Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


If you build it, they will come,’ or so the old saying goes, and come they have to Hebburn Town Juniors Football Club. From the clubs early days with just six players in 2007 when Hebburn Town Juniors formed to nearly 48 teams now. HTJFC has gone from strength to strength in a short space of time with over 70 volunteer coaches supporting the football aspirations and dreams of over 500 young people. The club want to continue to support the dreams of it's current and future footballers in its next development phase by building a pitch of dreams (3G pitch) at its new home Hebburn Sports Ground. HTJFC has helped young people by educating, motivating, inspiring and raising aspirations of young people through football and in life by inspiring children and young people to aspire to be the best they can be, motivated to achieve, set goals for the future and believe they can achieve them. To continue to help these young people achieve these aspirations and dreams the club want to give them the best facilities to do this to match their aspirations and dreams at its new home Hebburn Sports Ground. The site currently has an old Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) which was built over 15 years ago and has fallen into disrepair. The club want to build a new 3G state of the art pitch to enable it to continue to meet the needs of its increasing memberships. Hebburn Town Juniors Football Club provides football coaching for teams, groups and individuals during the school week, football and futsal fun days during the school holidays, futsal tournaments, leagues and national tournaments. In 2003 the town of Hebburn had a thriving senior team representing in the Northern League and numerous junior sides under a variant of small club names. A group of kids aged 6 who didn’t have a club or a team and together with their parents and the enthusiasm of a certain individual called Shirley Bowman, HTJFC was created. The aim at the point of creation was to provide a safe place for local kids from the town to train and play football. Steadily over the years the club began to grow. In 2017 the club went into partnership with Hebburn Sports Club Ltd meaning that the club now has a site that it can call home and continue to build its presence within the local community. The junior club entered into a shared equity partnership by purchasing a percentage stake in the new business from funds it had saved as part of fundraising initiatives over the years. The junior club is growing on a yearly basis with the girls section in particular expanding at a rate of knots in 2017 with over 150 girls now signed up and numbers continuing to grow. As the club continues to grow and expand, access to facilities that match the clubs aspirations for the children and young people of HTJFC continues to grow. By building a new pitch of dreams, the club will be able to continue to meet these needs moving forward. Due to rapid growth we now have 48 teams competing every weekend for the football club in addition to our soccer tots development section and community “Mash Up” training session. Our partnership with Hebburn Comprehensive School continues and is very strong, however as we are one of two local football club partners we have maximised our available slots for training between the hours of 5pm – 9pm every weekday, therefore with our continued growth plans and to ensure a safer training environment we would like to update the MUGA. HTJFC is applying under the Health & Wellbeing section of the fund and is requesting £25,000 to support its project proposal. The development of a new 3G pitch will cost £95,000, we will secure the other £70,000 through further funding applications. We expect to attract a further 150 members with the development and 30 new volunteers. It is our aim to promote community participation through improved health, fitness, volunteering, training and leisure for all in the local area. Almost 4 out of 10, 10-11 year olds are obese in South Tyneside.

Hebburn Town Juniors Football Club

Moment of Pride

Hebburn Town Juniors FC prides itself in being a “Development” club, a volunteer led club and a community club. We believe that winning is a natural progression from development whilst concentrating on the fundamentals of the game and are firmly AGAINST a “Win at all cost mentality”.

Location: Hebburn