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Jacob Jones Family Fun Day – Smiles All Around!

Jacob Jones Logo FinalA big thank you to all those that attended our Fun day on Easter Sunday. With your help we managed to raise over £1000. This money will now be used to fund our Jacob Jones smiling on others day, where we are hoping to take three children who are battling Neuroblastoma and their families to Paradise Wildlife park on Friday 13th April. A big Congratulations to our raffle winners
  • 1st place prize of our hamper went to Maggie
  • 2nd prize of our gardening hamper went to Beverley
  • 3rd prize of the animal cushions went to Farrell.
We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that donated their time or prizes for the day. We would like to thank Asda Witham for all our Easter eggs, Mack’s barbers , Bronzed and beautiful,  Namco Braintree, Horse and Groom Braintree and Chris Bojan for donating to our hamper, party masters for the play bus, inflatables and photo booth Richard and Alan from our walking football club for running the dads penalty competition, every one at Innovation majorettes , Toby and Harriett for showing us Boccia, Sindy and Ian for bringing the ice cream van, Once upon face paints, Kev Edwards, Steve Dyball, Darrell Weller and Rhys Mallett  for their demonstration and we wish you all the best for June when they will be riding their bikes from Lands end to Braintree, Christian Frimpong representing Samsonnite entertainment showcasing their new silent disco, Colin siebert and his team at Econoprint for all the artwork and printing requirements for our fun day, Aaron Whitnall for recording our event and sorting out our trip to Paradise Wildlife Park and of course we would like to thank all the team at Benton Hall Golf and country club for allowing us to use the facility and the events that they put on throughout the day.  
  • A massive thank you to the team at Community Iron for their work to ensure the day was such a success.

SSE Wildcats Session Coming Soon!! (16th April 2018)

The Football Association and SSE have launched an initiative designed to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to be involved in football. SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centres from The FA provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment. 200 clubs were established across England in 2017 and a further 800 are in place in 2018. Community Iron are delighted to be part of this fantastic program, simply click on the link to book your Daughter on for the opening session.

Community Iron – Level One Coaching Badge

imagesCommunity Iron are delighted to give the community the opportunity to help develop Grass Roots Football. We will be running an FA Level 1 in Coaching Football course starting in May 2018,  and it is open to all to take part, so if you would like to increase your coaching knowledge to help develop local youngsters then please book on. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact us on 01376 330976. The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football is the first stepping-stone on the core coaching pathway. It will provide you with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age. You will gain an insight into the game in England, how it is played and how you can coach to better support the development of future players. The England DNA (How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player); The FA 4 Corner Player Development Model which will help you gain a better understanding of the long-term development of your players as a whole person; The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping you construct appropriate practices and sessions for your players; and a series of practical coaching ideas, giving you the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe, fun and engaging practices to help your players develop. The course of learning is made up of eight guided learning, face-to-face workshops covering a range of topics linked to the England DNA, as well as some directed learning opportunities via three e-learning modules hosted on The FA Learning Management System (LMS). The e-learning modules cover core topics including the role of the coach, long-term player development and The FA Plan, Do, Review model.
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NLT U’11’s Girls Tournament Won By WHITE COURTS SCHOOL!

Congratulations to White Court School U11 Girls February 8th 2018 saw Community Iron hold the first National League Trust U11’s Girls Tournament, with five teams entering in total including Lyons Hall School, John Ray School, Notley Green White’s and Notley Green Green’s battle it out in a round robin format with the top two teams playing out in a final, the final was a very cagey affair that finished with a nerve racking penalty shoot out, that then went to sudden death, with the winning penalty being scored by White Courts. This means White Courts will now go on to represent Braintree Town in the regional finals, with the chance of a dream trip to Wembley in May this year. Well done to all who entered it was a great day and showcase for girls football in the town.

We are the famous Braintree Town and we are off to Wembley,

We are the famous Braintree Town and we are off to Wembley. 17492481_10154458494204033_6995841577534047822_o

Braintree Town FC (Lyons Hall Primary School) beat Dagenham & Redbridge (Valance Primary School) 3-0 in the U11s Regional Final yesterday at Woking.

The young Iron team went 18 games unbeaten and deserve this great opportunity to play at the famous Wembly Stadium on May 14th 2017 on the day the National League Playoffs are played.

It’s been a great achievement from the staff and coaches from Lyons Hall Primary School and Braintree Town Academy.

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Lyons Hall Primary School Under 11’s Get New Kit for Road to Wembley


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Lyons Hall Primary School Under 11’s Get New Kit for Road to Wembley

16 March 2017

Students from Lyons Hall Primary School in Braintree have fought their way through the initial stages of the National League Trusts Under 11’s Cup and this week were presented with a brand-new kit to help them on their way.

The school will join eight other teams in the regional round battling for a place at the cup’s national final, which will be held at Wembley in May.

As the team will be representing Braintree Town FC at the tournament, Andy Wood, Head of Marketing, and Mark Norris, Finance Director, from IronmongeryDirect, main sponsors of Braintree Town FC, presented them with a full ‘Iron’s’ kit ready for the next stages of the tournament.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect commented, “Everyone at IronmongeryDirect is very excited and proud that the Lyons Hall Primary School pupils have managed to get this far into the tournament. We wish them the best of luck on their road to Wembley.”

Whilst at the school, team members also took part in a training session with Joe Maybanks and Lewis Soraf from the Braintree Town youth team who taught them a number of tips and tricks to help them in their upcoming matches.

Mark Sansom, Academy Manager at Braintree Town FC, said: “Braintree Town are very proud to have Lyons Hall Primary School representing us in the National League Trusts Under 11’s Cup. We’d like to thank IronmongeryDirect for their ongoing support for the club and for providing the new kit for the Under 11’s team.”

IronmongeryDirect became the main sponsor of Braintree Town FC in August 2016 and are proud to support their Academy and Schools programme (Community Iron).

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About IronmongeryDirect

IronmongeryDirect has been supplying architectural ironmongery to tradesmen for over 40 years. Starting out as a traditional shop, today customers can browse over 15,500 products in the catalogue and online.

Orders can be placed as late as 8pm for fast next working day delivery, and by 3pm on a Saturday for Sunday delivery, plus all ironmongery products are covered by a minimum 5-year guarantee. And if customers need any advice or technical support, they are able to contact IronmongeryDirect’s skilled and highly knowledgeable team of specialists. Customers can now take advantage of the mobile site which makes it even easier for tradesmen on-the-go to search for products, place orders and track their delivery status. If for any reason a product needs to be returned customers can utilise the pre-paid returns label provided with the order.

With the UK’s biggest range of quality products in stock for next day delivery as standard, an award-winning service and low trade prices, IronmongeryDirect is proud to be the masters of their trade.


NLTU CUP – Road to Wembley

3What an amazing day! Today we hosted the Braintree qualifying round of the National League u11’s cup, 80 children took part from schools around Braintree and Witham, some quality football was played, and Lyons Hall School now become Braintree Town FC as they go to Woking on March 22nd for the regional semi finals! Thank you to the team at Community Iron, an amazing team effort, a very proud day for all of us, growing all the time!! The future keeps getting brighter.

FA Level One Coaching Course

imagesWe’re delighted to announce on Tuesday 10th January 2017 as part of our continued work with the community, we have five FA Level One spaces available for coaches associated with local football teams. Please click the link below to book your place.

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