As with any club the members, the volunteers, the coaches and managers make it the club that it is.
The adult team is managed by Chris Allcock who joined Fernhurst FC this season. He has brought some new players to the club and one of them Craig Feargrive is the Captain for the team. The team are in Division Four of the West Sussex League and we hope to see supporters come down and cheer them on at home games. Certas Energy are sponsoring the team this season and have provided them with smart new kit. The reputation of Fernhurst FC during the late 1940's and early 1950's was such that the village used to have up to 200 supporters at matches. Folk from as far away as Worthing would ring to ask where Fernhurst were playing so that they could turn up and watch. In fact the reputation was such that Walter Winterbottom, the manager of England between 1946 and 1962 visited Fernhurst in December 1951 to present the team and its supporters with a signed picture of the England team and a signed football that was auctioned off for charity. To see how successful the club was at the time just have a look at the Past Club Honours page.
The junior side of the club is now entering its fourth year and we have over 90 children registered. We have 7 junior teams and they play in the South Surrey and North East Hants Youth League.
We can not thank our volunteer coaches enough. Ed Vass and Rich Payn are both now FA Level 1 qualified and will continue to help the club this year. They will experience a mix of coaching, matches and refereeing. The club will always pay for people to attend an FA Level 1 coaching course so we are always keen to hear from people who would like to get involved and be part of an energetic fun team working with juniors on Saturday mornings. This is an aim of the club this season, to build on our coach base to ensure each team has qualified personnel helping them.
As with any sports club we rely on membership fees to cover our day to day costs. In addition to these fees we try and raise sponsorship to cover some costs such as the maintenance of the pitch. I would like to thank Bramdean Construction for committing to help us for three years which in turn is helping us with this continued maintenance expense. We would also like to thank AB Fitness, West Susex Fencing, The Candle Factory, Kaskazi and Ascot who all help the club through sponsorship.
If your company or if you work for a company that may be interested in supporting a village club like ourselves please get in touch or indeed if you are able to help with the pitch itself we would love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org