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Thursday 9th July
U12 Warriors v. Forest Hall (H) KO 18:00 (F)
Saturday 11th July
U12 Wolves v. Ryton/Crawcrook (H) KO 10:00 (F)
Saturday 25th July
Seniors v. Ebchester Consett Reserves (A)
Wednesday 29th July
Seniors v. Killingworth YPC (A)
Saturday 1st August
Seniors v. Forest Hall Reserves (A)
Community Web Pages
Funding Feedback needed urgently - Please see the message on the community web pages.

Committee Meeting: tbc
Managers Meeting: tbc
Minutes available in Managers Section

Minisoccer at Wideopen Juniors

The minisoccer section at Wideopen and District Juniors AFC is thriving. More information is available HERE.

Soccer Skills Sessions
During the Summer, these sessions are 6-7 on Monday nights at Lockey Park. There is also a session between 9:30 and 10:30 on Saturdays at Lockey Park. Three groups for 5-6 year olds; 7-8 year olds and 9-10 year olds. Everyone welcome.
They are held at Seaton Burn College during the winter (mid-September to mid-March).
Players from 5 - 11 are welcome (mini soccer and younger) to get skills coaching that will benefit them in a game.

Soccer Skills Presentation July 2015:
Photo1; Photo2


Are you injured? Wideopen Football Club has an agreement with a local Sports Therapist whereby you can now ask for an assessment and treatment with a 60% discount on basic prices. More information is available here and ask your manager about how to book an appointment.

Sports Therapy at WDJ

News Archive

There's always lots happening at Wideopen Football Club - both on and off the field. Have a look at our News Archive for a few of the older stories.

Stephen Thompson Foundation

New Good Books to Read
U15s Bubble Ball

A range of new, recommended books to read during your summer holidays. Click on the image below. Good Reads

As the Under 15s prepare for the new season, their training session was a Bubble Ball party. Go to their webpage to see photos from the day. bubbleball
Wideopen Soccer Skills - Summer Camp 2015

Summer CampThe coaches from Wideopen Soccer Skills are providing 3 weeks of soccer camps over the summer at Lockey Park, the home of Wideopen Football Club.

If you are between 5 and 11 and think you might be interested, download the Information sheet and an Application Form.

This is a great opportunity. Each day will provide a structured and fun way to learn and participate in football. The emphasis will be on tricks, skills and competitions.

Hope to see you there.

Presentation Day

Our end of season Presentation Day was held on Saturday 4th July at the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn.

The younger age groups had their presentation during the afternoon and the older teams during the evening. Both sessions were a huge success and everyone involved had a great time.

Congratulations to all players for the 2014/15 season and for a tremendous end of season celebration.

For the Raffle results click click here

Click here to see the Photographs
Click here to see the Roll of Honour

U7s 5-a-side game

A new venture has been introduced at Wideopen FC for U7s. This will be held on Saturday's at Lockey Park at 10:45 following the Soccer Skills sessions.
Coached 5-a-side games will be held and new players are welcome. Contact Warick Stephenson for more information (07737862713)

U10 Comets Trials (15/16)

The current U9 Comets will be holding trials on Mondays between 18:00 and 19:00 throughout June.
If this is your age group, you're welcome to come along.

U11 Warriors (Comets) Trials (15/16)

The current U10 Comets move to 9-a-side football next season and they will be holding their trials on the following dates:
Thursdays 2nd, 9th and 16th July
between 18:00 and 19:00
Everyone welcome - if this is your age group, come along and join in or email for more details

U11 Wanderers (Rockets) Trials

The current U10 Rockets are holding trials on Monday evenings between 19:00 and 20:00
6th, 13th and 20th July

Contact Dan on 07508001230 if you are interested
or turn up at the trials

U12 Wanderers

The U12 Wanderers (15/16) will be holding trials on:
Saturday 11th July 10:30 - 11:30
Tuesday 14th July 17:45 - 19:00
Saturday 18th July 10:30 - 11:30
Everyone is welcome - Just come along and join in

U13 Wanderers Trials

The U13 Wanderers are looking for new players for next season. Anyone who is interested is invited to come along to training on Wednesdays at 19:00, to join in and and speak to Sharon.

