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Briggers partner with The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation

9th May, 2021

Toolstation NCEL Division One side Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have announced a partnership with The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation for the 2021/22 season.

The charity was set up in memory of Daniel who died in 2016, aged 24, whilst playing the game he loved from an underlying heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

Its aim is to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in the young and to provide funding towards heart screening, defibrillators and CPR/defibrillator training, primarily for grassroots sporting teams.

Mark Booth, chairman of the Briggers who have also had links with Barnsley Hospital Charity and Barnsley Samaritans, said: "Over recent years, our football club has actively supported several worthwhile charities to try and help raise awareness and we want to continue this next season with our support for the foundation set up in Daniel’s memory.

"As a Barnsley based football club, we know how important football was to Daniel as he played for one of our neighbours at Shaw Lane FC.

"Our first team away team kit will next season promote the great work that the foundation plays in raising awareness of SCD.

"SCD is the leading cause of death in young athletes during sport and the majority of deaths occur with no prior symptoms or family history.

"Our aim is to help to support Daniel’s Foundation to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Death in the young and we look forward to working them with as a member of the Northern Counties East Football League to raise awareness of this condition.

"We want to thank the Daniel Wilkinson Foundation for allowing us to work with them."

The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation also released a statement, saying: "The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation very much appreciate the opportunity to partner Worsbrough Bridge AFC in raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Death in the young.

"Originally from Hull, Daniel was to settle in Sheffield and play his football in Barnsley for Shaw Lane AFC.

"We are very passionate about raising awareness of hidden conditions such as Daniel’s and working with Worsbrough Bridge AFC can only help.

"Thanks go to Mark Booth and the Club for approaching us with the offer of this partnership for the 2021/22 season."

If you want to find out more about The Daniel Wilkinson Foundation, click here to check out their website.

(Story Source: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic)

Cancer charity to be Worsbrough first team sponsor

18th March, 2021

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have announced that charity Teenage Cancer Trust will sponsor their Toolstation NCEL Division One side for the 2021/22 season.

The charity is the only one in the UK dedicated to providing the specialised nursing care and support so that young people should not have to face cancer alone.

Every day, seven people aged between 13 and 24 years of age are diagnosed with cancer, and the charity has 28 specialist units within NHS hospital so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.

Worsbrough made the announcement on social media, saying: "We are delighted to support such a great cause and promote them home and away next season."

For more information about the charity, go to its website at www.teenagecancertrust.org.



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Forgione takes charge at Worsbrough

7th October, 2020

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have announced that their new manager is former player and captain Luke Forgione who returns after a spell in charge at Houghton Main.

The club moved quicky to appoint a new boss ahead of Saturday's Toolstation NCEL Division One trip to East Hull following the shock resignation of Lee Morris at the weekend.

Chairman Mark Booth explained in a statement on the club's website why they have picked Forgione: "Luke has made no secret that Worsbrough Bridge AFC is a club he wanted to manage having been a player and captain here and we are naturally excited about the future.

"The board met to review what was a high quality group of applications and we collectively agreed that Luke was the right person for the job."

Forgione will be joined by Gareth Hunter as his assistant manager and James Ritchie as first team coach.

Booth added: "We are also pleased to welcome Gareth and James to the club and look forward to working with all three lads and look forward to a successful period under their tenure.

"I hope that our supporters will get behind Luke and the players in the coming weeks and months and support us in numbers and I am sure together we will enjoy some good times together.

"On behalf of the board of the club, I also want to thank all the applicants that took time to express an interest in the club and wish them all good luck for the future."

Forgione said of his appointment: "I am really pleased to accept the role as manager of Worsbrough Bridge AFC, a club that means a lot to me, having played, captained and previously been in a coaching set-up of the club. I just couldn’t say no.

"I've not hidden that I would love to move into Northern Counties East League football and was conscious of taking the first opportunity that arose for me, however I couldn't turn the club down.

"I'd like to thank Houghton Main for the opportunity to manage them, it's a fantastic club with some great people and platform for any aspiring manager.

