Beacon Hill Rovers were founded in 1921 and play at the Wickham Bishops Sports Field near Witham, Essex. Beacon’s Men’s First Team play in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League whilst the Women’s Team have been in the County Premier Division since 2010.
Other Beacon Hill Men’s teams play in the Mid-Essex League, the Pope and Smith Sunday League, the Essex Veterans League and the Walking
Football competition. Rovers’ Youth teams play in the Blackwater and Dengie, the Essex Girls League and the Brentwood Alliance.
The youth teams are proud of their Player Focus approach to player development first recognised when the Club was part of a new national coaching initiative by the FA in 2006. Two years later the Club was awarded the FA National Charter Standard Club of the Year.
Having subsequently achieved Community Charter Standard Beacon Hill has close ties with the local community running coaching sessions in schools and taking part in County FA initiatives to encourage participation. Getting youth players to stay playing the game with the Adult’s teams has been a great success over the years.
The history of Beacon Hill Rovers can be traced back to March 1921 when visiting farmworkers challenged the locals at the Mitre Public House to a match. Landlord Jack Barnes organised a team, a set of black and white shirts were borrowed and a pitch was cleared in a field behind the pub. Whilst the match was lost the seeds had been sown and the Rovers have provided local league football ever since.