After setting up as its own club last year, Wyndham Town Football Club’s growing popularity has resulted in it adding two new teams this year.
The club began in 2017 and associated with Queen’s Park Football Club, in Invercargill.
It became its own club after receiving the green light from Southland Football to do so in September last year.
Club president Carl Lambert said the club began with a senior female team but was looking to include a senior men’s and a junior team this year.
The junior team would be for children aged 11 to 13 years old, he said.
“We recognised Wyndale Football could provide football for children from 6 to 10 years old and there was no pathway after that until they reached high school,” Lambert said.
The club would work closely alongside Wyndale and Menzies College to establish pathways for junior footballers.
“There is no natural progression and we want to provide that.
“It’s about retention of our football players in our region.”
The senior men’s side would probably play in division 2 to get it off the ground, he said.
“We want to get it up and running, make sure it’s sustainable.
“We want to include all the social elements for the team before we look at moving on.”
Throughout the summer, the club had provided a seven-a-side football league, which received interest in the club developments.
Numbers would dictate how many teams the club would be able to put together, he said.
There would still be a senior women’s team, but female football would be played on Saturday rather than Sunday this year.
“It’s obviously added a bit of a challenge.”
The senior women’s team had a successful first two seasons, winning division 1 in 2017 and playing in the Knockout Plate final in 2018.
Lambert was proud of the opportunities the club was able to offer the region.
“Having the club slowly pushing forward is just great; seeing it all coming together through the organisers has been good.
“We’re getting more excited as we move forward, but it’s also about working to make this club sustainable as we move forward.”
For more information about the additional teams, visit the Wyndham Town Football Club Facebook page.