Worthing football badge features tribute to duo killed in Shoreham air disaster

Despite ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, Worthing United Youth FC are getting everything ready for the forthcoming football season.

Showing off the new club logo are Worthing United Youth FC U11s Colts managed by Michael Hodgson-Prior
Showing off the new club logo are Worthing United Youth FC U11s Colts managed by Michael Hodgson-Prior

The club have recently unveiled a new badge, shown off here by the under-11s Colts team and their manager Michael Hodgson-Prior.

Chairman Jason Nicholls said: “We merged with another local football club, Worthing Strikers, two years ago and felt it was time to update the old badge.

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“The new badge, featuring the club’s sky blue and white striped colours, also has a tribute to the two Worthing United footballers Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who sadly died in the Shoreham Air Show disaster.

In with the new - football dad Matt Rivers putting up the new Worthing United Youth FC badge at the entrance to the clubs Rotary Recreation Ground

“Our teams are now training with next season in mind.

Many of the girls and boys in our teams have been locked down for many weeks so it’s great seeing them back in training, obviously with the correct restrictions in place.

“Our committee has also decided to reduce our annual membership fees by £20 per person for this coming season to try to help families after the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Our youngest members now pay just £80 for a whole season of football including match kit, with the older age groups, from under-11s upwards, paying £100.

“We want everyone back playing, even those whose lives have been hit hardest in recent times.”

Worthing United Youth FC runs a total of 27 teams, for both girls and boys from under-6s to under-16s, and play their home matches at the Rotary and Hill Barn recreation grounds.

New members are always welcome.