Young football stars all set for the big kick off
Sunday 07 September 2014
Junior soccer stars prepared for their big kick off at the annual Clifton Rangers football tournament.
The 19th event to be held saw 150 teams from Huddersfield, Halifax, Brighouse, Bradford, Leeds and further afield took part in the competition ahead of the big kick-off of their seasons.
Marcus Haigh, from Clifton Rangers and one of the organisers said it was another successful competition.
“Everything went really well and we had teams from under sevens up to under 14’s.
“Obviously like most tournaments we had some teams drop out but everything ran smoothly and people seemed to have a good time.
“It is also good for the players as it was a chance to get used to their new formats, either nine-a-side and 11-a-side.”
Taking place at Brighouse High School on Finkil Street, the tournament also raised vital funds for the club.
The parents of Clifton Rangers under 11’s kindly baked buns and cakes for the cake stall, which was a yummy success.
Fun in the sun as football club looks to a bright future
Sunday 08 June 2014
The future looks bright for Clifton Rangers as new and existing players signed up for the football club at its annual family fun day.
The event, held on Sunday at the club’s base at Bailiff Bridge playing fields on Bradford Road, saw lots of families attend to take part in a variety of activities.
Katrina Asquith, one of the organisers, said: “A lot of existing players signed up and some new players too.
“It was a good day for the club and a good day for the families.
“We are looking forward to the season ahead.”
The club, which has both boys’ and girls’ teams from ages three to 18, has been established for more than 30 years.
It currently has more than 15 FA qualified coaches working with the different age groups.
Money raised at the fun day will go towards purchasing new equipment and improving the club’s training facilities.
The club has been working with the Bailiff Bridge community and Calderdale Council to put together plans for a new clubhouse.
“It will be fantastic because it will provide changing rooms, training facilities and storage space for the kids,” Katrina said.
“It’s bringing us into the 21st century.”
FOOTY AND FUN IN THE SUN
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Families in Clifton came together for their village football team’s first ever fun day.
Clifton Rangers Junior Football club held the event at Bailiff Bridge playing fields on Bradford Road and doubled up as their signing on day for new and existing players.
Family Fun for Clifton Rangers at Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge. Lucy Skelcher aged ten.
There was plenty of entertainment for both young and old with a barbecue, penalty shoot out and a coaches versus the under 16 team who were 5-2 winners.
Chairman Chris Smith said the club will be looking to make the day an annual event.
“We had between 500 and 1,000 people attend which was very good considering it was Brighouse 1940’s weekend.
“It was open to all the local residents and we had charity stalls . We had teams from three-years-old to 18 and we now have 270 players as we continue to grow year on year.”
Family Fun for Clifton Rangers at Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge.
The club is holding trials for under 11/12’s on Sunday at Towngate, Clifton, between 10am-2pm. They are also looking for girls to join their teams.
SMILES FOR CLIFTON
Clifton Rangers played a team from Norway.
Pictured are both captains Tom Gilbert and Jonas Hinna Published on Saturday 8 October 2011 10:07
CLIFTON Rangers played host to several junior sides from Hinna in Norway. They were in England on a five-day tour of the North West. Under 12s manager Gary West was contacted by the company he has been in talks with over arranging overseas tournaments to see if Clifton would like to help Hinna with a game for the Under-nines and under-12s.
Before each game the captain of each Rangers side handed the skipper of the Hinna side a pennant. After the game everyone was welcomed back to Bailiff Bridge Community Centre for pie and peas before returning back to their base in Manchester.
Thanks were expressed to all who pitched in with the food, Bailiff Bridge Centre and Gary West and Ryan Gledhill in what was a very successful evening and one to be repeated in the future. Melanie Walker said, “This was a great success and both the children and the adults enjoyed it. “It was nice to see the Norwegians enjoying the Yorkshire fayre.”
Clifton’s under-12s lost 3 - 1 with Owen Murphy getting the home goal
The under-nines drew 2 - 2. Sam Nixon scored in the first half and Robbie Thompson in the second.
