Return to football
A message from the Chairman
I hope this information finds you, your family and loved ones safe and well given the enormous challenges caused by Covid-19. I understand, as a parent myself, we’ve all become vulnerable through long periods of Lockdown, so if you require any help please reach out and ask for it – as we’re able to support families with emergency food supplies and children with essential learning items.
Here at Westend we really do care and any request for support will be treated in the strictest of confidence and with the dignity people deserve during these unprecedented times.
We’re all aware of the massive impact Covid-19 has had upon children, families, businesses, wider society and at Westend Juniors we’ve also been affected by the virus.
Lockdown One lost us more than 2 months of training and caused the abandonment of the 2019/20 Season. The club went into hibernation to mitigate costs, but by the end of summer, our continued operation was in doubt.
In August 2020, I began my role as Chairman, and took the immediate decision to compensate families for the Lockdown One losses, with a £50 discount for 2020/2021 Season. With over 400 members, this amounted to more than £20,000 in lost income and to cover this shortfall we looked at significant cost cutting and a drive for new funds through engagement with schools, corporate sponsorship and a series of potential Festivals and Tournaments this summer.
However, these options are proving difficult to implement under the current restrictions.
Unfortunately, since I took charge, we have all lost another month to Lockdown Two and will have lost nearly three months in Lockdown Three. At this stage we have neither the cash flow nor reserves to compensate for the football missed.
It is our intention to generate funding to allow us to discount next year’s fees 2021/22 Season, but at this stage there is a big gap between what we want to do and what we can do.
I will keep everyone informed how we progress in this task in due course.
Covid-19 Positives “Westend Community Champions”
You may be aware that rather than hibernate through Lockdown’s Two and Three, we have actively played our part in supporting our community. A number of boys and girls, supported by club management and parents, began volunteering working as our “Westend Community Champions” with phenomenal activities generating more than £100,000 of aid to local people. Together with our charity partner TRILLZ we have successfully delivered:
• 820 Educational Packs for Primary, Secondary and College Students (Over 25,000 essential learning items delivered for home studying)
• 350 new footballs each with a football kit at Christmas
• 60 New pairs of football boots – Gifts for Christmas
• 2,500 clothing items donated to Sanctuary Kirklees
• Over 1,000 families supported with Christmas Presents
• 250 Christmas Gifts for vulnerable elderly
• Over 3,000 food items donated to Jubilee Foodbank, Paddock
• 120 pamper packs delivered to frontline NHS workers
• Art packs to Huddersfield New College
On behalf of everyone connected to the club and wider community, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our “Westend Community Champions” their parents and all of those Westend families helping these incredible efforts…. your compassion, care and selflessness will be felt and remembered for years to come.
A massive debt of gratitude must also go to those organisations who supported such awe-inspiring efforts:
Samba – Macron – Huddersfield Rotary Club – NHS – Sky Sports – Schools Hub Co-ordinators – Huddersfield New College – Marshalls – Morrisons – Staples – Jubilee Centre – Kirklees – Focal Community Centre – RABC – Ice stone Gelato – Halifax RLFC – Leeds United – Sainsburys – TSL’s – One17 Design – Lottery – Brian Jackson Centre – Chestnut Centre – Loose Change Charity – One Community – THRIVE/IWILL – Jubilee Centre – New Mill Post Office – Shelley FC – Batteyford Juniors – Brighouse Juniors – Laund Hill – Lindley Juniors – Leeds City Juniors – Wigton Moor Juniors Dudley Hill Rangers – Thornes Juniors
Moving forward together
It has been a long tough road and there are still many hurdles ahead, but together we will make this work. I repeat what I said in the opening sentences, if we can help in any way, please get in touch.
We genuinely do care about our families welfare and our team managers/coaches are well placed to provide mental health engagement and motivation to flagging youngsters if required. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support and please contact me through your team manager or directly and we will deal with any issues with the utmost discretion.
Furthermore, you can contact our Club Welfare Officer Darren Weaver or for Mental Health Support contact Young Minds. Details for all support are on the Club website www.westendjuniors.com
Similarly, if you think you can help us with our community actions through our “Westend Community Champions” or direct us to help in closing our funding gap, it would be very much appreciated.
On behalf of everyone at Westend, we wish you, your family and loved ones the very best of health and look forward to seeing you all in the near future.
Take care and stay safe.