Committee Meeting: 28th June 17:00 Managers Meeting: 28th May 18:00
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. Follow @wideopensoccer
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
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.
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
U15s Trials (15/16)
Trials will be held on Wednesday 3rd June between 18:00 and 19:15 for next season's Under 15s.
All players welcome
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
Our end of season Presentation Day will be held on Saturday 4th July at the Holiday Inn, Seaton Burn.
Dress code for all teams: white shirts, black trousers and club tie (which can be purchased prior or on the day).
No football tops, hoodies, tee shirts or track suits.
Admission Fee for all non-players payable at the door.
Wideopen FC Under 17s (2015/16 season) are looking for a coach. If anyone is interested, please get in touch with their manager, Steve Wilson, on 07803 924345
Subsidiary Cup Winners; League Champions; Runners up in Filey Tournament and Fair Play Winners more...
Wideopen FC's senior team are holding trials on
Mondays and Wednesdays from 18:30
Saturdays from 11:30
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: https://goo.gl/F9Ljnb
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.
Lockey Park is available for football parties
1 hour 3G pitch hire. Members £65 non members £100
Coach £10, if required
Food £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 email@example.com
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
Wideopen'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)
Thanks to GAP
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)
Wideopen 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.
Have a look at last year's event HERE
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.
Andrew 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
We 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."
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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.
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