An idea by our Club President, Dave Gurney to form a new football club in the Lancing and Sompting area was started in the living room of his house, along with Derek Salisbury, Pat Gurney, Bill Edwards and Graham Willis on 7th January 1982.
At the time Dave had the idea, there was only one other local team in Lancing offering football to kids. The club was officially affiliated to Sussex County Youth Football Association in March 1982 and Lancing Rangers was formed. The club colours of black and gold were chosen because at the time most teams in the area wore either blue or red kits.
In the early stages fundraising and donations were essential to ensure the club could maintain its status. Trips to watch football matches, fun days and barbecues became regular events to raise money for the club, even Glasgow Rangers in Scotland gave training balls to help out. The first ever team to play as the newly formed Lancing Rangers in 1982 was the under 9 squad, and was managed by Roger Miles.
Certain ideas that were established in 1982 have stood the test of time and are still in place now; these include the annual Presentation Night, the Club Shop and Squad Reps.
The football club successfully achieved The FA Charter Standard in 2004 and was then awarded the FA Charter Development status in 2007. The club was awarded Sussex County FA Charter Standard Club of the Year in 2007 and in 2009 were awarded Charter Standard Development Club of the Year. We continue to be a Charter Standard Development Club ensuring that we offer the highest coaching standards and a safe and friendly environment for the children to develop and thrive.
The club continues to grow from strength to strength, and in 2004/05 season, Lancing Rangers FC was the 2nd largest club playing in the Arun & Chichester Football League with 200+ registered playing members playing in 14 squads. As the seasons have progressed the number of squads has fluctuated with a peak of 19 in 2015/16. During this time player numbers have also fluctuated between 180 & 220 children and Lancing Rangers have maintained their status as the largest club in Lancing for youth squads and players. There are currently 14 squads for the 2019/20 season with 180 children registered.
Since 2011 the club has had some league and cup success with the following Role of Honour:
2011/12 – U10 Invitation Cup winners
2013/14 – U11 Division A winners
2014/15 – U10 Jim Miller Cup winners
2015/16 – U10 Jim Miller Cup winners
2015/16 – U16 Invitation Cup winners
2016/17 – U15 Division B winners
2017/18 – U8 Wren League Cup winners
2017/18 – U9 Kathy & Peter Wilson Cup winners
Lancing Rangers Football Club were the first FA Charter Standard Development Club in the Lancing & Sompting area and one of the first in Sussex.
The FA Charter Standard award was launched by the Football Association in February 2001 with the aim of setting standards of coaching, administration and child protection for clubs working with young people. There are only a handful of clubs that have this accreditation in the UK.
In order to reach the Charter Standards clubs must have displayed the following competencies:
· A written constitution
· Self-certified screening of managers, coaches and officials
· All managers to have minimum of Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football
· Commitment to attend in-service training
· Acceptance and promotion of Codes of Conduct
· Commitment to provide Mini-Soccer opportunities for Under 10’s
· Commitment to promote schools liaison and equal opportunities
Clubs that are successful in achieving the Charter will get access to a wide range of benefits, some of which are:
· Exclusive Regional Workshops
· Access to Child Protection Training
· Kit and Equipment Grants
· National and Regional Awards
· Subsidies for F.A. Junior Team Managers to attend courses
By achieving the Charter Standard Award, Lancing Rangers is demonstrating to all its members, parents and the public, that we are a well organised & safe club for children to be a part of.