We are a community football club currently operating out of Codsall Leisure Centre. We are an adult club playing our football in the Birmingham & District Football League on Saturday afternoons. The club currently has around 18 active players and 4 members of staff.
Our Mission Statement
We aim to promote football, friendship and inclusion to all in the wider community and offer a friendly atmosphere for people of all abilities to come and get involved in football and charity work.
Castlecroft Rangers are a friendly football club built around the foundation of inclusion and respect. Having played at higher levels of football during my early playing days, it became apparent to me that football clubs in general can be extremely intimidating environments for individuals to become part of due to the attitudes of some who play the game. When I set about starting my own football club, my key priority was to create a club with a friendly atmosphere where players of all abilities felt comfortable, especially younger players, who are often put off continuing football due to the tribal atmosphere of local clubs.
Whilst we are primarily a football club, one of our goals is to raise money and awareness for various charities. On average we operate two charity events a season as well as the team taking part in a number of charity matches. Our last event in August 2017 was a charity football match and entertainment evening for Compton Hospice for which we raised £1,085. We will be holding the same event again in August this year. Previously we have held events and helped to raise money for Balls To Cancer, Football v Homophobia, LBGT Community, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and MIND.
Our team on average will play 20-30 games of football a season, home and away, as well as taking part in pre-season and weekly training sessions and regular community events. Our players pay £20 each month as a subscription to enable them to play regular football and until last season we have always managed to break even. Unfortunately, due to the continuing rise in the costs of equipment and use of facilities, this is no longer enough to support the club throughout an entire season, let alone provide new kit and equipment for the players. As a result, we only broke even last season due to myself, the staff and some of the players putting their own hard-earned money into the club to keep us afloat.
It costs us on average anywhere between £4,000 & £5,000 to run the club through an entire season. In the past we have relied solely on sponsorship and registration in order to meet these costs but this is becoming more and more difficult to maintain. Taking this into account, we would like to ask any of our followers to sponsor us a minimum of £1 each to enable us to continue running during the coming season.