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Welcome to Hough End Griffins


In line with the Government's new national COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown, all football at grassroots level across England has been paused from Tuesday 5 January 2021. This applies to all leagues and training sessions.

Unfortunately this means that there will be no Hough End Griffins activities during this time. We will continue to monitor Government advice and will keep you updated in line with any continuing restrictions. Although this is frustrating, the health and wellbeing of everyone remains the priority. In the meantime stay safe and we look forward to welcoming everyone back soon.




This document outlines actions to be taken before, during and after all competitive grassroots football activity in England. It should be read in conjunction with the latest UK Government Covid-19 guidance available here and the more detailed guidance document produced by The FA, available below.

In outdoor competitive training and matches, physical contact is now allowed, but for all other activity (e.g. warm-ups/cool-downs) the Government guidance on social distancing should be observed, read here

Should Government guidance change in response to the current Covid-19 Alert Level, The FA guidance will be updated accordingly.

Safeguarding – Play Your Part

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In response to the serious events relating to child safety and ongoing abuse allegations in junior football, we would like to make you aware as a Club we put safeguarding as a priority.

Within the club there is a designated Club Welfare Officer (CWO) with clear systems in place to deal with any concerns. All our coaches undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formally CRB) and managers of each team have a minimum FA Level 1 coaching qualification. Coaching courses focus heavily on the safety and welfare of children and have specific Safeguarding and Emergency Aid modules which need to be updated every three years to maintain qualification.

Reporting a concern about a child is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried about a child or a situation then you should report your concerns to the Club Welfare Officer Cheryl Struckman at

Alternatively, you can contact the Manchester County FA Welfare Officer Helen Murphy or email the FA directly via

If the matter is urgent and you cannot contact your club or County FA, call the NSPCC 24hr Helpline for advice on 0808 800 5000, text 88858 or email

If it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the police or children’s social care in your area.

By working together will help to ensure that our children play the game in a safe, friendly, fun environment.

FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2010 & 2014

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Hough End Griffins JFC came into existance in 2005 after a group of football loving parents decided to create a new community focused junior football club in South Manchester. Since this time the club have gone from strength to strength, driven principally by parent volunteers we now have 18 teams and over 250 children playing regular football. In 2010 and 2014 the club received the FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year Award.

England Legends Join Hough End Griffins

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England legends Gary Neville, Gary Pallister and Martin Keown were joined by McDonald’s Head of Coaching Eric Harrison to host a coaching masterclass celebrating the clubs long term dedication to the local community.

The Life of Bryan

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Kean Bryan has always had one eye on the next level. From early beginnings at Hough End Griffins, where he was spotted by a scout playing an age group above his own and brought to the Manchester City Academy, to the present where he has already represented the under-21s, the 17-year-old has been confident holding his own against those older than himself.

"The Life of Bryan" is an exclusive in-depth look into the life and career of 17 year old EDS starlet Kean Bryan. CityTV speak to his family and the man who found Kean on the playing fields of South Manchester, Hough End Griffins U16 coach Bevan Gibson.

"It's our game, not yours."

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This video shows several children involved in different sports describing how the behaviour of parents/spectators deteriorates when they wear their 'magic sports kit' -- i.e. when they compete. They talk about a range of bad adult behaviours and how these negatively impact on them. They then describe and promote positive behaviour.

Hough End Griffins - Sponsored by AKW Group (AK Worthington Ltd)

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Proud to support the FA's Respect Programme

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Hough End Griffins supports The FA's Respect programme to ensure football can be enjoyed by everyone in a safe and positive environment. Play your part and observe The FA's Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times.


Presentation day 2019

Posted on: 05 July 2019
HOUGH End Griffins JFC in south Manchester celebrated another busy year at its annual pres... read more >>

Presentation Day 2018 (part 3)

Posted on: 24 June 2018
ANOTHER batch of photos from our 2018 presentation day. The event was a great celebration ... read more >>

Presentation Day 2018 (part 2)

Posted on: 24 June 2018
MORE photos from Hough End Griffins’ 2018 presentation day. read more >>

Presentation Day 2018 (part 1)

Posted on: 24 June 2018
HOUGH End Griffins’ annual end-of-season presentation day was a great event, celebrating... read more >>

Watch Hough End Griffins on BBC Match of the Day and Radio 5 Live!

Posted on: 18 June 2018
WATCH children, parents and volunteer coaches from Hough End Griffins Junior FC on BBC Ma... read more >>