U13 Warriors Trials

The U13 Warriors (2015/16 season) are looking for new players over the summer for next season. Anyone interested is welcome to come along to training on Wednesdays at 19:00 and speak to the coaches, Kev Graham and Tom Punshon.

U14s Trials (15/16)
The U14s for next season (2015/16) are looking for new players. Anyone interested in getting involved is invited along to training on Thursdays between 19:00 - 20:00 at Lockey Park. Just come along or contact Mark on 07401237272

U16s Trials (15/16)
The Under 16s (2015/16) will be holding trials on the following date. Anyone interested is welcome to come along:

Tuesday June 9th. 19:00 - 20:00
Tuesday June 16th. 19:00 - 20:00
Tuesday June 23rd. 19:00 - 20:00

Seniors Trials

Wideopen FC's senior team are holding trials on
Mondays and Wednesdays from 18:30
Saturdays from 13:00
Everyone welcome

Filey Tournament
Football Foundation Survey
Several Wideopen FC teams travelled to the Filey Tournament over May Bank Holiday weekend. Thanks to all Managers/Coaches, Parents and in particular the players from all of the age groups that attended the tournament as they were all brilliant and everyone had a great, if not wet, time. Well done to all.

The Football Foundation has launched a new survey to find out who is playing and coaching at funded sites. As the Football Foundation funded Lockey Park, they would be grateful to get feedback from people playing and coaching at the site by getting them to complete the following survey:

Anyone, aged 14 and over, who completes the survey before the end of June can be entered into a prize draw to win first prize: £200 Nike vouchers, second prize: £100 Nike vouchers.

The Football Foundation invests millions of pounds from their funding partners, the Premier League, The FA and the Government through Sport England, into grassroots facilities each year. They want to make sure they are improving the experience of footballers everywhere and making football accessible to all.

Football Parties

party2Lockey Park is available for football parties party5
party11 hour 3G pitch hire. Members £65 non members £100
Coach £10, if requiredparty3
party1Food £3 a head if required
Chicken nuggets and chips or hot dog and chips,
drink and chocolate bar
Maximum number of kids for party - 16.
All kids get a medal.

If you are interested, speak to one of the managers and they will put you in touch with the Football Party Organisers or email

Wideopen FC Success
Wideopen Under 15s beat Blyth Town 3 - 0 to become League Champions
Congratulations to everyone in the Under 15s set up - players, coaches, and parents - a superb achievement
U16s NEYD Cup Winners 2015Wideopen's Under 16s played Cramlington Juniors on 16th April 2015 in the NEYD Cup Final and won 2 - 1 after extra time. A fantastic result to make them U16s Divisional Cup Winners. Well done to you all and a big thank you to the travelling supporters. (click on the image)
Coaches News
Thanks to GAP

Congratulations ...

to Matthew Christie who has recently had confirmation of successful completion of the Level 1 Coaching course.

A huge welcome to two other people:

Rob Atkinson was one of the original founders of Wideopen Juniors being heavily involved in helping set up the club. Rob went on to coach a number of teams over several years. He has now signed up as a club Volunteer and is helping the girls team as his grand daughter plays for them.

Also welcome to Graeme Cole who is helping coach the U10 Rockets. Graeme's dad, Basil, coached within the club for several years and went on to be a Vice President. Graeme has a long history in football having played at Wideopen Juniors and later becoming Head Coach at Newcastle United Football in the Community (now NUFC Foundation) between 1997 and 2002. Graeme was also NUFC Academy Coach for the U13s between 1998 and 2002. Graeme's gained his UEFA 'B' while at the Academy.

We hope you all enjoy your involvement with Wideopen FC and stay with us for many years!


We have a replacement television in the clubhouse community room courtesy of GAP Waste Management.

Many thanks to Garry and Peter (GAP) for their help with this.
(Garry does appear on one of the archive photographs on our website when he briefly played for Wideopen Juniors)

GAP Waste Management

SoccerSixes Leagues at Wideopen FC 3G
NUFC Kicks @ Widedopen
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Health and Safety Advice
Local History Talk

Click HereWideopen Football Club is happy to let you know about the following idea.

As we don't need to display the paper tax discs in vehicles anymore, some local police authorities have suggested replacing the discs with 'In Case of Emergency' contact details. The attached PDF (click on the image) can be downloaded, printed and completed then placed in your car's tax disk holder. In case of an emergency while driving, this information could be invaluable to the emergency services.

