A world famous boys club shining a light for youngsters
There is a football club on Tyneside famous the world over for producing footballing stars. Alan Shearer, Steve Bruce, Lee Clark, Peter Beardsley and Steve Watson are prime examples. In total, more than 80 ex members have gone on to make their name in the professional game.
Wallsend Boys Club isn’t just about the beautiful game – it also offers young people the chance to achieve their potential through a range of activities and opportunities. Football of course, still dominates, but the entire organisation and ethos is geared up to helping youngsters develop their football skills, raise their aspirations, and become a great role model in their community and beyond.
The All-Inclusive Football Club
Everyone involved here in a support or supervisory role values and teaches young people the skills, respect and discipline, needed to become positive contributing members of society. Giving them a sense of pride, raising their self esteem and a sense of belonging to something special.
Producing top footballers runs parallel with producing good citizens. They have an incredible 30 teams ranging from those as young as three-years-old, to those over 40, all including girls, boys, men and women. All inclusive really does mean what it says in this homely part of the north east.
The people involved here offer members a sense of belonging, in a community constantly growing and thriving. Members often travel the length and breadth of the country, with some teams even venturing abroad.
The club has a fascinating and colourful history, spanning 109 years. Founded by the Swan Hunter Shipbuilders in 1904 on Station Road, Wallsend, to help educate apprentices and develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacity, it has remained a gem in the Newcastle Upon Tyne crown. Few boys club’s have been subject to the book treatment, but their own history is now on sale across the world.
“The mission statement of this club is to produce good citizens,” says chairman Steve Dale. The fact that many of those good citizens happen to be good footballers has been a phenomenal by-product.”
A Friendly & Safe Environment
The club regularly hosts open trials though no-one is turned away from what is a friendly and safe setup for every youngster. The truth is no-one here sets out to create footballing stars – they don’t turn away those with limited levels of ability. Instead, they do encourage the fun aspect of football and fully realise that keeping youngsters healthy and well balanced is most important. Such is the reputation of the club, parents bring youngsters from miles away.
Dale adds: “One of our former players summed it up recently when he said the reason Wallsend Boys Club deserves all the support it can muster is not so it can single-mindedly churn out professional footballers. More importantly, it touches the local community, it brings young boys and girls out ready to face the world positively and it improves their lives and those of their families in the process.”
The club colours worn here are based on the Brazil strip – a testament to producing individuals who play the game in the right way – there’s no kick and rush here.
These-days, though football plays a large part, an impressive range of activities are organised from this special place, including kayaking and days out across the region and beyond. Youngsters are urged to challenge themselves, while having fun at the same time.
The fact three and four-year-olds are scoring goals here, is proof it’s never to early to start enjoying some sporting adventures. Fresh air takes on a brand new meaning, and there’s little doubt this is one area of life where everyone’s a winner. The wonder of Wallsend goes on and on.