Ryburn United FC were founded in 1840 and were  re-formed in 1969.  The Club’s primary base (ground) is located at Ripponden Wood, Kebroyd in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

The Club have junior teams between the age groups of Under 6s to Under 17s, we have 6 girls teams (Under 9 to Under 15), 3 senior teams and 1 team of Veterans.

In addition to the Ripponden Wood ground where 1 full size pitch and 3 mini soccer pitches are located, the Club also plays football at our ‘satellite grounds’ at Ryburn Valley High School (Sowerby).  Training facilities are also provided at Ryburn Valley High School and during winter months at the 4G facility at Beech Hill School in Halifax.

Today, the club plays in the Colours of Red and Black (vertical) stripes, black shorts and black socks and as part of our ‘One Team’ ethos, from the season 2018/19, all teams now play in identical kits from our youngest age through to the Vets.

In 2010, Ryburn United achieved the FA Charter Standard accreditation of a successful club.


Ryburn United Football Club is located within the Metropoliton Ward of Ryburn, within the village/parish of Ripponden.  The Ryburn Valley stretches from the hills of Rishworth and Blackstone Edge to the Market town of Sowerby Bridge.

The River Ryburn cradles the conservation village of Ripponden, with its lovely church, Georgian fronted vicarage and 16th century packhorse bridge. The 14th century Old Bridge Inn, one of Yorkshire’s oldest pubs, hosts the annual UK Pork Pie Festival each year.   In 2014 the village hosted one of the stages of the Tour de France, when thousands of spectators lined the street to watch the sporting spectacle.

The village developed where the packhorse routes of Elland and Halifax met and then crossed into Lancashire. Originally there was a ford over the river, followed later by a timber bridge, a stone bridge (1533) and a mid-eighteenth century bridge, which is still used today. Because of this, the settlement acted as a focus for the activities in surrounding rural areas including Barkisland, Rishworth and Soyland, a role it still fulfils today.

The area is of archaeological importance due to the Roman Road which leads over nearby Blackstone Edge, a ridge of millstone grit, and is also rich in bronze age and neolithic remains. The Oldham road climbs south, offering dramatic views over Rishworth Moor, home of the UK’s highest motorway – the M62. The moor itself is an area of outstanding natural beauty, home to a wealth of wildlife and a series of ancient round barrow burial sites – ‘Cat Stones’.

Nowadays, the village is a popular commuter base for professionals working in the cities of Manchester and Leeds, which are both roughly equal distance (approx. 20 miles) from the village.  At almost 1000 feet above sea-level and situated on the Pennine moors, the village bears the brunt of some challenging weather conditions – not ideal for playing sport !

Charter Standard Statement

Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard Programme supported by McDonald’s is The FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues.
Its goal is to raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements.
With this in mind, The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.
There are three levels of FA Charter Standard Awards for clubs:

·         FA Charter Standard Club for youth and adult clubs: the entry-level accreditation

·         FA Charter Standard Development Club: for clubs clearly enhancing the quality and scope of their football offering

·         FA Charter Standard Community Club: acknowledging the most advanced level of club development and football provision.


Ryburn United currently hold the accreditation of an FA Charter Standard Club

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