Woodkirk Valley FC are looking ahead to a bright future as the club celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Valley was constituted as a junior football club in June 2001, with two junior football teams aiming to provide children with the resources and facilities to develop both on and off the pitch.
The club shared the facilities at Woodkirk Cricket Club where they are still today, and while the cricket section has since folded, the football club successfully negotiated a lease with the land owners and continue to grow year on year.
From Neil Austin’s vision to set up the club, Valley now has a soccer school based at Morley Leisure Centre on Saturday mornings and next year there will be 21 teams from junior boys and girls teams to open age sides. Woodkirk has attained the FA’s highest community charter standard and were runners-up in the 2015 West Riding County FA Charter Standard Community Club of the year.
The community club runs various other activities including rounders and running groups and it has been proactive in offering the facilities to local schools for activities and tournaments, working with new Academy Trust.
Valley chairman Jason Tabor said: “I have seen the club continue to grow. We started with around 30 boys and now we are around the 200 mark.
“We are looking forward to the next 15 years and growing and supporting local boys and girls to experience football.”
As part of its anniversary celebrations, Valley have a new club badge, featuring the date of its founding.