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Thackley Juniors Annual Tournament

We are holding our second annual tournament on the weekend of July 6-8th at the Mitton Group stadium at Dennyfield, on the main pitch of Thackley AFC.

The details are attached and will be a weekend of family fun as well as junior football.

The tournament will be held over 3 days starting on Friday evening and finishing Sunday afternoon.

The Thackley Clubhouse will be open throughout with food and drink also available in the ground.

To make this a family and fun occasion there will be a bouncy castle, slide and inflatable maze, plus an inflatable football pitch and Zorbs for adults willing to join in the fun! We also have children’s rides, face painting, balloon modelling plus other stalls to make this an event not to miss.

Tournament 2018

Wildcats 2018

SSE Wildcats girls football centre at Thackley Juniors

Thackley Juniors are holding a SSE Wildcats football centre for girls over several months which commenced in April.

Mark Senior is overseeing the new centre sponsored by SSE as part of the FA’s initiative to increase girls participation in football.  We are committed to support the FA’s aim to double girls participation by 2020.

If you have a daughter aged between 7-11 who may be interested in playing then bring her to one of the SSE Wildcats sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5.30-6.30pm at Thackley AFC (Ainsbury Avenue, Thackley, BD10 0TL)


Thackley Juniors New Coach Academy

New! Coach Academy
For new coaches, thackley juniors coaches or affiliates. Age 16+

Learn to coach, improve your coaching, progress your coaching

Once a month free of charge (funded) delivered by Mark Senior – degree in sport, uefa B, pro academy coach at Man united and Burnley since 2005.

First session is at goals soccer centre, Kings Rd, Bradford BD2 1NR. 15 March 2018 7.30-9pm.

Learn to coach; pathways to take teams in sessions and matches.

To apply please contact mark on 07969870731 or proskillseducation@gmail.con


Junior Football Leaders Award 7th April

Venue; Thackley AFC

Date; Thursday 7th April 9:00-3pm

Who will take the course? The content will be delivered by coaches from the West Riding County FA

This course provides a basic introduction to leadership skills required when involved in football.

We will also provide each candidate with ongoing opportunities to assist our qualified coaches in sessions with our younger age groups u6-u9’sDSC_3181


The course will primarily introduce 4 areas:

  • Assisting football activity sessions
  • Introduction to refereeing
  • Helping with a team
  • Different Football Events


In addition to these areas, Respect, promoting the game and developing the game will be embedded during the guided learning hours.


Who should apply?
This qualification is aimed at young people aged at least 12 who are looking for an introduction to leadership skills that may be used within the game and beyond.


What will I learn?
The course will cover:

  • How to get involved in football
  • Getting involved and helping those involved to ‘get better’
  • Creating a safe learning environment
  • Organising games
  • Introduction to the basics of ‘FUNdamentals’
  • Preparing to referee
  • Whistle techniques and and introduction to ‘Ball In, Ball Out’
  • Safety of the players and re-starts to the game
  • Preparing for the game
  • Warm-up prior to the game
  • Organising and managing player’s expectations
  • An introduction to three different formats of competition
  • Using these in a practical setting


How long will it take?
The course will last 6 hours and then there is a requirement for 4 hours of additional voluntary work.


If interested please contact Mat Everett  –

You must be on the register and have filled in a medical form prior to the day.

FA cup

The FA Cup day in pictures

BBC trucks and vans


The FA Cup arrives in it’s security box


And carefully placed on it’s plinth


The FA Cup, pride of place on the main pitch ready for photos


Mat with a few final words for the U17 lads who were helping steward for the day


The blow up pitch being prepared


And the kids begin to arrive, excited by what lies ahead


And the blow up pitch proved a real favourite with the kids







MOTD Kickabout’s John Farnworth was a great attraction too













Meanwhile the photo shoots with the FA cup were in full swing











And plenty of games going on around the pitch








All being filmed by the Batcam

Then they gathered for the finale







A great day all captured for CBBC MOTD Kickabout.  The kids loved it, the coaches loved it and John Farnworth loved it.

A big thank you to all those who volunteered to help on the day and to all our kids who did themselves proud for the club.

Thackley Juniors…the best club in the world


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Charter Standard Community Club – An overview

Our FA development programme for Charter Standard Community Club Status

What is it?

The FA Charter Standard kitemark is awarded to football clubs who provide a high quality football experience. FA Charter Standard clubs are proven to be well run, sustainable, and importantly place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs to recognise the different standards. The entry level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Club’, the next level is an ‘FA Charter Standard Development Club’ and the most advanced ‘FA Charter Standard Community Club’.

Each advanced level requires additional criteria to be met. Once awarded, FA Charter Standard clubs and leagues are given an annual health check to ensure the standards of provision are maintained. Kitemark awards can be withdrawn if a club has a poor disciplinary record, fails to attend in-service FA Charter Standard events or is unable to continue to meet the criteria.

As a club we have maintained FA Charter Standard Club which needed to feature a trained Welfare Officer, CRB-checked volunteers, Emergency Aid-trained volunteers linked to each team, Respect programme sign-up, a Level One coach for each youth team, appropriate club administration in place and a volunteer co-ordination.

We already met the criteria for FA Charter Standard Development Clubs which must in addition have at least five teams, have a club development plan, a Level 2 coach, and club officials must attend two in-service development events per year.

Our application for FA Community Club Status meant we needed to have at least ten teams. We must have male and female football provision, a Mini-Soccer team, an advanced 5 year development plan, and stage at least one workshop per season to improve behaviour. We need at least one coach to have completed the specialist youth coaching module 2 and one club official needs to have attended an FA mentoring course. The club must have a schools co-ordinator and volunteer co-ordinator in addition.

So what is in our 5 year development plan?

The good news is we were already doing a lot of great things as a club and we just need to keep up the good work, such as:

  • Growing our teams each year and backfilling at the young age groups.
  • Having a positive relationship with the local schools
  • Providing a development pathway through the age groups into the senior game
  • Actively supporting the respect campaign and raising standards of behaviour. (To maintain our status we must continue to improve and maintain a good record)
  • Being able to provide good facilities whilst growing our teams through good relationships with the local authorities & schools
  • Run award ceremonies annually
  • Ensure governance over the annual health checks

What’s new?

There are lots of plans being worked through on taking the club forward and continuing to grow. Here are the key headlines:

  • Create a Football development subcommittee, this needs to be formed with representatives from the juniors, seniors, girls, disability and coaches.
  • Coach development – supporting the pathway whether that be level 1 or 2, youth modules, or branching out into specialist areas like goalkeeping, futsal etc.
  • Create a new junior disability team
  • Develop referees (10 referees within 5 years)
  • Develop Youth Leaders  through the football futures programme (this is youth leaders from 14yrs plus)
  • Grow the girls section in the way we did with the boys
  • Increase the number of female coaches.
  • Create a juniors skills You Tube channel to promote self-learning, encouraging kids to practice outside of sessions and show what they can do.

We’ve lots of new and exciting initiatives on the roadmap and as a committee we are looking for help. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining a subcommittee to be part of building and maintaining our Community Club status then please let us know by contacting one of the committee members.

It would be great to have you involved.

Thackley Lightning U16s lift title

Congratulations to Thackley Lightning who have won the Craven Junior League U16 Division B. Mark Buttle’s team have had a great season to finish league winners.