"Message from the Chairman"

Tim Dexter

I want to start by sending a warm welcome to everyone associated with the club. It is my pleasure and privilege to be Chairman and a coach of what I believe to be a fantastic club at the heart of the local community.

I played for Herons as a child from 4-16 so it has, and always will, have a special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be helping the club on the next phase of it’s journey.

Horsham Herons is a grass-roots, community-focused, FA Charter Standard-based Club, providing football coaching for children from the ages of 4 to 16. It has a large number of registered players who play in the Horsham District Youth League and is affiliated to Sussex County FA.

As a club, the health, safety and welfare of every child is our first and most important priority. This is closely followed by our commitment to providing a happy and inclusive environment for children to learn and develop their football skills under the supervision of coaches, who are FA qualified and have the appropriate DBS child safety checks and emergency aid qualifications.

I strongly believe that football is a game to be played and enjoyed by everyone and that success at grass roots should not be measured by the trophies we win, but by the number of children who choose to play for Herons and continue to play for us throughout their childhood, with a sense of belonging and always with a smile, whatever the result. However, football is also a competitive sport and so we will help our players reach the best that their ability allows as an individual and as part of a team.

As Chairman, I feel it is vital that we follow an ethos that ensures the welfare of our children is paramount, that the club is open to all players regardless of gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation or perceived ability as a footballer. That all players, coaches and parents follow the club code of conduct and also the FA Respect Codes of Conduct and that we do not follow a win at all costs philosophy.

Thank you to all our sponsors without who we couldn’t function properly. If you are interested in sponsoring a team or volunteering please contact me directly

Please remember……….
These are kids
This is a game
The coaches are volunteers
The referee is human

Tim Dexter
Club Chairman

Club Officials

Senior Committee Members
James Crump: President
Tim Dexter: Chairman
Harriet Winspear-Wright: Club Secretary
James Atkinson: Treasurer
Adam Ferries: Welfare Officer
Mark Sullivan: Vice-Chairman


Heron Way School opened in May 1968 and set up a Saturday morning football club run by the parents in September 1971. Heron Way Football Club joined the newly formed Horsham & District Mini Minor Football League.

Since then Heron Way FC have been providing a safe environment for kids from 4-11 to learn the game and have fun. Throughout this period the club has seen success and numerous players that represented the club at county level.

We are proud to continue to retain The FA Charter Standard status that demonstrates the club‘s commitment to follow the FA development guidelines providing a positive football environment where children can develop their skills, keep fit and enjoy playing as part of a friendly, inclusive community.

In this new chapter of the club we have made the bold decision to expand our teams past primary age to offer children a clear path with the club and help with their development journey.