The under-nines B won 1 - 0 with Freddie Ward getting the only goal.
The under-nines C lost 3 - 1. Ellis Walker got the Clifton goal.
Ambitious plans for clubs growth
Published on Saturday 4 June 2011 15:54
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.
Links with Huddersfield Town
Clifton Rangers have become the latest junior football club to join Town's Club Partnership.
They become the second Brighouse based team to join the fast growing scheme.
"We are delighted to welcome them to the HTAFC family" said Business Development Manager Mark Davies.
"They've been keen to forge links with us for some time now and this Partnership will give them the perfect opportunity to form an ongoing and beneficial relationship for the foreseeable future.
"Since the launch, the Club Partnership is going from strength to strength with request coming in on a daily basis.
"It's a scheme which focuses on benefitting all aspects of a football club; the players, the coaches and the club itself through our assistance - there really is something for everyone in it."
The Partnership is totally FREE to sign up to and has a raft of benefits for players, coaches and the Club themselves.
So if you're a dynamic non-professional sports club with junior teams up to 18 then you could benefit greatly from becoming a partner club.
ANDY DROPS IN TO CLUB PARTNER
12:00 21st September 2012
by Dave Sykes
Andy drops in to Club Partner
Huddersfield Town’s Club Ambassador Andy Booth – along with the npower League 1 Play-Off Trophy – made a surprise visit to Club Partner Clifton Rangers on Monday night.
‘Boothy’ dropped in to see their under-9 side, letting the kids get their photo with the Trophy – and a bona fide Club legend of course!
“We want to say a huge thank you to Huddersfield Town for arranging the visit of Andy Booth and the trophy,” said Katrina Asquith of Clifton Rangers.
“The kids’ faces were amazing when they saw him and Andy was fantastic – ha had time for everyone. We did thank him very loudly on Monday night, but we want to pass on our thanks again!”
“I’d like to thank Clifton Rangers for welcoming me along on Monday – it was great to see how excited the kids were to see the trophy. They were asking me a lot of questions and it’s great to see youngsters in our area so excited about Huddersfield Town!”
Reducing the risk
(soccer tournament in player's memory boosts charity)
Brighouse Echo - 4th September 2008
A football tournament held in memory of a former Clifton Rangers’ Player was supported by hundreds of young soccer enthusiasts.
The Dominic O’Loughlin Anniversary Soccer Festival organised by Clifton Rangers, was held at Brighouse High School.
Dominic, who was a captain of Clifton Rangers’ under 11’s team, died aged 11, in 1994 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition and since then the Clifton Rangers have made regular donations to the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Teams from Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds took part in the six-a-side matches and Margaret Alen, club secretary, said it had been a fantastic day’s sport.
“All the teams that entered had a great day and participated well without any problems. They joined in the spirit of the occasion and made it a very special day.
“Many of the matches were won on penalties which added to the excitement.”
This year’s event was even more poignant with the death of Dominic’s father, Barry O’Loughlin, in September last year – just a few days after the soccer festival had been held.
His wife, Fiona, and daughters Francesca and Mez, were at this year’s event to accept a cheque for £1,000 for the charity CRY from Clifton Rangers’ chairman Andrew Sykes and treasurer Mike Cresey.
Mrs Allen said the event was a credit to the memory of Barry and Dominic O’Loughlin.
“I would like to thank the managers and parents who helped on Friday night setting up at the high school and also the parents who helped all day Saturday and cleared the site on Saturday night. Without their help it couldn’t have happened,” said Margaret.
Refreshments were available throughout the event, as well as hair-spraying, face-painting, a penalty shoot-out, a bun and cake stall and special photographs that could be purchased on the day of the children taking part.
It is hoped the event will have raised more than £2,000 which will go back into the club to help benefit the children playing for Clifton Rangers.
Winners were: Under-nines, Norristhorpe; under-10s, Hepworth; under 11s, HAFC; under-12s, Clifton Rangers ‘C’ team; under-13s, Brighouse B team; under-14s, Rastrick ‘A’ team.
All the under-seven and under-eight teams received participation medals.