Woburn & Wavendon
Club in the Spotlight
Woburn & Wavendon Football Club, formerly Woburn Lions and Lionesses, was formed in 1976 and is based in West Bedfordshire and South East Milton Keynes, the fastest developing area in the UK. With nearly 500 playing members and approaching 40 teams from Under 6 through to adult – mixed, male, female and disability- there are huge opportunities to grow even further, but also immense challenges in providing suitable infrastructure and sustainable volunteer support.
The Club has built an enviable reputation going back generations, and epitomised by its’ two major summer grassroots festivals of football. The Lionesses girls tournament is one of England’s largest, attracting 138 teams this year, whilst the Lions boys’ tournament is one of the areas’ largest and longest running events. Together, both attracted crowds approaching 10,000 as they continue to provide an excellent advertisement for all the community initiatives the Club is committed to.
In the next few weeks, the Club will again participate in the national Popies4kits appeal in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. In previous seasons this has enjoyed 100% involvement from Club members, with the whole experience seen as a huge benefit in developing a sense of respect and appreciation for all the freedoms for all to participate and enjoy the grassroots game.
“WWFC is all about FUN, FRIENDSHIP & FOOTBALL. From our regular Sunday sessions aimed at Foundation/Reception girls and boys through to the Club organised and hosted refereeing courses, we are committed to providing continuous opportunities for all ages, backgrounds and abilities to develop and thrive in the wider football family” comments Club Chair, Robert Hill.
No better illustration of this is the Club’s weekly “Goalability” pan-disability football sessions. Other initiatives include the Lionesses SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre which involved some 60 girls aged 6-11 in regular football sessions (many for the first time) and achieving two new girls teams for 2018/19.
The Club’s regular Under 6 sessions have also been hugely successful, producing four new Under 7 teams for this season. But as we all know, it’s not just a case of turning up and playing.
Volunteers are the key to all future opportunities offered through the Club. That’s the driving force behind the Club’s “Get Involved” campaign that seeks to target the thousands of potential volunteers who have contact with the Club each and every week.
From serving on the Club Committee to helping cut the grass at one of the Club’s seven playing locations, one of WWFC’s most valuable assets is its’ volunteer support. There are a host of Club roles requiring volunteers including safeguarding, pitch co-ordination, kit supply, grant funding, sponsorship, communications, Parish Council and League liaison which all look for volunteers each season in order to spread the load and ensure WWFC remains robust and forward thinking.
“We need to attract as much energy and expertise from as many volunteers as possible. It’s the lifeblood of the Club, but most of all its’ huge fun and really makes such a difference to the communities we serve” comments Robert Hill.
If you’d like to get involved with grassroots football at its’ best, please email Robert:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Woburn & Wavendon's Goalability session has been awarded 'Community Project of the Year' for The FA Community Awards. Get involved:
- Day: Sundays
- Time: 10am - 11am
- Venue: Fulbrook Middle School, Weathercock Lane, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NP
- Contact: Gary Towers (07765 893388 / email@example.com)
Why do you coach at this club/what makes this club great?
When my son wanted to join a football team, unfortunately the team had too many players for one team. I decided to start another team along side the existing one to allow all to play! With the help of the club in 2003 I completed my Level 1 Coaching course and became the Manager/Coach using my experience to help develop the team.
I then turned my attention to my daughter who not surprisingly also loved football! She joined a boys Woburn team and I carried on volunteering to help. She then wanted to play in a girls team so I started the a team; she played from U7 all the way to playing Women's football. The team won 17 trophies in 5 seasons. The highlight was getting signed by West Ham Ladies.
What makes the club great is that it has morals and standards it has ethics and a great tradition of inclusion not excluding young people what ever their level. Working to help them improve and develop; the focus is about having fun and enjoying the game.
Long may our heritage and history continue in Boys and Girls football.
Who knows, you never know what’s around the corner! But I hope to continue helping young people grow in confidence whilst having great fun with friends..
I am currently Head of Lionesses football (Girls) & Club Goalkeeper Coach. I’m on the Tournament sub-committee and one of the Clubs ‘Wildcats’ Coaches for the Clubs SSE Wildcats Centre. This has been a great success with over 60 young girls applying and two new teams.
I have been blessed to be able to do something that I love doing.
Pat's most memorable moments...
- Becoming the first Woburn team ever to win a double treble in 2015/16.
- My teams have given me so many memories at every age level.
- Looking after a Lionesses team from u10 to U18 seeing them grow in confidence and ability together.
- But maybe it’s just seeing my Son and daughter turn into good people through the help of being involved with football and getting so much enjoyment along the way with their friends, being part of something that you can never take away from them!