SMFC Teams @ U10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s, Girls U16s & Seniors Men.
St. Matthew’s F.C is an F.A 2-Star Accredited Club (London Charter Standard Club of the Year 2014) but the St. Matthew’s Project is much more than just a football club, delivering a wide range of activities and development opportunities and offering support to young people beyond the football pitch.
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SMFC Club Ethos.
Of particular concern to us is the fact that an increasing number of parents and guardians who can ill afford to do so are being persuaded to part with hundreds of pounds in fees to some youth football clubs in pursuit of this elusive ‘dream’. We are therefore all the more proud that our annual signing-on fee has remained steady at £10 since the creation of SMFC in the 2005 – 06 season. We effectively only ask people to cover our insurance, and league and F.A admin costs. It is unfortunate that more and more parents seem to view the selection of a club for their child as some sort of shopping expedition. They appear to be misguided in their belief that the more they pay, the better the ‘product’ and subsequently the greater the chances of their child ‘turning pro’ one day. It is also sadly true that the vast majority of youth football clubs calling themselves ‘Elite Academies’ are neither elite nor academies.
At SMP, our firm, yet simple, belief is that youth football should be about young players of all abilities coming together and enjoying their football as a team and as friends – win, lose or draw. As it becomes ever harder to compete with the so-called elite teams, it is a matter of absolute pride to us that our teams are still more than able to hold their own in our league and beyond. That said, if all you’re interested in is winning at all costs and getting signed, then we are probably not the club for you.