Appleton AFC celebrated its 40th anniversary recently. During this time it has grown from only a few teams to nearly 500 players and over the last 10 years the Academy has grown from nothing to be a significant part of the club.
The Academy caters for boys and girls from Reception class through to Year 2. At Year 3 the children join the Warrington Junior Football League.
Many other clubs start playing in the league from Year 2 but at Appleton AFC we feel the extra year of coaching, fitness and fun stands the children in good stead for the challenging matches ahead.
The Academy always trains on a Saturday morning at the New Lane pitches in the spring, summer and autumn and when winter comes we head for Broomfields Leisure Centre to play either on the astroturf or indoors.
Appleton AFC is run by volunteers and the Academy is no different. All the coaches are parents who have come forward to train and lead the children in developing their football skills butas importantly to grow the childrenʼs confidence, fitness and self worth.
We also have a number of the older players from Appleton AFC who are assisting as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. They are proving very popular and full of energy and enthusiasm.
All the coaches are CRB checked and ultimately achieve their FA Level One coaching certificates well as FA certificates in first aid and child safeguarding. The coaches move with the children as they move through the Academy and into the League.
Help is always welcome and you can find out a little more about becoming a coach here. Most importantly, Appleton AFC stands for grass roots values. Every child that attends will be treated kindly and with consideration.
Every child will be encouraged to be the best that they can be, regardless of ability and every child will join in equally. We want an Academy of positive, happy children who love their Saturday mornings, canʼt wait to get to training and have fun.
Football at Appleton AFC is not just about winning (although it always feels good) but about enjoyment, fitness, confidence, discipline and respect and I think itʼs fair to say that many great friendships between the children and between parents have been forged on & off the pitch.