Monday, 16 July 2012

Harborough Town Football Club

Harborough Town Football Club Commercial Opportunities 

The recently promoted Harborough Town Football Club needed a small booklet to show potential sponsors key benefits of what their money would offer them.

As they had made the step up, the design and print had to do the same. Full Fat Designs produced an 8-page brochure that was inspiring to look at, clearly laid out and had a quality feel to the print to whoever held it.

The finished item was well received and we are currently looking at applying the same results to their matchday programmes.

History of Harborough Town Football Club

Harborough Town FC is the realisation of the merger of Harborough Minis FC & Harborough Town FC, which has brought together one club for all ages, gender and ability for the Harborough community. Their individual histories are chartered below:

Harborough Minis FC:

Harborough Minis was founded in the winter of 2000/2001 by a group of four parents who saw a gap in the provision of mini soccer in Market Harborough. They had all played a ‘little’ in their youth and felt they had no choice but to pull back on their old boots and show the youngsters how it was done. All the founder members had children of their own who brought along some friends (approx 15 children in the early days). From this, Saturday morning training sessions started and Harborough Minis FC was born.

By 2007/08, there was approximately 180 children training weekly and 13 teams entered into the Leicester & District Mutual Football League. We now boast one of the largest Mini Soccer clubs provider in Leicestershire.

Harborough Town FC:

Formed as Harborough Town Juniors FC at the start of the 1975/1976 season the club has now been providing quality football in the community for over 30 years and has been based in its own facilities at Northampton Road since the early 1990’s.

The club became an FA Charter Standard Club in 2004 and through consistent development has achieved FA Charter Standard Community Club status which is the highest accolade currently available and recognises best practice, on-going development and a positive impact within the local community.

Harborough Town FC now consists of Junior, Youth, Girls, Senior and Veteran sections accommodating 20 teams playing regular league football and has a playing membership now approaching 300 with around 90% of those being under the age of 18. The club has also been actively involved in the formation and development of the Harborough Alliance Football Partnership which provides training and game opportunities for children with learning and physical difficulties.

Former players at the club have included Richard Stearman (Leicester City FC, Wolves + England), Chris Carruthers (Northampton Town FC, Bristol Rovers FC + England) and Martin Johnson (Leicester Tigers FC, England + British Lions). The club has also over recent years seen a number of players, boys and girls, progress into Centre of Excellence and Elite squads at local Professional Clubs and it is rewarding to hear of their individual progress.

The senior section of the Football club boasts 4 teams with the first and Reserves playing in the United Counties Leagues. In 2012, after only 2 seasons in the UCL the first team gained promotion to the Premier Division which now entitles FA Cup and FA Vase to become a permanent fixture at the Football club. This is the highest level that any team in Market Harborough has achieved and is down to hard work on and off the field. Every week the first team and reserves entertain Football teams at Bowden’s Park from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire.