In the latest in our series of local sports club profiles, Gainsborough Town Council sports development officer Dave Carter shines the spotlight on Marshalls Sports Football Club.
Each month he will be taking a look at a local organisation, how they serve the local community and in what way you can get involved.
To nominate your club for a profile, email firstname.lastname@example.org with contact details and some information about who you are and what you do.
The club is based at Marshall Sports Ground, Middlefield Lane and runs 10 teams covering all age groups from under 10 through to under 17s, catering for both boys and girls.
They meet Monday to Thursday evenings during the summer and Saturday mornings all year.
The ground has six age group pitches which cater for the growing number of teams at the club.
Winter sessions see the club moving to Gainsborough Academy where they have use of the astro flood lit pitch and indoor facilities.
The club was formed some 15 years ago by parents and volunteers and has continued to offer football coaching and playing opportunities to its members during this time with various teams playing in the Kerry’s Mini, Caparo and Jack Kalson leagues.
Demand for football and coaching is such that the club has started a new session on Saturday mornings from 9am to 10am, called the minnows which will caters for the under sevens boys and girls.
All sessions are supervised by FA qualified coaches.
The club was one of the first to start a girls team and their under 18s, who play in the Lincolnshire Girls League, train on a Monday evening.
The club commitment to girl’s football has resulted in the club hosting county finals at the ground over recent years.
The team has also achieved the charter standard kite mark from the Football Association in recognition of their commitment to providing a high quality footballing experience.
They were able to provide evidence of of “a well-run sustainable and importantly place child protection quality coaching, and where safety are paramount.”
The club is supported in their development by Jonathan Coles, the council’s football development oOfficer, who supports the club to link with the local community and schools in the area.
Working together the club and Jonathan run and organise tournaments for the local schools as well as carrying out football sessions to promote the sport across the town.
If you would like more information on the training or playing opportunities at Marshall Sports FC then contact the club secretary Leanne at email@example.com
If you want to become involved in football either as a volunteer, coach, or would like more information on football development in the town then contact Jonathan Coles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or phone 01427 811577.