September 2022 – on the 18th September, Everett Rovers FC kindly hosted our first tournament of the season. The weather was on our side and we welcomed teams from across Herts and some from further afield such as Billericay. It was great to have a team from Welwyn Pegasus FC – their first time at a Herts Youth Inclusive Tournament. Well played to everyone and thank you to Everett Rovers FC.
August 2022 – On the 8th August we held our AGM & Committee meeting to plan the 2022-23 season of tournaments and festivals. We had a great turnout including new clubs who have joined HYIF. Members of the Herts FA Inclusion Advisory Group also joined us. Read the Herts Youth Inclusive Roundup 2021-2022.
July 2022 – On the 9th July, 7 inclusive U16 players from clubs from the Herts Youth Inclusive Football group, represented Watford FC CSE Trust in the Premier League Kicks Disability Cup in Nottingham. Players had an amazing day – an incredible experience for them.
May 2022 – On Sunday 29th May, Bedwell Rangers FC hosted a brilliant Inclusive Match Day Tournament at Marriotts Sports Ground in Stevenage. Teams from clubs across Herts took part and players enjoyed friendly matches for the U12, U16 & U20 teams for both Championship and Premiership.
April 2022 – On Saturday 30th April, Hemel ACES FC hosted a fantastic Inclusive Match Day Tournament. This event was a special tournament to #MakeKennyProud – Kenny Lawrence, Hemel ACES Head of Inclusion and long-standing member of the Herts Youth Inclusive Football Committee is currently recovering after suffering a stroke earlier in the month. You can support Kenny’s recovery fund here: https://justgiving.com/campaign/Make-Kenny-Proud
April 2022 – On Saturday 9th April, Herts Youth Inclusive Football in partnership with Watford FC CSE Trust ran a Match Day Tournament at Westfield Academy, Watford. 90 U12 inclusive players took part in a fantastic tournament followed by an exciting group visit to the Leeds FC v Watford FC match at Vicarage Road. Thank you Watford FC for the opportunity.
March 2022 – On the 27th March, and as part of Neurodiversity Celebration Week 2022, we ran an inclusive Match Day Tournament at Watford FC Dome. Inclusive teams from across Hertfordshire took part in both Championship and Premiership matches for players in the U12, U16 & U20 age groups. All players had a fantastic day. Thank you to Watford FC CSE Trust, to all the referees and volunteers involved in running this tournament.
February 2022 – On the 27th February we ran our first tournament of 2022 at the Watford FC Dome. Working within the Premier League COVID guidelines, we were grateful to Watford FC CSE Trust for their support to run this tournament. We welcomed clubs from Hertfordshire and from Southampton, Hamble and Billericay. A fun match day tournament was enjoyed by all.
January 2022 – we welcomed Welwyn Pegasus FC to the Herts Youth Inclusive Football committee. Their youth inclusive team is growing. More details at www.welwynpegasusfc.co.uk
December 2021/January 2022 – we were unfortunately unable to use the Watford FC Dome due to the Premiership rules around the rise in COVID cases.
November 2021 – Unfortunately we had to cancel the planned inclusive tournament in St Albans due to freezing temperatures.
Our first Herts Youth Inclusive Tournament of the season was kindly hosted by Everett Rovers FC. Over 120 inclusive players took part in the pan disability tournament. Herts teams including, Everett Rovers FC, Hemel ACES FC, Bedwell Rangers FC, St Albans City Youth FC, Cheshunt FC and from further afield, Brendon 66 FC and Billericy FC also joined in the U12’s, U16’s and U20’s Champ and Prem Inclusive matches. Well done to everyone who took part, to the winners and thank you to all for a fantastic afternoon.
The Herts Youth Inclusive Football Committee are currently working hard to develop a full schedule of events and tournaments for the 2021/22 season in line with current guidance. More information to follow shortly.
April to July 2021 – Back to matches and tournaments
A longer break than we anticipated, but after another lockdown, inclusive teams and some visiting teams, from as far as Southampton, got together every Sunday at the Watford FC Dome to continue with some friendly matches – getting everyone gently back into football.
