Ovenden Phoenix swapping trouble for football

Way back in March a group of about 40 teenagers and young men from Mixenden, Ovenden and Illingworth began playing informal football games between themselves.

Trav Allison, Aaron Tetley and David Healey

Ovenden Phoenix players; Trav Allison, Aaron Tetley and David Healey

It started as a bit of fun but 5 months later things have really progressed, inspiring partnership working in North Halifax and capturing the hearts and minds of the community along the way.

Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative approached the youths initially because they had been using pitches in North Halifax without permission, and were starting to find themselves in trouble. The lads said that they really wanted to start an open-age team but they didn’t know how to go about it.

“It was clear from the beginning  that this was a serious group of young men”  said Karen Scanlon, Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative.

“They’d already organised regular Ovenden v Mixenden matches, and nominated Ozzy as their coach.  I told them honestly, I know nothing about football, so don’t ask me! But if you’re serious about setting up a team, I can put you in touch with the right people”

So, Karen set up meetings with Joe Collins from Ovenden Sports and Community Arena (OSCA) and Steve Smith from Ovenden West Riding and over 20 of the lads turned up, keen to make a good impression, and prove that they were committed.

Karen’s husband Ade Scanlon initially volunteered to mentor and support 22 year old Michael Ozwin as team coach.

“We really didn’t expect this support, we never thought anyone would really take us seriously as a group of lads but we’ve have chance to work with a load of people and services we’d never normally meet.

It’s been challenging at times but worth all the hard work because now it’s all coming together and we can’t wait to start the season!” Adam Raynor, aged 19

Some of the boys have had a difficult past, and to signify a positive change they decided to call themselves ‘Ovenden Phoenix’ as the team is now affiliated under the Ovenden West Riding umbrella, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the name demonstrated the lads commitment to turning their lives around.

OSCA have helped the lads apply for funding from Ovenden Community First to pay for registration fees and use of the facilities at OSCArena, Four Fields, Ovenden.

Ovenden Phoenix 2 Badges

The original design by Jack Wilkinson (left), and the finished team badge provided by West Yorkshire Fire Service.

Dom Furby, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been really supportive of the lads, meeting with them to talk through fundraising ideas and publicity, arranging for a visit from Huddersfield Town players, and setting up a pre season match against the Fire Service in August.

The Fire Service has also helped to pay for the team kit and equipment, and had the logo designed by the lads, made into an official badge for the team.

PCs Ian Harris, Gary Watson and Dave Illingworth have all dropped in on training at Beechwood Park.

PC Illingworth even drove the minibus, lent to them by Halifax Police Boxing Club so the lads could attend the Emergency Services Open Day at Birkenshaw earlier this month.

You might have seen some of the lads out and about at other community events in the area too, including Illingworth Fire Station Open Day and Car Wash and Ash Green School Fun Day. Some of them have started volunteering with the Pennine Housing fencing programme and with the Happy Days charity at Threeways.

10 of the players attended the last Ovenden Ward Forum meeting in June looking for support. They spoke to local residents about their plans for the future, and what they’ve achieved so far.

“It was really refreshing to hear a nice group of young lads talking with so much enthusiasm and pride. They deserve a chance. You can hear that they are genuinely grateful for all the support they’ve received so far”   Val Kelly, local resident.

Throughout August, Ovenden Phoenix are taking part in a number of pre season matches:

  • Friday 8 August friendly match against Pennine Housing at Grove Avenue, Ovenden 1pm, part of Pennine Housing Fun Day
  • Sunday 10 August playing in OSCA’s 6-aside football tournament at Four Fields, Ovenden, from 10am.
  • Sunday 24 August pre season match with officers from the Fire Service and Police at Trinity Academy, 1pm kick-off.

Please come along to these events and support the team!

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Ovenden Community First

Due to a earlier grant being returned there is now £2,304 that can be applied for by any group or organisation in the Ovenden Ward.

If you are interested and would like to apply can you please contact Tony King by phone on 255402 or by email tony.king@ovenden-initiative.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Friday 15 August 2014.

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How did you travel to see the Tour de France?

