Category: Board of Directors

Surrey to Launch New Charity Shirts in 2021

In 2020 International Surrey Football released its first fundraising charity shirt, a blackout shirt, in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), as part of our #NotBlueandGold campaign as the blackout shirts broke away from the team’s traditional yellow and blue shirt colours to support the work of the mental health charity and highlight that for many struggling with mental health problems that these may not clearly visible on the surface. The campaign proved a success with 50% of the money raised from shirt sales going to CALM to help support dozens of potentially life-saving call services they offer.

We are therefore pleased to announce that International Surrey Football will be reviving and expanding the #NotBlueandGold campaign in 2021, launching 3 new fundraising shirts over the course of 2021, with shirts available in 1 month pre-order periods in February, June and October, each raising money for a different cause, and all abandoning the team’s traditional yellow and blue colours in favour of a unique colour scheme applied to each based on their respective causes and forming the #NotBlueandGold campaign in 2021.

Each shirt will only be unveiled up to 1 month before they become available for pre-order and will be produced by International Surrey Football’s teamwear supplier Hope & Glory Sportswear. The designs of each shirt will be published ahead of their respective pre-order release.

Unlike in the 2020 blackout shirt, all 3 shirts in the 2021 #NotBlueandGold campaign will also allow supporters the option to choose between the team’s men’s and women’s badges when pre-ordering their shirts.

All 3 shirts will be available to pre-order at £34.99 for child sizes and £39.99 for adult sizes, of each shirt 50% of the money raised through sales will go to the respective causes that will be announced when each shirt is revealed.

Michelle Saunders Joins Surrey as Director of Men’s Football

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Saunders as Surrey’s new Director of Men’s Football, replacing the outgoing Cameron Bishop, overseeing fixtures and future off field development of our county men’s team. The role will see Michelle lead our men’s teams plans going into 2020 with the hopes of seeing the team’s off the field operations grow and the team become a more prominent feature when not on the football pitch.

Michelle previously worked as a part of Portsmouth Football Club as well as continue to volunteer with Horndean Football Club and has done great work in expending the off the field potential of both teams and supported an expansion of commercial potential within both clubs.

Michelle will be working to help International Surrey Football’s men team to prepare for their 2020 fixtures and will help the team to continue to weather the disruption created by COVID-19 and we welcome her as part of our team going forward.

Vacancy: Director of Men’s Football

International Surrey Football is seeking a new Director of Men’s Football following the resignation of Cameron Bishop, citing work commitments, the role will see a successful candidate work to preparing the Surrey men’s team for off the field matters ahead of their 2021 fixtures, currently involving 2 friendlies and the rescheduled 2021 Southern Frontier Cup.

Due to current restrictions and the upcoming holiday period no face to face interviews will be arranged at this stage, instead initial questions will be managed via email as a first stage process and a video/face to face interview will be arranged for early 2021.

An interested candidate should aim to commit 1-4 hours week in most cases in order to handle their regular workload, this may increase or decrease depending on fixture plans. The Director of Men’s Football will be expected to work with the Men’s team manager and President of ISF to determine the anticipated workload and discuss how this will be worked by everyone. As with all roles within International Surrey Football, this is a voluntary position.

A successful candidate will be expected to be involved in the following activities;

  • Arrange venues for home fixtures,
  • Notify players of plans,
  • Arrange away game travel as necessary,
  • Arrange collection of money from players as necessary,
  • Contact ISF President and Men’s Manager on a semi-regular basis with updates,
  • Serve as the first point of contact on matchdays,
  • Ensure matchday requirements/tasks are completed on time,
  • Provide assistance to ISF President and Men’s Manager when neccessary,

Tasks are not anticipated to prevent a successful candidate’s other work or personal commitments and task deadlines will be decided with personal commitments in mind. Typically tasks will be arranged with weeks or months to arrange to best promote a healthy work/life balance.

Most work will be complete remotely, but some on-site work will be expected, attendance on matchday is expected unless approved otherwise prior to matchday, and limited additional on-site plans and meetings may be made based on the required tasks.

You will be provided;

  • Access to the ISF Men’s Twitter account, this will be used to interact with opposition teams and fans on social media,
  • Provided a -@intsurreyfootball.co.uk email to sent and receive ISF related emails;

An applicant will have;

  • Excellent IT and administration skills,
  • Great verbal and written communication,
  • Excellent organisation and a good eye for detail,
  • Works well under pressure,
  • Is able to problem-solve,
  • Must have integrity and discretion when handling personal information,
  • Deal with correspondence promptly,
  • Self-motivated to complete and seek new tasks,
  • Be based in or within a reasonable travel distance of Surrey,

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a CV and covering letter to us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Matthew Nash Appointed Surrey Men’s Manager

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Nash as the new manager of Surrey’s senior men’s team.

