New grassroots junior football club opens in South Leeds

South Leeds Juniors FC, aka the ‘Sharks’, are a newly formed grassroots football club in the heart of LS10 and surrounding areas. The club is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to develop the skills, abilities and fitness of budding young footballers within the local area.

The vision for South Leeds Juniors is more than just a football team that the kids train and play for a couple of times a week. The newly formed committee seek to create a culture where the kids spend more time together outside of football, building life-long friendships, in a safe environment.

The club was formed by a circle of friends that bonded through watching and coaching their children during football every week.

Chairman Ben Wykman says;

“I’m very excited about what South Leeds Juniors can offer these children, which includes my 6 year old son Teddy. We want to be more than just a football team. We want to create a community based club, where the culture and environment encourage player retention and growth. A club which not only creates fantastic football teams, but also fantastic experiences for the children outside of football, via day trips, stadium tours and galas.

“Being a small club, the hope is that all monies raised along the way can be reinvested 100% into the teams. We hope the South Leeds community can get behind us and that the next season is just the opening paragraph in the sensational story of South Leeds Juniors FC.”

We currently have two dual under 7s teams and will be looking to expand in the near future.

We have big plans for the club and lots of exciting ideas, we have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover some of the costs associated with this:

The club train at Hunslet Carr Pruimary School’s pitch on Leasowe Recreation Ground. Children can come and watch us train on Thursday evenings, and play on Sundays during the season and can keep an eye on our Facebook page for further teams opening up so they can join.


This post was written by Yvonne Hayes

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