The Clubhouse Committee was created over two years ago on behalf of the Kiveton park FC in order to design, develop and ultimately build a much-needed clubhouse for the football club. Our project is at a stage where the base design is complete and a cost plan is prepared. We are now looking for funding opportunities.
Kiveton Park FC was founded in 1892 and was the colliery football team. The club has a vision and a scheme, which is exciting and will be a benefit to the community. The club also has a rich vein of historical significance, which we intend promoting as part of this scheme. Kiveton's most famous son, Mr. Herbert Chapman was born in 1878 in the village, played for the colliery team and then went on (via a magical playing and management career) to manage Huddersfield Town, Arsenal and England! We hope to be able to name the clubhouse after such a great local hero who would be an inspiration to the young people of the area.
In the last six years the Football Club has created Youth teams and now coaches young players in the Under 7, Under 8, Under 9, Under 10, Under 11, Under 12, Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 age groups and has started a girls teams at the Under 11s level. For children younger than seven years, the club has started its Academy. The training sessions held for this age group is open to all and is free.
The club has developed a group of qualified football coaches and is looking to increase this number to ensure the young players get the best coaching outside of the Professional Football Academy’s. It is also an ambition to attract more girls into football and create additional girls teams within the Football Club. The senior level has both a Saturday and Sunday League side which ideally becomes supplied by its junior teams, in effect providing a complete footballing cycle for the community.
The Football Club do not have a clubhouse currently which means the changing facilities at the ground are totally inadequate for a club developing its youth and junior teams, increasing the numbers of girls involved in amateur football and trying to offer more opportunities to the local community, such as soccer camps in school holidays, coaching courses for young persons, a facility to host community based groups or club events and a focal point for community members to socialize.
The scheme proposed includes car parking, disabled access, changing facilities and showers for players and officials, cafeteria for spectators and visitors, and all overlooking the football pitches.
The cost plan for the clubhouse is at £688, 000 and Kiveton Park FC needs to raise this full amount in order to begin the work. Our initial target of £50,000 is a start that the club require to successfully start to apply for further grants and funding opportunities.