Club in the Spotlight
In 2003-04 a small group of like-minded people met with a vision to create a local Community Football Club. In that year our under 15’s came runner up in the Chiltern Youth League and it was the start of our progress through the FA Charter Standard programme.
Adult status was achieved in 2003-04 and at the same time the decision was made to change the club name to AFC Dunstable.
“The vision of AFC Dunstable is to increase the participation of football to all ages, gender, culture and ability within our local community through dedicated and qualified coaching.
Ultimately we aspire to providing non-restrictive football facilities which will enable our 1st Team to progress through the FA Pyramid system. Furthermore we aim to be a club which can become a ‘role model’ within the Bedfordshire Football Association both on and off the pitch.”
We have also seen a number of youth players selected for our first team and will continue to promote our exit strategy to ensure that players who have developed through our club are given the opportunity to progress into our senior section.
To arrive at this stage in a relatively short time has taken a lot of time, effort and enthusiasm from a dedicated group of volunteers who deserve credit for their hard work.
AFC Dunstable is an open club and welcomes new managers and coaches to support the on-going development. To support our structure we also look for new sponsors who not only will be involved at great local community club but also will derive commercial benefits.
#1 NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT...The Club won 5 County Cups in 2016/17
Senior Challenge Cup
Intermediate Challenge Cup
U18 Youth Challenge Cup
Senior Girls Development Cup
U14 Youth Challenge Cup
#2 Featured Coach Profile
Name: Anthony Christophi
Team: AFC Dunstable U25
Time at Club: 2 Years
I coach at AFC Dunstable because I saw the success this club has achieved and the direction we are going as a club.
Direction is the key and this is one of the many things that make this club great. Our philosophy to promote players through our youth teams continues to materialise through the fantastic coaches we have at the club.
Giving players the opportunity to better themselves and push onto where they would like to be in the game, will hopefully see them end up in our first team; a wonderful achievement the whole club can be proud of.
Personally, I feel I’m on the right track. I’m currently Level 2 qualified at the age of 20; assistant manager of the U25 Development team and an U18 coach. Hopefully with the support of the Beds FA Coach Development Group, I would love to progress to UEFA B level and so on.
Luckily I had the privilege to take over the U18 side halfway through the season.
A disappointing start didn’t see us in the greatest position but a change in effort and commitment from players and my coaches helped us finish 3rd. We were only U17 playing in the u18 division, but went on to win the Beds FA County Cup.
To win something like that at the age of 19 was by far my greatest achievement.
I probably have two, which of course centres on winning trophies.
2015-16 saw the 1st team win the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division title. Picking up the massive shield that is the trophy was a great day for me.
2016-17 was another great season for the 1st team. After losing the Bedfordshire Senior Cup final the previous season, we got to the final again. As it was against one of my former clubs, to win the cup at Kenilworth Road was a very proud moment.
On my return, I started to notice all the great work the club had been carrying out with their youth system. I was shocked to find out how many teams the club actually had.
The clubs Development Plan is now showing fruits, as the pathway for the youth teams is fantastic; the club run teams from U7 right up to U21. I personally have now seen U18-U21 players training with the 1st team and in matchday squads. That is why I think AFC Dunstable is a great club, giving youth a chance.
#2 FEATURED Player PROFILE
Name: Moses Olaleye
Team: AFC Dunstable First Team
Time at Club: 5 Years
It is a exciting time to be involved at AFC Dunstable. There are playing opportunities within the following categories: