Published on July 18th, 2016 | by Andrew Jenkinson in News


Can you help?? Our Club, Our Ground, Our Past, Our Future…

Reds in the community receive funds to create project.

An exciting new project aims to involve supporters and the wider community in exploring and telling the story of Barnsley FC and its home ground, Oakwell.

 2017 will mark 130 years since Barnsley Football Club was formed in 1887, as well as marking 20 years since the club’s historic promotion to the Premier League in 1997.  The upcoming anniversaries of the club’s formation and its historic promotion to the Premier League present a unique opportunity for the rich heritage of the club to be highlighted, explored and shared.

 Reds in the Community, a registered charity delivering community and charitable activities on behalf of Barnsley Football Club, has received £74,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £4,575 from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) for its upcoming ‘Our Club, Our Ground, Our Past, Our Future’ project.

Thanks to National Lottery players the project will develop new heritage displays focusing on key events in Barnsley FC’s history from 1887 to the present day, as well as tours, events and activities for Oakwell, which will enrich visitors’ understanding of the heritage of Barnsley FC and its Oakwell Stadium. 

Local people and supporters have highlighted the ‘living’ nature of the heritage of the football club and have told Reds in the Community staff that they would like the story of the club to be told through players’, managers’ and supporters’ stories. 

Volunteers will be able to contribute their skills and knowledge to the project, getting involved in a range of tasks from interviewing players, staff and supporters, past and present, to undertaking research or helping to shape the developing heritage displays for Oakwell.  The project will engage people from across the Barnsley borough, enabling them to contribute their memories and experiences relating to Barnsley FC and to learn about the heritage of the club. 

Reds in the Community will be inviting supporters and the wider community to get involved in the ‘Our Club, Our Ground, Our Past, Our Future’ project over the coming months either as a volunteer or by sharing their memories and experiences of supporting Barnsley FC.

To get things underway, a group of National Citizen Service young volunteers are hoping to interview supporters in relation to their memories of supporting Barnsley FC here at Oakwell on 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd July. 

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Sarah Hughes, Heritage Officer at Reds in the Community, on 01226 211333 or via email

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