An U12’s skills session run by Watford FC CSE Trust and PL Kicks too place which included a station for coping strategies run by Watford FC CSE Trust’s Mental Health team. A well received event encouraging young players to get involved and build their confidence.
Thank you to Watford FC CSE Trust and to all the dedicated coaches and volunteers who managed to get our Herts Youth Inclusive Football teams playing again. Happy players!
25th October 2020 to mid December, Friendly Fixtures
The Herts Youth Inclusive Friendlies at the Watford FC Dome began on the 25th October 2020 with U20’s Bedwell Rangers v U20’s Everett Rovers FC Inclusive and on the 1st November, Hemel ACES FC and St Albans City Youth FC Inclusive U16’s. All teams had a fantastic time getting back to playing matches.
Hemel ACES FC and St Albans City Youth FC both played their first 11 a-side match which was an amazing experience for all involved. Despite the lack of match practice recently, we have seen some brilliant football skills, determination and an increase in confidence. Well done everyone!!
A break for a short lockdown and looking to continue next year.
15th September 2020, Tips for inclusive football training in the New Norm
Inclusive football training is back for most clubs in Herts. Managers and coaches have been working hard to ensure that their training is safe for everyone. Here’s some tips and best practice being shared by coaches as they embrace the new norm;
- Sending out clear instructions and guidelines /checklists and visuals to parents/carers/players before each session. Communicating to parents/carers/players with simple messaging to ensure everyone plays their part in keeping safe. Example visuals;
- For those players who learn through visuals some are using the HYIF Inclusive Football COVID19 Back to training visuals Aug20
- One -way system at pitches for entering and leaving and not entering until last session players have left the pitch area.
- Sanitising all equipment and balls before each training session.
- Temperature and hand sanitiser for everyone on entrance to pitch.
- Cones set apart for players belongings, water bottles and sanitiser so that they don’t bunch together on breaks.
- Players requested to bring named water bottles and named sanitiser.
- No parents/carers allowed on the pitch or in the viewing area.
- Microphones being used by coaches to enable clear communication.
- Players not picking up balls at any time -no throw ins. Kick the ball into place not picking up.
- Goal keepers bring own gloves and only handle one ball. Nobody else touches the ball.
- Skills training is in small training bubbles.
- Players asked not to bunch together at team talk or at start of training.
- No high fives, fist bumps – players keep distance.
- No goal celebrations.
- No shouting from coaches or from players.
- If a training match is played, ensure the pitch area is large enough for the number of players – to avoid players being too close. Keep matches small.
- Remember many players, parents and carers will be anxious.
- Aim for fun – not full on fitness sessions especially after so long not training.
See full guidance from the FA here
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17th August 2020, Watford FC CSE Trust, Coach The Approach
Some of the HYIF committee recently took part in the online Coach The Approach course organised by Watford FC CSE Trust. The course gave some helpful insight, tips and information to help coaches and those involved in inclusive football on how best to support the mental health of players.
March 2020 – Inclusive Football Coaching Course for Inclusive Players is a great success! 12 Herts Youth Inclusive Football Players pass their Level 1 Football Coaching just before lockdown.One of the objectives of the work of the committee at Herts Youth Inclusive Football is to help to create more opportunities and pathways for inclusive players to progress in their football. This includes helping players access recognised coaching courses and gain valuable qualifications which could eventually lead to employment.
Working closely with Watford FC CSE Trust and Hertfordshire FA, a group of 12 young adults, all players in the Herts Inclusive League, were provided with mentoring and support to enable each individual to take part in their Level 1 Football Coaching Award. The course ran over a period of 10 weeks between January and March 2020 and involved both practical and theory sessions, as well as safeguarding and first aid for football modules. All players, along with a few local coaches and committee members, were delighted to pass the course just one week before the UK went into lockdown!
Our February 2020 Herts Youth Inclusive Football Tournament was all planned to be hosted by Hemel ACES FC, but unfortunately due to freezing temperatures and strong winds that day, it was postponed.
25th January 2020, Herts Youth Inclusive Football Championship Tournament
The start of 2020 began for HYIF with an indoor Championship Tournament kindly hosted by Harpenden Colts FC. The tournament in two rounds – U12’s then U16’s was a great success and players were happy to see each other again to enjoy some fun competitive 5 a side football.
