Back of the Net for Brunel Bantams FC!

brunel-bantams-1966iThe Brunel Bantams are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a grant of £1,966 by the FA, as part of the ‘66 for 66’ initiative. The grant is part of the FA’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup win, which aims to ensure that the legacy of that win lives on among today’s youth, and aims to support football development at grass roots level.

Securing the grant is all the more impressive given that the Brunel Bantams have only been training for just over a year. The club was established by parents of children at Brunel Field Primary School, who have worked tirelessly to turn it into a fully fledged local club. The club has recently joined the Ashley Down Friendly League and this season have played their first competitive matches – and have even recorded their first wins.

Club Secretary Marcus Johnson enthuses, “We are delighted with the progress that we have made in so little time, and the funding from the FA is going to help us to secure ourselves financially and continue to flourish. The club officers are still liaising with the parents [he insists that Brunel Bantams is very much a club for the children and their parents], to decide what to do with the grant. We would like to buy more goals and equipment, and would love to be able to have a ball for each child during training, and would also like to invest in FA level 1 training for the club’s volunteer coaches, all of whom are parents and enthusiastic amateurs.”

Watching the training session from the sidelines, parent and assistant coach Dave Jarrett said, “What I love about Brunel Bantams is, these kids have worked together through the wind and rain of the Downs and come together as a club; it’s all about fun, it’s all about learning together and learning to play as a team and enjoying themselves.”

Other parents of new members from Horfield C of E school said, “It’s a fantastic atmosphere, really enthusiastic coaches, and the kids are really having great fun. This cheque from the FA is just amazing, we’ve actually only been coming for a couple of weeks but our children love it.”

Brunel Bantams FC background

The Brunel Bantams provide training and matches for teams of children from Year 1 to Year 5, and next year aim to have a Year 6 team. The club draws a lot of its players from boys and girls attending Brunel Field Primary School, however, the club is open to all children in the locality, and is still trying to recruit players of both genders and all ages, particularly for Years 4 and 5. The club’s training and matches are on Saturdays on the Downs, 10:30–12:00, and it is run entirely by volunteers who are parents of children playing at the club. The ethos of the club is to provide a fun, friendly and safe environment for children to enjoy playing competitive club football.

Anyone wishing to join the club should contact them via their website

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