Dedicated to coaches, members and participants to improve communication, management and perception of Grassroots teams and clubs.
Founded in 2016, and following many months of intense development, Team Websites was finally born. With a strong background in football, co-founders Nick Brown and Morgan McLellan undertook a long-term mission in striving to bring an affordable and customisable club website solution to the market.
Our 4 core principles and values are as follows:
Accessibility – All websites representing any official organisation or group, such as a football club, should be accessible to all audiences. Forget inappropriate adverts popping up and taking over your screen. With our Free club websites, our adverts are provided by Google. They have been filtered to not show particular age-restricted products – this hopefully goes some way to help safeguard young people online.
Sustainability – While we try to reinvest in the platform we provide, it is important, first and foremost, to cover any associated costs. We try to provide the best value to our member clubs, engaging with them to seek feedback, and, where possible, improve the service accordingly. We have invested significantly, both time and money, to drive Team Websites forward to where it is today. Our intention is to establish partnerships with organisations, additional County FA’s and companies who may benefit our clubs instead of investing sizeable amounts in marketing and advertising.
Unite and Inspire – Through various initiatives – past, present and future – we hope to unite Grassroots football, providing a valuable platform to allow Grassroots to grow and flourish. Promoting a positive image of the game we love, the opportunity to inspire is certainly there. We try to interact with as many people as we can. We would always try to promote opportunities and pathways of involvement, inclusivity and development within football – regardless of someone’s background or circumstances – including coaching, club management and refereeing.
Usability – Is said website responsive? Easy to use? Can it be updated in just a few clicks? These are all questions our design expert asks himself prior to producing a website. Forget having to scroll or pinch and zoom just to see the desired content.
Nick Brown – Business Manager
Nick is the business brains behind Team Websites and is responsible for ensuring the business is run inline with our aims of being self-sustainable, while also co-ordinating formal partnerships, advertising and agreements.
An experienced FA level two and full Youth Award coach, he acquired his level one coaching badge in early 2011. He founded his own Saturday League club called Traco Athletic FC – formerly called Farnham Park FC – in March 2015. He is also working towards his UEFA B coaching qualification. While being involved in football on a daily basis with his full-time job outside Team Websites, combined with his chairmanship and being the first team manager of his Aldershot-based Saturday League side, football is very much in Nick’s blood.
Morgan McLellan – Design and Support
Always relishing a challenge, Morgan built the foundations of the Team Websites platform over the course of a few months, adding new features as we have progressed. Whilst being in his final year at college, he is also responsible for dealing with general and user-based enquiries, plus collating feedback from club webmasters.
The tech savvy football enthusiast is also the photographer and match reporter of his local Saturday League club, Traco Athletic, managed by fellow co-founder Nick.
The system is versatile and can adapt to any sport – football, rugby, cricket; the list is endless.
Free vs Paid
We found that many clubs turned to providers of free websites due to dwindling budgets season-by-season. With our commitment to the future and our passion of the game, we believe we fill the hole for a free club website that doesn’t compromise on quality and one that isn’t plagued with third-party, non-related adverts.
With our Free version and our paid packages, Starter and Amateur, clubs can currently select from four templates that offer every inch of customisable detail. We are quite unique as a provider of team websites, whereby we do not charge according to the number of teams one club has, rather focus on the individual needs of each club and may recommend a certain package accordingly. Ultimately, it is the clubs who make Team Websites what it is today – your website, your way. Legend, meanwhile, takes customisation to an all new level, offering clubs the opportunity for a custom-designed website precisely to their tastes in a relatively short timescale.