Ampthill Town has merged with the town’s youth football club as part of a big move to put football at the heart of the community.
Ampthill Town Youth FC – which was recently named Bedfordshire’s FA County Club of the Year – will now be overseen by the Senior Club’s main committee.
Lee Roberts, who was chairman of the youth section and who manages the U16s, will now be overall chairman for Ampthill Town.
Gary Maidment, who is managing a new U18 team, will be vice-chairman whilst Paul Cashin, who manages two U13 teams, will be head of youth.
The merger is part of plans to give football a big push amongst all ages in Ampthill.
It will give the younger players, who reach the age of 16, a chance to continue to develop their football skills by playing for a new U18 tam and eventually to may even be picked for the main senior team.
Ampthill Town officials are very excited by the merger and they believe it is perfect for the club as a whole and the town. Lowe-go’s has just signed a one-year deal to sponsor Ampthill Town.
Roberts said: “We are now one club rather than two which is a really exciting development.
“We have got big plans for Ampthill Town and we are really looking forward to helping the club grow over the coming months.
“By merging the two clubs, we have now created a great club.
“The younger players will particularly benefit as it now means they can continue to play football beyond the age of 16.
“Our club has done extremely well over the last few seasons and we want to build on its success.
“We are also very pleased that Lowe-Go’s will be sponsoring the club.”
A new clubhouse is currently being built at Abbey Lane, where the younger teams train and play.
Last month, the U9s won two tournaments in the space of two weeks.
The U12s Casuals also won the Woburn tournament and are now holding trials for new players.
Meanwhile the U13s Casuals are looking for new players too, so for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org