FC Lakeside Under 9 Whites secure new Sponsorship Deal

FC Lakeside Under 9 Whites are delighted to have secured a sponsorship deal with local Plumbing and Heating business Flametree. The deal comes with the launch of the new kit from Saxon which was worn for the first time this weekend in the Whites first CYL fixture. Team Manager Tim Stokes says “seeking sponsors in Junior Football can at times be very challenging so we are delighted that Flametree have stepped up to support us. On behalf of the players, parents and the club we would like to thank Greg at Flametree for the sponsorship”. The quality of the new kit is made to a very high standard and Saxon have done a tremendous job providing a bespoke design based around the club branding requirements. Flametree owner Greg Herdman stated ” We know that local football clubs need the support of local business and we are pleased we were able to help. The kit looks great and we wish the team all the best for the coming season.” Flametree based in Hatherley are specialists in Plumbing and Heating and can be contacted on greg@flametreeinstallations.co.uk.

Greg Herdman – Flametree Plumbing and Heating

FC Lakeside Appoint Rich Joyce as new Under 18 Manager

FC Lakeside are very pleased to announce tonight, the new man in charge to take our UNDER 18’s team forward for this coming season.
Please meet Mr Rich Joyce, (pictured center) enjoying success with Forest Green Rovers. Rich is an FA level Two qualified coach and has an enthusiasm for our game which is obvious to see. His experience and knowledge of both local football and working at a higher level with Forest Green and Redditch Utd, mean that the FC Lakeside youngsters will benefit from his guidance.

Rich is very keen to jump straight into his new role, with the season now very much upon us.He has asked FC Lakeside to advertise training sessions starting immediately. Rich also has a coaching staff with him.

NEW PLAYERS ARE WELCOME, along with all our current player who finished at our U16 level last season. The first session will be this Wednesday (7th August) at 6:30 – 7:30pm. The venue will be confirmed on our main Facebook page as soon as we have it sorted, ASAP.
Rich has mentioned he’s more interested in immediate match practice and game awareness, more so than fitness.

Good luck Rich, welcome to FC Lakeside

FC Lakeside boosted by brand new FA funding


England Under-19s Head Coach, Paul Simpson, believes funding from The FA’s Retain the Game scheme could help to secure the long-term future of FC Lakeside.

The grant, which has been awarded to help aid the retention of adult male teams within grassroots football, will enable FC Lakeside to sustain their Men’s First Team and Reserve over the coming years.

Retain the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants of £750 to existing grassroots football clubs to boost their financial sustainability and allow them to continue offering playing opportunities in organised football.

Funding has been targeted at clubs that operate with two or more male teams aged under-17 and above, and either currently hold The FA’s Adult Charter Standard Award or commit to attaining the award within the next footballing season.

The strategy aims to encourage more clubs to strive for Adult Charter Standard, with research from The FA demonstrating increased levels of sustainability and player recruitment for teams with this award.

Paul Simpson, England Under-19s Head Coach, said: “It’s great to see The FA and the Football Foundation supporting participation in the adult male game at the community level. “Affordability has often been identified as a key barrier, so this grant will ease the financial burden placed on clubs and allow them to concentrate on providing access to competitive football. It is very pleasing to see FC Lakeside taking advantage of this pilot scheme and ensuring that they look forward to a bright future, providing regular opportunities for local people to enjoy the benefits of playing our national game.”

Money invested as part of Retain the Game will go towards covering core costs – including matchday and training facility hire – first aid training and new Nike kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.

The new scheme has further bolstered The FA’s efforts to increase participation in grassroots football. Earlier this year, they also awarded grants of £1,500 as part of their Grow the Game programme, with particular emphasis placed on boosting the number of female and disabled grassroots football teams. Mike Simmons FC Lakeside Manager , said “This is a fantastic opportunity to sustain both of FC Lakeside’s adult teams, everyone at the club would like to thank the football foundation.” For more information contact: FC Lakeside Manager Mike Simmons Email: mikesimmons8@icloud.com



FC Lakeside are delighted to announce the appointment of Warren Fitzgeorge and Jamie Moore as the new Management unit for our Mens Reserves side. The pair will aim to reignite the side and bring it back to winning ways at what is an exciting time for FC Lakeside. They will work closely with First Team Manager Mike Simmons and Director of Mens Football, Carl Williams to continue to drive the senior section of the club forward. Club Chairman, Rob Griffiths states “We are delighted with the appointment of Warren and Jamie who bring bags of enthusiasm and are delighted to be joining us. They are setting the standards high and bring a wealth of knowledge from local league football and with a strong network are able to bring in some fresh faces to the side. We are delighted to have them both on board” The duo will be starting their duties ASAP with pre-season training just around the corner and chance to get the lads together. “We are excited in becoming FC Lakeside Reserves Managers and are relishing the challenges for the upcoming season and hope to bring success back to the side”. Welcome Jamie and Warren!

@FA Charter Standard Club

FC Lakeside are proud to say we have successfully maintained our @FA Charter Standard status for 2018/19. We are committed to delivering the best possible experience for players, referees, coaches and supporters making football safe and fun for everyone. For more information please visit http://bit.ly/2t6n5J0. Thanks to all involved within FC Lakeside for making this happen. #charterstandard #proud #forall

FC Lakeside Under 11 Reds Seeking New Players

FC Lakeside Reds Under 11’s are recruiting new players for next season, 2018/19 when we move to Under 12 age group.

