Football at Boxford
Boxford Rovers is all about participation, development, competition and community. From our team of committed volunteers who organise everything to make it all happen and who run the teams, to passionate parents and through to the players across all the age ranges, we love football.
We love the football, but we also believe in its power to build community, friendships, individual confidence, team working, as well it being about building footballing skills and ability.
For us that starts in either the Minis or the dedicated Girls team when 5 and 6 year olds get to find their feet with football, and that reflects what Boxford Rovers is all about - we focus on developing skills and confidence early, and in then continuing that as the players move through the age groups.
And whilst all our coaches are volunteers, doing it for the love of the game, we also look to ensure that they get their FA Level 1 coaching badge, so that they have a coaching framework to work to. Also, all coaches have undergone CRC (formerly CRB) checks, as required by the FA.
Teams at Boxford Rovers
After a player has got started with either the Minis or in the Girls team, then we're into the Boys age group teams (from Under 8's upwards) or continuing on in the Girls team. We also have a Men's team that plays in the Ipswich Sunday Football League.
Click through on the links above to find out more about each of the teams.
Participation & respect
It's also about football for all, and not just for the best. But at the same time we're competitive and look to do well at whatever level we're playing at.
We expect football to be played in the way that it should be, with respect at its core.
A nod to the history of football in Boxford
Club football in Boxford dates back to at least 1919. The original ground was Rectory Park, where houses have now been built. Rectory Park was used until the current Homefield ground was bought by the village in the late Sixties from Ipswich brewers Tolly Cobbold for £160.
Boxford Youth FC played at Homefield from 1974, started by Gordon Atkinson. Its successor, Boxford Rovers Youth FC, came into existence in 1977, with Gordon as manager, when the players wanted to play in a competitive league. The team played in the U12 section of the Suffolk and Essex Sunday Youth Football Combination.
Footballing glamour came calling in April 1979, when the team toured to the US, visiting New York and Boxford, Massachusetts for two weeks. The whole squad of 15 boys, accompanied by 4 dads, made the trip, and were looked after by families in Massapequa, Long Island and Boxford, Massachusetts. The following year, the Massapequa boys came to Boxford for a return visit.
Boxford also started to run two colts teams. In 1980 one of the teams decided to break away from the existing organisation, and that lead to the creation of Boxford Rovers FC, with the youth team continuing alongside it.
The two organisations have now combined again to create the one single Boxford Rovers FC that we have today, going from the Minis all the way through to the Men’s team.