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BSFYC U10 Blues at the FA Community Shield

Posted on Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 4:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSYFC U10 Blues team players, families and club officials seated at Wembley Stadium.

By Matteo Bianchi, team manager and head coach.

Bradley Stoke Youth FC’s (BSYFC’s) Under-10 Blues team has just started the new season with training sessions and competitive matches as part of the Hanham Minor League Division B group.

In August 2019, the team was lucky enough to be one of eight teams selected to participate in the pre-match on-pitch parade at the FA Community Shield, representing McDonald’s grassroots football sponsorship.

An excited party of boys, parents and siblings met at Baileys Court early in the morning, departing for Wembley Stadium promptly at 7.45am. After an uninterrupted journey, we finally saw the twin towers come into view and arrived in good time, allowing the opportunity for a team photo-shoot in front of the famous statue of the 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

The 17 lucky boys wearing team kit who had been selected to join the parade then met with FA staff, picked up their VIP wristbands and entered the stadium. Once inside, the boys received an official briefing, had photos taken pitch-side and practised walking in formation ready for the parade.

The accompanying parents had time for coffee and window shopping prior to the turnstiles opening at 1pm, whereupon we took our seats ready to see the action. Following the players’ warm-up session, two community choirs from Liverpool and Manchester City sang rousing versions of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Blue Moon respectively, and as these songs rang out the boys paraded into the stadium waving their flags, our boys and coaches leading the parade out at the Manchester City end of the pitch.

Pre-match ceremonies complete, the boys paraded off and then made the journey up into the upper tier of the stadium to join their families and enjoy the game.

An excellent and tightly fought match followed which finished 1-1 at full time. The game went straight to a penalty shoot-out which was a tense affair at the Liverpool end of the pitch, Manchester City winning 5-4 after Liverpool’s third penalty was saved. Liverpool fans streamed out of the stadium leaving the Manchester City fans to enjoy the trophy ceremony.

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Success for Bradley Stoke gymnasts at SW Champs

Posted on Sunday 10th November 2019 at 6:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of club members with medals and trophies won at the 2019 South West Championships.

Members of Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club put in some fine performances at the 2019 South West Acro Championships held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October.

A team of 15 Bradley Stoke gymnasts (making up seven partnerships), three of them competing for the first time, made the short trip to Yate, where they joined around 300 other competitors from across the south west.

The competition format requires each partnership to perform a two-minute routine consisting of five team moves and three individual moves. Routines are judged for tidiness, sparkle, performance and artistry.

Out of the seven partnerships, four of them came away with medals. Amelia Budding and Lara Davidson came away with gold – after working together for just four weeks. Feebee Hartanto and Lara Davidson got silver in their category – in Feebee’s first-ever competition. Alissa Fulco and Tahlia Jennings-Smith got silver, also their first competition, while Sophie Dean and Leoni Miller also secured silver.

Rachael Moore, club coach, said:

“All of the gymnasts performed excellent routines, making us very, very proud. To have so many of our ‘new ones’ compete for the first time and shine like stars put smiles on our faces. We couldn’t be prouder of all the girls, and that’s what makes us a real ‘gym family’”.

“We are also proud that some of our gymnasts have now retired from competing but continue to support the club by coaching and passing on their knowledge to the younger members. The coaching team could not be more grateful to have so many special people in the club.”

More: Club runs classes for children from age four upwards »

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Wheatfield’s new facilities officially opened

Posted on Thursday 7th November 2019 at 9:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mayor Tom Aditya cutting a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new play equipment.

Wheatfield Primary School formally unveiled its new play equipment and multi-use games area (MUGA) on Friday 11th October. Despite the rain, children, families and staff came out to watch the mayor of Bradley Stoke, Cllr Tom Aditya, cut the ribbon to officially open the facilities.

The MUGA will allow children to use the school’s outdoor space throughout the winter months for sporting activities such as football, netball and dodgeball. The new play equipment includes rope walks and a miniature climbing wall, encouraging the children to develop a range of skills.

The redevelopment of the Key Stage 2 playground and installation of the MUGA was possible after the school, in conjunction with the Friends of Wheatfield Primary School, raised over £20,000 across the last academic year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the school’s opening.

This was done through a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including movie nights, school discos and quiz nights. Families and local businesses were also able to sponsor a brick as part of a legacy pathway being built within the school.

The school came very close to winning the Aviva Community Fund challenge back in November last year. Despite overwhelmingly receiving the highest number of votes in its category, the Aviva selection panel unfortunately decided on another project, although the school was still awarded £500 as a finalist. However, this didn’t slow the fundraising efforts down, with the Marathon Boys’ amazing contribution and the culmination of the year’s fundraising being Wheatfest, held in July, which raised a staggering £6,000.

Headteacher Phil Winterburn said:

“I am enormously proud of the effort and commitment, on behalf of so many people, which has helped to deliver this project. Our children and community now have the facilities they deserve – a fitting way to mark twenty years of Wheatfield Primary School. I would like to extend my thanks to the families, children, staff and sponsors whose support was exceptional. A special thank you to our Friends group who excelled in their fundraising efforts – £20k for 20 years!’

More: Photos of the new MUGA and legacy path »

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This Sunday (10th November): Scouts invite all to Remembrance parade and ceremony

Posted on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 8:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing a packed town square at the Remembrance ceremony (2018).

By Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

Members of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group are busy preparing for the town’s annual Remembrance parade and ceremony on Sunday 10th November. We are expecting record numbers of parade participants again this year with ten other local youth groups joining us. Our own Scout group will, of course, have all its sections represented and will be joined by the Trident and Solar Explorer Units, 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies, 2nd Winterbourne Brownies and 1st Little Stoke Brownies.

Remembrance Day poster 2019.

Representatives from our local town and county councils will be present and the Reverend Paul Hinckley will be representing the churches of Bradley Stoke.

Once again, the excellent Filton Concert Brass band will join us in the town square to complement our own Scout marching band who will be accompanying the parade.

This year, our young people are going to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Ahead of the event, our Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Explorer Scouts will be giving the war memorial its annual wash and brush-up while helping with the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. We will also once again be making window displays for the Willow Brook Centre main entrance.

We would like to extend an invitation to all members of our community to attend the ceremony. You are very welcome to lay a wreath or cross at the memorial (a small sand box will be put out next to the memorial nearer the day).

Please note: The bus stop at the Willow Brook Centre will be temporarily relocated to the front of Boots for the morning. Traffic in and around the parade route from the Jubilee Centre to the town square will be temporarily halted while the parade moves through the town. We apologise in advance for any disruption this may cause and respectfully ask that members of the public remain patient while our volunteers keep our young people safe. This is not a military parade and as such timings and parade content may vary on the day.

More information: Map of the parade route

More: Full details of local Remembrance parades and ceremonies »

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