By Richard Pumflett
SINCE the formation of St.Clere’s F.C. back in 2009 the club has seen many changes, and in that time expanded significantly. With just a handful of teams competing in that inaugural season the club has now progressed to 14 teams playing in the orange and black kit at our home ground in Butts Lane, Stanford-Le-Hope.
The teams for this season (2012/13) range from Under 11’s to Mens Saturday and Sunday teams, all eager to bring more silverware to the club. This year we are delighted to have within the St.Clere’s family a girl’s team for the first time and hopefully their recent Tournament win at Dagenham United is the first of many.
In fact since the clubs conception we have won 5 cups, 5 league championships as well as 5 league runners – up spots. Adding to that further success in 7 summer tournaments, St.Clere’s F.C. are definitely a club on an upward curve.
The most prestigious achievement for the club so far, has been the involvement of the Mens Saturday Teams in 3 Essex Cup Finals within this 3 year period, a truly remarkable feat for this small but progressive club.
All this could not have been achieved without the help of the members of that initial club committee and the subsequent members who have all worked their socks off to get this exciting venture off the ground. The first St.Clere’s summer tournament was held in July, with over 100 teams entering over the weekend and it was so successful that teams are already enquiring about next year.
We must give a special mention to St.Clere’s school who have been invaluable with their help and support since those early days and help us spread the word within the local community. It is a superb partnership that showcases both the excellent school facilities, including the 3G Astroturf training pitches and in turn highlights the name of St.Clere’s F.C. for promotion within the local community.
So what of the future of St.Clere’s F.C.?
We are very eager to establish younger teams within the club. The recently approved development of 350 homes opposite the school will give us the influx of the younger generation kids that the club needs to secure its future.
Also we are actively seeking teams who are visually-impaired or have disabilities, as the facilities here would be superb for them to use. So if you are looking into changing clubs or simply a manager thinking about starting a new team for next season, then give St.Clere’s a thought.
If you want to get involved with this excellent set up, then contact our club secretary via the clubs website at the following address www.stcleresfc.webs.com