Despite the first year of dodgy weather at an annual Presentation Evening, Trinity Fields in Wandsworth was once again awash with players and supporters from all age groups on Friday July 1st, eating, drinking and making merry. Many thanks to Rachel Arbuckle for organising another very special event, the climax of the season, when everyone from the U7s to the First Team, comes together to celebrate the achievements of all in the club from August 2015 to July 2016. There were a record number of league and cup trophies and medals to present at the end of the club's most successful season ever. There were also, as always, individual club awards too. Many congratulations to the 2015-16 winners.
TRAINING TROPHY WINNERS: U7s - George Kerr U8s - Theo Walker U9s - Jack Lorimer, Terrian Serkedzhiev U10s - Gus Graham U11 Colts - Isaac Jackson U11 Eagles - Nathan Derlin U12s - Oscar Parden U13 Colts - Joe Bostock-Westland U13 Eagles - Morgan Coward U14 Colts - Amir Hafezolseheh U14 Eagles - Joshua O'Grady, Malachi Young U15 Colts - Jack Noctor U15 Eagles - Matthew McDowell, Dominic Simpson-Last U17s - Arthur Fordham U21s - Joe Ostrowski Youth Team - Jack Haire Panthers - Emillie James First Team - Jake Henry
PLAYERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS: U7s - Seth Ridgeon U8s - Giacomo Fontana U9s - Will Haspel U10s - Will Rees U11 Colts - Abdullah Javaid U11 Eagles - Jack Hedges U12s - Ben Hopper U13 Colts - Paulo Gagnier U13 Eagles - Ben Page U14 Colts - Nathan Daniels U14 Eagles - Ernie Asante U15 Colts - Sebastian Fallowfield U15 Eagles - Anthony Thompson U17s - Aimen Cherif U21s - Josh Clark Youth Team - Jack Haire Panthers - Alison Campbell First Team - Frank Charnock
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS: Nick Gardner, Ellis Griffiths-Phipps, Jack Haire, Tomasz Wocial
On Saturday 16 July the BBFC U10s set out to defend the trophy they won last year at the Halliford Colts tournament. They got off to a slow start in their first group game, falling behind to an early goal. Heads didnt drop and they found their way back into the game with an excellent goal. The game finished 1-1, but the U10s had found their groove and they won their next two games comfortably. They drew their final group game, but it was enough to see them finish top. The quarter final was a pretty one sided affair, with the U10s taking an early lead and then seeing the game out. The semi final was a much more tense affair and the U10s were on the ropes for much of the game. The opposition should have taken the lead, but they squandered a gilt-edged chance. This galvanised the U10s and they went straight up the other end and scored, before adding a second to secure a place in the final. Unfortunately, the U10s didnt have enough in their locker in the final and lost out to a strong, organised team. The U10s have made it to the semi final stage of each of the six tournaments they have entered this summer, which is no mean achievement, making it to the final on three occasions and winning once.
The ever popular all day Furngate Tournament on the weekend of July 2nd/3rd was once again a great success for BBFC teams. The "invincible" U7s won it, scoring over 50 goals and conceding 1. Our U8s, U13 Eagles, U14 Eagles and U15 Eagles, having beaten the U15 Colts in the semi final, were all Runners Up. Our U11 Colts and Eagles, having won their groups without conceding a goal, somewhat surprisingly both went out 1-0 in the semis. Our U9s, U10s and U12s also reached the semi finals.
Our new Under 7s, coached superbly by First Team player, Tomasz Wocial, have had a remarkable first season. They played 16 games, won 16 games, scored a staggering 171 goals and conceded 22. George Kerr scored 30, Patrick Wright 41, Luca Kakai 35, Seth Ridgeon 40, Isaac Koya 19 and Under 6 player, Ben Appleton, who joined the fab five halfway through the season, bagged half a dozen. Most importantly they played plenty of top quality football. Although it's great for the team to have dominated the Saturday league they play in we're very much hoping that next season, in order to aid their development, the competition will be tougher and the invincibles invincibility will be severely tested.
So close for the U12's at the highly competitive Kingstonian Tournament on Sunday June 26th, losing the final on the dreaded penalty shoot out. It was a case of dιjΰ vu for U14 Colts captain, Nick Gardner, who was a finalist the previous day as a BBFC player. This time though Nick was managing the team, in doing so becoming the youngest coach in BBFC history. He did a magnificent job too taking the team al the way to the final. A tough group of 5 games was negotiated with 4 clean sheets, 3 wins and a narrow defeat in the final group match. By this time the small squad of seven was nursing a number of injuries but they dusted themselves down to sweep away Met Police Reds 2-0 in the quarter finals. The semi-final was a one sided affair but BBFC had to settle for a narrow 1-0 win. In the final an early goal conceded was not the start we were looking for but the boys were not going to lie down without a fight and got a deserved equaliser. Nothing could separate the sides in extra time and it was left to penalties to settle matters with BBFC losing 3-2 in a tense shoot out. It wasn't to be on this occasion but many plaudits were earned from opponents and match officials on how the team played and conducted themselves. Congratulations to Harvey, Dan, Joe, Ben, Oscar, Aidan, David and their juvenile gaffer, Nick.
After a fairly successful tour of Liverpool and some good peformances in the last couple of tournaments the under 14 Eagles arrived for the Mitcham Park FC 9 aside tournament on Saturday June 25th in a fairly confident mood. This was a short league format with the top two teams going straight into the final. A 0-0 draw in the opening game was followed by a resounding 7-0 victory, with the on fire Bradley Hargreaves bagging five. Bradley then grabbed the all important single goal in a 1-0 win in the last group game. In a keenly contested final Tom Appleton gave Balham the lead before opponents SCR drew level. With only ten seconds of normal time remaining however Bradley lit proceedings up once again scoring the all important winning goal, his seventh in four games. Congratulations to all in the Eagles on their first Tournament win of the summer.