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14th December 2019, Herts Youth Inclusive Football Xmas Fun Day
Celebrating another year of fantastic inclusive football, friendship, support and fun, inclusive players and their families enjoyed a great fun day kindly hosted by Watford FC CSE Trust indoors at the Watford FC Training Dome.
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5th November 2019, Herts Youth Inclusive Football Tournament
With the weather getting colder, Watford FC CSE Trust kindly held the November tournament inside at the Watford FC Training Dome. Supporting the Stonewall LGBT Rainbow laces campaign, all players and coaches came wearing their rainbow laces in support.
26th October 2019, Herts Youth Inclusive Football Tournament
Kindly hosted by Bedwell Rangers FC, on a very windy day, inclusive teams took part in a great match day tournament. Inclusive players enjoyed the day seeing old friends, playing against other teams in herts and being able to take part in competitive, fun matches.
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5th October 2019, Herts Youth Inclusive Football Tournament
Kindly hosted by Watford FC CSE Trust, Herts teams and some visiting premiership inclusive teams took part in an exiting match day tournament. After the tournament players were invited to watch the Watford FC v Stoke FC match at the Watford FC ground, Vicarage Road and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
21st September 2019, Herts Youth Inclusive Football Tournament
Kindly hosted by Everett Rovers FC, teams from across Herts joined in the match day tournament.
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August 2019, Herts FA Disability Referee Workshop
HYIF worked alongside Herts FA to promote the Disability Referee Workshop – there are even now more fantastic individuals who referee at Herts Youth Inclusive Football tournaments.
August 2019, South East Disability Tournament 11 v 11
Some of the older HYIF players took part in this 11 v 11 tournament and gained great experience taking part in full sized matches.
2018/19 Season Roundup
We had a brilliant season with many new players of all abilities joining local teams and getting involved in football and more clubs starting and growing their inclusive teams. Well done to all the players and thanks to everyone who has supported HYIF this season. Here’s a short write up of the season: HYIF Roundup 2018-19
22nd June 2019, Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation Summer Inclusive Football Festival
The season isn’t over yet for inclusive football! Bedwell Rangers FC Inclusive and Everett Rovers FC Inclusive, both teams who play in the Herts Youth Inclusive Football league, took part in the Summer Inclusive Festival organised by Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation. Watford FC CSE Trust kindly arranged for the Herts teams to play at Norwich and supported them on the day.
Both teams did exceptionally well in their groups against some tough competition, which included some very experienced premiership inclusive teams. Players really enjoyed the day despite not getting further than the group stages. What a fantastic experience for all involved!
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19th May 2019, Herts Youth Inclusive Football Match Day Tournament
Another fantastic Inclusive Match Day Tournament took place on Sunday 19th May hosted by St Albans City Youth FC Inclusive and kindly supported by Watford FC CSE Trust. Players from Hemel Aces FC, St Albans City Youth FC, Bedwell Rangers FC and Everett Rovers FC took part in U13, U16 and O18 Championship and Premiership games. Congratulations to Everett Rovers FC A team, winners of the U13 Championship tournament, St Albans City Youth FC, winners of the U13 Premiership tournament and Bedwell Rangers FC, winners of the O18’s tournament. We saw some brilliant football from all and it is it fantastic how far all the players have developed their football skills this season. Well done to all and thanks to all involved in making it happen.
8th April 2019 Herts Youth Inclusive Football take part in the Herts FA County Ground opening event.
U18 Inclusive Football Players from Bedwell Rangers FC, St Albans City Youth FC and Everett Rovers FC took part in the official opening of the Herts FA County Ground. It was a good opportunity to showcase the ability of inclusive footballers across the county. Players were happy to be meeting up with their friends and enjoyed participating in the friendly matches and football skills organised by their club coaches. Building friendships, gaining confidence and having the opportunity to learn new football skills, and play matches, all falls within the ethos and overall aims of Herts Youth Inclusive Football. It was great to be part of the opening of such a brilliant facility.
Herts Youth Inclusive Football launched it’s new kit at the event which is going to be used at some events where a mix of players make up a team.
