Our Bursary Fund offers full or part bursaries to players selected to play for the club who can't afford all or part of the fees. To keep funding this scheme as the club grows we invite parents and friends of the club, in a position to do so, to support us by contributing donations to the Bursary Fund.
Please give if you can - this is an amazing way to give a child the joy of developing their football skills within a thriving club. Any donations are extremely generous and very much welcomed by the club and our Bursary recipients. To make a contribution please contact the club: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to all those who have been part of the Balham FC U21 squad for the inaugural LFA 7 a side Summer League, held over the past ten weeks on the 3g at Southfields Community College - Reyneel Ashie, Charlie Barthorp, Niah Burke, Dan David, Zak Elbekri, Daniel Forde, Alec Fiddes, Julian Fuller, Bryan Gonzalez, Jake Henry, Joe Holland, Alfie McCheyne, Michael McConnell, Aaron Mitchell, Walisson Luz, Haydn Read, Tom Read, Tomasz Wocial - Despite having to use a lot of players throughout the campaign, the squad consistently played excellent, eye catching football. There was pressure too in the last game v Chelsea Kickz on Thursday July 27th, which Balham had to win to be crowned champions. Thanks to a first half penalty from, skipper on the night, Tomas Wocial, Balham had a deserved 1-0 half time lead. Despite creating numerous chances in the second half however Balham couldn’t get the all important second goal and were then, against the run of play, caught on the break with ten minutes to go. With the game now at 1-1 and Balham requiring victory to win the league by a point, the team piled the pressure on Chelsea Kickz but still couldn’t find the back of the net. With two minutes to go the unthinkable happened when, caught on the break again, pushing forward, Balham conceded a penalty. Thankfully, for all of a Balham persuasion, the penalty was missed and less than a minute later Tomasz Wocial, came up trumps, drilling home the game winning, league winning goal. Phew!!! Final result: 2-1 to Balham. Hard work on the night but ultimately, mission accomplished. Balham FC – LFA Summer League Champions!
There was more success for BBFC teams at the Abbey Rangers Tournament on the weekend of July 7th/8th. On Saturday our U11s reached the Cup semi finals and won the Plate competition. On Sunday, the last day of tournament football for our age group teams this season, our two U10 teams entered did the club proud, with the Colts winning the Cup, after a penalty shoot out, as they did at Camber Sands and the Eagles winning the Plate. The hard luck story this weekend belongs to our U9 Colts. Having come through the group stage unbeaten they went out in the quarter final, losing 2-1 to a goal scored with the very last kick of the game. Needless to say, tears a plenty ensued.
Approximately three hundred people gathered at Trinity Fields on Wednesday July 4th for the annual BBFC Presentation Evening, at the end of our eleventh season as a club. Once again, despite the threat of rain, we were lucky with the weather and the event, sponsored by Sullivan Thomas, was a great success. The bar and burgers proved so popular that an extra run was needed to get more supplies. The addition of the bungee run and speed cage, testing who had the hardest shot worked very well. Congratulations to those who had the hardest shot on the night in their respective age groups. This event is the big night of the year when everyone comes together to celebrate the achievements of all our teams and players and thankfully it's been another very successful season for the club, so there was much to celebrate.
Many thanks to all those who helped organise the event and to those who helped on the night. It’s much appreciated.
Many congratulations to all those who won individual club awards:
Sullivan Thomas Training Trophy Winners:
U9 Colts - Marco Gagnier, Paulo Gagnier,
U9 Eagles - Azriel Annon-Nicolson
U10 Colts - Khairen Quintos
U10 Eagles - Sirak Negassi
U11 Colts - Ellis Griffiths Phipps
U11 Eagles - Danny Given, Chris Roberts
U13s - Jeffrey Agyeman
U14s - Josh Clark, Tom McDonald
U16 Athletic - Isaac Wong
U16 Eagles - Cornell Holland
U18s - Landry Douagouri
First Team - Zak Elbekri
Sullivan Thomas Players Player Of The Year Winners:
U9 Colts - Luke Cahusac
U9 Eagles - Ryan King, Ryan Pickles
U10 Colts - Rory Haughey
U10 Eagles - Sirak Negassi
U11 Colts - Joe Thomas
U11 Eagles - Sam Arbuckle, Sebastian Fallowfield, Danny Given
U13s - Theo Chaudoir
U14s - Joe Ostrowski
U16 Athletic - Nick Jeyarajah
U16 Eagles - Khalid Savage
U18s - Julian Fuller
First Team - Zak Elbekri
Presentation Evening photos available to view on Facebook.
Having come agonisingly close to many finals at the Guildford City Tournament the previous weekend, on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st, at both the Petts Wood Tournament and Furngate Tournament, a lot of BBFC teams made it all the way through the group stages and knockouts into the final. Our U18s won at Petts Wood, playing some stunning football and our U16s, who also played brilliantly, were Runners Up, losing on penalties after extra time. Our U11s, at Furngate, did the incredible with both teams making it all the way to the final for the second year running. The Eagles won the Tournament and the Colts finished as Runners Up. Our U9 Colts, who lost their final on penalties and U16s were also Runners Up. The hard luck story of the weekend belongs to our U10 Eagles, at Furngate, who despite remaining unbeaten in their seven group stage league games, missed qualifying for the semi finals on goal difference.
Congratulations to the newly formed Balham FC First Team, who have won promotion in their very first season. As a result they will be playing in the Intermediate 2 Division of the SSEC in 2012-2013. The only way is up we hope, for BFC, with the aim being to get into the Combined Counties League before too long. Promotion was especially satisfying as the team played some great football to achieve it, with an incredibly young squad.
It was a weekend of Semi Finals for most BBFC age group teams at the Guildford City FC and Kingstonian FC Tournaments on Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th. Having qualified from the group stage our U9 Colts, U10 Colts, U11s, U14s and U16s all fell one step from the final, our U11s going out after extra time on penalties, a few hours before the same fate befell England at the quarter final stage in Ukraine. Our U18s made it to the final, after winning on penalties, but finished runners up, losing a very tight game 3-2. Our U9 Eagles were runners up in the Plate Competition.
