Youth club saved by the Wanderers
Hopes of setting up a ‘top quality’ football facility for young people
YOUNGSTERS are celebrating after League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers stepped in to save their youth club.
Gerrards Cross Youth Club has been closed since the end of last year due to a lack of people coming forward to work as youth leaders.
It has now been announced that the club, which had been running for more than 60 years, will reopen on Tuesday, June 2, after the Wycombe Wanderers Sport and Education Trust (WWSET) stepped in to take it over. The trust will provide professional qualified youth workers and will help with volunteer support as well as putting forward a programme of activities for boys and girls of different ages.
Wycombe Wanderers are currently bidding for promotion to League 1 and play the second leg of their semi final tonight.
WWSET member Ian Keizner, who lives in Gerrards Cross, said: “I heard about the position that the Gerrards Cross Youth Club was in and I thought it sounded like something that the trust could get involved in.
“We are in a good position to help out and can provide youth workers and other materials to help get it off the ground.”
He added: “It will give the youth in Gerrards Cross something to do, and it is especially useful that it is coming in now in time for the summer when otherwise young people would be hanging around outside.”
The club will run on Tuesdays from 7pm until 9pm for years seven and eight, and on Thursdays from 6pm until 8pm for years five and six.
If it proves popular, new sessions will open up for other age groups.
Tony Aston of the management committee of the Gerrards Cross Youth Club said: “We are delighted to be joining up with WWSET to produce what we anticipate will be a top quality youth club experience for young people in Gerrards Cross.
“While the club anticipates that WWSET’s sports focus will be a major attraction for young people in Gerrards Cross, it also looks forward to providing balanced youth club activities for all members, both boys and girls.”
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The 31-year-old has been in the play-offs twice before with the Chairboys but has failed to reach the showpiece on both occasions.
His first disappointment was a 2-1 aggregate loss to Cheltenham in 2006, while Wycombe’s second attempt saw them defeated 2-1 on aggregate again against Stockport County in 2008.
Bloomfield is now 90 minutes away from playing under the arch for the first time after the Chairboys secured a 3-2 victory over Plymouth on Saturday in the first leg of their play-off semifinal.
Another positive result in tonight’s (Thursday’s) return fixture at Adams Park would fulfill a lifelong ambition for the midfielder.
He said: “It would be lovely to play at Wembley, it’s one thing that I’ve never done in my career and it’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do. It would be a sensational way to end the testimonial year if I can do it and it would be a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend.
“Winning at Wembley with Wycombe would mean a great WYCOMBE Wanderers veteran Matt Bloomfield believes that a win at Wembley will be the perfect end to his testimonial year. deal. I’ve been here a long time and been through a lot of ups and downs with the club. I know everybody behind the scenes and on the terraces.”
The midfielder has been at the club since 2003 after joining from Ipswich Town and in that time has made more than 300 appearances for the Blues, so he believes that he is well placed to know what a win would mean for the south Bucks side.
He added: “I’m so lucky to have been able to play for a club that I love. I’ve really become part of it here, so to be able to get us promoted would mean so much to me.
“We came so close to getting relegated last year and it was horrible to spend that time at the club. I didn’t want to be part of the team that got relegated, so to get promoted this year would be amazing.”
STEP FROM WEMBLEY: (Clockwise from above) Steven Craig scores Wycombe Wanderers’d ’ thirdhi d goal l againsti PlymouthPl h on Saturday; Matt Bloomfield is hoping for third time lucky in the play-offs; hopeful Wycombe fans in Plymouth