History of Brooklyn FC
Brooklyn JFC was formed in 1982 by Paul Potter from Rillington. The team he created had already played for a couple of seasons at West Heslerton before obtaining the use of the ground and facilities at the Brooklyn Youth Centre in Norton. At the first meeting of the club it was decided that it should be named after the Youth Club and so Brooklyn Junior Football Club was formed. In its first season the club fielded two teams - U11s and U13s.
In 2012 the club formed a partnership with Malton Community Sports Centre, to establish a new home for Brooklyn FC where all teams would be based. In return MCSC Community Sports Supervisor Matty Hood joined the club as Secretary and Development Officer. Being based in Malton instead of Norton, the club's affiliation moved to North Riding County FA.
In March 2013 the Club was awarded the most prestigious recognition for grassroots clubs by being named as an FA Community Club, one of only 500 clubs out of 37,000 nationwide to achieve this highest standard in grassroots football.
In June 2014 Brooklyn Football Club became one of the first FA Nike Partner clubs in the country, The agreement sees Brooklyn FC teams exclusively wear Nike kits and products and the club receives a substantial bursary to spend on coach education. This agreement was renewed in 2018 with a further bursary being awarded by Nike. These bursaries help massively with the costs of putting coaches through FA training.
In 2017, the club was awarded charitable status. This reflects the contribution Brooklyn FC makes in developing football in the Ryedale area.
Since the move to Malton Sports Centre in 2012, Brooklyn has seen a massive expansion in participation and now has more than twenty teams from age 6 up to Senior football, as well as a rapidly growing Girls section. There are over 250 regular players involved with the club, overseen by around 40 volunteers.