We are delighted to announce that former Kings Langley captain Roddy Collins has joined the Generals.

A central midfielder who can also play across the back four, Roddy had been at Langley for a couple of seasons and we are delighted to welcome him to the Meadow

Welcome to the Meadow, Roddy!

Want to be a part of the excellent Generals back room staff? Here’s your chance… We are looking for a physiotherapist to work with our first team squad for the 2021/22 season.

The role will include working with the First Team players, with suitable candidates required to be available for training and matches, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons to treat any players that require treatment

You will work closely with our First Team management and be an integral part of the team. If you are interested in then please contact Joint Managers, James Duncan or Michael Murray or the club at secretary@cheshamunited.co.uk

Chesham United will be joining the FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League & Championship, the PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA as well as an increasing number of Non League clubs in a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.

This will see clubs across the football pyramid switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, as a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

In football’s letter of February 2021, English football outlined its requests of social media companies, urging filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content. While some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms.

Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week.

 

Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real-world consequences for perpetrators. This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this. We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with government in ensuring that the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient regulatory and supervisory powers to Ofcom. Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.

We have recently seen how powerful it can be when everybody is united for the good of the English game. We are calling on organisations and individuals across the game to join us in a temporary boycott of these social media platforms, to show solidarity and unite in the message that English football will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”

Simone Pound, Director of EDI at the PFA said: “Social media channels represent an extension of the working environment for professional footballers, and as the players’ union, we are committed to finding solutions that better protect our membership and the wider community from online abuse.

As part of our work to address this issue, which started with the 24-hour #Enough boycott of social media channels, the PFA has been pushing for collaboration between the platforms, the game, the Government, police and CPS to find solutions and protect players from the abuse they face daily. In 2021, with a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behaviour is unacceptable.”

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, said: “Social media is now sadly a regular vessel for toxic abuse. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.

We need social media companies to make their platforms a hostile environment for trolls rather than for the football family. We need the Government to hold its nerve and keep its promises to regulate. The Online Safety Bill could be a game changer and we aim to help make that happen. There should be no space for hate and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work in or love the game, join in.”

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Association said: “The Football Supporters’ Association is fully behind the game’s efforts to stamp out online hate and discrimination and will join next weekend’s social media boycott. Much media attention has rightly focused on the vile abuse aimed at players, managers and journalists in the men’s and women’s game and we see that aimed at fans groups too. It has to stop.

Many of our most active fan groups tell us that they have received disgusting abuse when they are doing nothing more than trying to represent their supporter base. It’s a threat to the very existence of supporter organisations who are run by volunteers in their spare time. As fans we stand with players, managers, referees and all in the game in calling for the social media companies to step up.”

Are YOU a tradesman looking for new work? Would you like the chance to win a brand-new set of work tools (of your choice)?

Then we have the perfect competition for you!

As part of a partnership between MyJobQuote.co.uk and the Southern League, we’re looking to help out local businesses and tradespeople from across the Southern League area.

Serving over 1 million homeowners and over 30,000 tradespeople nationwide, MyJobQuote.co.uk offer a safe and reliable platform for both homeowners and tradesmen to agree jobs ranging from carpentry to loft conversions.

MyJobQuote.co.uk are currently on the lookout for tradespeople to sign up within our area and so as part of the exclusive competition with the Southern League only, they are giving away £250 worth of new tools and equipment (to be selected by the eventual winner) in return for signing up to the website.

To enter the competition all you need to do is register with MyJobQuote as a tradesperson and then email: competition-confirmation@myjobquote.co.uk confirming your account name, email and trade profession to be entered into the prize draw.

If you’re already a registered trader on the website, you simply need to email the address above with the corresponding information and you’ll be a valid entry into the competition.

Entries are open from today until 5:30pm on the 12th of March. The Winner will be chosen by the 15th of March and announced on southern-football-league.co.uk on the 18th of March 2021.

The lucky winner will be asked to pick the tools and equipment they would like. Best of Luck!

Chesham United Football Club is pleased to announce that we have once again agreed to a ground sharing arrangement for next season (2021/22) with neighbours Aylesbury United who will be using The Meadow for all home league and cup matches.

Chesham United Chairman Peter Brown announced: “We are delighted once again to welcome Aylesbury United to The Meadow. Since they returned to ground-sharing with us in 2017, they have been the perfect tenant and produced some entertaining football to watch.

