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Parents & Supporters Guide

This guide is for Parents & Supporters associated with Hutton FC and covers the following topics:

  • About the Club


    Hutton Football Club was founded in 1928 and has been a prominent Club in local football since that time. The Club was further enlarged in 2005 by the merging of Hutton FC and Hutton Medway YFC (established in 1969).

    The Club hold the FA Charter Standard Community Club status which is the highest accreditation a club can achieve.

    The Club is proud to have been awarded Community Club of the year twice by Essex County FA.

    The Club now has over 60 teams with female and male teams from the youngest age groups all the way through to adults.

    Hutton is an aspirational Football Club. We are always looking to move forward. The Club is run by volunteers so please ask yourself what can I do to help before you criticise someone who already does.

  • Mission Statement

    To encourage, develop and value all abilities within our football family. To teach teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, honesty and enable fulfilment. To stimulate community interest in football at grassroots level and create platforms for young players to express themselves and be part of a wider team “The Hutton football family”.

  • Our Vision

    – We strive to be a leader in the way grassroots football is played and delivered.

    – Develop players through good coaching.

    – To provide the complete player pathway for male and female players in grassroots football.

  • Our Values

    Our values underpin everything we do and strive to achieve at Hutton FC


    We treat our teammates, opponents, officials, and club members, respectfully.


    We act in a fair, consistent, and transparent manner.


    We (players, managers, parents, volunteers, and committee members) work and collaborate both on and off the pitch; this is our club.


    We promote and deliver an environment for all to enjoy the game of football.


    We strive to be the best in all that we do; the way we play, engage with others, and promote the values of our club.

  • Football Formats

    The Club offers the following:

    Little Kickers for all Under 5’s taking their first steps in football.

    We offer all football formats from festival 5 v 5 at Under 7’s.

    – 5 v 5 at Under 8’s

    – 7 v 7 at Under 9’s & 10’s

    – 9 v 9 at Under 11’s & 12’s

    – 11 v 11 at Under 13’s through to adults.

    Our Girls teams can also play down a year in the BCFA Youth League thanks to a pilot scheme they are running for the FA.

    The Club provides an opportunity to try Futsal either through the BCFA YL or within HFC.

    Football Formats


    Age on August
    Eligible Age
    Maximum Permitted
    Minimum Pitch Size
    Minimum Pitch Size
    Maximum Pitch Size
    Maximum Pitch Size
    Goal SizeBall Size
    6Under 75v530 x 20 27.45 x 18.340 x 30 36.3 x 27.4512x63
    Under 85v530 x 20 27.45 x 18.340 x 3036.3 x 27.4512x63
    7Under 85v530 x 2027.45 x 18.340 x 3036.3 x 27.4512x63
    Under 97v750 x 3045.75 x 27.4560 x 4054.9 x 36.612x63
    8Under 97v750 x 3045.75 x 27.4560 x 4054.9 x 36.612x63
    Under 107v750 x 3045.75 x 27.4560 x 4054.9 x 36.612x64
    9Under 107v750 x 3045.75 x 27.4560 x 4054.9 x 36.612x64
    Under 119v970 x 4064 x 36.680 x 5073.15 x 45.7516x74
    10Under 119v970 x 4064 x 36.680 x 5073.15 x 45.7516x74
    Under 129v970 x 4064 x 36.680 x 5073.15 x 45.7516x74
    11Under 129v970 x 4064 x 36.680 x 5073.15 x 45.7516x74
    Under 1311v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75100 x 6091.44 x 54.921x74
    12Under 1311v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75100 x 6091.44 x 54.921x74
    Under 1411v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75100 x 6091.44 x 54.921x74
    13Under 1411v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75100 x 6091.44 x 54.921x74
    Under 1511v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75110 x 70100.58 x 6424x85
    14Under 1511v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75110 x 70100.58 x 6424x85
    Under 1611v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75110 x 70100.58 x 6424x85
    15Under 1611v1190 x 5082.3 x 45.75110 x 70100.58 x 6424x85
    Under 1711v11100 x 5091.44 x 45.75130 x 100118.87 x 91.4424x85
    Under 1811v11100 x 5091.44 x 45.75130 x 100118.87 x 91.4424x85
    16Under 1711v11100 x 5091.44 x 45.75130 x 100118.87 x 91.4424x85
    Under 1811v11100 x 5091.44 x 45.75130 x 100118.87 x 91.4424x85
    Open Age11v11100 x 5091.44 x 45.75130 x 100118.87 x 91.4424x85
  • How Teams Are Run

