Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


In the Summer of 1975, a group of young boys were playing football in the street. Naturally, the ball spent more time in the gardens than it did in the road. Eventually, local man Jack Hammersley asked the boys if they would like to form a team and play in competitive matches; Stalybridge Celtic Juniors was formed.

At the end of the 1976/77 season, a second team was formed as so many lads wanted to play, and as is our club policy to this day, none were turned away. The club gradually went from three teams in the late 1970s and early 1980s to teams at all age groups and since the late '80s has continued to grow to where we are today at 27 teams.

Football is the main focus of our club, but it's more than just having a kick about at the weekend, from social events like go-karting and bowling to our annual presentation evening where over 1000 of our children and parents come together to celebrate the achievements of the past year. We even have a Dads Vs. Coaches group where the big kids can show they've still got it after they 'had trials when they were a kid'. Our army of volunteer coaches provide a place for the kids to come and play the beautiful game while learning new skills and forging life long friendships at the same time.

Our Soccer School is open to anyone from 4-16, it doesn't matter if you've never kicked a ball before or your first word was 'GOAL!'. While the kids are having a great time on the pitch, the parents can get a hot brew in the clubhouse to keep their fingers from falling off.

All of this is at risk!

We have seen at an increasing rate, the dreaded message on our website...'SOCCER SCHOOL CANCELLED THIS WEEK DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCH'. Our pitch is saturated, and whenever we get a heavy downpour, the pitch is covered in surface water with nowhere to drain off to. For weeks after a heavy downpour, half of the pitch is unplayable, meaning we have to relocate our matches to artificial pitches (at a massive cost). We are in desperate need of drainage to resolve the problem and get the pitches playable through the winter months.

Whenever we have to close our Soccer School we are not only losing vital income to keep us running, we are disappointing around 100 kids who would want nothing more than to get some fresh air and have a kick about with their mates, but it's simply too unsafe for them to play.

The project:

- To install drainage across the main pitch ( 87m x 46m ) and kiddies pitch ( 47m x 38m )

Stalybridge Celtic Juniors FC

Moment of Pride

We are 100% volunteer run providing football to over 350 kids on a weekly basis. Our weekly soccer school is at risk with a waterlogged pitch and we need to do something about it.

Location: Mossley Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 9DQ, United Kingdom