Merger Will Make Farnham Youth Teams Stronger, Together.
These are exciting times for Farnham Town’s youth programme.
First there was the league championship for the Under 18s.
Now, there is the much anticipated merger between Farnham Town and Farnham United.
The culmination of months of hard work by Farnham Town Youth Secretary Ross Moore, Chairman Paul Tanner and his counterpart at Farnham United, Jean-Claude Vacassin, it’s a merger that will see Farnham Town become one of the largest and most progressive clubs in South-East England, with over 700 children, aged from 4 to 18, playing in 65 teams wearing Farnham Town’s colours.
As with any relationship, the whole will be far greater than the sum of its parts.
Everyone involved is keen to stress the concept of “One Club, One Vision”.
The primary focus will be to make youth football in Farnham more accessible and even more inclusive, providing greater opportunities for local children to be active.
It’s a commitment that extends to girl’s football, where the club already has 100 players aged 5-16 registered and, after starting three new teams this season, plans to introduce more in September.
The merger will also allow Farnham Town to build on its recent success and further enhance player development, with players at all age groups given access to first class training and the opportunity to follow what will become an established pathway to the First Team and, potentially, beyond.
This will encompass improved facilities at both the Monkton Lane and Memorial Ground sites, as well as giving Farnham children access to even higher standards of football coaching.
Within the new Farnham Town set up, all players aged 4 – 7 years old will benefit from training by the Chelsea Foundation that Farnham United players have enjoyed for the past couple of years.
And, as they move through the age groups, the plan is for all Farnham Town youth players to be given access to training from, and with, Farnham Town first team players and management.
Both parties also recognise the commercial benefits to the merger.
Over the past two years, and thanks to the efforts of Committee Members, supporters, sponsors and parents, both Farnham Town and Farnham United have made significant improvements to their off-field activities, with Farnham United investing a grant from Waverley Council to refurbish their clubhouse and patio garden, while Farnham Town used a crowdfunding scheme to not only refurbish The Clubhouse but also invest in our Full Times catering van.
By coming together, the merged club will not only have a single focus relationship with both Waverley and Farnham Town Council, it will also be an even more attractive proposition for sponsors; one that will allow Farnham Town to implement their recently published plans to improve the Memorial Ground and, hopefully, create additional playing and space in and around the Monkton Lane.
These are exciting times for Farnham Town and the merger is just one element of a ten year vision to improve the club’s infrastructure, grow the club at all levels and for all ages, from Mini Monsters to the Farnham Town Flares walking football team, and establish Farnham and Waverley as the exemplar of community football.
Certainly, under its five man Leadership Group of Tim Hooper, Ross Moore, Amy Cheesman, Durgesh Chadee and Jean-Claude himself, Farnham Town’s youth teams look all set to have a spectacular future.
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