To mark the 40th Anniversary of Hereford United’s Famous FA Cup win over Newcastle United, Hereford United Community Trust offered local school children the opportunity to take part in various art projects to mark the famous occasion.
Pippins Designs worked alongside Lord Scudamore School in Hereford, to produce paintings of memories created by that famous Hereford United team of 1972.
Manager at that time was Colin Addison, and the Hereford Hero was on hand to help the young local children in producing these superb painting, that will be displayed in the newly refurbished Addison’s Bar and Starlite Rooms
Above: Legend Colin Addison helping children to create a portrait of the great man himself.
Below Left: The finished article
Below Right: That Famous Goal and Celebration – Ronnie Radford
Hereford United attended their second Paolo Hibernians International Football Festival in Malta during the month of May 2012. A mixture of the clubs U11 and U12 squads made the trip to the sunny Isle of Malta to compete in the two day festival and returned as triumphant champions after a gruelling seven fixtures played in 28 degrees in a 48 hour period.
A return of 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat was a fantastic achievement by the young bulls who won the festival for the very first time.
Cameron Godsall; Rory Huntbach; Alex Lancett; Zac Griffiths; Kane Nicholls; Brandon Jennings; Jake Ashford; Harry Hurst; Joe Mcquilken; Rhys Davies; Jack Cook; Joel Nicholls; Callum Mcleod.
Outstanding team performances throughout the festival gave the young bulls a solid foundation to build on and enabled them to control games for long periods of time, playing an exciting brand of football built on possession and patience, and when the opportunity came for them to strike, they did so with confidence and purpose.
U12s Cameron Godsall, Alex Lancett, Rory Huntbach, Jake Ashford, Brandon Jennings and Harry Hurst showed their previous experience of last year’s Malta trip, by leading the team to a 4-0 victory over Paolo Hibernians, a 5-0 win over St Patricks and a 6-1 victory over Melita before ending the day with a 1-1 draw against a very technically gifted Luxol team.
With legs tiring and the heat beginning to have an adverse effect on the young Bulls on day two, the younger members of the squad really came to the fore with enthusiastic performances from Callum Mcleod, Rhys Davies and Joe Mcquilken. Backed up by solid Goalkeeping displays by Zac Griffiths and Kane Nicholls and some fine individual displays from Jack Cook and Joel Nicholls, saw Hereford lose their opening game of the second day in a keenly fought encounter to much fancied Festival favourites Birkirkara FC.
The team ended the festival with a fine 3-1 victory over Hamrun Spartans and an emphatic 4-0 victory over Hibernian Yellows to round off a fantastic two days for the players.
A fantastic achievement by a young group of players, as many experienced playing in a different country and a different culture for the very first time, being able to control games for long periods of time was a big positive and also having the patience to retain possession under pressure and be patient until the opportunity arose to go and hurt teams.
It was a brilliant part of our players’ development, both on and off the pitch, that will give them valuable experience as both people and players.
All members of the travelling party have come through the Community Trusts Development Centre age groups, and will continue with the Community Trusts Youth Team Structure over the coming season.
A busy final term for the schools programme ended yesterday with the schools breaking up for the summer holidays.
The team have delivered over 300 sessions during this period around the county, reaching well over 900 children through Curriculum and After School Club Coaching.
Coaches deliver 13 PE Lessons per week in schools and 15 After School Club Football sessions a week; add this to 6 Football Academy Sessions per week at Hereford Sixth Form College as well as extra activities that the Community Trust deliver throughout the week has proved a very busy time for the Departments Coaches.
Former Hereford United Goalkeeper Dan Conner has recently joined in with some coaching with Community Schemes, providing his professional experiences to players at the Sixth Form Academy.
‘The Great Hereford Ticket Giveaway’ proved a huge success with the local schools children. 214 Local children took up the offer to come and watch the Bulls for free and enjoyed a good performance from the boys, a sending off and two great goals!
We are working hard behind the scenes to provide our local children with more great opportunities to come and watch the Bulls!
Today is also ‘One Game One Community’ day at Edgar Street and the coaches at Hereford United have been out and about at Community Sessions to talk to children about what the ‘One Game One Community’ campaign represents.
Sixth Form Academy Players supporting the campaign!
Members of the Cargill Junior Bull Coaching Centre have also backed ‘One Game One Community’
During the month of July 2012, Hereford United Community Trust organised a legends match to be held at their Edgar Street Stadium to raise money for the Community and Youth Department.
Supporters bid to take part in a supporter’s team Managed by Colin Addison and Peter Isaac, playing against the former Hereford United Legends managed by Hereford United Chairman David Keyte and Director Dave Preedy. Former players including Gareth Davies, Steve Guinan, Peter Heritage,
John Snape and Ian Rodgerson wowed a 1000 strong crowd on a beautiful summer’s afternoon and eventually ran out winner 7-2 in a well contested encounter.
The Community Trust raised a grand total of £7,000 on the day, to help towards running the departments over the coming season.
The first of August 2012 saw the Hereford United Golf day held at Belmont, organised by the Community Trust. A busy day with 20 teams taking part to raise money for the club with teams paying £120 for a team of four entries.
