Vale Juniors (Congleton) F.C are delighted to announce that Brian Jensen has joined the club as a club ambassador.
Brian, who has made almost 500 professional appearances in club football as a goalkeeper and continues to play professionally for Crusaders in Northern Ireland has been associated with Vale Juniors for a number of years.
His children started there footballing journeys with Vale Juniors, both of which have now moved on to play within the Everton & Port Vale Academy’s.
Brian who is a UEFA A licensed coach & currently undertaking his UEFA Goalkeeping A licence has become more involved with Vale juniors since launching the GK Icon coaching school, Brian currently takes weekly sessions with a number of Vale Juniors keepers as well as other keepers in the area.
The committee at Vale Juniors has been in discussions for a while with Brian about our long term goals for not only the club but the wider Congleton community and we are delighted that another professional can see the benefits in what ourselves, along with our partners in the Congleton sports trust are trying to achieve.
Brian joins Steve Holland as a club ambassador ,we are currently in talks with further professionals to seek their support
Please take a moment to read Brian’s letter of support bellow
I am really pleased to have been approached by Vale Juniors to undertake a club ambassador role.
Having had a professional career in football spanning over 20 years I have seen and experienced first hand the difference the correct facilities can make to the sporting ambition of children.
I only have to look at my own boys Jamie & Sebastian to see how much they have benefited from quality training and playing facilities. They both started their footballing journey with Vale Juniors and I am thankful that their introduction to the game was at a stable club with good quality coaches, even then training sessions and games were often cancelled due to poor pitches and unfortunately things don’t seem to have changed much!
As a local resident myself I understand the wider need for improved facilities, not just for the children of Vale Juniors but also the wider Congleton community, surrounding towns seem to be much better equipped and this needs addressing.
I have been extremely impressed with the drive, vision and perseverance shown by the Vale Juniors Committee to bring about these changes, many of which will sadly come too late for their own children to benefit from, which in itself shows the dedication that these volunteers have for their club and the town as a whole.
I myself am looking towards the future, although I still think I am 22! I know that my professional playing career is nearing its conclusion (I’m not quite ready to hang up the gloves yet though!). With this in mind I have taken my coaching badges and will be spending my time coaching local goalkeepers, which I do now between my games over in Ireland.
How good would it be if the next David de Gea or Kasper Schmeichel came from Congleton?
This can only happen if the town invests in its young talent, and believe me their is some talented youngsters in Congleton!
Coaches like myself bring the experience and the knowledge but we need good quality, safe environments to teach. This extends to the many volunteers who give up large chunks of their
family time to coach the youth of the town for no fee, these guys and girls are giving hundreds of hours a year to your children, we now need to support them!
I urge you to try and support the drive for change, attend fund raising events, whatever you can do in any small way could make a huge difference.
I also ask any local businesses that may be able to assist to get in touch with the Vale Juniors Committee, your local community may have made you successful, can you help make the children of the future successful?
Vale Juniors F.C – Club Ambassador