STORTHES HALL are moving to Warrenside after joining forces with Yorkshire Lions.
The West Riding County Amateur League club need a new ground after West Yorkshire Police Authority put Woodfield Park, their home for 22 years, up for sale.
And both the historic senior club, who have been around for half a century, and progressive junior outfit, formed a decade ago, believe their partnership will have major benefits.
Storthes Hall, who run two sides in the County Amateur League, have been trying without success to set up a junior section.
Meanwhile Yorkshire Lions – who have redeveloped Warrenside, once home to the now defunct Bradley Rangers, since moving there in 2006 – created a senior team last year, only for them to struggle in the District League Fourth Division.
“The idea is to create a pathway from junior to senior football,” explained Storthes Hall’s Robbie Field.
“Yorkshire Lions are 10 years old now, so their first intake of junior players have reached senior level, hence their attempt to create a District League team.
“While we have knowledge at senior level, we have found it hard to create a junior section, an area in which Yorkshire Lions excel.
“The set-up at Warrenside is fantastic, and obviously we needed to find a new ground, but there are many more benefits to this partnership, and it’s something we are genuinely excited about.
“It will be our third home after originally playing at Storthes Hall then moving to Woodfield Park, and we hope to be there for a long time to come.”
Yorkshire Lions, who field teams in the RCD Junior League, said in a statement: “These are very exciting times for all involved with amateur football in Kirklees.
“Storthes Hall FC have a lot to offer. We had many offers from other clubs keen on playing at Warrenside which were very lucrative in terms of funding and revenue streams.
“However our main objective is grass roots football and that will always be our priority. The Storthes Hall/Yorkshire Lions partnership will help take junior football to the next level.
“Working together with Storthes Hall FC, the local and wider community should benefit from a club offering mini soccer right through to West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division open-age football.
“Warrenside sports complex will now offer a good standard of football along with excellent facilities.”
The two clubs are looking for the support of local business and organisations.
Yorkshire Lions operate as a charity and are run entirely by volunteers. SYSF Ltd, which owns the Warrenside complex, is a non-profit making organisation and a charity.
Further details are available from Robbie Field (07957 691189) or Tim Bhullar (07862 709661).