About the Club

Mission Statement

“To provide all youth members of The Club the opportunity to play competitive football in a safe, controlled and friendly environment, under the supervision of FA Qualified Coaches.

To encourage everyone involved with The Club – players, coaches, parents and spectators – to support our young players to find challenges, enjoyment and fun and to learn about teamwork as they practice and play football.”

Club Philosophy

The club has published a comprehensive philosophy document for all members to read here. It has been carefully prepared by the chairman, with contributions from executive members and members of the FA.

Executive Committee

The NPLYFC Executive Committee, formed in July 2014, comprises six officials:

  • James Cranston (Chairman)
  • Mel Read (Team Management)
  • Antony Weir (Vice Chairman)
  • Steven Bates (Head Coach)
  • Will Palmer (Fixture Secretary)
  • Nizar El-Chamaa (Club Secretary)

The Executive Committee supports the Chairman and is entrusted and has the authority to make necessary decisions that cannot wait for endorsement by the main committee. It has the following mandate:

  • responsibility for the development of the football club
  • ensuring that the current standards are maintained
  • day-to-day running of the football club

You can contact the Executive Committee at exec@nplyouthfootball.co.uk.


The Committee is made up of all officials within the Club: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretaries, Officers, Coordinators and Managers. The committee supports the Executive Committee and is able to vote on Club Policy changes.

You can see the committee structure for the season here.

Club Rules

The Blue Book January 2010 provides a framework for the sports club to operate in. It contains rules and conduct for all members running the club.

Club Contacts

Position Member Contact Email
Chairman James Cranston chairman@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Club Secretary Nizar El-Chamaa secretary@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Charter Standard Coordinator James Cranston
Child Welfare Officer Steve Bates
Fixture Secretary Will Palmer fixtures@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Head Coach Steve Bates headcoach@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Kit Coordinator Vacant
Referee Coordinator Will Palmer refereecoordinator@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Secretary – Surrey Ben Walton
Secretary – East Berkshire James Cranston
Secretary – Capital Girls James Cranston (acting)
Social Secretary Vacant social@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Sponsorship Secretary Vacant sponsorship@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Treasurer Nerys Weir treasurer@nplyouthfootball.co.uk
Vice Chairman Antony Weir
IT Coordinator Will Palmer admin@nplyouthfootball.co.uk