Elmden Rovers was formed in 1976 by Les Pepperell. At the time there was only one other youth team in the area (Clacton United). Les felt that there were enough good players in the area to support a second youth club. So he entered an under 10's team in the Colchester and District Youth League in 1976, as Elmden Rovers Youth. He named the team after the road he lived in (Elmden Court).
Unfortunately Les was only able to see the emergence of the club for two years as he died unexpectedly at the early age of 49.
The Elmden Rovers Youth teams moved to the Essex & Suffolk Youth League for two seasons, as only a limited number of teams could be included in the Colchester league at that time. They then returned to the Colchester & District Youth League and have remained there ever since.
Mick Smart took over as chairman of Elmden Rovers after Les's death until the mid 1980's when a succession of keen and able parents came forward to run the club and this situation continues to this day.
The club grew in members and had youth teams in every age group and eventually a men’s team was formed under the guidance of Dave Southern. He ran a Saturday men’s and a Saturday men’s reserves and a Sunday men’s team in the Colchester League. The first Saturday men’s team were very successful in the Colchester League. The Sunday men’s team established itself in the Clacton and District League in 1992, winning the League Cup in 2006 as well as on previous occasions.
Many people of all ages can recall their years playing for Elmden Rovers and look forward to reading any reports and success that the club achieves today. Some players have gone on to higher levels of football and we hope that this continues for many years to come. Even the vice-chairman Jamie Watson played in the first team les formed and his father was a manager.
Les formed the club to give the boys of the Clacton area the opportunity to enjoy the sport and the personal rewards that go with it. Due to Les's enthusiasm hundreds of local boys have benefited from being members of Elmden Rovers FC.
There have been many volunteers at the club through the years and the last big change in 2009/2010 season with Robin Burfoot and Keith Hockley stepping down from chairman and vice chairman after guiding the club to new heights. For people like these who put so much effort into Elmden we would not have the reputation as an enjoyable family club.
With the new chairman in place (Andy Hagen) and vice chairman (Jamie Watson) Elmden Rovers taken over the helm and with the tremendous work from the committee we have had a very successful year as a charter standard club and having the pleasure of holding a FA TESCO SKILLS DAY where we had 2 coaches from the football association take the youngsters through their passes and teaching them new technique's.
We also have a Youth Development Officer Andy lord, who is looking forward to bringing young players of all ages together so that they can enjoy the sport of football and has successfully started more teams ready for the new season.
In September 2010 Elmden Rovers was awarded the FA charter standard and we had a presentation at half time during Colchester’s game with Southampton (5th march). This award shows the commitment that Elmden Rovers have towards the youth players within the club and also shows the hard work that the committee carryout on a regular basis. All of our teams have the minimum of FA level 1 qualifications and 3 coaches with FA level 2.
We held our annual awards night at highfields in the big bar and with over 250 people attending the awards night was a great achievement for players, parents and all the people who give up their free time each week.
The awards night started off with a 40 minute video on the 2 main projector screens to give the players and parents a feel for the club and this included old photo,s of the players and great football moments,
The night then started with the lights coming onto the stage and the chairman introducing himself and welcoming everybody to the night.
All the managers were welcomed onto the stage for the (dreaded dress of shame) where the club makes the manager with the most fines wear an old dress and make up for the night as punishment. Since this was introduced the club fines have dropped 90% and still bring a bit of fun into the club.
Once this was announced the night started and the curtains opened to show a spectacular amount of trophy’s and medals ready to be collected.
Mr Keith Hockley a sponsor and also honary vice chairman presented the awards to the players.
While this was happening the players names were projected onto the 2 main screens to add a bit of professionalism.
When the awards were finished the night time entertainment started and the cabaret began.
Most clubs believe in collecting the players subs and leaving it in the club account but Elmden rovers believe the money is for the players and the awards night is to celebrate their hard work though out the season so a marquee or tent is not good enough so that’s why we go that extra mile and Elmden are known as THE FAMILY FOOTBALL CLUB.
Some of the teams took part in a sponsored walk from Walton pier to Clacton pier to raise money for new kits as we have signed a deal with a kit company so all the teams will soon be able to wear the same kits.
On the company website we will have our own club page where everyone will be able to purchase any club wear from tracksuits to bobble hats all in the team colours.
The club have taken part in 2 little Clacton carnivals and are proud to help and give our time to good causes.
IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT ELMDEN ROVERS WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT FROM AUGUST 2011 OUR NEW HOME GROUND WILL BE PLOUGH CORNER PLAYING FIELDS ,LITTLE CLACTON.
WE HAVE BEEN OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE PLOUGH CORNER AS OUR HOME GROUND BY THE CHAIRMAN AND COUNCILLORS OF THE LITTLE CLACTON PARISH AND AS A CLUB WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO PLAYED A PART IN THIS HAPPENING.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AS A CLUB!!!!!!
WELL AS A CHARTER STANDARD CLUB WE CAN NOW HOLD 5 a-SIDE TOURNAMENTS AND VARIOUS FUN DAYS TO HELP THE CLUB AND THE PARISH.
WE WOULD BE PLAYING ON THE BEST PITCHES IN THE AREA AND THAT IS A BIG CREDIT TO THE GROUNDSMAN, WHO I KNOW MOST SEMI PROFESSIONAL CLUBS WHO LOVE TO HAVE.
WE HAVE THE USE OF THE CHANGING ROOMS, TOILETS AND A KITCHEN.
SO BRING ON THE NEW SEASON!!!!
The 5 asides so far have been very successful so far with the 2013-2014 under 16,s winning the feering cup for the 3rd time in a row and also the under 10,s. The 2013-2014 under 13,s coming runners up.
All the other teams have played great football and showed that by playing good football and having fun promotes Elmden Rovers as the family club!
We would like to thank everybody for your hard work and time that you put in from the committee to the parents who come every week to support their team in the wind and rain and this was rewarded with the boys and girls having a great night at the presentation awards.