Shelf Juniors’ aim is to provide an environment for all regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability; for each member to achieve their potential in football and life. We have the philosophy that children should play the game for enjoyment - not just to win. We not only provide this for the children of Shelf but the surrounding areas.
The club was originally set up in 1992 to give the children of Shelf something else to do apart from hanging around in the local park. The club started with two age groups, twenty children and they joined the Keybury league. The club now has seventeen junior teams, an adult team and run Soccer Tots groups on a Saturday morning for children aged 3 -5. All of our junior teams play in the Huddersfield District League and the adult team plays in the Halifax league. The club is run as a non- profit organisation solely with volunteers providing football for over 250 children and adults.
The club also has very strong links to its community and was awarded the FA Charter Community Club Status 5 years ago.
Although the club has been formed for 25 years we have not been able to set up a clubhouse or pitches, we have no base. Currently our teams play match day fixtures at Westwood Park Cooper Lane- Bradford, Old Brodleians -Hipperholme and Queensbury High School- Bradford. The most of the teams play at Old Brodleians fields which belong to Hipperholme Grammar School and do not have changing facilities or anywhere to store the match day equipment.
We have now been given the opportunity to develop a section of land just off Shelf roundabout. We have gained planning permission to develop this for a clubhouse with changing rooms, five football pitches which will consist of a full sized pitch for our open age team and older junior teams. A 9 v 9 sized football pitch for our age groups that are going through the transition of mini football to the 11 a side game. A 7v7 pitch for the juniors and two 3G pitches which will be used by the younger age groups. These will also act as our training pitches. this is an £800,000 development and we have been holding talks with the Football Foundation who are very keen to support this project to get it completed.
We are very proud of our achievements and that fact that the hard work of a lot of people connected with the club has led to on-field success. Many of our age groups have won their respective leagues. Our open age team won the Halifax League Invitation cup in only their second season. Since then they have gone on to win two promotions and did the league and cup double 2 season ago which has led to an attraction of players to form a second team. last season the first team won the premiership title at the first attempt and the newly formed second team won their league cup . We have enough players to form a 3rd team if they had somewhere to play.
The facilities created will allow all the clubs teams to play in one area. This will also provide the correct facilities so we can provide girls football and if required disability football. We would also give both local junior schools free use of these facilities as a thank you for their support over the last 25 years.
As you can see we are a well-established organisation that has developed out of the community and embedded itself not only in the local community but also neighbouring communities
The fact that the club has grown (and continues to) for 25 years, running out of our houses and garages shows there is a need for the club. We have been making a difference to the lives of children, youths and young adults of Shelf and the surrounding areas in either teaching them how to work in a team, giving them opportunities to be qualified referees, coaches or just how to play and enjoy the game of football. They are no longer just hanging around the local park.