With the purpose of providing affordable sport in a safe environment for young people of all ages, races and abilities, Crayford Arrows Sports Club was founded in 1981. Originally there were opportunities to try the sports of netball and archery but it is only the third sport, football, that is currently played at the club.
Presently Crayford Arrows is the home of 34 teams, ranging in age from U7 to Veterans (over 35s). This includes a thriving section for Girls football. There is also a Soccer School for younger children looking to take their first steps in the game. All of our teams benefit from the supervision of fully qualified coaches. There are just under 500 active members.
Based at Bakers Field, Perry Street, Crayford, the ground was originally the home of the Bakers Sports Club, the memory of whose founder is preserved in the naming of the current club’s boardroom.
Surviving a possible sale in the mid 1980s (and an application to build an ice rink on the site, Torvill & Dean were all the rage at the time), Bakers Field has greatly altered from when the club was founded thanks to a substantial Lottery grant obtained in the early years of this century.
As a registered charity, the focus of the club is to provide football for young people irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, religion and ability. However a number of our members have moved on to greater sporting achievements, including World Champion athlete Adam Gemili, who is now the club patron.
Although a comparatively minor aspect of the Crayford Arrows organisation, the adult section of the club has developed greatly over the past few years, providing an opportunity for players to remain with the club beyond their years of age group football.
As mentioned earlier, the club now has a strong section dedicated to Girls football, the fastest growing sector of the game and are proud to be part of the FA Wildcats initiative designed to introduce younger girls to the game.
On the playing field, in 2018 and 2019 Crayford Arrows won the prestigious Westminster FA Burdett Coutts Cup, first played for in 1892. These were the first occasions that we had entered the competition and each victory was obtained by a different Crayford Arrows team, the second win being the first time in its 127 year history the cup had been won by a team currently playing age group football.
Our annual summer Football Festival, held on the first weekend of June, is recognised as one of (if not the) best in the region and attracts between 140 and 150 teams.
Going forward the aim of the club is to be recognised as the leading community club in the local area. We have established a relationship with the local St Paulinus church as well as Bexley Council which culminated in our successful Domestic Abuse Awareness Day at the end of March 2019. We hope to make this type of event an annual feature.
107 Perry Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA1 4RL
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