Winton Wanderers FC
Winton Wanderers FC was formed in 1995, by Chairman Paul Doyle. His idea was to bring football in to the local community, and to provide a hub for local children to engage in positive activity, from a physical and social point of view. Children and adults alike, benefited from the greater sense of togetherness, direction and reward – with boys and girls, men and women, taking part in weekly activity.
In 2009, following the council’s temporary ground closure, the club was relaunched. The club entered an under 16’s team into a local league for 2 years. With the help of Salford CVS and Sported, the club purchased equipment, trained coaches and bought a cabin for changing rooms – then a new chapter began. The club introduced a Sunday Academy to involve and coach a better numbers of kids, from this the club created an under 10’s team, before the Open Age team returned to the club. Silverware was already in the bag with a Junior Cup victory, and with the promotion, more teams were formed in 2012.
Football For All
Going back to its roots of equality and opportunity for all, the club then created an under 10’s Girls team in 2014, which continues to prosper whilst challenging stereotypes and preconceptions about the game. There was more Open Age silverware to come with a league title and cup win, and two junior team promotions – the club is in great shape! We welcome players of all abilities to attend our Sunday Academy, or to join up with a team. We take pride in coaching those with ‘two left feet’ to become Man of the Match, or those with less physical confidence to become Captains of the club. We’ve done it before and we will do it again.
More Than Football
Above all, the games and victories, stands the club’s beliefs about opportunity. Whether it is recognising girls talent, empowering local parents with coaching qualifications, or keeping kids off the streets and away from consoles – the club does more than just football.
Since 2011, the club has updated its Football Development Plan with points of progress against its social and community aims. With a focus on geographic infrastructure aligned with helping the youngsters develop respect for others, themselves and the community around them, the FDP is a central tenet to what the club is trying to achieve.
If you are interested in being part of this long term project, get in touch.