FC Nelson was established in 2011 through the joining of four clubs, Nelson City, Metro, Tahuna Juniors and ex-National League side and Chatham Cup winners Nelson United.
Each of these football clubs had their own proud histories and the decision to merge these was not taken lightly, however, the amalgamation and subsqeuent formation of FC Nelson, has allowed the club to grow and develop new opportunities for all our members to progress and develop, something which may not have been possible while continuing to operate smaller independent units.
The club has grown over the past ten years, cementing roots in the local community, including partnerships with Nelson Colleges for Boys and Girls, development pathways and resources for local refugees and a partnership with New Zealand's only professional club, Wellington Phoenix Football Club.
Community is at the heart of the club, with a variety of cultures coming together under the universal langauge of football. In 2021, approximately 75% of the First Team’s Men’s squad was homegrown, including five former refugees from the local Chin, Nepalese and Karenni communities. Such communities are inherent throughout the club.
In 2022, the club is continuing its growth and development of player pathways, there are approximately 28 junior teams competing in the winter league, numerous club tournaments available to our local talents, development pathways including the Wellington Phoenix's Pre-Academy Skills and Development Centre and our holiday and summer football programs.
We are one club and one community, united with a common passion for the beautiful game. Our long term aim is make football accessible and enjoyable at all levels of the game and to give players of all ages and coaches the chance to develop to whatever level they aspire to.
We look forward to welcoming you as part of the FC Nelson family!