BBFC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, has won the Southern Youth League Club Secretary of the Year award and was presented with it at the SYL AGM on Thursday June 21st at Sutton Utd.
Balham Blazers FC U14's are looking for a new goalkeeper for the 2012/13 season. We are a highly successful club, voted Regional & London FA Charter Standard Club of the year for 2011 and Wandsworth Active Sports Club of the Year. We're holding trials for next seasons’ U14 Squad (current School Year 8 - Year 9 in September 2012) on Monday July 2nd, 6pm - 7.30pm, on Clapham Common, Nightingale Walk, by the tennis courts, very close to Clapham South Underground. The trials are on a 3g pitch. Boots can be worn on it as long as they don’t have metal studs. If you play football to a high standard and would like to attend please contact the U14 age group Manager: Mike Allen email@example.com. Please feel free to check out our U13 page for further info.
Player Registration Mornings, for next season, will take place at Chestnut Grove School, where most of our age groups train, on Saturday June 23rd and Saturday July 14th – 10am to 12pm. All players must attend on one of the two mornings, ideally the first one. U8/U9/U10/U11 and U12 players must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All players must bring 2 new passport photos and a photocopy of their birth certificate or passport showing date of birth.
Not only has Jacob Veerapen had a fine first season playing up front for BBFC U14s but, on Saturday June 16th, he also proved what a fine triple jumper he is, winning the Surrey Schools Athletics Championships at Kingsmeadow in Kingston.
His jump of 12m 49cm was a huge personal best.
Jacob will now go on to represent Surrey Schools in the English Schools Championships in Gateshead on July 5th/6th. The event is live on Sky, so, why not tune in and watch the Balham Blazers U14s centre forward leap for glory.
Balham Blazers FC U14's are looking for a new goalkeeper for the 2012/13 season. We are a highly successful club, voted Regional & London FA Charter Standard Club of the year for 2011 and Wandsworth Active Sports Club of the Year. We're holding trials for next seasons’ U14 Squad (current School Year 8 - Year 9 in September 2012) on Monday July 2nd, 6pm - 7.30pm, at Chestnut Grove School, Boundaries Road, Balham SW12. The trials are on a 3g pitch. Boots can be worn on it as long as they don’t have metal studs. If you play football to a high standard and would like to attend please contact the U14 age group Manager: Mike Allen firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to check out our U13 page for further info.
Results of the BBFC Y2/Y3 trials on Saturday June 16th are now available at the following link. Trials results.
Congratulations to our U14s who have won the Tandridge League U14 B Division Sportsmanship Award for 2011-2012. Not only have the boys played some great football and been compared to Barcelona at times but, they have also done so in the right spirit with an excellent code of conduct.
The U14's had a great day out in their first 6-a-side tournament of the summer at Bourne End FC, near High Wycombe. A strong competition saw the only BBFC age group team entered up against the best of Berks, Bucks and Middlesex clubs. The Blazers topped their group however, winning three and drawing two of their five games. An exceptionally tight defence and Max Barbour's great keeping also meant that they only conceded one goal in doing so. The semi final was won 2-1, courtesy of an Ollie Archard strike and a wonder goal from Jack Haire but the final against Ickenham Youth FC saw the boys from SW12 defeated for the first time. Although, having come so close, they were naturally disappointed not to win the tournament, finishing runners up in a high standard competition is certainly no mean achievement and the squad on the day - Max Barbour, Jonny Church, Tom McDonald, Dom Boman-Flavell, Josh Clark, Jack Haire, Ollie Archard and Jacob Veerapen – can all be proud of their individual performances and outstanding collective display.
Having heard about BBFC, the club was delighted to welcome Labour Shadow Business Secretary and MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna, to U11 training on Tuesday May 29th. Chuka, a Crystal Palace supporter himself, was joined by Mark Bainbridge from Samuel Estates, who have been great supporters of BBFC and who, next season, will be sponsoring our First team. Chuka met players, coaches, officials and parents from the club and presented medals to the winners of a special tournament “The Chuka Cup” put on in his honour. The four team competition featured a combination of U11 and Youth/First team players. It was won by the red team - Max-Oliver Matthew, Matthew McDowell, Tane Stappard, Danny Given, Romelle Amos and Aaron Mitchell – who, along with the other teams involved, treated Chuka, Mark and all those watching, to some excellent football on the 3g at Chestnut Grove.
For the third season in a row our U11 Colts and Eagles have finished first and second in the top division of the London County Saturday Youth Football League. This is an incredible achievement! For the past two seasons, as U9s and U10s, they have been joint League Champions. This season however, with a 3-1 victory over the Colts, in their last game of the campaign, the Eagles won the League Championship outright. The Colts, in a tighter, stronger, league than ever before, finished joint Runners Up with Wandsworth Town. Both teams will be moving on next season to a new League and new challenges, having dominated the LCSYFL as U9s, U10s and U11s.
It was a glorious night for BBFC on Tuesday May 15th as the Youth team produced another eye catching display of pass and move football to win the SYL Invitational Plate Final, played at Molesey FC. From first to last whistle the boys from Balham dominated the game and were unlucky at the break to be only 1-0 up, courtesy of a smart finish from Alec “Messi” Fiddes. Centre forward, Shawn Lyle, put them further ahead midway through the second half before their opponents, Oakwood FC, against the run of play, got one back to give themselves a chance. Although Oakwood had a good ten minute spell following their goal and Balham keeper, Bryan Gonzalez, had to pull off an outstanding save, Balham kept creating opportunities themselves and late in the game, after right back Ramoy Jones was felled in the box, Alec Fiddes stepped up to secure victory from the penalty spot. Relief came soon after as the final whistle blew and players, staff and supporters could celebrate the first trophy won by BBFC in the club’s second season playing in the Southern Youth League.