Matthew Nash who has previously managed a number of clubs in Surrey and Sussex, including Farleigh Rovers, Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers, Crawley Down, Netherne and many more during his time in coaching will be joining International Surrey Football for the departed Matt Dilger. Despite the decision to step down from the role voluntarily last month, it is expected that Matt Dilger may continue to provide occasional assistance for the team’s recently launched video service, Surrey Football TV, which is hoping to expand content over the course of the 2020/21 season.

Matt Nash will be preparing the team for a busy summer in 2021 with a number of fixtures already scheduled or being organised to take place in 2021 including 2 friendlies, our rearranged charity match against a Hampshire XI side as well as 1 additional friendly to be confirmed ahead of the postponed Southern Frontier Cup that is also currently being arranged for next year and expected to still take place at Whyteleafe FC.

As well as this, the team is planning to take part in the inaugural edition of the first WUFA World Series tournament organised by the World Unity Football Alliance, details regarding the tournament will be announced in due course but is currently scheduled to take place in 2021.

Statement: COVID-19 (20/03/2020)

International Surrey Football continues to monitor the impact COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is having on the world around us. The safety and well being of all players, team staff and supporters is the most paramount consideration for any team at this moment while considering what actions to undertake as football takes a backseat to this public health crisis.

On Monday 16th March the UK government announced its latest advice concerning COVID-19. Among other things, this recommended against all non-essential contact and travel. As a result, all football in Surrey organised under the scope of the Surrey FA has been suspended for an unspecified period of time. While the professional game in England had targetted a return this weekend, it has become clear that such a resumption of the game, especially those involving fan attendance, has become increasingly unlikely.

On Thursday 19th March the UK updated its forecasts and suggested that COVID-19 may not be in the decline for potentially 12 weeks, leading up to the 12th June.

On Tuesday 31st March ConIFA are expected to hold their own meeting to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the World Football Cup, due to be held in North Macedonia. It is unclear at this stage when football will formally return, and whether all levels of football, or just professional levels, may be able to complete the 2019/20 season, or whether the season will be formally cancelled.

While it remains unclear what the future may hold, International Surrey Football has made a number of decisions regarding all activities.

International Surrey Football has decided with immediate effect that the Southern Frontier Cup will be postponed until the summer of 2021, all 3 invited teams (Cascadia, Parishes of Jersey and Yorkshire) have been automatically invited to the rescheduled event. Exact dates will be confirmed, with the intention that the tournament will still take place at Whyteleafe Football Club at a similar time of year, between the Muratti Vase and whichever ConIFA tournament may be played, full details will be confirmed when available at a later date.

All fans that have purchased tickets for the tournament will be issued an automatic refund, which will be processed this weekend, please allow a further 5 days for refunds to be issued by Eventbrite. Sponsors may keep their sponsorship for their rearranged fixtures or may get in contact to request a cancellation.

Our planned charity match against a Hampshire XI, due to be held at Farnham Town Football Club, will also be suspended and rescheduled at a later date in 2020, details to be confirmed. However, a charity donation of £100 each to, Crohn’s & Colitis UK and St. Catherine’s Hospice, will be made in the meantime.

Surrey’s plans for a women’s trial game in April will also be suspended until further notice, as well as the planned marketing day to prepare for the official launch of the team’s new home kit. International Surrey Football will also suspend its search for a Commercial Director until further notice with all interviews currently on hold.

International Surrey Football will largely limit its activities during April while we continuously assess the situation, content will still be provided where possible on social media. In May we will reassess the situation in regards to COVID-19 and will consider the potential to play friendly fixtures should the non-league season remain suspended. This will be done for player well-being and fitness, but also to provide clubs with a potential financial income during this time, as well as providing opportunities to support local businesses and charities where possible. It is not clear what stance we will take in regard to supporter attendance.

Details will be arranged when available, and plans for fixtures will include both our senior men and women’s teams. Interested non-FIFA teams operating in the South-East, are encouraged to get in contact to discuss interest, and splitting costs, with opposition places being on a first come first serve basis.

Clubs that may be interested in hosting can also get in contact with us to discuss the potential for games.