Sale United is a Community Grassroots Football club based at Crossford Bridge in Sale, Cheshire.
The club was founded in 1975 and now has a membership in excess of 500 players and 80 plus coaches and volunteers and has made a contribution to the community of the Sale area for forty years.
Throughout this period, football players of all abilities and all ages, from as young as five, right up to adulthood have been provided with not only the opportunity to play association football, but to learn life and social skills a team sport can bring.
The Club prides itself in being innovative and proactive, and has led the way in many areas of the grassroots game.
For example in 2001 Sale United was the first Club in the area to introduce an all-girls Under 10 team playing in a mixed gender league.
The club is an FA Charter Standard Club which is the kite mark provided by the Football Association to confirm that the club meets all the requirements of the FA with regards to issues such as Child Protection, Criminal Record Bureau checks, Coach Qualifications etc.
In 2008 Sale United became the first grassroots club in the UK to formulate a Powerchair Section. This is for disabled players, dependent on powered wheelchairs for their mobility . The Club now competes in a North West League, and also a National League specific to this sport.
In recent years many junior players at Sale United have progressed into professional academies and even gone on to represent England at International level. Examples of this are Shay Facey and Greg Leigh.
It is through these initiatives that in recent years the Club has been voted Cheshire FA’s Charter Standard Club as a Development Club, and as a Community Club.
The highest accolade to date is being awarded the FA’s National Grassroots Club of the Year in 2011.