Club Statement: Introducing Heaton Stan Juniors!

Heaton Stannington FC are excited to share with you our plans for Heaton Stan Juniors!

As part of our long term growth strategy, we have made the decision to begin the process of implementing a junior setup at the Club. Following sustained development of the first team, the Heaton Stan A team and the Club off the field in recent years, we feel this is the natural next step in further growing the Club in the local community.

The core objectives of Heaton Stan Juniors will be to:

  • Provide a safe, inclusive and fun environment for kids to play football, regardless of ability.
  • Establish ourselves as a key part of the local community.
  • Inspire the next generation of Heaton Stan players, supporters and volunteers.

It is important to us that, as we grow, we continue to maintain the brilliant culture that exists at Grounsell Park. We have therefore developed the following Guiding Principles which we commit to following as we embark on this new journey:

  1. Do things the right way, first time round. No “quick fixes” which we will need to correct later.
  2. Set solid foundations for the future – people, facilities, teams, processes. Make sure they are workable and well organised.
  3. Ensure we grow at a sustainable pace.
  4. Integrate Heaton Stan Juniors into the Club. We are #OneClub and will live by that ethos.

The timeline we are aiming to work to reflects our guiding principle of “Do things the right way, first time round”:

  • Season 2022/23 – focus will be on implementing the behind-the-scenes structures including securing a home for Heaton Stan Juniors and appointing key personnel into key roles.
  • Season 2023/24 – aim will be to launch a number of teams in leagues.

We will release further details in due course as we navigate the next steps in this project. 

The Heaton Stan Committee