Jets FC was established in 1990 with its roots being in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham. The Club’s youth teams have always competed in the “Echo” Junior Football League (the largest youth league in Essex) at various age levels from mini-soccer to under 16’s. The Club endeavours to be open and accessible to children and youth within the community. Its aims are to be well run, sustainable with child protection and safety being paramount. The Club’s objectives are to develop youngsters to the highest level of their capabilities, and to have a multi-team set up with opportunities for youth up to under 16. In order to continue supporting participation in grassroots football, the Club also provides an adult team for players over 17 years of age.
Unfortunately, most of the records for the first fifteen years or so of the Club appear to be unavailable, primarily due to the changes in individuals running the Club, but we have been fortunate to receive a photo of the first-ever Jets FC team (see above). We would therefore be grateful to hear from anyone who has, or knows the whereabouts of any documentation, photos, etc. from the early years of the Club.
The Club’s youth teams have a history of winning trophies such as the “Echo” Junior Football League division champions titles and league cups. More recently, in the 2014-15 season, the mens team won the Romford & District Churches Football League cup.
During the Club’s history its team’s home grounds have included Marshalls Park School, Brittons Playing Fields, Parsloes Park, Central Park, and currently playing at Valence Park.
2015– During the 2015-16 season (the Club’s 25th season) the Club has six mini-soccer teams ranging from ages under 7 to under 10, all competing in the “Echo” Junior Football League. Although, unfortunately, two teams from the previous season were unable to continue, the Club was able to bring in two new under 7 teams which had progressed from the Jets FC “Little Flyers”. In addition, the mens team is participating again in the Romford & District Churches Football League.
2014– During the 2014-15 season the Club had six mini-soccer teams, ranging from ages under 7 to under 9, all competing in the “Echo” Junior Football League. The Jets FC “Little Flyers” (under 5 and under 6) was established and the recruited players continued to train on a weekly basis in order to enter the League the following season as the new under 7 teams. In addition, the mens team continued to participate in the Romford & District Churches Football League.
2013– During 2013, the Club decided to re-structure and started recruiting players at the youngest age levels so that it could once again grow and develop. In the 2013-14 season the Club had four mini-soccer teams, two at under 7 and two at under 8 in the “Echo” Junior Football League. As part of the re-structure, the Club formed a liaison with an already established under 16 team and was able to enter it in the East London & Essex League under the name of Chadwell Heath Jets FC. Additionally, the mens team decided to withdraw from the Dagenham & District Football League and joined the Romford & District Churches Football League.
2012– In an effort to ensure that the Club did not disappear, the management committee decided to go back to its roots by trying to recruit youth payers and begin once again from the lowest age groups. The Club was successful in entering one team at under 7 in the “Echo” Junior Football League for the 2012-13 season. Our under 18 team, most of whom were just reaching the age of 17, decided to venture into mens football and joined the Dagenham & District Football League. In addition, the Club established an affiliation with the Jets Sports Football Academy and became represented in two local primary schools by offering pre-school and after-school football coaching classes.
2011– During the 2011-12 season, unfortunately two teams from the previous season dissolved and the Club continued to be represented in the “Echo” Junior Football League by a single team in the under 18 category. This team was made up of mostly 16 year old players and formed from a handful of the players that remained within the Club from the dissolved under 16s from the previous season. The team which had moved to Romford FC in 2010 continued for a second season under the umbrella of the Ryman League side as under 17s in the EJA.
2010– In September 2010, the Club successfully began an affiliation with Romford Football Club and moved their under 16 team (which had played the previous season in the under 15 Premier Division of the “Echo” Junior Football League) under Romford FC. This team would go on to play for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) in the Eastern Junior Alliance (EJA) League as Romford FC under the management and coaching of J. Cano and I. Baker. One of its players was selected and played matches for Romford’s first team in the Ryman League. In addition, during the 2010-11 season the Club had two under 16 and one under 15 teams in the “Echo” Junior Football League.
2009– The four teams from the previous season continued in 2009-10 and were joined by another under 15 team which transferred to Jets FC from another club. The Club now had entered three under 15 and two under 14 teams in the “Echo” Junior Football League.
2008– In the 2008-09 season the Club had increased the number of teams by one and entered four teams in the “Echo” Junior Football League. The three teams from the previous season continued to compete in the same divisions, although now one year older, and the new team came in also in the under 13 age group.
2007– During the 2007-08 season, the Club entered three teams in the “Echo” Junior Football League. The under 13 team continued to compete in the Premier Division as did the under 12 ‘A’ team, while the under 12 ‘B’ team played in the A Division.
2006– During the 2006-07 season, the Club had two teams competing in the “Echo” Junior Football League. The under 12 team played in the Premier Division while the under 11 team played in the A Division of their respective age groups.