Important links lead to merger of Hellesdon football clubs

Just Regional
Mar 2, 2015 3 mins read

After more than half a century of football in Hellesdon, two clubs – Hellesdon FC and Hellesdon Youth FC – who have operated as separate entities, are now set to merge for the coming 2015/2016 season.

For many years, past and present committee members have discussed the possibility of a merger, but sadly for both sides it never seemed to be something that could be pieced together without complications.

At the start of the 2013/2014 season talks between the clubs reopened following the introduction of a new under-19s Development League allowing previous under 16s youth players to continue in football without the need to disperse into adult teams.

“For Hellesdon in particular this proved to be a huge success, with the under 19s winning the league title holding a 100% win record,” said coach Martin Chadwick.

“More importantly, it offered the adult first and reserve teams a feed of young local talent; and for the under 19s, more of a gradual stepping stone into senior football.

“So far, seven of the under 19 players have played for the senior side. This important link made both clubs realise that something must be done to provide a community club that supports age groups from under 7s all the way to adult senior football.”

Both clubs currently hold their versions of the FA Charter Standard, which means that each club has to follow a constitution, all coaches have to have at least level 1 coaching qualification, first aid, CRB and Child Welfare certificates.

Both clubs held meetings to vote for the merger since the turn of the year, and in each case the decision was unanimous to go for the merger at the earliest possible convenience.

Joint meetings have since been held to discuss club colours, finances, equipment and, of course, the new club name.
“All meetings have been very positive between both parties and everyone around the table ultimately wants the same goal – to have a football club that not only provides recreational games for youngsters, but that engages with everyone in the Hellesdon community with other events that are planned in the future,” said Martin.

“There have been many people involved in allowing us to reach this important stage, to whom we are very grateful. There are many more hurdles to overcome, but with the drive and commitment both committees have to make this a success, we are sure there will be nothing but positives coming from the merger.”

An open evening is planned to showcase the new club structure and plans, plus a new committee will be assembled at the next AGM.

Youngsters at Hellesdon FC celebrating the news that the club is merging with the adult club

Youngsters at Hellesdon FC celebrating the news that the club is merging with the adult club

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