We would like to welcome Springhead U7s to SportsDirect.com Park today who are our J D Williams Team Of The Week for this afternoon's fixture.
We hope you all have a fantastic afternoon with us and enjoy the match.
Springhead AFC History
Springhead A.F.C. was formed in 1922 as Lees Amateurs changing its name in the early 1960s to more reflect the area it represented. From these early days of being purely an adult set up with only one open age male team to speak of, the club, through the hard work of its members, has grown into the community, which exists today.
Grass Roots Football
Springhead A.F.C. currently operates 19 football teams from its small clubhouse premises at St John Street, Lees, Oldham. Many of their age groups train locally at the Waterhead Academy facilities in the evenings and weekends.
In addition to the three open age, male sides currently playing in the Manchester Football League Premier Division, Second Division and Fourth Division, the club runs 14 junior teams from under 7s through to under 16s currently plying their trade in various local leagues.
For their older players, their veterans’ sides continue to play in various non-competitive midweek fixtures and in the Manchester County FA Sunday veteran’s league. Finally, for their 4-8 years of age they run their Excellent Development Soccer School Sessions each Saturday morning at Waterhead Academy between 9.30-11am.
They are also currently in the process of developing our 6-10 years of age female section which will also move to Waterhead Academy from April on a Saturday morning. Anyone interested in joining their football family please contact the clubhouse or come down and try us out.
They currently provide facilities for playing football 'from cradle to grave' and Springhead A.F.C. is committed to providing sport at a grass roots level to all areas of its community. Their latest estimates show that in excess of 1,000 people every week are directly involved with the club (players, members, volunteers, parents, etc.) not including those indirectly involved (spectators, local businesses, etc.) who benefit from their existence.
The club is recognised by the Football Association [FA] and has obtained the FA Charter Standard Award (Community Status). This is the highest endorsement, by the national governing body, and recognises that Springhead A.F.C. is committed to supporting football at grass roots level and possesses an infrastructure, organisation and facilities of a sufficient quality to support this. It also ratifies that their coaches and volunteers are qualified to a required standard and have undergone the necessary Criminal Records Bureau checks.
Springhead U7s currently play in the East Manchester Junior Football League (Charter Standard League).
U7s division one at the Tameside Stadium in Ashton. As two newly formed teams in 2014, most of the children have progressed together through the soccer school from an age of four, quickly bonding and currently enjoying a superb 2014/2015 debut season.
All the children are very much looking forward to their day at Oldham Athletic and showcasing their talents on the pitch before a large crowd.
Today's teams are coached by Simon Bennett, Keith Hilton and Shaid Mushtaq. The squad being: Musa Mushtaq, Adam Qamar, Joseph Haigh, Woody Hallworth, Jack Hilton, Aiden Horn, Patric Howe, Toby Robinson, Harvey Mould, Jack Saville, Lewis Wrigley, Zachary Bennett, Jake Hacking, Adam Anjum, Musa Mushtaq and Alfie Blazewell.