Welcome to Clare Town Lions Junior Football Club

It was a warm July evening in 2006 when an apprehensive, newly qualified coach (Tony Sheppard) waited to see what the response would be to some flyers advertising free training for boys and girls interested in playing football. 40 children turned up that evening which was the start of Clare Town Lions Junior Football Club.

Two teams were formed in those early days and now we have six teams for children between the ages of 6 and 16 years old playing in the Ipswich & Suffolk Youth Football League. We are a charter standard club which means we meet the rules and regulations set by the FA, in their words "we are a well run club".

Clare Town Lions offer fun and structured footballing experiences for children in the local area. We provide a safe, organised and stimulating experience at our excellent facilities in Clare for boys & girls of all ages and abilities. Goalkeeping training is also offered by a local specialist coach.

All our Managers have the minimum FA Level 1 coaching qualifications, safeguarding and Emergency Aid accreditation as well as the FA required DBS check. Our child welfare officer ensures the children's best interests are strictly adhered to.

All the coaching is free as our Managers and other Committee Members give up their time voluntarily to help run the club. All we ask for is just a small fee per match to cover costs for referees and pitch fees. Our team kits are generally sponsored and supported by many local businesses in the town (see sponsor page) who we really appreciate for their kind generosity.

We believe in team spirit and are not looking for individual super stars but players who wish to train hard and develop their skills/technique.

If you are interested in your son or daughter joining one of our teams, please contact one of our Managers.

Latest Club News

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LIONS – Our Values

Love for the game: at the end of the day, it’s about enjoyment; we want our players to have happy memories of football and friendships at Clare Town Lions.

Inclusivity: Clare Town Lions was formed to give local children access to football; that’s why we don’t charge for registering with us or for
attending training.