On Saturday 10th June, Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) hailed the success of their latest Schools’ Football Festival at the Jubilee Centre, which attracted 130 Year 1 children representing 13 different local primary schools and 45 Year 2 children from the BSYFC teams. The festival is the finale to the club’s School Link Programme where BSYFC’s FA Qualified Level 1 and 2 coaches go into the schools and coach all the Year 1 children for a three-week period at each school. The programme starts in February and finishes in the last school in May, ready for the Festival in June.
The Football Festival has been running since 2006 and over the years has developed into a major event as part of the town’s annual Community Festival, with over 1,650 children having now taken part. The School Link Programme started in 2007 and has grown over the years to become a major community activity with over 7,000 children having received football skills coaching in their school.
At the festival, every child received a medal and a gift bag full of football-related essentials like shin pads, football socks, water bottle, baseball cap, activity play pack and sweets. Each school received a cup and a ball bag with size 3 footballs, so they can continue the football coaching at their school. The winning school also received a new kit for their team. The Teacher Awards this year went to Iron Acton and Stoke Lodge.
Football Festival organiser Martin Lee said:
“The club would like to recognize all the club coaches, managers and helpers who assisted on the day, ensuring the success of this community event. Also a big thanks to our key long term sponsors McDonald’s, Bradley Stoke Town Council and the Gloucestershire FA.”
BSYFC & McDonald’s 10 year Anniversary Community Award
Stoke Lodge Primary School
BSYFC & McDonald’s 10 year Anniversary Partnership Award
Meadowbrook Primary School
Bradley Stoke Town Council School Link Community Award
Iron Acton Primary School
Bradley Stoke Town Council School Link Coaches Award
St Mary’s Primary School (Bradley Stoke)
Bradley Stoke Community Festival Respect Award
St Michael’s Primary School
BSYFC Festival of Football Achievement Award
Holy Trinity Primary School
BSYFC Festival of Football Club School Link Winner
Wheatfield Primary School
BSYFC Festival of Football Performance Award (Cup #1)
Almondsbury Primary School
BSYFC Festival of Football Performance Award (Cup #2)
St Peter’s Primary School
BSYFC Festival of Football Club School Link Runner Up
St Mary’s Primary School (Thornbury)
McDonald’s Festival of Football Winners (Cup #1)
Bradley Stoke Community School Primary Phase
McDonald’s Festival of Football Winners (Cup #2)
Bowsland Green Primary School
McDonald’s Festival of Football Runner Up
Baileys Court Primary School
Above: The Bradley Stoke Community School Primary Phase team.
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on pages 22 & 23). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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