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MOUSEHOLE AFC APPOINT NEW LEADERSHIP QUARTET FOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Mousehole AFC are delighted to announce the new management and coaching line-up for their Development Team, who play in the St Piran League West at Step 7 of the National League System.

The quartet is: Craig Nicholls, John McCallum, Adrian Ferrell and Matt James

Craig Nicholls is a familiar face at Trungle Parc, having been a longstanding goalkeeper for Mousehole, followed by spells at Penzance and Ludgvan, before being appointed manager of the re-formed Marazion AFC, as well as coaching at Penzance Youth.  He has a well-established footballing partnership with John McCallum.

John McCallum had a lengthy association with Penzance AFC, having played in the centenary match against Liverpool in 1992, before going on to captain the club and becoming co-manager.  He also had a playing spell at Mousehole, and was latterly coach at Marazion alongside Craig Nicholls.

Adrian Ferrell has a wealth of playing and management experience with several local clubs.  He featured in goal for Marazion, Porthleven and Gulval, and managed Rosudgeon, Ludgvan and Marazion.  He was also co-manager with Gary Marks at Porthleven in the South Western League, and likewise with John McCallum at Penzance.

Matt James has already spent three seasons at Mousehole, taking responsibility for coaching within the Youth and Women’s teams, as well as playing for the Reserves. He is working towards gaining his UEFA ‘A’ badge during the 2020/21 season, and will lead the coaching of the Development Team alongside John McCallum. 

Mousehole’s Head of Football Adam Fletcher says this is a huge step forward for the club: “Our strategy for the Development team was to give it a new and specific purpose in providing a top-class coaching pathway between the Youth section and the First team.  We’ve now got the perfect combination of successful experience, local knowledge and coaching expertise to bring this to reality – a leadership team of many talents, with a distinct competitive attitude, and a vital piece of the jigsaw.”

John McCallum added:

“We were all very impressed by the overall set-up and the sensible longer-term ambition at Mousehole.  To help achieve this, we are absolutely committed to giving opportunities to any players who are motivated to learn and improve.”    

Adam Fletcher also wanted to record his thanks to a number of others: 

“We’re grateful to all the people who applied for the management position, and very much appreciate their interest in our club.  Also, huge thanks are due to Matt James and goalkeeper Dom Angove (pictured front middle), who have worked hard to ‘hold the fort’ during this transition period.  Dom’s hard work and drive has helped recruit high-quality fresh faces to the playing squad, and that role will continue alongside his ambition to play at the highest level possible..  Last, but not least, we’re really glad that the Reserves’ former assistant manager Mark Trevail has decided to remain involved, which shows his lifetime’s dedication to the club.”

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MOUSEHOLE WOMEN ARE BACK…..AND RECRUITING

Mousehole Women are back in training and looking to recruit new players to both their Senior and Under-16s squads.

As the club’s ‘Pathway’ policy develops, several of the current Under-16 Girls are ready to graduate to the senior Women’s squad, who are one of the high-flying teams in the Cornwall Women’s Football League.

Long-standing manager Dawn Bateman says that the players are really enjoying getting back to training: 

“We are currently training at Trungle Parc on Sunday mornings from 11.00 to 12.00. 

New players across the age range are most welcome – they are sure to be impressed by our superb facilities and modern coaching methods. 

We can offer fantastic opportunities to:

  • Over 16s, and those who will reach the age of 16 during the 2020/21 season;
  • 14-16s, to replace the U16s who are set to progress to the senior side.

We would also like to hear from any younger girls who have the potential to progress through the age groups.

Newcomers will find Mousehole AFC is a friendly, welcoming and responsible club.  We are committed to increasing the engagement of the community with sport.  We provide high-quality coaching to enable a wide range of players to enjoy playing football, improve how they play, and fulfil their individual aspirations. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday mornings, and if you want to  discuss anything, please contact coach Matt James by email at moj67@btinternet.com; or by ‘phone on 07850 900706

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JOSH MAGIN SIGNING BOOSTS SEAGULLS’ SQUAD

Mousehole AFC have continued their summer recruitment campaign with the signing of local player Josh Magin.

Josh Magin is described as an athletic and speedy wide player with lots of natural ability, who also has the versatility to play more centrally.  He is expected to flourish under the guidance of manager Jake Ash, coach Andy Graham and fitness expert Gareth O’Neill, as the club continues to offer opportunities to local players with as-yet untapped potential.

The 29-year old has been playing for his home-town club St Ives Town in the St Piran League West at Step 7.  He was also a member of the excellent 2017/18 Ludgvan team that narrowly finished runners-up in their first season after promotion to the SWPL West Division.

