Chairman’s announcement

To all our Dukinfield Tigers families,

Firstly, I want to start this letter by asking if you and your family are all safe and well. Fortunately, myself and my family are, and like everyone else, finding ways to adjust to the world’s current uncertain situation. I want to say to everyone who is part of this amazing club, that you are not alone and we are not just a Club, but a family. We want you to know that all our coaches, committee members and Tigers community are here, should anyone need to talk.

The committee have been in daily contact discussing issues as they arise.  As a Club we have committed to paying Astley Sports Village, the rest of March’s invoice for the training facilities we use weekly, even though we will not be using them, supporting our local community.  We have also agreed to support Paul Hett trophies in Hyde, by continuing to purchase our end of season trophies, supporting local businesses.

I want to inform you that as of today, the Club is suspending standing orders/subs from April onwards, until we are in a position to return to playing football. We understand that some people have been hit hard financially during these times and we want to do what we can to take off any unnecessary pressure. Although we are a not-for-profit Club, who rely heavily on our subscription fee (which is around 75% of the Club’s income) we understand the predicament that many people may be in.

We have been overwhelmed by those of you who have already been in touch to say that they would be continuing to make their monthly payment and support the Club, during these testing times. We are grateful to those of you who are in a position to be able to do this.  Please remember, that you will have to cancel your standing orders with the bank, the Club does not have the ability to do this.

I would like to personally thank our sponsors for their continued support, and again wish them, their families, and employee’s safe health and hope they can come through these tough times.

Finally, to spread a positive vibe throughout the Club, we would like to invite you all to take part in some of our up and coming online activities – to keep our players and parents active, and to put a smile on the faces of our coaching team – they will be coming up with a number of tasks, drills and activities to keep you entertained over the coming weeks. Darren our social media officer will be on the lookout and will be taking some of the most impressive skills and funny videos that are posted on our team’s social media groups. He will then be posting these videos on the Club’s social media sites and website under the hashtag #DukiTigersKeeponRoaring and #DukiTigersCommunityChallenge. I have seen a few clips already from some of our Girl’s teams and our under 11’s boys team. With so many great footballers at the club, I am expecting some special clips!

Stay safe, keep in touch and look out for each other.


Yours in sport

Nick Hartigan


Club announcement – March 2020

To all our coaches/volunteers, players, parents/careers, families and friends,

I am writing to you all to give you some important information and guidance during this period of suspension of all grassroots football.

As you all know, based on the information we have been given from the government and the FA, we have decided to suspend all training sessions and matches at Dukinfield Tigers JFC with immediate effect.

Currently there is no date as to when we will return, and like most of you, I will be checking every day for any updates from the government or the FA. As soon as we have more information we will share it with you.

‘Following the Government’s announcement on Monday 16th March, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.

Manchester FA would like to remind all stakeholders within grassroots football in Manchester of the importance of abiding by the latest advice, which comes in with immediate effect.

Please note that this applies to both training sessions and matches.
The above will remain in place until any future updates are provided by either the FA centrally or on behalf of The FA from ourselves.’

This is undoubtedly disappointing for anyone associated to the club, however it is unavoidable under the current circumstances.  The health and well being of every single person associated with the club is paramount.

Your support and patience for the Club during this difficult time ahead is greatly appreciated. Please continue to check our website and social media sites for any further updates.

I am sure we will all be back playing the game we love soon enough.


Yours in sport

Nick Hartigan




coach photo

Clubs like Dukinfield Tigers could not operate without the services of a number of committed volunteers. We are not a business, but a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. Despite having successful teams in most age groups we still need a number of volunteers to ensure that we can offer football to all age ranges.

The following Q&As might just inspire some of you out there to join our ranks…….

Do I need previous experience?

No. You just need to like football and be willing to work at it. We can place you alongside more experienced coaches at first to get you started. Many of our coaches started out as parents turning up for sessions with their children.

Do you offer training / coaching badges?

We do, in fact we insist on it. All our teams have a coach trained to FA Level 1 which includes safeguarding and emergency first aid. The club pays for this, but you will need to allocate some time to do it.

Whether or not your own children are in the team that you coach, volunteering and coaching brings huge benefits. It’s a great way to start on your coaching badges, if that’s what you want. It’s a great way to meet other people and keep your own fitness up at the same time. Seeing the young people develop their skills and teamwork brings great rewards! Research has also shown that volunteering can have positive impacts on happiness, mood, self-esteem and mental health. One study in 1988 found that half of volunteers questioned said that volunteering gave them a ‘high feeling’ something which they dubbed, ‘the helper’s high‘.

What do I do next?

Whether you can offer to support an existing team or lead a new team for many years, please get in touch! Tell us what you want to do and what support you may need. Go on, give it a go!


Achievements in Coaching

U10s Lee Bolton-PASS

Lee Bolton

The club is proud to congratulate one of our voluntary football coaches Lee Bolton on successfully qualifying as a FA licensed level 2 coach. Over the last year Lee has been working tirelessly towards his FA Level 2 in coaching award. 

Lee joined the club in 2016 and is the coach of our Under 9”s and Under 10’s boys team. On top of that Lee is also the clubs Kit Manager, and he is one of our Welfare Officers.

Lee was also an integral part of the development of our new Under 9’s and Under 10’s Stripes teams.

From behalf of everyone at the club we would like to say a big well done on such a great achievement and also how proud we are to have Lee at the club.








Glasses Update – New Club Partnership

Dear Parents/Carers,

As some of you may be aware recently the FA sent out an updated guidance policy regarding players wearing glasses. The guideline stated that players wearing everyday glass lenses and metal frames may be stopped from playing by the referee as instructed by the FA and a number of our junior football leagues.

Although this decision has come into play midway through the season we understand the safety aspect of the guideline and support the introduction of sports glasses throughout football at our club

We at Dukinfield Tigers have made a commitment to ensure all our players are happy, safe, and are given equal opportunities within the club to play football with the freedom to enjoy and express themselves. We also understand that everyone’s financial circumstances are different and should no way impact the options we have for each child.

Over the last week we have looked at many options and are happy to announce a new partnership with a local opticians. The partnership will see a discounted price on all sports glassed for any Dukinfield Tigers player. 20-20 Saddleworth offer a variety of different coloured sports goggles made with polycarbonate lenses that come complete with both the strap and strap connectors for the discounted price of £99.95 or £69.95 if a child is due an eye test *(price may vary with a higher then standard prescription)

If anyone is interested or would like further information please contact our welfare officer Hayley on 07854401127 alternately if you would like to discuss your options with 20-20 Saddleworth opticians please contact Mark Garside on 01457872020

A sample of the sports glasses are available to view should anyone wish to. If anyone does please feel free to go and see Nick at training.20-20 Saddleworth