ONE of Hucknall’s most successful and long-standing youth football clubs are to celebrate their 30th anniversary with a charity reunion night.
Proud Hucknall Harrier, who were attached to Hucknall Town for a time, were formed in 1981.
Now they are calling on all former players, managers, secretaries and volunteers to come together for the reunion evening at The Empire venue, off Beardall Street in Hucknall on Friday September 30.
“We are hoping it will be a great night of nostalgia,” says the current Harrier secretary, Alex Paterson, who has also organised the event.
“The club will be donating £4,000 to various local charities, along with an amount for Help For Heroes.”
The anniversary coincides nicely with the club’s formal recognition as an FA Chartered Standard Club.
The FA Charter Standard is a scheme that established minimum standards for youth football and is a the nationally-recognised benchmark for quality.
To qualify, clubs must have a range of standards in place that improve the playing experience for all youngsters.
In return, clubs can access a range of benefits, including kit and equipment, discounted coaching courses and even match tickets.
Harrier hope to receive their Chartered Standard award from Notts FA officials at a forthcoming Nottingham Forest home match at the City Ground.
In recognition of their achievement, they have already presented every player with a commemorative club training jacket, embroidered with the Harrier logo, anniversary date and Chartered Standard status.
Although competition in youth football is fierce within the Dispatch district, Harrier run several teams at different age levels in the Notts Youth League and Young Elizabethan League.
Paterson, who has been with Harrier for seven years, added: “At the reunion, we are looking forward to a social celebration of the club’s 30-year history and our Charter Standard award. We hope the event will be attended by many people.
“The Harriers have their roots set deeply in the foundation of Hucknall’s football community and will continue to serve players of today and the future.
“Most of our players live in Hucknall and it is within the club’s ethos that we bring together a community spirit.”
Anyone who needs more details about the reunion night should contact Paterson on 07779 019586.