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CLUB HISTORY

Rocester Elkes Eagles Junior Football Club was originally formed in August 1999 by Dave Price and Laurence Stubbs.

Following several journeys to a soccer coaching class in Stafford, Dave and Lol decided it would be a  good idea to start a similar club in Uttoxeter, so using their links with the Elkes Sports and Social Club they managed to secure the use of a pitch and clubhouse facilities.

On 19th August 1999, Dave & Lol held their first training session, which received a turnout of 8 players - four of whom were their sons.

Then after the kind donation of a set of goal posts from the Sports & Social Club and further help from 3 other parents, the Elkes Eagles Junior Football Club was born and the numbers quickly increased.

Although strongly linked to Elkes Biscuits (which was acquired by Northern Foods and re-branded as Fox’s Biscuits in 2004), most of the club funds were, and still are, generated by subscription, sponsorship and various other fund raising events.

Elkes do have a senior team of their own which has been in existence since around 1910 (we have photo’s dating back almost as far), and many of our coaches played for this team at some stage which further strengthened the excellent bond between the juniors and senior team.

When Elkes Eagles JFC was formed in 1999, the club did not have any FA Qualified Coaches and relied on the support and advise of a Sports Teacher from a local Middle School who was an FA Qualified Coach, but each year the club has encouraged the development of the Team Managers, Coaching Staff and our indispensable team of Volunteers, and now has over 30 members who possess FA Level 1, 5 Level 2 coaches and are pending 3 Level 3 coaches.

After seven successful years the club had grown to such an extent that it boasted 10 junior teams, which spanned eight age groups and provided football opportunities for over 130 children.

By now the Elkes Eagles had outgrown the facilities provided by the Sports and Social Club, and further links had been forged with a number of local schools in order to provide pitches for weekend matches and to offer sufficient mid-week training facilities by using school sports halls.

During the 2006-07 season the Eagles made a significant move by integrating with Rocester Football Club, our local semi-professional team, and to reflect this the club changed its name to Rocester Elkes Eagles.

The Rocester FC management team are very keen to ensure that local youngsters have the opportunity to progress through the age groups and into senior football in the future.

The Eagles supply ball boys to all Rocester home matches, and enjoy the use of the excellent floodlit training facilities at the club.

Earlier this year, two of our Level 2 (pending level 3) coaches started working with Derby County FC Academy on a part-time basis. The learning from this relationship has been passed on to our other club coaches and we expect all of our players to benefit from this tremendously.