Category: Women’s Football

Captain’s Notes: Emily Stanley

International Surrey Women’s Football captain Emily Stanley played the full 90 minutes as we ran out 8-1 winners over Surrey University in our first-ever match on Saturday 24 April.

In the first instalment of this brand-new feature, we catch up with Emily to learn more about her background, get the lowdown on wearing the ISF captain’s armband and see what she made of that big debut win.

Tell us a bit about yourself!

“I currently work in finance and have done since I was 19. I am about to move into a new role working in investment banking, so it’s a massive change to my current complaints handling job! Other than working and playing for ISF, I also play for Dorking Wanderers as a CM.”

What are your personal goals in football?

“To be happy and always give 110% when I’m on the pitch. Whilst I’d love to say I want to be a professional footballer, I’m a bit past that stage in my career!”

How did you get involved with ISF?

“I’ve always wanted to play for Surrey but there was never a senior level team for us, when ISF was announced (back in 2019!) I immediately emailed John to sign up. Originally, the trials were May 2019, so it’s been a long time coming, but it was definitely worth the wait. Danny has always been great at keeping players updated, especially with COVID putting a pause on things again, so whilst it’s been ages, it’s been handled really well.”

Tell us about how you were made captain?

“I had been speaking with Danny [Clarke] ahead of our first game against Surrey Uni via email and he emailed me to say that the coaches had made me captain! I was completely shocked as the first training session I was a little bit rusty but I’m so thankful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to helping create a major platform for female footballers in Surrey with the help of ISF and the team.”

You only had a limited number of training sessions ahead of the friendly against Surrey University. How did they go?

“They were great, I was only able to attend the first session but the players were fantastic. There was a great atmosphere, even though we didn’t all know each other. The session in place was so well structured which really impressed me, there wasn’t any standing around which can happen at trialist training sessions, so it was a brilliant start. I heard the second session was just as good, with even more players in attendance!”

What’s the biggest challenge when you’re a new team just starting out?

“I think the biggest challenge is getting players on board, I know that some clubs aren’t totally keen on the idea of their players being with another team but ISF are a separate entity, with brilliant coaches and the opportunity for players to really improve, work with other players and develop beyond club levels. It’s something that I’m sure will get better as our name gets out there more but, it’s definitely a challenge for now!”

We had a great win over Surrey University. What did you make of the game?

“I was so impressed by the players during our first game, I hadn’t met everyone who played in the game so initially I was worried it would be difficult to get into a playing system that accommodated for everyone but boy, was I wrong! Everyone gave 100%, there was so much encouragement from each player and the football being played was unreal. You’d never have thought it was our first ever game, the combination play and effortlessness of it all was great to be a part of.”

What impressed you the most?

“Definitely the style of play! I didn’t expect the team to naturally play so well together, there was no real “hit and hope” football which you can sometimes get when you throw a bunch of individual players together. We played as a team, moving the ball between us so easily, it was as if we’d been a team for years!”

You had another big game for Dorking the very next day – how did that go? The legs must have been heavy by Sunday evening!

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t in pain Sunday evening! We played Leyton Orient Reserves the next day and came away with a 3 – 2 win in the Capital Cup, we’re now into the semi-finals which is great as a shot at silverware would be amazing after another null and void season. It was such a competitive game and I made up for missing a 1v1 on Saturday by getting a goal on Sunday. Overall, it was great weekend of football for me!”

Photo credit: Sheena Booker

Games to be Shown Live on WatchISF

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that it is intended that all of it’s upcoming games, including all 4 games of the WUFA World Series, will be shown live of WatchISF’s channel on football live streaming platform Mycujoo, with full match replays and highlights uploaded to its YouTube channel.

Surrey women’s opening friendly against the University of Surrey on Saturday 24th April will be the first Surrey game to be shown live, while the first men’s game will be the Sunday 9th May friendly against the Chagos Islands. Live streaming will also include all 4 games of the upcoming WUFA World Series.

Livestreaming will be available for free for all games, with a “virtual ticket” option being available for each game for supporters to support the stream and will be sold through Surrey’s online store, which will include a digital programme for the men’s friendly and WUFA World Series, while physical copies can also be pre-ordered. Virtual tickets will also be available for the women’s game as a way to support the team in their 3 upcoming friendlies, including 2 games against the University of Surrey women’s team, and will not be required to watch the live stream.

The streams will begin up to 15 minutes before the kick off of each game, starting at 12.45 pm for the Surrey Women’s first game this Saturday.

Virtual tickets will be available from ISF’s online store: https://shop.intsurreyfootball.co.uk/

WatchISF will be available from its Mycujoo channel: https://mycujoo.tv/en/video/int-surrey-football

International Surrey Football cannot guarantee the quality of the streams, as this will be based on the available data coverage, data upload speeds and connection to the streaming platform.

Surrey Women to Play First 2 Games Against University of Surrey

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce, after much delay Surrey’s women’s team will play 2 games against the University of Surrey women’s team, the long overdue debut of the Blue and Gold side in a friendly against local opposition has proved a long time coming with delays caused by COVID-19 and local UK restrictions on travel and non-professional sport.

We’re pleased to finally by hosting games at Merrist Wood College were the team will be training for the next 2 weekends in preparation for the first game on 24th April, before playing a different selection of players from the Guildford based university on 15th May.

The 3rd and final game of this 2 month period of training and games for International Surrey Football is yet to be announced with details still being finalised, but is scheduled to be held at Merrist Wood College as well on 29th May.

Video replay of the games and more will be provided by ISF’s in house broadcaster WatchISF, details of coverage will be provided closer to matchday. All games played at Merrist Wood College will be behind closed doors with no spectators permitted, we hope to have fans at our first fill international debut at a later date.

