King’s Lynn Soccer Club paving the way for a brighter future

King’s Lynn Soccer Club are winning off the pitch as much as they are on it.

The newly-promoted outfit won Division 5 North of the Anglian Combination, remaining unbeaten with three games left in a season that Dedicated Care-sponsored player Thomas Wagg netted 70 times in the first season of asking.

Not only did they win the league in style, they also win Junior Team of the Month in recognition of their hard work.

King's Lynn Soccer Club chairman Philip Yates
King’s Lynn Soccer Club chairman Philip Yates

On the club’s continued success, manager Ian Prentice, who praised the committee of KLSC for the tireless work behind the scenes, said: “The squad’s dedication, hard work and commitment really is something to be proud of, they’re a great bunch of players.

Chairman Philip Yates added: “It’s great to see KLSC winning back-to-back promotions for the third season in a row.

“We feel at KLSC we are building something special for the future pathway grassroots football and leading the way for football in West Norfolk.”

The club’s ladies team also won promotion from Norfolk Woman’s and Girls Football League Division two to Division One in only their second season.

Manager Ellie Bennington said: “It has been a hard-fought season but the team came through putting football in the West on the map.

“Josie Turner narrowly missed out on the golden boot by three goals the away team couldn’t raise a squad for the final fixture.

“Our eyes firmly set on reaching the Eastern Region League as we are only one division away. It’s in our sights.”

Bennington also gave a special mention to Rhian Ellis who is going to America to complete a scholarship and Millie Bareford who is going to university.

Off the pitch, the hard work is being rewarded as the Norfolk Woman’s and Girls Football League recognised the efforts Yates puts in to female football.

Bennington and Brit Hay (Under-14 Lionesses) said: “Philip is a shining example of how to build and promote the female game in the area.

“His support to both teams has been second to none. Even now he is coaching Wildcats to get another two all-female football teams up and running in Under-10 and Under-12 age groups.

“We see KLSC leading the way in the female game eventually with three female youth teams and a senior ladies team. There just isn’t any other club delivering what we deliver here at KLSC.”

Yates explained there are centres who deliver the Wildcat training with no real ambition to set up teams.

“Girls want to have fun, enjoy training but also want to play,” he said.

“If there are any girls wanting to be in teams then contact us at KLSC as football matters here.”

Yates can be contacted on 07917384983.