We are the memory makers, facilitators of hopes and dreams. We furnish the riches of wellbeing and joy through exploration and experience. We are the custodians of your treasures, guardians of their safety and guarantor of their wellbeing. We encourage, mentor and nurture to acheive their aspirations and fulfilment. They are at the centre of what we do; our cause and our reason.


What makes parents and players choose Sporting 87 FC?

With our voluntary coaching workforce we provide professional standards that well exceed the expectations of a typical grassroots football club. What we do and how we do it often provides the benchmark for local football provision to which other grassroots and professional clubs aspire. That’s why in terms of participation we’re the largest football organisation in our locality, why we hold the top FA Community Charter Standard, and are highly respected in our local community.

Our success is based on one simple precept… we’re genuinely here for benefit of each and every one of our players (and their families); we love footy and know what goodness it can bring people. For each individual we endevour to:

  • Provide the most appropriate football playing experiences to bring wellbeing and joy.
  • Help develop ability to the level desired, providing high attainment and satisfaction.
  • Support their participation, both on the pitch and off, to allow involvement from age 2 to 82.

Everything we do is designed and carried out with our players’ best interests foremost in our minds. Being a not-for-profit and voluntary staffed organisation is testament to our intent and focus.

How to join us

Submission of an application and sign on form to the Club does not guarantee acceptance. Before you submit a sign on form you must check with the relevant team lead coach or Youth Admisions Officer that a place is available.

At least one tryout training session must be attended before the opportunity to sign on is given: your child must feel comfortable and be certain that Sporting 87 is for them. Normally most of our teams are full by August, so if your child would like to join a team it is strongly recommended that regular team training is started at the beginning of the pre-season period. The first day of Club pre-season training is Thursday the 3rd week of July. However, midseason places do arise, so do get in touch at any point in the football calendar.

We love the programme; we ‘ve been so happy with our daughter’s progress. It’s been such a fun and affordable opportunity for her to learn a skill and meet girls outside of school. It’s also been a huge confidence booster.   Sporting Trust Wildcats Parent

Codes of conduct

Our high standards and recognition of the FA RESPECT campaign are upheld by players and parents/carers observing and signing up to our mandatory codes of conduct. Our codes of conduct are a mandatory part of our player application and sign on form.

Our Christian based values are evident within our policies and code of conduct and we find that to many this is a most reassuring benefit to being a part of Sporting 87. Answers to common questions asked by potential members and their parents/carers can be found by visiting our Questions and Answers webpage.

To find out how this translates to the football pitch all you have to do is talk to our players and parents; you’ll find them at every school and within the wider community throughout Bury St Edmunds. We’d hope you’d be told about our excellent pastoral care, our very structured aproach to coaching and developing the children, and how much we make sure that they have a lot of fun along the way.

Alternatively why not come along and see for yourself – you’d be extremely welcome.

Young Leaders programme

We not only provide opportunities to learn and play football but also to develop broad life and leadership skills. Click here to find out more about our national awarding winning programme.

Would you like to help us?

Whether at a training session, match, or any other occasion, your time and benevolence is always extremely welcome. From helping our lead coaches by lending a hand with equipment to sponsoring team kit or an event, your support can make a big difference.

Just some of our voluntary jobs and projects that you could help us with are listed below. To find out more about these and other ways to contribute, contact your team manager or the Club Administrator:

Assitant coaches

Support your child’s lead coach at training and matches by delivering warm-ups and sessions.

Match-day assitants

While the lead coach prepares and sets-out the team, help set-up the RESPECT barrier, flags, nets and technical areas.

Club ambassadors

Welcome, inform and assist the opposition players, coaches and parents.

Team administrators

Allow your lead coach to focus on the football by helping with parent communication and activity organisation.

Parent representative

Assist the Club and lead coach in communicating values, information and news. Feedback on topics of confusion or frustration to help improve player experience.

Tea bar helpers

Match days at the Victory Sports Ground. We’ll only ask you to take on sensible shifts that allow you to watch your child’s game.

Your child’s team’s sponsor

Most games of footy are played during the cooler months, and it’s nice to see Sporting 87 teams arrive at their games in smart and weather proof training kit (jacket and pants). Often though only half a squad of players are able to stretch their purse strings to treat themselves to this optional clothing. With or without kit branding, private and appropriate business sponsors are always needed.

Useful information

Further ambitions for your child?

Before you commit to what would become a ‘lifestyle’ you should read and listen to these pro-club academy insights.

What is the real deal… what is the academy level proper as opposed to what’s called a ‘skills centre’, ‘development programme’ or ‘elite session’? Simply put, whatever it’s called, if you’re paying for it… you haven’t made it yet.

However, there are around 12000 children in England that have made it, and they are involved in the English pro-club academy system; aged 6 to 16, across 48 counties. 12000 sounds like a lot of children, but that’s just 250 players in each county – around 25 in each year group. Before asking for a trial at an academy a question you could ask yourself is, “Is my child one of the best 25 in the County?” because that’s what it takes.

99% of academy children are ultimately released from their contract; after one year or after many years association. Release is often a harsh process (an unexpected email is common, with no at-hand support) and this is very difficult to deal with as a child or adolescent. Be prepared – football can be a harsh world for an adult let alone a child, and accept that your child is merely a commodity; to be applied, traded and disgarded as desired.

BBC 5-Live Investigates

Top football clubs and their young prospects: the ties and restrictions placed on players who make it into pro-club Academies.

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