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The Clubs History

By Martin Hair

Netherton United - The history behind this great community club!

Netherton United was formed in 1991 when a group of enthusiastic footballers aged under 12 could not find a local team to play for. As a consequence, it was decided to form a family club that would reach out to the community and provide football for all.

Today Netherton is recognised as the largest Football Club in Peterborough, highly accredited and continuing to set standards that other Clubs wish to emulate. It was the first Club in the City to obtain the FA Community Club Charter Standard. We were also the first Peterborough club to convince the local junior leagues to allow more than one team to play in any particular age group. We also kept our roots with youth football, when it became time to move into adult football.

We provide football for 450 players in men’s, youths and junior sections, including more than 50 girls and young women in our Netherton ladies and girls teams. In addition to our league teams we also provide social football opportunities for veterans over the age of 45, youths with disabilities, young people with either fitness or skill levels that do not equip them for league teams. The Club facilitates Walking Football with over 70 registered players. Our youngest active player is aged 5 and our eldest is 80.

Our volunteers and parents worked tirelessly to raise funds to renovate a derelict building that is now a delightful and friendly Clubhouse. Our efforts were recognised by Northamptonshire F A and The National Lottery who in 1995 supported the Club with grants of £5000 and £30000 respectively. Our Clubhouse is the hub of all our activities.

We have had many successes over the years including winning leagues and prestigious County Cups and we are particularly proud of the numerous Fair Play awards that we have gained. As recognition for our consistently high sporting standards we were rewarded by the Football Association who, in 2009, invited one of our younger teams to represent the County in a festival at Wembley Stadium.

From our one team of under 12s in 1991 in 2006 we reached the pinnacle of Sunday Football by winning the Northamptonshire FA Senior Cup. Our Saturday men’s team have progressed to the Peterborough Premier League, step 7 in the national pyramid. Simultaneously during this advance into adult football we have maintained our focus in developing young players through the Peterborough Junior Alliance and Youth Football Leagues.

During this century’s first decade we have developed partnerships with local schools the FA, Peterborough City Council and other clubs to create the Netherton Community Sports Association and through this have developed at our ground a magnificent 3G floodlit pitch. It is the finest facility, available to promote our national game to the widest range of players.

Throughout our existence we could not have achieved anything without a platoon of unpaid volunteers, the vital support of our County Association and a variety of sponsors. We do not rest on our laurels but rather look to the future. Our vision remains football for all who want it, irrespective of age, ability, social background or gender. Football for All and Football for Life.

Updated 17:21 - 22 Oct 2017 by Martin Hair

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