Club’s plea for pitch funds

Shelf Juniors AFC pictured at the land they hope to develop into a clubhouse and pitches.
Shelf Juniors AFC pictured at the land they hope to develop into a clubhouse and pitches.

A football club has appealed for donations to help realise its dream of a new clubhouse and pitches.

Shelf Juniors AFC was originally set up in 1992 and although the club has been established for more than 20 years, it does not have a permament base.

Teams currently train across three different sites outside of the village and although planning permission has been granted for a new club in Shelf, the estimated cost of the development is £700,000.

Now, the club are appealing for donations, small or large, to make this dream a reality.

Chairman Tony Aaron, said: “The club has been fundraising, and is still, for this development and just to get to this stage we have already spent over £10,000.

“There were a number of conditions put on the approval of the planning been granted and every time we do one of these it costs in the region of £1,500.

“One condition is the land has to have an engineering survey done to ensure the former mine shaft on the site and the area around it is safe.

“This is going to cost around £11,500 and is a figure we did not anticipate.

“Until we raise this we cannot move forward in terms of aplpying for funding,”

The development would see a former landfill site and field on Halifax Road, just after Shelf roundabout, turned into a clubhouse and five different sized pitches for all teams to train and play on.

To help fund the development, the club, which more than 200 children play for, is seeking pledges for advertisting space around the three main pitches.

And a fundraising page has also been set up for people to make donations.

Tony added: “The club is run for as a non-profit organisation solely with volunteers.

“The club also has very strong links to the community and this year we were awarded the FA Charter Community Club Status.

“With this opportunity we can provide facilities not only for today but for the future generations of Shelf.

“Together we can make a difference.”

Visit to make a donation, or if you would like to find out how you can help, contact Tony Aaron on