Manorcroft United Junior
football Club are the only youth football club in the Egham / Englefield Green
area that operate football teams for both boys and girls from the ages of 6 to
18 years. Our initial team was
formed in 1982 on the Manorcroft playing field in Egham by three parents of
children wishing to play football. This team was named Manorcroft United
Juniors. Although not funded in any way by Manorcroft
Junior School a lot of our players initially derived
from this school, to date we continue to have a strong connection and link to the school.
This in turn prompted
several parents from different age groups to get together to provide the
children with football teams up to the age of 11 when they finished attending
junior school. This Club proved so successful that the teams continued to
operate through the children’s secondary education which then attracted players
from surrounding areas and soon one team became several teams.
It has been through the hard work and
commitment of parents and committee members all of whom have volunteered their
time and money that the children in the local community can now enjoy football
without prejudice of race, age, sex or ability. Since the clubs inception the
ethos has always been that the development of the children is paramount. Whilst
it is clear that the club will do their upmost to encourage the child’s football
development we also pride ourselves in developing the children in other areas such as
respect and discipline.
This successful attitude
has not gone unnoticed as we now find ourselves in a position where we offer
children in the local community a choice of teams through the various age ranges all playing in the surrey
youth league. We are considered a highly respected, well operated, friendly
family club by not only the local community but also by the Surrey
Football Association themselves.
Since the formation of the Club our teams
were playing and training at five separate venues due to lack of suitable
facilities available. When we were offered the facility of Coppers Hill
Recreational Ground back in 2008 we found the invitation too good to refuse and,
whilst we knew this would stretch our finances far beyond our means, all
associated with the club made a commitment to become involved and making this a
Taking on such a prestigious facility at
Englefield Green has provided our club with a new home. All of our teams now play at the one ground, boasting a large clubhouse and several well
kempt pitches, the club has rapidly become recognised for having outstanding facilities which harvests a fantastic atmosphere for both the Home sides and the visiting teams.
The Club has recently started its first ever senior side, playing in the Woking and Guildford alliance the Club can now offer a progression for our players beyond Junior Football. We are proud of our first teams collection of former Manorcroft Juniors that feature in the 1st team squad week in week out. To date the side has gained two succesive promotions and the football and team spirit of the side is one for all our teams to aspire to.
We welcome everyone
involved in the community to come along any given Saturday or Sunday to support their local
teams. They will see for themselves how this lively football club is being enjoyed by
over 150 children as well as their parents and supporters.