Football's coming home to Welham Green with new club
PUBLISHED: 15:12 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 31 May 2017
The Burns Pavilion in Welham Green will once again play host to a football club - with the newly-formed Welham Albion making it their home.
The club played last year under the umbrella of Hatfield Town but decided they would like their own identity.
They currently run two teams, one at U9 and the other at U10, but have plans to build on that.
Chairman John Shearer explained the thinking behind the move.
He said: “We wanted to have our own identity as a village team and local sponsors didn’t want to sponsor Hatfield Town but were open to sponsoring a Welham Green team.
“There’s so much we want to do to build our teams but we felt restricted at Hatfield.
“I’m personally overjoyed that we have a Welham Green-based youth team again. It’s taken us three years to do it.
“Our plan is to build a club and to add more teams. And we are looking to run futsal teams also.
“From August we will be holding holiday camps with qualified coaches. This is a great way for kids to develop and learn new skills and will be for boys and girls between five and 10-years of age.
“Our idea is to build a club that helps develop young local players and give them opportunities they don’t get anywhere else.”
The current team are already looking forward to one of those opportunities, when they head to the Youth Europa Cup, which is hosted this year by Portuguese giants Benfica.
The team were invited to a tournament at the Camp Nou in Barcelona a couple of years ago after winning a tournament at Charlton Athletic.
And they got their place this year after being on the shortlist.
Shearer added: “We have quite a good relationship with the organisers now and they were happy for us to enter as Welham Albion so it’s great that we can play as our new club.
“Next season we have already been invited to the club world tournament which would be a great experience for the kids as teams such as Athletico Madrid, Juventus, Liverpool and many more top club’s academy teams.”
Their will be trials for the current squads and anyone interested in going along should find the club on Facebook (Welham Albion) or email Welhamalbionfootballclub@hotmail.com