An increase in teams as Ripley Rangers go from strength to strength

Ripley Rangers u9s
Ripley Rangers u9s

Ripley Rangers FC will be increasing their total of teams for the forthcoming season to 13, plus the under 6s academy.

This takes the number of children and adults involved to over 200 with a wider network supporting the club, including many local businesses.

The club is currently in the process of obtaining the highest standard of Community Charter Standard Club.

Only three years ago, there were just four teams when the club formed and the growth since then has been swift and considerable, as the links within the community have strengthened, with children playing the game they love from all over Amber Valley.

The coaches are all at least FA Level One with many Level Two and a goalkeeping coach with aspirations of a UEFA B coach in the near future.

The age groups covered next season are: under six academy, under sevens (two teams), under eights, under nines, under 10s, under 11s, under 12s, under 13s, under 15s boys, under 15s girls, under 18s boys, under 18s girls, under 21s adults.

Club chairman Gary Hounslow said: “The children, parents, relatives and community have embraced the club and helped it to be so successful and we would like to thank them for all their support in making Ripley Rangers FC such a fantastic football club, and look forward to a entertaining and successful 2014/15 season.”

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n Ripley Rangers under nines have a new away kit for the season, kindly sponsored by Cresta Gems, who have shops locally in Ripley, Heanor and Derby.

All the lads, parents and Ripley Rangers FC would like to thank Cresta Gems for their generosity in sponsoring the under nines.

Under nines manager and club chairman Gary Hounslow said: “Without the support of local business, it would be impossible to function and grow as a club. All the children were over the moon with the new kit.”