Players from Ovenden Phoenix FC were on hand to man a ducking stool at the West Yorkshire Fire Service Fun Day held at Birkenshaw HQ on Saturday 9 July 2016 which attracts approximately 9,000 visitors each year.
Held beneath sunshine and pouring rain in the grounds of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services headquarters, every emergency vehicle possible was on display as well as a number of attractions such as children’s rides, entertaining shows and much more.
The players from Ovenden Phoenix took turns to sit on the ducking stool and saw people of all ages queuing up to try their luck, throwing tennis balls at a target in the hope that they would knock the lads into a cold pool of water waiting below them.
Karen Scanlon chair of Ovenden Phoenix said
“We have had great fun at Birkenshaw. It’s the 3rd year we have been able to support such a great cause in the fire fighters charity and it’s lovely to see so many people out enjoying themselves”
To keep up to date with Ovenden Phoenix and anything the team have coming up, including the annual game against West Yorkshire Fire Service at Trinity Academy 3GI on Saturday 16 July 2016 ko at 1.00pm give them a follow on Twitter @ovenden_fc, or find them on Facebook.
Show your support as Ovenden Phoenix and West Yorkshire Fire Service go head to head this weekend.
Saturday 16 July 2016 – From 12noon onwards
At Trinity Academy, Shay Lane, Halifax, HX2 9TZ
The annual fixture has seen Ovenden Phoenix take the title in 2014 after a closely contested match before succumbing to a heavy defeat in the return fixture in 2015.
With some fresh faces at Ovenden Phoenix including recruits from Project_Twelve:31 and a new manager to take the lads forward it’s sure to be an enjoyable event with both teams looking to take home the glory for a second time.
Joined by PC Dave Illingworth, Ward Officer for Illingworth, players from Ovenden Phoenix FC were on hand to man a ducking stool at the West Yorkshire Fire Service Fun Day held at Birkenshaw HQ on Saturday 11 July which attracted approximately 9,000 visitors.
Held beneath blue skies in the grounds of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services headquarters, every emergency vehicle possible was on display as well as a number of attractions such as children’s rides and entertaining shows.
The players from Ovenden Phoenix took turns to sit on the ducking stool which saw people of all ages queueing up to try their luck, throwing tennis balls at a target in the hope that they would knock the lads into a cold pool of water waiting below.
Karen Scanlon chair of Ovenden Phoenix said
“We have had great fun at Birkenshaw and it’s lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves and helping to support such a great cause in the fire fighters charity”
Lisa Calvert, Community Fundraiser for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice even joined in the fun and took a dunking to help the cause.
To keep up to date with Ovenden Phoenix and anything the team have coming up, give them a follow on Twitter @ovenden_fc, find them on Facebook or check out the teams webpage here.
Go along and show your support as Ovenden Phoenix and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service go head to head in an annual charity football match.
On Saturday 18 July at Trinity Academy 3GI Pitch Holdsworth Road – 2pm kickoff
Ovenden Phoenix ran out 8-1 winners last year to mark the start of their journey into open age football but this year the Fire Service are well prepared for what should be yet another great occasion.
And don’t forget that this Saturday is the Emergency Services show at Birkenshaw where you will find the lads from Phoenix manning the ducking stool along with lots of fun family activities going on throughout the day.
Be sure to go along, have some fun and hopefully enjoy some nice sunshine at the same time!
WINNER: Ovenden Phoenix FC
What started out as a bit of fun quickly turned into a community project that has had a huge impact in the community.
Ovenden Phoenix, managed by Ade & Karen Scanlon are a new team in the Halifax Sunday League and a team that strives to raise ambitions and aspirations of themselves and the people around them.
The young men aged around 16-25 have captured hearts and minds; brought their communities closer together and generated a great deal of local pride along the way.
Sergeant Phil Haigh said
“From a Police perspective, the benefit of such a scheme cannot be under-estimated. Players have developed other skills on the back of the club including undergoing training and successfully finding work.
“We believe their positive influence has helped to improve antisocial rates.”
For more information about the team find them on Facebook or twitter @ovenden_fc
The latest round of grants from the Ovenden Ward have now been approved and various groups have been awarded up to £500 each for ongoing or upcoming projects ranging from sports, clean ups and other community events, groups and activities.
Details of each grant that has been awarded can be seen in the table below
There will be 2 x £2,500 grant rounds from April 2015 to March 2016 and the next round opens Wednesday 1 April with the deadline for applications being Friday 31 July.
For further information or details on how you can apply for the next round contact Tony King at Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk
With the Halifax Sunday Football League 2014-2015 season drawing nearer to the end; Division 2’s latest recruits Ovenden Phoenix Fc will be out and about during the off season to raise funds to help carry them forward into the 2015/16 season.
Players from Ovenden Phoenix Fc will begin their fundraising at Illingworth Fire Station on Saturday 4 April 2015 with a hand car wash and will be there from 11am onwards.
You can read the story of Ovenden Phoenix Fc to see how a group of young men pulled there communities a little closer together through hard work, determination and their shared passion for football by clicking here.