Match Day

Match day should be fairly straightforward, but there are certain things you need to make sure happen and these are different at different venues. Getting a couple of willing parent helpers to assist you in setting up for your game is particularly useful. Here is the info you should need for our various home grounds:

Langton Green Recreation Ground
  • Everything you need should be in the main container. Ask Chris Allen or Allan Culverhouse for the code.
  • For mini soccer, you will need to set up Samba goals (12ft x 6ft). Usually 4 will be required (2 matches for your paired teams = 2 pitches). Info on how to set up Samba goals is here...
  • For 9 a side, we have 2 x Samba 9v9 goals, also in the container, in red Samba bags. We have no 9 a side pitch marked out "officially" at the rec. but you can play on the 11 a side pitch by placing the goals on the edges of the two 6 yard boxes and bringing the touchlines in with cones. Realistically, only friendly 9 a side games would ever be played here.
  • For 11 a side, the goals are already on the pitch (metal goals, chained to the fence). The nets are in a large white bag in the container and the keys to unlock the goals from the fence are in with the nets.
  • Corner flags will be in the container.
  • The pitch marking machine is electric and needs to have been charged in advance. This should also be in the container. Treat it well. Problems - speak to Mike Bender - this machine is his baby ;-)
  • Toilets are in the clubhouse, which will be open anyway for Saturday morning games. On Sundays, you will need to liase with Chris Allen about getting hold of keys for the clubhouse if required. Changing rooms are also available, for both players and referees, if needed.
  • Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Langton+Green+Village+Hall/

Groombridge
  • Groombridge has both a 9 a side and 11 a side pitch.
  • The nets, pegs and enough corner flags for both are in the shed (code from Allan), along with a manual line marking machine. Please empty any surplus paint from the machine after use - otherwise the paint will harden and leave it unusable for whoever comes along next week.
  • Paint for the line machine is periodically brought to Groombridge and that also lives in the shed. You should check in advance with whoever used Groombridge last that there is definitely paint there. More can be collected from the container at Langton Rec. on your way over to Groombridge if there is none there. The mix should be around 50/50 paint to water.
  • Groombridge is particularly popular with geese and foxes. Worth taking some dog poo bags - have fun picking up what they leave behind!
  • Toilets are in the pavilion changing rooms. The keys to the changing rooms are usually kept under the sink in the kitchen of the pavilion. The code to the kitchen is different from the shed and can be obtained from Allan.
  • Please ask people to park starting from the furthest end in a sensible way. Space is tight and we need to respect the residents by not parking out on the road. The second half of the car park (separated by a wooden barrier) is the recreation ground's, so no cyclists or walkers should be parking there. The rest is free to anyone to use.
  • Please lock up when you've finished and place the car park barrier back across.
  • Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir//51.1068898,0.183252/@51.1049816,0.1863353,1175m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e0

Ashurst
  • You will be given the lock codes for the gates and changing rooms at the start of the season.
  • Ashurst has both a 9 a side and 11 a side pitch.
  • The 9 a side goals are Samba goals that you will need to construct and these are located in the wooden shed along with the corner flags.
  • The 11 a side nets are located in the changing rooms in the pavilion - just lift up the seats on the benches and you'll see them somewhere. If they aren't there, they'll be in the shed where the 9 a side goals are.
  • There is a line marker and paint in the shed. 50/50 mix with water. Tap is outside in front of the building.
  • Please lock up when you're finished.
  • Any queries in advance, contact Ashurst directly - ABSA-Kent@outlook.com
  • Any problems on the day, call Robin Humphries (ask Chris for his number)
  • Map: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir//51.1308736,0.1520523/@51.1305606,0.1521462,293m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e2

Bennett 3G / TWGSB 3G

Both the 3G pitches are maintained by the respective schools they are part of. Both have groundsmen who should open up for you, but you may want to double check with Chris Allen before you play there that this is the case. A few things to remind players / parents about when playing at either of these venues:

  • Appropriate footwear - astro boots or moulded studs only - no metal studs or "blades". Players without appropriate footwear will not be allowed to play.
  • Parents / supporters to stay in the viewing area - players and coaches only on the pitch.
  • No dogs allowed at either venue.
  • No fizzy drinks or food on the actual 3G surface.
  • No smoking at either venue.
  • Rubbish to be disposed of in the bins provided and make sure as a team, you leave the venue in a tidy state. It's not the groundsman's job to clear up plastic bottles or other rubbish.
  • When moving goals, make sure you put them up onto their wheels or you risk damaging the surface.
  • Toilets on site at both venues. The Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre has a cafe for refreshments at TWGSB but no refreshments at Bennett (Costa is just up the road!)
  • At TWGSB, parking must be confined to the 3G car park, not the leisure centre car park, which is for leisure centre users only.
  • Map - TWGSB: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Tunbridge+Wells+TN4+9TX/
  • Map - Bennett: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Tunbridge+Wells+TN4+9SH/