28th February 2016
Hurrah! At last dear listeners – a new guest post and one in the sadly-ignored ‘This Sporting Life’ section of Born again Swindonian. I’ve put the section on the blog because it should be represented even though I have no interest or inclination to sport myself. So hooray for Stratton Juniors!
And thanks to Paul Sunridge for sending me the information and some super photos of their players. All of ’em stars I have no doubt!
And any fans of Speedway or any other Swindon sports clubs listening – get in touch!
Founded in 1992, Stratton Juniors Football Club has grown from just one team and a handful of players to 15 teams from Under 6s to Under 16s with almost 200 children in the local community playing structured grassroots football.
In 2010 the club achieved the FA Charter Standard status which is awarded to football clubs who provide a high quality football experience. FA Charter Standard clubs are proven to be well run, sustainable, and importantly place child protection, quality coaching and safety as paramount. The aspirations of the Stratton Juniors committee do not stop there, with plans to take the club to the next level by achieving the prestigious FA Charter Standard ‘Development’ status.
After a number of years of playing at various venues around Stratton including local schools, the club has this season moved all of its teams to Meadowcroft playing fields run by Stratton Parish Council. The club and council have been working in partnership for some time and are both committed to a long term future together. We are currently fund raising for a defibrillator at Meadowcroft, hopefully supported by a council grant which will provide life-saving equipment accessible by the whole community. We are also holding a charity race night on 15th April at the County Ground Legends Lounge for the same cause.
On the pitch, Stratton Juniors goes from strength to strength.
Committed to playing the game in the “right” way, the emphasis of coaching is about development and enjoyment. The development primarily focuses on the technical side of the game, which is delivered in a structured but fun way.
“To me it was never about what I accomplished on the football field, it was about the way I played the game.”Jerry Rice
Working with parents, the club ensures that match days are a pressure free environment and the emphasis is on development and not winning. But by playing with a smile and focusing on technical ability the results naturally come good. Testament to this approach is the number of boys that, year after year, are selected by various football league academies, who we hope we have helped develop.
Stratton Juniors only exists through the dedication of volunteer coaches and committee members and to help the club meet its aspiration of charter development status, funding is critical.
The club has sponsorship opportunities for a number of age groups and if you would be interested in sponsoring a team please contact Paul Surridge at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07587 003990.
Facebook: /strattonjnrsfc – https://www.facebook.com/strattonjuniors?fref=ts