Uckfield’s top two senior football clubs have agreed a merger and will play under the name AFC Uckfield Town next season.
The new club will play in Division Two of the Sussex County Football League and says the merger of AFC Uckfield and Uckfield Town provides a promising future for football in Uckfield.
It is determined to push forward, both on and off the pitch, aiming for promotion to the top flight of the Sussex County League.
Tom Parker will be chairman of the new club having been in charge of AFC Uckfield, formerly Wealden FC. Former Town chairman Justin Farrow will be vice-chairman.
The new club will adopt Uckfield Town’s red and black kit as its home colours, with AFC Uckfield’s Sky and Navy Blue strip the away kit.
The identity is completed by a new club badge, chosen from work by young designer Jack Tomlinson.
Four senior teams
AFC Uckfield Town will run four senior teams on a Saturday. The first and reserve teams will play at The Oaks, Old Eastbourne Road, with the third and fourth teams playing at the Victoria Pleasure Ground, Uckfield.
The first team, managed by Ray Collier and Steve Ives, will play in Division Two of the Sussex County Football League.
The reserve team, will take its place in the East Division of the Sussex County League Reserve Section.
The third team will play in the First Division of the Mid-Sussex Football League, and the fourth team in Division 10 of the same league.
Opportunity for all footballers
There is now a one-stop club framework that will provide the opportunity for footballers of all levels.
Additionally there will be a strong emphasis on providing youth team football (2 x Under 18) as well as a team in the Mid Sussex Veterans League.
The merger will provide one central football club within the town of Uckfield and AFC Uckfield Town intends to achieve the FA Charter status by maximising its merged resources. It particularly wants to improve facilities to support the development of youth team football in Uckfield.
The club hopes to establish close ties within the community and provide a family-friendly environment so that residents and local businesses will want to get involved.
Chairman Tom Parker said: “We are delighted to have completed this merger, and we are now looking to the people of Uckfield to get behind this new chapter of football in the town.
“The ethos is about involving the community and supporting the youngsters in the local area. We want to provide football to involve as many people as we can.”
The club is looking for support on match day or in any other way and Mr Parker issued the invitation: “Please come and meet us.”
New, and old, players are welcome to join the club’s teams and there are a number of roles off the pitch if others would like to come along to help.
Sponsorship is sought in all areas, from first team equipment to programme adverts, for the forthcoming season.
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AFC Uckfield Town begin their league campaign at home to Rustington on Saturday, August 9, with a 3pm kick off, at The Oaks, Eastbourne Road.
There is more information on the AFC Uckfield Town website.