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What makes parents and players
choose Sporting 87?

We’re here for the children, and everything we do is designed and carried out with their best interests foremost in our minds. Being a not-for-profit and exclusively voluntary staffed organisation is testament to our intent and focus.

To find out how this translates to the football pitch all you have to do is talk to our players and parents; you’ll find them at every school and within every community throughout Bury St Edmunds. We’d hope you’d be told about our excellent pastoral care, the structured aproach to educating the children and how much we make sure that they have a lot of fun along the way. Alternatively why not come along and see for yourself – you’d be extremely welcome.

Our Christian based values are evident within our policies and code of conduct and we find that to many this is a most reassuring benefit to being a part of Sporting 87. Answers to many of the questions asked by potential members and their parents/carers can be found by exploring this website but for your convenience we’ve compiled the most common in the document below.

Sporting 87 Youth Q and A 2014-15  

Forms and information


Submission of an application and sign on form to the Club does not guarantee acceptance. Before you submit a sign on form you must check with the relevant team manager or Club Secretary that spaces are available. Several training sessions must be attended before the opportunity to sign on is given: your child must feel comfortable and be certain that Sporting 87 is for them. Normally most of our teams are full by August, so if your child would like to join a team for next season it is strongly recommended that regular team training is started at the beginning of the pre-season period. The first day of Club pre-season training is Thursday 10th July 2014. 

The Sporting 87 Youth application & sign on form 2014-15 is available from team managers and the Club Secretary only. See the relevant team page or click on ‘Contact Us’ for contact details.

Sporting 87 Youth standing order form 2014-15

South Suffolk Youth League

The information published on the SSYL website is aimed at team managers and club officials. However, parents and players may find it interesting too, e.g. you could read-up on the rules for league and cup matches.

SSYL safety spectacles notice 
(advice and discounts for players that wear glasses)

Codes of conduct

Our high standards and recognition of the FA RESPECT campaign are upheld by players and parents observing and signing up to our mandatory codes of conduct, which are part of our player application and sign on form.

Understanding the rules

The FA – Football Rules
(the official laws, rules and regulations)

BBC Guide to Football Laws & Equipment
(explanations and guides)


Football Governance

The Suffolk FA
(official website)

The English FA
(official website)

House of Commons
Culture, Media and Sport Committee
2011 Report on Football Governance



Young Leaders programme

We not only provide opportunities to learn and play football but also to develop broad life and leadership skills. Find out more. 


Help with player health and fitness

BBC Schools NI – Diet and nutrition
(interactive learning media for players and parents)

BBC Bitesize – GCSE Sport Safety
Covering treatment of injury types sustained in football
(informative revision texts)


Would you like to help us?

Whether at a training session, match, or any other occasion, your time and benevolence is always extremely welcome. From helping our managers and coaches by lending a hand with equipment to sponsoring team kit or an event, your support can make a big difference.

Just some of our voluntary jobs and projects that you could help us with are listed below. To find out more about these and other ways to contribute, contact your team manager or the Club Secretary, Jonathan Warnock.

Tuck shop helpers

Match days at the Victory Sports Ground. Sensible shifts allow you to watch your child’s game.

New pop-up goals

For our Junior Youth Section. Our current set is permanently ‘popped-up’!

Training kit sponsors

Most games of footy are played during the cooler months, and it’s nice to see Sporting 87 teams arrive at their games in smart and weather proof training kit (rain jacket and pants). Often though only half a squad of players are able to stretch their purse strings to treat themselves to this optional clothing. With or without kit branding, private and appropriate business sponsors are needed for our squads this season.