Congratulations to our U11 Eagles who won the LCSYFL Shield on Saturday May 12th, beating Balham Foxes 2-0 in the final at Falcon Park. On the same pitch, immediately afterwards, our U11 Colts, despite giving their all and playing some fantastic football, were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Wandsworth Town in the LCSYFL Cup Final.
It was a sky blue Friday at Chestnut Grove on May 11th in the annual Old Fellers tournament prior to it being a sky blue Sunday on May 13th in the Prem. Matthew Pickles’ U9 dads, in Man City colours, emerged victorious, beating Paul Given's U10 dads 3-0 in the final. Tony Madison's team looked the ones to beat in the group stages but their night came to a premature end when Paul "Shay" Given - now on crutches as a result - performed heroics between the sticks, in a marathon penalty shoot out to deny them a place in the final. Sue Lamont, in somewhat unconventional footwear, also pulled off a string of outstanding saves for the U16 dads team. Perhaps, as a result, more goalies will now swap their Copa Mundials for grey ugg boots. Many thanks to Richard Mably and Grenville Fox, who organised the event and to the eight teams who took part. An excellent £545 was raised for the club.
Having come through the group stage unbeaten and winning their Semi Final v Sandhurst Town on Tuesday May 8th 4-1, the BBFC Youth team are through to the final of the Southern Youth League Invitational Plate. Their opponents will be Oakwood FC and the game will be played at Molesey FC on Tuesday May 15th, kick off 7.30pm.
The 2012 BBFC Tour to Camber Sands over the May Bank Holiday weekend, proved to be a great success with all seven of our teams qualifying in their respective age groups for either the final or the third place play off. Our U10 Colts were tournament winners, picking up a trophy that was almost as big and heavy as any of the squad. Our U11 Eagles were tournament runners up. Both our U9s and U10 Eagles, who almost made the final an all Balham affair, finished third and our U11 Colts, U13s and U14s, finished fourth. Off the field everyone had a fun time too, be it on the beach, in the Pontins pool, playing games or just hanging out with old and new friends. In fact the only thing that could have been better was the weather but, the damp conditions didn’t dampen any spirits or stop parents, particularly from the U10 Colts and U11 Eagles, pushing the boat out and slipping into a sparkling array of outfits for the Saturday night 70’s Fancy Dress Party. Some photos from the weekend.
Sam the dog, mascot for Samuel Estates, met with our U11 squads recently after training for a photo opportunity. Samuel Estates are the very kind sponsors of the 2012 BBFC Camber Sands tour.
We have a coach from Barcelona at Balham Blazers FC and now we have added one from Madrid - Raul Sanchez de La Fuente. As a teenager Raul was a player in the Atletico Madrid Academy and he has played at a high level. He has a degree in Economics but football is his passion. In Spain he supports, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid. In England he supports Newcastle United. Raul loves English football and English football history and currently writes about it for two Spanish websites <http://www.futbolingles.es/> and <http://www.futbolbritanico.com/> Raul is very keen to make his mark in football in the UK and is doing the final assessment for his FA Level 2 badge in July. He is keen, as a coach, to combine British passion with Spanish technique. "Some people think that this is not possible but, I believe that it is. It is an honour for me to be joining Balham Blazers FC as from what I have seen this club plays the exciting style of football that I believe in."
Well done to all those who attended the Y3/4/5/6 trials on a very wet Clapham Common on Saturday April 28th. It was, as expected, an excellent turnout, especially considering the weather. Every player present did themselves proud, as did their parents and friends too. Many thanks to Jennie, Zoe, Louise, Mac and Del for doing all the organisation and admin, Anthony for taking photos and BBFC Coaches: Marcel, Scotty, Lacey, Tom, O'Chain, Raul, Grenville, Paul, Andrew and Jim for running the sessions. Results will be posted on the Trials page on Wednesday May 2nd. The trials results are available by clicking this link.
The Big Night of the Year - The BBFC PRESENTATION EVENING - when trophies, including the much coveted Players Player of the Year Awards, for each squad, are presented and everyone in the club comes together to celebrate the achievements of all our players, will be on WEDNESDAY JULY 4th at TRINITY FIELDS. Further details to follow soon.
Please put the date in your diaries now and make sure you keep it free. On the night there will be a bar, a bbq, a raffle + other goodies on offer. There wlll also be the chance, for anyone who wants to, to play some football.
Congratulations to our U11 Eagles who are through to the LCSYFL Shield Final on May 12th, joining our U11 Colts, who are in the League Cup Final, on the same day. Our U9 Eagles, narrowly missed making the League Cup final too, losing on sudden death penalties after extra time, in their semi final. Both our U9 Colts and U10 Colts lost at the final hurdle too, in tightly contested semis, in the Shield and Cup respectively.
Many thanks to local traditional sports shop, Capstick Sports, on Northcote Road in Wandsworth, established for over 25 years, for the very kind donation of training equipment to our current Under 14s. Their help and support is much appreciated.
In addition to having won other prestigious club awards recently, Balham Blazers FC are delighted to have been nominated by Wandsworth Sports Development for the Sports Club Of The Year Award at the 2012 Pro Active London Sport and Physical Activity Awards.
With Under 14 coach, Ian Anderson, re locating across the pond, at short notice, to coach in the USA, a replacement was suddenly needed halfway through the season. Thankfully another Iain, Iain Mckay, was waiting in the wings, looking for an opportunity to get involved and was able to come in. We are very grateful to Iain, who has seamlessly taken over coaching this talented age group alongside manager, Jim McDonald. Iain grew up in the North East, following Sunderland through numerous relegation battles. After university he moved down to London and has lived in or around Balham for almost ten years. After playing himself, recreationally, for a few years he decided to try and get involved in coaching. He got his FA Level 2 badge last summer and alongside his new position at Balham Blazers, spends time coaching children through the Kids City organisation. Iain has also recently completed a course in coaching disabled football.
