Hemel Hempstead’s largest youth football club has retained their FA Charter status for the eighth year running.
Hemel Hempstead Town Youth Football Club (HHTYFC) has over 40 teams turning out across Hertfordshire, ranging from under 7’s to under 18’s, including girls teams, with over 450 Hemel youngsters actively engaged in the club.
The charity, run by no more than 10 volunteers, aims to build on the success and failures of each season. Throughout the week the teams and their coaches get together to train and develop on the FIFA approved floodlit 3G facility at Hemel Hempstead School.
With over 100 coaches, the club plan to grow and develop the boys and girls teams at a football level and as individuals.
Partnership remains a crucial logistical element of the football season as the club utilises pitch hire at no less than seven schools in the town and from Dacorum Borough Council, ensuring matches are facilitated across the weekend.
Club chair, Brian Harding, said: “Established and developing relationships are essential to any club and we are no exception. Although we are independent of the senior club, we are grateful for the ongoing support of Hemel Town FC chairman Dave Boggins.
“This season we developed a link with Hemel Town captain Jordan Parkes’s JP Pro coaching school, enabling young players to continue their coaching journey into U7 teams at our club, and goalkeeper Laurie Walker assists with regular goalkeeper training sessions. These are fantastic links for a youth football club to have cultivated.”
The club are appealing for new members to develop the girls section to assist in welfare and communications roles. If you’d like to know more, contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
On a wider scale, the club’s main ambition is to acquire land that it can call ‘home’ where a clubhouse and facilities can be developed.