HATTERSLEY FC may be unable to play or train but that has not stopped them planning with the launch of a new team.
Now their first team will play in the Lancashire and Cheshire League Division Three.
The club, which has made huge strides since being formed with several adult and junior sides, has decided to take the next step in its development.
When grassroots football eventually gets going again, Hattersley FC will have a presence in the competition, which also plays host to Denton Town’s reserve side, Denton-based Dom Doyle FC, Dukinfield Athletic and Stalybridge’s Staly Lions.
Chairman Gareth Howell and head coach Kieran McGuire will take charge of the side, which hopefully gets going on September 5.
“Our family is getting bigger,” said excited club secretary Jenny Howell.
“Our adults have started social distanced training sessions ready for, hopefully, September 5.”
While Hattersley’s first team has started training, the club’s myriad of junior and age group sides are still waiting for the go ahead to return.
But while the action – and even the practice – is missing, the dedication remains as strong as ever.
A football card carrying the prize of a two-year sponsorship of the Under-7s was recently won by Alan Page of AP Building and Joinery.
And Hattersley’s players have been showing their creative side by sharing pictures on social media to show respect for the NHS.
Jenny added: “The club, the coaches and all our players are missing football and training.
“We’d like to thank the parents who are still paying their monthly fees – this is very much appreciated at this difficult time.
“And we’re working hard behind the scenes in preparation for the new season.
“At our last committee Zoom meeting, we decided that we would delay our presentation night until we are back to training as we would like to personally present awards to players. In a small social distanced presentation.
“But unfortunately we don’t know when we will be able to start training for the rest of our age groups as we are waiting on confirmation of when our facilities will be available for use.
“The club has been sharing the love through the lockdown we have been sharing pictures sent in from our players to show our respect for the NHS for the amazing work they are doing.”