Our Community Football Club Philosophy

Our Community Football Club Philosophy

In February 2017 we surveyed Players, Parents and Coaches to gain their feedback about our Club. We asked why they got involved, what it means to them and also what we could do better. We also asked them to describe the club in 3 words.

You can see from the word clouds below which words came up time and time again in answer to that question. For those unfamiliar with word clouds, the concept is that the larger the word appears, the more often it was used in the response.

How our Players Describe Us

How our Players Describe Us

We were delighted with the results from our survey and as we look to grow our club we have published this philosophy in order to be transparent about our aims.
On these pages you can expect to find out what we stand for, what everyone can expect from the Club and what the Club expects in return.
This philosophy underpins our goals and help to shape every decision we make as a Club. We will use it to ensure we have consistency across all of our age groups.
We will continue to seek feedback from players, parents and coaches as we are constantly striving to improve.

Who We Are

Southport Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Community Club. The FA Charter Standard accreditation is a clear demonstration that the Club is well organised, safe and offers opportunities for all.
We are one of only a handful of clubs in the area with a pathway and opportunity to progress from mini soccer at Under 7 through to open age football with our first team.
We have FA qualified coaches as standard, we prioritise child welfare and we adhere to FA respect policies and codes of conduct.
There are three levels of charter standard awards for clubs and we have been awarded with the most advanced level of club development and football provision.

Our Vision

We want to firmly establish Southport FC as the flagship football club in Sefton and West Lancashire and to be the most respected community club in the North West.
It might not mean that our development teams win all the trophies but we firmly believe that if we do things in the right way the results will look after themselves.

Our Mission

To provide the best possible football experience for everyone involved with our Club regardless of their age, sexuality, gender, ethnic origin or ability. We want to offer facilities and coaching in an atmosphere that is conducive to the development of every young person in terms of self-discipline, good behaviour and teamwork.

We want to provide all the boys and girls at Southport FC the maximum opportunity to develop their football, personal, social, educational and sporting skills to their full potential with the children’s welfare and enjoyment a priority in all decisions we make.

Our Purpose

To have a positive impact on the community and develop better people through football. We want to create a lasting legacy for anyone who comes into contact with our club and for them to develop a lifelong association whether as players, coaches, officials or supporters.

How We Play

We want our players to develop a well rounded football education, ensuring that as they get older and as the game changes they are equipped to deal with a wide range of situations and problems.
As such we won’t pigeonhole our players into positions at an early age and we don’t expect our teams to stick with rigid formations. We want all of our players to experience all of the game.

We want to:

  1. Play attacking and creative football.
  2. Display a positive attitude, showing respect and sportsmanship for all.
  3. Give equal playing time wherever possible
  4. Win the game, but not at the expense of the above.

Our Coaching Philosophy

We expect our coaches to create a positive learning environment. Their job is to encourage the players and team to buy into the Club’s objectives and this means putting the player’s needs before our own.

On occasion this may mean sacrificing a result in the short term, if it helps us to invest in player opportunity and development in the long term.

Our coaching philosophy is built around this firm commitment. It provides direction, purpose and guidance to the process of coaching young players. Community Coaches at Southport Football Club will not be judged by the results in any league the team might be present in, instead they will be judged by the children they teach and whether they enjoy the sessions the coaches facilitate.

We promote a holistic approach based upon the FA’s four-corner model for long-term player development.

FA Four Corner Model

Click here to read our Club Policies

About Our Club

Fundamental Football (4-7)

To join us for FUNdamental Football contact Ian Smith: 07788 281430

Foundation Phase (U7-U11)
Youth Development Phase (U12-U16)

Our youth teams provide a fun and safe environment for youngsters to enjoy playing football. Players wishing to join one of our youth teams should contact the individual team manager.

Professional Development Phase (U17-U21)

To request a trial please contact our Head of Professional Development, Cameron Foster: Cameron.foster@southportfc.net

First team trials: Player recruitment for the first team is overseen by the First Team Manager and Head of Club Development. Southport FC can not usually accommodate requests for an open trial. Please contact secretary Ken Hilton at secretary@southportfc.net for more information.


Useful Contacts

Chairman: John Huyton (07449101129)
Vice-Chairman: Dan Hayes (07761 732880)
Secretary: Chris Baumber (07977 987277)
Welfare Officer: Elaine Leddy (07709986626)
Treasurer: Helen Lenart