The Club

About Orpington FC

Consists of a soccer school for ages 3-8, 17 youth teams (including 1 girls team) aged 7-17, three senior teams and a ladies team. This covers approximately 400 players, managers and coaching staff and volunteers. The Club is therefore one of the largest providers of football in the Borough of Bromley.

Membership

Membership is drawn from across Orpington and surrounding areas. Subscriptions (currently £175 to £225 per annum depending upon training facilities) are kept as low as possible in order that less affluent areas within Orpington are not excluded. Membership is open to all, with the Club promoting equality of opportunity and diversity. The Club Development Plan emphasises the need for further initiatives including the promotion of female teams, catering for disabled players and encouraging socially excluded groups to get involved as part of future coaching and playing provision.

Mission

Our mission is to encourage and promote the development of grassroots football, with emphasis on youth involvement drawn from the local community.

A Community Club

The Club believes that, as a large provider of football in a structured, safe and fun environment, it addresses several key criteria for the local community – reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in providing an outlet for local youth, engaging all ages in a healthy and recreational past-time, promoting personal development through individuality, teamwork and the socialisation one would associate with a community club culture.

The Club provides a structure for continuous active involvement as one moves through mini, youth and senior football. The Club is outgoing and makes positive links with leisure organisations, community groups, borough/parish councils and local schools in order to widen access and participation. The work of Orpington FC has been recognised by the FA through the award of Charter Standard Community Club status.

The Club has received grants to promote and develop girls soccer (Football Foundation), targeted coaching sessions and social inclusion projects supported by Bromley Borough Council, Bromley Mytime and Broomleigh Housing Association. As a result of successfully implementing a community football programme, the Club was chosen as Kent County Football Association Community Club of the year 2008.

The Future

By promoting equality and increased opportunity, the Club has expanded over a fairly short time and will continue to grow through continued development of teams and community participation. The Club does not own its playing areas or have access to its own training facilities The costs of these core activities (the provision of good pitches and access to floodlit training) are escalating, given the continued growth of the Club. In order to continue to provide a service to the local community, the Club needs to secure further grants and sponsorship to supplement club subscriptions and ensure that playing and non-playing objectives are attained.

For further information please contact Chris Harper (Club Treasurer) on 07983 880460 or email.