As part of the club's inclusive approach, we believe that it is very important to offer full or part bursaries to players selected to play for the club who can't afford all or part of the fees.
To enable us to run 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 to the Bursary Fund. The best time to contribute is at our annual registration days on Wednesday 29th June, 6pm-8pm and Wednesday 13th July, 6pm-8pm at Chestnut Grove. This is to enable us to know at the start of the season how many players the Bursary Fund can provide for.
You are also welcome to contribute at any other time however. Please contact our Bursary Scheme Secretary, Kate Jefferson email or call 07734 450 756 if you're interested in making a donation, of any amount, large or small. Any contribution would be extremely generous and much welcomed by the club and our Bursary recipients. All Bursary donations can be paid by cheque to Balham Blazers FC, by cash or by standing order, which can be arranged at our registration days or by contacting Kate.
The U11 Colts were tournament finalists for the second time this summer at the Kingstonian tournament on Sunday. After battling their way out of a tough group, the Colts held their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out after extra time in the quarter final. The Colts saved their best performance for the semi-final, playing some superb football and creating chance after chance. After the team made several near misses, Isaac Jackson showed his instinct in front of goal to score a deserved winner after a fast and skilful team move from defence to attack. In the final, the Colts played a very good Sutton United team, competed extremely well and narrowly lost an excellent game of football to the only goal of the game.
The U15s settled for an all BBFC final at Elm Grove on Sunday June 21st after just missing out on having all four semi-finallists. The two Colts teams, having come through the group stages, met in one semi, which was decided on pens, whilst the two Eagles teams entered were denied meeting in the other semi by goal difference. There was semi final heartbreak at the same tournament for our U11 Eagles and U13 Eagles, who both sailed through the group stage and at the Crawley Panthers Tournament, on the same day, where our U8s also fell victim to a dreaded penalty shoot out. The day before a slightly different U11 Eagles team represented the club exceptionally well at the Met Police Tournament at Imber Court, where they were Runners Up.
After the disappointment of losing in the final of their last tournament the U10s were determined to make amends at the Elm Grove Colts Tournament on Saturday June 18th, but they got off to bad start. Despite taking the lead within 30 seconds, they conceded three quick goals to lose their opening group match 3-2. Heads could have dropped, but instead the team responded emphatically by winning their next match 8-0! Their form continued and the boys won their remaining group games 1-0, 2-0 and 5-0 to secure a place in the last four. The semi final was an even contest and with scores level at half time it could have gone either way. The second half was a more one sided affair, with Cameron bagging a brace to set up a final against Sutton United. Both sides started brightly, but it was BBFC who took the lead half way through the first half when Henry popped up at the back post to smash home a half volley. BBFC could and should have scored again, but in the end 1-0 was enough to bring the trophy home. Congratulations to Felix, Ben, Will, Maxwell, Preston, Noah, Cameron and Henry for a real team effort.
On Monday June13th, U15 Eagles player, Sam Arbuckle, signed on the dotted line to become a Fulham FC Academy Player for 2016-17. Sam, pictured above with Academy Director, Huw Jennings and Academy Coach, Colin Omogbehin, has only ever played for BBFC and has been at the club for seven years. During that time our very own Xavi has put in many outstanding performances and has played a key role in his age group's numerous successes, which this season culminated in winning the Tandridge League A Division. Whilst we will all miss him greatly we are delighted to see Xavi Arbuckle given this opportunity and have no doubt that he'll achieve great things.
Congratulations to our U13 Colts and U11 Eagles who have both won Tandridge League Sportsmanship Awards for 2015-16. All teams in the league vote for the team they think has demonstrated the best Sportsmanship both on and off the pitch and we're delighted that in their respective divisions these two BBFC teams have come out on top.
Many congratulations to U11 Colts player, Abdullah Javaid, who won the prestigious Chelsea FC Asian Star competition for the second year running. The event took place at Chelsea's Cobham Training Ground on Monday May 30th. Having won it last year Abdullah said there was more pressure this time but he clearly rose to the occasion to become the only player to win his age group two years in a row.
Congratulations to U10 player Henry "Djokovic" Jefferson, whose Surrey County Cup Tennis team have won the National Cup for the first time. Having beaten Kent, Sussex, Dorset and Hampshire in the South East Counties Competition they beat Derbyshire, Middlesex, Northants and finally Hertfordshire to be crowned National Champions in Sunderland on Sunday June 12th. An amazing achievement!
We are delighted to announce that Balham Blazers FC have been invited by Nike to become a Nike Partner Club. Very few clubs nationally are offered this prestigious opportunity and we have agreed a three year deal which offers our club many benefits. One of them is the opportunity to attend Coaching Events at the National Football Centre at St George's Park and no sooner was pen put to paper than Balham Coaches, Ollie Kanner, Pedro Soares and Tomasz Wocial were off there bright and early on Saturday June 11th for a European Championship weekend, which included working with former England Internationals, Graeme Le Saux and Ray Wilkins.
If your gazebo is the last one standing at a summer tournament then, unless you've forgotten to take it home, you must have done very well. Guildford City is historically a good tournament for Balham Blazers and this one proved to be no exception with the U11 Eagles victorious again. The boys played well throughout, conceding only one goal and finishing top of their group. They made short work of the quarter finals before coming up against a strong Sutton side in the Semis. It was a nail biting affair with normal time finishing at 2-2. Extra time beckoned, the Eagles scored and held on for a 3-2 win and passage into the final, which with confidence high, the boys made look easy, winning 4-0. Congratulations to Jack Appleton, Nathan Derlin, Rufus Gordon-Smith, Drew Gormley, Jack Hedges, Seb Hunt, Jacob Miller, Ben Smith and Coach, Richard Siaw.
