In 2000, Steve Thorne founded Pace Youth F.C. for his son Sam and his friends as it was too late in the pre-season for them to get into any of the local teams and it just grew from there with overwhelming interest. By the 2003/4 season the club found itself entering two under eight sides, three under nine sides and four under 10's sides into Eastleigh & District Mini Soccer League. The club continued to grow from strength to strength in the following years and now have on average 20+ teams across leagues year in year out.
In 2006 saw the club grow further and develop a partnership with Testwood Sports College which is now our base for training and tyro matches. This allows us to offer some of the most advanced facilities for youth football in the area, boasting an all weather flood lit 3G artificial grass surface, storage facilities for equipment and goals and more recently a refreshments hut.
Due to the success of the club over the last 12 years we recently formed a feeder partnership with AFC Totton and currently have Pace players in their youth set up at U16 & U18, allowing players to potentially progress into adult football at a very high level.
Over the years we have become known to many professional clubs in the surrounding area and as a direct result teams have been invited to play friendlies at their training facilities giving the players a unique opportunity to experience the likes of Chelsea's Youth Academy on a visit to their training ground at Cobham, with some players even being offered contracts at various pro clubs. Visit our 'Players Roll of Honour' for more info.
The Club is administered by a Committee and is funded by players subscriptions, sponsorship and occasional fund-raising events - such as the annual Pace Youth Tournament. We run mini-soccer teams at every age group from U8’s to U10’s, and soon to be 9-a-side at U11 and U12, 11-a-side teams from U13’s to U15’s. We also provide our Pace Mini's, a ‘fun football’ session for school years YR and Y1 to form our new teams from for the up and coming seasons season.