Frequently Asked Questions

How much are subscription fees and what do they include?

The fees for the 2018/19 season are £345 for Alyth and Belsize Square members, £360 for all others.  The subs will cover all match fees, weekly training sessions and a kit (shirt, shorts, socks).

I’m not a member of Alyth or Belsize Square Synagogue, does that matter?

Not at all.  Although the club has its roots in these two shuls, membership of the football club is open to all.  There is a small discount on the subs for members though.

How do I sign up?

If you have been offered a place on a team, you will need to complete an Alyth Belsize registration form and a Maccabi League or Watford Friendly League registration form.  If you don’t have a copy, these can be downloaded from the Join Us page:

  • Form 1
    If you are NEW to Alyth Belsize and are looking to join a team in the age groups Under 7 to Under 11, playing in the Maccabi League
  • Form 2
    If you are an EXISTING player signing up again for a team in age groups Under 8 to Under 11, playing in the Maccabi League
  • Form 3
    If you are NEW to Alyth Belsize and are looking to join a team in the age groups Under 12 and Under 13, playing in the Watford Friendly League
  • Form 4
    If you are an EXISTING player signing up again for a team in the age groups Under 12 and Under 13, playing in the Watford Friendly League

The Maccabi form can also be downloaded from our website needs to be returned together with 2 recent, identical photos plus proof of date of birth (last year’s card for existing players).

The Watford Friendly League form is only available in hard copy and will be supplied by the relevant team manager.  This form needs to be returned together with 2 identical recent passport photos plus proof of date of birth (last year’s card for existing players).  The leagues are very strict about these requirements, and not following their instructions may mean your child misses the first matches of the season.

What is the deadline for sending in my forms?

Ideally we would like the forms back by the end of June in order for us to organise our squads for next season.  Places may still be available after this date, but this cannot be guaranteed.

How many teams are there for each age group?

We will have one team for each age group, apart from U13 (2 teams).

My child is signing up with some friends, will they be on the same team?

While we will do our utmost to ensure that friends in the same age group play together, we cannot guarantee it as it does depend on numbers and ability.

What leagues do the teams play in?

All teams from U8 to U10 play in the Maccabi League.  Maccabi’s aim is to support the long-term future of British Jewry by engaging and developing the entire community and especially young people in a broad range of Jewish sporting activities.  Our U13 teams will be playing in the Watford Friendly League.

When and where are matches played?

Maccabi: U8, U9 and U10s play all their matches at The Hive, Edgware (Barnet FC’s ground) or Woodhouse College. Matches kick off at 2.30, 3.30 or 4.30 – check the website for fixture information.

Watford Friendly: Home matches are at West Hendon Playing Fields and away matches will be at the opposition’s ground, wherever that may be (anywhere within 10 miles of Watford town centre!).  Kick-off times should be 2pm though they can be earlier.

See the location page for further details

What do the players’ need for matches?

All players will be provided with a team strip (shirt, shorts, socks) that they should wear for every match.  Apart from that they will need shinpads and a drink, plus lots of warm under-layers, hats, gloves, etc in winter.  Maccabi teams need football boots suitable for Astroturf (no studs) while Watford Friendly matches will be mostly played on grass.

Where and when are training sessions?

For the 2018/19 season (starting in September) all teams will train on Monday's at Powerleague in Friern Barnet:

  • U8, U9 and U10: 5.00-6.00pm
  • U13's: 6.00-7.00pm

What about pre-season training?

Pre-season training session details to be confirmed - and they will be aimed at all age groups.

Who takes the training sessions?

The training sessions are run by Club Coach, Ivan Colomer Martinez, together with his assistant coaches.

If we can’t come to training does that mean we don’t get picked for matches?

No, we appreciate that not everyone can make the training session times.  The training sessions are designed to improve overall footballing skills and are a chance for the kids to get together in a friendly and sociable environment.  Team selection for Sunday matches is done by the team managers.

I’ve always fancied myself as an Alex Ferguson... can I get involved in managing my child’s team?

Yes.  If your child is joining a new team it will need a manager so please feel free to volunteer if you are interested. For the older/established teams there are still other ways to help out, so just let the relevant current team manager know.

I’d like to sponsor a team to promote my business, how do I go about that?

We are always looking for sponsors for each of the individual teams.  Fees are reasonable and in return you get your logo on the team’s shirts plus on the website.  Depending on the nature of the business we are happy to look at other ways the club can work with its sponsors.

What social events does the club organise?

On a club-wide basis the only event is the annual awards ceremony, held at the end of the season.  However, individual teams also organise their own occasional post-match events such as pizza or a picnic.

Do the teams enter any tournaments?

Every summer each team has the opportunity to enter the Maccabi 5-a-side tournament.

I have more questions, who do I ask?

You can send a message via the website or you can contact the Club Chairman, Alan Margolis.