Armthorpe Welfare announce link-up with Armthorpe Wolves JFC

Armthorpe Welfare have strengthened their community links by joining forces with Armthorpe Wolves JFC to form their own junior section.
Kirsty Wiffen and Tony WaltonKirsty Wiffen and Tony Walton
Kirsty Wiffen and Tony Walton

Wolves, who currently field eight teams in the Doncaster & District Junior Sunday Football League, will become Armthorpe Welfare Junior Football Club from next season.

Welfare, who play in Division One of the Northern Counties East League, also currently field a development team in the Doncaster Rovers Saturday League.

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“I can’t begin to express how much the affiliation with Armthorpe Wolves means to not only both our clubs but importantly to the community of Armthorpe.” said Armthorpe Welfare vice-chairperson Kirsty Wiffen.

"After the pit closed the heart of this village seemed lost but Armthorpe has recovered and is now an ever growing and thriving village.

"Now, alongside Gaz Hirst and the Development Team, Paul Cook and the Under 18s and now Tony and the new Armthorpe Welfare Junior Football Club we can offer sport for all the community, whether taking part or spectating.

"There are further plans to bring in other teams and offer football for all, whilst improving and adding to the facilities at all three grounds.

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“I would like to wholeheartedly thank Steve Baskerville (chairman), Martin Turner (secretary) and Tony Walton (Armthorpe Wolves chairman) for all the background work in achieving our goal and cannot wait to start work on further developing this club and give the village something to be proud of.”

Wolves were formed in 2013 and currently field teams from under 7s through to under 14s, run a popular cubs section and a walking football team. They will also add a new girls team this year.

Chairman Tony Walton said: “The agreement between ourselves and Armthorpe Welfare is great news for everyone involved in both clubs and I hope will make Armthorpe Welfare the heart of our community.

“We are blessed with some amazing coaches and volunteers at Armthorpe Wolves who devote many hours making the club a success, working very closely with both Shaw Wood Academy and Armthorpe Academy who have given us fantastic support. Working with Steve Baskerville and his team at Armthorpe Welfare can only make the whole club a force for years to come.”

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