About Headcorn Football Club
Founded in 1886, Headcorn is one of the oldest football clubs in Kent. We are an independent, self-supporting club that own our own ground and clubhouse. Back in 2012, the club had two adult teams and just one junior team. We made a conscious effort to attract new younger players and now have ten junior teams and a development program for new young players. For the 2017/18 season, we introduced our first all-girl team at U9s and are looking to expand this for 2018/19.
We have recently gained our FA Charter Standard accreditation. This is the FA's scheme whose goal is to raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements.
FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.
We are firm believers in the FA's Respect programme, which is designed to stop unacceptable behaviour in football from Premier League matches, to small local clubs with several adult and youth teams like ourselves.
Each of our youth teams has an FA qualified coach and all players, parents, coaches and officials at the club must agree to follow the Respect rules when they sign up to the club.
Whilst our adult teams have always been very successful and highly competitive, winning leagues and cups, our approach to our juniors is a little different. Youth football at Headcorn is about player development and whilst all our teams are competitive, winning is not the be all and end all. Youth football should be about improving social skills, developing coordination, learning the concepts of soccer, building self confidence and, most of all having fun. Friendly, FA qualified coaches in every age group mean that we can provide the best possible atmosphere in which to learn football. We try to give all our players the same match time, regardless of ability and this has paid off for us with several of the better players in some teams having started out as weaker players and developed their skills with us.
Long term plan
Headcorn FC is looking to move forward. Our planning committee has both a medium and long term plan, which we're using to drive the club forward.
As we become more and more popular, with greater and greater numbers of players, we're looking to expand our facilities and improve the club for all who use it. We are looking to expand the number of pitches to cope with the growth, and to develop the clubhouse.
Want to help?
If you feel that you have something to offer Headcorn Football Club, whether you'd like to help out with organising, become a coach or a referee or anything else, please just get in touch.