Bedford Town FC
Club in the Spotlight
I joined the club as a parent, before completing the Level 1 coaching course about six years ago. I have now been chairman of youth development at the club for 4 years.
This season, after a meeting with Bedford Town chairman David Howell, I was elected on to the management committee of the senior club, partly to lend some effort towards the clubs day to day running but also to bring the youth and adult teams closer together.
Since the summer we have had a number of events
at home games, where youth players have trained on the pitch. Their involvement
on match days allows interaction with senior players in the first team. Our
oldest age group is currently U17, who are looking forward to the opportunity
of training with the adults.
They are already fortunate enough to play their home fixtures at the Eyrie stadium on Sundays. In fact one or two of them will be signing for the first team later in the season to gain ‘matchday’ experience that is so important in the development of youth players transitioning to adult football.
#1 Featured Team: U17Overheard Team-Talk for U17: How do we play?
#2 Featured Coach Profile
Name: Gianni Carofano
Team: U10’s Whites
Time at Club: 2 Years
However, I am currently Club Secretary for Youth Development, so I would like to carry on in that role in some capacity, helping new coaches to develop and trying to widen the availability of grass roots football for kids in Bedford.
That has to be when we held our U10 trials this year. Last year at U9, we had 23 children signed on between the two teams. We were expecting maybe 5 or 6 new players to come to our trials, along with our existing squads. On the day, we opened the gates and all these kids and their parents just came flooding into the ground. In the end we had 45 turn up for our U10 trials! Me, Ralph and Jose just looked at each other and you could see the same thought going through our heads….3 teams!
So I had a chat with one of the Dads whose son played for me and asked if he wanted to run the extra team. Luckily he said yes, so we now have 3 teams at U10. It really is something when you turn up on our training night and see 35 ten year olds running around who may one day play for Bedford Town FC….that’s priceless, you can’t buy that.
#3 Featured Player Profile
Name: James Peters
Team: First Team
Time at Club: 3 Seasons
BEDFORD TOWN FC
The club are looking to develop in the following areas:
- Youth to Adult transition
- Sponsorship and Partners
- Attracting local community to play/attend fixtures