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Walking Football Friendly

Community Iron Walking Football 1-0 Clacton Walking Football

On the 26th October we played our first friendly against Clacton Walking Football following a treacherous journey due to A12 closures and bad traffic. We arrived late which made pre match preparation very difficult on a bitterly cold sandy pitch. We played 4 ten minute quarters enabling us to rotate the squad and in the forth quarter with only minutes to go Mark Sansom squeezes  the ball inside the goalkeeper from a very acute angle to the score the only goal of the game. More friendlies lined up soon. If you would like to get involved please visit here Walking Football Friendly

The Real Reason We Wear The Poppy


The Real Reason Why We Wear The Poppy

  November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. Once there, the bodies were draped with the union flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. The other three were reburied. A French Honour Guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight of the chosen soldier overnight. On the morning of the 8th November, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court arrived and the Unknown Warrior was placed inside. On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed: “A British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for King and Country”. On the 9th of November, the Unknown Warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through Guards of Honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside. There, he was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Vernon bound for Dover. The coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths, surrounded by the French Honour Guard. Upon arrival at Dover, the Unknown Warrior was met with a nineteen gun salute – something that was normally only reserved for Field Marshals. A special train had been arranged and he was then conveyed to Victoria Station, London. He remained there overnight, and, on the morning of the 11th of November, he was finally taken to Westminster Abbey. The idea of the unknown warrior was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served on the front line during the Great War the union flag he had used as an altar cloth whilst at the front, was the one that had been draped over the coffin. It was his intention that all of the relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the Unknown Warrior could very well be their lost husband, father, brother or son…   THIS is the reason we wear poppies. We do not glorify war. We remember – with humility – the great and the ultimate sacrifices that were made, not just in this war, but in every war and conflict where our service personnel have fought – to ensure the liberty and freedoms that we now take for granted. Every year, on the 11th of November, we  remember the Unknown Warrior.   At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them   Solider standing over poppy field

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.
FA Coaching Badges

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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