One Two Magazine May Edition - Page 14

FEATURED CLUB Kiveton Park F.C. is an English football club based in Kiveton Park, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We play in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Division Two, at level 13 of the English football league system. Currently we have teams for over 150 players : Seniors ( Saturday & Sunday Teams ) Girls Under 12’s Acadamy for Under 6’s Under 7’s to Under 14’s Located in the very southern edges of Yorkshire, halfway between Sheffield and Worksop, the former mining village of Kiveton Park is an unlikely contender when it comes to listing the hotbeds of world football. But the football club that represents the area has an impressive history almost as old as the village, and indeed the sport. Herbert Chapman Formed a few years after the opening of the local colliery in the 1860s, Kiveton Park FC has produced league champions, cup winners, internationals, and, in the words of renowned sports journalist Patrick Barclay – “…at least one great man, widely considered the father of football as we have come to know it. Not bad for a small village of 6,000 people… The club used to play on the ground of Wales Cricket Club (which was destroyed to make room for the M1 motorway in 1960), but has played at its present home on Hard Lane for over 85 years. The ground was paid for by the local Miners Welfare scheme and also hosts the village’s cricket club. Initially Park played on the pitch nearest Hard Lane, but in the 1960s they moved to the central pitch and built a stand to hold 200 seated spectators. The senior squad this season had a shaky start to the season before going on a nine game winning streak, before a 1-0 defeat to the league leaders. This secured a mid table finish and high expectations for coach Chris Nelsons team next season. The club are always developing and two new teams will be joining the ranks with additions in under 21's and under 15's. GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL www.grf-football.co.uk 14