Daniel Forde, BBFC Youth team centre forward in 2011-2012, has had an exceptional first footballing season at Cambridge University. Despite being a fresher, Daniel not only nailed down a place in the First team, he also finished as top scorer with seventeen goals. To top it all off he got a much coveted university blue playing against Oxford in the 2012 Varsity match. Cambridge won on penalties after a 2-2 draw and Daniel, who came off the bench in the second half, was one of the successful penalty takers who secured victory for the light blues.
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Youth Team player, Alec Fiddes, recently returned from a tour to Portugal playing for the England ISFA team against Primeira Liga teams only to be invited to train with Fulham for a week under the watchful eye of Academy Director, Kit Symons. This was a particularly special experience for Alec as he’s a Fulham supporter himself. Having breakfast, at Motspur Park, sitting next to club captain, Danny Murphy, was something he will always remember. It’s been a brilliant season for Alec both playing for Balham Blazers and beyond and it’s exciting news for him and us that he’s been invited by both Crystal Palace and Bristol City to do pre season training with them in July.
BBFC were delighted to be invited to the recent opening of Samuel Estates new premises on Bedford Hill in Balham. We are hugely indebted to Nicholas Samuel and his team for their support of our club. Not only are Samuel Estates the tour sponsor for our club's forthcoming tour to Camber Sands, on which six age groups are going, but they will also be sponsoring the Balham FC First team next season. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with an exciting new company committed to supporting the Balham community as a whole and thankfully Balham FC/Balham Blazers FC in particular.
The second annual Old Fellers Tournament, an important fundraiser for the club, will take place on Friday May 11th. Players past their prime but, who still fancy that they have a bit of the Messi about them, will be taking to the 3g at Chestnut Grove School in a keenly contested eight team tournament. For further info and details on how to enter.
There was another excellent turn out for the BBFC Easter Soccer Camp on Monday April 2nd-Wednesday April 4th and as ever, some fantastic football played by all those who attended. Highlights included, The Log - a one touch game using a large tree trunk, classic BBFC game, On The Line and a Real Madrid v Barcelona game of football rounders.
The BBFC U9 Eagles picked up their second trophy in their first ever season, winning the London Saturday Youth Cup at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday March 31st. In a keenly contested final against local rivals Clapham Rangers the Eagles had to come back from 1-0 down at half time to get their hands on the trophy. It took a stunning twenty yard free kick from skipper Ryan King midway through the second half to level the game before the second Ryan in the Blazers' team, Ryan Pickles, won the game with a sweetly struck left foot shot across the Clapham keeper ten minutes from time. Take a look at the photos sent in to us from the award ceremony. You can also view the photos taken during the match by the Official Tournament photographer.
Many congratulations to our U10 Eagles, a new squad formed this season, who have won the Division One title in the London County Saturday Youth Football League. Going into the last game of the league campaign the Eagles – Alec Kenningham, Taryn Vancooten, Philip Scott, Aaron Bafi, Tom Spedding, Sirak Negassi, Josh Fasheyitan, Nathan Daniels, Christopher Kleczkowski, Louie Barnett, and Christopher Dewey - were unbeaten but, their perfect record, became almost perfect, after they tripped at the final hurdle and lost. Despite this blip however it has been an excellent first season for the team, under the guidance of first time manager, Andrew Scott.
Trials for boys and girls currently in School Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 will be on Saturday April 28th - 2pm to 4pm - on Clapham Common by Nightingale Walk. Further information.
U16 Athletic captain, Louis Farquharson, who has been in brilliant form, became the fourth U16 player this season to play for the Youth team. Louis made his debut, coming off the bench, in the recent 3-0 win at Hanworth Villa on Thursday March 15th and also appeared in the following game at Leatherhead.
Following Saturday's horrific events at White Hart Lane, the Balham FC Medical Department, back room and coaching staff, continue their hard work to support all players over 15 years old at the club in undertaking their free cardiac screening health check. Balham FC are pleased to have already been proactive on this matter - organising optional cardiac screenings for all players since February 2011. We have had a very positive response from all those screened and their parents and we fully intend to continue to raise awareness. Thanks are also due to, Rebecca Howes, at the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity based at St George's Hospital, who host the Cardiac Screening, for working tirelessly to build our strong relationship and getting our players screened. For any concerned players or parents - please follow the website link below or contact the club physiotherapist, Darren Gregoire, who will be happy to help instruct you on how to organise a screening. www.c-r-y.org.uk
Congratulations to the U11 Colts, who reached the LCSYFL Cup Final for the third year running, after beating Tooting Town Elite 2-0 on Saturday March 10th. Having been involved in two all Balham Blazers Cup Finals – Colts v Eagles – at U9 and U10, this year their cup final opponents will be Wandsworth Town FC, who along with the Colts and Eagles, are involved in a three way tussle for the League Title.
The first trophy of the season for BBFC was won by the U9 Eagles who beat Leatherhead FC in the final of the Soccer Skills Tournament held at the David Beckham Academy, before Christmas. Having beaten, amongst others, a Tottenham academy team on their way to the final, the team played magnificently, coming back from 1-0 down to win 2-1. This was a first trophy for the Eagles - Joe Whittaker (GK), Azriel Annon-Nicholson, Clay Chapman, Jim Evans, Hector Day-Lunn, Francis Tulley, Alex Khan, Ryan Pickles, Ryan King - in their first season playing together. Not only did they win the tournament but captain, Ryan King, was named player of the day, in all age groups and to make things even better the boys got to meet Jamie Redknapp, who was there watching. More recently the Eagles have also got to the London Saturday Shield Cup Final to be played on March 31st and are through to the quarter finals of the LCSYFL Shield. It's been an excellent season to date for this new team, under the stewardship of coach, James Scott.
Having scored an all important equaliser recently against Huddersfield Town, BBFC Coach, Robin Shroot, continued his fine form, netting against Exeter City to earn Stevenage a draw and then playing a full ninety minutes against Tottenham in the FA Cup Final replay at White Hart Lane. Although, having led early on, Stevenage eventually lost 3-1, Robin had an excellent game himself and emerged with a 97% pass completion rate. Not bad against such venerable opposition. He also emerged with a few bruises having been clattered by amongst others, the current England captain, Scott Parker.
