AC Hoylake (website – AC Hoylake Meteors under 7s pictured) Chairman Paul Williams writes about the success of our local football teams and how you might be able to help:
After years of searching for a permanent home we have finally acquired a long term lease for the playing fields and changing rooms pavillion at Acres Road, Meols. This is a major development for the club with much work to be done but it will mean lots of exciting plans for the future.
AC Hoylake started in 2001 and over the years have steadily grown their player numbers to over 250 kids from all over the local area. This amazing progress has been possible due to the work of relatively few volunteers who have been working tirelessly to make the club one of the most fun, well run and most enjoyable clubs for young people to play for on the Wirral, culminating in the club being awarded Charter Standard status in 2011.
Despite this success, the club continue to make major strives forward to become an even better club than ever, ensuring that ALL children get an equal opportunity to enjoy themselves, make new friends and develop their skills in a fun, safe environment. At AC Hoylake we want to create MORE and BETTER players.
Acres Road gives us the opportunity to make the next step forward in creating a bigger and better club for all its members. With all the modern day distractions of playstations, Xbox’s and the Internet the opportunity to fall in love with football at a young age is not as easy as it was for previous generations and opportunities for young people to arrange their own streetgames has diminished with changes in our society. This is why we believe it is so important to develop our own site to hold matches and training sessions. It will be a home for several of our teams, which will give the club a sense of identity.
With the possibility of 3 or 4 teams playing or training at the same time, it’s an ideal opportunity for coaches, players and parents to interact with other age groups. The younger age groups’ players and parents will benefit from seeing older age groups in action. A chance to share a coffee or tea between parents and coaches of different teams will also help develop awareness of the club and larger social connections.
Our club has over 250 boys and girls members aged between 6 and 18 years old. We have been in existence since 2001 but have struggled to find a home of our own. We have been using various different fields dotted around West Wirral. With the help of the local council we have just secured a 10 year lease on the pitches and a 20 year lease on the changing pavilion, there are 2 eleven aside pitches, 3 mini soccer pitches, the mini soccer pitches are in line with the FA’s new guidelines for the future of grass roots football, which is unique in the locality.
However due to heavy and regular water logging the pitches are in desperate need of land drainage to allow us to play continually throughout the season. The club has raised funds through a range of activities to contribute towards the cost of the project. We pride ourselves with the good morals and provide excellent coaching we work very closely with the FA and have recently been award the FA Charter Standard. Our club wishes to continue to grow to provide football for local children in the area but these facilities our crucial to us as they are the only ones available in Hoylake.
The project will not only benefit members of the club but will also create a useful resource for the wider community. Currently the field is ,in many areas, unusable due to the lack of sufficient drainage. By improving the site the project will enable access to a diverse range of local people including older people and families. By increasing access to the site the project will enable people to persue a range of healthy activities such as; jogging, dog walking and childrens play, all of which help to raise and maintain peoples mental and physical well being.
By improving the general environment of the site the project will help to motivate and encourage people to make use of this accessible outdoor space. Currently the site is much underused and in many cases inaccessible to the public, particularly to those with mobility issues.
The project is intended to benefit a wide section of the community by creating a green space which can be used for a wide variety of activities rather than being improved for one particular purpose or beneficiary group.
The need for this project has been identified due to the severe and regular waterlogging that takes place on the field and football pitches which lie within it. The waterlogging occurs due to a combination of the topography of the site and the lack of sufficient drainange measures. This assessment has been backed up through consultation with professional contractors who have vast expereince of this type of project.
If you are able to assist and require any further information please feel free to contact our club chair – Paul Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org – 07817684682), or our club secretary – Rich Magee (email@example.com – 07916311804).