Hemsworth Town Terriers Football Club have announced they have officially merged with West End Juniors Football Club and Hemsworth Highfields.
The merged club, which will be known as West End Terriers FC, will already have in place teams in age groups 5 to 16 with more than one team in certain age groups and also two open age sides.
Terriers secretary Dale Appleton said: “I am absolutely in no doubt that this move will only be of huge benefit in taking our setup to the next level.”
“The most important people in any football club are the players, both junior and adult. With the clubs merging we will be better placed to offer a higher level of coaching, better facilities and a clear progression path for members to follow.
“Ultimately, very little will change with the merger, the same people that have been instrumental in the successes of all three clubs will be continuing their roles under the West End Terriers FC banner.
“The West End Terriers FC brand will give us better opportunities to develop the club. Sharing similar aspirations, we are extremely excited about our future.
“We have enjoyed a positive relationship with West End Juniors and Hemsworth Highfields over recent years and I am delighted that this has resulted in our formal coming together.
“Any individual within the community wishing to be involved with the club, be that in any capacity - player, coach, manager, referee, committee member or any other such role, would be more than welcome to join the organisation.
“All courses and qualifications will be paid for by the club. All that we ask is that any qualification paid for by the club are used to benefit the members of the club.”
The club has introduced a newly designed badge. Kits in the teams’ new colours will be phased in, as and when individual teams require them.
West End Juniors secretary Ross Taylor also welcomed the merger. He said: “The proposed merger is a huge positive move forward for all clubs, bringing together the junior teams of Hemsworth Terriers and West End Juniors and the open age sides of Hemsworth Highfields.
“Providing a strong football structure to allow players the opportunity to progress was a key factor in the decision.
“With access to excellent facilities and fully qualified coaches, Hemsworth West End Terriers FC gives boys and girls of all ages the best opportunity possible to play football in the area.”
Ian Weglarski, of Hemsworth Highfields, said: “This is definitely a step in the right direction and I’m pleased with the proposed plans. I personally would like to thank Hemsworth Town Council for their help and support with the club’s future plans and look forward to working together to make our plans a reality.”
Terriers treasurer Dale Wainwright added: “The club hope to establish close ties within the community and provide a family-friendly environment so that residents and local businesses will want to get involved. We arelooking to the people of Hemsworth and surrounding areas to get behind this new chapter of football in the town. The club is looking for support on match days or in any other way. Sponsorship is sought in all areas, from team equipment to kits, for the forthcoming season and for our annual tournament on July 30 and 31.”
Anyone within the club who has any concerns as to what this merger means to them can email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org as can anyone interested in getting involved.