We are looking for players with experience of playing club football in local youth leagues.

If your child is currently school year 6, moving up to year 7 and interested in joining us, we will be holding open training sessions in June. Please contact Rob Hannett on 07795 030885 for more details.

Many Thanks

FC Lakeside U12’s Division 1 winners 2018

On Sunday Lakeside FC won the Under 12 Division 1 Cheltenham Youth League having won an incredible 18 out of 18 home and away matches.
The season finale was a tense affair in the Forest of Dean against Ruardean Hill Rangers who had title ambitions of their own having won 16 of their 17 league games, their only loss to date being away to Lakeside. A win for Ruardean would have resulted in a play-off match to decide the league winners, a win or draw for Lakeside would see them take the title. Lakeside had not conceded more than one goal in a league game all season with the exception of an 18-3 win, so the title was firmly in our sights when we took a deserved lead with 15 minutes on the clock. The team battled hard for each other and saw the game out to chalk up a seventh clean sheet of the season and more importantly a league title. This is a fantastic achievement for the team and a progression from the CYL under 11’s league season from which they also emerged unbeaten, winning both the autumn and winter mini-leagues, in addition to the Cinderford, Abbeymead and Quedgley summer tournaments!!!


Dear all

The FC Lakeside Committee has recently received notification from our current Club Treasurer, Steve Barlow that he will be resigning from his current post at the AGM this Summer. As a Committee we are saddened by Steve’s decision but understand and respect his reasons. Steve has been a huge part of FC Lakeside over the last few years, not only as club treasurer but also as a Coach.

Steve took on the Treasurers role 4 years ago and has truly done an amazing job. He has transformed the way we manage our finances from previous years with the full support of the Managers and Coaches within the Club. He has managed not only the Youth Section finances but in addition picked up the responsibility of managing the Men’s Teams. His hard work and commitment in helping both the Youth and Adult Managers is testament to his character and passion in supporting Football at grass roots level. The Committee would like to thank Steve for his continued dedication and wish him and his family all the very best. We look forward to welcoming Steve back to our games and events in the future.

We now begin the process of recruiting for a new Treasurer to continue the great work and legacy that Steve will be leaving. We assure any candidates that the system and processes are all in place and a seamless transition with the support of Steve and the Committee will assist the new person to get up to speed quickly. The Treasurer will sit on the Club Committee, will be named on the Club Constitution and will play an active part in the running of the Football Club. We have exciting times ahead at FC Lakeside and we are especially delighted to have received verbal notification of our successful bid of Cold Pool Lane. We continue to provide the local community with an outstanding facility to play and participate in football and will endeavor to maintain the extremely high standards that have been set by the Club over recent years.

This is an exciting role and we welcome interest from anyone who would like to put themselves forward for the position. We will be holding meetings over the coming weeks with interested candidates with the intention to appoint the new Treasurer ASAP. If you are interested please contact club Chairman Rob Griffiths on rob.fclakeside@live.co.uk.

Thanks again to Steve for all the work you have done and we look forward to receiving applications!

Many Thanks

FC Lakeside Committee.



It is with deep sadness to hear about the passing of Roger Hatherway.
I’m sure all connected with FC Lakeside both past and present, will join us in sending our kindest thoughts and condolences to Rogers family.
Roger was our club secretary for 15 or more years, throughout the 1980’s and 90’s.
His passion for FC Lakeside and professionalism in his role, laid the strong foundations for where we are today.
Roger was the back bone of FC Lakeside and along with others, Roger continued to develop our family club and philosophy that has grown over the years.
He was part of the original team of officials who started our great friendship with Dutch Club, VV Oude Maas, which is now as strong as ever after 35 years.
As I am writing this, it makes me realise the extent of the legacy Roger has left with FC Lakeside.
As well as his secretarial duties, he coached and managed various teams.
Also Rogers sons played and now his Grandson is also playing for the club.
Roger was very proud to see how his club has continued to develop and only last month at our club tournament, Roger expressed how pleased he was for us winning the tender bid for Cold Pool Lane.
He mentioned how pleased he was to see so many committed coaches and officials carrying on the great name of FC Lakeside in the local football community.
He quietly kept up to speed with all we are doing.
Please feel free to comment to this post and add your memories you may have of Roger.

Rest in peace Mr Roger Hatherway

Sadly missed but never forgotten.

Flowers will be sent on behalf of
FC Lakeside for the funeral.
We will also contribute to a charity of choice-donation, if Rogers family so wish.

Regards to all,
Rob Griffiths
Club Chairman


FC Lakeside are currently seeking new players for our recently launched Under 10 Red Team for the 2017/18 season. We are delighted to welcome Joe Roberts as the newly appointed Manager for the side and he is looking to register new players ASAP. If you have a child who will be in school year 5 next year and is interested in joining FC Lakeside then please contact Joe directly (joe-21@hotmail.co.uk). We are delighted to be able to extend our membership in this age group and wish Joe and the team all the best for the new season ahead.

Exciting times ahead!