Young footballers have goals in sight

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A JUNIOR village football side – formed thanks to the determined efforts of a group of parents – is going from strength to strength.

And now the Weedon-based club is hoping to enter several teams in the John Henry League next season.

“It’s fantastic to see the children of Weedon get together and train as a team. I just can’t wait for the real matches to begin,’’ said club secretary Jenny Rogers.

A group of parents from Weedon decided it was about time Weedon had their own junior football club in the village, as previously the children of the village were forced to go to other clubs if they wanted to play in the league.

They now have a strong committee with eight members.

The sides have been going since the club formed in March and have just been gathering members ever since.

Jenny said that despite Weedon having a very successful adult team that has been going for almost 50 years, the village did not have any successful junior teams.

“We started the Friday night football training sessions back in early March and since then we have quickly grown to having around 30 plus children every week.

“ We will be entering some teams in to the John Henry league next season and are hoping to have an U8s, U10s and U15s side. We still have some spaces left if anyone is interested in joining us.

“We are very lucky to have a keen footballer, Tom Waldock, as our head coach and his brother Ian Waldock as another coach and we’ve just sent two coaches on training courses to get a part one training qualification.”

The club held a very successful fun day raising more than £500 for the club.

They had their first real game as a club in the Towcester six-a-side tournament with the U15s side.

“We have been lucky in having some very generous sponsors/donations so far, which has enabled us to buy kits, training equipment (balls, goals, poles, cones, discs etc) T-shirts and training tops.

They train at 5.30pm on Fridays at the Jubilee playing field, Weedon. They have their own website- weedonjuniorfc.co.uk

Anyone interested in helping out, in anyway (sponsorship, donations, equipment, at training sessions) contact Jenny on 01327 340814.