On Sunday June 5th the Balham Blazers U10s finished runners up at the excellent Guildford City football tournament. With the sun beating down the U10s got off to a flying start, winning their first match 4-0. More importantly, the football on offer was top drawer. They attacked with pace, always looking to pass and move, and defended as a team. They made light work of the rest of the group stage, winning their next three games 3-0, 1-0 and 6-0, to reach the last eight. The U10s carried their free flowing football into knockout stages,comfortably winning the quarter finals 2-0. The semi final was a classic. BBFC took the lead with a fine team goal, finished on the half-volley by Maxwell Emmery(pictured above), before being pegged back just before the half time whistle. The second half was a tense affair, but as extra time beckoned Will Rees took the game into his own hands. Winning the ball in his own half, he set off on a run towards goal before finishing with a powerful shot in to the roof of the net - drawing comparisons from his manager with Ryan Giggs's memorable FA Cup goal of 1999. The final itself was cagey and the BBFC boys were unlucky to fall behind early in the first half. The opposition were disciplined and well organised and defended their lead admirably. The U10s just couldn't break them down and the game finished 1-0. Runners up this time round, but if they keep playing at the same level, silverware is sure to follow.
The sun was shining, the beers were cold, the burgers were delicious and Zenzi the dog, excited by the company, did her best to behave herself, at the the annual end of season First Team BBQ on Sunday June 5th. The all important, keenly contested, Football Quiz, compiled by the gaffer, Greg Cruttwell, featuring questions about football in general and football at Balham, was won by defending champion, Dan David, who was joined on his team this year by Luke Fenlon and the Farquharson brothers, Guy and Louis. Many thanks as ever to Jennie Molyneux for hosting the event and laying on a sumptuous spread, the highlight of which was undoubtedly her home made coleslaw.
There was another excellent turnout at the 2016 BBFC Sponsored Marathon on Wednesday March 18th, despite the gloomy weather and the lure of the Europa League Final, which unfortunately for Liverpool supporting Blazers wasn't the glorious night it might have been. There was plenty of glorious running though as players from ages U7-U15 carried the baton on 1km legs around the four lap course on Tooting Bec Common. The fastest times in each age group were:
U7: Seth Ridgeon 4:19:03 - U8: Shane Hersey 4:32:41 - U9: Eddie Sheldon 3:54:52 - U10: Gus Graham 3:50:53 - U11: Fabian Hurst 3:44:16 - U12: David Lopez 3:41:28 - U13: Laurie Goddard 3:33:72 - U14: Nick Gardner 3:19:50 - U15: Danny Given 3:09:11
For a full list of times click this link.
Many thanks to all those who took part, to the timekeepers and those who did shifts on the refreshments stall. Let's hope the event raises plenty of money for the general running costs of BBFC.
Talented stalwarts of Balham's U21s, Josh Clark, Tom McDonald, and Joe Ostrowski started playing together aged 5 on Wandsworth Common and 13 years later they're still team mates. Joining Balham Blazers together in 2011, they've been at the heart of this exceptionally successful age group squad since then and this year helped Balham to victory in the Tandridge League Cup and Runners Up spot in the League.
Balham FC v AFC Croydon Athletic FC
Tuesday May 31st
Kick off: 7.30pm
Venue: Sutton Utd, The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, SM1 2EY
Entrance Fee: Adults £4 - Concessions £2s
The Under 11 Colts played out a thrilling South Park FC Tournament on Saturday May 21st at Reigate, cruising through to the final before losing a tight and nervy trophy deciding game. Starting in some style, they won the first two group games 5-0 and 2-0 before drawing the third game 1-1. Having topped their group, they went on to play their semi-final against the host club and raced to a 3-0 lead at half time. A solid defensive display in the second half made sure of their place in the final against Whyteleafe. It was a tense affair. After ten minutes of cat and mouse, the Colts conceded an excellent goal from a free-kick and despite some good possession could not get past determined opponents, with good shape and defensive discipline, who added to their tally late on. The team played some really good football, characterised by high pressing, persistent tackling and quick passing. Goals came from all around the team with six players getting on the score sheet throughout the day. The boys can be really proud of their efforts in finishing Runners Up.
Congratulations to the U15 Eagles who, following our U13 Eagles and U17s, have been confirmed as Tandridge League "A" Division Winners. A lot of this squad have been at BBFC for seven years. They have enjoyed many successes in that time, winning much silverware, but being crowned overall TL Champions is undoubtedly the pinnacle of their achievements to date. Credit must go not only to the BBFC stalwarts but also to the new players added more recently. New Coach, Ebrahim Seedat, has done a brilliant job with them this season, building on the work done before him. Special mention must also go to Del Fordham and Ian McDowell, who have done excellent work behind the scenes, undertaking various roles, since the squad started back in the day as Under 9s. Following an in house celebratory friendly at REMG on Sunday May 15th the squad gathered at Chez Fordham in Wandsworth for a Champion BBQ with Champion burgers and other Champion culinary delights.
Congratulations to the Balham FC First Team who have finished as Runners Up in the SEIFL and as a result have successfully gained promotion to the Combined Counties League for the 2016-17 season. In 2011, when the First Team was formed, a 5 year target was set of getting 4 promotions in 5 seasons to reach the dizzy heights of the CCL. Had the facility requirements required to play at Step 6 been met the target would actually have been achieved last season, a year ahead of time, but, as it is, it's been completed bang on time. A new target has now been set.
