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image credit Pevensey and Westham JFC, girls team

Pevensey and Westham JFC, girls team, trials for the county
Local resident, 89 year old senor citizen, Pauline Montgomery, is to guest edit part of the Christmas edition of the Pevenesey Bay Journal, as she did last year. Talking about her choice of the photograph for the Christmas picture post supplement in the newspaper, she said, “I have chosen this picture to feature because the picture is so lovely, congratulations to the girls, I was so excited when I got chosen to represent Lincolnshire in Netball, so I know how they must feel at their age, because I was 14″. She added ‘good luck with their trials for the county, a great honour for them to have been chosen for the trials, lovely girls”

Six questions for Pevensey & Westham JFC. Bay Life talks to secretary, Caroline Madelin. Their achievements are to feature in the Christmas edition of the Pevensey Bay Journal. Caroline talks about the foundations of the club to the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2009 and onwards to the success of the girls team in 2019

Q1: We note that you have youth teams, girls teams and an adult teams. This is quite a comprehensive line up. When did Pevensey & Westham JFC start?

Caroline: Founded by John & Sharon Saunders in 1998, Pevensey and Westham JFC. The club has continued to grow largely due to the fact that its main aim is to provide quality football coaching to children of all abilities in a positive and friendly environment and is very much a family club. The Club gained its Charter Standard Development Club award in 2006 and in 2008 was announced as The Sussex FA’s Development Club of the Year.

On 2nd June 2009, it was announced that the club was to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is equivalent to an MBE. This is a huge honour and recognition of all the voluntary work done over the many years. The club received a commemorative crystal and certificate signed by her Majesty The Queen.

Q2: Local activity with organisations like football clubs, really are at the grassroots of communities. They bring people together and act as focal points on a weekly basis for local people to gather and participate in sport, competition and social and social events. Do you want to say something about the weekly and monthly schedule of events at Pevensey & Westham JFC so that people can see the shape of the organisation?

Caroline: We hold weekly training sessions throughout the year- during the winter we have to find all weather surfaces to train on and use local facilities throughout Eastbourne and Hailsham for this – we return to the Rec in April. We play as many matches as we can at the rec, weather permitting. All teams are entered into local leagues and during the Summer we play tournaments throughout Sussex.

Q3: How did you get involved in Pevensey & Westham JFC, how long have you been the secretary?

Caroline: I got involved with Pevensey when my eldest, now at University joined and my youngest is now at his last year of playing youth football. I have been the Secretary for over 3 years now and took over the roll from Sharon Saunders one of the founders.

Q4: Must be a lot of work! What do you enjoy most about your role?

Caroline: I enjoy the fact that hopefully I am making a difference at the club and organising the many Managers we have.

Q5: The girls team is getting some fab publicity at present, you must be mighty proud of what they have achieved getting trials for the county, a great honour for them. What has been their reaction, does the trials stage mean a lot more training for them?

Caroline: The girls teams have gone from strength to strength and it is lovely to be able to support the girls involvement in sport and to see them enjoy playing as a team whatever their ability.

Q6: If someone wanted to get involved with Pevensey & Westham JFC, what should they do? Should they contact you, just turn up, or if they want to find out more, is there someone that would sit down with them and have a chat?

Caroline: If anyone want to get involved we have a facebook page Pevensey and Westham boys JFC or Pevensey and Westham Girls FC or they can contact me on 07718 915315.

BAY LIFE: Thanks for talking to us.