Club Secure U16s For 2021-22

Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to announce that following our efforts to add an U16s side to our affiliate ranks, we will be welcoming last season’s Stanford-in-the-Vale U15s to Barrington Park from the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Until now, the side have played their football in the Oxfordshire Youth Football League, with 2020-21 seeing their season curtailed in the midtable spot (5th) in the U15s E Division having gained 24 points from 17 games (7 wins and 3 draws), however the side will swap that for a place in the North Wilts Youth League as they prepare for the step up from Junior football to the Youth level and ultimately the men’s game in the coming seasons.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring in a decent side that have already been together for some time,” Shrivenham Chairman Matt Hirst told shrivenhamfc.co.uk on revealing the news.

“We’ve worked with our counterparts at Stanford-in-the-Vale Football Club and the parents and players in order to get the deal over the line and it is a win-win situation for everyone involved.

“Stanford weren’t in a position to offer U16s football due to their current set up, and after talking to their manager who is stepping away from the side for the new season, I spoke to the parents and told them what we’ve done here at Barrington Park, what our plans are and how they would fit in and they were happy to move over and join us.”

The new side will join under the Shrivenham Youth umbrella and use the club facilities at Barrington Park – playing their home games on Sunday mornings in the North Wilts Youth Football League and the Chairman concluded:  “The players in this age group are at a vital stage of their development and we’re in a fantastic position here at Shrivenham to be able to help guide them.

“We operate a positive environment to help players grow and build lasting relationships as they prepare to make the step up to the adult game in the next two or three years.

“Our U18s went so close to winning the Wiltshire Senior Floodlit League last season – so the target is there for them to aim at in the coming seasons.

“The experience they’ll gain at this club will be a massive bonus to them as players and beyond that, if they want to push on even further and play in the men’s game, we’ll do everything we can to assist them in getting there.”

The club would like to thank Stanford-in-the-Vale Football Club and the North Wilts Youth Football League for their cooperation in getting the move through, and we look forward to welcoming all of the players and parents and family to the club once pre-season training begins.

Along with the new U16s news, we’re hugely exited to be able to announce the new manager tomorrow as we continue to prepare for the 2021-22 campaign - so don’t forget to keep an eye on our social media outlets!