Welland Valley Monthly Committee meeting

Welland Valley FC are holding their monthly committee meeting on 5th June 2017.

All are welcome and encouraged to come to see what’s going on at the club.

More information can be found HERE



Last night (Fri 26th May), Denise and Michael had the honour of attending the Northamptonshire Football Association Community Awards Evening on behalf of Welland Valley FC.
We found out recently, that the Club had been nominated for the Respect Award, and that we were going to be visited by a film crew to interview some members of the Welland team. Darren and Adam stepped up and gave the interviews about the club and what being nominated for the award means to us, thank you to both of them for doing this. This winners video was shown to all on the evening.
This is the first year the NFA had given out this award. The nominations were decided by using the referees score reports, these reports are handed in to the league/ FA after each match. They mark both teams on a number of things including: player and parent behaviour, number of fouls committed in the game etc. These reports were collected from every game of the season, at all age groups. The leagues nominated the Club’s with the highest overall ref scores and passed these names on to the NFA, who then added further scores for good disciplinary and misconduct records.
It gives us great pride to announce that Welland Valley FC were named as the winners of this award and it was a fantastic honour and privilege for us to accept the award on behalf of the Club.
This award is accepted in recognition of each and every one of the players, parents, spectators, managers, assistants and committee members over the season. As you will be aware, Welland Valley FC are proud to support the FA’s RESPECT initiative across all grassroots football games. It is all of you who enforce and adhere to these regulations that make the club what it is. Thank you to you all and hopefully we will be able to go back and collect the award again (and many more) at the end of next season.



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Welland Valley U16’s to play at Sixfields

Welland Valley U16’s 2016/17

Welland Valley U16’s will be playing in the Northampton Plate final!


Venue: Sixfields Stadium, Sunday 21st May 2017.

Kick off scheduled for 2.20pm.


Our current under 16 team have been playing together since Under 7, with 8 of our original squad still playing for us today.
We were Under 14 Division C Champions in 2014/15 and Plate Runners Up in 2015/16. We have also finished C League Runners up this season.
This match will mark the final game that Dean will be managing the boys. He is hanging up his boots after the game; having coached the lads since they first played together at U7’s. 
Some of our lads have been with the team right from the start, with some of the players leaving to join other teams before making their way back to the Valley.
We’ve seen some highs and lows over the seasons, with two notable highlights being League B champions in 2015 and Plate runners up last season losing 3-2 at Sixfields. We are all hoping that experience will stand us in good stead on Sunday afternoon.
Our opponents this weekend are Gregory Celtic from the B league so it will be a real challenge but one that the boys are more than capable of overcoming.
Any support from the rest of the club would be very much appreciated, if nothing else but to show our gratitude to Dean for his fantastic service to both our club and to all the boys he’s coached over the years.
Welland Valley FC would like to congratulate the team on their achievements over the years and also to Dean and Graham for their continued support of the team and the club. GOOD LUCK LADS!!!!!

Spectators can buy tickets on the gate for £2 per adult and £1 per child.


Welland Valley FC – Under 15’s Girls 2016/17

Both our Under 15’s girls and our WVFC Ladies teams have made it through to the League cup and plate finals!!!

The finals are to be held at Raunds FC on Saturday the 20th May 

The U15’s kick off at approx 1.45pm (against Parklands Tigers) and The Ladies are on straight after at about 3.30pm, playing Rothwell Town ladies.

‘The U15 girls have had a fantastic season, having won their league and also looking to complete the double of league cup winners in the final. We will be hoping to win the league cup for the 2nd season in a row having been victorious in the U14 final last year. Once again our opponents will be Parklands Tigers, our closest rivals and also the team we beat 2-1 in the final last year.

This team has only been together for the past 2 seasons and what they have achieved in such a short space of time is an absolute credit to them and their coaches.


Welland Valley FC – Ladies Team 2016/17

The ladies will be playing Rothwell Town in the final, after coming through a tough semi final against Earls Barton on penalties after a hard fought 0-0 draw, the core of this team have progressed through from the past few seasons playing in the girls youth league, and to reach a final in their 1st season in adult football is an amazing achievement, especially when we were struggling to even be able to field 11 players in the 1st few games of the season. The team regularly includes at least 6 or 7 girls who are 16, and over the course of the season we have been able to recruit and add some older (although only slightly) players, and the improvement, especially since the start of the new year has been truly superb, and this cup final appearance is nothing less than they deserve.

The coaches Andy and Paul are very proud of both teams and they really do deserve these finals as a reward for their hard work and determination this season. 

Both teams would appreciate your support on cup finals day, so get yourselves over to Raunds on Saturday 20th of May to support the girls, ladies, and of course Welland Valley FC!!!!!

We are running a coach to and from Raunds at a cost of £5 per person if anyone wants to come on it, leaving from Wootton Village, contact Andy or Paul for details.

Raunds Town Football Club
London Rd, Raunds, NN9 6EQ

Paul Anderson – Meet and Greet session.

Paul Anderson

Welland Valley FC would like to send our thanks and appreciation to Paul Anderson for taking the time and braving the weather to come and see us.

A really huge thank you to all players and parents who came to see Paul at the brook on Tuesday night, There was a great turn out even in the hail and rain!

Paul was good enough to sign photos, shirts, boots, programmes and anything else anybody wanted! Many of the players and most the parents have had photos taken with him too.

Photos are in the galleries area of the website. HERE

Further thanks go to Andy Carter for arranging this evening and also to Steve Elliott for running an “everyone welcome” match for the players and siblings.

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On a Maisie Run!!

