With the latest football season officially ending last month, we have looked back at some of our key moments from the previous season.
The Women’s Euros kicked off across England at the start of the month, in line with this we launched our Super Sevens tournament as we welcomed 45 girls’ teams aged U9 - U16s from across Surrey. The 7-a-side tournament was focused on participation, allowing teams to play many games in a round-robin style festival.
Members of our team also celebrated London Pride, as we joined the national FA march across central London, to support the 50th anniversary of the parade.
At the end of the month, we celebrated the Lionesses WEURO win, as Chloe Kelly’s 110th-minute winner against Germany sealed the trophy.
As we revelled in the Lionesses WEURO win, we hosted our second Super Sevens Tournament. Held at the Xcel Sports Hub in Walton-on-Thames celebrated the ever-growing women’s game in Surrey, providing a great opportunity for new players, and veterans alike, to get involved.
Towards the end of the month Surrey FA held our Grassroots Awards ceremony at the Guildford Harbour Hotel. The celebrations were an opportunity to recognise those in the Surrey footballing community, who go above and beyond to make a difference in the grassroots game.
As we joined the nation in mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, English football united to postpone all football fixtures between 9-11 September.
Later that month, Surrey FA was pleased to launch our Unite Through Football: Refugees Project with SBHL and Surrey Police. The first round of fixtures saw 120 refugees attend Meadowbank and the launch day reflected months of planning to deliver the largest refugee football offering ever coordinated by a County FA.
In addition, we continued to provide more participation opportunities in the female game, as we launched a four-part Women’s Walking Football series.
In October we supported the Rainbow Laces campaign and welcomed Surrey clubs to join us to encourage LGBTQ+ acceptance in football.
We also joined Surrey clubs in supporting Play Safe Weekend. As a county, we handed out Play Safe armbands to those who visited Meadowbank and members of our team travelled around the county to deliver armbands to team representatives. Staff also attended matches across the weekend to show their support.
At the start of November, Surrey FA’s achievements were nationally recognised at the FA recognition awards at Wembley Stadium for Brand Engagement.
We supported the FA's first national Silent Support Weekend, designed to promote respect across youth football. Significantly, we also proudly re-launched our Youth Forum, became a registered Sunflower Friendly organisation, and welcomed the Surrey Police and Surrey Fire & Rescue to Meadowbank to raise awareness of road safety.
As the men’s World Cup was being played in Qatar, here in Surrey we were celebrating the inclusive nature of football across the County.
Our Diversity in Surrey Festival, held at Weir Archer Fitness and Athletics Centre, saw 23 players from Stonewall FC A and B teams, Chinese Community Centre, and Chelsea Foundation, to play in a mini tournament joined by a team made up of staff and members from our Inclusion Advisory Board.
We also hosted a FIFA tournament at Meadowbank, delivered to reflect the momentum of the winter World Cup.
Kicking off the new year, Meadowbank played host to the second edition of the Women’s Walking Football Showcase.
Surrey FA also worked alongside our leagues to address increasing levels of Misconduct in the game. Our ‘If you see it. Report it’ campaign aimed to increase people's awareness of the consequences of their actions when participating in grassroots sports.
In line with the remarkable growth of the female game, Clive Biggins was named our Women and Girls’ Community champion.
We hosted the FA Pokémon Youth Futsal Cup County qualifiers for the 2022/23 season, this year we had more than 60 teams participating in the competition across U10s, U12s, U14s & U16s age categories for both boys and girls.
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, Surrey FA Held a Q&A and Networking Event with special guest speakers taking part.
As we approached the County Cup finals, referees who were appointed matches were announced and in celebration of those appointed and long-serving match officials, a special referee awards ceremony was held at the Harbour Hotel in Guildford.
At the start of April, Surrey Football Association and THORPE PARK Resort were excited to announce that the UK’s most thrilling theme park had joined our partner network to signify their support for youth football in Surrey.
Surrey FA staff also joined Fulham FC and London FA for a Ramadan-inspired football tournament, Iftar (breaking of the fast), and conversations about how to support Muslim football players within London and Surrey.
The Surrey County Cup finals ran every week through May, with the Met Police claiming the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup after beating Virginia Water in what was our first ever live streamed cup competition.
As the season ended, we also proudly announced the full list of referees who have secured promotion for the 2023/24 season.
As we look forward to the upcoming season, focus has been turned to the Women’s World Cup this summer. As part of the Women’s World Cup Celebrations this summer, Surrey FA is excited to be delivering a football festival and educational day.
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