August 2012 saw the launch of the Community Trust Birthday party experiences during match days at the Edgar Street Stadium.
Children enjoy buffet food, Guard of Honour as players take to the pitch, the experience of playing on the pitch at half time in front of a packed Edgar street crowd, before watching the second half of the first team fixture.
We have had birthday parties at 90% of our home fixtures this season, and some games have also seen two parties take place. These are proving to be very popular with our communities’ children, and we have already sold out for all our home fixtures in January and the first two home games in February.
Below is a thank you letter from one of our families who enjoyed a birthday experience with us at the start of the season.
Dear all at Hereford United Community Trust,
We had our son Kieran Tanner birthday party with you on Saturday and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you ever so much for a fantastic day.
It was marvellous from start to finish; all the guests and Kieran couldn’t have enjoyed themselves more. They loved every minute of it from learning the flag waving to meeting a couple of the players after the game.
It was all so wonderfully well organized and well run, special mention must go to Ben who looked after them all afternoon, nothing was too much trouble for him he was fantastic so special thanks to him.
Also Marley Watkins & Marlon Jackson who came to present him with his card & present were marvellous, they were so patient with the kids signing autographs and posing for photos.
It’s fair to say we will be recommending Hereford United has the place to all our friends & work colleagues as the place for kids parties, and I’m sure that you will have gained future fans in the shape of the children who attended and has such a wonderful day so once again thank you all.
Julie & Darren Tanner
August also saw the summer holidays arriving and the beginning of the Hereford United Soccer Schools over the six week holiday period. Courses took place in various locations around the county of Herefordshire with our main attraction being the City course held at Whitecross High School. Over 60 children also attended our week long course in the border town of Hay on Wye.
Other locations also included Ross on Wye, Ledbury and Leominster, and also St Marys Primary School at Fownhope, where we delivered a four day multi-sport camp which sold out with 32 attending each day.
September 2012 bought the end of the summer holidays and the return of the schools programme timetable. Existing partnerships with our counties schools have continued to go from strength to strength which has resulted in new partnerships being created and our timetable being the busiest it’s ever been!
September also saw the beginning of the Hereford United Futsal and Education Scholarship in association with Dyson Perrins Academy, Malvern and Virtual Learning UK. We currently have 14 first year students on our Futsal and Education Scholarship Course.
The course includes:
Eight hours a week including training and matches.
WHAT MAKES THIS COURSE SPECIAL?
Excellent Teaching and Coaching
Students will experience personalised provision in the classroom with use of an impressive learning platform.
The interactive online platform ensures all students’ work is kept safely in one place, they can work from home and their progress can be monitored by them, the teacher or their parents at any time.
They will also develop as players due to the high-quality coaching they will receive from our very own qualified coaches at Hereford United FC.
October 2012 saw the planned facility development at Aylestone Park become made public knowledge after many months of work from Community Trust Manager Jamie Edwards and various members at the Football Club.
The following was taken from the Official Website on Friday October 2012 when the plans were released:
The Bulls are one of three parties planning a Community Facility at Aylestone Park.
Herefordshire Council, Hereford United Community Trust and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Canal Trust having been working closely together over the past 12 months with the vision of delivering a first class Community Sports Facility (CSF) at Aylestone Park in Hereford.
The facility will bring many local sports clubs and organisations together to develop both youth and adult football. The Bulls' Community Trust team will look to direct all of their current activity from the CSF.
The CSF will include:
1 x match quality grass football pitch,
1 x 3G All Weather Pitch,
1 x Multi use Community room/centre,
6 x changing rooms,
1 x large recreational sports area.
Jamie Edwards, head of United's Community Trust said "Hereford United are proud to be involved in the development of the Aylestone Park Community Sports Facility. We see it as a great opportunity to continue our various community programmes."
The facility will also benefit the wider local community as Edwards explains "It will give local community clubs and organisations the opportunity to work in partnership and develop players and improve the foundations of Herefordshire sports for years to come."
, who took over as Bulls manager in the summer said "In my brief time as manager of Hereford United it is clear that Hereford lacks quality sporting facilities. The Aylestone Park project will provide a much needed boost in youth and adult sport for the area for both children and adults of all abilities."
The final week of October 2012 saw the Community Trust team deliver Half Term Soccer Schools in Hereford, Ledbury, Ross on Wye and Leominster during the brief rest bite from our busy schools programme. Also beginning in this final week was our Saturday morning disability groups at the Hereford Academy indoor facility. As many as 25 Children with various disabilities come together for an hour long sessions with Community Trust Coaches.
November 2012 saw the commencement of the final school term of the year and the end of another busy year within our counties schools.
Planning is well under way for the beginning of the new calendar year as we aim to improve upon our current programme to ensure we are still delivering the highest quality programme of sports coaching around.
Planning is also taking place beyond January 2013, with plans in the final stages for the release of a new further education course. Based along the same lines of the Futsal Course above, plans are being finalised to deliver a course for main stream 11v11 at two locations within the county commencing in September 2013.
Over 60 children registered their interest in the course at a local recruitment fair held at Hereford Leisure Centre, organised by Herefordshire Council.