Words by Dan Haynes
AS Crompton FC’s inaugural season comes to a close, Dan Haynes, the club’s recruitment official and also U14s manager, looks back on a great opening campaign and looks forward already to the 2018/19 season.
Not resting on its laurels, Crompton are looking to expand and to recruit new players across all age groups.
Dan says: “From a new U9s team to the U18s girls, we are keen to invite girls experienced or otherwise, to come along to our summer training sessions at Crompton Cricket Club.
“The club is looking to bring in new players at all levels and in all positions but in particular any budding young goalkeepers would be very welcome to come along and ‘give it a go’.
“One of the real success stories this season has been the growth of Roary’s Cubs’ Club which is for boys and girls aged four to eight years old.
“It is run by club chairman and local amateur football stalwart Steve Grice.
“This is where many of the club’s future players receive their first taste of football.
The club has grown from a standing start with no players to now having two new U8s teams ready to go for the new season.
“By his own admission Steve is never happier than when witnessing the sheer enjoyment the youngsters get from discovering football and seeing them developing week on week.
“All Crompton FC sessions are run by Football Association qualified coaches in a safe, friendly and fun environment,
“So whether you are looking to get involved for the first time, seeking a new challenge, coming back to playing after a break from or simply looking for a new club where you can meet new friends and enjoy ‘the beautiful game’, then we would like to hear from you.”
In addition, the club is also looking for volunteers to join the coaching team in time for next season.
Dan added: “I got involved in coaching after my daughter started playing football and quickly realised that the volunteers are the life blood of community football clubs like Crompton FC.
“The satisfaction you get from seeing the kids enjoying their football and challenging themselves to keep getting better is just fantastic.”
The club will provide full support for volunteers wishing to get involved, including putting them through their F level one coaching course.