Projects & fundraising
Howden Clough JFC are a community club, run by volunteers. The management and funding of a club of this size is quite considerable, and for this this, the valued support from our volunteers and sponsors is paramount for our continued success. Please read about our Club House project below, and click on the GoFundMe button if you would like to help.
Day to Day Club Management
Howden Clough JFC provide a fun and safe environment for all of our players to develop and thrive. We regularly buy new equipment including training equipment, footballs, goal posts, nets, football pitch line paint, mowers for the grass, storage containers and more. All of our coaches need periodic training including CRB checks, Safeguarding Training, First Aid Training and FA Coaching training. A lot of the training requires refresher training and renewals. We need to annually maintain insurances and pay for league fees and registrations. We also need to pay for hiring some of the training pitches and sports halls that we use.
We provide medals and trophies for our players for the end of season presentation events, as a thank you for the hard work and commitment our players show throughout the football season.
The player subs we receive helps in some part to pay for all of this. However, the sub fees alone are not quite enough, so as a not for profit organisation, Howden Clough do hold regular fundraising events. Please read further for more details of our fundraising activities.
Howden Clough Gala 2019
They think it’s all over, it is now! Well, until the next time…
Well what an amazing and successful Howden Clough JFC 2019 Gala.
The footballing extravaganza was successful beyond our expectations. The weather was brilliant, the turnout was awesome, and close to 100 Junior teams from across our region participating over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of June, with kids from 4 to 15 years old getting involved.
Our MP Tracy Brabin kicked off the tournament with the blast of an air horn. From there we witnessed lots of great football and sportsmanship, nail biting conclusions to the group stages, semi-final penalty shootout heartache and victories, brilliantly played finals, with lots of medals and trophies awarded to lots of amazing footballers.
A massive thank you to everyone involved, including all of the players, coaches, parents, spectators, local residents and especially to all of our volunteers who helped to make our gala an amazing success. We exceeded our fundraising expectations, with every penny going towards building our new Club House.
We received marvelous feedback and comments from lots of the teams who helped to make the weekend such a success, so a big thank you to you all. Here are some of the nice words received from the visiting teams when asked what was good about our gala;
–Everything, but especially the friendly nature of the tournament and the excellent organisation of matches. I think it’s the nicest gala we attend. (Rastrick U14)
-Well organised (Gomersal & Cleckheaton U13)
-The format of the competition. Great day for all (Mount Pleasant U14)
-Well run, friendly gala (YMCA U10)
-Friendly and well organised. Opposition team levels pretty level. Reasonably priced. Reffing was decent. (Leeds Juniors U8).
-Good standard for all age groups (Cleckheaton Sporting Juniors U7, U9, U10)
-The kid’s faces enjoying the tournament and being together. The pitches allowed us to be closer and when we have two teams it’s nice not to be on at the same time so we can cheer each other on. Great day and great volunteers. Very helpful and down to earth!! Thanks (Hunslet Club U7)
-The weather!! Was well organised (Clifton Rangers U12)
-Friendly staff great setting , big pitches; it was perfect, thank you for a lovely day (Fisical U7)
-Well organised. Great bunch of people, really enjoyed it (Robin Hood U12)
-Great gala, really well organised, played in the right spirit. Everyone represented your club fantastically well. I was speaking to some of your older kids towards the end of the gala and they were so well mannered, knowledgeable and helpful. They spoke extremely highly of how great Howden Clough is and how lucky they are to be part of it. (Yorkshire Amateurs U10).
-Outstanding tournament, well done to the team (James Rourke, White Rose All Stars).
-Really well organised tournament, thank you for having us (Ossett Town U13).
So once again a big thank you to everyone involved. We hope to see you all again at next years gala!
Howden Clough JFC Club House
The Club are working with our Local MP Tracy Brabin and her team, the local authority, Kirklees Planning Officers, Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL), and Batley Girls High School. Tracy Brabin MP visited the club recently on a match day to watch some of the games, speak with lots of our volunteers, spectators and players. We discussed our plans, and agreed to work with us and other stakeholders to progress our clubhouse project.
The Howden Clough JFC committee have had further consultation meetings with Batley Girls High School to agree specific locations of the proposed Clubhouse.
Following the the site meetings with builders and developers, discussion the facilities our Club House will need and the best building options available.
There is conceptual design for the club house, for which we have held further positive consultation meetings with Batley Girls High School, Kirklees Planning Officers & Tracey Brabins team to progress our project further. We now have a target cost for the Club House project, so it is full steam ahead for Howden Clough JFC’s fundraising activities.
This will be the biggest project we have undertaken, and will need the support from our community to achieve our goal.
If you would like to know more about our Clubhouse Project, please ask any questions on the contact us page.
We are undertaking a lot of fundraising activities, which you will see updates regularly.
This is a very important step forward for the club, which will provide state of the art facilities for children to play, enjoy and develop for years to come. If you would like to contribute to our Clubhouse project, please, please, please dig deep and donate whatever you can via our GoFundMe Page Howden Clough ClubHouse.
Every little helps.
The First Howden Clough JFC Fun Run!
With our 2019 successful gala over, it’s time to concentrate on our upcoming inaugural Fun Run to be held on the Howden Clough fields on the afternoon of Sunday 15th September, which will also coincide with a Fundraising Football match played between our Open Age team and a local employer, Volvo. We’re asking as many Howden Clough players and supporters as possible to take part to raise money for our Clubhouse fundraising. There will be 3 courses to accommodate all abilities, a 1km, 2.5km and 5km, and you don’t have to run…you can walk, skip, hop, whatever you like, as long as you’re having fun and raising money!
Our club isn’t just about playing football, we’re a community, and this is a great opportunity for us all to get together at the start of the new season. We’ll hopefully have a BBQ running along with other refreshments, but feel free to bring a rug, chairs and other games to spend a Sunday afternoon with your orange and black family… hopefully the sun will also make an appearance.
Back to the business of fundraising. We’re asking you/your Howden Clough player(s) to get as many sponsors as possible. For the player who raises the most money, they will receive FREE subs for the 2019/2020 season. In order to receive this, it’s VERY important that when the player is sponsored through the Go Fund Me page (link below), the person sponsoring them states their FULL NAME and age group (next year’s) in the comments so that it can be tracked back. If the player’s name isn’t stated, it cannot be tracked back to them. People can get sponsors the old fashioned way using a paper sheet, please let us know if you need one and we’ll email it out to you.
Here’s the link to the go fund me page…please remind your sponsors to state your player’s name.