The announcement of our official club link with Sporting Withernsea Wolves JFC will hopefully turn out to be one of the best moves we've made in recent times. But, instead of me putting another slant on it here, I might as well simply paste the official Press Release that was sent out last week...
Eastenders and Wolves form official ‘Club Link’
Easington United AFC and junior side Sporting Withernsea Wolves have announced formation of an official Club Link.
The idea is to provide a preferred route to open-age football for those currently playing in the junior game and has come about following several months’ communication between the Eastenders Development Group and members of the Wolves’ committee.
The move, which is fully supported by the East Riding County FA, culminated in the signing of a Draft Agreement between both parties prior to the Eastenders Reserves’ ERCFA Senior Country Cup tie at the Easington Recreation & Sports Ground (‘Low Farm’) last Saturday.
Established in 1947, Easington United AFC currently operates three teams at open-age; two in the local East Riding County League and its senior side at Step 7 level in the Central Midlands Football League.
The club was therefore identified by Sporting Withernsea Wolves, founded last year, as the ideal destination for boys currently playing at U13 and U11 level there.
The two clubs will work together both on and off the field and have identified several areas in which they can share resources. In particular the aim now is to begin expanding the Wolves’ set-up by encouraging the formation of more junior teams, which will in turn help ensure the future progress of both parties as well as encourage growth of the game in this part of Holderness.
Pictured at Saturday’s signing are (left to right): Rich Lusmore (Eastenders Development Group), Pat Feeney (Club Welfare Officer, Sporting Withernsea Wolves), Judy Sugden (Secretary, Easington United), Simon Longstaff (Sporting Withernsea Wolves U11s), Doug Clubley (Chairman, Easington United), Sam Feeney (Sporting Withernsea Wolves U11s), Dave Furniss (ERCFA Charter Standard Committee), Bill Sneddon (Chairman, Sporting Withernsea Wolves), Lucas Sneddon (Sporting Withernsea Wolves U13s), Iain McNaught (Eastenders Development Group), Mike Wilson (Vice Chairman, Easington United), Neil Rutter (Eastenders Development Group) (Photo courtesy of Burt Graham)