KIRKLEES Stadium Development Ltd is responsible for managing and maintaining the 52 acre site at The Galpharm Stadium – our community sports stadium with a capacity of 24,500.
It is home to both Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants and one of West Yorkshire’s most prestigious conference and events venues. The stadium also hosts major sporting events and concerts.
Managing director Gareth Davies said: "Sponsoring ‘Sports Team of the Year’ at the Community Awards is an excellent opportunity to showcase the hard work and effort put in by these team members and pay tribute to their contribution via their chosen sport within the Community.’’
THE GIRLS from Huddersfield Giants Under 16 Netball Team have hit the target this season – time and time again.
Their skills have just got them to the England Netball national finals for the third year running.
They have only lost one match all season and that was to Leeds, the current national champions.
Many members of the 14-strong squad have been together since they were 12 years old and, according to coach Lynda Fluskey, the reason for their success has been a mixture of talent and hard work.
One of the girls, 16-year-old Lydia Walker, has just heard that she has been selected for the England under-17 squad, while four others – Georgia Hamilton, Emily Hollingworth, Lia Liburd and Hollie Joyce – are all involved with the England development squads and pushing for selection.
It’s not just the team which is enjoying success. Coach Lynda has also been honoured, having been named as National Grassroots Coach by England Netball in 2010.
The 57-year-old said: "What is so special about this team is that they are talented athletes with a tremendous work ethic. They really work hard for themselves and for the rest of the team.
"The girls really give it everything. They are a very close-knit group, great friends and have really come together as a group.
"They also have a great group of parents who are very supportive. These are the best parents I have ever worked with."
Jan Folger, who nominated the team, said: "They are very talented players committed to being the best they can be and work exceptionally hard.
"The players also give back to the club and many of them volunteer to assist with coaching the younger players, umpiring games and helping with the admin and fundraising – and all with a smile on their face."
THE hearts of young rugby players around the town sink when they draw Meltham All Blacks.
For the Under 16s rugby team has won the Huddersfield Cup for the last four years in a row. The talented squad beat Slaithwaite 60-16 to take the title at Underbank again this year.
Local rugby clubs can, however, be cheered by the prospect of this season being the squad’s final one together. Many of its members have played together since the under 11s but their talent means many are now set to move on to the professional arena.
An impressive total of seven of the players are on scholarship with the Huddersfield Giants – more than any other community club in Kirklees – and two Meltham brothers have already played their first match for England.
Sixteen-year-old Elliot Morris recently played for the national squad against France while 15-year-old brother Frazer, who also attends Honley High School, was selected for a test match against Wales.
Three of the team look set to sign on professional contracts this summer while a further two will go on a pay-as-you-play basis for a further year.
This year the squad reached the Yorkshire Cup final, the first time that a team from Huddersfield has achieved that in 20 years. Unfortunately, they were beaten in the final by Skirlaugh Booth from Hull.
Seven members of the squad were also in the Honley High School team which won the Yorkshire and National Year 11 titles. This is the only time a Kirklees team has done this.
Team captain Cameron Haigh said: "It’s a great honour to be nominated for Team of the Year.
I feel the achievements of this year made us worthy nominees.
"I’m proud of the team’s hard work and dedication. It shows what you can achieve if you work hard."
THE MINNOWS of Armitage Bridge took on all comers on the cricket pitch last season and emerged triumphant and unbeaten.
Armitage Bridge Cricket Club is the first ever team to win the Conference in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League without losing a match all season.
The team won 92.8% of the league points available, flying past the previous all-time record of 80.1%. And for their efforts the squad has been rewarded with the Hinchcliffe Cup and promotion to the Championship.
The Bridge, as they are known locally, was founded in 1839, but has not enjoyed much success in recent years. Before the victorious 2011 season it was 43 years since their previous victory when they took the old section B title in 1968.
While some district cricket clubs can afford to pay thousands of pounds to entice overseas player, Armitage Bridge is a family-orientated club run on a strict budget. They did, however, manage to attract an Australian, Haydn Jones, after team captain Paul Hamer met while on a trip over there.
It’s a reflection of the family nature of the club that eight regular first team players have been with the club since juniors.
Paul said: "We have had a fantastic season. There is no doubt that the reason for our success has been teamwork. Individuals have shone out from time to time, but it has been a real joint effort.
"All the lads get on. We are great mates and that is hard to beat. I think it will be a long time before anyone beats our points total.
"We play in a lovely setting and are a friendly, family club. We don’t have a lot of money, but everyone really enjoys playing here."