My special thanks go to our groundsman, Craig Ringsell, who does a fantastic job of maintaining the pitch and making it possible for us to share the ground with our neighbours, as well as our Ladies side and Academy. Despite all of that, we continue to have one of the best grass playing surfaces in the league, that I know is appreciated by the footballing staff of both Chesham United and Aylesbury United.”

Graham Read, Chairman of Aylesbury Utd commented: “We have been very happy with the facilities and the welcome we have had from all at Chesham United during our time playing at the ground, so we are delighted to renew our contract to play at the The Meadow for a further season”

The return to action for both Aylesbury and Chesham remains uncertain with the respective leagues currently suspended until at least 6th March, however both clubs are pleased to have this new arrangement in place ready to be up and running as soon as football is permitted again.

On the back of the recent lockdown, Chesham United Football Club have this week reluctantly accepted the resignation of Mark Ford as our Bar Manager responsible for The Chess Suite.

Chairman Peter Brown commented: “I would like to put in on record our thanks for all the hard graft Mark has put in turning around The Chess Suite in recent years. Mark has given so much commitment and has been the driving force behind many of the refurbishments that have vastly improved the facilities here at Chesham United.

Mark will be sorely missed, and I am sure you would all like to join us in raising a glass to say thank you for all Mark has done. I am sure, you all cannot wait to get back into the bar and be able to express our thanks in person whilst sharing a pint.

We are now pro-actively on a look out for a replacement, The Chess Suite is a fundamental income source for the club and is treasured by many of our supporters, it is our duty to maintain the facilities as a place where as many people as possible can enjoy socialising. As I have mentioned in my weekly notes recently, we are in the process of restructuring the Board, and the new clubhouse management now becomes a key part of that planning.”

Online football retailer The Soccer Store have kindly donated Chesham United 30 training footballs to be used by our youth teams from age 7 to 18, boys and girls.

The Soccer Store is a family run business founded in 2004. As a leading football equipment retailer to football clubs and schools the company has a huge product range of training equipment, footballs and football goals. Their range of Samba Goals are popular for training sessions, organised matches and home use.

Jack Hart from The Soccer Store said: “We are pleased to be putting something back into the community by donating football equipment to clubs at grass roots level such as Chesham United. Covid 19 has hit clubs at the lower levels of the football pyramid hard financially and we are glad we can help out”

Chesham United FC Chairman Peter Brown said “With the latest suspension of Step 3 and all football below for the next 4 weeks, this has come at a brilliant time for us and our football family here. These balls will be able to help out all our youth teams to practise more and help them to improve their skill levels with such a good quality product. Finances are at a premium and this sponsorship has come at just the right time”

The Soccer Stores’ full range of equipment and football goals can be viewed at https://www.thesoccerstore.co.uk/

The Southern Football League has announced the date and time it will publish the 2020/21 fixtures, scheduled to commence on Saturday 19th September 2020.

It is the League’s intention to publish the fixtures on Friday 28th August at 1pm.

The League Cup competition is suspended for the 2020/21 season due to its later start than usual.

Any change to the season`s start date or the fixtures release date will be notified on the website and social media, but at present, the League are working towards a start date of 19th September.

The situation is prone to changes as the League awaits Government approval on certain matters.

2020/21 Season Ticket Update

With the 2020/21 Early Bird Season Ticket offer due to finish today (Sunday 31st May) we would like to say a massive thank you to the 55 supporters that have already bought their ticket, and in appreciation of the current uncertainty as to when the season might start the Board have agreed to extend the Early Bird offer for another month, until 30th June.

Explaining the decision, Chairman Peter Brown announced: “The Board had a brief video meeting this morning and unanimously agreed that it is the right thing to do to give supporters more time to buy the best value season tickets. We do not know for sure as to when exactly the new season will begin, and we appreciate that these can be worrying financial times for many people – we obviously want supporters to buy their season tickets up front, but we want them to be able to do it at a time when they know they can afford it.

“We are absolutely delighted to have sold over 50 season tickets already given the circumstances, and hopefully we can get up to record numbers by the time the new campaign does get underway. We are also looking to offer supporters the chance to pay in two instalments rather than the full amount up front to help fans with their own cashflow by contacting seasontickets@cheshamunited.co.uk

Season Tickets cover all home league games plus the home pre-season calendar. Early Bird ticket prices are £145 for adults and £120 for concessions with forms available online from the Season Ticket Form or by contacting the club seasontickets@cheshamunited.co.uk.

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