This season has seen Balham Blazers teams reach the Tandridge League Cup Final in 5 out of the 7 age group categories in which the club has teams in the league. This is a phenomenal achievement and we are extremely proud of our U11 Eagles, U13 Eagles, U14 Colts, U15 Eagles and U21s, who, in April and May, have all made the journey to Chipstead FC, the Tandridge League's equivalent of Wembley
Many congratulations to the BBFC U13 Eagles who won the Tandridge League "A" title with two games to spare. This new squad had a great season, winning 14, drawing 1 and losing only 1 game. Along the way they played some great football. The squad were always totally focused and played the Balham way, scoring 74 goals and conceding only 20. Manager, Jaden Cameron and Assistant Manager, Nigel Laurencine, were both proud of how the whole squad jelled together and supported each other throughout. They were also runners up in the League Cup and now look forward to attempting to triumph in the summer tournaments. More importantly however they look forward to enjoying and developing their total football as a team next season and trying to defend their newly won crown.
Congratulations to the Balham Blazers U11 Eagles who thoroughly deserved their 3-0 Tandridge League Cup Final win at Chipstead FC on Saturday May 7th. Their opponents were Bromley Ravens, who had done the double over the Eagles in the League. The Blazers took an early lead through Jack Hedges and a fine save from Seb Hunt meant they went in 1-0 up at half time. The team soaked up all the pressure that Bromley threw at them in the second half and kept playing their own game. Eventually an opportunity arose and the Eagles pounced, Jacob Miller slotting home the decisive second goal. Bromley heads dropped and Nathan Derlin scored the third right on the final whistle.
The boys are great friends both on and off the pitch and this translates in the way they play. They play for each other and totally embody Balham's philosophy of playing attractive football out from the back - even if it does leave their supporters with their hearts in their mouths!
Well done to Jack Appleton, Nathan Derlin, Rufus Gordon-Smith, Drew Gormley, Jack Hedges, Seb Hunt, Fabian Hurst, Jacob Miller, Max Nwosu, Roddy Simpson, Ben Smith, Matthew Wall and Coach, Richard Siaw.
Congratulations to the under 8 Colts who picked up their second trophy in a row by winning the Fit4Kidz Tournament on Saturday 7th May. The team played some great football, displayed some fantastic goal celebrations and won the cup after some tough games.
Darren Owusu seemed to be putting together a goal of the season competition with a number of rocket shots and with a fantastic team effort from all the boys they managed to come through as worthy winners. Well played Giacomo, Shane, Theo, Oscar, Esah, Jacob, Darren, Sunay and Daniel.
BBFC parents have been among Wandsworth and Lambeth residents raiding their wardrobes to help refugees stuck in camps near Calais and Dunkirk, in France. Clothes for Calais, a grassroots initiative set up by South Londoners - including BBFC parents - is collecting mens clothes and shoes, blankets, sleeping bags and other items to help people including those living in the 'Jungle' camp near Calais. The group filled three vans with items in a collection earlier this year and hopes to do the same again on Saturday 14 May.
Bring any items you can spare - or buy stuff to donate - and drop it off at ReStore Base, Larch Close, near Ravenstone School between 10am and 4pm. Clothes for Calais volunteers will drive all donations to France the following day.
Have a look at the group's Facebook page for details of what they're collecting www.facebook.com/clothesforcalais
We are delighted to announce that Balham FC will be moving back to the Wibbandune next season, on the A3 Southbound, ground sharing with Combined Counties League residents, Colliers Wood Utd. Both the Balham First team and Youth Team will be playing there. We would like to thank Cobham FC for their hospitality at the Reg Madgwick Stadium in 2015-16 and wish them luck with the ground developments currently taking place there and with future ground shares.
Many congratulations to the Balham FC Youth Team (defending SYL Champions), who for the second season running have won their Division (West) in the Southern Youth League and are into the overall League Championship Play Off Final in May against the winners of the South Division, which will be either Loxwood FC from Sussex, who made the play off finals last season or AFC Croydon Athletic.
Whilst other age groups played key league and cup games on Sunday April 24th, our U17s, who were confirmed as Tandridge League Champions this week, enjoyed a celebratory lunch at Pizza Express in Balham. Considering at the same point last season this squad were fighting to stave off relegation from the A Division their Leicesteresque transformation has been a revelation. The squad has always had talent and potential but the addition of some very talented new players has made them stronger and given them strength in depth. Not only have they won the League, which is great achievement in itself, but they've done it in great style, playing top quality football throughout the season.
Many congratulations to our U8 Colts who have won their first trophy. The competition was held on Wandsworth Common on Saturday16th April and was made up of 8 local teams. It was the first 7-a-side competition the under 8s have entered, after a season of 5-a-side.
The players saved their best performance of the day for the final which they won 4-0 against Tooting Park Rangers with a fantastic display of passing football.
Thanks to Broomwood for organising the event. Well played Balham Blazers Under 8s.
Many congratulations to our U14 Colts who won the Tandridge League Cup Final on Sunday April 17th. An enthralling cut and thrust game against talented deadly rivals, Melwood FC, finished 1-1 after extra time. Captain, Nick Gardner, then produced a crucial save in the dreaded penalty shoot out and when a second Melwood penalty was missed victory was assured and the players, management and the large contingent of horn honking Balham supporters, who had sung and cheered with gusto throughout were in seventh heaven.
The U14 Colts are facing one of their main rivals in the Tandridge League in a repeat of last year's League Cup Final. Let's hope this year the cup comes back to Balham! Please come along and support the team if you can and also our U13 Eagles who have their League Cup Final the following Sunday April 24th. Both showdowns are at noon.