A representative from each club was present when Chair of the FA, Greg Clarke officially opened the County facilities.
30th March 2019 – Watford FC host Herts Youth Inclusive Football Tournament
Pan Disability players play where the pro’s train!
On Saturday 30th March, over 120 inclusive football players took part in the Herts Youth Inclusive Football tournament, kindly hosted by Watford FC at their training dome in Shenley, and organised by Watford FC CSE Trust.
Players from local Hertfordshire teams Bedwell Rangers FC, Everett Rovers FC, St Albans City Youth FC, Hemel Aces FC, Harpenden Colts FC and Watford FC Talent Hub took part, alongside guest teams, Arsenal FC Inclusive and Hamble FC Pan Disability team.
The Herts Youth Inclusive Football Tournament was organised in partnership with Watford FC CSE Trust and is one of many inclusive football events that take place over the football season.
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October 2018, Herts Youth Inclusive Football – Award Nomination!
Herts Youth Inclusive Football has been nominated for another award – The Community Project of the Year in the Herts Sports Partnership awards.
Awards are on the 27th November 7pm.
Good luck to all who been nominated.
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October 2018, Watford FC CSE Trust to run Autism Awareness Training for coaches
Course Date: Monday 19th November, 7pm – 9pm, Vicarage Road Stadium
Training will highlight: How Autism can affect children, young people and adults in many different ways; Practical strategies to help if individuals are becoming out of a routine / disorientated; Managing behaviours.
Click here to book.
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July 2018 – Herts Youth Inclusive Football awarded Herts FA Community Project of the Year 2018!
Herts Youth Inclusive Football received the Herts FA Community Project of the Year Award 2018 on Friday 20th July at a special event in Letchworth, Herts. hosted by Hertfordshire FA.
Well done to everyone involved!! This award recognises the hard work and dedication from all the committee, coaches and support staff who make Herts Youth Inclusive Football happen. Special thanks to Watford FC CSE Trust for their continued support both behind the scenes and at the many tournaments, special events and festivals this season.
The award really goes to all the players involved who we have seen come on in leaps and bounds, both in confidence and skill and who all continue to enjoy football, make friends, have fun and get involved in the many fantastic opportunities created through Herts Youth Inclusive Football.
June 2018 – Royston FC Inclusive – Run their first Football Festival
On June 24th, Players from Harpenden Colts FC, Bedwell Rangers FC and St Albans City Youth FC joined Royston FC Inclusive at their first Inclusive Football Festival. It was an extremely hot day, but players persevered with the heat and enjoyed skills training and mini matches supported by coaches from Watford FC CSE Trust, Bedwell Rangers and Royston FC. Everyone had fun and it was great to see a new Inclusive Team formed in the Royston area.
July 2018 – Watford FC CSE Trust 25 Years at the Heart of the Community https://www.watfordfc.com/teams/first-team/watch-trust-25
June 2018 – Watford FC CSE Trust Inclusive play at Norwich FC Disability Tournament
Players from Everett Rovers FC, Bedwell Rangers FC and St Albans City Youth FC we chosen to play for Watford FC CSE Trust at the Norwich FC Disability Tournament for the 2nd year running. The team did really well playing against other premiership clubs during the tournament.
May 2018 – Chelsea FC Foundation Disability Tournament
Herts Youth Inclusive Football, Everett Rovers FC Inclusive and Bedwell Rangers FC Inclusive entered teams into the Chelsea FC Foundation Disability Tournament on May 26th 2018. It was the first time Herts Youth Inclusive Football had entered a team into a tournament and all the players had some great matches mostly against Premiership Inclusive teams. Bedwell and Everett’s both made the finals with Everett Rangers FC Inclusive winning a trophy.
May 2018 – Herts Youth Inclusive teams across Herts represent Watford FC CSE Trust at Bournemouth FC
U16’s and U13’s inclusive teams from Watford FC CSE Trust travelled to Bournemouth FC on Sunday 20th May to play on the Premiership pitch at Bournemouth AFC. Players were chosen from clubs across Hertfordshire to represent Watford FC at the Inclusive tournament run by Bournemouth AFC Foundation. Both teams played really well against Chelsea FC Inclusive and Bournemouth FC Inclusive and enjoyed running out of the tunnel to take part in an exciting tournament against other premiership club teams. Thank you to Watford FC CSE Trust for organising this opportunity for Herts Youth Inclusive players and also kindly providing transport for the away match. Everyone had a great time!
