Category: Non-FIFA

Surrey Looking for Multiple Content Writers [Vacancy]

Aspiring football journalist? Informed fan? Esteemed blogger? International Surrey Football is on the lookout for new contributors and fresh perspectives on the game in Surrey to contribute fresh and more localised content for our website.

We’re currently on the lookout for writers to bring fresh ideas and push the site forward. While you don’t have to be a seasoned professional journalist to write for ISF, we look for writers with some level of experience, or a very detailed knowledge of the game and a keen analytical eye perhaps looking to appeal to a new audience, whether it’s content focused towards Surrey’s non-league football scene, covering the world of non-FIFA football, the history of football in Surrey or something a little different.

We want to share the stories and the goings-on with football in Surrey and non-FIFA while sharing our own journey along the way. It’s intended that we’ll help to attract a larger, more regular viewership to the Surrey website by covering varied content that may help introduce those not previously aware of International Surrey Football through their interest in their respective non-league teams.

We’re looking for team, or preferably league specific writers who may already be writing content about the National League, Southern League, Isthmian League, Combined Counties, Southern Combination, South East Counties or Hellenic League or the countless women’s teams in Surrey and want an additional outlet to raise awareness of their name and content.

This role is ideal for programme writers or bloggers from across the county already providing content on their respective clubs looking for a new outlet for their work.

All writers will be credited in all articles, and while we can’t currently promise any payment for the content beyond the promotion of your work, particularly popular articles may help lead to performance-based payments for any future content and we will share article views with writers upon request.

Anyone interested in providing content for International Surrey Football can get in touch at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to discuss

Merrist Wood College to Sponsor Surrey Women

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that we have agreed to a front of shirt sponsorship for our senior women’s team and will work in association with Merrist Wood College, based in Worplesdon, near Guildford. The sponsorship creates a new link between International Surrey Football and local football in Surrey and is our first partnership with an educational programme.

Merrist Wood College hosts the Football Development Programme for boys and girls aged 16-19, which incorporates both full-time football training with post-16 education across five days a week. The programme has previously been operated in conjunction with Chelsea FC, but more recently with Westfield FC for their Under 18s boys, and independently with their Under 18s girls.

We’re pleased to welcome Merrist Wood College as our first women’s team sponsors, the team is currently taking registration for our upcoming trial fixture, with a planned debut in 2020. We held a meeting with Robbie Porter, manager of the college programme late last year, and we felt that there was a shared vision for pushing the development of women’s football in Surrey while providing a successful and fulfilling educational programme alongside it.

Merrist Wood College will be joined by two sleeve sponsors, existing sponsors CW Sport Radio and our new in house match highlight YouTube channel Surrey Football TV (SFTV). No back of shirt sponsor will feature on the Surrey women’s shirt. Shirts will be produced by Yorkshire based supplier Godzown Sports and will be available for purchase from their online store.

As well as the sponsorship, the two organisations will be working in association to help promote and create opportunities in women’s football for those aged 16-19 and build a platform towards senior club football and even up to senior representative football provided through International Surrey Football.

As part of this association it will see Merrist Wood’s Under 18 teams come under the name and banner of International Surrey Football for selected games and will serve as our official Under 18 teams, although in order to prioritise educational opportunities, a relaxation of eligibility rules will be applied to the teams allowing players from areas around the Surrey border, but not based in Surrey, the chance to play at Under 18 level, but only those meeting eligibility criteria will be able to be offered senior representative opportunities.

International Surrey Football will also provide opportunities for Surrey coaches to provide sessions for Merrist Wood students during the season and Merrist Wood will work with International Surrey Football to run summer camps for youth players of various age groups as Surrey looks to build its presence in youth football within the county.

The association will bring a new dimension to non-FIFA football for International Surrey Football, and we look forward to working with the college to achieve success.

Player sign-ups are still available for our upcoming women’s trials fixture. Follow the link and complete the form to be included on the day; https://intsurreyfootball.co.uk/player-sign-up/

Hampshire XI Design Contest

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be holding a design contest for a logo of the Hampshire XI side that will face International Surrey Football on May 17th 2020 at Farnham Town Football Club in our charity match in aid of Crohn’s & Colitis UK and St. Catherine’s Hospice.

The competition will be open to all designers to submit entries that will be used as the logo for the Hampshire XI playing against Surrey on Sunday 17th May, the logo will be featured on social media, the ISF website, on the match programme and be incorporated into the team’s kit for the fixture.

The winning designer if a freelancer or part of a design brand will also be given space for a free full-page advert in the matchday programme for the fixture.

Submissions will be accepted until the end of February, with the winning design announced the following Friday (March 6th).

Submissions should be submitted to info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Farnham Town to Host Surrey vs Hampshire XI Charity Match

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that Farnham Town Football Club will host the upcoming Surrey vs Hampshire XI charity match in support of Crohn’s & Colitis UK and St Catherine’s Hospice. A number of further details are expected ahead of matchday.