The Under 14 Colts final is at Chipstead Football Club, The High Road, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SF on Sunday April 17th, kick off 12 noon. The Under 13 Eagles final is at the same ground, same kick off time, but on Sunday April 24th.
This years' BBFC Sponsored Marathon will take place on Wednesday May 18th: 5pm-8pm on Tooting Bec Common, by Elmbourne Road, at the end of Streathbourne Road.
All players from U7-U15 squads are required to turn up and run 1km as part of a club relay that will complete the 42 km marathon course. We hope to have enough to run two relay teams at the same time.
You can turn up whenever it suits you between 5pm-8pm, register your name at the start and then wait your turn to do your bit. Players are welcome to run and go or, stay with parents, family and friends for as long as they want to for a kick around with other BBFC players. There will be individual prizes for the fastest 1km run in each age group and medals for the age group team that raises the most sponsorship money. This is a vitally important fundraiser for the club and we need everyone to raise sponsorship money for it. Donations are also welcome.
It's also a social event and you are encouraged to bring a picnic. Hopefully the weather will be kind!
The second Balham Sixes 6 fundraising tournament will take place on Friday April 29th at Chestnut Grove School.
Please note, we have heard recently that a number of teenagers are knocking door to door in Wandsworth claiming to be from Balham Blazers FC, asking for fundraising money. This is a scam and they have nothing whatsoever to do with the club. If anyone appears at your door asking you for a donation, even if they seem bona fide, please do not give them anything and report them to the authorities immediately.
It went to the last round once again at another sell out BBFC Quiz Night on Saturday March 5th. Four of the thirteen teams entered remained in contention but it was the U13 Eagles based team, "Bob's Your Uncle", which sounds like a runner at Wincanton, who tasted glory, pipping "Nine Men Went To Mow" by three points and "Tane's Left Foot" and "The Mighty Tenors" by seven. Many thanks to everyone who supported another exciting, fun packed fundraising event and to all those who helped on the night. Special thanks to Sue Lamont and family, Victoria Hunt, Mike Allen and Jennie Molyneux and extra special thanks to Lisa Kerr, who has now organised three stellar Quiz Nights for BBFC.
As part of the new partnership agreement between the two clubs on Saturday February 27th, the Balham Blazers Under 9s made a trip to the picturesque Craven Cottage, to witness the oldest (and best) team in London, Fulham. Granted, Fulham are in a bit of a lull lately (lately being the past 3 seasons) and it was no different on the day.
FFC were at home to Middlesborough, a side battling for promotion, which was evident from the off as they jumped into an early 2-0 lead. Despite an improved effort following the goals, Fulham were unable to find the back of the net. Moussa Dembele came closest, producing a spectacular bicycle kick that rang off the crossbar.
All in all, there were some valuable lessons learnt for the Blazers, namely that Fulham could do with a few of them in their starting line-up.
BBFC U15 Eagles found it difficult to raise a smile having lost 2-1 in the Tandridge League Cup Final on Sunday March 20th. Having led 1-0 and dominated the first half, conceding a goal from a free kick on the stroke of half time was hard to take, as was Tooting & Mitcham's winner in the second half. Getting to the final and finishing runners up is a great achievement in itself but having hit the post and gone close on other occasions there was a definite feeling after the game that this was one that got away.
Congratulations to the BBFC U21s who won the Tandridge League Cup Final on Thursday March 17th, beating Chipstead Kent FC 3-1 at Chipstead FC in Surrey. A blistering fifteen minute spell midway through the first half saw Balham take a stranglehold on the game with two goals from Morgan Roberts-Watson and another from Jack Haire. More could and should have followed after the break, but the only score was a Chipstead consolation. Skipper Zola Mafolo- Rodriguez went up to lift the trophy, sparking jubilant celebrations from the boys!
The Whitgift School U13 team won the ISFA (Independent Schools FA) National Cup on the March 3rd 2016. The final was played at Burton Albions ground and they beat a very strong Bury Grammar School side 4-2. Congratulations to all but in particular to Balham Blazers U13 Eagles player, Clay Chapman,
who is a member of the successful team. They are also now through to the ESFA (English Schools FA) national semi final and play Peterborough Academy on March 23rd.
School football team represented Wandsworth in the London
Youth Games at Crystal Palace on Wednesday 9th March. They
successfully negotiated the group stages, came through a
sudden death penalty shoot out and played some inspired
football to run out as eventual tournament winners.
Congratulations to all, but in particular to our 3 U11
Eagles Jack Appleton, Rufus Gordon-Smith and Roddy Simpson
and coach Richard Siaw.
We are delighted to announce that former BBFC player, Fabio Carvalho, now at Fulham FC, was selected
to train with the Portuguese Under 15 National Squad over the weekend of February 20th. What makes this amazing achievement particularly special is that Fabs, who is flying in the academy at Fulham, is actually an Under 14.
Congratulations to our U13 Eagles and U14 Colts who both won their Tandridge League cup semi finals on Sunday February 21st, to make it through to the final. The 13s beat Melwood 5-0 and the U14s beat Tooting & Mitcham 4-1 AET. Both join our U21s who have their cup final at Chipstead FC on March 17th.
Congratulations to our U15 Eagles who won the Energise and ACLT Charity 5 a side tournament in Croydon on Saturday February 20th. They won the event in style winning seven and drawing one of the eight games they played. Super striker Dominic Simpson-Last was also named player of the tournament.
Congratulations to Kate Jefferson who won a Voluntary Services to Sport Award at the 2015 Active Wandsworth Sports Awards on Thursday February 11th. Congratulations also to our all conquering Under 17s who were nominated for Sports Team of the Year and to Under 17 striker, Ibrahim Olutade, who was nominated for Sports Person of the Year.
