womens football

Introducing… Hythe & Dibden Womens Football Club!


We’re delighted to announce that our adult women’s partner club, Eling Ladies FC will now be known as Hythe & Dibden Womens Football Club!
Incredible news, that we now have the pathway to adult football for females in the area. Over the last 5 years we have seen the growth of girls football skyrocket, to the point where in the last few seasons we’ve been able to offer football to girls from the ages 5 to 18, with a girls only soccer school for year R and 1 girls, and a team at every age group from U7’s right through to U18’s. Several age groups now have multiple girls teams, including 3 girls teams at U10s!

Making our partnership with Eling Ladies FC more official, and bringing them under the Hythe & Dibden umbrella is an amazing milestone, and really puts Hythe & Dibden on the map as one of the leading providers of female football in Hampshire, and will soon be featuring in a female football case study for Hampshire FA!

Luke Smith has been passionate about womens football since he started Eling Ladies, and has been a driving force behind the development. As current Eling Ladies chairman, shall remain in control of the Women’s section as the new ‘Head of Womens Football’ and shall still remain as manager of the team.

Home games on the main pitch on the main pitch at the Hythe Garage Stadium, have access to the changing rooms, physio room, access to the clubhouse on Sundays for after match socialising and hosting of away teams, whilst also having access to the side pitch for Summer training.

Training will be at Applemore school, alongside the U18 girls, to create a close link and relationship between those looking to make the next step into adult football. We are really excited to be able to offer young girls the opportunity to train alongside the women, and be inspired by them!

And similarly, we are excited to get the Hythe & Dibden FC mens team training at Applemore next season, where we will be looking to do that same thing in terms of creating a pathway and giving U18s the opportunity and visibility on what the next step looks like.

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“We’ve been working with Eling Ladies for over a year now to create a pathway for girls into adult football, and couldn’t be happier with the result. The U18 girls that have played adult football with Eling this season have found a positive, nurturing, enjoyable and well run environment that aligns perfectly with our values as a Youth Football Club. To make this partnership official and connect with the mens team at the same time is fantastic for everyone involved, and for the community. With 170+ girls at Hythe & Dibden YFC currently and growing fast, it’s amazing to know that all the young girls coming through have an opportunity in the area to continue playing football, and enjoy all the benefits that it brings. A massive thanks to Luke Smith, Neil Wright, Steve Norris, Dave & Vanessa Cox, and everyone involved in making this happen. This is a huge step forward!”

James Golding

Hythe & Dibden YFC Chairman

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The future’s bright in green and white! 🇳🇬⚽️💪😁
Club of the year

Hampshire FA Grassroots Club of the Year WINNERS 2023

We’re incredibly proud to announce that Hythe & Dibden YFC have been awarded the Hampshire FA Grassroots Club of the Year 2023 award… again!

After receiving the same accolade in 2019 we weren’t sure how we would top such a high level of recognition from English football’s governing body. But to receive it twice in the space of four years is an incredible honour, for everyone involved at the club.

This award belongs to all of us. Players. Parents and spectators. Coaches. Helpers who run the line and referee, collect subs, man the kiosk, arrange socials and more. Your hard work and excellent conduct as well as belief and support in what the club is trying to do is fundamental to this success. And of course our incredible club committee, volunteers who put in a huge level of effort, consistently going above and beyond to keep the club operating at the highest possible standards.

A huge thanks also for our sponsors, MIMO Connect and Robertson ETOs. Their support makes a huge difference to the club’s ability to operate and provide excellent kits for the children and young people at the club.

It’s fantastic to hear that we were cited by Hampshire FA as being incredibly inclusive, as inclusivity is incredibly important to us. At Hythe & Dibden YFC it’s our mission to empower as many children and young people as possible with positive skills and values through football. Our club motto is ‘We All Can Play’. This comes from our belief that the benefits of football should be available to all.

Hampshire FA also informed us that one of the other reasons for the award was to do with the excellent learning experiences delivered by our volunteer coaches.

“The teaching and learning experience offered was of high quality, allowing all children the opportunity to shine and thrive in the environment and with a workforce that truly cares about its participants.”
Hampshire FA

This is particularly pleasing also, as many of our team of dedicated volunteer coaches put in so much effort behind the scenes attending education workshops and CPD events, researching practices, and working together and with the club mentors to develop their teaching skills and techniques.

We will not rest on this achievement, and are looking forward to pushing the club in the right direction for the coming 2023/24 season, with lots of exciting plans including coach mentoring, facilities improvements, and pathway. Watch this space.

The future is bright in green and white.

play safe

We’re backing Play Safe

Hythe & Dibden YFC is lending its full support to Play Safe – an ongoing national campaign led by The FA to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding in football.

Although it runs throughout the year, Play Safe really comes to the fore over football’s National Safeguarding Weekend, held this year on Saturday/Sunday 17th and 18th September.

The main focus this year is on parents and carers, with two key messages to convey:

  • Awareness of the vital safeguarding role parents/carers play in football; and
  • Encouragement to take the short, new and free online safeguarding course that’s been created specifically for parents/carers. You can access the course here.

