Dagenham United Football Club explain the work they do in our area:
“Joe Appleyard and Ken Edhouse, formed the Club in 1961, with one team playing in a local park league at Under 11s. Having completed the League and Cup double in their first year they joined the newly formed Echo League as more teams joined and the Club grew.
“Over the years, the club has fostered many young footballing talents, with players such as Tony Adams (Arsenal & England), Steve Potts (West Ham), John Moncur (West Ham) and even the current England captain John Terry (as an Under 10 before moving to Senrab) starting their careers at the Club along with thousands of others.
“In January 2007 the Club was awarded the Charter Standard by the Football Association and is currently working towards achieving Community Club Status. In March we were awarded Charity Status and were successful in applications to the Football Foundation for "The Barclays Spaces for Sport Coaching Pack" and "Junior Kit Scheme".
“Dagenham United will boast 25 teams from September 2011, playing in the Echo Junior League, Chelmsford Youth League, Essex County Girls League and the Romford and District Senior League. This is roughly 400+ members from the ages of six to sixteen, boys and girls of all abilities. The majority live within Barking & Dagenham, but our membership includes those from neighbouring boroughs including Newham, Redbridge Havering and Thurrock.
“We now have over fifty volunteers, all who dedicate their time to ensure that the young people have a rewarding experience within the Club. All our Managers and Coaches are FA Qualified have attended a Child Protection Workshop, Emergency First Aid and have a valid Police CRB Check.
“Our dream for the future is to re-develop and modernise Manor Road so that it can become a place that the whole community can enjoy!
“In March 2011 the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham's Planning Control Board granted approval of Dagenham United FC's plans to redevelop the Manor Road Sports Ground
“The development will include a new clubhouse incorporating changing rooms for male and female players and an updated club room to protect parents and spectators from the kind of weather we have recently experienced. Also included are a new storage facility and the removal of the existing buildings.
Wembley Presentation for Dagenham United
“The great work carried out at Dagenham United over the years was finally given the recognition it deserved in 2010. The proud Essex football club Dagenham United Youth FC received national acclaim during a pitch side presentation at the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United on Sunday 8th August 2010 when they were named as the Country’s FA Charter Standard Club of the Year in front of thousands at Wembley Stadium.
“Ian Bent, Club Development Officer at the Essex County FA, paid tribute to the club and said: “It‟s a great honour to have the National Charter Standard Club of the Year within our County. This is the second time in three years an Essex club has won this award and the third straight year Essex has had a national winner of any kind which is great testament to the high quality of grassroots clubs and volunteers we have here. Dagenham are a great example of what a club can achieve with a clear strategy, good organisation and plenty of hard work behind the scenes.””
Manor Road Training Ground, Manor Road, Dagenham, RM10 8BT