Archive for September, 2017

BSYFC women’s and girls’ football – a force for the future

Posted on Saturday 30th September 2017 at 9:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Youth FC U16 Girls' and Ladies' squads 2017.

By Martin Lee of Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC).

Girls’ football started in BSYFC back in 2009, to increase the opportunities for girls to play football within the local area. At that time, there was a lack of girls-only teams and most girls were having to play in mixed teams to allow them to develop their football skills and participate in matches. So, in the summer of 2009, the first girls-only football sessions were started at the club in preparation for entering a team into the Bristol Girls’ League and hence starting the girls’ section of the club. The attendance was really good and highlighted the need for girls’ football sessions and teams.

Fast forward to September 2017 and BSYFC now has U10, U12, U14, U15 and U16 girls’ teams playing in the Bristol Girls’ League and also a development squad of U8 players. Friday night is girls-only training night at the club, where over 100 girls participate in football coaching sessions within their various age groups. The club has come a long way since it started. The FA has just released its strategy for women’s and girls’ football 2017-2020 with one of the key areas being the aim to double female participation in the game. Perhaps we should invite the FA to pop along and see what BSYFC is doing to achieve our growth!

This does raise the interesting question of how do you attract female players to the game and retain them? Of course there is word of mouth. where current players invite friends to come along and try out football. Also, parents often chat in the playground, so again, that will get the word around about the club and what we are doing. However, this will only increase growth in a small way.

In practice, the growth at BSYFC has been achieved through a range of community programs that the club runs…

The School Link Programme

This programme started in 2007  and sees FA-qualified coaches go into 14 local schools and coach every Year 1 class at each school. This means many girls then have the opportunity to experience football, maybe for the first time. They become interested in the sport and then want to join a club to continue the activity outside of school. Then, through getting to know the coaches, attending BSYFC is an easy first step for them.

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Family celebrates completion of sensory garden for disabled son

Posted on Thursday 28th September 2017 at 8:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cameron Alderman and his family.

A Bradley Stoke couple have celebrated the completion of a sensory garden at their home, specially designed for their disabled son to enjoy, thanks to the support of friends and charitable organisations who raised over £3,000 to bring the project to fruition.

Photo of Cameron in the new sensory garden at his home.

Four-year-old Cameron Alderman, who was born deafblind, lives with his mum Carla Golledge, her partner Adam Alderman and his two sisters, Morgan, 8, and Indie, 10 months.

The family moved to Bradley Stoke just under a year ago from Kingswood and live in a bungalow that has been specially adapted to meet Cameron’s needs.

Cameron’s condition has affected every aspect of his development including mobility, speech, behaviour and understanding. He is a part-time wheelchair user, non-verbal and has recently had surgery to place a permanent feeding tube. Although he currently has some hearing capability in one ear, this is expected to diminish as he gets older.

Mum Carla told the Journal:

“Raising a deafblind child brings many challenges to everyday life, such as accessing the environment safely. Although we face many challenges, Cameron is a happy little boy who brings such joy to our lives.”

More: Family supported by the Sense charity and musician Darren Sims »

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Little Acers rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Posted on Thursday 21st September 2017 at 9:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff and children at Little Acers Pre-School in Bradley Stoke.

A Bradley Stoke pre-school is celebrating after being awarded a clean sweep of ‘outstanding’ marks in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Little Acers, which is based in the grounds of Bowsland Green Primary School and has been running since 2006, was visited by an inspector in mid-May and she concluded that the quality and standard of Early Years provision at the pre-school is now ‘outstanding’ in all four assessment categories.

The latest result is a step up from the ‘good’ grade awarded to the setting at its previous inspection in June 2015.

In her summary of key findings, the Ofsted inspector praises the management and staff for demonstrating a strong commitment to continually improving and developing the pre-school. Staff are said to be “highly evaluative” and use their findings to make changes which benefit the children and their families.

The inspector found the children “extremely motivated to learn” and noted that they show a keen interest and enthusiasm in the activities provided, and display high levels of concentration.

Parents were found to be “extremely happy” with the care that their children receive and it was noted that staff work closely with parents to support the children with their development.

Reacting to the report, Little Acers manager Stacy Ashdown said:

“During our recent inspection we were praised for our approach to learning. The inspector also noted our strong links with the local community as well as the local primary schools.”

“We are absolutely delighted that the hard work of our staff, children and families has been recognised by Ofsted resulting in our across-the-board ‘outstanding’ grading.”

More information: Ofsted reports for Little Acers

This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 41). 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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Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2017 Best Front Garden competition: The winners

Posted on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Prize winners (1st to 3rd place) in the 2017 Bradley Stoke in Bloom Best Front Garden competition.

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

We were again bowled over by the exceptionally high standard of the 14 gardens that entered our annual Best Front Garden (BFG) competition; I, personally, was as green as their immaculate lawns!

Some were new and some were old favourites, some were large and some were small, but they were all amazing in their different ways.

As the number and standard of gardens increases each year, so does the difficulty of choosing a winner, but it gives us very great pleasure to finally be able to announce our 2017 winners! The prizes were presented at the Bradley Stoke Carnival on Saturday 26th August.

First prize was the BFG trophy, a gold medal engraved with the winner’s name, a £40 voucher donated by the Harvester Restaurant and a £30 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Second prize was an engraved glass trophy, a silver medal and a £20 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Third prize was an engraved glass trophy, a bronze medal and a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

The Facebook Favourite prize was a certificate and an engraved medal.

All the runner ups also received a certificate and an engraved medal.

Thank you to these companies, to Timpson’s for the large discount given on the trophy engraving and to Mayor Andy Ward for helping to hand out the prizes.

If you would like to see the gardens for yourselves, most of the addresses are available on request. Click on letter code below (A, B, C etc) to view photos of each garden on the BSiB Facebook page.

More: Prize winners, runners-up and photos »

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