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Steve Hale Appointed As Walsall Keeper Coach - 23 February

steve hale hellenic league walsall fc sadlers coach SkyBet Division OneFormer Hellenic League goal keeper and coach Steve Hale has joined SkyBet Division One Walsall as their new Senior Goalkeeping Coach.

Steve (pictured right) was involved in the past with numerous Hellenic League club's in his career in both playing and coaching roles, Milton United, Thatcham Town and Wantage Town amongst them.

Hale joins the Saddlers having left League Two side Forest Green Rovers in January following an 18-month spell at the New Lawn. Prior to that, Hale spent nine years with Swindon Town in League One and League Two, becoming the Robins’ Head of Goalkeeping in 2014 and playing a key role in the development of several goalkeepers, including current Rangers number one Wes Foderingham. Hale holds the UEFA Goalkeeping A-Licence, the top licence in Europe, and took his first training session with The Saddlers’ goalkeepers on Tuesday morning. He was also was part of the Swindon side that made the League One play-off final in 2015, and visited Wembley again as Forest Green beat Tranmere in the National League promotion final last season as they were promoted to the EFL.

“I’m really pleased to join Walsall,” said Hale. “It was all finalised over the last few days and I was in training on Tuesday with Robbo (Liam Roberts) and Gilly (Mark Gillespie), who are both great guys. Now it’s all about getting ready for a massive game on Saturday at home to Blackburn! Everyone is talking about Liam at the moment - he’s 23 and in the team having come through the ranks from 14 - while Gilly has got 180 league games under his belt at just 25 and he’s still developing. It’s great to have the opportunity to work with two talented keepers at that young age.”

Saddlers manager Jon Whitney is delighted to have Hale onboard at the club. “Steve is experienced and when I’ve spoken to him, that comes across and he can handle himself in the first-team environment,” Whitney said. “He’s a different voice, which is no bad thing for the goalkeepers. I want Steve to keep the keepers enthused, make the session really dynamic. He’s good on his statistics and he’ll be a help from set pieces as well. He’s going to add a lot to the run-in and I’d like to welcome him to Walsall Football Club.”

Article source Ash Wilkinson www.saddlers.co.uk/


 Telescopic Sports Filming Masts - 26 January

For club's who may be considering filming games or training, and have the spare cash to invest, CaptureMast is offering a special deal on equipment.

CaptureMast specialise in Telescopic Sports Filming Masts and we as a company we sell our 26ft Telescopic Sports Filming masts to football clubs and academies throughout the UK. The masts are a great benefit in helping monitor/analyse players performances on the pitch whether it be for their academy, league games, trial showcases, development squad or analysis department.

Normally the masts are £2000 however we would like to offer to your clubs within your league £250 discount and also free delivery worth £100.

The club will receive the full kit, which includes everything they need in order to film their footage:
One Sony HD camera
One 26ft Telescopic Sports Mast
One motorhead
One remote handle
One 7inch monitor
Batterys’ packs/wires/chargers to operate the mast.

For more details access https://capturemast.co.uk/


stonehouse football club badgeSecond Time Lucky For Stonehouse Town? - 21 January

Gloucester County League side Stonehouse Town have applied for promotion to the Uhlsport Hellenic League First Division, for the second season in succession.

Fellow County League sides Thornbury Town and Lebeq United have also applied, which could see the Hellenic League receive a boost to its numbers.

With changes set to be made to the Non League System this summer, including a new Step 4 League and proposed new Step 6 leagues in Essex and Lancashire, it is going to be a busy if not stressful time for committee men across England who will be responsible for compiling the new leagues ahead of the 2018-19 season.


Fire Risk Assessments - 3 July

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy on 14 June, the SGSA have received a growing number of requests to provide some specific guidance for sports grounds. 

The SGSA has developed guidance for those sports grounds that are reviewing their fire risk assessments with specific reference to external cladding. We have issued to grounds and local authorities today. 

Download information. 

Caroline Hale
Head of Communications
Sports Grounds Safety Authority

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