For Immediate Release by NTFA – 27th November 2015


Talented goalkeeper to join up with England National Performance Camp

A talented female goalkeeper from Northamptonshire has been named as one of only two players within the region to participate in an England National Performance Camp, which takes place over 28th and 29th November in Coventry.

Maisie Thompson, who plays for Welland Valley Football Club and the Northamptonshire FA’s Girls Advanced Coaching Centre’s Under-14 side, is the only player from the county to be named on the camp, which provides players with an opportunity to impress England international selectors.

Maisie’s place on the England National Performance Camp is the latest stage of what has been a remarkable development. Having only started playing in goal earlier this year, Maisie’s attitude to learning her craft between the sticks and commitment to training has been outstanding, resulting in a place at both the Advanced Coaching Centre and, now, at the National Performance Camp.

Chloe Brown, the Northamptonshire FA Girls Advanced Coaching Centre Manager, said: “We are incredibly proud of Maisie and delighted that she now has the opportunity to impress coaches associated with the England international set-up

“She thoroughly deserves her place on the camp; it’s been incredible to see just how quickly she has developed into such a talented young goalkeeper. Maisie sets a wonderful example to young female players, showing that commitment and willingness to learn can get you far.

“In terms of the female England talent pathway, this is the furthest stage that Maisie can reach at her age, and I am sure that she’ll impress coaches there, just as she has done at Welland Valley and the Advanced Coaching Centre. A lot of credit should go to Paul Finch and Andrew Carter, Maisie’s coaches at Welland Valley, who have done an excellent job in developing her talent, alongside the more recent coaching received from our Advanced Coaching Centre goalkeeper coach, Nigel Hardy.”

Maisie Thompson

Future England #1……..we hope so, ‘Good Luck Maisie from all at Welland Valley Football Club

For more information on female football within Northamptonshire, and the Girls Advanced Coaching Centre, please visit


Editor’s Notes

About the Northamptonshire FA

The Northamptonshire Football Association (NFA) is responsible for governing and developing football local grassroots football.  For more information on the NFA please see the contact details below:


Telephone: 01604 670741


Twitter: @NorthantsFA


Key Facts – How the Northamptonshire FA supports Grassroots Football

21,000 players

9,500 volunteers

1,400 teams

750 coaches

400 football clubs

450 referees

160 welfare officers

19 leagues

18 County Cups

The 2015 Managers & Parent Tournament

On an overcast and rainy morning at the home of Welland Valley Football Club the air was filled by adult testosterone as the anticipation of the ‘Mangares & Parent’ Tournament was about to be held.

First in the clubs history but an idea from a club committee meeting with the idea centered around giving something to all the managers/coaches/helpers and most of all the parents of all the club players for whom the club wouldn’t survive without them, so a little something to say thank you was certainly welcomed.

x12 men’s teams and x3 women’s teams entered into the tournament, a great achievement as it was the inaugural first attempt at this even though the club have held their successful ‘Summer Tournament’ every year.

The weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and commitment and even though it was meant more as a fun tournament the Bobby Charlton’s , Jan Molby’s, Lionel Messi’s & Tracey Davidson’s started to appear and it all got very competitive.

A very ‘Well Done’ to all that took part and helped organise and set up the day. Will there be another?…………………………… will just have to wait and see but clean them boots just incase.

Photos supplied by a Players parent ‘Thank you’

Men’s Tournament

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Both Men’s Teams were joint winners on the day


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Ladies Tournament

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Ladies Tournament winners



The 2015 Summer Tournament


The Welland Valley summer tournament 2015 was held on the weekend of the 4th and 5th July at their home ground of Ladybridge Park in West Hunsbury. The weekend was a roaring success thanks to the many volunteers and club officials that tirelessly worked over the weekend from preparing the pitches, setting up the goals, erecting the various tents, car parking, BBQ  and collating the results, right the way through to packing away and picking up the litter late into the evening on the Sunday.

The Saturday saw the under 16 boys in action and all the girls age groups from under 9’s through to the under 16’s.  After hard fought battles throughout the day the highlight at the Brook was the tournament winning performance from Welland Valley’s very own under 16 girls.

Sunday was a busier affair with the remaining boys groups from the under 7’s right the way through to the under 15’s in action. Some hard fought battles again with some groups going right down to the wire with penalty shoot outs in the finals. Highlights for the club were having the tournament winners in the under 11 age group, runners up in the under 13’s and an all Welland final in the 12’s. The full list of winners and runners up in the competitive age groups follows below. The non competitive age groups (7’s – 10’s) had just as much fun over the weekend in their football, each getting participation medals on the day.

Welland Valley with the help of some friends also laid on some extra activities for the kids and parents alike over the weekend with bouncy slides and wrestling, ice cream vans, refreshment tents, sports massage therapy and BBQ, so know body was stuck for something to do.


The tournament each year is all about the children’s enjoyment and development in football and attracts over 2000 visitors each year. All money raised on the day gets pumped back into the club and its quest to develop toilet and changing facilities for the kids.

Welland Valley football club would like to especially thank the club Sponsors, Harrison Murray estate agents for their continued sponsorship, all the clubs that took part making it one of the biggest tournaments in Northamptonshire, the Friends of Hunsbury Park and Parish council for their continued support, and Michelle at NN4Now for their help in promoting the club. Our last big thank you goes out to the club officials, managers, the many volunteers and scrumptious cake makers without whom the tournament would not be able to take place.

Welland Valley FC – Football Remembers 1914-2014

Welland Valley FC teams took part in the FA’s Respect ‘Football Remembers 1914’ campaign, to honour the famous World War 1 Christmas day truce between two fighting nations. Soldiers from both sides walked out into no-mans land and started a game of football.

100 years on clubs and teams up and down the country and around the world came together to remember that historic day.

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