It was a great night for BBFC at the Active Wandsworth Sports Awards on Thursday March 8th. Not only were committee members, Mike Allen, Mark Chaudoir, Sue Lamont and Anthony Lawrence, recipients of Voluntary Services to Sport Awards but Balham Blazers beat some extremely stiff competition to be named 2011 Active Wandsworth Sports Club of the Year.
One of Balham Blazers finest prospects and most popular players, Yuyi Kabanje, affectionately known in the club as The Rock, had his right leg broken in two places in a Year 11 school match. It was apparently a horrible challenge and meant that Yuyi has had to have an operation and will be in a full leg plaster for some time. Thankfully he’s been told that once his leg has healed he’ll be back as good as new, all being well, for the start of next season. Yuyi’s dedication to BBFC and the support of his U16 team mates was exemplified by him phoning his age group manager, soon after it happened, to say, “Hi Grenville, I’ve broken my leg but I’ll be at the game on Sunday.” True to his word, Yuyi was there, despite the inclement weather, watching from the touchline, cheering on his team mates, who responded well with a 2-1 home win against Whyteleafe.
The continued fine form of Youth team player, Alec Fiddes, both for BBFC and for the England Independent Schools team, has earned him invitations to train with Bristol City, where he appeared for the reserves against Swindon Town and the academy against Tottenham and also at Crystal Palace, where he trained with the academy. Whilst at Palace he played the full ninety minutes against QPR Under 16s, captained by fellow BBFC player, Aaron Mitchell. Crystal Palace won 2-1, but Aaron scored the goal for QPR.
BBFC U16 Eagles captain, Cornell Taylor-Holland, has become a regular player on the U18 Youth team squad. He also recently became the youngest player to play for the Balham FC First team, scoring on his debut. Cornell, who has been at Balham Blazers since he was eight years old and has also played for London this season, is one of a crop of extremely talented BBFC players who have been pushing to get into the Youth team squad despite having to play up two years. U16 Athletic players, Reyneel Ashie and Liam Fox, have both also featured this season to date.
We are delighted to announce that long standing Balham Blazers player, Aaron Mitchell, who has been at QPR this season on schoolboy terms, has been offered a two year scholar’s contract at the Premiership Club. Aaron, who is captaining the QPR academy U16s has done amazingly well to earn a place on their payroll. Let’s hope he can become the first BBFC player to play professionally in the Prem.
Many thanks to McDonalds on the Wandsworth road for their continued support of Balham Blazers FC. They have recently provided the club, for the second time, with much needed training equipment, all of which has been put to good use.
Former Balham Blazers Coach, Robin Shroot, scored a late equaliser on Tuesday February 28th, for Stevenage Borough at home to high flying Huddersfield Town. The goal which secured a valuable point for Borough means they remain in a play off position in League One and in contention for promotion to the Championship. We are delighted that Robin, who was booked for removing his shirt in celebration, will be returning to the Blazers as a coach now that he is back living in the area, ha ving been in the midlands for two years whilst he was with Birmingham City. Link to see the BBC highlights of the game.
Once again the annual BBFC Quiz Night on Saturday February 25th, sponsored by Sullivan Thomas, lived up to it’s billing as South West London’s big night out of the year. Thirteen teams did battle for the BBFC Quiz Night trophy. It was an extremely tight contest throughout the eight rounds and in the end was won by a single point. The Big Red Engine, so called because they were sitting under a picture of a big red engine, were the victorious team. The winners were the only team to feature BBFC players, namely Louis Farquharson and Guy Farrer-Fisher, who picked up the trophy from Quiz Master, Matthew Taylor, before being subjected to the obligatory winners interview. The event raised a magnificent £3,296 for the club. Many thanks go to all those who helped on the night and special thanks go to the fantastic, Diana Luchford, who organised the whole evening brilliantly and our very own Bamber Gascoigne, Matthew Taylor.
Those who attended the BBFC Half Term Soccer Camp from Tuesday February 14th-16th were joined for the final day Camp photo call by a friendly bull dog, who was delighted to be surrounded by some of Balham’s most promising Under 9, Under 10 and Under 11 players. The standard of football throughout the three days was exceptional and further Camps will follow in the Easter Holidays and in the Summer Half Term.
We are very pleased to welcome new coach, David Jones, to Balham Blazers FC. David, who is currently working with our Under 9s, hails from a football hotbed in the North East where he grew up watching Sunderland AFC yo-yo between the divisions. After opting for a career in journalism, David moved to London in 1998 for the launch of Sky Sports News. For the next five years he travelled around the training grounds of the South East's Premier League clubs, where he developed an interest in coaching that went beyond his duty as a Sky reporter.
After another five years behind the studio desk, presenting Sky Sports News, he was back out on the road in 2008 hosting live matches for Sky. He now presents much of their Premier League coverage and has also hosted Champions League, England internationals and three Play Off Finals.
A Balham resident for 7 years, David's job has often hampered his own football ambitions but now he's keen to pursue coaching and has already obtained his FA Level 1 badge. Time permitting, Level 2 comes next in 2012!
The youngest known wearer of a BBFC beanie, hoodie or Club Shop item is Ben Appleton, younger brother of Charlie from our U13s and Tom from our U10 Colts. At two years old, Ben is already showing signs of being a top talent, just like his older brothers. Despite, when this photo was taken, being more interested in crisps than football, Ben is almost always to be seen with a ball in his hands or at his feet, which is always a sign of potential.
We're pleased to announce a new range of branded goods available for you to buy. We have Hoodies, Rain-Jackets, Training Tops. Polo Shirts, Beanie Hats, T-Shirts and DVDs. Support the Club and look good while you’re doing it.
Check out our online shop managed by BBFC Committee Member - Zoe Appleton.
All profits will go directly to the club.
