The junior club was established in 1992, by Alan Blanksby, our President, a few other parents and a second hand kit. One of the parents had a business contact at TNT in the Netherlands and they supplied our first new kit, which is why we play in Orange.
Over the next couple of years, as the children grew older, more teams were formed, playing on the pitches behind the Village Hall. As the development of Hilton began, no one at the club would have thought that the club would grow so much in such a short space of time.
In 2002 Hilton Harriers became the 1st Club in Derbyshire to attain the FA Charter Standard mark.
We achieved Community Club status in 2011.
The village of Hilton was identified as a site for major housing development and over the next 15 years the local population tripled in size with the influx of new families. The impact on Hilton Harriers mirrored this growth and in 2008, after 6 years of fundraising we moved into our new home. The Mease Pavilion, with 11 teams. In 2008/9 we started our adventure in Senior football and in 2009 we were very proud to add Disability football to our growing portfolio.
By 2011 we had 28 teams and the The Mease Pavilion was extended to accommodate the growing club and more community activities.
Season 2017/18 we have 400 registered players, ranging from 5 years old in our Saturday Club to 50+ in the Vets. we will be fielding 35 teams on a weekly basis in a variety of local Derbyshire and Staffordshire leagues. To manage this we have 52 qualified coaches including 3 UEFA B badge holders and a very active Committee.
Senior football is still a new phenomenon at Hilton which only started in 2008/9 season. Our junior players were outgrowing the club and looking for local adult teams to play for. Many of the players had been involved with the club for over 10 years and wanted to stay involved; as a result of their enthusiasm we registered a team in the Midlands Regional Alliance Division 2 and began a very steep learning experience. In 2011/12 we entered the Staffordshire County Senior League Div 2 and finished 4th and then over subsequent years progressed to the Premier Division.
2017/18 The first team moved to the Central Midlands Football League (south Division) and the Reserves continue in the Staffordshire County Senior League Division 2.
We are very proud of what we have achieved in a short period of time and with more housing developments planned history tells us there will be demand for more teams.
It’s important to recognise that everyone associated with Hilton Harriers FC is a volunteer. If they paint the white lines, cross the white lines at 3pm, make the tea or collect the match fee’s everyone does it for the love of the game. When you buy a program or a cup of tea or a raffle ticket, you know that every penny we make contributes directly to keeping grassroots football alive in Hilton and we thank you.
We look forward to seeing you at The Mease Pavilion Hilton this season.