Importantly, encouragement to take the new course has come from FASSSAG – The FA’s Survivor Support and Safeguarding Advisory Group:

“We have inputted into the course and helped frame its key messages from our collective experiences. It’s vitally important to us that every parent/carer understands they role they need to play in football. Taking this course can make a real difference – we are asking every parent/carer to commit to help ensure football is ever-safer.”

The support of FASSSAG has been welcomed by FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham, himself a parent and youth football coach. “The FASSSAG has been important in helping us create our new strategy moving forwards and we really appreciate their input into the new course.  I have taken the new course and encourage all parents/carers across football to take it too.

“Ultimately, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to ensure that everyone involved in football – particularly children and young people – has a consistently safe and positive experience of our great game.  Play Safe reminds everyone of that responsibility and keeps safeguarding front of mind, which is exactly where it should be.”

Hythe & Dibden YFC Chairman James Golding said:

“Safeguarding is something that’s always been important to Hythe & Dibden YFC as a club, so we’re pleased that the FA is promoting these important messages to all involved in the wider footballing community.” 

Play Safe is being run in partnership with the NSPCC and has the full backing of the Premier League, EFL, Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship. It’s also supported and being run across every other level of the game.


Wayne Harris – Club Chairman, Hythe & Dibden YFC

Well it seems like the season has flown past as just like that we enter Tournament season having completed another successful year at the club. It was great to finally have an undisrupted season following the 2 previous seasons with lockdowns.

Following COVID we were delighted to see the club grow even more with more teams then ever playing. The children were excited to be back playing with their friends and enjoying being outside again. It wascertainly a testing time for the club with new guidance and guidelines week on week but with the help from parents, players and coaches we made it work. Thank You.

Starting on the pitch we once again saw our number of local girls joining the club increase. By far one of the proudest achievements the club has had. From 2 girls 5 years ago, we now have over 100 girls within the club. A truly remarkable effort. A personal Thank you to the coaches who have inspired and driven girls’ football to a new level on the waterside. #weallcanplay

Once again there were multiple teams in every age group representing and this will grow again next season following another remarkable mini’s programme of futsal and soccer school. This really is the future of the club and remains a hugely important part of our continued success. Well done to Josh and the team.

Off the pitch saw us secure our long-term future with Applemore School and the wonderful playing facility, a partnership we are very proud of. Moving forward further investment into the facility will see the clubs home go from strength to strength.

We are also delighted to announce that for the first time in 3 years we can host an annual tournament and presentation evening. Both events have been sorely missed so we can’t wait for the summer to arrive.

On a personal note, this will be my last year with the club. My football journey has always followed my eldest son’s team as the team coach and now that team are beginning to enter senior football it seems the right time to say goodbye.

I joined the club in 2013 and have spent 8 of those years on the committee, 4 of them as chairman and I’ve loved every minute. I was lucky enough to work alongside Phil, Paul and Terry as previous Chairmen and learnt a lot from them and I feel I’ve been able to continue the growth and excellence of the standards set before me. When I look back at our development plan we have certainly achieved a lot in the last 4 years together.

Obviously, the strength behind any voluntary organisation is the people and this club has been blessed with an amazingly dedicated group of committee members, some of the most hard working, loyal, wonderful people I’ve ever met and I really can’t Thank you enough.

A personal Thanks to Steve, John, Kati & Paul who have been there from the beginning of my time on the committee, you truly are the reason this club is so great. Thank you.

I can’t name every coach who has been a part of the club but to you all Thank you and well done for giving up your time to volunteer. True heroes of the local community.

Lastly, Thank you the children and parents. You are the reason the volunteers are so dedicated. You are their inspiration.

A good friend of mine told me when I took the role, “buddy, remember you can’t please all of the people all of the time” and he was right, but I promise it never stopped me trying!

Best Wishes

Wayne Harris – Club Chairman, Hythe & Dibden YFC



We our proud to announce that we have completed our Kit-To-Africa campaign, with hundreds of used football kits now on their way to Africa to be donated to under privileged children and young people.

Over the last few years we have stockpiled as much kit as possible, in order to send a sizeable contribution, and have finally managed to get the shipment arranged. The donation consists mainly of old playing and training kit from the club’s children, but was also bolstered by kit donations by children from other local clubs, including boots and training equipment.

Several local businesses have helped with the collation of the kit, as well as some of the young players from the club.

We are confident the kits will be put to good use and improve the football experiences of many young people in Africa. Many children in the communities we’re supporting have so little they play barefoot, and only own one or two sets of clothes. Football is an incredible tool for teaching values, having fun and bringing communities together, and hopefully some proper kit and equipment will help with that.

Hythe & Dibden YFC committee member James Golding said “As a youth football club we’re all about inclusivity and giving as many young people the opportunity to enjoy the sport. We’re very fortunate to be in a position where we can provide our young players with good quality playing kits, but weren’t comfortable with the idea of old kit going to waste. Putting this kit to good use in Africa is the perfect solution, it will give young people in less privileged parts of the world the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful game as we do. And it’s fantastic to know we’re making a positive difference to the lives of young people in another part of the world.”

