Sovereign Saints FC was formed in June 2003 by Paul Garnell. The aim of the club was to offer football to all and not just the gifted players. The club was started with just 6 players, 4 bibs and a few footballs. An Under 9 team was put together for the start of the 2003/04 season and although this team took time to settle, it was clear that Saints had created a very special club. The following season an Under 8 team was added, and well the rest is a story of continued growth and success.

Now over 20 years old the Club is bigger and stronger than ever before, and the 2024/25 season promises to be another great one. Not only will Saints continue to provide football to over 200 children in teams at virtually all age groups from U7 to U18, but we also continue to see growing numbers in our two trainee groups for younger players (aged 4 to 6).

At senior end of the Men’s 1st and Reserve teams compete in the Mid Sussex and East Sussex Football Leagues respectively, and I am so pleased to see an increasing number of youth team players progressing to play for both these teams.

With so many teams in the Club it is so pleasing that each and every one of them has been able to secure sponsorship to fund their playing kit and to all of the Club’s sponsors a huge


Off the pitch the club works hard to generate much needed funds through fund raising events, and we also have a very strong Committee who meet regularly to ensure that the Club is run efficiently and stays in touch with our player’s and members needs.

The Club’s motto is:
“bringing football and fun together”
and this is always the aim of all its managers and coaches.

Paul Garnell

“Oh when the Saints...Oh when the Saints...

Oh when the Saints go marching in...

I want to be there with Garnell,

When the Saints go marching in!”

Paul Garnell, Club Founder and Chairman