Mirfield's sporting stars honoured

MIRFIELD'S sporting stars were honoured at the recent 2002-03 Battyeford Sporting Club awards.

In front of a packed audience at the Frontier nightclub in Batley, nearly 70 awards were handed out by club chairman Keith Johnson, Premier League referee Uriah Rennie, Bradford City star Aidan Davison and ex-Colchester player Steve Swallow.

The awards round off a brilliant year for the club, in which it became one of 90 clubs across the UK to become a Football Association Charter Standard Community Club.

Mr Johnson said a good time was had by all on the night.

A new Community Club award went to Paul MacDonald, who is stepping down from managing the club after 12 years.

Paul started at the club when his son Jon was six and has managed his son's team from under 7 right up to the under 18 level. It was the club's founder, Stan Rowlands, who got Paul involved a both a referee and manager.

He is the Junior Football Representative at Battyeford but is also standing down from that position at the club's annual meeting on June 19.

He has also been instrumental in establishing a website for the club (www.battyefordsporting.club.com).

Paul is on the management committee of the Huddersfield and District BUPA Junior League and was a registration secretary for them for six years.

The Chairman's Cup Manager of the Year award went to Janette Wardman, who has successfully run three girls' football teams and has recently gained her level two coaching badge.

Janette, whose teams are for under 12s and under 14s, said: "I've got two girls and they wanted to play football but there was nowhere to play.

"I have got sons playing and the club was looking for someone to start up a girls' team because they wanted to go forward so I was roped into it!

"When I started two years ago I had seven girls and now we have got 30. There were 27 girls' teams in the West Riding league when we started and now there are 80. It proves that girls' football is the fastest growing sport."

The club's Family Award went to Mark Rowland, son of the club's founder Stan, his wife Karen and their two boys.

Battyeford Sporting Club has more than 350 members, male and female, who play in 23 football teams ranging from seven to open age, as well as an under-13 cricket team.

Winners of the Player's Player of the Year award were, in order of age: Adam Richardson, Ellis Coleman, Danny Morton, Jack Brazier, Sam Lawrence, Osborne, Jonathan Mitchell, Jack Pogson, Chris Meeson, Joe Dransfield, Luke Swire, Andrew Kennerdale, Samantha Jones, Jodie Howard, Andrew, Will Best, Sarah Griffiths, Ashley Gibson, John Doyle, Adam Harvey, Noel Whittaker, Adam Drake and Sarah Wood for open age girls.

The Player of the Year award went to, in order of age: Zach Wood, Liam Swales, Aaron Broadley, Sam Walker, Sam Bishop, Jackson, Aaron Husthwaite, Derek Conway, Craig Johnson, Blake Patel, Kieron Corley, James, Louise Wardman, Beth Hutton, Danny, Richard Walker, Vicky Gott, Kyle Acton, Andre Wade, Rob Sowden and Sarah Morton for open age girls.

Winners of the Clubman of the Year award were, in order of age: Alex Plestow, Patrick Sullivan, Joe Galindo, Tom Stephenson, James Sweeney, Lee Enfield, Carl Atkinson, G Richardson, Harry Hattrell, Bradley Schofield, Thomas Durran, Emma Wardman, Laura Atkin, Danny Hughes, Matthew, Philippa Geary, Richard Scargill, Sean Addy, Jamie Brannan and Rebecca Croft for open age girls.

•Because the club has become so popular it is in need of a new clubhouse and changing facilities, which would cost around 330,000.

Any donations to help the club can be sent to Mr Johnson at 3, Bronte Grove, Mirfield, WF14 9NU.