Yorkshire’s transport authorities are interested to know how you travelled to watch the Tour, or maybe you stayed at home to get a grandstand view on your own TV. 

They would like to know how you made your travel choices and what level of disruption you experienced on the roads and public transport services. This information will help to manage transport for major events in the future. 

To take part in a short questionnaire, which will take around 10 minutes to complete, please visit Tour de France travel survey 

Please note that all the information you provide today will be anonymous and standard data confidentiality practices will apply. Many thanks for your help.

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North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 25 July – OUT NOW!!

Click here to view the latest Friday Flyer…

The Friday Flyer is our weekly e-newsletter which includes upcoming events, activities, information, local services and themes. We hope you will find this informative and useful. Let us know what you think

Have a good weekend!

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Overgate Colour Run this weekend!

The rescheduled Colour Run is this weekend, Saturday 26 July 2014.

If you haven’t heard of a colour run get ready to be amazed. Our colour run consists of a 5km route with runners being doused in coloured powder at intervals culminating in a ‘Colour Party’ at the finish line. White clothing is a must! Fun is a given. Get prepared………

11am at Savile Park, Halifax

Click here to register…

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West Yorkshire Police Social Media Survey

What do you think of our social media messages? Have we got them right? Could they be improved? What would you like to see more of?

Why not take our short survey and let us know!

Your views could shape the way we use social media and help us to improve the service we are giving you.

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Exhibition opening day: For King and Country

New exhibition commemorating the region’s wartime contribution and experiences, opens on Saturday 2 August at Bankfield Museum.

Over 200 objects, 200 images and archives and 65 local stories form this new exhibition exploring experiences during the First World War. From soldiers, sailors and nurses to those at home working in munitions, hospitals and fundraising.

The exhibition is in the newly redeveloped Top Floor gallery. Please get in touch to discuss any access requirements.

10 am – 4 pm

Admission: FREE

Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax, HX3 6HG , Tel: 01422 352334

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Walk It Together: Ovenden health walk

On Monday 4 August meet Mike Barnett at Beechwood Medical Centre, for a walk around Ovenden.

Routes vary depending on ability of those taking part but will be between 1 and 4 miles long and will often visit Beechwood Park and Shroggs Park. Contact the leader on 01422 244302 for further information.

Some routes are accessible with pushchairs and wheelchairs – call the leader to check before attending.

1 pm

Admission: Free

Beechwood Medical Centre, Keighley Road, Ovenden

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We Love Shibden Park

love parks week

Celebrate Love Parks Week on Thursday 31 July and come and enjoy Shibden Park in all its glory with lots of family activities throughout the day.

For details email parks@calderdale.gov.uk

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Play: The Three Snake Leaves

A Brothers Grimm adaptation on 31 July 2014, 1 August 2014, 2 August 2014 by Grim North Theatre.

A young man wins recognition in battle and is granted the princess’ hand in marriage, so long as he agrees to one rather odd condition…he must be buried alive with her if she dies first.. Woe befalls and an arduous journey must be undertaken to decide the fate of the realm.

Two sisters, brought up in the woods by their mother, encounter a number of unusual strangers – but are they friend or foe? The girls must work together to determine whether they will survive.

And a dwarf agrees to undertake a gruesome task in exchange for his life…

Discover how these stories come together in Grim North’s dark retelling of two classic tales by the Brothers Grimm (The Three Snake Leaves & Snow White and Rose Red).

Event times: 8 pm, doors open 7 pm

Admission: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.50

Venue: Whiteleys Academy of Performing Arts, 6/8 Akroyd Place, Halifax, HX1 1YH

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3Ways – Lunch, Bingo and Friends

A chance to meet old and new friends at an over 65s lunch at Threeways Centre, Ovenden. On Thursday 31 July

Includes lunch, bingo with prizes and arts and crafts activities.

Booking essential on 01422 321155 or e-mail hailey@3ways.org.uk.

Event times: 12 noon – 3pm

Admission: FREE

Centre at Threeways, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, Halifax, HX3 5SX, Tel: 01422 321155

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Open day at Calderdale Industrial Museum

FREE entry on Saturday 26 July 2014

Children are more than welcome, and there is an excellent quiz trail to take part in while exploring exhibits such as the toffee wrapping machine and demonstrations of the circular sock knitting machines as well as spinning and braid-making.