Josh Magin is a qualified and experienced beach lifeguard, so his joining-up with Mousehole will add to the club’s long-standing association with the RNLI.

Manager Jake Ash has now made four recent additions to his squad, with this latest arrival coming shortly after the signing of Kian Burns from Camelford, Jude Boyd from Plymouth Argyle, and Sean Roberts formerly of Ludgvan AFC.

With an eye on the possible start of the 2020/21 campaign later in the year, Mousehole are stepping up their pre-season programme for the combined First Team and Development Squads.  As the club’s progressive coaching programme continues to grow in reputation and interest, more signings are likely over the coming weeks.

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MOUSEHOLE’S BUSY RECRUITMENT PERIOD CONTINUES WITH FOURTH NEW SIGNING

Manager Jake Ash has strengthened Mousehole’s challenge for the 2020/21 season with the addition of midfielder Andrew Elcock.

The 25-year old Cornishman was pencilled in to make a playing debut for The Seagulls in March, but the Covid-19 restrictions came into force before that could happen. 

Launceston-born Andrew Elcock most recently played for his home-town ‘Clarets’ in the Peninsula Premier West, where he was noted for his ability to “pull the strings” in midfield.

He started his footballing education and career with Plymouth Argyle, where he spent seven years progressing through the Youth ranks and Academy. 

He then signed for Step 2 National League South club Bath City.  From there, he had periods with Southern League clubs Cirencester Town at Step 3 and then Bristol-based side Paulton Rovers at Step 4.  He arrived back at Launceston to resume playing following a lengthy injury lay off.

Along the way, Elcock has gained a UEFA ‘B’ coaching badge and is a highly qualified personal trainer and sports performance coach. Jake Ash’s fourth signing of the month comes after the announcements publicising the arrivals of Kian Burns, Jude Boyd and Sean Roberts.

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ANOTHER EXCITING ACQUISITION AS MOUSEHOLE CONTINUE TO BUILD FOR NEXT SEASON

Mousehole have further strengthened their squad with the capture of Sean Roberts, their third new signing of the week.

His arrival comes shortly after the announcement of Kian Burns from Camelford and Jude Boyd from Plymouth Argyle.

The 24-year old is described as a busy, technically-gifted central midfield player who will fit in well with Mousehole’s positive style of play.

Sean Roberts is another player who, like Jude Boyd, is well known to Manager Jake Ash from his days as head coach of West Cornwall Schools. 

In a further connection, Roberts was also a prominent member of the highly successful 2017/18 Ludgvan team whose assistant manager was Adam Fletcher, now Director of Football at Mousehole.

The St Ives-based playmaker made a big impression in Ludgvan’s remarkable season two years ago.  Having just been promoted from the Cornwall Combination League, The Hurlers led the South West Peninsula League West Division for much of the campaign before ending up just one point behind champions Millbrook.

Roberts has recently spent some time abroad and on his return is now ready to make an impact in the next stage of Mousehole’s progression, as the club looks to improve on last season’s fourth place. As well as joining up again with Jake Ash and Adam Fletcher, he will be getting together at Trungle Parc with former Ludgvan teammates Steve Burt, Gerens James, Mark Richards, Jamie Devine and Jonny Ludlam.

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Jude Boyd signs for Mousehole AFC

HIGHLY RATED EX-ARGYLE YOUNGSTER RE-UNITES WITH JAKE ASH AT MOUSEHOLE

Mousehole’s summer signings have continued apace with young attacking midfielder Jude Boyd committing to The Seagulls after being released by Plymouth Argyle. 

The Redruth-based 18-year old joins the Trungle Parc squad just a day after the arrival of fellow Cornish youngster Kian Burns. 

In joining Mousehole, Jude Boyd is re-uniting with Manager Jake Ash, who was in charge of the West Cornwall Schools U14 and U15 sides in which Boyd played a prominent part. 

In an interview with the Plymouth Herald last year, the youngster rated his favourite football memory as playing for West Cornwall Schools in a tournament in the Isle of Wight: “We did really well – better than expected.  We beat a number of teams and drew with a team from Newham in London that we weren’t expected to get a result against.”

Jude Boyd joined Argyle at the age of 14 after playing youth football for Perranwell and St Day.  The Argyle website described him as “an exciting midfielder who likes to beat defenders with a combination of skill on the ball and a fine passing range”. 

He made his first team debut against Bristol Rovers last September, after being recommended as an outstanding performer by Academy boss Kevin Hodges.  Argyle Manager Ryan Lowe, speaking of Boyd’s debut, said he had no hesitation in calling him into the senior squad: “He has got something about him.  The kid can handle the ball.  If you are good enough, you are old enough, and Jude has certainly got a bright future ahead of him.” 