    Every team must have a Manager with the FA Level 1 in Coaching football and have undertaken a Criminal Records Check.

    It is important that all teams in the Club are run with Club values in mind.

    The teams are part of a football section within Hutton FC and are expected to work together to help develop players and to help them along the player pathway. Where possible players should be playing at a level which matches their ability.

  • Safeguarding

    The safety of the children at Hutton FC is the priority of the Club, Committee and Managers alike.

    Every child or young person, defined as any person under the age of 18, who plays or participates in football should be able to take part in an enjoyable and safe environment and be protected from abuse. This is the responsibility of every adult involved in football.

    Each team must have:

    An FA Enhanced Criminal Record Checks (CRC) for all relevant officials.

    FA Level 1 introduction to first aid in football (IFAIF) At least one FA Level 1 qualified coach per team within date first aid (IFAIF) and Safeguarding Children certificate.

    The Club Safeguarding policy can be found on our website.

    If you have concern about a child please contact our club welfare officer, Kathryn Tye, County FA welfare officer or NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. NSPCC provide a 24/7 helpline.

  • Club Developments

    Apart from the new ground project and improving the facility offering, which is a priority, the Club is also focused on delivering a good standard of coaching across the teams.

    We have been recognized as a key player in Girls football with the granting of the Wildcats Girls Development Centre.

    We have been accepted into the Eastern Junior Alliance FL which completes the pathway for more elite players at the Club.

    The Club has recently become a Charity and we continue to focus on the development of our Club and its players.

    The Club has also formed a partnership with AFC Hutton to offer disability football for the first time.

  • Summary

    Hutton Football club aspires to be one of the premier community football clubs in Essex. The growth of the Club presents challenges which requires a new approach to how it is managed. Hutton FC is an asset to the Borough of Brentwood and provides an opportunity for young people to engage in healthy sport, develop disciplines and friendships and even go on to play at higher levels.

  • Code of Conduct for Spectators

    We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the game

    This club is supporting The FA’s Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment.

    Remember children’s football is a time for them to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything.

    Play your part and observe The FA’s Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times.

    I will:

    -Remember that children play for FUN

    -Applaud effort and good play as well as success

    -Always respect the match officials’ decisions

    -Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided)

    -Let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do

    -Encourage the players to respect the opposition, referee and match officials

    -Avoid criticising a player for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning

    -Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour.

    I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any/all of the following actions may be taken by my club, County FA, league or The FA:

    I may be:

    -Issued with a verbal warning from a club or league official

    -Required to meet with the club, league or County FA Welfare Officer

    -Required to meet with the club committee

    -Obliged to undertake an FA education course

    -Obliged to leave the match venue by the club

    -Requested by the club not to attend future games

    -Suspended or have my club membership removed

    -Required to leave the club along with any dependents.

    In addition:

    The FA/County FA could impose a fine and/ or suspension on the club.

    Club Welfare Officer: Kathryn Tye …….kathryntye@huttonfc.com

  • Volunteers Needed

    Everyone in this Football Club is a volunteer and is working very hard for its membership but we need help. We understand that you are unlikely to have time to become Club Secretary, Treasurer or other key roles however, we are breaking down the management of the Club into various football sections to make it more manageable.

    The FA have estimated that the economic value of Hutton’s workforce for the local community is around £1.6m a year.

