Huddersfield Schools Football Association
As a bit of background, the Huddersfield Schools Football Association was founded in 1928 and it is a member of the English Schools FA and West Yorkshire Schools FA.
By the1980’s it had grown from three to five teams and continued to run until the late 90s before managers became hard to find and the squads gradually disappeared by 1999.
Up until 1999 the Association has had 2 full international players. Lee Martin, goalkeeper from Colne Valley in 1983 at Under 15 level and Tony Galvin , forward from St Gregories in the early 70s before the school became All Saints, at Under 18 level
Many notable players went on to play professional football as the squads were the only representative sides before clubs introduced Centres of Excellence and Academies in the early 90s.
The Huddersfield Schools FA had been disbanded for nearly 16 years, but restarted again in August 2014 after I was approached by Kelvin Pusey, a football scout for Oldham Athletic at the time, who lived in Huddersfield and was keen to see it restart.
The first meeting with Kelvin involved us sitting down together and finding out exactly what he wanted to do and what he wanted to achieve.
After organising and having several meetings with Huddersfield Town FC, Local Schools and Sports Professionals I was then able to help HSFA in developing their business plan, engaging sponsorship, recruiting volunteers and also Board Members.
I created their logo which is brand development, as well as creating the new systems which allowed them to work with Schools in Kirklees. From this piece of work HSFA then worked with the Schools of Kirklees which allowed them to hold trails and engage young talent for the football programme.
HSFA now engages over 100 children from under 11’s to under 14’s and employs 8 coaches.