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Navenby Junior Football Club- A Potted History
The origins of the Club can be traced right back to the early part of the 20th Century, there being good evidence of there being a football club at Navenby from around 1910.
Whilst the club has undergone much change and re-structuring since then, there has been a club in existence and un-interrupted since that time. Prior to 1973, youth football was run alongside what was predominantly a very successful men’s football club, the senior team having great repute and attracting high quality players.
The Club originally had a pitch situated on Brickyard Lane, moving to the present site in the 70’s following the gift of the land to the village by Mr John Cutforth. In the late 60’s, three local men, Ron Salmon, Tim Toynbee and George Robinson ventured into youth football with teams entered in the Lindsay and Kesteven Boys Football League, that only had two age groups, under 13 and under 15. Come 16 it was straight into adult football. George had the newsagents in Navenby and it was with great anticipation that players searched the shop window for the team sheet for Sunday’s game to see if they were playing. These were the days of just one substitute and so there were always disappointed players. Performing well in training was a priority to catch the manager’s eye!
In 1973 Ron Salmon and his wife Johanne, who served as club teasurer for many years, realised that the interests of youth players would be better served by having a separate club and the senior club and juniors split. Thus Navenby Junior Football Club was born. Ron was the beating heart and soul of the Club for many years until he retired as Chair.
Both clubs continued to share the changing room facilities (an old wooden shed and then a portakabin) on the Pottergate site. The present pavilion was inherited when Navenby Cricket Club ceased to exist. When the Lindsay and Kesteven League folded it was succeeded by the Mid Lincs Youth Football League and Navenby JFC became one of the founding Clubs.
The men’s team eventually folded but the youth team continued with periods of unprecedented success both on and off the field, together with periods of lesser achievement during which the very future of the Club has been brought into sharp focus. Several players at the Club have gone on to play professional football and to represent their country and one notable success has been the achievement of Tracey Duxbury, coached at the Club from the age of 7 or 8, who captained our Ladies team to League and Cup success and then went onto play for Lincoln City, Millwall and is now at West Ham United Ladies. She took up coaching, has worked in the USA ,at several premiership clubs and at the David Beckham Academy. She became Britain’s youngest ever female to hold the EUFA B coaching licence. Happily the future of the Club looks very bright, with a superb coaching set up, over 140 young people involved in the great game and the prospect of wonderful new facilities on the field.
To be an inclusive club which promotes, encourages and develops sportsmanship, teamwork, life skills and all aspects of football excellence in a safe, professional and fun environment.
To continue to develop the club, facilities, players, coaches, officials, volunteers and teams in order to achieve our vision of providing football for Navenby and surrounding areas
To develop a sustainable and thriving football club as a focus in our community
To work in partnership with other community organisations to use football to promote social inclusion and community development
To recruit, train and develop coaches, leaders, officials, administrators and volunteers
To introduce people to football regardless of age, ability, sex, religion and ethnic Background
To develop football and community facilities to enable the other parts of the vision to take place