Surrey Launches Training Camp Ahead of Return to Play

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that it’ll be running a 2-week training camp as ISF aims to prepare for its return to play with a number of games ahead of the 2021/22 club pre-season. The training camp will see both Surrey’s men and women’s teams meet ahead of their planned fixtures later this month and in May.

The training camp is invitation only and will see Surrey’s men and women’s players gather on two consecutive weekends to train at Merrist Wood College near Guildford, with the men’s team holding a third training session in Coulsdon. These sessions will be followed by a number of games at the further education college. Details of the games including opposition and dates will be announced at a later date. All games involving both teams will be played behind closed doors.

The training camp will be the first time the men’s team have been able to gather since the team’s 4-1 win over the Chagos Islands in December 2019, and will the first opportunity for new men’s manager, Matthew Nash, to coach the men’s side ahead of the planned games.

The training camp will also be the first time the women’s team have ever been able to meet after several postponements of their intended trial game caused several delays to the team’s plan. It is intended that the women’s team will be the first of either ISF team to host a fixture when the schedules are confirmed.

The women’s team will gather on April 10th and 17th for the 2 sessions, while the men’s team will gather at Merrist wood on April 11th and 18th, with the session in Coulsdon being held on April 25th. Players have already been contacted and briefed on details of the sessions, but interested players not yet involved with International Surrey Football can sign up for an invitation here: https://intsurreyfootball.co.uk/player-sign-up/

Sponsorship opportunities to support the team’s Training Camp including logo coverage across both team’s social media and website is available, email us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk to discuss.

Surrey Submits Planning Permission for new 3,000 Capacity Stadium in Guildford as part of 4 Member Consortium

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that the organisation has officially submitted planning permission to Guildford Borough Council as part of a consortium for the construction of a new 3,000 capacity multi-use stadium on land owned by the University of Surrey, with the facility operated as part of Surrey Sports Park.

The consortium consisting of International Surrey Football, University of Surrey (also representing Surrey Sports Park), non-league football side Guildford City Football Club and Premiership Rugby Union side Harlequin Football Club will jointly fund and use the facility as a premier football and rugby venue in Guildford. Additional funding will also be provided by Guildford Borough Council and the Football Foundation to cover the estimated £6 million to construct the stadium.

The stadium will feature a 1,500 capacity seated main stand (artist impression below) located on the southern side of the pitch, with 1,500 capacity standing room along the other 3 sides with potential temporary seating being installed to increase the venue’s capacity up to 6,000 for occasional larger events.

The stadium would be constructed and designed to have theoretical scope to expand permanently up to 10,000 capacity as an all-seater stadium. (artist impression is shown below)

The stadium will be designed by Bear Stadium, an Italian based civil engineering company and constructed by Rubner Holzbau, a major European construction firm with offices across Germany, France, and Italy. Bear Stadium estimates the stadium could be constructed in as little as 6 months upon completion of the contract and planning approval.

Rubner Holzbau and Bear Stadium have previously provided assistance in expanding the home ground of Canadian Premier League side, Pacific FC, in Langford, Vancouver Island. The expansion in 2019 saw over 4,000 new seats added to the venue, with potential to add a further 2,500 seats in the future.

The venue’s pitch will use a FIFA approved supplier FieldTurf, the Canadian based company supplier synthetic surfaces to hundreds of sports teams and other facilities across the world and are one of the world leaders in the field. The stadium’s main stand will also feature a mainly wooden construction produced by Rubner Holzbau using renewably sourced wood and meeting all necessary fire safety standards.

The primary tenant of the new stadium would be Guildford City FC. The team would be moving out of their current home at Guildford Spectrum, and move into their first purpose-built stadium since leaving their Joseph’s Road ground in 1974. The stadium’s day to day operations will be managed by the University of Surrey through their Surrey Sports Park operations whose land will be where the stadium will be constructed on. Surrey Sports Park will be available to hire by the general public at limited periods throughout the year.

Located beside the A3 (see map below), parking for the new stadium will utilise the underused Guildford Park and Ride, at which bus services from the town centre operate from. In the future the stadium will also be serviced from the new Park Barn Train Station located near Royal Surrey County Hospital, an estimated 20 minutes walk from the new Guildford Stadium.

The main stadium will also include office space, a 80 spm conference hall and additional spaces that could be adjusted to suit a number of purposes. The first floor of the stand which over looks the pitch will total 500 spm of hospitality space (pictured below), a 100 sqm snack bar (pictured below), 60 spm catering area and an 200 spm hospitality lounge and restaurant area (pictured below), which may be reconfigured for various purposes.

The stadium will also enjoy a massive 130 sqm of changing room space for both home and away teams, ideal with the project’s inclusion of Premiership Rugby Union side, Harlequin FC. The Premiership rugby side has an existing presence at Surrey Sports Park and the construction of the new Guildford Stadium allows the team to build on this presence with the scope that the team’s men and women’s sides will play regular pre-season friendlies at the new ground.

As well as usage of the facilities by Guildford City FC, Harlequin FC and Surrey Sports Park, International Surrey Football will also see usage of the new premier stadium relocating the Southern Frontier Cup to the new stadium from 2022 and targeting at least 2 home friendlies a year at the ground and hosting other events when possible in collaboration with the venues various other tenants, especially Guildford City FC.

With Surrey Sports Park’s previous history of hosting international tournaments such as the 2011 Women’s Rugby World Cup and 2018 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup it is hoped the stadium could see greater usage in hosting prestigious tournaments in Surrey.