Worthing Town Football Club
A community youth football club providing inclusive sporting activity for toddlers through to young adults.
This is the only FA Charter Standard football club in Worthing. There are in excess of 600 playing members from Tiny soccer stars through to adult teams offering training and match play to both girls and boys in the local and wider community. Inclusive football is offered to groups with special needs including mental health issues. Established in 1995 there is now a 3 year old clubhouse with exceptional facilities situated in a public park and available to the local community.
The club is governed by 6 voluntary Directors lead by a Chairman and a CEO. All possess skills in business, finance and/or football areas that compliment the club and ensure transparency and good management.
The club's playing members ages range from 2yrs to 18 +. Teams are coached and managed by volunteers, all of whom are DBS checked and trained to FA standards with coaching, child protection , first aid and youth mentoring courses.
The club provides skill training and development as essential football activity. The sessions enable the members to socialise with their peers and to develope and accept discipline within their activity while becoming team players. All coaches and managers meet regularly to discuss strategies to move more gifted children to a team with a higher standard and to support players to maintain their position and to ensure that each child is enjoying their football.
The club is situation between two quite opposing social economic areas and the management team are aware that there will be support required for some families. The registration fee is kept at a reasonable level and reduced fees and a payment plan is available on request.
The club supports local charity events with football activities and the clubhouse is made available to charity groups requiring a venue. The club is a valuable asset to the community and is in turn well supported by local residents.
Partnership working is encouraged and working with local schools is considered to be a priority.
Physical activity through football is encouraged and the main focus of the club and all volunteers.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
This funding will directly impact on and benefit schools and small children's groups in the local community. It would be the club's intention to spend the money on equipment that is portable and would be used specifically in football training and play sessions that the club are offering to the schools to compliment their current curriculum. Most local schools do not have a good standard of specific equipment, for example correct sized balls, goals or cone markers for skill exercise.
The club currently provides football training at two local primary schools and supports the lannual ocal National Playday scheme.
portable equipment that is kept and used only for these sessions would enable the current service provision to be offered to more schools and preschools in the area. The equipment would be appropriately used and stored therefore should be fit for purpose for a good length of time.
"This funding will enable the club to offer additional sporting opportunity with quality sessions introducing children to football.
Paul Woodley, Club Secretary"