Junior club looking to be bigger and better in 2016

Burlington Jackdaws celebrate a goal earlier this season.

Burlington Jackdaws celebrate a goal earlier this season.

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After celebrating a decade of providing junior football for youngsters in Bridlington, Burlington Jackdaws are looking to go from strength to strength in 2016.

The club is now into their 10th season, and has grown rapidly since they began operating with just a single team.

It is hoping to increase the number of players, teams, coaches and volunteers involved with their operation over the next 12 months.

Jackdaws director Chris Kirkham said: “2016 promises to be an exciting year for the red half of town as we look to expand further and accommodate more players, teams and coaches.

“The club celebrated the success back in September as former Manchester United player Lee Sharpe was the guest speaker at our sportman’s dinner and we are always on the lookout for sponsors, players, coaches and, of course, volunteers as without them the club can’t run.”

Jackdaws’ original team began life at under-sevens in the old East Riding League, skippered by Archie Brown.

They now compete in the Hull Boys Sunday League at under-16 level with a handful of players who have been there from the start.

Kirkham added: “Progression has always been the number one goal for this club initially set up to accommodate players within Bridlington without teams.

“We have gone from strength to strength with Hull City, East Riding schools and York City taking on our players and our teams have also seen success with cup and league wins, most notably in 2014 as the club won four trophies and appeared in four finals.

”The coaches have always been qualified, and we have seen Rebecca Bolton go on to work at Hull City in the Tigers Trust, Daniel Batty work for the West Riding FA and Adam Ykhlef coach at Bournemouth’s youth academy.

“The club has seen some notable coaches with Bridlington Town first team regular Chris Jenkinson taking a team, and former Town keeper Nick Tudor taking the goalkeepers for sessions for a number of years and becoming qualified himself along with Paul Webb, Paul Grainger, Mike Brown, Jon Oyston and Vaughan Wilde.”

And the production line shows no sign of stopping in 2016.

Billy Tyler, one of the club’s longest serving coaches, now fronts the Saturday morning partner soccer school training sessions as he looks to develop each new under-sevens team each year.