Rocester Youth FC


Any Year 2 or Year 1 players (Boys & Girls) wanting to play for our newly formed Under 8's side then please pop along to training at Picknall's First school, Uttoxeter - Monday nights 6Pm to 7 PM.

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Rocester Elkes Eagles Junior Football Club was originally formed in August 1999 by Dave Price and Laurence Stubbs.

Following several journeys to a soccer coaching class in Stafford, Dave and Laurence decided it would be a good idea to start a similar club in Uttoxeter, so using their links with the Elkes Sports and Social Club they managed to secure the use of a pitch and clubhouse facilities.

On 19th August 1999 they held their first training session, which received a turnout of 8 players - four of whom were their sons.

Then after the kind donation of a set of goal posts from the Sports & Social Club and further help from 3 other parents, the Elkes Eagles Junior Football Club was born and the numbers quickly increased.

Although strongly linked to Elkes Biscuits (which was acquired by Northern Foods and re-branded as Fox’s Biscuits in 2004), most of the club funds were generated by subscription, sponsorship and various other fund raising events.

Elkes had a adult team of their own which had been in existence since around 1910 (we have photo’s dating back almost as far), and many of our coaches played for this team at some stage which further strengthened the excellent bond between the juniors and adult team.

When Elkes Eagles Junior Football Club was formed in 1999, the club did not have any F.A. qualified coaches and relied on the support and advice of a Sports Teacher from a local middle school who was an F.A. qualified coach. But each year the club has encouraged the development of the team managers, coaching staff and our indispensable team of volunteers, and now has over 30 members who possess FA Level 1, 5 Level 2 coaches and are pending 3 Level 3 coaches.

After seven successful years the club had grown to such an extent that it boasted 10 junior teams, which spanned eight age groups and provided football opportunities for over 130 children.

By now the Elkes Eagles had outgrown the facilities provided by the Sports and Social Club, and further links had been forged with a number of local schools in order to provide pitches for weekend matches and to offer sufficient mid-week training facilities by using school sports halls.

During the 2006-07 season the Eagles made a significant move by integrating with Rocester Football Club, our local semi-professional team, and to reflect this the club changed its name to Rocester Elkes Eagles.

As links strengthened between Rocester F.C. and the juniors, in 2009 it was decided to drop Elkes Eagles from the name, and become simply Rocester F.C. Juniors.