It’s November and that can only mean one thing – it’s our favourite night of the year!

Players and their parents/carers, club volunteers and others from the local community come together to celebrate all achieved by all the fantastic individuals associated with the club.

This year marked 14 years since the humble begins of the club back in 2005 when two young lads paired up for a kick about. Two lads of whom were also present last night to collect awards.

The 200 strong guest list were treated to brilliant speeches from Club Manager Iain Massingham, team coaches and the nights special guest – Deputy Mayor of Horwich Steven Chadwick. Lots of laughter, dancing and congas ensued in what was a memorable night for all.

Bring on 2020!



“It’s magic. It really is, for players and coaches alike. It’s not only been a privilege to help. But it’s helped me just as much especially when I first got involved with almost nothing to do with my time.”

-Jim Bailey (Whites Coach)

“It’s a true honour to have found AFC Masters and be a part of the amazing spirit that lives in the Masters family. It’s always a pleasure coming to training on Saturday mornings and Thursday evening each player is unique and brilliant to be around. It has helped me become the Daddy you saw last night. As Iain said last night no one will be left behind.”

-Matt Holden (Whites Coach)

“Absolutely love being with this club. Since my son Michael first started, AFC Masters have helped build his confidence to the point where he secured his first job. He’s now been working there for the past 9 years and has only grown stronger. I’m so proud to be part off such amazing family, club and most importantly have very close friends.”

-Claudette Wilson (Club Safeguarding Officer)

“Huge thanks to you all for another great awards night. […] It’s a life changing experience being part of AFC Masters – not just for our players but for us to. […] So many of our players struggle in social situations, struggle with confidence, struggle being in busy environments. Last night they all were enjoying a huge social situation, receiving rounds of applause to boost their confidence and half of them were up singing on the microphone! They wouldn’t have that opportunity without us. Thanks once again for what [the coaches] do. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of it.”

– Iain Massingham (Club Manager)


Photo credit: James Speakman


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