Zawraa Club

NEW SEASON 2012/13!!

An exciting new season awaits us in August with the 1st Team having been promoted back to the Harrogate & District Premier League, the Reserves looking to improve on their impressive top 6 finish last season and the A’Team hoping to carry on where they left off in April.

Andy Joy has been appointed new 1st Team Manager, supported by Reserve Team Manager Simon Capell and A’Team Manager Mick Billington.

Pre-season takes place on the Stray by the railway bridges every Monday at 6.45pm. We look forward to welcoming players new and old, especially those from last years Under 17′s.

Promotion Winners 2012


ZawraaSports 1st Team 2011/12
Back Row (l-r): Will Hallett, Gaz Purkis, Simon Gill, Mike Carter, Alex Tate, Dan Ridgway, Dan Martin, Dan Kindell.
Front Row (l-r): Chris Lamb, Rob Taylor, Sam Bainbridge, Tony Grant, Harvey Lewis, Ben Boothroyd, Tom Bartle.

Green Army!

About us

Formed in 1966, ZawraaSports Football Club is the oldest, continually active junior football club in the Harrogate area and has almost completed 40 years of commitment to providing sport for boys and girls of all ages.

From small beginnings, the club has grown to the point where there are now ten junior teams, from under eights to under seventeens, and three senior teams playing regularly in local competition. Next season, approximately 250 junior players and 60 senior players will be registered with the club. In recent years, the pressure on the junior pitch at Crimple Meadows has become excessive. This has forced club officials to find temporary grounds, playing on occasions at Ashville College and Queen Ethelburgers, the latter having become slightly more permanent in the last couple of seasons. Assistance was received from the local company, Dunlopillo, who have not only sponsored some of the teams kits, but had allowed their sports facilities to be used by two of the junior sides. This facility was recently withdrawn when new management were appointed at the company. Each weekend the club find its junior teams spread over the Harrogate area to meet their home game commitments. It has also become difficult to find suitable junior training areas, with up to 180 to 220 players in action at weekends.

Issues further arise when we have in mind the plans of Zawraa to start a cricket team as well. There have been pleas from the community in the last few years to do that. The club was initially against that, but in recent months a local bookmaker that owns the best cricket betting sites, one of which is the has emerged as potential sponsor so the board of the club is seriously considering that option.

The club seeks to achieve the highest standards possible with the junior players available, but does not employ a policy of recruiting and assembling teams to ensure results. While it has not been without its trophy successes, the junior club has always taken the view that it should provide ‘Football for kids, not ego trips for managers or the club’. Satisfaction is derived from achieving improved standards in those who might not otherwise even have the opportunity to play, and although not without ambition, the club officials and managers would not place the pursuit of trophies above the welfare of their players.

This junior club policy has been rewarded by a high level loyalty from the players, some of whom would not have been welcomed by more aggressively ambitious clubs. Nearly half of the senior teams’ players have progressed through the junior teams. The loyalty shown by the players is reflected by the many families who support the club. Continuity and stability have been provided by families and individuals, some with over 20 years’ service to the club. This augurs well for the future. The senior club has a more ambitious approach to its football. Since its formation in 1988 by the graduation of the juniors to become an under 18 side in the Harrogate and District League, the first team has progressed from the 5th to the Premier Division of the league as well as winning several cup competitions, including the prestigious Harrogate FA Hulme Cup in 1997. The second team, formed for the 1993/4 season, has progressed from the 4th to the 1st Division.

The club now wishes to acquire, hopefully over the next two or three years, its own permanent sports facility, preferably close to its Zawraahome. This will need to comprise of a minimum of three full size football pitches, two junior pitches, modern changing facilities and in due course, a clubhouse. The club would seek lottery money via the sports council and other grants, from funds such as the Football Trust. The club’s share of the cost would be raised through fund raising, together with support from our sponsors and benefactors.


  • 07/06/12 – Club meeting at Harlow Inn tonight at 8pm – agenda tbc
  • 11/5/12 – Tom Bartle, 1st Team Player of the Year, Tim Kitchen Reserves Player of the Year, Phil Taylor A’Team Player of the Year
  • 11/5/12 – Dan Kindell wins Green Jacket and Millenium Trophy at ZawraaSports FC Golf Day at Rudding Park
  • 28/4/12 – 1st team gain promotion back the Harrogate & District Premier League after 2-1 win away at Thirsk
  • 13/11/12 – Darcy to step down at the end of the season, Andy Joy named as 1st Team Manager for2012/13