South Ashford Football Club
South Ashford Football Club

About SAFC

Who we are:

South Ashford FC is a youth football club based in the Stanhope area of Ashford, Kent and is the main football club that provides organized football for the South Ashford area.

Our club ethos is to provide young people with the opportunity to not only learn more about football, but to also have fun and learn about good sportsmanship and discipline while working in a team environment.

Our aims are to play competitive football with the idea to ensure that all players enjoy learning and playing the game, winning is part of our aims but not essential, we would hope to produce talented players for the future. Any player progressing to a higher standard is the ultimate achievement

The Club is run by a Committee of volunteers who uphold the club ethos and ensure that it is run effectively, having regard for current guidelines and legislation.

The Club has a Constitution, Codes of Conduct for players and parents as well as coaches and club officials, Safeguarding Children Policy, Equal Opportunities Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy and more.

The Club is affiliated to the Kent County Football Association, the East Kent Youth League and the Ashford & District Youth Football League.

South Ashford FC was awarded the F.A. Charter Standard in October 2009 in recognition of its quality of service and good practice.

Our committee and coach/managers are all qualified in their specific roles and hold the relevant qualification documents including the enhanced CRB checks.

History (Brief):

South Ashford FC was formed in early 2007 under its original name of Ashford United FC in response to a manager seeking sponsorship for his own team.

After several discussions with the manager and other interested parties it was decided to take things further and form our own club which lead to the birth of AUFC.

In November 2008 the clubs committee were asked to take over rival neighbours Bocca Juniors FC to save them from folding and after several discussions agreed to do just that which saw both clubs benefiting from joint training sessions and events which allowed Bocca to continue for the rest of the season.

In June 2009 it was decided that Bocca Juniors and Ashford United would merge under the new name of South Ashford Football Club.

The new name was chosen to reflect the fact that the new club would be providing organized football to the South Ashford and surrounding communities.