Buckhurst Hill FC
Buckhurst Hill FC
Buckhurst Hill Football Club was formed in 1985 by Richard Brand and Alfie Sacre with the objective of providing youth football In the local community.
From humble beginnings our first team was put together and Richard and Alfie were soon joined by Ray Sherrin (who is still our Club President today) to run the club, and with more local awareness more volunteers came forward to help run more teams.
Our first team success was our under 15's who were winners of the Echo League Cup A division in season 1985/86 with our first league success in 1986/87 with Richard Brand and our under 14's winning the Echo B division.
Over the coming years and throughout the nineties further success was achieved through our youth teams from ages under 10-17.
During this period as the club started to grow we introduced mini soccer and in the 1999/2000 season our under 7's won our first league trophy in the Barking mini league.
Now thirty years on the club has grown to over 30 teams starting with our mini kickers at four years of age up to under 16's.
We have now become one of the most successful youth clubs not only in Essex but throughout the country with numerous County and National Cup successes and league titles, and over 30 boys who have come through our system go on to play at professional level, and over 50 currently at academy's throughout the Country.
Our mini soccer teams all play in the Echo league with some age groups having three sides and then when we move to two teams per age group when we reach 11 a side with teams playing in both the Echo League and Eastern Junior Alliance.
To help support our youth system we restructured our senior section in 2014 to provide a progressive path for our homegrown players with the addition of our under 18's, and under 21's to help develop them to men's football and our first team which we are already seeing the benefits of which bodes well for the future.
The club consists of two distinct entities the Buckhurst Hill Foundation which is a registered Charity and is governed by our Trustees and Buckhurst Hill Football Club which is overseen by an elected management committee.
Since 2000 there have been some notable achievements.
In 2000 the Foundation purchased the freehold of our current Roding Lane ground.
In 2001 with the aid of lottery grants and funding we built a new clubhouse
In 2012 we took a 25 year lease with our friends at Buckhurst Hill sports and social club adjacent to our main ground which has now become our mini soccer academy for all our 5x5 and 7x7 teams.
In 2015 through help and support from Grange Farm and numerous fundraising activities a bridge was built to join the two sites across the river Roding and provide a safe and secure access to both grounds.
The club has a number of plans on and off the pitch over the next twenty four months which include expansion of our ground to provide more pitches to cope with our demands for boys and girls wishing to join, while will also enable us to extend our current clubhouse.
This in turn will enable us to continue with our progressive plans within our senior section and support our target of reaching Ryman League status.