"I cannot hide that I’m really happy to be back 'home' and I am motivated and passionate with my staff to continue to build on the great work done by Lee Morris and start to push the club back up the league.

"I want us to play an attractive style of football which will be entertaining and intense and try to make The Pinto Property Stadium a difficult place to come and get a result.

"I want to thank the chairman and the club for the faith they have shown and for the opportunity to manage the Briggers.

"I aim to repay that faith on the pitch and look forward to seeing some familiar faces soon."

(Story Source: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic)

Morris resigns as Briggers boss

4th October, 2020

Toolstation NCEL Division One side Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have announced the resignation of manager Lee Morris.

The news came after Saturday's 3-2 loss at Harrogate Railway Athletic that leaves the Briggers at the bottom of the table without a point in their opening four games.

But, the club say that their position was not a factor in his decision to step down.

A statement on their website said: "It is with deep regret that we announce that Lee Morris has resigned as Worsbrough Bridge AFC first team manager for personal reasons. These reasons will remain between Lee and the club.

"It is important to stress that Lee was under no pressure despite the team's disappointing start to the season and he retained the full support of the board and we have tried hard to keep him at the club.

"Lee was appointed Briggers boss almost three years ago and can look back on his tenure with pride after helping to keep the club in the NCEL in his first season, followed the following season by a seventh place league finish and semi-final in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup before last season was expunged."

Chairman Mark Booth said: "Firstly, I am disappointed that Lee has resigned but fully respect his decision and want to place on record my thanks for his considerable effort and work.

"I have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Lee from day one and that is still the case. During his time in charge, he has brought a style of play that has been entertaining and helped to bring back supporters to the club.

"His record will stand up there as one of the best in recent times with a notable seventh place league finish, the best in over twenty years and last season's memorable run to the semi-finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup.

"As a manager, player and most importantly as a man he has been superb for our club, not only contributing on the field but being an integral driving force away from the field as we looked to drive our club forward.

"We part as friends and Lee will always be welcome at The Pinto Property Stadium. On behalf of everyone associated with the club I want to thank Lee for some fantastic memories and wish him all the best for the future.

"Our search for a new manager starts immediately and we will be looking to appoint with East Hull away at the forefront of our minds next Saturday.

"We would ask any interested candidates in the first instance to either contact us via the following email - wbafcchairman@gmail.com - or via our social media channels."

(Story Source: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic)

Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Yorkshire Amateur 11 29 27
P 2 Bridlington Town 9 21 24
P 3 Liversedge 7 21 22
4 Garforth Town 9 21 10
5 Maltby Main 10 18 6
6 AFC Mansfield 9 17 17
7 Handsworth 12 17 -3
8 Grimsby Borough 10 16 6
9 Barton Town 11 14 -9
10 Albion Sports 9 13 0
11 Eccleshill United 11 13 -4
12 Penistone Church 7 12 6
13 Hemsworth MW 7 12 3
14 Goole AFC 11 11 -21
15 Silsden AFC 10 10 -6
16 Thackley 11 8 -11
17 Staveley MW 6 7 -1
18 Knaresborough 9 7 -9
19 Bottesford Town 11 4 -24
20 Athersley Rec 10 3 -33
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Emley AFC 10 26 18
2 Campion 11 24 17
P 3 Winterton Rangers 9 22 23
4 North Ferriby 10 22 11
5 Retford FC 13 21 6
6 Brigg Town 11 20 13
7 Rossington Main 12 18 5
P 8 Skegness Town 8 16 5
9 Parkgate 10 16 -2
10 Hall Road Rangers 10 14 -3
11 Hallam 8 13 4
12 Nostell MW 12 12 -8
13 Glasshoughton Welf 12 11 1
14 Armthorpe Welfare 12 11 -14
15 Swallownest 8 10 -1
16 Dronfield Town 11 10 -11
17 Harrogate Railway Ath 8 9 -9
18 FC Humber United 10 7 -23
19 Worsbrough Bridge 13 6 -21
20 Selby Town 6 3 -11

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