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BSFYC U10 Blues at the FA Community Shield

Posted on Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 4:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSYFC U10 Blues team players, families and club officials seated at Wembley Stadium.

By Matteo Bianchi, team manager and head coach.

Bradley Stoke Youth FC’s (BSYFC’s) Under-10 Blues team has just started the new season with training sessions and competitive matches as part of the Hanham Minor League Division B group.

In August 2019, the team was lucky enough to be one of eight teams selected to participate in the pre-match on-pitch parade at the FA Community Shield, representing McDonald’s grassroots football sponsorship.

An excited party of boys, parents and siblings met at Baileys Court early in the morning, departing for Wembley Stadium promptly at 7.45am. After an uninterrupted journey, we finally saw the twin towers come into view and arrived in good time, allowing the opportunity for a team photo-shoot in front of the famous statue of the 1966 World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

The 17 lucky boys wearing team kit who had been selected to join the parade then met with FA staff, picked up their VIP wristbands and entered the stadium. Once inside, the boys received an official briefing, had photos taken pitch-side and practised walking in formation ready for the parade.

The accompanying parents had time for coffee and window shopping prior to the turnstiles opening at 1pm, whereupon we took our seats ready to see the action. Following the players’ warm-up session, two community choirs from Liverpool and Manchester City sang rousing versions of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Blue Moon respectively, and as these songs rang out the boys paraded into the stadium waving their flags, our boys and coaches leading the parade out at the Manchester City end of the pitch.

Pre-match ceremonies complete, the boys paraded off and then made the journey up into the upper tier of the stadium to join their families and enjoy the game.

An excellent and tightly fought match followed which finished 1-1 at full time. The game went straight to a penalty shoot-out which was a tense affair at the Liverpool end of the pitch, Manchester City winning 5-4 after Liverpool’s third penalty was saved. Liverpool fans streamed out of the stadium leaving the Manchester City fans to enjoy the trophy ceremony.

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Success for Bradley Stoke gymnasts at SW Champs

Posted on Sunday 10th November 2019 at 6:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of club members with medals and trophies won at the 2019 South West Championships.

Members of Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club put in some fine performances at the 2019 South West Acro Championships held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October.

A team of 15 Bradley Stoke gymnasts (making up seven partnerships), three of them competing for the first time, made the short trip to Yate, where they joined around 300 other competitors from across the south west.

The competition format requires each partnership to perform a two-minute routine consisting of five team moves and three individual moves. Routines are judged for tidiness, sparkle, performance and artistry.

Out of the seven partnerships, four of them came away with medals. Amelia Budding and Lara Davidson came away with gold – after working together for just four weeks. Feebee Hartanto and Lara Davidson got silver in their category – in Feebee’s first-ever competition. Alissa Fulco and Tahlia Jennings-Smith got silver, also their first competition, while Sophie Dean and Leoni Miller also secured silver.

Rachael Moore, club coach, said:

“All of the gymnasts performed excellent routines, making us very, very proud. To have so many of our ‘new ones’ compete for the first time and shine like stars put smiles on our faces. We couldn’t be prouder of all the girls, and that’s what makes us a real ‘gym family’”.

“We are also proud that some of our gymnasts have now retired from competing but continue to support the club by coaching and passing on their knowledge to the younger members. The coaching team could not be more grateful to have so many special people in the club.”

More: Club runs classes for children from age four upwards »

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Local building firm steps in to sponsor U12 girls

Posted on Tuesday 15th October 2019 at 8:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke Youth FC U12 Girls with representatives from LNJ Construction.

The U12 girls at Bradley Stoke Youth FC are now dressed for success thanks to sponsorship from local building firm LNJ Construction Services Ltd.

Lewis Colling, director at LNJ, whose youngest step-daughter plays for the team, contacted manager/coach Lee Lawson when he heard the team were looking for a kit sponsor.

A conversation about the team and how LNJ could help led to the firm agreeing to sponsor 24 new full match kits, 1 full goalkeeper’s kit and a spare goalkeeper’s shirt.

Lee says he had been in the process of drafting out emails to local businesses prior to Lewis getting in touch and he is pleased that word of mouth brought a quick offer of support.

Once the order was delivered, the girls were presented with their new kit at a photoshoot alongside Lewis and his partners at LNJ, Colin Broomsgrove and John Iles.

Lee Lawson, BSYFC U12 manager/coach, said:

“The girls look fantastic in their new kit and are looking forward to the season. The coaches, girls and parents would like to extend their thanks to Lewis and LNJ for their generosity in sponsoring the team.”

“It’s excellent to see companies like this supporting the local community in which they do business.”

LNJ Construction boasts a combined 76 years of experience covering all building and construction works ranging from basic renovation to new builds.

More: BSYFC is an FA Charter Standard Community Club »

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Get ‘Mojo muddy’ in aid of your local school

Posted on Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 4:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of runners taking part in a previous Mojo Muddy Madness event.

Saturday 5th October sees the return of Mojo Active’s Muddy Madness race, held at the Mojo Active outdoor activity centre in Almondsbury [map]. Young and old can enjoy taking on a 5km or a 2km course featuring some wet and muddy obstacles, and for every ticket sold, Mojo Active will donate £1 to your selected local school.

This will be the sixth Muddy Madness event, which in the past has supported The Lord Mayor of Bristol’s Christmas Appeal, Comic Relief and Southmead Hospital’s ICU department. This year, Mojo Active would like to give back to local schools – many of which have taken a class or the whole school to Mojo Active to enjoy either a curriculum-based activity session, or an enrichment session.

Mark Johnson, Mojo Active’s director, states:

“As a learning outside the classroom accredited venue, Mojo Active has run school programmes for thousands of local school children, bringing to life many classroom topics spanning the Vikings, the Romans, world wars, space, science, countries, water, and many more topics. We’ve also put together activity sessions to integrate new Year 7 starters, hosted many Year 6 leavers’ parties, woodland learning sessions and school activity clubs, as well as running termly secondary school enrichment programmes. We hope this year’s Mojo Muddy Madness event will be our biggest yet and in this way we can raise lots of money to benefit our local schools.”

The Mojo Muddy Madness 5km course is suitable for anyone aged 7+ years and features mud slides, cargo nets, leopard crawls and more. The 2km course is ideal for younger children or individuals wanting a shorter distance and there will be an optional water obstacle to tackle. On site there will be other activities, raffle, refreshments, free parking and bag drop.

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