PE teacher’s bid to put football back on the map

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A football mad teacher is looking to put secondary school football back on the map in Brighouse and the whole of Calderdale despite the tough challenges that face him.

Alex Miller, a PE teacher at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, has volunteered to run the secondary school’s cup football competition and re-establish the passion for high school football again.

“I have volunteered as in recent years, through no fault of anyone, the football amongst the schools has gone downhill. One of the reasons is because the funding has been cut dramatically recently having an affect on venues for finals, medals, equipment etc.

“This in turn is starting to have a negative effect on the students who participate in school’s football which is well over 1,000 students who play it to a competitive standard.”

The Cup competition, which looks to get underway before October half term, involves all the age groups from school’s in Calderdale.

Now, Alex is hoping with the help of sponsorship from businesses and support from football clubs in the area, he can help rejuvenate the passion. “The finals used to be held at The Shay and it used to be a real school and family occasion as everyone went down to support the teams.

“It was a real motivation and that is what I am looking for - to get youngsters playing games with their mates with the chance of playing at a top ground.

“I have already spoken with a graphics team and they are willing to put together a programme so businesses or anyone able to help out with sponsorship or pay for trophies or medals, we can include them in the programme and we can look to rename the competition as well.” Contact Alex on a.miller@hlhs.co.uk for more.