Head Coach Dom's Blog on an Evening at Chelsea FC Academy

On Wednesday evening myself and two of our coaches, Rilwan and Younus, were invited down to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to visit the academy set up, have a tour of the facilitiesand to watch some coaching sessions, as well as have two short seminars about how the academy runs, how training sessions run and how their player recruitment is carried out.


So 1st of all we were given an introduction and welcome to the academy and its facilities, then we went over to watch the under 14’s train on the brand new 4G astro turf they have. We were given brief session plans so we could follow and see what the young players were working on. The session plan showed a few practices which were helpful for us to see what was being coached and enabled us to talk about what we can do to improve our own sessions. After watching the under 14’s train we then went across to watch the under 13’s train and was able to see a slightly different session being coached, it was a good way to see how coaches at the top academy coach and the difference in styles that they have and our coaches at AllStars have.


We then sat in a few short seminars about how the development centres are run and how they structure coaching sessions for the younger age groups (under 6 to under 8’s). This was a good chance for our coaches to get some ideas and give feed back to me on how we can help all the coaches at AllStars progress and how I as head coach can improve us as a club. Our last talk was on the recruitment of the older age groups and how clubs like ourselves can help/work alongside academies to move players moving forward and do the best we can.


All in all it was a good evening spent at the Chelsea academy and we all came away with some very good ideas about how we can improve ourselves as coaches and how we can make the experience better for all of our players we have at the club.


Dominic Welch

Head coach


Reynolds Colman Bradley LLP Sponsorship deal launched


“City law firm Reynolds Colman Bradley LLP (RCB) today announce an exciting partnership between the RCB Foundation and Peckham-based youth charity United AllStars to help disadvantaged children in London and Africa.


The three year partnership seeks to raise £10,000 in the first twelve months in order to enable AllStars to work for a year with an additional forty disadvantaged children in south London and provide five more places at the Empire Children’s Refuge for abandoned street children in Dakar, Senegal


Wembley winner and AllStars’ alumni midfielder Daniel Johnson has welcomed the partnership whilst former Chelsea star and Senegal international footballer Demba Ba has encouraged people to donate to the AllStars’ children who will be raising money through sponsored events over the summer.


RCBs staff will participate with the children and volunteers of United AllStars on a summer of sponsored runs, walks and swims including the London Triathlon to raise funds for the charity.  In total, around 300 children and volunteers from AllStars will be taking part in these events.  75% of funds raised from these sponsored events will go to support AllStars’ work with 25% of funds raised going to Senegal.


The company will provide work experience placements for the charity’s young people and support the charity with pro-bono legal advice.  The company’s charitable Foundation will also cover the costs of a fundraising dinner taking place in the autumn.


 RCB Senior Member Partner, Steven Reynolds said:

“We are delighted to be a sponsor and partner of United AllStars. One of our solicitors, Neil Shah, volunteers as a coach for the charity and we are delighted to support such a deserving cause.


 The charity changes the lives of disadvantaged children in London by providing them with mentoring and competitive sport that helps them to develop discipline, self-confidence and goals in life.  It’s a traditional charity in the sense that the management are all unpaid volunteers so  the money they raise goes directly towards supporting the children.  At the same time, they are a very modern charity in terms of how they measure the impact of their work and seek to improve all the time. 


In addition to partnering with United AllStars to help disadvantaged children in London, we look forward to working with them to help children in the third world. We have connections in Africa and hope to work with United AllStars to help football make a difference to the lives of young African children and their families.


We share the same values as United AllStars and look forward to our partnership with them”


The Secretary of United AllStars charity, Joe Dobson welcomed the partnership with RCB


“We are really excited about this partnership.  We’ve found RCB to be a unique firm.  We both believe in developing relationships for the long-term, in striving for success and in helping those less fortunate than ourselves.  This agreement will help the charity change the lives of more children in London and Africa.”


Daniel Johnson, young player of the year for Preston North End and winner of the League 1 play off final in May 2015, said,

“I welcome this partnership between RCB and United AllStars.  I was supported by the charity from the age of 11 to the age of 16.  Not only did they provide me with high quality football coaching but also they gave me a sense of belonging.  It felt like my home.  I hope this partnership can raise money to help more children in London”


Speaking whilst meeting AllStars’ children on the day of Chelsea FC’s title parade, Demba Ba and his former Chelsea team-mates signed shirts for auction for the AllStars’ fundraising campaign and met some of the children who themselves will be raising money.  Ba made a simple appeal,


“Please help these children raise money for Senegal”. 


Anyone wishing to donate can find a link on the AllStars website www.allstars.london

AllStars 11th October Results

U10s had performance of the week with an impressive 6v1 victory with the whole team playing some outstanding football.

U12s won 3v1 against local rivals Jean Te Le.  A good match played in a good spirit that was a credit to Peckham and Camberwell.

U13s continued their 100% record with an 11v3 away win.

U11s drew 1v1 and won on penalties in their "cup" group match.

U9s lost after an unusually poor performance - but you learn from your mistakes!

Many thanks to everyone whoplayed, supported, managed and refereed today.


October Football Update - SAFC teams

Our teams from U9s to U12s all participated in the London Playing Fields Foundation pre-season tournament in Greenwich and did superbly, all reaching the semi finals and going out to a single goal with the exception of the U12s who reached the final.  The 12s then shared the title as the tournament was running so late it was unsafe to play the match as it was getting too dark.  With huge thanks to the tournament organisers who always organise fun and well run tournaments.

