A snowy weekend failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the teams in this year’s annual Bradford City Fire Memorial Tournament at Marley.
Seven junior teams took part with Bradford City winning the u12s final, beating German side Hamm 1-0 in the final, with Lincoln City striking an extra-time penalty to beat the German side in the u14s.
Bradford Council’s sport and leisure service organise the event and Cllr Andrew Thornton told the Bradford T&A: “While the tournament was born out of a tragedy that will always be remembered, it also gives us a chance to look forward and see young footballers enjoying themselves.”
A veterans’ match between Bradford City and Lincoln Police saw the Bantams come out 5-0 winners.
Read the full report and see pictures on the T&A website, here.
Leeds City College are holding an FA Level 1 in Coaching Football Course in Keighley in June.
FA tutors Anthony Gallagher and Pav Singh will be running the seven-session course at Marley from June 5 to June 24.
It runs for 39 hours, varying from three to nine, on weekday evenings and Saturdays.
The course covers safeguarding children, first aid and a variety of theory and practical sessions.
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To download an application form or to check session dates and times, visit the Leeds City College website, here.
A limited numbers of space are available for teams to join the Keighley Soccer Sixes League at Marley.
The competition runs every Thursday, 8-10pm, and entry is free. Games last 40 minutes and cost £26.
Last season’s winners were Shake and Bake, who pipped Rosses Rascalz on goal difference.
The league is FA-affiliated and uses official referees.
League winners and runners-up receive trophies and the league has its own website, showing latest tables and fixtures, etc.
For more details, visit www.soccersixes.net or call or text KEIGHLEY, to 07784 901978 for more details.
All Marley’s pitches passed an inspection this morning.
It means, that at the moment, they are all fit for action on Saturday and Sunday – good news for teams with games scheduled there, including FC Sporting Keighley, Manningham All Stars, Bingley FC Young Boys and Bingley Midland Athletic.
A big push is being organised to get more support for girls’ football in Keighley and Bingley area schools.
And Marley will be hosting a CPD event to encourage teachers who are responsible for delivering sporting activities to recognise the benefits of football.
The event runs from noon until 3pm on Friday, March 22.
It is being run by the West Riding County FA in conjunction with Bradford Council to support the growth and retention of female football within the county.
Support for teachers: Caroline Hulme.
Research carried out by the national FA suggested that one of the reasons behind female football not being delivered in some schools, on a regular bases, is due a lack of training for teachers.
The West Riding CFA women and girls’ football development officer Caroline Hulme said: “As a County FA, we would like to address this, and support teachers to learn new fun, exciting football activities that they can deliver within their school and to their female students.
“Although everything you will learn will be football related, it will be based around multi-skills and activities that can be transferable to any sport.
“For example movement skills, football games to music etc.”
A typical recent scene at Marley
The last two weekends have seen a complete whiteout of the pitches at Marley.
But recent months have seen some teams swapping to an alternative pitch when their own has been deemed unfit to play.
This could cause major problems for clubs, with the danger of them falling foul of invalidating their insurance and facing potentially huge claims should there be a serious injury or incident.
At Marley, clubs have a contract with Bradford Council and are allocated a pitch, which is theirs for the season.
They can only change pitches with the permission of the Parks Department and the staff at Marley cannot give permission for a change at short notice.
Simon Todd (Picture: David S Brett)
Keighley & District Referees Association Secretary Simon Todd said: “We are aware of instances where clubs found that their allocated pitch was unfit and had swapped their fixture to an adjoining pitch, which was fit, and not in use on that day.
“It would appear this happened when clubs had not been prepared for bad weather and the opposition and referee had arrived at the ground.
“The club have then ‘persuaded’ the referee to play on another pitch that was fit.
“But we live in a society where people are encouraged to make claims for injuries that are sustained in various areas of their lives – ‘If there is blame there is a claim,’ etc.”
There is still one place available in Soccersixes’ six-a-side football league at Marley every Thursday.
The first team to respond will get their first game for half the usual price. Entry is free.
Matches last for 40 minutes and are played between 8-10pm.
For more information, call or text 07794326984, email email@example.com, or register your team online at www.soccersixes.net
A coaching demonstration and talk is being held at Marley on Sunday at noon by FA Regional Coach Development Manager Andy Foster.
Two teams from the Craven, Aire and Wharfe Junior League will help with the demonstration of nine versus nine on the astroturf with a mini tournament to follow from 1.30pm.
There are still spaces left for teams to enter the latest Soccersixes six-a-side league at Marley.
It runs on Thursdays between 8-10pm.
For more details, call or text Rob, 07794326984, or register your team online, here.
A new Soccersixes season kicks-off at Marley tomorrow, 8-10pm.
The six-a-side league is free to enter with teams paying £26 per game.
To enter, call 07794326984 or visit www.soccersixes.net – click on the ‘enter a team for free’ link.
Twenty teams from across the north of England took part in the Keighley Bangladeshi Community Association’s annual seven-a-side tournament at Marley.
Local players enjoyed success with Keighley side AC Milan beating Springhall Celtic, of Halifax, in the final thanks to goals from Shezaib Hussain and Junaid Taj, who was also named player of the tournament.
A crowd of more than 200 people witnessed the action.
A trophy will be played for in memory of Rob Dryden who died earlier this month.
The Marley manager and DJ’s funeral service was held yesterday in Keighley at a packed Shared Church in Church Green.
His mother Pamela thanked all those who had attended, via Rob’s Facebook page and said the collection made £720.
This will be divided between football and music for young people.
There will also be a Rob Dryden Memorial Trophy in the Veterans League.
“All your lovely comments and photos will be saved and placed in a memory book for Rob’s daughter Caitlan, so she will be able to see how loved her father was when she gets older,” added Pamela.
The funeral is being held today of Rob Dryden.
The service at the Shared Church, Church Green, Keighley, at 11am is followed by cremation at Oakworth.
All friends of the popular DJ and Marley manager are welcome to turn up to pay their respects.
Add your tribute to the hundreds already on Rob’s Facebook page, here.
The funeral arrangements have been confirmed for Marley manager Rob Dryden, who died last week.
It will take place at the Shared Church, Church Green, Keighley, on Tuesday, July 17, at 11am, followed by cremation at Oakworth.
Rob’s mum Pamela said everyone is welcome to attend but anyone wishing to speak should contact her as soon as possible via Facebook, here.
The request is for family flowers only, but donations in lieu can be made to a charity of the family’s choice.
Tributes have been paid to a former Oakworth School pupil who was killed in a car crash in Guiseley yesterday.
Rob Dryden, 32, was a manager at Marley Activities and Coaching Centre and was well known to local footballers, as well as being a popular DJ.
He died in the crash in Guiseley while, it is understood, returning from a series of club-gig spotting bookings in Leeds.
Hundreds of tributes have poured into his personal Facebook page and his DJing one, here.
Rob was a regular contributor to Keighley Kicks, updating pitch conditions on the Marley pitches and being our man on the spot at the complex.
Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.
Read more about Rob and tributes on the T&A website, here.
Read the inquest into Rob’s death, here
Teams from as far afield as Sunderland, Walsall, Newport and Liverpool will be in action at Marley this afternoon.
Voyage Care are holding their first national football tournament in Keighley and among the 24 five-a-side teams in action are two from Haworth.
Keighley Kicks have done a programme for the event, which runs from 1-4pm.
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Marley will be a hive of youth football activity over the next four days.
More than 1,000 boys and girls aged eight to 16 will be in action as 154 teams take part in the 15th annual Bradford Council-organised five-a-side football festival.
Action start at 4pm today and continues 4-7pm until Thursday.