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Sponsorship brings new kit for BSYFC girls

Posted on Monday 15th May 2017 at 9:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke Youth FC girls in training kit sponsored by AV Birch Limited.

The girls’ teams at Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) have smart new training kits, thanks to a £400 donation from national engineering company AV Birch Limited.

The sponsorship was arranged through Lewis, guardian of one of the BSYFC girl players, who contacted club coach Lee Lawson, suggesting the company he was working with could potentially donate funds to the team.

AV Birch were working in the area and wanted to give something back to the local community. This was great timing, as Lee was already in the process of looking into sourcing kit for the girls.

Lee said:

“The coaches, players and parents of BSYFC would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to David Tilsley-Curtis of AV Birch Limited for enabling the team to purchase the training kit. On the night the training kit was given out there was a great sense of excitement and the girls couldn’t wait to get home and try it all on.”

“The players all look great in their new kit. They are really happy; it makes them look and feel like a team.”

BSYFC was established in 1998. It is an FA Charter Standard Community Club covering all age ranges from Reception age upwards. It also runs football sessions for children with disabilities.

The club won the FA Charter Standard Community Club Award in 2016 and was runner-up in the Bristol Post Sports Awards for Community Clubs in 2016.

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Local runner pulls out all the stops to help visually impaired access his sport

Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 11:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Blind runner Chris Blackabee competing in the 2016 Budapest Marathon with his guide Colin Johnson.

Blind and partially-sighted people across Bristol are being offered help in taking up the sport of running, thanks to the efforts of a Bradley Stoke resident.

Colin Johnson, a member of Westbury Harriers and a keen runner for over ten years, has organised a ‘Couch to 5k’ training course aimed specifically at blind and visually impaired people.

The course, which started on Wednesday 1st March, is supported by a team of 24 volunteers who Colin arranged to be trained as UK Athletics accredited ‘running guides for the blind’, through a course held recently at the SGS College WISE campus in Stoke Gifford.

Adults with a visual impairment wishing to take their first steps in running are invited to attend the weekly ‘Couch to 5k’ sessions, for which the meeting point is Action for Blind People (RNIB), 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EB. Under-16s are also welcome, providing a parent/guardian is present and able to participate.

Colin explained that he became involved in ‘guiding’ last year when a running friend of his was looking for someone to help guide a runner in a marathon. “I love running myself, and how it helps me not only in a physical sense but also mentally, and I thought it would be great to help others also gain similar benefits and joys from the sport.”

The runner Colin has been guiding is Chris Blackabee, who has been blind since birth. Together, they successfully completed the Budapest Marathon, and Colin says it was a “fantastic feeling” helping Chris achieve his marathon goal.

Chris is no stranger to challenges. Having been totally blind for most of his life hasn’t stopped him from becoming a triathlete, a skier (both downhill and cross-country) and a rock climber. “He is an inspiration to me with his can-do attitude to life, “ adds Colin.

Explaining what it means to be able to compete as a runner despite his disability, Chris said: “Running has completely changed my whole attitude to taking part in mainstream sporting activities, thanks to sighted athletes who have helped me every step of the way. Not only has it helped with my physical health but it has also assisted with my mental wellbeing. I now feel a part of an inclusive mainstream sport.”

Find out more about the ‘Couch to 5k’ course »

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Get running with Sole Sisters in the new year!

Posted on Sunday 8th January 2017 at 7:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Members of Sole Sisters Running Club on a Christmas-themed training run.

The Sole Sisters beginners’ course is ideal for any ladies who want to start running, but don’t know how to begin. Three times each year (each course has a limit of 45 people for ‘health & safety’ reasons) we offer a training course for women who wish to start running, have never run before or are returning after a long period of rest/illness/injury.

Please print off and complete our Sole Sisters application form (available on our website) and bring it with you to the first session. Our next course starts on Monday 9th January 2017.

We set a realistic training programme, it’s a gradual build-up of mileage which, at the end of six weeks you will be able to join one of our main groups and hopefully enjoy it with a certain amount of self-satisfaction.

The course costs £15. If you wish to become a full member you can pay the remaining £17 during the six-week course, with this you will receive England Athletics affiliation, an official Sole Sisters running vest and all the benefits the club offers. After this time, membership will be at the standard £32. A £1 subscription will be payable for each night of attendance once the course has finished.

