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1. Aylesbury United Juniors FC History

Aylesbury United Football Club was founded in 1897 when three local sides: Night School FC, The Printing Works and Aylesbury Town decided to merge.

The club, affectionately known as 'the Ducks' due to the famous 'Aylesbury' breed, have experienced some incredible highs over their long 112-year history but now battle for existence without a home ground to call their own.

Aylesbury United Juniors Football Club was founded in 1976 under the name of Bearbrook Rangers FC with the boys at the time predominantly from Bearbrook Middle School and competed in the Aylesbury Junior Football League. Following a short spell with the Rivets Club, in 1985 Aylesbury United FC invited the club to play under the banner of Aylesbury United Juniors FC.

Aylesbury United Juniors went on to have a rich history playing in the Wycombe and South Bucks Junior Football League, The South Bucks Youth League and the Chiltern Youth League. This continued until 1998 when some teams within the club broke away and formed Aylesbury Town FC and then in 2000 the last of the teams broke away and formed Aylesbury Athletic FC. This led to 13 years of not having youth teams in the town representing Aylesbury United FC.

Aylesbury Town FC and Aylesbury Athletic FC both went on to represent the town and thousands of local girls and boys went on to represent the two clubs.

In 2013 Aylesbury Town FC remerged and with Aylesbury United FC and Aylesbury United Juniors FC were back in the town offering football for everyone.

Aylesbury United Juniors are the only Charter Standard club in the Aylesbury area that cater for both girls and boys, and we are the only one that has Disability teams.

The FA Charter Standard programme is a kitemark, which recognises and rewards the high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is awarded to clubs and leagues that are well run, sustainable, which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

In season 2017/18, with our sister club Aylesbury United Ladies and Girls we provided football opportunities for around 500 boys and girls, playing in age groups from Under 7’s through to Under 18.

We now have in the region of 35 managers and coaches associated with our teams, trained to a minimum expected Level One FA Coaching Certificate, which encompasses the Emergency First Aid Certificate and a Child Protection Workshop. All managers, coaches and regular helpers are also checked against the Criminal Records Bureau in accordance with Child Protection Regulations applied to involvement in junior sport.

In 2005, we formed TOWNies, our Saturday morning club designed to introduce children to junior football from an early age. Many children who started at TOWNies are now representing the club. Following the merger with Aylesbury United FC, this has now been rebranded as MiniDucks and is run in association with Wright Sports Academies.

Early in 2013, we started providing Inclusive sessions for local children with disabilities / special needs. As a club we think that it is really important to provide everyone with the opportunity to play football so are striving to remove any barriers that stop people participating in this wonderful sport.

In October 2014 we started Walking Football sessions. These are primarily aimed at over 50s but anyone is welcome to go along and give it a try. The Walking Football teams have gone from strength to strength thanks to the hard work of Matthew Doherty.

At the end of each season, the Club hosts its own Six-a-Side Football Festival, widely regarded as one of the best in the South of England, attracting over 220 teams each year. The Club also celebrates the contributions and achievements of all players registered with Aylesbury United Juniors Football Club.

The Club's success to date and future plans are built upon the foundations of being a family Club, with the children’s welfare, education, personal development and enjoyment being the priority. We aim to ensure that everyone associated with Aylesbury United Juniors FC enjoy their participation in football and celebrate playing this wonderful game. More than ever, we need the greater involvement of parents. The club has grown beyond our wildest dreams, but the Committee needs more volunteers to step forward. Please show your appreciation to the opportunities being presented to your children, by giving something back to the Club. We are all volunteers, so every little helps.


Aylesbury United Juniors History