Meet the Committee




Steve Venn

Responsible for providing the leadership and direction for the club by overseeing the work of the Club committee and being an advocate of the football club in the local community.


I moved to Yate in 1976 aged 9

Shortly afterwards I joined the local football team based at St Nicholas church and played throughout my teens in the Green and Black (stripes in those days) of St Nicholas at our then home pitches in Abbotswood.

Such great memories of those days that as soon as my son was old enough he joined the Development squad in 2007.

Within a couple of weeks I started as a parent helper then took over the Development group for 2 years before moving into the U7’s. I managed the team all the way through, and am now taking the team into U18 football.

Both my daughters have also played in the girls teams with my youngest currently playing in the U15 squad.

I have undertaken various roles including social/events & facilities manager. Very proud to now be in my 5th year as Chairman of this fantastic family friendly community based football club.


Andy Paget

Responsible for the general administration, information and communication with key stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of the club. The Secretary also maintains data and club records to demonstrate compliance with the club’s constitution and national governing body guidelines.


I have been involved with the club for 17 years in total. I managed my daughter’s team for 5 years, before taking on the managing of my son’s team for the last 12 years. I was previously Club Welfare Officer before moving on to being Club Secretary from the beginning of the 2020/21 season.


Matt Hamber

Responsible for ensuring that the club stays financially sustainable, pays all expenses, and collect any monies owed to the club. An annual running budget and forecast is also made available at the club’s AGM


After getting involved as a parent helper in 2014, the club put me through the FA level 1 and I have coached or managed a St Nicholas team ever since. I took on the Treasurer’s role in 2018


Adam May

Ensures that the club operates a safe, child friendly environment and promotes good practice in line with the club’s Child Protection Policy and Safeguarding processes


I took the decision to manage my son’s squad in 2016 and help with various aspects of the club including sponsorship and kit.

My second child has now started his football journey so it was time to take on board a little more work and help a growing club which has a great vision for the future.

Happy to be part of the committee as CWO


Mike Bristow

The clubs Commercial Manager is responsible for generating income and maintaining good relationships with sponsors and the club’s commercial partners.


I joined St Nicks as a manager for one of my sons teams in 2016/17. He finished development and the team were looking for a manager to take them on. The club were great at supporting me through my FA Level 1.

I joined the committee in 2020 as commercial manager. St Nicholas FC have a great youth football set up, one of the best in the area and I seen a real opportunity for local businesses to benefit from the exposure that such a fantastic football club can offer.


Geoff Clee

Responsible for ensuring that the Clubhouse & Changing rooms remain in good repair, match day equipment is fit for purpose and management of club bookings.


I have been involved with the club since 2015 when my eldest son started playing. I quickly became involved as a parent helper for his team.

When my second son moved from the development squad into the U7’s they were looking for someone to run the team. The club has supported me through the FA Level 1 course.

I got involved with the committee in 2019 to help develop the potential of the club and its facilities.


Shane Brennan

Responsible for ensuring sub-committees organise social events for the Club throughout the year including out of season activities where members are invited.


I have been involved in St Nicholas FC for 7 years and have managed for 5 years.

All 3 of my children now play for the club from Girls Development up to U13’s boys.

It is a fantastic club that I thoroughly enjoy being part of where fun and football is what it’s all about!


James Mapstone

Leading the club’s philosophy and supporting the development of coaches, players and participation opportunities for all players at the club.


I have been volunteering and coaching at St Nicks since 2008 and have since obtained my UEFA B Licence and FA Youth Award. I now coach the U18 Black Team and our Men’s First Team. I am also working with others to develop the clubs philosophy and create a stronger pathway to first team football.


Kate Hayden

Responsible for driving awareness of the club within the local community with various forms of media available.


I spent (what felt like) my entire childhood on the sideline of a St Nicks pitch, as my brother played and my dad managed a team.

In 2015 my eldest son joined the development team, and I took on the Marketing role 5 years after that.


Lauren White

Responsible for being the face of the club to the local community, including schools and local organisations


Started playing for St Nicks when I was a young girl, played through the age groups all the way up to ladies. Starting coaching in 2013, developed girls through a variety of ages whilst getting my Level 1 and 2 badge.


Neil Thomas

The Facilities and Grounds Officer is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of club playing facilities, liaising with the club committee with any issues, ensuring these are resolved in a timely fashion


I’m assistant coach to Matt Hamber with my twin sons Alex & Dylan in the team.  They joined St Nicks in the 17/18 season and I began helping out with the team in 18/19.  I love every minute of being part of Grassroots football and am delighted to join the committee, with the help of my dad Brian. He is also our matchday roving reporter and this role suits us well, as we are both in our element when we are tinkering around making and fixing things in sheds!