Winwick Athletic started as a grassroots village football club yet has developed into a substantial organization representing and working closely with the wider community of north Warrington. We have excellent working relationships with Lancashire County FA, Regional FA Teams and serve as role models when implementing FA grassroots strategies. We promote excellence in coach education, have strong membership of FA Licensed Coaches Club and maintain an extremely fair and positive coaching culture, meeting equality and diversity needs and respecting all in the game.
Since 1996, when we were renamed Winwick Athletic FC, we have grown into a Development Club by 2006, and then a Community Club by 2013, having grown and retained players every year through our safe, child friendly environment. We work to form school-link partnerships, run after-school clubs, and give guest talks to children at local schools. As an FA Community Standard Club we focus on every aspect that such status requires, and are immensely proud to be able to do so. In 2014 we were privileged to be selected for Nike Partner Club status too.
Winwick Athletic has some of the best qualified coaches in the North West, recognizing elements of FA initiatives and player progression opportunities essential to grow our national game. We are pleased to work with local scouts to identify and nurture talented players from an early age too in our U5/U6 academy and U7s to U10s teams initially. For resource enhancement we have working agreements in place for pitches with UA Warrington, a local High School, and with University of Chester for open-age. We also have our own development centre for girls and are looking to develop disability coaching with other voluntary groups. One of our new U5/U6 Academy Coaches himself plays disability football and we are committed to mentoring him through his FA Level 1 coach education.
With over 400 players in 30 teams and an ever growing army of 66 Coach Volunteers we are often viewed by other local clubs as role models and trend setters who are well aware that we are well organised and have an exemplary discipline record.
As a Development Club we won the North West Regional awards three times in a five year period (2007 to 2011) during which time we were National Development Club of the Year 2009. We have now consolidated into an FA Community Standard Club since 2013, and so you can rest assured that we will continue to promote best practice.