HISTORY OF ROSS JUNIORS FC
The club formed only in June 2004 has gone from strength to strength and caters for over 400 children from the age of 5 to 17 years of age every weekend and training sessions during the week. Originally consisting of 4 teams the club has grown significantly over the years.
The club started to grow its social side of the field in 2008 with its first ever club tour to Torquay. Since then regular trips have seen the club visit France, Belgium, Netherlands and the Isle of Wight.
2010-11 saw the club become a key founding stakeholder in Ross Sports CIC and the football club having access to a clubhouse, changing rooms and their own pitches. Much work and challenges such as floods have been overcome as the venue has been developed and improved, it is now one of the finest facilities in the County thanks to the hard work of volunteers,
In 2013 the club started to develop girls football and now we have 200 girls playing from Under 6's through to U16's. In addition we have a senior men's team and a ladies team, a successful Wildcats section.
In 2014 Ross Juniors FC was one of only 96 teams in the country who was invited to be a Nike Partner Club. 2016 saw the club receive the illustrious Queens Award (QAVS) for voluntary groups, Herefordshire Chartered Standard Club of the Year and Herefordshire & Worcester Sports Club of the Year.
The same year the newly found girls section invited Arsenal to visit! To our surprise and delight we were joined in Ross by Ellen White, Steph Houghton, Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs for a coaching session.
The same year the clubs Sports Evenings began and since then we have hosted John Hartson, John Barnes, Matt Le Tissier and Paul Merson.
In 2015 the club became Birmingham City Women's 1st Gold Sister Club and many awesome opportunities followed from attending games, to being mascots and walking around pitch at Wembley on FA Cup Final day. Kerys Harrop, the WSL record appearance holder has become a great friend of the club. Through this link up and with other clubs the club has hosted coaching sessions form Kerys, Rachel Williams, Loren Dykes, Aoife Mannion, Tanya Oxtoby, Flo Allen and many others.
Then in 2017 saw the club mascot for England Women int he Euros Quarter Final in Breda, Netherlands versus Spain. Other grounds visited by the club include amongst others Villa Park, Emirates, Wembley, King Power and Millennium Stadium.
2019 the floods came and caused much mayhem and damage, we recovered.
The 2020 season saw the growth of our Community Outreach Programme beginning with Pan Disability Football, This has now grown to include visits to residential and care homes and work with a wide variety of groups from dementia patients to slipper football.
The club, driven forward by a very keen and dedicated volunteer workforce of parents has joined forces with the Football Association (F.A) to develop quality procedures and practices such as implementing a recognised club constitution, child protection policy and procedures, appointment of a designated child protection person, CRB, codes of conduct for players, parents, managers, coaches and club volunteers and F.A, qualified coaches.
Ross Juniors Football Club has received various awards (both individual and club level) over the years culminating with the club being awarded the FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year in 2014 for Herefordshire and Herefordshire Junior Football League Club of the Year in 2022..
The club has a large and diverse group of volunteers. They are all enthusiastic and committed to the club's vision of 'football for all'. There is a brilliant team of volunteers as coaches, referees, as outstanding organizers and superb fundraisers who are all supported and developed by the club.