Six BBFC teams - U9, U10, U11 Colts, U11 Eagles, U13 and U14 - will be off, for the first time, to the seaside at the Camber Sands Football Tournament from May 4th-7th. Two days of football and a 1970’s themed Saturday night lay in wait. Final payment of the full entry fee for each person going is needed by Monday Feb 27th and should be given to Team Managers.
The last Balham FC/Balham Blazers FC training session of 2011 for Under 16, Youth and First team players, took place on Friday December 30th. On a dull day on Clapham Common it was great to see many of the club's stalwarts on duty, popping the ball around in the mud, playing some bright football and working off any Christmas indulgence, before regular training resumes for all on Tuesday January 2nd 2012.
No one likes losing, especially 8-1 and more especially 8-1 in a local derby. That was the score when our newly formed Under 9 Colts team played a much more experienced AFC Wandsworth team, who played together as Under 8s, in their second ever game at the start of the season. It's a sign of the Colts massive improvement and quick learning however that when the two teams met again on Saturday December 10th the Colts got their revenge, winning 2-0, thanks to a first half goal from Matteo Ezani and a second half penalty, struck like a rocket, from Kyren Simpson-Cameron.
Click here to see further match photos in the club gallery.
We are delighted to announce that Marçal Trulls Sevillano has recently been added the coaching roster at Balham FC and Balham Blazers FC. Coming as he does from Barcelona, it’s no surprise to find that Marçal shares the same playing ethos and philosophy that we espouse at our club.
Following a degree in Sports Science, specialising in football performance and five years coaching in his homeland with three clubs and youngsters aged from ten to eighteen, Marçal decided to come to England to learn proper English. He arrived two and a half years ago, since when he has coached in a Japanese football school and in North London with Kentish Town FC. He also spent six weeks coaching in a football camp in Saudi Arabia.
It is already clear to all in the club that Marçal is a technocrat, concerned, in particular, as we all are, with developing the technical ability of our players. He is also a fitness expert and in addition to working across a wide range of age groups he has taken on leading the fitness, strength and conditioning sessions for Under 16s, Youth and First team players on Wednesday nights.
We are delighted to welcome massage therapist, Gail Cameron, to the ever expanding BBFC Medical Department. Gail has always been a sports fanatic, particularly keen on football, surfing & athletics. Her love of sport and a specific interest in human anatomy and the biomechanics of movement prompted the pursuit of a career in the sports/health sector.
Gail graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2003 with a degree in Sports Therapy. She is also qualified in holistic, Indian head and pregnancy massage. In addition to this she has just completed a level 5 BTEC in Sports Massage and Injury Treatment with Essentials for Health to further expand her skills base and knowledge of injury treatment and rehabilitation for athletes.
Gail has worked in a variety of environments, ranging from Coogee Bay Surf Rescue Club in Australia to sporting events in England, such as, the London Marathon and Blenheim Triathlon. She can now be found at the Angel Therapy Rooms Day Spa, Wimbledon RFC, in her treatment room at the Moving Arts Base in Islington or, thankfully for us, in the Balham Blazers FC Sports Injury Clinic on Wednesday evenings at Chestnut Grove School.
Many thanks to the Murwill family, who are very generously sponsoring our Club Physio/Medical Director, Darren Gregoire and the Balham Blazers Medical Department. The Murwills heard about our club through Kate Sheehy and Richmond Physiotherapy and we are all incredibly grateful for their help and support.
Following his successful performance for the ISFA – Independent Schools Football Association – South of England team recently, Alec Fiddes was selected for the full England ISFA team and played in a friendly against a highly rated Leeds University team, currently top of the University League, on Sunday December 11th. England won the game 5-3 and Alec clearly made his mark, scoring the first three goals, one with his head, one with his left foot and one with his right. As a result of his stellar performance Alec undoubtedly stands a very good chance of being in the team for ISFA England’s next match against Australia in January. Tom Read, who also played for the South of England team, alongside Alec, was a non travelling reserve for the Leeds University game.
Congratulations to Youth team players, Alec Fiddes and Tom Read, who were
both selected for the Independent Schools Football Association South of
England team to play the North in Derby on Sunday November 27th. Both boys,
who've been in great form for Balham, scored in the game and played crucial
roles in a rousing 5-0 win for the South. Here's hoping they get selected
for the full England team. Photo © www.isfa.org.uk.
BBFC General Manager Greg Cruttwell and BBFC Committee Members, Louise Eyeington, Mike Allen and Mark Chaudoir were all invited by Cllr Mrs Jane Cooper, The Worshipful Mayor of Wandsworth, to attend the Mayor's Annual Civic Dinner and Presentation of Civic and Community Awards on November 22nd, where Greg was honoured for his work with Balham Blazers as one of six recipients of this years Wandsworth Civic Awards.
Balham Blazers teams, including our U13s at Crawley Utd, held a minute’s silence on Remembrance Sunday before their matches to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
Team mate Alec Fiddes snapped a flattering picture of fellow Youth and First team player, Niah Burke, on the team bus to Cobham for a Youth game on Thursday November 10th. Niah's pre match forty winks stood him in good stead for the match however in which he was wide awake from the first whistle and absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately the match ended in frustration for Niah, Alec and the rest of the squad when, after sixty minutes, due to floodlight failure, the game was abandoned, with Balham leading 2-1 at the time.
Many thanks to the ever generous ex Balham Blazers Coach and former Birmingham City player, Robin Shroot, now doing excellently at League One, Stevenage Borough, who not only donated free boots to the club while in Birmingham but has used his PFA boot allowance when signing for Stevenage to buy boots for those who need them but can't afford them at Balham Blazers FC. Now living back in London, Robin has also started coming back to BBFC training sessions whenever he can to do some coaching.
