Pilgrims honours their past

Immingham Pilgrims AFC, has honoured the past with presentation plaques to Dean Blackband the grandson of founder Eric Blackband, Andy Palmer son of our past Life President Colin Palmer, Ben Taylor son of Councillor Len Taylor who supported the club with great enthusiasm.

The plaques are fitted to the new state of the art pavilion building at Roval Drive for all to see for many years, to remind past and present members of those who gave themselves to Immingham Pilgrims AFC.

Chairman Simon Leach believes that Eric, Colin & Len would be so proud of how we have moved on in recent years, however without foundations the growth would not have happened.

Immingham Town

As part of our growing partnership with Immingham Town to give all our players

a progression path once they reach Under 18. Immingham Town have announced any

player from Immingham Pilgrims who turns up to any of their home games wearing their Immingham Pilgrim or Immingham Town shirt will be able to get one parent in FOC for the game as well as themselves.

Keep watching the web site for further announcements regarding working closer with Immingham Town.

Latest Update 14.11.2021

Immingham Pilgrims AFC who have been offering Youth Football for 50 years up to the age of 16 are pleased looking forward for our Under 16’s squads to have the opportunity to continue their Football journey from under 17 onwards with Immingham Town FC .

 Immingham Town FC  will give our Under 16 coaches and players the opportunity to lay under their banner

Good luck to all who take up this opportunity   Simon Leach Chairperson Immingham Pilgrims AFC

From Immingham Town FC 14.11.21

Immingham Town Football Club are delighted to announce the formation of the ‘ITFC Progression Pathway’, which includes official partnerships with both Immingham Pilgrims AFC and Healing Hotspurs FC.

Under the agreement of the ‘Progression Pathway’, once players at Immingham Pilgrims and Healing Hotspurs finish junior football at the end of the U16s, they have the opportunity to progress onto Immingham Town FC.

The agreement will be led by Immingham Town’s Head of Development Sam Vincent, who also oversees a similar pathway at Grimsby Town FC for their ‘Shadow Scholarship’ programme.

The ‘Progression Pathway’ will involve;

– The formation of an Immingham Town U17 team from next season (22/23), and the formation of an U18 team from the season afterwards (23/24)

– From the 2023/24 season and beyond, the intention is to have at least one U17 and at least one U18 team every year

– U16 players from both Healing Hotspurs and Immingham Pilgrims joining Immingham Town once their U16 season concludes, assuming they wish to do so

– The coaches of the Immingham Pilgrims and Healing Hotspurs U16 teams being able to continue managing their team up to U18 level with Immingham Town, assuming they wish to do so

– Opportunities for the coaches of Healing Hotspurs and Immingham Pilgrims to remain within the Immingham Town FC setup, after their team finishes at U18 level

– Collaboration and support between the coaching staff at Immingham Town and the coaches at Immingham Pilgrims and Healing Hotspurs, including ‘progression meetings’ where appropriate

– Shared access to football facilities across Healing and Immingham where appropriate

– The creation of an Immingham Town U23s team, who will be able to play friendly fixtures across the county and beyond as and when convenient

– New signings of young players to Immingham Town FC (outside the first team) centrally managed by the Head of Development

– Players ultimately striving to progress into the Immingham Town Reserves and Immingham Town First Team

– Players being eligible for the Healing Hotspurs men’s first team, where appropriate, to gain experience of senior football

– No financial cost to either Immingham Pilgrims or Healing Hotspurs

– Free entry to ITFC First Team games for Immingham Pilgrims and Healing Hotspurs junior players

– A strong, long term, working partnership between all 3 clubs to provide the best possible football opportunities for the young players of Immingham, Healing and the surrounding areas

Andrew James Lofts, Director of Immingham Town said “We are absolutely over the moon to finally be able to announce this Partnership, as we feel that this is massive news for the local community and the surrounding villages.

This Progression Pathway not only future proofs our football club, it brings us together with two of the best local junior football clubs in North East Lincolnshire. This gives the children of today the opportunity that has been missing in Immingham for decades.”

Simon Leach, Chairman of Immingham Pilgrims “Immingham Pilgrims AFC, who have been offering Youth Football for 50 years up to the age of 16, are pleased that our Under 16’s squads will have the opportunity to continue their football journey from Under 17 onwards with Immingham Town FC.

Immingham Town FC will give our Under 16 coaches and players the opportunity to play under their banner.”

Matt Smith, Secretary of Healing Hotspurs “Healing Hotspurs are delighted to team up with Immingham Town FC along with Immingham Pilgrims. This partnership will massively improve the transition from junior to adult football for our players. It is hoped, by introducing a clear pathway to adult football with one of the best local Clubs, we will see benefits in recruiting and retaining our players.

There are currently several former Hotspurs players representing Immingham Town and we expect Hotspurs will continue to have a strong presence in all Immingham Town teams for years to come.

We are excited by the prospect of developing our relationship with both Immingham Clubs and look forward to seeing the first of our current Hotspurs players representing Immingham Town.”