FORMED JULY 2015
MESSAGE FROM GAVIN - LEAGUE SECRETARY (FOUNDER)
We have come a long way in such a short time, we formed the league in July of 2015 affiliating to the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA and now we are about to enter our 6th season. Although the Barnsley & District Junior Football League is still relatively new as a league, we offer organized and structured junior football for ages 7 to 14. In our first year, the league had 28 teams from 16 clubs competing, in our second season we increased our teams to 58 from 26 clubs taking part then last season a further increase to 130 teams from 28 clubs.
Recently we have all been affected with the Covid-19 Pandemic, very surreal times for everyone throughout the world, yet we continue to amaze ourselves. Just like on a football pitch, we are all fighters, we are all winners as we will not be beaten. On a personal note, I honestly thought we would lose clubs and teams, yet amazingly we continue to grow. The 2020/21 season will yet again increase in excess of 150 teams which will make our league even more stronger and more competitive, so its onwards and upwards, and with the increased participation of both teams and clubs across all the age groups, this is testament to how much our teams have enjoyed participation in the league.
With my initial 5-year plan and a strong management team in place the Barnsley & District Junior Football League aims to be one of the best leagues in Yorkshire, I believe as does my management team that we are already them. Not only have we increased team numbers to the league, we have also increased the management team too, recruiting yet another two new members onto our team during the break who are all dedicated to ensure the leagues member clubs and teams have plenty of competitive football, with fixtures every week. The league is also dedicated to the development of our clubs and their coaches all thriving to achieve Charter Standard status and developing coaches to achieve at least the Level 1 Coaching Certificates which again is a credit to all our clubs involved.
Last year we moved into our new office space at Athersley Recreation Football Ground in Barnsley, this is a fantastic venue for grassroots football, facilities are second to none, this gives us a more professional look as we continue to move in the right direction, the office will be open regularly throughout the week and weekends.
As secretary to the Barnsley & District Junior Football League, I was honored to receive two amazing awards during the last year. In July 2019, I was nominated for and won the HALLAM FM HERO AWARD for CONTRIBUTION TO SPORT IN YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE. Supporting young up and coming boys and girls wanting to develop football skills in their communities. This followed with yet a bigger surprise in August 2019 when nominated for THE PROUD OF BARNSLEY AWARD - CHILDRENS CHAMPION which came as a total shock to me, However, I could not have achieved either of these awards without the great team and support they give and there involvement in the league, the awards go to show how far we have come.
Looking forward to the 2020 – 2021 season, we want to wish all our teams the best of luck in your respective age groups and divisions, have a fantastic season and enjoy every minute, also have fun along the way, its not always about the winning, its about the taking part, enjoy!! Any clubs or coaches wanting more information on the league and what we have to offer please contact our Secretary Gavin Logan on 07901 229251 or email email@example.com
Yours in Sport
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