30th November 2016, 19:00 | community

Farnley Falcons battle the odds ahead of 'biggest-ever' year

Farnley Falcons battle the odds ahead of 'biggest-ever' year

Despite an arson attack destroying their home, the club has grown to its biggest-ever size in 2016...

Farnley Falcons, one of West Yorkshire's fastest-growing Rugby League clubs, are on the lookout for funding as they prepare for their 'biggest-ever' season in 2017.

The club have suffered off the field over the last two years, with arsonists destroying their club house, forcing a move away from their Butt Lane playing fields, but they thrived on the pitch against the odds.

They struck a deal with local side Wortley Dragons to use their facilities in 2016, with their Open Age side enjoying a competitive season in the Yorkshire Men's League, while making the final of the Leeds and District Cup.

Meanwhile, the club developed it's biggest-ever playing base. After launching eight junior teams in just three years, they now host teams from minis to under 11s, as well as their Open Age outfit, alongside the historic launch of an under 12s-14s Girl's team.

They now have over 100 registered players across nine teams.

The club has grown against the odds

They are on the lookout for funding and new players ahead of 2017

In 2017, their under 11s will start competitive Rugby League as an under 12s team, while a new under 7s team will be launched, as well as the debut of their new Girl's outfit and the biggest summer fixture schedule the Open Age has ever seen.

Club Chairman and Open Age player Adam Harrison said: "We now have more than 100 children and adults playing and training with us on a weekly basis and we are looking to raise £5,000 to help give all of our players the best experience possible in 2017.

"We would welcome any support via our justgiving page ahead of what looks set to be our biggest-ever season."

Donate to the Farnley Falcons' justgiving page by clicking HERE or by visiting justgiving.com/crowdfunding/farnley-falcons.

For more information or to join the club as a player of volunteer, drop them a message on Facebook. Search: 'Farnley Falcons.'


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