Appleton AFC Club Officers
Richard Hartland - Chairman
Richard is responsible for the overall running of the club.
Currently coaching a relatively successful and thoroughly enjoyable Under 14s team whilst simultaneously supporting an underachieving and utterly frustrating Tottenham Hotspur team, er yeah - might have to re-write that bit.
Outside football Richard enjoys a glass of wine and writing small biographies.
Steve McAlley - Secretary
Steve is in charge of all official correspondence and communication with the Warrington Junior Football League and Cheshire County FA , involving attending their meetings and ensuring the appropriate compliance. Steve has been involved with the WJFL for 16 years with a few clubs and in various roles, but more than anything Steve just loves to coach which he now does with the U8 Marvels. Steve is a passionate Liverpool fan and goes to as many games as possible with his lads much to the annoyance of his wife Kirsty who knows that footy comes first in the McAlley house. Away from the pitch Steve likes to just spend time with family and get away to see as many parts of the world as he can.
Mark Bellers - Coaching Officer
My role is to work closely with the 50+ coaches at the club, ensuring that the club provides quality training courses, which in turn enable our 350+ players to develop & have fun.
I strongly believe in the club ethos, allow players to think for themselves - a good coach offers advice & guidance, encouraging players to come up with the solutions.
I have been coaching at Appleton for over 6 years, starting in our Academy in 2010, plus I coached in Italy for 12 months in 2002, just 4 years before they were crowned world champions J
When I am not getting up early at the weekend to set-up Samba goals(!), I love to watch cinema classics, plus travelling, eating, drinking, all the usual. Best film about football? Either Next Goal Wins or Escape to Victory!
Tony Little - Vice Chairman
Tony started coaching his son in the Academy and has continued to do so now for 7 years and counting.
In 2015 after his daughter showed an interest in playing football he became involved in trying to build up the Girls section. Alongside Kate, Tony has grown the girls section which is now a quarter of the overall Club. Tony is also now an active member of the Cheshire Girls League committee.
Tony is actively involved in all areas of running the club for both Boys and Girls. "Providing a fun, safe environment for as many children as we can to play football" is what makes being part of AAFC so fun.
Mark Collins - Kit & Equipment
Responsible for the ordering of all kit and equipment for the club.
Passionate about grassroots football and agree strongly with the FA’s best practice..
As an FA licenced coach, I keep up to date with all the up to date training from the FA. I first started with the club as a parent helper in the Academy in 2013, then spent the next 4 years as academy office helping with the U5’s U6’s and U7’s.
Away from the club you will either find me in my local watching the footie or off out dining and socialising with friends.
I am also a little partial to concerts, films and Xbox one, which builds a good rapport with the players as all they talk about is Fortnite of which I’m a pro.
Christine Bell - Child Welfare Officer
As Club Welfare Officer, Christine is responsible for ensuring everybody involved in running the club has a valid CRC and liaises closely with Cheshire FA if needed to resolve any child welfare issues.
Being a mum of 3 of which 2 play for Appleton AFC, Christine has been involved with the club for 8 years becoming more directly involved over recent years.
A very keen Liverpool supporter! ..interests outside of football include spending lots of time with family and friends, enjoying swimming, making celebration cakes and beating everyone at pool!
Kate Little - Head of Girls
Kate started coaching alongside Tony in 2015, FA qualified, currently coaching the Girls Academy and Under 15’s. Kate has actively grown the Girls section from half a dozen girls in 2015, entering 2 teams into Cheshire Girls league in January 2016 to 9 league teams in 2019. Kate’s aim is to offer football to girls of all ages in the local area.
Kate also started the Ladies team in December 2018, encouraging ladies of all ages and abilities to enjoy football. The Ladies entered a team in the Cheshire Inspire League and are going from strength to strength.