Saffron Walden Community celebrating after reaching a milestone of youth players

PUBLISHED: 15:12 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 06 November 2017

Saffron Walden Community FC held a special mini soccer school at Saffron Walden Town's Catons Lane ground

Saffron Walden Community FC held a special mini soccer school at Saffron Walden Town's Catons Lane ground

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Saffron Walden Community FC has reached a significant milestone with 500 youth players now registered.

The new club, formed in the summer after a merger between Saffron Walden Town Youth FC and Spartak YSC78, has entered 38 teams into league football.

And it also has a thriving mini soccer school for reception and year one pupils, based at Herbert’s Farm, with around 50 players.

The girls club, Saffron Walden PSG FC, has also reached a landmark with its 100th player registered and taster sessions have been taking place on Saturday mornings, with a further 30 girls from reception to year six playing football.

PSG has eight teams playing league football up to under-16 level, as well as a development squad for younger girls.

Co-chair Martin Johnson said: “The hard work which has gone into creating the new club is now really starting to pay dividends.

“We have a record number of teams, and this is helping us in trying to make sure we can cater for everyone and find a team that suits each player. We are also really trying to raise standards in terms of how we run the club.

“We have launched a new online portal for players’ registrations, we are ensuring the highest levels of qualifications we can for our volunteer managers and coaches, improving our communications, and we are looking to improve the kit and equipment we can offer teams.

“The establishment of the new club has also helped build our relationship with the Football Association, who were very supportive of the establishment of the new club, and its charitable status.

“We are also in ongoing discussions with the FA about improving football facilities in the town and the potential to deliver a new 3G pitch, and having established the new club over the last few months, delivering that new investment is now a key objective.

“We are totally reliant on our 100-plus volunteers and I want to thank them again for everything they do week in week out. Thanks also to our many local sponsors who are backing the club and enabling us to provide additional kit and equipment for teams. If anyone is interested in helping out in any capacity please contact the club and let us know.”

For contact details see the club’s website at swcfc.org.uk.

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