In the first few weeks of the season the teams have progressed as follows:

U9s have started to play 7v7 for the first time and have done really well, playing good footballing, winning two and losing one match, scoring about 20 goals and conceding about 15.

U10s have also won two and lost one match, with the match they lost beset by some "home team dad" type refereeing.  They are playing some great passing football and already have made progress under coaches Rilwan and Darren from last season.

U11s have won one and lost one match, as new players settle in to the squad under the watchful eye of Michael, Aaron and Nathan.

U12s have won one and lose one match, playing some great football at times.

U13s have started the League like Newcastle under Kevin Keegan, winning all three league matches with a record of scored 19 and conceded 11 in just three matches.  You score four, but we'll score 6.

U14s have played two matches, losing the first after several of the team chose not to turn up for the first match.  The second match was a huge improvement with all the squad attending and beating an 'A' division side with some great football.

Midweek training sessions

The following training sessions are run midweek for Sunday league players.  These are by invitation only and are not drop in sessions.  If you are interested in drop in sessions please attend the Saturday morning session at Peckham Rye Park.  Call Head Coach Dominic Welch on 07958 072 490 if you have any queries.

Tuesday evening 5.30pm to 7pm, Under 12s with Coach Dominic at Damilola Taylor Centre, SE15

Thursday evening 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Under 14s with Coach Joe at Damilola Taylor Centre, SE15

Friday evening 6.15pm to 7.45pm, Under 9s and 10s and Brunswick Park School training, Burgess Park Community Sports Ground, SE5

Current Saturday Morning Training Arrangements at Peckham Rye Park, SE22

There is drop-in coaching available to all children between the ages of 5 and 14 available on Saturdays at Peckham Rye Park.  This is at the Homestall Road end of the park, enter via the gate opposite the main entrance Harris Academy Girls School, turn left down the path past the entrance to the adventure playground and then turn right alongside the adventure playground and you will see our small, green, metallic clubhouse on your right.  The postcode is SE22 0NR.  See "contact us" section for a map.

There is usually free street parking on Homestall Road at weekends but please check for any parking restrictions before parking.  The nearest bus stop is the 343 and 484 stop, the "Stuart Road" bus stop is the closest to the Homestall Road entrance.  Alternatively you can get the 63 or 363 buses to the west side of Peckham Rye and get off at the "Dunstans Road" stop and then walk across the park to our clubhouse.

These sessions commence at 10am and finish at 12noon.  Children are encouraged to arrive at 9.45am in order to register and start on time at 10am.  Children need to wear football boots, shin pads, bring a rain jacket in case of bad weather and bring a bottle of water (just water, not flavoured water or lucozade or anything else, just water!).

A donation is requested to the charity on initial registration which helps to cover the costs of the club and for which your child will be given a kit to wear every week.  You are then asked to make a £3 donation per week when you attend.  However, we exist to provide opportunities for all children regardless of income - so please discuss with our volunteer managers on the day if you have a problem with making a donation.

The two people responsible for the Saturday session are:

Head Coach, Dominic Welch, 07958 072 490

Club Chairman, Michael Akinle, 07939 663 137

Current Open Pre-Season Training Sessions

Pre-Season training for anyone interested in playing Sunday League for the 2015/16 season starting in September has started (except school year 1 and 2 training which starts 18th June).  It is ongoing until the school summer holidays.  See details below for different age groups:


  • Tuesdays 5.30pm to 7pm:  School Year 6 children:  Damilola Taylor Centre, Cator Street entrance, off Commercial Way, SE15 6DR


  • Thursdays 5.30pm to 7pm (from 18th June 2015) :  School Year 1 and 2 children:  Damilola Taylor Centre, Cator Street entrance, off Commercial Way, SE15 6DR


  • Fridays 6.15pm to 7.50pm:  School Year 7 and 8 children:  Burgess Park Community Sports Ground, SE5 0JB


  • Saturdays 10am to 12noon:  All school ages from Year 1 to Year 8 children:  Peckham Rye Park, Homestall Road entrance, SE22 0NR


  • Sundays 9.45am to 11.45am:  School Years 3&4; School Years 5&6; School Years 7&8: Burgess Park Community Sports Ground, SE5 0JB


There is a £3 per session donation requsted for the Peckham Rye Park Session.

For all other sessions there is a £2 donation requested.

The Peckham Rye Park session is on grass.  All other sessions are on astro turf.  Children need to wear appropriate footwear for grass/astroturf.  Football boots with plastic "moulded" soles are appropriate for playing on both surfaces.

Children should also bring bottles of water (just plain water - no other drinks), shin pads and a rain jacket.

Please note there is no guarantee that participating in the training will ensure your child is offered a place in our Sunday league teams - we simply do not have the money or volunteers to have teams for all children who wish to participate.  We do offer training to all children all year round so even if your child is not offered a place in our Sunday league team they can still train with us and play in friendly matches.

AllStars old boy Daniel Johnson Wins Play Off Final at Wembley

Daniel Johnson, with AllStars up to the age of 16, was part of the Preston North End FC team that won the League 1 play-off final 4v0 at Wembley on Sunday.  Daniel became the second AllStars old boy after Mustapha Carayol to appear in a play off final at Wembley after Mus appeared for Torquary in the Conference play-off final.

Both ended up as winners!

Well done to Daniel and to coach Dominic who coached Daniel for so many years.