Wateringbury Football Club

Wateringbury FC was founded in April 1996 by club founder, Nigel Newick. Nigel had become frustrated by seeing children side-lined by the coaches of the team his boy was currently playing for. The manager of his child’s team, at the time, would only pick his best players and gave little or no time for development towards the less gifted players.

Wateringbury FCs philosophy is to try and provide children of all abilities the chance to play football and most of all, to have fun. We are very supportive of that way of thinking and if you join our club, we will do everything we can to give your child as much time ‘on the pitch’ as possible.

As teams progress though the age-groups however, the competitions and leagues that we enter, also the children themselves, become more and more competitive. It is for this reason that despite our best endeavours, we cannot guarantee every player a game  week-in week-out, or indeed a place in any given squad. This is a tough one for coaches, parents and children alike, but we always do our utmost to give every child the opportunity to be part of our squads and to play competitive football, especially in the younger age categories.

We currently run with 7 age groups playing competitive fixtures, and it is our intention to have at least one team at every age group from under 9s through to under 18s within the next 4 seasons. We are also very proud of our successful academy, which is for 5-8 year olds of both genders. We have separate groups for boys and girls. It is the coaches' aim just to introduce children to football at this young age, and to help them understand the ethics of the game and the way we feel that football should be played. We have a membership of over 50 budding young superstars in the girls' and boys' academies.

All of our junior teams compete in the Crowborough and District junior league. All have had great success in recent years, winning leagues, cup finals and tournaments. We also host an annual tournament which regularly attracts approximately 1000 players and spectators to Wateringbury village.

In 2018 we were very honoured to be awarded FA Chartered Standard status and this has really put us on the map to improve as a club. All our coaches and committee members are DBS checked and have attended suitable FA safeguarding courses and the club is run under the FA code of conduct & FA safeguarding code rules & regulations. All our team managers and coaches have successfully passed the FA level 1 coaching qualification and we believe this shows a commitment and passion to provide sport for young people in a safe, educational and fun environment.

Teams competing in season 2023/24

Boys Under 18's
Boys Under 15's
Boys Under 13's
Boys Under 12's
Girls Under 10's
Boys Under 11's Pumas
Boys Under 11's Cougars
Boys Under 10's Foxes
Boys Under 10's Wolverines
Boys Under 9's
Girls Under 8's

We also have non-competitive Academy coaching for Boys and Girls aged 5 - 8