How old do I have to be to play for Crawley Wasps?
For the 2018-19 season, we are presently running youth teams at Under-11, Under-12 and Under-18 age groups (plus two Ladies teams). More may be added prior to the season's start, so if you fall into any other age group, please enquire.
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 11 on 31st August, you can play for the Under 12s in the following season. A player who is 16 on 31st August is eligible to play in senior football as well as for the Under-18s.
At the club’s discretion, players may be allowed to play up a year. This means that a 13-year-old could play for the Under-15s.
You can play for the Under-11s as soon as you are nine years old. For those aged eight or under, we run a Mini Kickers group on a Sunday morning.
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 and ladies 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 is paid in 12 monthly installments of £20. If you pay up front, the fee is reduced to £200.
The fees cover the following...
- Cost of all training and matches.
- Lease of our pitches and training area at Ewhurst Playing Fields in Ifield Drive.
- Matchday lease of the first-team pitch at Oakwood FC.
- Cost of the club's affiliation to the FA Women's National League, the South East Counties League, the Sussex Women's & Girls League and the Sussex and Surrey County FAs.
- Cost of all player registrations with the above divisions.
- Public liability and personal accident insurance for all teams.
- Cost of DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and contributions to any FA Level 1 coaching required by managers and coaches.
- Upkeep of Ewhurst, including maintenance, line paint and seeding etc.
- Hire of all-weather training facilities for October to March.
- All playing kit and training equipment.
No players, managers or club officials 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 DBS 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 do - and are very proud of it. The FA 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 a minimum FA Level 1 coaching certificate, Junior Manager or FA Assistant Club Coach. As such, it is club policy that, prior to being appointed, all coaches hold the FA Level 1 coaching certificate or are booked on such courses.
All of our coaches have Safeguarding Children certificates and first-aid training.
What league do you play in?
We play in a number of different leagues. The Ladies first team play in the FA Women's National League Division One South East, while the reserves compete in the South East Counties Premier Division. Our youth teams play in the relevant age-group divisions in the Sussex County Girls League.
When and where do you play matches?
The vast majority of games are played on Sundays, although occasional fixtures are midweek. First-team and reserve-team games nearly always kick off at 2pm. Youth-team games can start anytime between 10am and 2pm. Check the fixtures page for specific details of upcoming matches.
The Ladies first team play home matches at Tinsley Lane, Oakwood FC. Their away trips in 2018-19 will include exciting games at the likes of Ipswich, Luton, Stevenage and Norwich.
The Ladies reserves and all youth teams play their home games at Ewhurst in Ifield Drive. The reserves travel around the south east, while the youth-game games are all against Sussex-based opposition.
When and where do you train?
Training is invariably on Wednesdays, although the Mini Kickers group train on Sundays.
From April to the end of September, we train at our Ewhurst base in Ifield Drive, Crawley. From October through to the end of March, training switches to the 3G facility at the Checkatrade Stadium. Training times vary between the different age groups.
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 contacts 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.