St Nicholas FC, known as ‘The Saints’ is an FA Chartered Standard Development club playing its football at the Ridings in Chipping Sodbury, which is a small town located in South Gloucestershire.
The club was founded in 1979 when Abbotswood Youth Club and Heron Boys merged to form one Club. The coming together meant the expansion of the footballing side of Abbotswood Youth Club which at this time changed its name to St Nicholas Youth Club in the 1979/80 season. The club originally had links to St Nicholas Church in Yate. St Nicholas moved to the home of the Ridings in 1995 which is managed by the Chipping Sodbury Towns Trust.
For the past forty years, St Nicholas FC has been recognised predominantly as a club for young people, and for running one of the largest and most successful summer tournaments, attracting over 3000 people and teams from Europe, Wales and the South West every year.
The club continues to grow year on year and is now home to +420 members, +100 volunteers who together enable 16 boy’s teams, 9 girl’s teams and 2 men’s teams to compete in six different leagues on a weekly basis.
St Nicholas used to have two women’s teams with its first team playing in the prestigious Women’s Super League 2. However, the club’s infrastructure was unable to accommodate and sustain the teams and sadly both of the teams folded between 2017 – 2019.
The St Nicholas Men’s team is currently pushing for promotion in to Step 8 of the National league System and to support the player pathway, the club launched a men’s reserve team in September 2019 which currently plays its football in Division 5 of the Bristol & District League.
The club currently uses three different training facilities spread across Yate and Chipping Sodbury between the months of October and March. At all other times and weather permitting, the club trains on the grass at the Ridings.
At present, the club trains between 5 – 9pm four nights per week, providing over 23 hours of training and over c.8,050 participation hours every week.
Including competitive matches, St Nicholas provides over half a million participation hours every year, which impacts positively on its local communities by increasing well-being, individual, community and social development.
As an FA Chartered Development club, our range of FA qualified coaches ensure that all coaching is centred on improving a players technical and tactical skills, physical ability, psychological and social development.
- 1974St Nicholas football club was founded.
- 1979It was officially named ‘St Nicholas Youth Football Club.
- 1992Work started on building a clubhouse
- 1993 Work was completed by the end of the year
- 2004Club celebrates its Silver Jubilee (25 years)
- 2009Club celebrates its Golden Anniversary (30 years)
- 2009Club house and showers upgraded
- 2020Club celebrates 40 years