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On Track Hattersley announce forward-thinking ideas
Wednesday 28th June 2017 @ 11:29 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Hattersley Football Club has announced big plans for the forthcoming campaign.

Following the success of last season, the club is launching a new website with Pitchero, entering a forward-thinking kit partnership with New Balance, and also planning to put on training sessions with former professional players.

According to Head Coach Adam Counsell, the club is also deliberating a trip abroad next year.

Speaking to Reporter Sport about the success of last season, Adam said: “The under 15s won the cup, the under 16s won the league – which is a massive achievement – and some of the younger age groups, although they’re not in set leagues, played for cups at the end of the season at Hyde United and Curzon Ashton.

“I think looking back at all the teams, even if they didn’t end up winning silverware, they’ve all improved which is all you can ask for as a club.”

Players, coaches and parents were given the chance to celebrate the success at the end of season awards night, held at Ashton Masonic Hall in May.

Adam said the event is something he always relishes, while adding: “We usually get a special guest to attend but we did it slightly different this year, as we had the mascots of Manchester United and Manchester City instead, which was nice actually because it probably hit home with the kids a little bit more.

“It was a great night and it’s always one of the events in the calendar I look forward to.”

In a bid to become a community driven club, Hattersley recently hosted a charity football match in aid of the Christie Hospital.

Adam said the idea is just one of many put forward by the club hierarchy. “We just decided to do a little bit more within the community, and we came up with the idea to host a charity football game between the coaches” said Adam.

“It was a 7v7 on a Thursday evening, with all proceeds going to the Christie.

“We put a poll out on Facebook and Twitter to see which charity people wanted to donate to.

“There were other charities including Tameside Animal Shelter, but for the first one we thought the Christie was a great choice and we managed to raise about £300 in total.”

Further initiatives to help the community include bag packing events at Tesco. “They come and go all the time to be honest” said Adam, referring to community ideas.

“We get together monthly, if not fortnightly, and we’re always looking to try and do more within the community and more around the football club.

“We’ve developed a bit of a partnership with Tesco in Hattersley, so I think it helps the image of the club but, more importantly, helps the community.”

As a reward for their continuous efforts throughout last season, players rubbed shoulders with two former Manchester City players at a training session recently.

Players were put through their paces on separate occasions by goalkeeper Carlo Nash and striker Shaun Goater

The 47-year-old earned legendary status at the club after scoring 103 times in 212 appearances during a five year period at Maine Road.

Of the coaching sessions, Adam said: “It’s a great gesture from the club, it rewards the players for their hard work and at the same time, even though it’s something to enjoy, the players can still learn and develop even further with people like that coming down.

“Carlo came down for three evenings, so we split the age groups up over the three nights and Carlo put on a session for three hours.”

Having been an overwhelming success with coaches, parents and players alike, the club is now planning to recruit a defender and midfielder for a training session in the near future.

Adam said such initiatives have created a buzz around the club: “There has been a lot of interest in the club over the past few months” he said.

“It proves that what we’re doing is working and proves that the club is moving forward in the right way.

“We never turn any players away, no matter their age, abilities or what level they’re at, and I think that’s nice for a grassroots football club to be like that.

“For us to open our doors to anyone of any age is fantastic, and there have been people that have left and come back, which is another pleasing aspect”.

Adam continued:  “In terms of the teams, we now have more teams than we’ve ever had.

“There’s almost a team at every single age group, and we are looking with the help of two new coaches that have come on board to set up a Mini Academy.”

Those interested in joining Hattersley can contact the club on the following:

Twitter: Hattersley_FC

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