International: Yorkshire IFA

The second episode of our new series looking at Non-Fifa Affiliated International teams has arrived and this time we aren’t travelling too far from home.

The Yorkshire International Football Association was set up on the 16th July 2017 and is associated with CONIFA footballing umbrella joining the federation on the 6th of January 2018.

In order to represent all of Yorkshire, ‘The Vikings’ have no home stadium and instead play home games around the county. The team has currently played 6 games in 5 different locations, and are set to host The Atlantic Heritage Cup this year should the tournament go ahead.

Yorkshire IFA was set up by a collection of like minded groups, from cultural, historical and sporting backgrounds, determined to raise the profile of the county, that hosts some of the proudest people in the world.

Upon the birth of the team, they had four objectives that they wanted to aim for, the first being to ‘Empower the Region’ something that the people of Yorkshire are known for is being proud of their home, this team gives them something to put that passion into. The second objective was to create a ‘Cultural Exchange’, basically to bring the things they love about Yorkshire and spread it globally and also embrace some other cultures and things that aren’t stereotypically ‘Yorkshire’. Penultimately the third objective is to ‘Raise The Profile’ of the White Rose county, and to build and help Yorkshire become an internationally renowned region to visit, invest in and to watch attractive, passionate football. Finally the county want to be competitive, the region is home to many great professional and non-league sides and many amazing players, so why not have the home of them all competeting at the top of the ‘beautiful game’.

With clear motives and targets, we can see a Yorkshire team being around for many years to come thanks to the volunteers both on and off the pitch who are very proud of their home county.

From everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we’d just like to wish Yorkshire good luck with the future, and we will see you this summer at your tournament this summer!

Getting to know: Arniston Rangers FC

One of the oldest junior clubs in Scotland is fully focused on becoming a fully fledged community club.

Having been a Junior club since its foundation in 1878, Arniston Rangers FC is one of many clubs that last year moved to senior football by joining the East of Scotland Football League.

The ‘Gers’ are taking big steps towards doing more for their community by announcing that from next season they will be running a further u20’s team, giving more youth talent that chance to progress and play a high level of football. Furthermore, since the new management team arrived earlier this season they have made a point of bring through more of the youth players to get experience with the first team squad.

Based out of Newbyres Park in Gorebridge, Arniston currently has a massive focus on improving their youth set up in order to bring players through, Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club (ARYFC) currently has in the region of 260 kids playing for them between the ages of 5 and 19 and are looking to expand on this in order to have youth teams both male and female right through the ages groups.

Currently sat 10th in the league, ‘The Gers’ will be looking to continue to improve and hopefully improve on that position next year with a full season under the new management set up.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder, we just want to wish all the best to Arniston for the rest of this season and the future.

Getting to know: Earlsfield FC

While most clubs are focused on the pitch, there won’t be many teams that put in as much effort into the social side of the game as today’s getting to know, Earlsfield FC.

A club founded before the 2017/18 season, the aim of the club like every other team was to become a well run, successful amateur club, however they also wanted to build a club with the idea of players becoming good mates and sharing their passion for the game with the idea that “If players are going to pay to play, then they should be provided with the best experience possible for them.”

Nicknamed “The Crowns”, the club is looking to get themselves out of the Wimbledon and District League, something that they are well on their way to do, acheiving promotion this year in what is only their second season.

Earlsfield are currently sat in second in the league, however have one game in hand remaining , a game that if they win will see them win the division.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLadder we would just like to wish ‘The Crowns’ all the best for their remaining game and hopefully a trophy is on the cards! #Earlsfield

Getting to know: Wembley FC

Wembley the home of English football, in this area of London is the very famous Welmbley Stadium home to the England National team, also in this area however is Vale Farm home of todays ‘Getting to know’ Wembley Fc.

The club was formed in 1946 in the post-Second World War football boom, many who lived in the area felt it was wrong that the area which held the English National Stadium didn’t have its own senior football team. It was formed from two local Junior clubs: Sudbury Rangers and Sudbury Ratepayers.

The clubs motto is “From possibility to reality” and the club really has become somewhat of a trailblazer in not just non-league but football as a whole. In the 2011/12 season, the club`s FA Cup extra preliminary-round tie against Ascot United, was shown exclusively via a stream from Facebook; funded by the FA Cup’s new sponsors Budweiser, it was the first broadcast of its kind anywhere in sport.

On the pitch, Wembley are currently playing well and sit fourth in the Spartan South Midlands Football League, it has however been a few years since the club has seen any silverware after going through somewhat of a purple patch after they first formed, something that Im sure will change in the very near future.

Since the broadcast, Budweiser have gone on to become Wembley’s full time sponsor, funding upgrades to the clubhouse at Vale Farm and also for a minibus to take them to games.

From everyone here at ClimbingTheLeagues we would just like to wish everyone at Wembley FC all the best for the future. #Lions #COYL