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Sovereign Saints FC was formed in June 2003 by Paul Garnell. The aim of the club was to offer football to all and not just the gifted players. The club was started with just 6 players, 4 bibs and a few footballs. An Under 9 team was put together for the start of the 2003-04 season and although this team took time to settle, it was clear that Saints had created a very special club. The following season an Under 8 team was added, and well the rest is a story of continued growth and success.

Now well into our second decade the Club is bigger and stronger than ever before, and the 2017/18 season promises to be another great one. Not only will Saints continue to provide football to over 200 children in 13 different teams at age groups from U7 upwards, but we also continue to see growing numbers in our two trainee groups for younger players (aged 4 to 6) and at the other end of the scale will for the second year in succession run an U18 Team, which few Clubs do at our level.

Higher up the Club still last season saw the successful re-launch of our men’s team, who took ESFL Division 4 by storm winning the title by some distance and completing the treble as they won both Eastbourne FA Cups they entered - and what memorable nights at The Saffrons they were with so many players and parents from the junior part of the Club coming along to cheer the team to two nail biting Extra Time wins. Never ones to stand still 2017/18 sees two massive steps forward for our Men’s section as we run a Second Team for the first time ever, and we make the move to play our home games at the County League standard ground at Shinewater Lane. It would be great to see some of the rest of the Club coming along to support the teams there on a Saturday afternoon.

A further highlight of last season was our hosting for the first time in 5 years of a Summer Tournament. The event, held at Willingdon School on 1st/2nd July 2017, for all ages up to and including U15, was a huge success and it is certain that we will do it all again in 2018.

In 2015/16 the Club secured it’s largest ever sponsorship deal, with Elite Lettings, which provided training kit for no less than 40 Club Managers, Coaches and Officials and to them we are immensely grateful. Whilst that arrangement is coming to an end and you will see over the course of the season the staff starting to wear different training gear, Elite remain solid sponsors and supporters of the Club in many ways and we continue to proudly bestow the honour of “Main Club Sponsor” upon them. On the subject of kit and sponsorship this close season has surpassed last season as surely the busiest ever close season for new kit deals with no fewer than 8 of our 13 teams stepping out in new strips. To all of the Club’s sponsors a huge


Off the pitch the club runs various fun activities, including an annual Club Camping Trip, and works hard to generate much needed funds through fund raising events, and we also have a very strong Committee who meet regularly to ensure that the Club is run efficiently and stays in touch with our player’s and members needs.

The Club’s motto is:
“bringing football and fun together”
and this is always the aim of all its managers and coaches.

Paul Garnell

“Oh when the Saints...Oh when the Saints...

Oh when the Saints go marching in...

I want to be there with Garnell,

When the Saints go marching in!”

Paul Garnell, Club Founder and Chairman