THE only women’s football team in the Calder Valley is currently in serious danger of folding.
The situation has arisen despite the continuing increase in the popularity of women’s football, and the recent involvement of the England team in the 2011 World Cup in Germany,
Hebden Royd United Ladies FC is the only women’s football club in the area, with a catchment area that covers the whole of the Upper Calder Valley, from Burnley right through to Brighouse.
The club was originally started to enable girls of all ages to get involved in the game, and has evolved over the last decade, covering a range of age groups in girls’ football, from under-eight to under-17.
The women’s team was added in 2003 and for the last four seasons has remained as the club’s only team.
Hebden Royd United Ladies FC play in the West Riding County Women’s Football League. Matches are played on Sunday afternoons, and the team plays against sides from Keighley, Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds.
Team Manager Paul McMahon has concerns that, due to the lack of new players coming forward, there is a possibility that the team will not have enough players registered by the August 31 deadline to enable it to commit to the forthcoming league fixtures.
“We have a very committed nucleus of players, who have kept the club going through the last couple of seasons,” he said.
“But we still need at least six more new signings for the season to create a squad that is big enough to cope with the inevitable injuries and absences that occur during a season.
“Any player who is 16 years old, or older, at the start of the season is eligible to play.
“But anyone who becomes 16 during the season can still play when they ‘come of age’, so it is well worth them coming down to training and getting the experience of training with the team.’
“If you enjoy watching football and keeping fit why not combine the two and join the club,” said Paul.
“Hebden Royd United is a friendly club where the emphasis is definitely on the taking part and enjoying the game,” he said.
Training currently takes place on the pitch at Luddenden Foot on Tuesday evenings, and anyone interested can just turn up at 6:30pm.
Alternatively they can contact either Paul on 01422 884261 or 07933 712447 and firstname.lastname@example.org, or coach Laurie Dyer on 01422 881311, for further details.