12 Heather Close, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 8DF © 2017 sovereignsaintsfc.org SOVEREIGN SAINTS FC | HOME Sovereign Saints Football Club Est.2003


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 over 15 years old the Club is bigger and stronger than ever before, and the 2018/19 season promises to be another great one. Not only will Saints continue to provide football to over 200 children in 16 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 be running both an U17 and U19 Team, which few Clubs do at our level.

A massive highlight of the 2017/18 season was our U13 Black Team winning Division 4, our first such success for 9 years.

At senior end of the Club last season our men’s 1st team followed up their 2016/17 treble winning season by winning East Sussex Football League Division 2 and the Sussex Junior Cup in a memorable final at Sussex FA headquarters in Lancing. For the 2018/19 season we have moved the Team to the Mid Sussex League, where we have been effectively promoted two divisions and elevated to Intermediate status.

Last season we also launched a 2nd Team in which an increasing number of youth team players are progressing to play for when old enough.

We started to play our home games at the Shinewater Lane ground last season, and this season we are pleased to announce that we will expand our use of the facilities there to play some junior fixtures on the second pitch area there.

A further highlight of last season was our hosting of yet another Summer Tournament, and the planning has already begun for our 2018/19 event.

With so many teams in the Club it is so pleasing that each and every one of them has been able to secure sponsorship to fund their playing kit and 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