The club is currently seeking volunteer’s to help with the club’s vital fundraising work.
Did you know?
- EBUFC is the only club we know of that dedicates an entire day to all youth teams with free activities such as paintball, gladiators, bubble football, BBQ etc at the end of every season
- The club is all inclusive and whilst others may simply drop such things as the end of season presentations, raise match and training fees or charge players for match kit, the club has always done everything it can to ensure that cost is not a barrier for people getting involved in the sport.
- We currently have 16 teams, and approximately 276 players (this changes with comings and goings over the course of a season)
- EBUFC Football is available to all ages – from Under 6’s all the way through to the Over 55’s
- To run those teams, we have a total of 4 x Level 2 FA Coaches, 10 x Level 1 FA Coaches and a further 7 Coaches awaiting qualification – all 21 of the coaching staff are CRB/Safeguarding checked and the club has 19 x First Aiders.
- In addition to coaching, we also have 2 x Welfare Officers, the Club Secretary, a Webmaster, 8 x Members of The Committee, a groundsman, President, Vice President and 2 x Life Vice Presidents!
- Many volunteer’s cover multiple roles, but we have a total of approximately 30 volunteer’s in all – Total Volunteer Hours to run the club last season was circa 4,000 hours!
- Last Year our Club Secretary, Lisa Harding-Duff was awarded the prestigious Club Secretary of the Year from the Weetabix League, our Groundsman Tony Sanders was a runner up in Groundsman of the Year from the FA and the late Anne Cleaver, whom sadly passed away recently after almost 30 years as the heartbeat of the club, was a runner up in the Lifetime Achievement award from the FA.
- Over the years the club has claimed League, Cup, Shield and Fair Play Victories but it’s our status as one of the largest Chartered Standard Clubs in the county that we retain the most pride in – in 2014 we were presented with The FA Charter Standard in the Community Status Award.
- The FA also supplied us last season with 50 hours of mentoring from an Elite Coach (a professional coach that works with the highest level fulltime clubs) and this was used to support many of our coaches to help them continually improve over that season.
- We have many players in our youth ranks that have also ben scouted by professional clubs – they combine playing for Earls Barton United with coaching and matches for the likes of Leicester, West Brom, Cambridge, Northampton Town and more.
- The club was first formed in the late 1800’s – the first actual recorded match was against Northampton Town who themselves formed in 1897 – their very first match was against us (they won 4-1), so we are older than the Cobblers!
- For over 21 years we have twinned with a German Club – SLV Wittlich – with whom we have, every year, organised a trip (taking it in turns for them to visit us or us to visit them) for youth and adult teams. The week always revolves around football, players stay with host families and are generally spoilt rotten – long friendships have been formed and this has now become a bond that has passed onto a third generation. Sadly, the main organisers from the Wittlich side – Roland Heinrich – passed away suddenly this year as did our own key organiser Anne but the clubs will continue to honour the tradition in their name.
- We are a progressive club – each season we apply ourselves to being at the forefront of change and progression in football (as an example, last season we trialled the online player registration portal for the league that’s now been fully adopted, and we invested in defibrillators (AED’s) at our two training/match facilities at The Grange and The Pioneer. This season again we are at it – trialling a Parent Liaison Officer to help instil the FA’s Fair Play guidelines on a match day for instance.
The reality however is that the club simply doesn’t generate sufficient funds each season, although the help provided by the large number of club and team sponsors is a massive help and very gratefully receieved, it is through key individual’s generosity and support that the club continues to thrive as it does and that’s a situation that needs to change.
If you can help in anyway, ideally through joining our Charity Committee and helping to drive fundraising – please get in touch with the Club Secretary HERE