Young footballers back in training at new base

Photo of Bradley Stoke Youth FC teams training at St Mary's RFC ground.
Bradley Stoke Youth FC teams training at St Mary’s RFC ground.

By Marcus Fisher, BSYFC.

Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) has been busy preparing for the new season starting on Sunday 6th September. With over 20 teams (boys and girls), the return to training has required the organisation and commitment from many BSYFC committee members, and the flexibility of individual teams.

All teams have been training since the start of August and many have been, and will continue to, play friendly matches in preparation for the start of the season. Training has been happening in one location (St Mary’s Rugby Club, Trench Lane), utilising several slots across the day. Strict Covid-19 restrictions have been imposed to ensure the safety of the players, parents, and coaches. It’s really great to see the size and scale of the club, with all its teams, in one place and for the younger age groups to see the older age groups train. Many thanks to all the players, parents and coaches for making it a success and showing a real togetherness during this period.

Regarding the new season, we again have a strong turnout for the new U7 teams, which will allow those younger children starting their football journey to train and play matches in a safe, fun environment. The other younger age groups continue to build on last season with two U8 teams, two U9 teams and two U11 (Sunday) teams. In fact, demand has been so strong in the U11s that we’ve been able to run a U11 Saturday team as well as two Sunday teams.

With the older age groups, teams remain consistent and players are more settled into the squads, with teams running from U12s through to U18s. Having teams at every age group gives a great opportunity for BSYFC players to develop from a very young age right up to U18, and into adult football.

BSYFC is a FA Charter Standard Club (the highest award possible), with FA Level 1 and 2 coaches, and provides football for boys and girls ranging from reception to U18. Anyone wishing to enquire about joining should contact either Martin Lee on or Marcus Fisher on

This article originally appeared in the September 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 17). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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