Eagle Sports Football Club
Eagle Sports FC is a fine example of a club playing a vital role in their local community. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with Club Representative Danny Nixon to find out more about the good work that has been carried out lately.
He told us, “This is my tenth season with the club as a player and I have been involved off the pitch for around seven years as Secretary and midway through last season, became Player/Manager for our Reserve side.
I was brought to the club by a former manager who I had played under at another club and with us playing in the Cheshire Football League, I saw it as a chance to challenge myself to become a regular in the team.”
“Seeing the club develop off the pitch as well as on it and safeguarding the club’s future is not only challenging but very rewarding. Ensuring that the club is still in existence in years long after my playing association ends is an exciting challenge.”
“The mood at the club is very positive at present. We have just introduced a new Under 21 side to further promote the development of young players from junior football to adult football as well as introducing our first ever girls side at Under 14 level, so there are plenty of new faces which have freshened up what was already a good environment to be involved in.”
“The start to the season has been positive for the club on the pitch, getting points on the board in our first four games. We had a poor period, with players missing etc. which has taken its toll but we seem to have settled again now so hopefully will start to pick up more points as we look to climb the league table.
We are aiming to be in the higher echelons of the league come May time, with one or maybe two good cup runs and a trophy to be sat in the clubhouse at the end of the season. With regards to building the club, we want to further strengthen our community links and grow the brand of our football club around the North West and further afield.”
“We class youth football as vitally important when looking to ensure the future of the football club as well as ensuring we continue to have quality players playing in our teams. We are looking to work closer with local junior side, Eagle JFC, to ensure the flow of players through to open age football is regular.
We have recently introduced an Under 21 side, which is aiming to introduce 16-21 year olds to the demand of playing against players of differing ages and abilities. They play in the North West U21 Development Football League and the league allows three overage players per team each week so again will allow young players to test themselves against established, experienced open age players.”
“We consider ourselves to be a pillar within the local community, working with Junior clubs, local businesses and charities to provide opportunities for people to come and play or get involved with our club in any capacity that they can. Our clubhouse is thriving at present, holding various community functions and meetings and we hope that this will continue and grow in the coming years.”
“Development of our facilities will be our single biggest challenge in the coming years as we currently use a council owned facility so making improvements and modifications all come at costs to both ourselves and the local authority, who with all of the cuts that are taking place, are working with a smaller budget each year.”
“On the field, we wish to push ourselves to try and win the Cheshire FL Premier Division, which is something that we have never quite achieved, despite being runners up on a couple of occasions. This, coupled with the flow of younger players through the junior ranks into our open age set up, will continue to grow our reputation within non-league football and ensure the club remains a prominent figure in Step 7 football in the North West for years to come.
Off the field, we will be looking to keep the club stable with regards to finance and opportunities, whilst trying to enhance the brand awareness of our club and create a football facility that younger players aspire to play on when they reach the age range.”