Fleetdown United Football Club is situated on Heath Lane (Lower) behind Halfords in Dartford.
We operate three 11 a-side pitches as well as a 9 a-side, 7 a-side and 5 a-side pitches. We also have a floodlit 7 a-side 3G Pitch as well as a club house with bar and full changing room facilities.
All of our grass pitches convert to smaller areas in the summer in order to host our annual football tournaments.
Fleetdown first team play in the Kent County Premier League and Fleetdown reserves play in Division Two. Fleetdown A play in the Sevenoaks and District League Division 1 and Fleetdown Vets play in Division 4 of the Southern Vets League. Fleetdown Utd Sunday Seniors play in the Woolwich & Eltham Sunday Football Alliance Division 7.
We have teams playing in the Junior Selkent League ranging from U21’s through to our newly formed U7’s. We also have teams playing in the Kent Youth League as well as an impressive girls section playing in the Kent Girls & Ladies Football League.
Fleetdown F.C was initially formed in 1971 with a junior side of U11’s leaving Fleetdown Primary School. They trained on the school’s field and joined the IJF League. Due to a lack of funds the team decided on Tangerine as their colour of choice as no other side played in that colour and therefore no away kit would be required. The team was heavily reliant on goodwill and fundraising and the Fleet Estate Residence Association financed the first kit at the cost of £50.
The IJF league proved quite difficult with both humbling results and travel logistics so the club joined the Bexley League. By the Late 1970’s the club had expanded and had junior sides from U11’s through to U17’s and had introduced a Senior Team playing in the Dartford League.
As the club grew they found themselves playing home games across numerous sites including Waller Park, Bourne Road, Stone Lodge and Crayford Corner amongst others. Training was shared amongst local school fields, halls and recreational grounds.
In the early 80’s the town of Dartford was twinned with the German Town of Hanau which enabled football tours both ways with an established junior football team. The club continued to grow and added more senior and junior teams to their ranks. The teams started producing results and were beginning to win trophies and becoming a recognised competitive football Club.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s the club embarked on an ambitious project to find a home. After being let down at the Stone Lodge site the club were promised a 20 year lease at the landfill site on Heath Lane. In order to fund the building of changing rooms and a clubhouse, the club began a long campaign of fund raising and investment with the most notable being the ‘Buy A Brick’ campaign. One of the first buildings constructed was the tea hut which still stands today.
Although there were limited facilities at the site the club played their first game at Heath Lane in 1992. It would take a further 5 years before the changing rooms were opened by the Mayor of Dartford and another 7 years before the building of the clubhouse was completed. The clubhouse officially opened in 2004 giving Fleetdown United Football Club a long awaited permanent home.
The club has continued to grow with the number of teams. The coaching has increased dramatically with the introduction of FA Level 1/2 coaching qualifications.
The club are now proud to have a floodlit all weather pitch to allow training to be provided all year round.
In 2021 the club celebrated its 50th birthday and continues to grow and improve. There are ongoing plans to develop the clubs facilities further including an upgrade to the existing all weather pitch, car park facilities and improvements to the changing facilities.
Currently at the club we have Sunday Club for the 4-6 year olds, mini soccer for U7’s through to U10’s, Junior Football for U11’s through to U21’s, a strong girls section including our new all girls Weetabix Wildcats and 5 senior sides playing throughout the weekend. Training for all these teams is organised during the weeknights and football tournaments, fun days and other special events occur during the close season.
Many of the committee members have been at the club from the very beginning and their time and effort have moulded the clubs development over the last 50 years. We are thankful to them and the huge team of volunteers that help make this club a success. These people are dedicated to use their time and energy to give the children of the local community a fun, safe and healthy environment to thrive.
Our Club Philosophy
‘Better Together’ is our clubs philosophy and symbolises everything we are about. There is no one individual more important than another. We all develop by helping each other and this is the greatest lesson we can implement as individuals, as a club and as a community. Our players and teams’ development is all derived from players, coaches, parents and friends in the community pulling together in the same direction. Likewise, parents, coaches and community friends also grow alongside our players and teams and are also ‘Better Together”.
Our Football Philosophy
Ball retention (possession) is the foundation of our football philosophy for both the individual player and the team. Both are important as, as players learn to keep the ball as individuals, the team also keeps possession of the ball. You need the ball to score and the other team cannot score without the ball.
The Player: We focus on technique, decision making and personality.
The Team: We use the “6p’s of football” for our players and teams: Passing, Pressing, Patience, Possession, Penetration and Positioning. Most importantly we give the freedom to our players to express themselves, make their own decisions no matter how many mistakes they may make and allow their individual personalities to shine. All in a fun, safe and friendly environment.
Our Coaching Philosophy
1.Players must listen and respect their coaches at all times
2.Our coaches aim to promote an environment which allows players to enjoy the game of football, develop individual skill and technique and to be part of a team
3.We coach our players to learn to play in every position on the pitch as we want them to develop into great ‘all-round footballers’
4.Our coaches aim to enhance players football knowledge and understanding of the game so they can adapt to different situations on the pitch.
5.When playing in a certain position during training or on matchdays, players must accept the role and show 100% commitment. Our coaches aim to rotate players regularly during the season.
1.Win, lose or draw it doesn’t matter! We want our players to play football with fun, focus and freedom…without the pressure of needing to win.
2.Winning games is great, but losing will also help improve players because in life nobody wins all the time and players need to learn how to ‘win’ and ‘lose’ games in a respectful manner, to learn from their mistakes and to prepare for their next challenge.
3.Blaming team mates if they make a mistake is unacceptable. It is a team game and everyone makes mistakes.
4.Teams will learn to encourage their team mates in a positive way, help each other to improve by offering good advice and stick together
5.Our coaches will not tolerate players who talk back in a disrespectful way, dive, cheat or pretend to be injured. However our coaches will act as educators to explain to children why this is wrong.