Since its formation in 1996 with three junior soccer teams, North Shields Juniors AFC has enjoyed continued success and rapid development, until in the current season of 2011/2012, we now have 42 teams in the age range of 7 to 18 years plus senior men’s and ladies teams. There are now 600 playing members proudly wearing the North Shields Juniors Strip.
From the inception of the Club with junior soccer, mini soccer was added in 2001, followed a few years later with the introduction of a soccer skills format on Saturday mornings, which regularly attracts up to 250 participants a week.
The Girls section was introduced in 2002 and has itself enjoyed exceptional success and growth to achieve the current 7 teams – again giving everyone the opportunity to progress from U10’s to the Senior Ladies Team.
In 2007 the club was awarded the prestigious “Charter Standard Community Club” status – the highest accolade currently available.
As a sign of NSJAFC’s commitment to all youngsters of the “community”, the club has a statement that everyone should have the chance to participate and develop irrespective of ability. As recognition of the success of this commitment in action, the club were granted recognition as being a “Deaf Friendly Club” – the first in the area to achieve this award.
From the club’s Trustees through the Management Committee to qualified Managers and Coaches, the Club is run on a purely voluntary basis with the pure intention to provide grass roots soccer in a structured, safe and fun setting for all those who wish to partake.
Prince Harry, when visiting a children’s centre in Lesotho, gets to wear a football top previously donated by North Shields Juniors.
The club is also developing its community and international links. We have supported the RAF’s “Strips to Africa” campaign, and this season are developing our own direct links with a school in Africa to whom we will be providing clothing and footwear.
Kit being transferred for distribution in Kenya.
In addition, NSJAFC have forged links with Clubs in France, Holland, Spain and the USA, and will continue to develop these and other overseas links as time goes on.
To the future, the Club never stands still, and continue their efforts to establish our own ground and base, and we look forward to all our current and future members joining us on our journey towards new developments and successes.