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Our Story So Far

HTJFC LogoHoly Trinity Junior Football Club (“HTJFC”) has “come of age” and gone from “strength to strength”!

We believe the club started back in October 1990, when our present President and former long-time Chairman, Peter Green got together a group of youngsters from his son Russell’s class at the local school. They and their parents were looking to be able to play football on a Saturday, so as to leave Sunday clear for church and family business. So we reckon that in 2008, HTJFC celebrated its 18th birthday!

The club remains as popular as ever and this year we have surpassed our best ever membership numbers with now over 260 boys and girls signed on. The club now runs14 teams which compete in the Chiltern Church Junior Football League, of which we are a founder and major member. In addition to that we now have 3 all girl teams competing in the Bucks Girls League.

Sadly at the end of each season, we lose our over 16 year olds but it is pleasing to report that some of them go onto Youth and Senior football and even beyond – more about that later.  To keep those impressive numbers up, each year we attract a strong number of Under 6’s (Reception and Year One) into our Academy and to whom we are able to offer free football skill coaching. This would not be possible without a few parents (or grandparents) stepping forward to offer their services for which we are always grateful.

FA Charter StandardThey like all our team managers and coaching undergo all the necessary CRB checks in line with the Football Association’s Child Protection Policy. These men and women also undergo FA Coaching courses to a minimum of level one and this includes some Basic First aid training. HTJFC holds an FA accreditation as a Charter Standard Club, an accolade of which we are proud.

Our mission remains to provide football for the youth of this local community, in a caring and supportive environment, with equal value given to both sexes, to our different cultures and to all ages and abilities.

Our season runs from the start of each September until the end of May when we host and organise the Hazlemere Sixes – a six a side tournament which is very popular and attracts sides from far and wide. The really keen ones can keep training throughout the summer!

We try to run our own tea bar on Saturday mornings to provide hot drinks for the watching parents and can always do with more helpers for this most welcome service. During the “summer break” we hold a Family Barbeque at which we present the youngsters with their awards for the season. For parents who can also find their way around the golf course, HTJFC also organises the annual Holy Trinity Golf Day.

Gavin James

Gavin James

Alan Massey

Alan Massey

We hope that all our youngsters aspire to play football at a higher level and we have had some notable recent successes. Alan Massey, who joined us at the age of 6 and played for Holy Trinity right through to 16, then was spotted by Wycombe Wanderers. After a year with their Youth team, he won a first team contract for 2007-08 and played for WWFC in the Berks and Bucks Cup Final as well as in a number of reserve team matches. He has now moved onto play for Wealdstone FC in the Ryman League. where he was joined for a while on loan by former HT team mate Gavin James, who is now on the books of Maidenhead United.

HTJFC has long been able to use its good name in the local community and attract sponsorship and event advertising from some local businesses. We were delighted in 2008 to receive a £500 grant from the Co-operative Society in 2008 under their Community Funding Scheme and this has been well used to replace our ageing but essential first aid kits.

Recently, thanks to efficient organising by team manager Helen Shakespeare, a group of our 8 year olds were able to take part in a penalty shoot out on the “big stage” at Adams Park during the half time break of Wycombe Wanderers vs Bradford City.

HTJFC continues to value its close links with the Holy Trinity Hazlemere Church and is grateful for the financial support received each year.

The club has supported the Amani project in Kenya over the years by providing football kits and equipment for the youngsters over there and more recently funds to improve their very basic school hut facility. In return for being able to borrow the church PA system for two events, a donation was made which provided Bible Study Notes for over 40 children in the Manor Farm Congregation.

None of the above however would have been possible without the initiative taken 18 years ago and the interest, dedication and commitment shown by so many parents, families and friends over the years to make HTJFC such a success and such a valued facility for so many youngsters over the years.

More information on the above and much more can be found by going to the club website www.htjfc.org

Alan Cecil