It’s been a busy debut season for Keighley Kicks.
Covering the 45 local teams plying their trade in nine local leagues has certainly taken lots of time and effort but the results have been rewarding.
The idea of setting up the site last June was to create a central hub for everyone to find out what is happening in the the Keighley area on the local football front.
With no major team to focus on, I expected Silsden, as the ‘senior’ club to dominate coverage but that has been far from the case.
There has been plenty of news about their exploits in the North West Counties League but the volume of co-operation from teams playing at lower levels has been overwhelming.
Some teams ‘clicked’ very early about what Keighley Kicks was about and helped keep things bang up to date – special mention for Ingrow & Worth Valley, Oxenhope and Steeton, who were among the first and kept going, win lose or draw throughout the season.
Other teams were happy to tell of their wins but as the season wore on defeats were a struggle to report. Even so, many still sent in the results, for which I am grateful.
I admit, it was hard work in the early days, constantly chasing and harrying anyone who took the slightest interest in supplying the essential information – sorry boys! – but, hopefully, the regular 600-per-day visitors appreciate the effort.
By the end of the season, I’d managed to ‘infiltrate’ most clubs with match updates coming through soon after the final whistle.
Leagues and FAs also jumped on board and coverage in the last few months has been reasonably comprehensive. Cononley Sports have been the one exception on Saturdays and FC Sporting and FC Polonia on Sundays, I’ve just not been able to get any contacts there – anyone fancy taking on those roles for next season?
Keighley Kicks has been updated every day with a new story or report since it launched at the end of last June and for that I am very grateful to not only the clubs and teams for their input but also the ‘staff’ who have helped broaden the appeal with a mixture of features, stories and pictures. It’s all voluntary so huge thanks to photographers David S Brett, Alex Dodd and Elaine Marsh, ‘special correspondents’ Rob Grillo, Glyn Smith and Norman Rhodes, plus the hundreds of other people who have taken the time to send in news, results, reports or pictures, etc.
Keighley Kicks is ‘your’ site. It is a community service and will only survive if you all continue to keep it informed of everything that is happening at your club or team.
It is open to anyone involved with or kicking the round ball, male, female, adult, child, competitive or non-competitive, even schools and works teams.
There have been lots of highlights throughout the season and I have met some fantastic people, many of whom I now count as good friends.
The volume of visitors has been phenomenal and the average number of people looking at the site increases by the week.
If you own a businesses or run a local firm and would like to increase your local exposure, please get in touch to see how you can advertise on the site.
The support of local advertisers will enable the site to be improved further.
I aim to continue daily updates throughout the close season, but I need your help.
All club news, views, training dates, pre-season fixture details and requests plus presentation evenings all gratefully received.
Also, feel free to send ideas and messages about what you think about Keighley Kicks and what you would like to see more (or less) of next season.
Reviews of the season start later this week. Make sure your team is included – send an email to Keighley Kicks at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, a big thank you for your continued support and regular expressions of goodwill and gratitude, they mean such a lot.
Enjoy your summer break.
Editor, Keighley Kicks