Established in 2011, the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association are a group of volunteers and enthusiasts who are dedicated to preserving and promoting the industrial heritage of Halifax and Calderdale. In 2013 the group held 8 successful open days, attracting more than 1,600 visitors.
Event times:

10 am – 4 pm, last entry 3.30 pm

Admission: Free, but donations welcome

Calderdale Industrial Museum, Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG

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Board not Bored!

snakes-laddersDo you love playing board games? Why not come along to our exciting new Board Game Club at King Cross Library.

This group will run every Monday and Thursday afternoon during the summer. There will be lots of new, exciting and unusual games for you to try and it is completely free!

The first session will be led by Chris Standley from Imagination Gaming www.imaginationgaming.co.uk

King Cross Library, Every Monday and Thursday afternoon 2-4pm (Except August Bank Holiday) 21, 24, 28, 31 July, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 28 August.

Age: 7-13, FREE, No need to book. Just turn up on the day. For more information please contact Shelley Bullas 01422 392638.

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Film Making Summer School at Eureka!

Young people will experience a wide range of film making skills and will work together
to direct and star in their own movie! At the end of the week, we will take the footage
back to our studios where we will edit the film; which will include sound effects, special
effects and credits.

You will then be invited back to Eureka! to a special screening of the film, where all
participants will be presented their movie on a special DVD!

4-8 August (Monday – Friday) (ages 8 – 11) and 18-22 August (Monday – Friday) (ages 12 – 14)

10am – 4pm.

Price: £150 Price per young person.

To book a place, please contact VOID ARTS: 07776027441


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British Sign Language Course at Halifax High

The Specialist Inclusion Service is offering the following course:

BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE LEVEL ONE (This is a Signature accredited qualification)
Start date: 8 September 2014, Time: 4pm – 5.45pm
Venue: Halifax High School , Cost: £300 (Term time only)
For more information contact: E-mail: saiqa.kauser@calderdale.gov.uk or Telephone: 01422 394136

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Rainbow of Ribbons with Overgate Hospice

You are invited to dedicate a ribbon to someone special who has added colour to your life.

Please help Overgate create a Rainbow of Ribbons. Come visit our open gardens to see your ribbon in the Overgate grounds on Sunday 10 August, 11am – 4.30pm.

Overgate Hospice, 30 Hullen Edge Road, Elland, West Yorkshire, HX5 0QY

If you would like to dedicate a ribbon please contact fundraising on: 01422 387121

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Citizens Advice Pledge for the Future!

For 75 years, the Citizens Advice service has provided free, confidential advice and influenced decision makers to make a lasting difference to their clients.

They need your support for their work to continue. Find out more about
the campaign, click here…

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People perform better when they can be themselves: Stonewall Talent Programme

The Stonewall Talent Programme is a FREE programme for 18 to 24 year olds. It equips 36 of the next generation of lesbian, gay and bisexual leaders with the skills and confidence to influence and inspire in whatever career they pursue. The programme is a two-day residential course based on Stonewall’s ground-breaking Leadership Programme and runs from 3 to 5 September 2014 in central London.

For more information and to apply please visit www.youngstonewall.org.uk/talent.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 31 July.

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Face Painters Wanted!!

Do you or anyone know any face painters who have their own face painting business that may want to come along to the Innovations Children’s Centre 10th Birthday Party on Saturday 2 August, 11am – 2pm.

This is a FREE family event for families.

Face painters must have their own insurance/disclaimer etc and their own equipment.

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Keeping a Watch on Illingworth

neighbourhood-watch-thumbThe next Illingworth Neighbourhood Watch meeting will be held on Thursday 31 July at Illingworth Fire Station, and will include a Police update.

6pm for a 6.30pm prompt start.

Any Items for discussion please email Karen@ovenden-initiative.org.uk before Tuesday next week

We hope to see you all there however any problem please don’t hesitate to contact Karen or PC Dave Illingworth direct on david.illingworth@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk for none urgent issues any other issues to ring 101, or in case of an emergency please ring 999.

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