How old do I have to be to play for Crawley Wasps?
We aim to run teams at U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16 and seniors. To play in any age group, you must be at the qualifying age on the 31st August prior to the start of the season in September. For example, if you are 13 on 31st August you can play for the Under 14’s (U14) in following season. If a player is 16 on 31st August, then they are eligible to play for the seniors. At the club’s discretion, players may be allowed to play up 1 year. This means that if you are 13 you might play at U15 but this is only done in exceptional circumstances.
You can play for the U11’s as soon as you are 9 years old. We would encourage girls who are 8 or younger to play in mixed teams with boys until they reach their 9th birthday.
How many members to you have?
We currently have just over 100 playing members of all ages – making us one of the biggest clubs catering exclusively for girls football in the south east.
How many teams do you run in each age group?
We try to have one team in each age group. See the separate team pages on this website to see our current set up.
How much does it cost?
The fee for the season is set at a competitive rate of £240.
This can be paid by cheque in one lump sum or by 12 monthly instalments of £20.
These fees are inclusive of all training and match facilities. Please be aware that all the people who provide and help with this club do not benefit from match fees, and any additional monies (if made!) are put back into the growth of the club. In summary, fees cover:
- Cost of all training and matches.
- Lease of our pitches and training area at Ewhurst Paying Fields, Ifield Drive, Crawley.
- Rent of pitch at Three Bridges FC.
- Sussex Women & Girl’s League affiliation and registrations.
- London & South East Regional Ladies Football League affiliation and registration for the senior teams.
- Sussex and Surrey County FA affiliation for all girls and ladies teams.
- Public liability and personal accident insurance for all teams.
- CRB checking and FA level I coaching for all managers and coaches.
- Upkeep of the ground, including maintenance, line paint and seeding etc.
- Hire of all-weather training facilities for the period October to March.
- Playing kit
- Training equipment including: practice balls, cones, bibs, practice goals, first aid bag and contents
- Free entry into one summer tournament per team
None of the managers or officials of the club receive any payment for what they do, so I’m sure you will agree this all represents pretty good value for money!
What about child protection?
All managers and coaches at the club are CRB checked in accordance with FA guidelines. The club has a designated child protection officer, Dawn Keegan, who is up-to-date with recommended child protection procedures and guidelines and can be contacted at any time.
Do you have Charter Standard status?
We have FA Charter Standard Club status. The Charter Standard Scheme is a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for clubs working with young people. Find out more on the FA website or Sussex County FA website.
Are your coaches qualified?
The Charter Standard requires that at least one coach in every age group holds at least the FA Level I Coaching Certificate, Junior Manager or FA Assistant Club Coach. It is club policy that all coaches hold the FA Level I Coaching Certificate and currently all our coaches either hold this award or are booked on courses.
All of Crawley Wasps coaches have Safe Guarding Children Certificates and First Aid.
What league do you play in?
We play in a number of different leagues. Our junior teams play 11, 9 and 7-a-side in the Sussex County Women & Girl’s Football League. The seniors play in the London & South East Regional Women’s Football league.
When and where do you play matches?
The season runs from September to April. All games are played on Sundays. Senior games always kick off at 2:00; junior games can start anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Depending on the team and the league they play in, away games could be anywhere in Sussex or Surrey (Some senior games may be in Kent or anywhere within the M25). All home games are played at Ewhurst or Three Bridges FC. The Ladies 1sts team play at Three Bridges FC, which is a Ryman Isthmian football league standard facility; the U16’s use the adult pitch at Ewhurst; U13 use the junior pitch; and U12 and U11 use the mini-soccer pitch at Ewhurst.
When and where do you train?
Up to the end of September, we train at our ground at Ewhurst, Ifield Drive, Crawley. From October through to the end of March, we train on the all-weather surface at Ifield Community College and then it’s back to Ewhurst to the end of the season. Training times vary between the different age groups but are generally either Tuesday or Wednesday evening.
Why can't training sessions be longer?
We are limited by cost when training at ICC to one hour but sessions can be up to 90 minutes at Ewhurst at the discretion of the manager.
How is the club run?
The club is run in accordance with its constitution, which can be downloaded from this website. A management committee is elected at the annual general meeting each year and they are responsible for the day-to-day running of the club, including the appointment of managers and coaches. The current members of the management committee are listed on our Home Page.
Do you have a code of conduct ?
Yes. All players, coaches and officials are required to sign up to our Code of Conduct. You can find it on this website.