Martin calls it a day after eleventh festival

Presentation to Martin Lee (2nd from left).

Bradley Stoke Youth FC’s Martin Lee has stepped down from organising the annual Bradley Stoke Schools’ Festival of Football after eleven incredibly successful years.

The event has become a highlight in the local sporting calendar and this year’s renewal attracted 130 Year 1 children from 13 different local primary schools.

To mark the occasion, club sponsor McDonald’s presented Martin with a trophy and a bottle of champagne at the end of the prize-giving ceremony for this year’s festival.

Fellow BSYFC coach James Murdoch, who works with the current U10s, commented:

“Martin is a true community champion and has put in countless hours organising school visits from the club’s coaches before and after the Easter break in order to provide free football coaching at schools in the Bradley Stoke area. He has also encouraged these schools to attend the football festival, and return all the trophies every year.”

Martin has also worked very closely with the local McDonald’s restaurant franchisee Mike Guerin throughout a ten-year association with the club. During this time, coaching equipment and kits for teams of all age groups have been provided through the McDonald’s Better Play initiative.

Photo (l-r): Mark Pickering (BSYFC coach), Martin Lee, Cllr Andy Ward and James Murdoch (BSYFC coach)

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 13). 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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