We are delighted to announce that Balham Blazers all conquering Under 17s have been nominated for Sports Team of the Year at the 2015 Active Wandsworth Sports Awards. Centre forward, Ibrahim Olutade, who scored 80 goals last season for the 17s, Youth team and First team has also been nominated for Sports Person of the Year and BBFC Club Fees and Bursary Secretary has been nominated for the Voluntary Services to Sport Award. The Awards evening, hosted by Sky Sports News Presenter, David Garrido, is on Thursday February 11th in the Civic Suite at Wandsworth Town Hall.
Congratulations to Alfie Miller and Arsen Ujkaj who have both played regular representative football for the London FA Under 18 team this season. Congratulations also to Admir Ujkaj who has played regularly for the Under 16s. At Professional Academy level, it was very good to see three BBFC players, Sam Arbuckle, Fabio Carvalho and Tiannie Wilson, all playing for Fulham Under 15s against Tottenham recently and at Professional level to see Aaron Mitchell captaining QPR's Under 21 side.
Saturday 23rd January saw history made at Balham with the fourth member of the same family representing the Club in the same season. Ben Appleton is the last of the 4 Appleton brothers to make his debut for the club, and in doing so he became the youngest player to play aged a mere 6 years and 43 days.
Ben has supported his brothers Charlie (U17), Tom (U14) and Jack (U11) loyally over the years and has grown up on our touchline. He made his debut for the U7s in an 8-1 victory over AFC Wandsworth off to a good start.
It was great to see so many Balham players, past and present, at the annual First team Christmas training game, played this year at Imperial Fields on Tuesday December 22nd. The weather wasn't the best but the football was up to scratch, as were the mince pies after it.
It's been an excellent term for Balham FC & Balham Blazers FC. On the field most of our teams are challenging for honours. At the time of writing the Balham FC First team and Youth team are in contention for league titles as are the BBFC U21s, U17s, U15 Eagles, U14 Colts, U13 Eagles in the Tandridge League A Division and the U15 Colts in the B Division. Our U17s, U15 Colts and U12s are all into the latter stages of the London Cup and our U21s are through to the Tandridge League Cup Final.
Our U7s-U11s play non competitive football where results and league tables are not published. Both U11 squads are doing very well in the highest band of the Tandridge League. Our U9s and U10s have picked up where they left off last season, winning most of their games and playing some exhilarating top quality BBFC football. Our new U8s took a while to get up to speed but are now coming on nicely. Finally our new U7s have been tearing it up in the local LCSYFL where they remain unbeaten having scored hatfuls of goals.
It should be said of course that results are only part of the story. Our main concern, as always, is long term individual and collective development and the style and quality of football that our teams play. Thankfully on that front everyone has done very well so far.
Off the field the two undoubted highlights this term have been winning the London FA Award as Charter Standard Club of the Year for an unprecedented third time and signing an exciting new partnership with Fulham FC which is hugely beneficial for our club.
On behalf of all those behind the scenes at Balham FC and BBFC I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all players and their families a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We look forward to seeing you all back in training or in action in 2016 aiming to bring a bit of Barcelona to Balham.
BFC/BBFC General Manager
Carlton Cole proved to be the winner at the first Balham fundraising 6 a side tournament of the season on Friday December 11th. Ollie Kanner's team, named in his honour, justified their strong tag as favourites beating Kaz Kakai's durable Footie Killers team in the final. The competition was keenly contested both at the group stage and in the knockouts where one semi final went to sudden death pens. There will be further tournaments in February and April when, should they return to defend their title, the Carlton Cole posse will take some shooting down.
Balham FC & Balham Blazers FC Jack Petchey Award Winners, Ollie Kanner (Coach), Harry Herbert (First Team), Chris Kleczkowski (U14 Eagles) and Thomas Jefferson (U13 Colts) attended the JP Awards Scheme Presentations in the Wandsworth Civic Suite on Tuesday December 8th. They were presented with their prestigious awards by former Olympic Athlete, Mark Richardson.
Last season's First team and Youth team players player of the year, Jamal Bartley, recently came up against former Balham First and Youth team sensation, Alec Fiddes, as Exeter University played Bristol. On this occasion Jamal came out on top scoring the winner in a 3-2 victory. In addition to playing first team university football, Alec, who spent a season in Spain playing for Spanish league club FC Lleida Esportiu, is now playing semi pro football for Yate Town FC in the Evo-Stik League Southern. He was at Weymouth FC but the travelling to and from Bristol to train on the south Dorset coast proved too difficult. There are plenty of other top Balham players currently away at university. They include Jermaine Townsend, Sammy Machirimba, Eliot Garcia, Fred Fox, Julian Fuller, Haydn Read, Ramoy Jones, Louis Farquharson, Khalid Savage, Ollie Keyser, Ollie Beauchamp and Yuyi "The Rock" Kabanje. Tom Read was part of the Loughborough University first team squad last season and Joe Holland, Cornell Holland and Isaac Wong are on four year soccer scholarships in the USA. Tom Jelliffe has been on a work placement from Loughborough with Adidas in Singapore and Michael McConnell has been travelling on a post university gap year. Luke Fenlon, who is currently in his second year at Chichester, has managed to travel back to play for the Balham First team and Daniel Forde is back in London training in SW12 having played in the Cambridge University Varsity team for the three years he was there. Junior Appiah, having played for Chertsey Town whilst at Brunel University, is also back in the Metropolis, working as a football agent for one of the top companies and Alfie Cruttwell and Theo Marks, who went to Birmingham and Manchester are both very much around, in their second season coaching and managing the talented BBFC U9 squad. We've also seen the elusive Guy Farquharson from time to time, who went to Leeds Met and played volleyball for England.
