Bedlington Town FC Built On A Great Foundation
Newcastle United Foundation has been working with local junior football club, Bedlington Town FC, supplying 6 different projects throughout the season.
Northumberland-based Bedlington Town FC was formed in 2010 and is already one of the fastest growing vibrant Clubs in the area.
The football club’s main aims are to provide family orientated access to football for girls and boys across the ages and of all abilities. To support their goal, The Magpies’ official charity has implemented six-week development programmes for specific teams bespoke to their needs. The team training includes Girls only coaching, Goalkeeper specific training alongside under 9’s and under 12’s coaching sessions.
The dedicated Bedlington Town coaches have also taken advantage of the Foundation’s Coach the Coach Clinics which are held monthly to educate and inform coaches of all levels and to share hints and tips of best footballing practices.
In addition to this, Bedlington host a Foundation led Mini Magpie Club which opens the door for younger children to access age appropriate and friendly football skills coaching. Club Chairman, David Langhorne has stated that this programme is a vital part of the club’s architecture as many of their mini soccer teams playing in the league are formed with players who have progressed through this programme.
Many of the club’s teams have benefitted from dedicated programmes that are specifically designed, alongside the team coach, to help with targeted development areas. Amongst those teams are the Vipers under 12s. This team, unlike any other has been promoted season upon season for the last five years. They have now reached the top flight (out of seven) in a highly competitive league. Experienced Foundation coach Mick Woods was brought in to bolster their target of establishing themselves as a first division team.
Vipers striker, Reece Edgar said:
“Mick was great! He gave us some new ideas and helped us to get better as a team. He is used to training the best players and we learned a lot from him. We went on a winning run too!”
Teams within Bedlington Town have also attended Match Day Experiences at St James’ Park. A package for football teams and schools to enjoy team training, pre match meal and a ticket to the game. These have been purchased as team building opportunities rewards to players. Most recently Bedlington Town Eagles under 9s attended the home game to Arsenal.
Team manager, Peter Kirby said:
“This is the second match day experience I have taken the team on. It is a fantastic experience of the children, parents and coaches.
The players enjoy not only watching their favourite team at St. James Park but many of them also were able to be ball boys and get their faces on TV!
After lunch provided at St. James’ we travelled to NUFC’s training ground to train like the stars. The top coaching and first class facilities made the lads feel like the superstars they are. I would recommend this to any team.”
In acknowledgment to the work the Foundation do to support the club, but also in the community beyond football, members of Bedlington Town Committee have help to raise over £1,000 for the Foundation.
Chairman David Langhorne slept rough overnight as part of the St James’ Park CEO Sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness and the support the Foundation provides young people. In addition, David and Vice Chair Peter Kirby are running the Great North Run to again raise money for the Foundation.
David spoke of the future:
“Both Bedlington Town FC and the Foundation are looking forward to a long and successful partnership moving forward. Ha’way the Town!”
For more information on any of our football courses, Team Training or Match Day Experiences, please contact Tony Threlfall at firstname.lastname@example.org
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