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Eversley & California FC

1 October 2013

Eversley & California FC were formed in 2012 by the amalgamation of two closely linked existing clubs, Eversley FC and California FC one of the foremost youth soccer clubs in Berkshire.
 
With its ground and facilities sitting on the Hampshire/Berkshire border it serves not only the local community in Eversley, but also the surrounding areas such as Yateley, Sandhurst Finchampstead, Crowthorne, Wokingham and other adjacent villages. T

The new Club caters for all ages, from the very young at its weekly Soccer School, through a structured youth policy at each age group and for all skill levels and abilities, into senior football at both local and regional levels. We are an FA Charter Development Club with trained coaches at all FA levels and are also a partnership club with Premiership side Reading FC.

The amalgamation of the two clubs has always been a possibility ever since the formation of the Eversley Sports Association (ESA) back in 2002, which included the two football clubs along with Eversley Cricket Club, but when the new facilities at Fox Lane finally opened in 2009 a more formal partnership began. Last season the two clubs came together to form, administrate and run an U18’s side in order to generate a true link between youth and adults. When the 2011/12 season had finished it was decided to move ahead with the amalgamation and the formation of the new club.

A new structured committee, consisting of 16 members, was selected and then formally appointed at the inaugural AGM in June 2012, and they will be responsible for driving the club forwards at all age groups. This is therefore a truly and exciting period for the club and the future looks very bright.

California FC was formed in 1975 when a group of parents brought together an Under 8’s team based in the California area of Wokingham and from where the Club takes its name. In its early days, the Club played in the Bracknell & District Boys League, and in the early 1990’s was one of the founder members of the East Berks Youth League.

Providing football for all age groups, the Club expanded to become one of the largest youth soccer clubs in the area, and in the year 2000 it was the first Berks & Bucks FA affiliated club to be awarded with FA Charter status, also winning the South of England FA Charter Merit Award in 2002.

California FC introduced girls’ soccer to the area in 2001 and with over 30 teams began a search for a new headquarters at which point it joined forces with Eversley Football Club and Eversley Cricket Club to form the Eversley Sports Association.

The junior teams currently play in the East Berks Youth and North East Hants Youth Leagues and are actively and progressively introducing the new FA Development Guidelines for grass roots soccer.

Eversley Football Club has roots dated as far back as 1910 and is one of Hampshire’s oldest affiliated clubs. For a number of years it was managed and administrated by members of the local community, who ran the club during the mid and late nineties.

Since 1999 the Club have come a very long way in a short space of time and has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success over the years. After spending the majority of seasons playing in the Aldershot & District League, the 1st team and Reserves eventually progressed to the Surrey County Intermediate League Western in 2005. It continued to aim high and has always showed great ambition which resulted in a successful application to join the Surrey Elite Intermediate League in 2008 for its inaugural season. Under the control of a new management team the 1st team went on to win an unforgettable League and Cup double, and in the same season the Reserves narrowly missed out on first place in the League after only losing once all season, but success for them came with a double Cup triumph.

The achievements in the 2008/09 season enabled us to gain promotion to the Combined Counties League Division One and be part of the National Football League System for the first time in its history. This was a fabulous accomplishment for a small village club, but is certainly just reward for all the hard work and effort which has gone on over the years behind the scenes by the various people involved.

Prior to 2009 the club had never really had a ground or a pitch that it could call its true ‘home’ and had spent the previous 8-9 years moving between various local authority owned pitches located away from the village. In 2002 the club joined forces with California FC and Eversley Cricket Club to form the Eversley Sports Association (ESA). The aim of the ESA was to plan and implement the development of 15 acres of land leased from RMC Aggregates (now Cemex), to construct superior sports facilities and provide common services for the three participating clubs. In 2006 the ESA were successful in gaining the largest ever grant from the Football Foundation for a Hampshire based project.

It seemed like a long time coming but the new ground and facilities were finally completed and opened in July 2009. The many years of hard work and effort have really been worthwhile and we are incredibly grateful to the ESA committee for all the time they have spent, and continue to spend, on this community project. We now have a recognised ground to call ‘home’ with fantastic modern facilities.

We regularly receive many compliments from opposing teams, match officials and supporters in respect of our playing surface and facilities, and formal accolade came in 2010 when we were then nominated for ‘FA Ground of the Year’ for Steps 5 and 6. In 2011/12 our hard working groundsman won the Combined Counties League ‘Groundsman of the Year’ award.

Despite our long history our biggest success has come in recent years and we are working hard to make sure that this continues. By striving to perform to the highest standards on and off the pitch our ambitions and aspirations are something we hope will make the village of Eversley proud of.

We currently have 26 teams with currently upwards of 300 players for the 2013/14 season but would always welcome more.

Why have you formed this Academy Partner link and how has it benefited your club?

E&CFC have formed this link to our boys a greater opportunity to progress in their footballing careers. Having a link of this nature also improves the status of an ever expanding club and we have also benefitted from increased numbers from it.

This link has also provided the ability to access professional people for advice and training/coaching for our Managers and Coaches which in turn benefits the players.

Have any of your club players progressed and signed for the Royals Academy or any other league club?

Currently you have Jake Cooper signed on as a squad member and many of our boys are in the development centre


The club have an Annual Tournament booked for 21/22 June 2014.



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