About us

About us

Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers FC was formed in 2018 following the merger of two long-established clubs based in the Maidenbower area of Crawley - Maidenbower United FC and Crawley Panthers FC - both of whom had been providing grassroots football in the community for more than ten years.

We are proud to be an England Accredited Club with Two Star status which reflects our commitment to deliver both male and female player pathways and demonstrates that we continue to meet all the FA's standards for Safeguarding and high quality delivery of grassroots football.

Our mission, consistent with that of our founding clubs, has always been to provide opportunities for everybody to play and learn football in the local community.

We are a very inclusive club and encourage all children to develop their capabilities, irrespective of their current standard. At most age groups we are able to run multiple squads to cater for children of all abilities - from development standard up to more competitive levels.

We now provide football at all age groups from Under 5 right up to adult with more than 350 players registered to the club. We are proud to have a dedicated girls squad for most age groups from 5-16 to encourage greater female participation in football. We also support girls who prefer to play in mixed-gender teams at many age groups.

Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers FC is affiliated to the Sussex County FA and has full liability insurance for the provision of grassroots football for children and adults. Panthers teams play in a variety of local leagues including the Crawley League, Horsham & District Youth League, Mid Sussex Youth League, Sussex Sunday Youth League and the Sussex County Women and Girls League. Apart from the Crawley League (where all matches are played at the Broadfield Stadium), all teams play their home games at Maidenbower Park.

We presently have about 50 coaches and assistant coaches working with the club, all of whom are volunteers - often Mums and Dads who have children playing for the club. All our coaches have passed at least a Level 1 FA coaching qualification, as well as being DBS checked for safeguarding reasons, and hold a First Aid certification. You can rest assured that everybody associated with the club takes the security and safety of children very seriously.

If you or your child are interested to play for Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers FC, please get in touch via the Contact Page. In the first instance you should send a message to the Membership Secretary who, provided spaces are available, will connect you to the appropriate coach for the relevant age group(s).

All potential new members are invited to discuss options with the relevant coach and then to participate in a few trial sessions before registering with the club. Details of the club registration fees and subscription plans will be explained to you at that point.

Once the trial period is completed successfully, all club members are required to register online via this website and to sign up to a direct debit plan for making subscription payments. Discounted options are available for families with multiple children playing at the club. Registration should be completed by a child's parent - both for themselves and the child(ren) for whom they are responsible.

Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers FC is a non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. All monies collected through subscription payments are used directly for the provision of football activities. We have always tried to keep our subscription payments as low as possible to encourage maximum participation.

Crawley & Maidenbower Panthers FC is very proud of its links to the local community. We partner closely with the Maidenbower Park Community Club to ensure all our activities work in support of the Maidenbower and Pound Hill districts of Crawley. We are also a grassroots partner of Crawley Town Community Foundation helping to promote development pathways between local grassroots clubs and the professional game.

We have recently invested a considerable sum of money - in long-term partnership with Crawley Borough Council and the FA - to renovate the pitches at the Park. Not only will this result in improved playing surfaces, but all recreational users of the Park will benefit from much better drainage and less waterlogging.