Community football team get support from business park

Bizspace’s Calderdale Business Park is lending its support to a community football team right on its doorstep.

The firm, which provides business accommodation for a wide range of companies, has sponsored the away kit for Ovenden Phoenix FC, which trains just down the road from the business centre on Club Lane.

The relatively new team, launched in 2014, is chaired by Karen Scanlon and managed by her husband Ade Scanlon, in a voluntary role.

“This will be the team’s second season in the Halifax Sunday League and we are delighted that such a well known firm as Bizspace has stepped up to sponsor our new away kit and training jackets,” Karen said.

The team was originally set up with teenagers and young men who were involved with anti-social behaviour with in the North Halifax area, but are now making a positive changes to their lives, in this case through football. Currently there are 23 team members, aged between 16 and 33 signed up for the 2015/2016 season.

Tom Harrowell, manager of Calderdale Business Park, first became aware of the team because several of the players attend the North Halifax Construction Skills centre, which is based at the business centre.

“I was really impressed with the story behind the team and how it’s genuinely making a positive impact in the Ovenden area,” Tom said.

“It makes sense to support a worthwhile cause that’s so close to home.”