Following the success of this campaign the club will continue the partnership every season, and hope to deliver an even better package next summer.


We’re currently looking for applications for players to join our Junior Committee!

Is your child a future leader? Would they like to have their say about the running of their football club?

We’re currently looking for applications for players to join our Junior Committee!

We’ll get together with them periodically to listen to their opinions/views and to come up with ideas for the running of the club, and make sure we’re all making decisions that benefit the people we’re all here for – our young players! Hopefully we’ll also help develop their teamwork and diplomacy skills, and have a bit of fun along the way.

We ideally need one or two per team or age group. Anyone interested can email Kati at [email protected]

This is open to any player registered at the club, whether they’ve been part of the junior committee previously or not.

#WeAllCanPlay #YouthEmpowement #GrowingFutureLeaders

play safe

We’re backing Play Safe


A message from the Chairman

Well, as the start of the season is almost here I’m surely not the only one wondering how quickly the summer holidays went. It all started off with the country being bought together with the incredible performance of our national team who came so close to making history. In doing so it’s clear another generation has been inspired, our ever increasing soccer school numbers back that up.

It’s been a strange year for our football club, another stop start season, another year without a tournament or presentation. I really hope our children and parents get to enjoy an un disrupted season and next year we can all look forward to a fantastic tournament and presentation.

We welcome new teams and volunteers to the club who I’m sure will have lots of fun along the way and make lots of new friends.

It’s also another success for our growth of girls football in the area. 6 years ago we had 2 girls participating within the club but after a successful girls festival followed by a hugely effective Wildcats program we now have almost 90 girls within the club which includes 6 girls teams as well as many girls who play in mixed teams. Outstanding achievement by our dedicated volunteers.

I’d like to use this opportunity to thank the club committee, with the season stopping and starting this has brought lots of extra meetings, discussions and difficult decisions. Often guidance and risk assessments being worked on late into the night to ensure everyone was kept up to date. It’s this work that people don’t see but is vital to keep the club running and more importantly to keep everyone as safe as can be. Guys, thank you.

I’d also like to thank New Forest Care and particularly Rich White as we enter our last year of sponsorship with them. NFC and Rich have supported the club for a number of years and have played a huge part in our growth. They’ve not only offered financial support but also have been hugely important at our tournaments. NFC and its staff always went above and beyond to ensure we could deliver the best tournament possible. Thank you Rich and the team at NFC.

Lastly, a message to our players and parents. thank you for your support, patience and understanding during the last year as well as your co operation during some really testing times. We hope things are in place now to ensure you all have a fantastic season in Green & White.

Play well, play fair but above all have fun.

Best Wishes

Wayne Harris
Chairman – Hythe & Dibden YFC

Training Kit

New Training Kit released for the 2021/22 season

Say hello to black and yellow!

Here’s our new training kit in all it’s glory. It’s top quality gear as always from PUMA Teamwear and our kit partners FootballKitsDirect.com. The kids will stand out in these bright yellow tops, with the monotone club badge and logo of our amazing kit sponsor, New Forest Care. We hope you like it! Can’t wait to see the kids training with this one next season! They won’t be missed!
Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with more news and announcements coming soon. #NewKit #WeAllCanPlay
soccer school



We are delighted to announce the return of our hugely popular soccer school on Friday nights from 6-7pm at Applemore College (all weather pitch) starting on Friday 16th April and running every Friday until further notice. 


Children must be in current year R or year 1.

Boys and girls are welcome (There is a Lionesses girls only group for this age on a Monday evening  5 – 6pm if any girls prefer that environment).


Due to a need to provide an appropriate number of coaches and also to fulfil insurance, safeguarding and also covid requirements we will now need everyone who intends to attend to register online each week. A very simple form can be found at soccer-school-registration. Please fill this is at least a couple of days before each Friday you are coming along.


Soccer school is free – no charge, but our new take away facility will be open so buy a coffee and maybe a snack for the players after the session.

Covid-19 Rules

ONLY ONE PARENT PER PLAYER CAN ATTEND (this follows our own and FA regulations for grassroots football) Please observe social distancing. There is a one way system into/out of the pitch area. Please meet on the grass area 10 mins before start and the coaches will get everyone organised. No parents can enter the pitch area. 

Do not leave you child unattended – you must stay on site for the entire session. Our coaches should not be administering first aid (covid regulations) so you must be available if required.

Further Information

Please check our social media platforms for weekly updates – we may need to cancel for extreme weather conditions or coach unavailability. 

Soccer school is about fun, social time for the children and falling in love with the game. We hope it leads the youngsters into our team structure and is the start of many years of playing the sport they love in a safe and happy team environment and developing both as footballers and young people…..

New teams will form this summer from the current year 1 players for next seasons under 7s (year 2)

Players need to wear shin pads, appropriate footwear and kit and bring drinks.


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FA Affiliation Number 2022/23: Y-HAM8174
Privacy Policy  |  Data Protection

Website by Zap Creative