FRIDAY FOOTBALL CLUB
Welcome to the page all about the legendary Fairlight Friday Football Club.
You can even see us on Match of the Day AND NOW ON YOUTUBE ALSO.
FRIDAY FOOTBALL 2022
If you are in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 and want to take part in Friday Football Club then you need to fill in the application form by Thursday 22nd September 2022.
We are asked regularly where else children can play football in the local area.
Below are several places you can go along and join in.
ALBION IN THE COMMUNITY
We run a Saturday morning session at Hove Park Upper School for players from the U5 age category (4 years old and up) through to U13s. This session is aimed at players who may not have a lot of football experience and are perhaps just starting out on their footballing journey.
This session takes place from 9.30am – 11am and is charged at £5 a week for girls, and £7 a week for boys. If you want to make a booking for this, you can do so by following the below booking link. Sessions are bookable on a week by week basis, or alternatively you can book a block of sessions in advance.
We also run a Pathway Centre in Brighton for players form the U6 age category (5 years old and up) through to U13’s. This session is aimed at players who have slightly more footballing experience, and these sessions take place on a Friday night at Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton from 5pm-6.15pm.
The sessions here are charged at £10 a week, and you can make a booking by following the below booking link:
FRIDAY FOOTBALL CLUB ON MATCH OF THE DAY
If you haven't seen the amazing Fairlight Football Club on Match of the Day then click here to watch it https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/59615222
A group of year 5 and 6 members of football club spent a Friday at the Amex.
They were invited to take part in filming for Sphero and Brighton and Hove Albion for a promotional video that will be used to promote and sell the product to football teams and clubs all round the world.
Here is the film that Sphero made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4JrcxgJLa4
This was then topped on the Monday when BBC Match of the Day spent the morning filming in school with Brighton and Hove Albion Legend Glenn Murray.
The children got to spend the morning showing Glenn the robots in action.
Teaching Glenn how to use the robots.
Challenging Glenn to some competitions.
Asking Glenn some questions.
And getting a signed photo of Glenn.
Fantastic Fairlight Friday Football CluB
The club starts every Friday morning at 7.45am sharp with a pitch inspection. That's because the grassroots in question belong to The Level, one of Brighton's most famous/infamous public parks – and you never know quite what the assorted revellers, skaters and dog-walkers will have left behind on the grass that, for an hour each week, is transformed into a training pitch for the budding young footballers of Fairlight Primary and Nursery School.
Periodically, the club even has to compete with The Level's travelling funfair - but that doesn't stop our ever-growing band of future football stars turning out before school. Girls and boys from many parts of Europe, Africa, South America and even Hove bring a wonderfully multicultural, multi-lingual spirit to training – with everyone soon grasping the meaning of Mr Jordan's favourite tactical instruction: "Just boot it!"
Enthusiasm levels are never less than 110% - as anyone who has walked across The Level one Friday morning and heard a session in full swing will testify. These devoted (and noisy) youngsters appear through the murk and mist out the back of work vans or off the back of bikes, on foot or the local bus. Before their day of learning at Fairlight School has even begun, they will have tackled hard, scored a "worldy", or saved a certain goal from going in (well, that’s the story they tell when they get back to school, anyway). What we do know from their teachers is that attention levels in class are always much improved after these training sessions.
Ages and skill levels vary, but everybody who attends regularly will get the chance to represent one of Fairlight's football teams in their travels around Brighton, Hove and beyond to play matches against other schools (we have no home pitch, so all games are away games). This season, the top scorer in our senior team is a very talented girl who also plays for Brighton & Hove Albion's Academy side.
The coach, kit man and team medic Mr Jordan – who also moonlights as Fairlight Primary's headmaster – hardly ever mentions how injury cut short his own promising football career. The club also relies on dedicated parents and grandparents to provide lifts to training and matches – and the half-time oranges – as well as clearing The Level of foreign objects and helping with the long walk back to school after each session. Sadly, there are as yet no team chefs to cook healthy pre-match meals – indeed, some of the children will be lucky to have eaten any breakfast before they arrive each Friday.
Further generous support has come from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (Baca), who kindly let Fairlight play on their spectacular 3G pitch in the shadow of the Amex Stadium – and also refereed the game, and collected both teams by minibus! Brighton College followed suit with the use of their amazing facilities at Manor Gym and Brighton College, while cut-price tickets to a (victorious) Brighton & Hove Albion evening match definitely added to the togetherness and community spirit of this wonderful club.
If you feel you can help in any way – from offering lifts, football kit or any other equipment at all, to sponsoring our teams or even granting us the use of a spare minibus (well, if you don’t ask, you don’t get) – then please contact Mr Jordan at email@example.com. Alternatively, just come and say hello when you are walking across The Level one Friday morning, between 7.45 and 8.30am. You'll be sure of a warm – and noisy – welcome.