    We are always looking for more people to help so if you have a couple of hours available each week and want to give something back for your community please contact us at clubsecretary@huttonfc.com

    Currently we are looking for help with:

    -Club communication both internal and external; the website and social media

    -Marketing and Sponsorship


    -Other – any expertise you have which you think would be of help

  • Additional Information


    Hutton Football Club is a Charity. There are two limited Companies connected to the Charity which are:

    HFC Holdings Limited – Which will hold all leases and is set up for the sole purpose to benefit Hutton Football Club.

    Hutton Football Club Trading Limited – Which runs all trading operations of the Club such as Café, Bar and so on. Any surpluses in the Company are donated to the Charity.

    The Trustees of the Charity make the strategic decisions for the Club. A series of Sub-Committees are set up to help run the Club and report back to the Trustees.


    Communication to and from the Trustees is through the Football Management Committee which consists of Chair, Vice-Chair, Club Secretary, CWO, all the football sections of the Club and Trustee representatives.

    To further help communication in the Club we encourage age groups reps at the younger ages where there are a lot of teams. This will also help sort the transitions through the various changes in format.

    Officers of the Club have a lot of work to do in managing all the administration, registration, collecting fees, paying out for pitches, league affiliations, attending League meetings, sorting pitches and referees and so on.

    Parents, carers and supporters need to address their issues through their Manager or better still they can volunteer to form a Parent’s group and help the Club.


    The Finance Sub-Committee manage the Club’s finances. Finances are managed to keep the Club in a strong solvent, position and to reinvest for the benefit of its members.


    Hutton FC plays its matches on School and Council pitches across Hutton and Shenfield. We train on 3G pitches at Shenfield and St. Martin’s schools.

    The Club desperately needs a home of its own to run our football activities from. Planning permission has been granted on a large site at Wynbarns Farm, Chelmsford Road, Shenfield and we are now dealing with the planning conditions and putting together the funding. The site, when totally developed, will cater for a large part of our playing provision and for ALL Sections of the Club. We need your support to make this happen.

  • Club Rules

    -Members are to uphold the good name of the Club at all times, they must act in a sportsman/woman like manner and observe the laws of the game.

    -Members inc Players, Parents, Supporters are to adhere to the Rules of the Astro and School Premises.

    -No Smoking on school grounds (this is a school rule)

    -No Dogs on school grounds (this is a school rule)

    Parents/Supporters are not allowed on Astro during training and matches, reasons are: 

    -To let the coach do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do (as per FA Respect Code of Conduct).

    -Health and Safety……to prevent accidents to parents, supporters and any younger siblings, hard kicked footballs can hurt a small child, spilled hot beverages will scald.

    -Child Welfare…. All our Managers/Coaches are CRB checked and have undertaken appropriate courses in Safeguarding Children and Emergency Aid. It is with the Safeguarding of ALL our young players in mind that we try to prevent any person/s unrelated or unconnected to a player be in close contact with them. This is especially important within the Development section where we have a lot of adults in attendance.

    -Please note you may enter at the managers/coaches request should your child receive an injury or is visibly upset.

    -Any fine imposed by any football authority on the Club as a result of misconduct by a club member, be it player, parent or supporter, will be reimbursed by the member to the Club within 14 days of notification of the fine.

    -Any fine imposed by any league on a Team as a result of being unable to fulfil a fixture (without appropriate notice at the start of playing season) by a number of players within that team being absent i.e. attending same event ( party, school trip ,holiday, work etc) will be reimbursed by the members absent to the Club within 21 days of notification of the fine.

    -Any fine imposed by any league/authority as a result of refusing to fulfil fixture for Personal/Player/Parental reason…. i.e. opposition is too strong, opposition players/officials/parents were verbally abusive at previous game etc…. Manager to seek advice of Committee first who in turn will seek advice from League. If League states game must be played HFC Committee member/s to be present at game. If HFC Manager/Parents still refuse to fulfil match then HFC Committee will decide who is liable.