Sheppey United Youth Football Club was born from an alliance of Sheppey United FC and existing Isle of Sheppey youth football clubs New Road FC and Range Rovers FC, with the aim of providing Kent Youth League football to talented youngsters on the Isle of Sheppey. Until now, the management committee has consisted of individuals from all alliance member clubs, but this summer see’s the last of Sheppey United Youth FC’s founding Officers resign to refocus their attention on their own respective clubs.
Sheppey United FC Chairman, and former Sheppey United Youth FC Chairman, Matt Smith had this to say: “It was a really ambitious project to get all of the Island’s Youth Football Clubs involved in running Sheppey United Youth FC, but the reality is our own clubs need our concentration, and lets not forget we are all volunteers, it just was’nt a sustainable model. I resigned as Chairman of the youth section at the end of the 2016/17 season to focus on the first team so its not come as a complete surprise. However I am very optimistic for the future of Sheppey United Youth! A new committee has been elected and I look forward to more players progressing to the first team in the coming seasons. I’d like to place on record my thanks to the SUFC Youth founding members: Jon Longhurst, Alan Jack, Eddy McEntire, Chris James, Darren Harrison, Debbie Harrison and Aidan Christie.”
Following Sheppey United FC’s AGM, Gary Seamark has been elected Chairman with Zach Foster-Crouch continuing to oversee player coaching as well as being elected Club Secretary.
Here’s what Gary had to say: “As you may know, we are very keen to grow the youth section as we move forward with this newly assembled committee. This coming season we have teams at U14, U15 and U18 (Premier Division and playing on the first team pitch) all playing in the Kent Youth League which is a great standard of football playing the likes of Maidstone, Faversham. Dover, Ebbsfleet, Sittingbourne, to name just a few.”
“We now wish to grow the youth section and give all young players on the Island the opportunity to wear the Sheppey kit and represent this great club. We are therefore interested in hearing from any teams, coaches, managers or players that would be interested in joining Sheppey United Youth as we begin early preparations for the 2019/20 season. This is all with the aim of producing young talented players to get to the first team. Only Tuesday night 3 of the under 18 players played in a first team friendly which is a testament to the hard work put in by everyone including the clubs officers over the last few years.”
The new SUFC Youth committee is:
Chairman – Gary Seamark
Club Secretary and Director of Football – Zach Foster-Crouch
Treasurer – Susie Granaghan
Member and U18s Manager – Glen Freeman
Member and U15s Manager – Andrew Cheeseman
Member and U14s Manager – Ross Wiles
If you are interested in joining Sheppey United Youth FC, as a team, coach, manager or player, please contact: