Our next Club in the Spotlight is Barnsley-based Junior Tykes FC, as we look to showcase Yorkshire’s sport clubs.
Founded in 1995, the club now has players from as young as 4-years-old all the way up to the Under-15 side.
The club has FA Charter status, and all of their teams compete in the Rosehill Press Sheffield and District Junior League.
We asked club Treasurer and Deputy Secretary Marie Faherty-Hirst some questions about the junior club.
What is the best thing about your club?
Junior Tykes was formed in 1995 and is still going strong today. We have a lot of history at the club, with past players returning with their children and now taking up manager’s roles. This club brings together our community, whilst teaching kids new skills, something we are proud of. Within our area there aren’t many hobbies available for children of all ages. This is why we are keen to keep this club going and praise all the volunteers that are involved with the club. The president of the club, Terry Spence, is in his 70s and will not leave his post because it means that much to him and the kids involved. Our club is full of passion.
What are you most proud of at your club?
I’m very proud of everyone involved with Junior Tykes but most of all the president, Terry Spence, a man in his 70s who is so passionate about the club. He still cuts the grass on all of the pitches, does the lining, helps move the equipment to each pitch and attends the league committee meetings, all because he wants to be involved. His passion for the club and seeing a smile on the kids’ faces is what’s important to him, which I think is remarkable. He is the heartbeat of our club and keeps everyone in line which I think is the reason for our success.
If there is one thing that you hope your members take from being a part of your club, what would it be?
Fun, fun, fun! Every volunteer does their best for the children so it’s imperative that we don’t lose focus of why we are here. Without fun, it wouldn’t be worthwhile.
What makes your club unique?
Our subscriptions are the cheapest in the area. Year after year we never increase them even though our bills have increased. The area we live in is of a mixed financial background so we do not want to eliminate any child from being able to come along and take part. Each child is treated the same at our club, no matter what background they come from. At Christmas we put on a Christmas party for all of our age groups and each child gets a Christmas present, all free of charge. We also have a party for the management team, including the referees, coaches and volunteers to say thank you and bring everyone together. Our club is one of the longest standing clubs within the league. Whilst other clubs are folding we are still going which I think is amazing; our history is important along with our club values.
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