12/2/18 - News Update
- We are delighted to have signed both Ben Clarke and John Cole recently from Alresford Town. Ben and John were very key players for the club over a 3-4 year period however both eventually decided they wished to play in the Wessex League Premier division. The whole club is delighted to welcome them back.
- Our application to run an FA SSE Wildcats Centre for girls has been accepted and our first centre will start in April. The FA initiative has an aim to get more girls involved in football with the objective of having fun, making friends and learning to play. This is another exciting step in the clubs overall development.
- We have recently started our own development centre at Thornden School allowing some of our young players to enjoy top class coaching outside of their normal team training sessions. We are piloting with 2 groups , Under 10s and Under 12/13, over a 10 week period and have every intention to roll the development centre training out to other age groups in April / May. Another big step in the right direction for developing our young players further.
AFC Stoneham win The Wessex League Respect award for the second consecutive month
We were delighted to be awarded the MGM/Kappa respect award by the Wessex League for December following on from also winning the award in November.
Our Chairman was delighted to receive the below note from Bob Purkiss, MBE, Wessex League Development officer, who attended our recent game v Alton Town.
"I have to say a huge Thank you to Mark, Luke and the whole Stoneham Management group for making myself, and our longest serving life member Ted Walters , So welcome at yesterdays Match ,and for the help with the mobility issues. The match was even more enjoyable in that NOT ONE reference to inappropriate language was heard from either team. A credit to the standards set by both chairman. This is what a Family Friendly club means. Well done and much appreciated . Bob Purkiss , League Development Officer
Testimony to our improved disciplinary record this season. Well done to all of our players and management
3/8/17 Bright future for AFC Stoneham after Mims Davies MP unveils new floodlights
Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh, officially unveiled AFC Stoneham’s brand new floodlights on Tuesday ahead of the friendly match against Eastleigh. The upgrade was made thanks to a grant of £28,323 from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the largest funders of non-league football in the country.
The funding has helped AFC Stoneham to install new floodlights, enabling the club to meet the ground requirements for the Wessex League ahead of the new season. The club hopes the new upgrade will enable them to deliver top quality training and pitch facilities throughout the year for the clubs 30 teams from age four right through to adults including their ladies team.
Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.
Mims Davies said:
‘This is a much-needed upgrade for the club and I’d like to thank them for inviting me to see the effect of the floodlights in action this evening. It is vital for clubs at the lower levels to have the best infrastructure in place, to cater to their players and fans.
‘It is important that we give football clubs the best facilities possible because they can benefit so many people. This particular project is an excellent example of the work by the Premier League which is delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund.
‘There is a strong community spirit at the club which is catering for a huge number of youngsters from across the area which couldn’t happen without the amazing volunteers who are committed to supporting grassroots football.’