Founded in 1975 by David Rose, formed as the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Club - Great Harwood Branch, the Club's original aim was to give the younger members a friendly game of football against other branches. In 1977 it entered the Accrington and District Junior Football League. Throughout its early years it fielded 2 or 3 teams, but now, each and every week of the season 18 teams take the field in the green and white colours also worn by a famous Glasgow club. 2003 also saw the creation of our first open age side and 2005 saw the introduction of an all Girls team - there is currently one U12s playing competitively in the North Valley youth Football League playing 9v9. We also have a separate section for 8-10 year olds who are currently training at Bowley with a view to forming a team next year. Contact information for all teams and club officials can be found by clicking here.
The Club provides competitive football for approximately 300 young people and adults. The vast majority of players associated with the Club live in Gt. Harwood, or in nearby towns and villages. Each team has at least 2 adults helping to run affairs, which means that more than 40 adults actively participate in putting out sides. Like most people who partake in competitive sport we would prefer to win, but the Club, first and foremost, encourages its players to enjoy themselves, play fairly, and enter into the true spirit of the game regardless of the outcome of any particular match.
Thursday February 1st 2001 saw Rovers become one of only 36 Junior Football Clubs from across the entire Country ( 10,000 Clubs ) to receive the F.A. Charter Standard Award. Rovers collected the higher level of the award, that of "Development Club Status". The Club meets all of the best practice criteria as defined by the Football Association.
The Club’s "spiritual home" is the Memorial Park in Great Harwood which can be found in picturesque surroundings on the edge of town. In 2003 Hyndburn Borough Council developed the upper level of the fields in what will hopefully become the envy of other Clubs. The wonderfully flat pitches will however need time to bed in. The old "Mem" had a slope on which downhill skiing would have been more appropriate. During the summer training also takes place at the Park, but as the nights draw in teams are trained under floodlights at a number of local sporting venues. Newcomers are always welcome to come along to training and join in.
The "Old" Memorial Park Playing Fields - Great Harwood
The Club Management Committee meets monthly to discuss issues such as finance and sponsorship, the organisation of social events, League Meetings and other activities. The Committee consists of a President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer, plus representatives from each team.
The annual highlight in the social calendar is the Sportsman’s Dinner which is thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend, past guests have included the late Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, and Duncan Mackenzie along with several well known comedians. In March 2000 we were honoured to be in the company of one of English football's heroes of 1966 - Alan Ball. In 2001 the Club was visited by royalty for the first time, when the King - Denis Law was our special guest, in 2002 we saw Norman Hunter, 2003 Dennis Taylor, with Frank Worthington in 2004 .
Turning out 18 teams requires substantial financial support. Fortunately, the Club has a number of major sponsors. Without the generosity of these benefactors running the Club would be undoubtedly more difficult.
Several seasons ago it became apparent that there wasn’t a local Great Harwood venue that could support a presentation night for the number of teams within the Club, so it was decided to hold the event "out of town" for the first time at a venue of a suitable size. In recent years many Blackburn Rovers players have had the generosity to give up their time to present trophies to young players many of whom idolise them, Jeff Kenna, Mark Atkins and Bobby Mimms have made appearances, but the Club took particular delight in local stars David Dunn and Brett Ormerod gracing our presentation evenings in the last three seasons. The Club are particularly grateful to David who gives up much of his spare time, often at short notice, to help our cause.