The first Balham FC Six a Side Fundraising Tournament of the season will take place on Friday December 11th.
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Joe Holland continues to tear it up across the pond in US College Soccer. Not only have his Hofstra Pride College team won the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) championship play offs and qualified for the USA National Finals but, in the play off final itself, following a typical Holland mazy run and being upended on the edge of the Delaware opposition box, Joe scored a scorching free kick. To cap things off in style Joe also won the much coveted CAA Most Valuable Player of the season award.
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BBFC are delighted to have signed a unique partnership agreement with Fulham FC, who have a top level Category 1 Academy. The agreement, which is extremely beneficial for both clubs in different ways, was signed on November 2nd by BBFC General Manager, Greg Cruttwell and FFC Academy Director, Huw Jennings.
Former BBFC player, Will Donkin, continues to shine at the Chelsea FC Academy. He is pictured above with the U15 Premier League International Tournament trophy after Chelsea overcame Paris Saint Germain, Leicester and Arsenal, before beating Manchester City 2-1 in the final, with Will scoring the opening goal.
An U15-U18 Balham Blazers representative team beat an U16 London FA representative team 2-1 at Tooting & Mitcham Utd on Monday October 19th. The BBFC team featured 3 U15s: Sam Arbuckle, Dominic Simpson-Last, Anthony Thompson - 3 U16s: Antonio Gomez, Admir Ujkaj, Kevin Velaj - 6 U17s: Harvey Dennis, Toby Femiola, Michael Holder, Fred Maher, Lewis Mitchell, Kyron Williams and 2 U18s: keeper Alfie Miller and skipper Joe Ostrowski. The game, which BBFC are honoured to have been asked to play, was a warm up for London before they play Kent on Sunday October 25th in the first inter county game of the season. Balham's goals were scored by Ujkaj and Simpson-Last.
For the second time in as many weeks, Penwortham Primary are victorious, winning the Wandsworth 5 A-side competition and booking a place in the London Youth Games.The team made hard work of qualifying for the knock out rounds, coming through the group stages in 2nd place. They then flexed their muscles and showed the competition what they were made
of, making swift work of securing a place in the final. The boys went 1-0 down against Chessington in the Final before Rufus Gordon-Smith equalised. The final whistle sounded at 1-1 and it was Golden Goal time and Jack Appleton was there to score the winner. Congratulations to the team, especially our U11 Eagles: Jack, Roddy and Rufus and coach Richard Siaw. 32 teams took part in the competition.
Hot on the heels of Unai Ezkurra getting in touch we heard from another of our top Spanish coaches, Marcal Trulls, who did fantastic work at Balham, primarily as a sports conditioning coach with our older age groups. Having worked in Thailand as Under 16 Coach at pro club, Buriram Utd, Marcal moved on to work at a Barcelona Soccer Youth Academy in Algeria. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there but he's now moved on to Jinan in China where he's starting a new project, working with primary school children, directed by a former Chinese National team player (Lihui Song). He's been there for two months and is having a good time, although working with a gaffer who doesn't speak any English is something of a challenge.
We have been very lucky over the years to have many fantastic foreign coaches work at our club. Spain has been especially kind and given us a number of top ones, who thankfully keep very much in touch wherever they are in the world. Unai Ezkurra, whose personal motto was always "Keep Going Balham" is an inspirational person who worked primarily with our current U17s. Unai is now back in his homeland working as assistant reserve team coach for La Liga team, SD Eibar, which he's really enjoying. We all miss Unai's infectious personality and understanding of the game. Our foreign friends may be working in other places but as Unai, seen above at his current club, shared with us when last getting in touch, "Once a Blazer, always a Blazer, wherever you may be!"
Balham Blazers won the Charter Standard Club of the Year Award at the London FA Awards, held at Wembley Stadium, for an unprecedented third time, on Wednesday October 7th. We have previously won this prestigious and much coveted award in 2011 and 2013.
Balham First team centre forward, Jerome Boncoeur, had a field day in front of goal away to Warlingham in the Surrey Elite League on Saturday October 3rd. Our French goal machine scored a double hat trick in a stunning 9-2 victory. Jerome's six goals scored is a new club record individual tally in a senior game. Bon job, Boncoeur!
The Wandsworth Trinity Cup on Thursday 8th October, saw many of our Blazers U11s competing within the 16 squads. Team mates became rivals in this annual competition. Penwortham School, featuring U11 Eagles Jack Appleton, Rufus Gordon-Smith, Roddy Simpson and coach Richard Siaw, won the competition for the second year in a row, beating Bellville in the final. They won all their matches and didn't concede a single goal. Jack Gordon, keeper for U11 Colts, was voted the player of the tournament by tournament officials. Jack Hedges, Seb Hunt and Max Hunt were also flying the flag for Balham along with Matt Casey our U8 coach. All of them made it through to the knock out rounds of the competition. Well done to them all.
Tiannie Wilson was hoisted high by his Under 15 team mates after his last game for Balham Blazers on August 30th. Tiannie, who has been a key player in his age group for three years, has come successfully through a trial agreed by BBFC with Fulham and has signed a schoolboy contract with the Championship club. Tiannie signed off at BBFC in style, playing his part in a 17-0 pre season win. He will be missed by everyone at our club but we all wish him great success as part of the Fulham FC academy.
Former Balham FC First team and Youth team captain, Joe Holland, who played for BBFC from the age of eleven, is doing incredibly well on his university soccer scholarship across the pond. For his latest triumph see their website. Away from university Joe was also in the league team of the season for Long Island Rough Riders in the summer Professional Development League (which is a kind of under 23s feeder league into the MLS).
