by Scott Goodacre
On a weekend the College is used as a training pitch for Westend FC, and the goalposts will primarily be used by the club’s younger players as part of the Football Association’s push to develop the technical ability of young footballers.
A pair of goalposts can cost up to £900, so the funding will go towards making sure children are now able to play matches on pitches that are relative to their age and size.
The club are also benefiting from HNC’s new 3G astroturf pitch that was installed over the summer.
Sir Trevor Brooking, Director of Football Development at The FA, said: “The new 9v9 football format will go a long way in helping youngsters with their skill, touch and technique and it also means that 11-year-old goalkeepers won’t have to defend the same size goal that’s used by Joe Hart and his colleagues in the Premier League every week!
“We want boys and girls with a passion for football to look forward to playing on a regular basis and 9v9 will certainly mean more touches of the ball for players and a fun time for all involved.
“Investing in 9v9 goals at Huddersfield New College will only benefit local clubs and English football as a whole in the long-term.”