 

Jude is now looking forward to developing that potential through the progressive coaching philosophy at Mousehole, which is steadily gaining a reputation for attracting young talent and bringing out the best in them.

Club Chairman Deryk Heywood paid tribute to the management and coaching staff: 

“Through this exceptional group, the club is making significant progress in building a squad capable of challenging at the top of the League.  At the same time, the youngsters representing the club in senior football, as well as our Youth players, can more clearly see a pathway ahead.  With the right coaching and their own commitment they will have a great chance of fulfilling their own aspirations.”

Mousehole’s first competitive fixture after the relaxation of the Government’s Covid-19 restrictions is likely to be the SWP League (Walter C Parson) Cup quarter-final tie away at Bovey Tracey.  The unfinished competition has been carried forward from the 2019/20 season, and may resume as a feature of the pre-2020/21 season programme.

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Kian Burns signs for Mousehole AFC

TALENTED YOUNGSTER KIAN BURNS JOINS JAKE ASH’s MOUSEHOLE PROJECT

Kian Burns, one of the most promising youngsters in Cornish football, has chosen to head west to Mousehole as The Seagulls continue to attract the talent to match their ambitions both on and off the field.

The 18-year old has put in some eye-catching performances with his strong and direct running for Camelford, and was an outstanding performer for them in their home match against Mousehole last winter.  

Since then, Manager Jake Ash has had Kian on his radar, convinced of his potential to improve under Mousehole’s coaching regime and to make a major contribution to the team’s success as they prepare for the forthcoming season.

Mousehole’s Director of Football Adam Fletcher describes Kian Burns as a player who, with the right coaching, could go a long way in the game.  “Kian has joined Mousehole because he loves the project and is convinced we can develop him as a player.  His signing for us is a really important piece in the jigsaw.”

Kian’s family sporting background is noteworthy.  His brother Tallan, currently playing for Tavistock in the Step 5 Western League, plays with a similar attacking verve, while Kian himself is also a talented cricketer, excelling as a wicketkeeper/batsman.

Before the 2019/20 season came to a halt in March, The Seagulls were in a commendable fourth place in the League in their first year after promotion.  With their sights set firmly on securing one of the two promotion places next season, the Seagulls are likely to be announcing more quality signings in the near future.

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MOUSEHOLE IN TOP 5% OF ALL NON-LEAGUE TEAMS IN ENGLAND

A recent analysis of the points-per-game results of the 956 clubs playing at non-league Steps 1 to 6 in the 2019/20 season in England reveals that Mousehole were ranked 40th with a PPG of 2.28. This makes The Seagulls among the best 5% of performers over the season.

Leaders Helston Athletic were second with 2.88, Saltash United fifth with 2.68 and St Austell 26th with 2.39.

Southern League leaders Truro City were 75th, and Bodmin Town were the only other Cornwall club in the top 100.

Towards the other end of this composite non-league table, Penzance came in at 843rd, just avoiding being in the bottom 10%, but above Callington Town (861), St Dennis (868), Sticker (908) and Godolphin Atlantic (920).

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POST OF DEVELOPMENT TEAM MANAGER AT MOUSEHOLE AFC

Mousehole AFC are looking to recruit a passionate and progressive Manager for their Development Team ahead of the 2020/21 season.  The team play in the St Piran League West, at Step 7 of the National League System.

The new person will be a vital part of an integrated Senior management and coaching team, with the task of creating a seamless pathway between the Academy and the First team.

The main focus will be to maximise the progression of our many talented youngsters coming through the Academy, who need the opportunity to develop in men’s senior football. 

The Development Team will include 50% of regular players aged 23 or under, with at least three players being actively supported to graduate upwards from the 16-18 team and another three on to the First team each year.

Over the last three years, Mousehole AFC have created the foundations for ambitious but sustainable progress both on and off the field.  A good start has been made.  We have 250 youngsters on board; a hugely supportive Committee and Volunteers Squad; an effective commercial model; a high-calibre coaching staff; a continuously improving stadium at Trungle Parc with a superb pitch and infrastructure; and a pathway developed through coaching at local schools and College. If you have the hunger to take on the challenges of this role, please start the ball rolling by emailing your interest to Director of Football Adam Fletcher (adam@mouseholeafc.co.uk).

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Pitch update Mousehole AFC

WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT – TRUNGLE WILL BE READY

All of us at Mousehole AFC are hoping we can welcome you to Trungle Parc again soon.

An advantage of the lack of football is that our groundsman Billy Jacka was able to arrange for the vertidraining, seeding and other ‘secret tricks’ in the first week of the lockdown.

Just look at what a difference its made.

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