Claims to Fame
What are the Fuller Hamlets Soccer Club’s claims to fame? A real charitable non-profit corporation 1968-present in which most coaches donated their stipends 1973-2006 (and several 2006-present) to the scholarship program for needy players and for the purchase of game and practice fields, two causes supplemented by donations of former Hamlets players and their families, as well as by long-term Hamlets supporters, in memory of deceased officials, coaches, and players of the club. As a onsequence, uniquely in Massachusetts and…read more
A brief history
The origins of the Fuller Hamlets Soccer Club go back to 1969 when children from the Fuller Road neighborhood in Sutton came to watch adult games at Fuller Field and asked if they could play. Neighborhood youth teams played in informal leagues by 1971, and in 1972 the first youth soccer team in Worcester County history–the Fuller Hamlets U-11 Boys–joined the Pioneer Soccer League in the Boston Metro Area to get games and, incidentally, to win the Pioneer League Championship.
Long committed to the idea of a statewide premier league the Fuller Hamlets was a founding member of the National Challenge Cup League (NCCL) in 1987, and successor the Massachusetts Premier League in 1994 and thereafter dropped out of the county wide leagues. The Fuller Hamlets S.C. is today the oldest and longest-lived youth soccer club playing in the Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE) and has won 59 Massachusetts state cup and league championships at all ages from U11 to U19. In all but three years 1989-2008 the record of Fuller Hamlets teams has ranked us first, second, or third in the state.
Our state champions and our other successful senior teams have consistently sent the majority of their players to the best College programs which have supported these players with literally millions of dollars. At the last count our players were voted “All-American” at either High school or college level 28 times, and three have played for U.S. national teams. In the club’s most recent determination to give our best players the highest level of competition and the chance for Eastern U.S. exposure to college coaches the Hamlets have united with four other prominent MAPLE clubs as the Black Watch Alliance to send teams to the Super Y League finals(2009).
The three bases of the club’s recent successes are (1) the Hamlets Wanderers program; (2) the Hamlets Soccer Camp; and (3) outright ownership/control of the Bowden A & B, Hassett, and Fuller Fields. Each year the Hamlets Wanderers program takes 65 to 100 x 7 to 9-year-olds with potential and trains them in fundamental skills and the 11-a-side game at the Wanderers Training Facility at Fuller Field (with scrimmages under the lights at the Bowden A & B fields). The outdoor program runs August-November and April-June and the indoor program January to March.
Most Hamlets players, some as teams, attend at least one week of Hamlets Soccer Camp, July-August (ratio 1 coach to 8 campers or better).
In 2008 the Fuller Hamlets implemented a Community Outreach program. The Fuller Hamlets Soccer Club held clinics for the Quinsigamond Elementary School Community. The neighborhood children practiced skills work and played in short sided scrimmages coached by Fuller Hamlets coaching staff. The goal of the clinics were to help inner city children learn the basic skills needed to enjoy playing the game and to develop needed skills to play for a team in the local area league.
Our greatest club-owned assets are the Bowden A & B fields with floodlights and irrigation (1980-82), the superbly-drained 5-acre Hassett practice field at Sutton Square/Boston Road (1984), and the 4-acre Fuller Road facility owned by the Bowden family (1969).
For further info. See Martyn J. Bowden, Hamlets: A History & Geography… 1969- 1989, Sutton: Putnam House, 1990, 200pp. & J. & S. Le Claire, A Century of Sutton Sports,Sutton: Sutton Foundation, 2004, pp. 109,165,185-187.