The game will be Surrey’s first in the western half of Surrey with Farnham Town Football Club being based within 2 miles of the Surrey/Hampshire, with the town of Aldershot being the closest Hampshire settlement to the venue for the May fixture.

Farnham Town FC, founded in 1906 have played at Memorial Ground since 1947, originally used by Farnham United Breweries FC, and currently holds up to 1,500 spectators.

Farnham Town FC, was the westernmost ground in Surrey used in the National League System until this season following the official opening of Badshot Lea Football Club’s new Westfield Lane ground in Wrecclesham.

Surrey to begin the search for major principal sponsor for multi-year deal

With work continuing to ensure the delivery of Surrey’s May fixtures and other friendlies as well as the debut of the first Surrey women’s team, one eye remains on longer-term sustainability and expansion, that is why we’re announcing details for our plans to confirm our search for a principal sponsor to support the next stage of growth for the Surrey Men’s Football Team.

This sponsorship would not initially be extended to the International Surrey Football Senior Women’s Football team for the foreseeable future as it is hoped and intended that an environment to expand our new sponsorship, to be announced soon, is available.

It is intended that the sponsorship would run from the earliest opportunity in 2020, although some aspects may not be implemented until January 1st 2021 and would run until a minimum end date of December 31st 2022, although a sponsor will be given the first opportunity to refuse or negotiate an extension of the sponsorship period at their own discretion although International Surrey Football may continue to use certain aspects of the agreement such as kit beyond this deadline if no extension is agreed while a new sponsor is sought.

What is International Surrey Football offering?

  • Exclusive front of home shirt (no sleeve or back of shirt sponsors to ensure a cleaner brand) starting 1st January 2021 (2-years minimum coverage offered),
  • Exclusive front of away shirt (no sleeve or back of shirt sponsors to ensure a cleaner brand) starting 2020 (2.5-years minimum coverage offered),
  • Exclusive front of shirt coverage (no sleeve or bank of shirt sponsors to ensure a cleaner brand) for any new teams (futsal, beach soccer, etc) launched by ISF during the sponsorship period (1-year minimum coverage offered),
  • Exclusive polo shirt coverage for technical staff and players starting 2020 (2.5-years minimum coverage offered),
  • Exclusive tracksuit coverage for technical staff and players starting 2020 (2.5-years minimum coverage offered),
  • Gold tier sponsorship of 2021 & 2022 Southern Frontier Cup (Option to sponsor the 2020 edition at a reduced rate),
  • 2 shirts (home, away and/or goalkeeper versions) will be produced, framed and delivered to the sponsor,
  • Replica shirts featuring the sponsors logo will be available for purchase online or at Surrey home games, restrictions on the inclusion of the logo for youth kits may be imposed on certain sponsors such as alcohol, gambling or others at the discretion of International Surrey Football, sponsors will be notified if their logo would not be featured on any youth-sized replica kits, starting 2020 (2.5 years minimum coverage offered),
  • Pitchside A-frame advertising banner, to be placed in the middle of the pitch during warm ups and pre-match handshake, moved to the side of the pitch during matches, only available at Surrey home friendlies and sponsored Southern Frontier Cup games,
  • Website sponsorship coverage, including website footer image and header advert starting summer 2020 (2.5 years minimum coverage offered),
  • Printed media coverage on all Surrey match posters, programme covers and other generic promotional flyers and materials starting 2020 (2.5 years minimum coverage offered),
  • 1 Full-page programme advert for all Surrey home games and the Southern Frontier Cup for the duration of the sponsorship starting 2020 (2.5 years minimum coverage offered),
  • Up to 10 tickets for every Surrey home game and each round of the Southern Frontier Cup for the duration of the sponsorship starting 2020 (2.5 years minimum coverage offered),
  • Up to 5 spaces on any coach travel for Surrey away games played within the British Isles for the duration of the sponsorship starting 2020 (2.5 years minimum coverage offered) and subject to coach travel being made available for all fans,

Payment Options

Perspective sponsors would be given the opportunity to choose 1 of 3 payment plans;

  • Single Payment
  • 2-part Instalments
  • 5-part Instalments

While a 2.5-year deal is being offered, negotiations can allow for a longer or shorter sponsorship period.

Extension

Both the sponsor and International Surrey Football will be given the opportunity to discuss potential extension with no obligation to commit 6 months prior to the end of the sponsorship period (from 30th June 2022), the sponsor will be offered a revised rate and terms with may include a discount on the renewal or expansion of sponsorship coverage offered.

The sponsor will be given a 2-month period from the beginning of renegotiation talks to decline the option to extend to allow International Surrey Football the opportunity to seek a new principal sponsor, the sponsor may notify International Surrey Football of their intent to extend or not prior to the start of the renegotiation period in 2022.

Who should interested sponsors contact?

Interested potential sponsors are encouraged to contact the team directly, this can either be done through our website’s contact form, here.

Alternatively, they can contact us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk and someone will get in contact with 2 days