Celebrating 50 years of youth football in Horsham – 1967 to 2107
This year Horsham Sparrows Football club celebrates its 50th anniversary and to mark this landmark date, Sparrows day was at the centre of the festivities. Thank you to everyone that attended especially the volunteers that made the day such a success.
As with every Sparrows day, the onus was on the players enjoying themselves and playing football and this year was no different. With visiting teams travelling from across the district there was a record number of players and football matches played…all in great spirits and under clear, sunny skies.
This included teams from Horsham such as Ambassadors, Tigers, Heron Olympic and Roffey Robins with Worthing, Cuckfield Cosmos, Rustington, Forest Row, Southwater, Oakwood and Faygate travelling to be part of the club’s special day. Alongside the games, there was also a chance for our very youngest players to get involved with fun footie sessions for the Little Kickers and Wildcat Sparrows girls.
The day was also a great opportunity for our sponsors and partners to join in the celebrations. Leader, the clubs shirt sponsors ran a competition while our friends at YMCA football club ran the beer tent. Thanks also to Brent Yeoman for running the disco, Bright Light photography and Tanbridge House School for their usual assistance and support.
Following the football there was an award presentation ceremony where all the players, coaches and managers were presented to the club. Volunteer coaches from our playing squads were presented awards for their invaluable help, teaching the youngest players at the club while long service awards were received by players from most of the older teams. Player’s player, most improved player, clubman, club girl and player of the season trophies were also awarded to each of the clubs 16 teams.
At the conclusion of the awards each player was presented with a special Sparrows 50 mug and the day finished with a number played by a band of Sparrows managers and volunteers.
Click on an image to view photos of the team on Sparrows day 50