Many of our current members started out on this course and are now running regular 10ks, half marathons and even full marathons, so what we offer is a trusted method.

If you are joining/running/jogging for the first time, no special kit is required, other than a good pair of trainers and a sports bra. Please remember to bring a drink, wear lightweight clothing and remember, on dark evenings, high-visibility clothing is advisable. We do advise that if you continue to jog, a pair of specialised running shoes and a sports bra are essential. If the weather looks as if you may get wet or is very hot, please bring a change of clothing/shoes and possibly a towel for such circumstances.

During the duration of the course, please arrive at the stated venue at 7pm to register and meet the coaches and other beginners. We have a club calendar on our website that lists what venue we are due to meet at. You do not need to pre-register, just turn up on the night.

Any questions before, please email

Photo: Members of Sole Sisters Running Club on a Christmas-themed training run.

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 30). 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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McDonald’s boost for local grassroots team

Posted on Sunday 18th December 2016 at 7:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Youth FC's U6 team players and coaches celebrate receiving a brand new free kit courtesy of local McDonald’s franchisee Mike Guerin.

Local football team Bradley Stoke Youth FC U6s have received a brand new free kit courtesy of local McDonald’s franchisee Mike Guerin and the McDonald’s FA Kit Scheme.

The McDonald’s scheme, now in its third year, has provided over 175,000 kits to clubs across the UK with 70,000 new football kits being delivered this year. This year has seen a huge number of applications from clubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who were eligible to order a brand new kit, choosing from a number of styles and colours.

To mark the occasion, Bradley Stoke Youth FC held an event at their training ground, inviting local McDonald’s franchisee Mike Guerin to come along to celebrate the U6s receiving their new strip of kits for this year’s season.

Local McDonald’s franchisee, Mike Guerin, who is a keen supporter of grassroots football, said:

“Bradley Stoke Youth FC is a club that is close to my heart, and an excellent example of a grassroots club which has a real community spirit. I am thrilled to be able to supply the young players with a new kit to achieve great things in this season! The kit scheme is something that McDonald’s is incredibly proud to be able to roll out to clubs all over the country. I would like to thank Bradley Stoke Youth FC for inviting me along to celebrate with them in receiving their new kit and wish them the best for this year’s season.”

Martin Lee from Bradley Stoke Youth FC said:

“We’re hugely grateful to McDonald’s for donating a new kit for our U6 team. An average team strip costs around £500 per season, so this really is a huge saving for us and means we can spend the money on other areas of the club that need it. The kids absolutely love wearing their new strip. Having the kit has created fantastic unity and team spirit and has given the kids extra motivation to train and have a great season.”

More: Scheme is part of the McDonald’s 14-year Community Partnership »

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Thrilling stage of RAC rally in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 8:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Paddy Hopkirk prepares to wave away a competitor in the Bradley Stoke stage of the 2016 RAC Rally of the Tests.

Scores of cars screeching around a car park in a business zone might sound like something that would interest the police, but the drivers of vintage cars being hurled around the car park of the RAC HQ in Bradley Stoke early on Saturday 5th November had nothing to fear from the boys in blue, for they were taking part in a special stage of the 2016 RAC Rally of the Tests.

The first car to arrive, at around 8am, was the red 1960s Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint of overnight leaders John Abel and Martyn Taylor. They had the honour of being the first car to be waved off by Paddy Hopkirk – the famous Mini rally driver and Monte Carlo Rally winner. He was to honour every single car by flagging them away from the start line with the Union Flag.

The tight, twisting course weaved around the car park and proved a fitting ‘test’ for competitors. The classic Minis proved particularly popular with spectators, while the Mk1 Ford Escorts and Porsche 911s were a dramatic sight.

With cars setting off every minute, action was non-stop and the crowds emerged thrilled and breathless as the final runs were completed around 10am.

The three-day rally, which finished in Chester on Sunday 6th November, was eventually won by Andy Lane and Richard Crozier in their Volvo 123GT.

Photo: Paddy Hopkirk prepares to wave away a competitor. [Credit: Shaun King]

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This article originally appeared in the December 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on pages 34 & 35). 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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