In the summer of 1992 our national football squad had performed abysmally. The FA and the press called for a drastic review of coaching strategies for youngsters if England was to produce stars of the future. Following this debate letters were sent out to all clubs in the Bracknell area inviting them to take part in a 7-a-side league. Eight teams at the under 8 level joined for the 1992/93 season.
Once managers, players and parents had sampled this break from tradition, the virtues of the small-sided game were clear to see, and the development of the East Berks Junior 7-a-side Association was swift.
In 1993 the under 9s were included and 1994 saw the introduction of under 7s. By 1995 there were enough teams for two divisions of under 9s, and by 1996 the under 8s also had two divisions, and the under 10s was formed. 1997 saw the formation of the under 11s, and 1998 saw the introduction of the under 12s playing 9-a-side football as part of the East Berks fixture programme.
In 2004 the Association will became the East Berk Junior League in preparation for the 2006 Merger with the East Berks Intermediate League into East Berks Youth Football League, with Junior, and Intermediate Sections, offering football from U7s up to U18s.
2008 also saw the launch of the 1st East Berks Girls Junior section at U10s with 7 teams completing for League and Cup honours.
From eight clubs, to a League in 2008 which will see over 426 teams and provides a football environment for over 5,600 boys and girls, a true success story, where football in the community is definitely the winner.