Whitchurch Sports Junior Football Club
Founded in 1977 by Maurice Coombs and Bill Mullins after they decided to run their son’s school team and then formed their own club. They played at the Whitchurch Sports Centre and in the middle of the running track.
The club excelled through the years winning the league and cup competitions many times. Whitchurch became the hunting ground for the likes of Bristol City FC, It’s popularity grew and more teams were set up, a committee was formed and the formation of the club was beginning to take shape.
The club moved grounds and played through the late 80’s and 90’s at the Imperial ground in West town lane, the Club was now being led by the late Simon Browning and Mike Berry. By 2000 and playing with age groups from u7’s-u16s the club was spread out and now playing at several grounds due to it’s size. The unity and Club feeling for the first time started to fade. Mike Berry who served from the early days retired in 2006, action for the future was needed ,the committee was now led by Simon Browning and Mike Dear.
In 2006 the Imperial Ground was taken over and renamed South Bristol Sports Centre, pitches were up graded and the old ground was modernised. In 2007 an agreement was set up and the whole club moved to play once again n one place and South Bristol Sports centre become our home.
Through the years the Club began to flourish again, Mini sessions were set up on Saturday mornings to encourage younger players, Girls teams were set up, and over recent years Disability teams were formed. The club now took on the role of a community club, offering Football for all.
Today the club has 415 players, 42 qualified coaches and 25 teams ranging from U6 to U18 for Boys and Girls as well as Adult and Youth disability teams.
Past players such as Louis Carey, Tommy Doherty and Marcus Stewart have gone on to have professional careers, today the club still continues to see young players go on to represent professional academies. The club has also over recent years won many FA awards and now holds the highest FA status of a Chartered standard Community Club.
In 2017 the club celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a series of events culminating in a Club Dinner at Ashton Gate Stadium attended by over 250 club members and officials past and present.