This weekend the Club held its anniversary event to celebrate the milestone of 30 years of football provision in the community. The Club was proud to reflect on its achievements and enjoy a great coming together of past and present members at Rougham Sports Field on Saturday.
The day centred on the adult First Team’s last league game of the season, followed by a fun challenge match between adult veterans whose involvement in the Club spans all three decades that the Club has been running. The First Team unfortunately didn’t seal promotion from their division with a win as hoped, but it still saw them end a successful season in third place – a great platform on which to build another attempt in August. Hot food, tea and cakes, a bar and kept several hundred spectating families and friends refreshed and in good spirits throughout the afternoon and early evening.
Vice Chairman Ray Balmer explained about the event, “From its humble beginnings when the Club’s one adult team stepped onto the pitch back in the Eighties to now where three adult teams and over thirty youth teams represent the Club on a weekly basis; it’s been quite an achievement. This has been a day where past players have come together with our current members, volunteers and their families to enjoy what we’ve achieved over the years: from major coaching honours presented at Buckingham Palace, prestigious Club awards at national and county level, and to simply seeing the joy on our children’s faces each Saturday morning – we take pride in it all. Everyone involved deserves praise – they have made Sporting 87 such a special club. I must especially thank all of the helpers who took the time today to make the event enjoyable for everyone.”
Club Chairman Graeme Thomas, who after playing in the veterans game and catching his breath, added, “I have the privilege of seeing first hand the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers at the Club. There have been significant changes through the years, and there’ll certainly be more exciting times both on and off the pitch in the future.” National FA Respect Project Officer and friend of the Club Nathan French added, “Sporting 87 is a fantastic community club, and I look forward to seeing the Club go from strength to strength.”