The event attracted an smashing turnout from the local and wider community, leaving the club deeply grateful.

Batley and Dewsbury witnessed an momentous occasion as Mount Pleasant FC proudly hosted its first-ever Football Gala for the local madressahs at Hyrstlands Park, Batley.

The centrepiece of the gala was an exhilarating footie competition that spanned across age groups, from under 7s to under 12s, featuring an impressive roster of 75 teams representing the local madressahs (Islamic schools).

The quality of football displayed throughout the tournament was truly exceptional, showcasing the skills and talents of our local madressah students, who don’t always have the opportunity to play in a formal league setting, at a remarkably high standard.

Against a backdrop of clear blue skies and the joyous sounds of children and families, spectators were captivated by the level of play and demonstrated commendable behaviour and discipline while providing unwavering support to the participating children.

Once the competitive games played in a friendly spirit had concluded, the deserving winners basked in their well-earned glory, while the runners-up and all other participants were duly rewarded with their own coveted medals.

The paramount objective for the club was to ensure a fun-filled experience for the children, and the gala successfully achieved just that. Parents and guardians expressed their immense satisfaction, cherishing the fact that such a remarkable event took place in their own community.

Furthermore, the presence of elders from the local community thoroughly enjoying the football matches and engaging with a diverse array of stalls set up by local businesses was truly heartening.

The bustling stalls area proved to be a hit among families, who indulged in an assortment of delectable treats such as pani puri, sweets, desserts, karak chai, fruit, sweetcorn, ice cream, and a range of other enticing products available for purchase.

One particular highlight that brought immense joy to both children and adults was the central stall, where they enthusiastically participated in painting on a canvas, showcasing their artistic skills and creativity.

Not to be forgotten is the success of the gala’s sizzling BBQ, which saw the dedicated team tirelessly flipping burgers and grilling chicken and of course not forgetting the chips from the early morning hours until 6pm. Their unselfish commitment and seamless teamwork led to a resounding triumph, with the entire stock of mouthwatering delicacies completely sold out.

The club extends its heartfelt appreciation to all the volunteers, sponsors, stall holders, the council and the local madressahs for their participation and support, as their collective efforts played a crucial role in the gala’s success.

A special mention is reserved for IMWS, whose generosity in providing access to their car park, tables, chairs and staff proved invaluable in ensuring the smooth management of the event. The club would also like to express sincere gratitude to the individuals who generously provided gazebos and equipment, essential components that contributed to the gala’s seamless execution.

In conclusion, Mount Pleasant FC’s Football Gala stands as a testament to the power of community spirit and collaboration. Without the tremendous support of all involved, this remarkable event would not have come to fruition.

As the club reflects on the triumphs of the day, it eagerly anticipates future development opportunities at Hyrstlands Park to unite the community not only through the beautiful game of football, but by making it a community hub.

Mount Pleasant FC thanked all for their continued support.