Ollie Kanner has become a crucial member of BBFC since joining the club back in 2008. He currently coaches a number of age groups, including our Under 10s, Under 11s, Under 16s, Youth and First Team. Coaching is and has been Ollie's full time occupation for some time and all is going extremely well for him, not only at BBFC, where he has become irreplaceable, but at League Two club, Barnet FC, where Ollie is the Under 12-14 coordinator and U13 head coach. His Barnet Under 13s are having a great season, notching up wins against Tottenham and Crystal Palace and drawing with Fulham and Charlton. In fact, until they lost very recently to Southampton, they were unbeaten. In addition to Balham Blazers FC and Barnet FC, Ollie also works in several schools in Wandsworth, Lambeth and Merton. Ollie got his UEFA B license when only 21 and is hoping, now that he's old enough, to enrol for his UEFA A license next year.
Balham Blazers FC won both the London Football Association Award as Charter Standard Club of the Year for 2011 and the Regional Award as Charter Standard Club of the Year too. General Manager, Greg Cruttwell, was presented with the awards and various LFA goodies at the ceremony at Stamford Bridge on Thursday October 27th. Winning two such prestigious awards is fantastic for the club. Now all we need is a club house in which to display them.
We are delighted to announce that Balham Blazers FC have been granted a Nike Kit and Equipment Award from the Premier League Players' Kit Scheme, organised by the Premier League Charitable Fund. Over 5,000 applications were submitted so the competition was tough and our BBFC Sponsorship Secretary, Louise Eyeington, has done a great job for us once again, submitting a successful application.
Charlton Athletic Community Trust have secured funding to run a FA Level 1 Football coaching course which is free to 16-18 year olds who are not in school or education.
The dates are 19th Nov, 26th Nov and 3rd December 2011 between 9.00am-4pm and the venue will be at the CAFC Training Ground in Sparrows Lane, New Eltham, SE9 2JR.
Many thanks to everyone who turned up and ran in the Sponsored Marathon on Sunday October 16th and to all those who helped organise and run the event. The weather was kind this year and once again there was an excellent turn out and some brilliant committed running from players in all age groups.
Run as a 1km relay, the Marathon, was completed in 3 hours 16 minutes. Although not a club record breaking time - the club record which stands at 2 hours 47 minutes was set in 2008 - this was exceptional none the less given that almost all of the runners were from the younger age groups, some of whom had already played a match earlier in the day.
The fastest individual runners in each age group were: U9s – Jim Evans, U10s – Aaron Bafi, U11s – Tane Stappard, U13s – Arthur Fordham, U14s – Ben Gleadell.
Whether you attended and ran on the day or not please do your best to raise as much sponsorship money as possible. We need every penny we can get. Donations are also welcome. Any money raised or donated can be handed in at training or sent to our club treasurer – Sue Lamont.
Each season to date we've managed to beat the previous year's total raised. This year's target is £4,000, which won't be easy. Let's hope we can do it yet again!
Download a full set of times from the event.
Check out a few of the photos from the day
Under 10 player, Aaron Bafi, scored no less than five goals in his first ever league game on Saturday September 24th. Not only did he score five in his team's 7-0 win but apparently, according to his age group manager, they were all belters. Youth team player, Tom Read, matched Aaron's feat, scoring five in his team's recent 7-1 victory away to St Andrews. Fellow Youth team player, Alec Fiddes, has also been on fire in front of goal this season to date, bagging three hat tricks and fourteen goals in all competitions for the Youth team and First team. Timothy Williams, from the Under 10 Colts, has also nabbed two hat tricks, whilst fellow team mates, Tom Appleton and Rory Haughey, Under 11 Eagles player, Reuben Matheson, Under 16 Athletic player, Reyneel Ashie and Under 16 Eagles players, Zach Gilkes-Murray and Louis Jeffrey, have also netted three in a game. Under 14 player, Ollie Archard, scored three in extra time in the London Cup which turned a 2-2 full time score into a 5-2 win. Under 11 Colts player, Fred Fordham however, remains the top individual scorer in any match thus far with seven in a 13-0 victory. It goes without saying of course that the goals don't happen, in a team game, without the hard work and support of the rest of the team. So, on behalf of all BBFC goal scorers mentioned above, many thanks to your team mates!
It was an incredible evening on Saturday October 8th at the White Eagle Club in Balham for all associated with Balham Blazers FC as we celebrated, in style, our first ten years as a club. The setting was stunning and everyone who contributed, from guest speaker, Adrian Chiles, to superb band, Twenty Nine Fingers, did an amazing job. The spectacular evening began with drinks at 7.30pm and finally concluded, after dinner, speeches and games, an auction, a fantastic film about the club's journey to date and dancing into the small hours, at 2.15am.
Many thanks go to many people for making this such a special evening in the clubs' history. Thanks to Sullivan Thomas who sponsored the evening, to Lea and Sandeman, to our special guests, Jane Cooper - Mayor of Wandsworth, Jane Ellison - MP for Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth, Katie Sykes from the London FA, Chris Austin from Wandsworth Sports Development, to MC Matthew Taylor, to BBFC film makers, Toa Stappard and Mark Chaudoir and to Anthony Lawrence for designing a stunning commemorative programme. Extra special thanks go to club committee stalwarts, Rachel Arbuckle and Mark Chaudoir who organised and orchestrated the event, ably assisted by Zoe Appleton, Mary Klecowski and Paula Fallowfield.
Check out a few of the photos from the evening
We are delighted that Balham Blazers FC has been invited by the London FA to host the latest in-service training session exclusive to Charter Standard clubs. It will take place at our training facility at Chestnut Grove School, on Friday October 21st from 7pm to 9pm when Fulham FC Youth Coach, Derek Bradley, will put a group of Balham's Under 16’s through their paces. The theme for the session will be confirmed by Derek on the night.
On Saturday October 1st, Tane Stappard from BBFC Under 11 Colts and Danny Given from BBFC Under 11 Eagles were both invited to participate in the South London Athletics 'QuadKids' competition. 36 athletes in their age group competed across four events: 75m sprint, throwing a junior javelin (the Vortex Howler), the long jump and finally the 600m. At the end of a tough competition we were thrilled to hear that it was a one-two for BBFC with Tane taking gold and Danny silver. A fantastic achievement! Very well done to both boys!