Thanks to Gareth for highlighting this opportunity and idea.

John Daniels from the Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum hosted an interactive talk at Wideopen Library on Monday 11th May. This was very well attended by local residents. For more information, go to Wideopen Community Website.

Funding Feedback needed urgently - Please also see the message on the community web pages.

Club House for Hire
Links to Events

Wideopen and District Juniors AFC club house is available for hire. Please contact any managers or officials or e-mail to discuss

Club Kitchen

Our kitchen will be open on match days serving a variety of hot food, snacks, drinks and sweets.

Gosforth HarriersGosforth Harriers Junior Run
Saturday 7th February 2015
Click the banner above

Wideopen Mile 2014

Weetslade Relay
Have a look at last year's event HERE

Charity Support
Football Remembers

Andrew Swan, an ex-player of Wideopen Juniors, completed a triathlon earlier this year to support St. Oswald's Hospice in Gosforth. The triathlon was 95km (as St Oswald's needs £9.5m per year to run). It worked out at 1/2m swim, 48.5m cycle to Morpeth and finally a 10m run from Ponteland finishing at St Oswald's. Andrew did the majority on his own but did have some friends join him for 5m of the cycle and then the full run! See photographs from Andrew's triathlon below.

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Find out more about St. Oswald's Here

Football Remembers

In 2014 every club in the country, from the Premier League to grassroots were asked to create a unique photographic record of football a century on from the First World War Christmas Truce.

On 25th December 1914 soldiers put down their weapons to share in an impromptu cease fire, with football being played and photographs taken for prosperity.

Find out more HERE

(NEWS Page)

Amazing Shirt Collection
click hereAndrew Swan, ex-Wideopen Juniors player, has collected an amazing assortments of football shirts over many years. He write a blog about these and well as writing about Marseille FC, a club he avidly follows. Andrew is also a huge Newcastle United fan. He has given Wideopen Football Club permission to host a copy of his shirt collection on this website. It is likely to be of interest to many ofour coaches, players and parents who also love the game. Click on the image to have a look at these shirts from over the years and various teams.
New Club Partner and Sponsor

Pass4SoccerWe are proud to have Pass4Soccer involved with Wideopen Football Club. Barry Poole visited the club on Wednesday 10th July 2013 to present a talk to players and parents from the Under 15s (2013/14 season). Barry told everyone a little about Pass4Soccer as well as providing an update about how his son, Phil, is doing in America. Phil won Managers Player at Wideopen Juniors in the early 1990's as well being a regular recipient of the Most Man of the Match Awards. Phil sent a message to everyone at Wideopen Juniors saying, "All the lads I am sure will like me be indebted to the hard work all at Wideopen Juniors FC have given so unselfishly since Chairman John Stephenson’s vision and dedication launched the club in 1987."

For more information, click HERE


Raise Funds When You Shop And Search Online!
Have you heard about easyfundraising yet?  It’s the easiest way to help raise money for Wideopen & District Juniors AFC!  If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, iTunes, eBay or HMV, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!
Please take a litle time to read more about this and help us or go straight to the fund raising website.

WIdeopen Football Club (junior and senior teams) is a family club whose first interests are those of our members. The Managers, Coaches and Committee are a team off the pitch. Each age group is encouraged to work as a team on the pitch. Inevitably, the whole issue of football comes first and foremost and we aim to ensure that it is an enjoyable experience for the youngsters who represent Wideopen FC week in, week out, in all weathers. We continually strive for better standards in coaching qualifications, facilities, equipment, first aid / treatment of injuries, equality, disabilities, child protection issues and training, as well as further developing school and community links. We encourage fair play, sportsmanship and equity. We have the FA Charter Mark for Quality and have gained the much sought after Kitemark. Our stated aim is to increase the quality of provision for children and to continue to raise our standards in all aspects of football. At Wideopen we have always prided ourselves upon our standards in all aspects of the game. Coaching is an area in which we excel and we have qualified coaches at all levels. We also have several Referees. The facilities will be made available to all children and adults within our catchment area. WFC's website is a central source of information about the club.

Respect Campaign

Click on the logo above to find out more about the Respect Campaign

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