Ossett Town Junior Football Club is a volunteer football club providing football development opportunities for boys and girls. The club is affiliated to the West Riding County FA and is a Charter Standard Community Club. We have over 500 children who participate in the football club across age groups from under 5s to under 18s. We then have a strong link to Ossett Town AFC with their under 19s Academy, reserves and first team. Each year we take on a new intake into our U5s – minimum age is 4 at 1 September in each season — no previous football experience is necessary. We also take on new older players subject to availability in each age group.
Each age group is run by the parents of the boys and girls in each respective team. An age group manager/coach is appointed by the junior management committee and if not already qualified, they will attend an FA coaching course. Additional coaches will be appointed and trained as necessary. Parents will also need to appoint a treasurer to look after the age group’s finances and all other parents’ assistance is required to generally help set-up for matches, run a tuck-shop or arrange events. Everyone who helps does so on a voluntary basis – even the manager and coaches. All of our junior coaches are FA qualified, attend a Safeguarding and First Aid course every three years and also have a Criminal Record Check.
Each age group will usually require parents to pay subscriptions and there is a yearly registration fee to Ossett Town Juniors. In terms of games, the under 5s generally will not play games against other teams, the under 6’s to under 8’s will play friendly games and do not generally enter a league. When you get to under 9’s and above, teams enter one of a number of leagues, the three key ones being the Garforth league, the Huddersfield league and the Charles Rice league.
The managers of each team meet every two months as a management committee to deal with the management of the overall junior section and deal with any issues arising. Each year (usually in July) there is an Annual General Meeting for all parents/guardians of players to elect club officials and approve any changes to the club’s rules or constitution.
Ossett Town Juniors prides itself on offering enjoyable sporting activity for both boys and girls with a particular focus on the development of the child to supplement their schooling activities.