested, or want more information, contact


Name: Rob Taberner (Tabs)

Role: Reserve Team Manager

My name is Rob Taberner and I am the Manager of the Chester Nomads Seniors Reserves.

I’ve been a Nomad for around 15 years signing for the Club after a short period of not playing. Prior to that I had always played my Football for Christleton FC and played in the West Cheshire leagues for 25 years.

When I first came to Nomads, I was playing in the first team that was managed by John Cadwallader in West Cheshire 2. We achieved promotion to West Cheshire One finishing 2nd in the league and probably would have won the league if I hadn’t scored a screamer of a right foot volley into my own net in a crucial game away at Mossley Hill.

We had a successful team and came close to winning the West Cheshire one with a side packed full of club legends that included the Delgados, the Moss’s and our first team manager Joe Cossins. There was also a few gems in there who have gone onto play at a higher standard such as Kizza and Cunny.

Soon into my 30’s my pace deserted me and I was encouraged (dropped) to play for the reserves.

I have loved being involved with the reserves and over the years we have gone from strength to strength. The foundations were laid by Simon Andrews who took us from being a team who I remember once had to all chip in to pay for a taxi to get a players mate to come and be our 11th man to a team with the potential to really push on.

I took over Managing the team at the start of last season and after a difficult start we finished midtable and showed we were capable of beating anyone, beating Hooton who went on to achieve promotion 5-0 on their home turf.

We are currently 3rd in the league and are 4 points off achieving a promotion spot which is absolutely our aim. Whilst it is brilliant that we have talented team and are competing at the top end of the table what pleases me most is we have a team with real Nomads identity.

With club stalwarts like Josh Carew, Mike Jeffs, Jon Lee and Mitch Mowat making the backbone of the team and being complimented by a group of talented 20 somethings who many of whom played their youth football at Nomads. This includes Marco Apollonio and the clubs leading scorer Cam Clarke.

The clubs ever strong Youth section is also starting to bear fruit as Bobby Bain was added to our squad this season from the U18s and has been a revelation. There are one or two more I have my eye on who are turning in impressive performances in our 3rd team.

My time at the club is a real family affair with both my Dad Pete and eldest son Stan attending every game, home and away and enjoying all the club has to offer post-match, pint and pizza!!

I have loved the last 15 years with this great club and hope to be involved for as long as I am able. As long as we all continue to give more than we take our club will continue to develop.

Up the Ambers!


Sponsor in focus:

A massive thanks to Specialist Technical Services (U.K) Limited for their incredible support in sponsoring the Chester Nomads U9 Girls football team! Thanks to their generosity, our young athletes now have top-notch training kits and winter gear to keep them in full gear on the field. Your commitment to grassroots football is truly appreciated, and it's sponsors like you that make a significant impact on our Nomads community.

Thank you, STS-UK, for helping these aspiring football stars shine bright!


Help our U12 Jags get to the Gothia Cup - The World Youth Cup

Gothia Cup is the world’s largest and most international youth football tournament. Each year, around 1700 teams from 80 nations take part and they play 4500 games on 110 pitches

Join us for an exhilarating Race Night event as we rally together to support The Jags on their journey to the prestigious Gothia Cup! Taking place on Saturday, March 9th, from 7 pm till late, the evening promises excitement and camaraderie. For just £20 entry, which includes a delectable hot buffet, head to the Upton-By-Chester Golf Club. Remember, admission is by ticket only, so secure yours in advance by contacting us at 07960 84020 or via email at Don't miss this chance to cheer on Chester Nomads U12 Jaguars and enjoy an unforgettable night of fun and fundraising!


Please support our sponsors - click full list of our sponsors

We have recently updated this page, we will also have a full list of sponsors on our new app. Please support all of our sponsors wherever possible, from buying kit to supporting new apps they are the people and companies that keep our fantastic club going.


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