Eastwood Community Football Club, nicknamed “The Red Badgers,” is a non-league football club based in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the uhlsport UCL Premier Division North, which is part of the ninth tier of English football. The team calls Coronation Park their home ground.
At the time of writing, Martin Ball is the current manager with experience at Carlton Town, Hucknall Town, Grantham Town and Worksop Town among his past roles.
Eastwood Community Football Club, established in 2014, has evolved into a significant force in non-league football. The club, led by Owner & Chairman Darryl Claypole, is distinguished by its philosophy of “One Club One Community,” which emphasizes inclusivity and community engagement. This approach has fostered a unified environment, both within the club and in its wider interactions with fans and the local community. Eastwood CFC is committed to making a positive impact that extends beyond the football field, creating a sense of pride and belonging among its members and supporters.
The club has entered a new phase with a notable technical partnership agreement with Benfica, a globally respected football institution. This collaboration marks a significant investment in player and coach development, bringing unparalleled coaching expertise to Eastwood CFC, particularly for its junior players. The arrival of experienced coaches from Benfica is expected to enhance the skill level and learning opportunities at the club. Additionally, the club’s affiliation with Mango Football, led by former Premier League referee Graham Barber, further demonstrates its dedication to nurturing talent and promoting a culture of excellence.
Eastwood CFC boasts a robust junior section with 28 teams, reflecting its commitment to grassroots football. These teams have been competitive and successful, embodying the club’s spirit. Looking to the future, the club is excited about the launch of its football academy, which will offer top-tier coaching and development opportunities for young players in the region. These developments, along with other upcoming ventures, signal a promising future for Eastwood CFC, marked by growth, innovation, and success in the realm of non-league football.
Current management and coaching staff
Former players and managers elsewhere in the non-league pyramid