We are delighted that after five years at BBFC, Aaron Mitchell, has signed schoolboy terms with Premiership club, Queens Park Rangers. Even though he only started with the Loftus Road club this season he has already captained the Under 16s and played up a year at Under 17.
James Lacey - Under 9 Colts:
Originally from Poole, Dorset, James has lived in London on and off for the last eleven years. In 2003 James graduated from the University of Surrey in Sports Science and has since coached "soccer" professionally in the US for New York and Connecticut based soccer company NOGA between 2005 - 2007 and is now a qualified NSCAA coach. A mad Liverpool fan, James most recently coached at Thomas's School in Battersea and will be looking to undertake his Level 2 Coaching Certificate shortly. "I'm thrilled to have joined Balham Blazers and already I can see the talent and enthusiasm from the players is second to none. I hope to educate the players in the Balham Blazers coaching philosophy and develop the technical, tactical and mental abilities of an already talented group of players".
James Scott - Under 9 Eagles:
James, who originally is from Margate in South East Kent, has been coaching Football on and off since completing his degree in Sports Studies BA (Hons) at the University of Bedfordshire. He currently holds a level 1 coaching badge and will be completing his level 2 in early 2012. James is a full time PE teacher at a secondary school in Croydon and completed his teacher training back in Kent in Canterbury. James joined BBFC at the start of the 2011/12 season to coach and manage the Under 9 Eagles. He also helps to coach the under 10's and under 13's and will soon be helping with the Youth and First teams. James is very excited at joining a growing, forward thinking club and looks forward to continuing his development as a football coach with BBFC.
Ian Anderson - Under 14s:
Originally from Newcastle, Ian took the tough decision to leave his Newcastle United season ticket behind and move to London three years ago, moving to Clapham last summer. He studied Sport at Leeds Metropolitan University, and spent a summer coaching in New York during his second year. Ian completed his Level 1 this summer, and is part of the way through his Level 2 Award. He also coaches and plays for Claremont FC in the Wimbledon & District League. "I am excited to be joining a club which places such an emphasis on long term player development. The ethos of the club fits perfectly with the way I believe the game should be played, and I am looking forward to helping the kids improve both individually and as a team."
Marcelino Mata - Under 16 Eagles:
Marcel joined Balham Blazers for the 2011/12 season to coach and manage our Under 16 Eagles. He is also registered as a squad goalkeeper with our First Team. Marcel comes to us with a wealth of experience both as a player and coach in Portugal, where he is originally from and in England. As a player he was in the Sporting Lisbon academy and played professionally in his homeland. Before coming to England he was also a Fusilier and both played for and coached his regiment in football and other sports. Marcel has his level 2 coaching badge and since arriving in England has coached and managed West End FC Under 14s in Camden, North London, to league title success. He also works part time with Little Kickers FC, where he coaches children aged 2 - 7yrs. " I am passionate about lending my skills to youth football: motivating and inspiring players to achieve good results. To that end I am delighted to be associated with Balham Blazers FC."
The 2011 annual Sponsored Marathon will take place on Sunday October 16th on Clapham Common - same venue as last year - Nightingale Walk, SW4 - very close to Clapham South Underground Station. It will start at 2pm and finish at approximately 5pm.
The Marathon is one of the club's major fundraising events of the season and needs your support. Last year we raised a record £4,000 and we're looking to beat that total in 2011.
We hope that as many U9, U10, U11, U13, U14, U16, Youth and First team players as possible will take part. Runners from different age groups each carry the baton for 1km as part of a relay. All players have to do is turn up on the day and run.
There will be individual prizes presented at our Presentation Evening for the fastest three 1km runners in each age group. The record overall time is 2 hours 47 minutes, set in 2008.
As well as being an important fundraiser the Marathon is also a social event too. There will be an opportunity to play football and mix with others in the club. Bring a picnic and come along. You are welcome to stay for the duration or turn up, run and then be on your way.
You can also download a sponsorship form here. Please do everything you can to raise as much as possible. If you can't raise sponsorship and/or cannot attend on the day then you are welcome to make a donation instead.
Former Balham Blazers FC coach and age group manager, Robin Shroot, has signed to play for Stevenage Borough FC in League One. After coming to the end of his contract at Birmingham City, the Northern Ireland U21 International was looking for a good club to play for. Having scored the winning goal in a pre season friendly for Stevenage against Fulham whilst on trial, in addition to putting in some other excellent pre season performances, Robin was asked to sign on the dotted line, which he has very recently done. It's great news for Robin as, Stevenage, promoted last season from League Two, are a well run club heading in the right direction, hopefully towards the Championship, it's great news for Stevenage as Robin is a fantastic footballer with top technique and it's great news for BBFC as now he's back south, Shrooty is very keen, time permitting, to get back to coaching on the 3g at Chestnut Grove with Balham's finest.
Balham Blazers F.C. are always on the lookout for new coaches and team managers. Anyone interested needs to be qualified, CRB checked and would need to share the same playing and coaching ethos as other coaches in the club. If you're interested in joining us please email email@example.com
We are delighted to announce that Balham Blazers F.C. has been awarded Charter Standard Club status by the Football Association.
The FA Charter Standard Scheme is
a best practice guide that sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football League and Premier League. As a benchmark for quality, it will improve the playing experience for all. To achieve the FA Charter Standard the Club needs to have policies and systems in place such as a written constitution, FA CRB-checked volunteers and all team managers have to have a minimum of the FA Level One Coaching badge. The club also needs behaviour Codes of Conduct in place and a commitment to attend in-service training, provide Mini-Soccer opportunities for under-10s and promote schools liaison and equal opportunities for all.
"Rightly, it’s not easy to attain, but by achieving a Charter Standard award, you are demonstrating to all members, parents and the public, that you are a well organised and safe club. It’s also an excellent way of promoting your Club to potential members, parents, volunteers and sponsors." says Les Howie, FA National Development Manager.
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