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Martin calls it a day after eleventh festival

Posted on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at 9:52 pm by SH (Editor)

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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Bradley Stoke Youth FC Festival of Football 2017

Posted on Saturday 15th July 2017 at 10:43 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of children waiting to receive awards.

On Saturday 10th June, Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) hailed the success of their latest Schools’ Football Festival at the Jubilee Centre, which attracted 130 Year 1 children representing 13 different local primary schools and 45 Year 2 children from the BSYFC teams. The festival is the finale to the club’s School Link Programme where BSYFC’s FA Qualified Level 1 and 2 coaches go into the schools and coach all the Year 1 children for a three-week period at each school. The programme starts in February and finishes in the last school in May, ready for the Festival in June.

The Football Festival has been running since 2006 and over the years has developed into a major event as part of the town’s annual Community Festival, with over 1,650 children having now taken part. The School Link Programme started in 2007 and has grown over the years to become a major community activity with over 7,000 children having received football skills coaching in their school.

At the festival, every child received a medal and a gift bag full of football-related essentials like shin pads, football socks, water bottle, baseball cap, activity play pack and sweets. Each school received a cup and a ball bag with size 3 footballs, so they can continue the football coaching at their school. The winning school also received a new kit for their team. The Teacher Awards this year went to Iron Acton and Stoke Lodge.

Football Festival organiser Martin Lee said:

“The club would like to recognize all the club coaches, managers and helpers who assisted on the day, ensuring the success of this community event. Also a big thanks to our key long term sponsors McDonald’s, Bradley Stoke Town Council and the Gloucestershire FA.”

More: Festival award winners and team photos »

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Local schoolboy walks out at Wembley with one of his heroes

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 at 4:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke schoolboy Alex Okoye (centre), player escort at the 2017 FA Cup Final.

Sport-loving local schoolboy Alex Okoye, aged 11, could hardly believe his good fortune to be selected to be a player escort (mascot) at the Arsenal – Chelsea FA Cup Final at Wembley on 27th May.

Like most young boys his age, Alex enjoys a good kick around on the football pitch. He plays basketball for Bristol Flyers, enjoys athletics and is captain of his Year 7 rugby team.

Alex, who attends Bradley Stoke Community School, said:

“It was a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“When my Dad told me we had won two tickets to Wembley and the chance for me to be a player escort for Arsenal, I could hardly believe it. We have supported Arsenal in my family all my life.”

“The Emirates [Stadium] and the FA were really generous too. They put us up for two nights in a hotel in Kensington so we could arrive early to enjoy the build up to the game and enjoy the celebration at the end of the match.”

“Walking out at Wembley in front of nearly 90,000 people with millions of people watching on telly around the world was amazing. The roar from the cheering fans as we walked on to the pitch was deafening and you could feel the heat from the pre-match pyrotechnics.”

More: Alex accompanied one of his favourite players, Mesut Ozil »

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Tesco staff chip in to sponsor BSYFC U16 Girls

Posted on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at 9:31 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of Martin Lee receiving the cheque.

Workers at a supermarket in Bradley Stoke have pulled together to support a local youth football team.

The Under-16 Girls’ team at Bradley Stoke Youth FC will be playing in new kit next season, thanks to the generosity of staff at the town’s Tesco Extra store.

Tesco customer experience manager Joe Kilpatrick said:

“We’re delighted to be able to support an organisation that is really local to the store and at the heart of the local community.”

Receiving a cheque for £670, Martin Lee, community officer at BSYFC and manager of the U16 Girls’ team, said:

“Many thanks to Tesco Bradley Stoke for supporting the U16 Girls’ team for next season and providing a new kit for the squad. BSYFC is an FA Charter Standard Community Club with 20 teams, so the donation is very helpful and much appreciated.”

Photo: Martin Lee (centre) receives a cheque from Tesco staff (l-r) Hannah Naish, Joe Kilpatrick, Alice Abraham and Dawn Richards.

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 28). 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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