Meet the Team

Find Out A Little More About The Team Who Look After The Club

It’s easy to forget that youth football clubs are generally run entirely by volunteers. These individuals dedicate time and effort, and lots of it, to providing a safe and fun environment for your kids to learn to play football and, hopefully, meet new friends and learn some valuable life lessons along the way. It’s always nice to be recognised for what you’re doing well, as well as getting constructive feedback for areas we can improve, so please don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of us below. We love to help and we are dedicated to providing the best service we can for you and your children.

Mick Hawthorne

Position: Chairman

When did you join the Club: Mick joined Eldwick Juniors in 2013 and was previously vice chairman to the role.

What brought me to get involved at Eldwick Juniors: Mick’s son joined Eldwick Juniors at a young age and he wanted to support his local grass-roots junior football club. Mick was involved sooner than he thought coaching his son’s current team with the support off of local volunteers.

What Skills I have brought to the Club: Mick brings good organisational and management skills to Eldwick Juniors and particularly likes the practical jobs as well as helping out at charity fun-days which the club organises.

Other Interests and Hobbies: Mick is a avvid Leeds United supporter and attends most matches around his family life with his wife and children.

My Football Team: Leeds Utd

Danny Holt

Position: Vice Chairman

When did you join the Club: Danny joined Eldwick Juniors in 2017 when his son Henry wanted to play for his local junior football team.

What brought me to get involved at Eldwick Juniors: Danny’s son was already playing football but Danny was never a keen footballer but wanted to help out in other ways with the running of the club aswell as supporting it.

What Skills I have brought to the Club: Danny brings good organisational and good management skills to Eldwick Juniors and likes to get involved with the everyday running of the club from the admin work to bringing new ideas into the club.

Other Interests and Hobbies: Danny enjoys his family life aswell as playing golf and his annual ski trips.

My Football Team: Bradford City FC

Vicki Leach

Position: Club Secretary

When did you join the Club: Vicki joined the club 7 years ago

What brought me to get involved at Eldwick Juniors: Vicki wanted to give something back to her local community so decided to help out at Eldwick Juniors.

What Skills I have brought to the Club: Vicki is a keen fund raiser for the club and enjoys doing the general club admin, registering players and attending regular club meetings.

Other Interests and Hobbies: Vicki is a Community First Aid Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service

My Football Team: Manchester City

Richard Kirwan

Position: Treasurer

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My Football Team: Bradford City

Jamie Holland

Position: Club Welfare Officer

When did you join the Club: Jamie joined Eldwick Juniors in 2015

What brought me to get involved at Eldwick Juniors: Jamie was looking for a team for his son Alex to join when he was younger to help him with his social skills and for him to feel the importance of being in a team environment. Alex found the atmosphere perfect for him at Eldwick Juniors and it wasn’t long before Jamie started helping out his age group with a few of the other parents. Jamie now run’s the creche as well as being the club welfare officer.

What Skills I have brought to the Club: I like to think that I bring a sense of positivity, fun and a sense of respect and fairness to everyone attached to Eldwick Juniors be it parents or children coming to the club. I strive to promote my passion of football as a hobby to the kids that come to Eldwick Juniors irrelevant of ability.

Other Interests and Hobbies: Jamie play’s most sports and play’s five-a-side football. Jamie has recently started running and cycling. Jamie also likes to take his children to watch Bradford City.

My Football Team: Bradford City

Jay Welsh

Position: Football Development Coach, Coaching Education & Recruitment Officer

When did you join the Club: Jay joined the club in 2014

What brought me to get involved at Eldwick Juniors: Jay has a son who wanted to play in the creche. So Jay volunteered as a qualified coach to help. HJay became manager of the Eagles A League team at U7s & U8s. The team progressed and won the U8 Silsden tournament in our last season together, before it broke up with some players signing to pro academies.

What Skills I have brought to the Club: Before Eldwick, Jay had a few yeas of coaching young players with my own training program. Jay encourages the recruitment of new coaches and advised and organised Level 1 courses at the club with the local FA.

Other Interests and Hobbies: Coaching education. Music production.

My Football Team: Bradford City

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