Havering youth football club ‘could fold without new people to run it’

�Gidea Park Rangers youth football club are seeking a new manager and helpers to keep its long-standing teams in action.

Chairman Andy Dale, secretary Cliff Clark and parents who run the club say it is time for new people who might be interested to take over the reins.

Andy said: “We are happy to run the club for the foreseeable future, but it is time that new blood came along. It would be vital in giving the club a boost and aid it in moving forward. Should this not happen, it will be a sad day to see a well-known local club fold.”

Three teams

Gidea Park Rangers have been running since 1967 and play their home games at Rise Park, in Romford. The club now only has three teams and is also looking for under-11 and under-16 players to join.

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Andy said it was disappointing to see such a small number of teams play in the Chelmsford Youth Football League (CYFL) this year.

He said: “Last season saw some excellent results for two of our teams.

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“Our under-21 team were champions of the CYFL under-21 league and reached the final of the CYFL knock-out cup, where they were narrowly beaten on penalties.

“Our under-15 side were crowned champions of the division four CYFL on the final day of the season, when they overcame their local rivals Cougars Junior Football Club.”

Andy would like parents to become more involved with the running of the club, including general administrative, fundraising events and regular help on the field at their mid-week and weekend training sessions.

He said: “Parents whose children play for the club would be a great asset to take it forward as they would have a personal interest.

“Previous coaching skills are not necessary, but a good understanding of football helps. If a parent is committed to the club it is our aim to aid them in gaining their coaching qualifications.”

n If you are interested in helping the club or for information on setting up a boys, girls or mixed football team, visit: www.gideaparkrangersfc.co.uk or call Andy on 01708 384179.

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