Bradley Stoke Youth FC have just been announced as the winners of the GFA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year.
This is a great result for the club, who last won the award in 2011. So to win it again so soon shows the dedication of the club to continue to develop and grow their efforts within the community.
BSYFC has 20 age groups squads. They have continued to develop girls football at the club resulting in U9 to U14 girl teams. In Oct 2012 they started football sessions for children with disabilities and are a highlighted football service provider on the National Autistic Society (NAS) web site.
The club annually runs a club-school link program which started in 2007 and this continues to grow and develop with the football coaching sessions this year involving 14 local schools and over 700 Year 1 children participating. The purpose of the sessions is to get children involved in football and hopefully they will continue with the football outside of their school. Each school receives 3 sessions of football coaching from BSYFC FA Qualified coaches. Every session is based on fun based skill coaching using the latest FA techniques. The school is then invited to the annual BSYFC Football Festival, which is part of the Bradley Stoke Town Festival. The event this year is on Saturday June 8th on the top field at the Jubilee Centre. Start time is 12 noon with first match kick off around 12.15pm. All the 140 children taking part will receive a medal and goody bag. All schools receive a cup and many prizes are on offer including full football team strips and football coaching kits. The cups each year just keep getting larger with last year winning cup being 18ins tall …… this year the winning cup is a mighty 33ins tall…… it might just be bigger than the children.
BSYFC have also been going into 4 local schools providing football coaching sessions to Year 3 and 4 girls. This has resulted in over 120 girls having the chance to try football and hopefully they will all continue to play. The club is linked with the local womens Bristol Academy WFC Team (Come on the Vixens) and we often have star striker Annie-Marie Heatherson at our girls training sessions giving valuable tips and running exercises. Annie also presented the trophies at our recent Girls Presentation Night held at the Aztec West Hotel.
Well done to everyone at the club on winning this GFA award for the 2nd time in 3 years.
Updated 18:57 - 20 May 2013 by NEIL DONALDSON