Abraham Moss Warriors Junior Football Club

Abraham Moss Warriors is a multi-award winning Charter Standard Football Club founded by school teacher, June Kelly.

Abraham Moss Warriors is the only football club in the Cheetham Hill and Crumpsall area and provides a safe environment whereby members of different faiths and nationalities can work side-by-side, improve their football skills and keep away from gangs and anti-social behaviour. The club currently has 120 registered members from 44 different nationalities.

Sported awarded Abraham Moss Warriors a volunteer business mentor to focus on their long-term vision and work alongside June to develop a sustainable strategy.

As a result of having a clear strategy and business plan in place, June was able to plan ahead, prioritise targeting large funders and give confidence to other potential investors about the project’s robustness and effectiveness.

The mentor also supported the club with their application to Children in Need – for which the group successfully secured £55,125 over three years.




How Sported helped

    • £13,750 grant to develop its Warriors Club Development programme
    • Mentor support helped develop the club’s five-year action plan
    • Mentor support helped secure £55,125 from Children in Need
    • 140 young people from different communities now integrated
    • 16 young people achieving a recognised qualification

Celebrating local heroes - June’s story

June Kelly loved playing football from the age of six. She played for Manchester City and Manchester United Ladies, before four broken legs in two years forced her to retire. Due to her continued love for football she qualified as a coach – coaching at Manchester City FC.

June works as a learning mentor at a local primary school, and it was here she coached football sessions. As the children left primary school they still wanted to continue with football, but there was a lack of provision – and the young people would knock on her door at home asking her for football sessions.

Frustrated at the lack of accessible and affordable facilities for young people from the Cheetham Hill area, June set up Abraham Moss Warriors in 2001. June also wanted to ensure the young people were engaged in positive activities, keeping them off the streets, and raising their aspirations. From 12 players, the club has since grown to over 150 young people, with a long waiting list.

June has won numerous honours and awards in recognition of the contribution to the club and the community. June was awarded an MBE for her work within the community through the Club. She also won the Pride Of Britain - FA Football Champion Award 2013, and more recently the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service.

“If it wasn't for the fantastic support from Sported our club would no longer be in existence”

June Kelly

How Sported helped

Sported awarded Abraham Moss Warriors a volunteer business mentor to focus on their long-term vision and work alongside June to develop a sustainable strategy.

As a result of having a clear strategy and business plan in place, June was able to plan ahead, prioritise targeting large funders and give confidence to other potential investors about the project’s robustness and effectiveness.

The mentor also supported the club with their application to Children in Need – for which the group successfully secured £55,125 over three years.





Following mentor support, Sported awarded Abraham Moss Warriors a £13,750 grant to develop and enhance its Warriors Club Development Programme.

By offering football coaching sessions in conjunction with literacy and numeracy workshops, the Warriors Club Development Programme aimed to: support community cohesion in a diverse area of Manchester; raise aspirations through improving the educational attainment of the young people; and reduce anti-social behaviour by offering positive diversionary activities. In addition, by developing new coaches, the club was able to increase its capacity and take on more young people from their waiting list.