Burghfield Boys (1989 - 1999)
Founded in 1989, the club was originally known as Burghfield Boys Football Club. Keen to establish a football team in the local village, a small group of football mad dads and their sons decided to set-up a team and encouraged others from nearby schools to join.
In the early day’s funds were hard to come by, and kits were often passed - in a variety of conditions - from team to team. The club chose royal blue and white as its colours to match Reading FC, as many of those originally involved were supporters. Pitches were also hard to find, but at The Civil Service Club in Burghfield and Willink School they found facilities which enabled them to fulfil their fixtures.
Burghfield Boys entered teams into The South Chiltern Minor League and established a reputation for themselves as a friendly and popular club. The dedication of this small group of enthusiasts laid the firm foundations for the large and successful club that exists today.
Over the years the club grew in strength and numbers and attracted the support of local businesses in varying forms of sponsorship. Local greengrocers Wellers, for example, not only provided kit, but also half-time oranges for all our players.
Burghfield Football Club and Mini-Soccer (1999 - 2017)
In September 1999, the introduction of Mini-Soccer by The FA transformed football for children under the age of 11, and Burghfield Boys were quick to embrace this new development. Groups as young as Under 5 were formed with weekly ball skills and fun games sessions.
At the AGM in July 2000 it was agreed to change the club's name to Burghfield Football Club. With the increasing popularity of girls’ football, it was felt the name Burghfield Boys no longer reflected the activities of the club or our future intentions.
The next step was the introduction of a men’s team, formed when the club incorporated a local side to join us playing on Sunday mornings. This was followed by the formation of a Saturday men’s team too, as well as the continued growth of our youth and junior teams.
Thames Valley Premier Division & Continued Growth (2017 - Present)
2017 saw the formation of a Walking Football team for those players that never give up, as well as the addition of an Under 4’s age group; offering fun sessions and the introduction of football to children from aged 3 onwards.
The 2017/18 season also saw our men’s Saturday First Team reach the top division of the Thames Valley Premier League, meaning the club is now operating at Step 7 in the football pyramid.
The club has continued to grow in numbers, now with over 400 members across all age groups from U4’s upwards. For the 2019/20 season we introduced a new men’s Saturday Reserves team, and we have now announced that for 2020/21 we will double our number of men’s Sunday teams from two to four.
Our teams at all age groups play in a number of highly respected leagues throughout the region, and for several years we have retained our FA Charter Standard Development Club status. This highly respected status recognises standards of coaching, management and child protection and runs hand in hand with the FA Respect Programme, encouraging fair play both on and off the pitch from players, coaches, parents, supporters and match officials alike.
The club will continue grow as demand requires, and we remain keen to recruit new players and offer the opportunity of football for all across all age groups.
The club also remain intent on establishing a dedicated home location, and work will continue as we look to secure suitable land that can be developed to match our requirements.
Our long-term intention is to develop a site that will not only be our home - housing a clubhouse that can be used for events such as our presentation day - but also a place that can be used by schools and the local community offering state of the art facilities and all-weather 4G pitches.