May 2018 Harpenden Colts FC Inclusive end of season presentation
Harpenden Colts FC Inclusive received their end of season medals in a presentation on May 20th. The inclusive team is going from strength to strength and trains every other Sunday on the 3G pitch at Rothamsted Park. New players of all abilities welcome. http://www.harpendencolts.com/pages/page_29873/Inclusive-Football.aspx
May 2018 – A new inclusive session starts in Hertford – Therapeutic Thunder FC
Therapeutic Thunder FC training sessions are non-competitive and all-inclusive no matter your physical, mental or emotional abilities.
Their focus is on having fun and giving everyone the opportunity to feel part of a team in a pressure free, friendly ,supportive and safe environment.
Therapeutic Thunder aims to create a football club atmosphere so even if playing football isn’t for you or even if you have never played before, their training sessions are designed to cater for everyone.
Initially they are running training sessions for ages 5 – 18 but they will be adding a “Mini Thunder” training session for the under 5s soon. Training sessions will be run every Saturday morning 10:00 am – 11:00 am and will cost £5 per child.
Location : Marden Hill, SG14 2NE ( Hertford, Hertfordshire)
More information via firstname.lastname@example.org
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May 2018 – Inclusive Match Day Tournament at Watford FC CSE Trust
May 12th, a fantastic Herts Youth Inclusive Match Day Tournament hosted by Watford FC CSE Community Trust. Over 80 players of all abilities and ages took part and had great fun despite the rain.
On the 28th April, Herts Youth Inclusive Football held their first football festival in Hemel Hempstead at the new 3G pitches at Hemel Hempstead School. With an aim to encourage more players from Hemel and the surrounding areas to get involved and play football, the event was a great success. Despite the cold and rainy weather, 80 players came along and enjoyed training, skills sessions and mini matches run by Watford FC CSE Trust.
A new inclusive team run by Hemel Aces is forming and there are regular sessions on a Tuesday 5pm to 6pm at Hemel School.
Featured in the Watford Observer here
Watford FC CSE Trust announces a weekly football session at Hemel Hempstead School for girls and boys aged 8 – 18 years old with any disability impairment. See more information below along with details of the forthcoming Football Festival on the new 3G pitches at Hemel Hempstead School.
Hemel Hempstead Festival and Sessions Summer Term
Watch the film here about Jack from Everett Rovers Inclusive, thriving with his football and being invited to play for the Watford FC CSE Trust Talent Hub!
A fantastic Herts Youth Inclusive Match Day Tournament hosted by Bedwell Rangers FC Inclusive
17th February 2018
Bedwell Rangers FC Inclusive hosted a brilliant Herts Youth Inclusive Match Day Tournament at Marriotts Sports Centre, Stevenage. Supported by Watford FC Community Trust and Stevenage Foundation, over 100 players took part. Everett Rovers U13’s won both the Championship and Premiership trophies whilst St Albans City Youth won the U18’s tournament. All players played well and it was great to see new players and clubs attending including Bury Rangers Inclusive players and the Talent Hub team from Watford FC.
Harpenden Colts FC Inclusive hosts the first Herts Youth Inclusive Match Day Tournament of 2018
14th January 2018
An indoor tournament hosted by Harpenden Colts FC got the 2018 programme of events off to a great start. U13’s teams and U16’s teams from across Herts enjoyed mini matches supported by Watford FC Community Trust.
Success for the fourth annual All Inclusive event, organised by Bury FC
On a cold, but bright sunny morning, over 50 children and young adults along with their respective families gathered at Wodson Park Sports Centre for Hertford based youth football club Bury Rangers FC’s Fourth Annual All Inclusive Football Festival.
The event was supported by teams from the Herts Youth Inclusive Football group and Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust.
Read more here: http://www.buryrangers.com/news/bury-rangers-fcs-all-inclusive-football-festival-2119259.html
Herts Youth Inclusive Football inaugural presentation evening at Watford FC
A Great Success!
