Football club makes the save of the season

Alverthorpe Juniors FC under eights team and new members that have joined the club following an article in the Express warning it may fold.
Alverthorpe Juniors FC under eights team and new members that have joined the club following an article in the Express warning it may fold.

Junior footballers have pulled off one of the best saves of the season - by preventing their club from folding.

Earlier this year the Express ran a plea for more talented youngsters and coaches to join Alverthorpe Juniors FC.

The club has been nurturing young talent in the village for 20 years, playing in leagues across the district.

But numbers dwindled during the past year and last season it was down to its final four teams.

Dedicated parents and volunteers who keep the pitches at Edward Sutch playing fields, in Flanshaw, up to standard feared the club may collapse if it did not get more support.

Now more children have signed up for next season and the club has got a kit sponsor to help reduce costs.

Coach Paul Barraclough said: “Following the publicity in the Express and a leaflet campaign, AJFC has managed to establish an under eight age group who will enter the Charles Rice League next season as under nines.

“The team has a number of friendly fixtures and galas arranged for the coming weeks and all of the children are working extremely hard in training in preparation for the games.

“We are now hoping that the commitment and enthusiasm of these players acts as a catalyst for attracting some more younger recruits to the club.

“We are all certain that the club now has a much brighter future thanks to all the hard work and commitment of all players, coaches and club officials.”

The squad has been sponsored by plumbing and heating firm Pegler Yorkshire Group Ltd.

The club would still like to hear from more footballers, including those aged from four to six, as it now wants to establish a Soccer Tots session.

Training is every Saturday from 10.30am at the playing fields off Alverthorpe Road.

Anyone interested in joining should contact Mr Barraclough on 07557 871927.

Or for more details visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/alverthorpejuniors