CLIFTON Rangers junior football club has announced ambitious plans for the future.
They include starting an open-age team in the Huddersfield League, building a major training facility, becoming an FA Centre of Excellence and building a second clubhouse.
Driving force behind the plans is chairman Chris Smith, who has already put the first steps in hand.
In addition to the major aspects of the plan he says: “After a lot of time and effort I have secured the 25-year lease of Victoria Park, Bailiff Bridge, for Clifton Rangers and agreed long term contracts for Towngate at Clifton, “ he said.
“ I am investing significant amounts of money in developing the site over a five year period.
“In that plan we are looking to introduce an open age football team, enhance our current football pitches and update of kit etc.”
He said the club has a growing membership and FA Charter Standard renewal with six coaches passing FA Level 1.
The club has been awarded charity status. It has also raised money to buy equipment for Highbury Special School and offered free school camps to deprived local children.
“These are exciting times at the club and we look forward to seeing more and more children joining us - and their parents,” he said.
The club’s annual tournament this weekend at Brighouse High School, 9.30am to 4.30pm each day will feature clubs from all across West Yorkshire.
It also includes an 11-a-side tournament, a rare event within West Yorkshire. Highbury Special School will also be raising money during the event.
The club’s annual sign-on days are on June 11 at Towngate, Clifton and on July 2 at Victoria Park, Bailiff Bridge.
Its under-sevens team has also recived £750 sponsorship thanks to two of the dads.
Depuy, part of Johnson & Johnson, has given £500, supported by one of their employees, Charles Haigh, who’s son Matthew is a team member.
The team has also received a further £250 from Coby Bloom’s dad Christian, who did a parachute jump.