Pitch Perfect
Thursday 9th July 2015 @ 11:47 by Mark Phillip
Football Hyde Sports

Hattersley Football Club is celebrating after growing in strength since it was set up in 2001.

stuart and chris

Now the popular club is gearing up for its 14th birthday in October.

But despite years of solid progression, Hattersley, which is run by an army of volunteers, is looking to develop further.

In order to achieve that objective, the club have put in place a plan supported by the FA to grow Hattersley FC into robust community club.

Speaking to Reporter Sport, Chris Bird, Chairman of the club, stated: “We’re looking to develop a community football club which is accessible to all.

“Hattersley are committed to delivering coaching and competitions to every relevant age group.

“We also want to provide for boys and girls, able bodied and disabled.”

Previously a one team outfit, Hattersley now cater for five age groups, ranging from Under 8’s to Under 14’s.

Ashton’s Masonic hall played host to the club’s annual presentation earlier this month.

Taking centre stage on the evening was no other than former England defender, Stuart Pearce.

Capped 78 times for his country, Stuart – regarded as a no-nonsense player- proved to be a huge hit on the night.

Despite a long and successful career, the 53 year old managed to retain three laudable qualities: Confidence, passion and respect. Stuart said: “I’ve known Chris for many years and I worked with him at Manchester City.

“He has a passion and desire to get things done and I am sure he will approach the development of Hattersley FC as passionately as he did as Chief Operating Officer at City.

“I was delighted to share the club success tonight and I will be keeping a close eye on the progress of the young players”

Reflecting on a memorable night, Chris – former director at Manchester City – told us: “ Having delivered our first ever championship winning team with the U13s, taking the title on the last game of the season, I was delighted that Stuart could join us for the evening to celebrate this and a great season for all our teams.

“Stuart is passionate about youth football and he endorses how we are looking the build our club.”

Without doubt, the club enjoyed a memorable campaign last season.

However, the clubs on-pitch success is only one component of their glowing reputation. Chris added “Essentially, the club want to create an environment of learning, respect, and inclusiveness.

“We want to engage with the local community, and by that I mean bringing families, schools and local businesses together.”

In a bid to promote fitness, health and excellence, the club will be standing shoulder to shoulder with stakeholders.

While developing players is prioritised at the club, creating numerous other roles is essential too. “Hattersley want to provide all teams and our community with safe facilities, a social space and place for learning” said Chris.

“Hopefully, we’ll look to develop real life and sporting chances for the young people of the area, through first class coaching, mentoring and positive community engagement.

“By facilitating a ‘total learning’ programme, we hope to offer new coaches, referees and team managers with an opportunity to become an integral part of the club.”

Hattersley FC is now looking for more volunteers and coaches to help recruit more boys and girls teams. Interested? Please email Chris Bird at [email protected]