Football's back (again)

Monday 22nd February 2021

This evening Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the government's roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions. This means that we can look forward to the return of grassroots football on Monday 29th March. In addition the FA announced that the current season will be extended until the end of June to allow the leagues to complete their fixtures, should they choose to do so. Team managers will be in touch with players and parents/carers with more details in due course.

RICHARD JONES

It is with huge sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Richard Jones on January 13th. Richard was a coach and regular referee for the U12s, having been involved with the club since his son Frankie joined KDR JFC as a U7. As well as being involved in junior football Richard was also active in junior rugby at Wetherby RUFC as Vice Chairman of the Mini Junior Section and Head Coach of the U12s. Richard is survived by his wife Anna, daughter Carmen and son Frankie. We offer them our sincere condolences.

Richard's funeral was held February 11th at St James' Parish Church in Wetherby. The funeral procession drove from Richard’s house through Wetherby town centre and then to Grange Park. Our players and other club members were invited to wear their club kit and line the route from over the bridge and along the drive into Grange Park.

After the funeral we received a letter from Mel Jones, Richard's father:

 

I simply want to say THANK YOU and how much we appreciated the unbelievable turn out at Grange Park by KDRJFC last week.

It was most touching and greatly appreciated to see all those young lads, coaches and committee in their full kit. It brought tears to my eyes and I will remember it forever.

Please say a big Thank you to all your membership for their support, tributes and donations which will be put to good use.

Thank you all so much

MEL & ELIZABETH

 

The U7s team in 2015. Richard is second from left in the back row. 

Revised rules for Grange Park clubhouse users

In order to control and limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus Government measures for meeting in public places were revised on September 24th 2020. Consequently the rules for users of the Grange Park clubhouse have been revised and take effect immediately. The main changes for clubhouse users are:

- If you have downloaded the NHS Covid 19 app the QR code can be scanned at the clubhouse entrances.
- For those without the NHS Covid 19 app the existing VenueTrace system remains in place with a QR Code.
- One member of each group (of up to 6) must provide details if wishing to eat/drink inside.
- Anyone declining to provide their details and wanting to eat/drink at a table will be refused access (unless just using toilets).
- A face covering must be worn throughout the building UNLESS seated at a table to eat/drink. If leaving the table for any reason, e.g visiting the toilet, a face covering must be worn.
- If the bar is open then this is table service ONLY - no queuing, no standing at the bar. The table service will be provided by bar manager/volunteers.
- Catering will be provided 'take-away' from the terrace hatch. If you want to eat your food in the clubhouse you can only do so if there is a table free.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and thank you for your support.

U16s Girls: from Kirk Deighton to Harrogate

Kirk Deighton Rangers JFC have been huge supporters of developing girls football in the local area and for the 2020-21 season have agreed to work with Harrogate Town and host Harrogate Town's first ever girls grassroots team at Grange Park. Many of last season's KDR U15s team have moved to the Harrogate Town U16s squad to be part of the Harrogate Town female football development pathway, with the aim to progress to the Ladies development and first team squad.

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Papa John's Pizza Ad filmed at Grange Park 

Eagle eyed TV viewers may have noticed something familiar about the new Papa John's Pizza commercial. The ad was filmed at Grange Park in the autumn of 2019. If you look closely you may spot some of our players in the background.