On Saturday 4th November, over 140 players, parents, carers, coaches and guests attended the 2017 Herts Youth Inclusive Football presentation evening kindly hosted by Watford FC and held at the prestigious Captains Bar overlooking the pitch at Watford FC’s very own Vicarage Road.
The evening was a celebration for players from youth inclusive teams across Hertfordshire who have been representing their clubs, including Bedwell Rangers, Everett Rovers, St Albans and Harpenden Colts at Match Day Tournaments and Football Festivals for the past year.
Neil Deans, Head of Sport and Education at Watford FC Community Trust gave a speech to welcome everyone to Watford FC and Simona Petcova, a player from Watford FC Ladies alongside Harry Hornet, the Watford FC official mascot presented each player with a Herts Youth Inclusive Player 2017 trophy, kindly provided by HT Sports, St Albans. There was a children’s entertainer, DJ, buffet and a raffle and auction to raise funds for Herts Youth Inclusive Football. Prizes included a signed Watford FC football and shirt as well as a signed England shirt, BT Tower tickets and Watford FC Match Day Dinner tickets.
Mark Collins, Chairman of Herts Youth Inclusive Football said “All the players, parents, carers and coaches were over the moon with the whole experience especially as it was overlooking Watford FC’s pitch. It was both an enjoyable and inspirational evening for all involved and we are extremely grateful for the continued support we have from the Watford FC Community Trust and Watford FC. Through the partnership, we hope to keep on growing to encourage more players into inclusive football and to support more grassroots clubs to start inclusive teams ”
Herts Youth Inclusive Football is going from strength to strength proving a platform for players, girls and boys, all of whom have a disability and or additional needs to enjoy football, play matches and benefit greatly from the many sporting and social opportunities that arise.
The official photographs taken by Juliet McGrory Photography can be found by clicking here:
Players who wish to download their photo’s please email HertsYouthInclusiveFootball@mail.com with your photo number and you will be sent a code to enable downloads.
It is not compulsory, but if you wish, please give a small donation to Herts Youth Inclusive Football for your photographs. Details on how to do this will be emailed to you. Thank you for your continued support.
24th September 2017, Fantastic Inclusive Football Festival hosted by Harpenden Colts FC.
Herts Youth Inclusive Football goes from Strength to Strength…
Inclusive teams from across Hertfordshire enjoy a fantastic Match Day Tournament
Watch the Herts Youth Inclusive Football Film
The last Match Day Tournament of the season for Herts Youth Inclusive Football took place on Saturday 24th June hosted by St Albans City Youth Inclusive.
Kindly supported by WatfordFC Community Trust, inclusive teams from St Albans City Youth, Everett Rovers, Bedwell Rangers, Harpenden Colts and Berko Raiders took part in the Match Day.
The tournament was a great success with 70 players of all abilities playing matches and enjoying football. All played really well and the standard of football was high. The home team St Albans City Youth won both the U13’s and U16’s trophies.
Herts Youth Inclusive Football is a committee run by representatives from football clubs across Hertfordshire. It was formed in 2016 after Herts FA took the decision to reduce the amount of support for disability football across Hertfordshire.
Herts Youth Inclusive Football aims to create opportunities for players of all abilities and inclusive teams to get involved in football and play matches. It helps clubs to develop their inclusive teams and also aims to create a clearer development pathway for players to progress in their football. It also provides a great social platform for children and young adults to enjoy sport and meet up with friends.
Herts Youth Inclusive Football runs regular Match Day Tournaments and quarterly football festivals to encourage more players to join local inclusive teams in Herts.
Through the partnership with WatfordFC Community Trust there are opportunities to play matches for Watford FC Inclusive against other premiership teams and get involved in many other sport and social activities.
The committee is currently supported by Kids In Sport and WatfordFC Community Trust and recently, Leverstock Green FC, a club who gets little financial support also donated to the committee.
Herts Youth Inclusive Football is going from strength to strength and is continuing to look for sponsorship and other opportunities that would benefit the players.
To find out more, email HertsYouthInclusiveFootball@mail.com