Great Danes YFC

Great Danes YFC

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Great Danes YFC History

Great Danes was established in 1971 with just one team at the Under 13 age group. It was formed by local boys based around Danes Way in Pilgrims Hatch (hence the Club name) and, for a period in the early days, there was a Great Dane dog named 'Blue' as a club mascot. As the club grew it moved around Brentwood playing at Beads Hall Lane, Bishops Hall Park, Burland Road (now Brentwood Place) before settling at their current location in Sawyers Hall Lane in 1986.

In 1996 the club formed an alliance with The Hedley Walter School (now Becket Keys School) and Brentwood Hockey Club and, as the Sawyers Hall Community Sports Trust, obtained a Sports Lottery Grant to help fund a new Astroturf facility sited at the College. The facility was completed in 1998 and is enjoyed by many sporting organisations throughout Essex. The facility is well run and maintained to an excellent standard. Great Danes remain as active members of the Trust and continue to provide one of the three trustees.

Great Danes is a well run club and continues to grow, fielding 49 teams (including 8 girls teams and a newly formed adults team). We also run a weekly soccer school for those aged under 6 and weekly inclusivity training sessions. The ground and the astroturf offer our teams excellent match and training facilities. Each team's manager or assistant has completed a coaching course.

The Club was awarded FA Charter Standard status in 2006 and achieved 'Community Club' status on 22 January 2015.
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