Hinksey Park FC
A local community based youth football club, founded in 2001, Hinksey Park FC prides itself on being a friendly, inclusive club, providing a good nurturing environment for boys and girls keen to play football.
The club is proud to have been awarded Charter Standard by the FA and has a clear ethos, which is not to turn away any young person wanting to play football.
Currently there are 18 teams running, from the under 6 to the under 18 age group. The club supports over 250 young people from a variety of backgrounds to play football each year.
Each team has around 12 players, mainly from the local areas that include Littlemore, Rose Hill, Iffley, and Cowley; although Oxford is often seen as an affluent city of ‘dreaming spires’ Hinksey Park FC provides a football club for young people from some of the most deprived areas of the UK.
Teams play friendly games against other Oxfordshire teams, train at least once a week, and from September to April the older age groups are all involved in the Oxford Mail Boys League.
The club is run entirely by volunteers; with volunteer managers, volunteer coaches and volunteer assistant coaches for each age group.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The annual membership fee of £90 is prohibitively expensive for some of the young players and their families. Each year the club offers 5 bursaries funded through its general reserves (namely profits from our small volunteer run match day cafe). However, as the club has grown these 5 bursaries are not enough to help all the young people that need our support. £450 from Skipton's Grassroots Giving would pay for the membership of 5 more young people from deprived backgrounds allowing them to play football at our club. The membership fee covers all equipment, team kit, pitch hire, and associated match costs.
""Eight year old goal keeper Tremayne Michell said when asked what he thought about his football club, “I love playing football with my friends. I think the coaches are great. The best part is when we play games during training sessions.”""