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 5 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.
What started as a handful of girls is now 6 teams ranging from U8 through to U13. Tony now heads the girls section alongside Kate (his wife and fellow coach).
Girls Football is developing at a pace and the opportunities for Girls is massive, but most of all it is 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!