Ripon City AFC
Ripon City AFC
Football at the heart of the community.
Ripon City AFC was established in 1898. It holds CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) status and is run entirely by volunteers. The club is the only adult football club in Ripon and has Charter Standard status with the Football Association.
The club runs four adult teams (two men's teams and two ladies' teams). The men's first team plays in the West Yorkshire League Division Two and the reserves play in Harrogate and District League Division One.
The ladies' first team plays in the West Riding League Division Two. The newly formed ladies' reserve team will play in the North Riding League.
At the end of 2015/16 season, the club was only able to field one men's team. However, over the last fifteen months the club has grown rapidly with the formation of a men's reserve team and two ladies' teams.
September 2016 saw the formation of Ripon City Ladies. Ladies' football is experiencing a huge growth in popularity at present and Ripon City AFC is proud to be a part of this.
The ladies' team is open to ladies aged sixteen and over. The team is comprised of local ladies who are keen to play competitive football in a league structure.
The 2016/17 season proved hugely successful with the team finishing second in the league thus gaining promotion.
The success of the ladies' team saw the club recognise the need to form a ladies' reserve team. In September 2017 the ladies' reserve team will compete in the North Riding League, thus providing more women with the opportunity to play competitive football. Pre-season training is under way with many new players at the club.
The existence of four teams within the club has seen the social aspect of a local sports club thrive too. The club has been able to stage many successful community social events in the last twelve months thus bringing together players and their friends and families.
The club works closely with Ripon City Panthers Junior Football Club who run teams for boys and girls. The club actively encourages juniors to make the transition into adult football. Many teenagers play for both the men's and the ladies' teams. The club is able to promote a healthy lifestyle in a safe and welcoming environment.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
A successful grant bid would be a huge boost for the club.
The club is run entirely by volunteers with the primary aim of providing local men and women with a safe environment to play competitive football. There are considerable costs involved in a running a football club (insurance, utilities, clubhouse upkeep, pitch maintenance, affiliation fees and sporting equipment are just a few).
If successful, the grant would be spent on new sports equipment to make running the ladies' team an easier process. The formation of the ladies' reserve team has seen the club recognise the need to purchase more equipment. To run the team successfully the club would need to purchase the following : footballs, training bibs, first aid kits and water bottles.
A successful bid would see all playing members of the club benefit because new equipment reduces the pressure put upon existing equipment that is being shared by all teams.
The longer term impact of a successful bid is that it helps the club sustain four teams and continues to grow. At present, the club has approximately seventy playing members.
The ability to run four teams raises the profile of the club. The profile can be raised through, press coverage, social media and word of mouth.
"Peter Freeman club chairman
"We have a football club to be proud of. We aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the whole community. A grant from Skipton Building Society would help us to continue to grow."