They will join the first team, reserves and veterans sides we have currently and will become the fourth side playing under the Barton Town Football Club banner.
Current Swans committee member Sean Money has brought his Barton United Jaguars team to the club and will be known as Barton Town Under-13’s.
This move represents the intentions for there to be a feeder system within the club which will see the younger players progress through the ranks and perhaps play for the first team.
Swans Media Manager Aaron Irwin caught up with Sean to ask about the side and what Swans fans can expect from his side this season.
AI: Could you please tell us a little about the team?
SM: “Barton United Jaguars have been formed since they were U6-U7. I took over three years ago and took them from mini football, 7v7 to 9v9, and now the big step into 11v11. We have a good core of players some which have been here from day one, some myself and my assistant Darren have brought in from the surrounding areas but all in all our players are Barton and villages based.”
Having been part of the club committee for a few years, you must be happy to be able to bring a youth side to the club?
“Myself and Darren are over the moon to be bringing our team to play for Barton Town FC. It was in the pipeline that the whole junior club of Barton United JFC to join only 2 years ago but this was opposed by some within Barton United but since then I have wondered what if… I spoke with Chairman Mark Gregory and he has always been all for it so given the opportunity it holds for the kids we found it to be a no brainer.
“Like you said I have been on the committee at Barton Town FC for three or four years and Darren also being a regular watching the first team with our families. We find the future exciting for our players and the progression into the reserves/first team and hopefully in time getting more local players playing for their local semi-pro team.”
What type of coaching philosophies do you try and teach your side?
“Myself and Darren agree the element of fun junior football has to bring not always the winning but keeping fit and always smiling which we of course encourage first and foremost. The game also needs to be played quickly on the ground and wing play is where we get most of our success. We’re not a big physical team, certainly more a fast team, so we recognise this as our strengths so we play to them with good crisp passing and movement as a must. We will knock it long at times again using the speed from our attackers and playing the ball into space and letting the ball do the work.”
What are your expectations for the coming season? Fighting for the title?
“Depending what league they put us in we are expecting more of the same. Last season we were playing in the bottom league of the three and finishing 3rd. Although we were top at Christmas and looking good but after a couple of bad results we slipped a bit. But progression from the previous season was evident to see and along with a couple of good new players this coming season we expect to continue our progression and push whoever we are up against.
“I reckon our improvements last season, as well as new players in was that they pretty much all go to the same school so they are always with each other perhaps talking to each other about the games and geeing each other on. I’m sure it’s got to help that they are all friends and along with days out to Wembley which we arranged last season they knock about with each other around the town.”
Do you feel this move will make a difference to junior football in Barton? Perhaps more youth sides may wish to join the club?
“This move of ours can only be positive certainly for our team perhaps selfishly thinking but once others see what a success it will be other teams may come over and the junior section can grow. Currently there are two junior set ups and for a town our size it seems a lot but none of the players from either camp seem to make the next step after U16/U17 into the thoughts of the first team manager here at Barton Town. But perhaps the teams and players go unnoticed so having the junior teams growing as part of Barton Town FC can only be a good thing for the town/Barton Town FC and ultimately the young players and their progression.”
Any additional comments?
“I’m sure I speak for Darren as well in wanting to thank the continued help and support already received from BTFC Mark, Lynn, Pete and yourself in particular for this opportunity along with the support from my players’ parents in allowing this transition to happen and of course the sponsors which are so important whether you are Barcelona or Barton Town.”
UP THE SWANS!