On July 18th and 19th the BBFC U9s and the BBFC U10s Colts and Eagles teams were invited to play in a tournament at the prestigious Bryanston School in Blandford, Dorset.
The tournament, organised by All Sports Club who have been running residential sports camps at the school for 12 years, brought teams from London and the South Coast together in a multi age competition.
Day one of the tournament saw the U10s teams meet in the semi of the Trophy competition, with the Colts progressing to the final. They came up against good opposition and were unlucky to lose on penalties. The U9s, who had missed out on a spot in the semis, made it to the final of the Plate competition where they fell foul to a last minute goal.
The boys quickly put the disappointment of losing their respective finals behind them by making use of the other excellent sporting facilities on offer. Lawn tennis was followed by a few rounds of squash, before they took to the pool for a game of Pirates.
Day two of the tournament saw the U9s once again make it to the final of the Plate, but this time they were victorious, coming from a goal down to win 2-1. The U10s met
again in the semi of the Trophy competition, but this time the Eagles triumphed, before going on to win the final.
A brilliant weekend had by all.
While the younger BBFC age group squads have been on a months break in July the Balham FC First team have been in pre season working hard to prepare for the league campaign which started on August 15th. A seriously impressive 38 goals were scored and 9 conceded in an excellent seven game pre season programme. Notable scalps were taken as Balham, who won six out of seven, beat clubs higher up the football league ladder. The league itself started with a hard fought 0-0 draw away to Horsley, which was followed on August 22nd by a scorching 7-1 home win against NPL, on a scorching summers day.
Balham's first Youth team and First team keeper, Tom Jelliffe, is spreading the Balham word out east whilst hanging out with past and present Premier League stars. Tom, who is studying at Loughborough University is in Singapore on a six month internship working for Addidas. He's missing Balham and England but is having a great time, which isn't surprising if you get to schmooze with the Great Dane, Peter Schmeichel, who's your goalkeeping hero and other football notables such as, Mr Abbey Clancy, aka, RoboCrouch.
Congratulations to multi award winning BBFC Coach, Jaden Cameron, who picked up another one on Wednesday July 8th at the inaugural FA Mars Just Play Awards. Jaden, who will be managing our U13 Eagles in 2015-16, won the Just Play Organiser Of The Year Award for a Friday futsal session that he set up and runs for the London FA.
It was the turn of the first team squad to nominate their Jack Petchey Award winner and Harry Herbert was selected by his peers as the worthy winner. Pictured is Harry receiving the award from General Manager Greg Cruttwell. On presenting the award Greg remarked, "Harry has come into the Balham FC First team this season and been a revelation both as a person on and off the pitch and also as a player. He has performed at a consistently high level in a very successful league campaign, which resulted in Balham finishing in a promotion position in the Surrey Elite League. He is a natural leader who has led and organised his team in inspirational fashion, totally embracing the club's playing ethos and winning the admiration of all, especially those who train and play regularly with him." From everyone at Balham, congratulations Harry.
We are all very sorry to be losing Patrick Walker at BBFC. Pat has put a huge amount of time and work into the club over many years, initially as a coach and manager and then on the Balham FC/Balham Blazers FC Committee as a Child Welfare Officer, Grants Secretary, Work Placement Scheme creator and co-ordinator, Physio Clinic creator and co-ordinator and Jack Petchey Awards Scheme co-ordinator. Needless to say Pat's shoes will be very difficult to fill. He is moving with his wife Geri and their new born son, Elliot, seen in his BBFC babygrow above, to Bristol, where, having qualified at St George's in Tooting, he will be working as a doctor. Everyone at the club thanks him enormously for all that he's done and wishes Pat, Geri and Elliot great success and happiness in the west country.
Congratulations to long standing club coach Ollie Kanner for receiving the Jack Petchey Leader Award for Balham Blazers.
The Leader Award was developed by the Jack Petchey Foundation to recognise the dedication and commitment of adult leaders who go the extra mile to support young people.
General Manager Greg Cruttwell paid tribute to Ollie's outstanding work "Ollie Kanner has been coaching at BBFC for over six years. He has put in an incredible amount of time working with many different age group squads developing and improving players and teams. He has coached, managed, run soccer camps and been instrumental in formulating and developing the ongoing coaching programme at BBFC. In addition to his coaching work, Ollie has also helped at the club in many other capacities behind the scenes. People such as Ollie, with a passion to help motivate and develop young footballing talent are worth their weight in gold. He is inspirational and a key and irreplaceable member of our set up." Pictured is Ollie receiving his award from General Manager Greg Cruttwell and fellow coach James Scott.
As part of the award Ollie also receives a £750 grant for the club. With the money he plans to enrol the help of Coerver coaching to tailor a coaching package with players selected from all squads (U11 - U17). Any remaining money will be put towards the purchase of a defibrillator for the club.
Congratulations Ollie on a fantastic achievement.
Having relocated to Dubai towards the end of the season, Balham First Team stalwart, Adam Hall, has been playing in the Dubai Amateur Football League (DAFL) for Dubai FC. A very well run club he says, not quite as good as Balham, but with five senior teams of varying ability. The first team play in the prem division and there are some serious players in the league (ex pros etc.) Adam, far right in the team pic above, got a couple games in at the end of the season for the first team. Apparently the pitches are amazing. His team played in an end of season cup competition and won it, playing on the Dubai 7s Emirates pitch in the final which is modelled on the Emirates Arsenal pitch. They then got into a 7-a-side summer league, where they played 36 games, Tuesday and Sunday, over 8 weeks, won 34, drew 1 and lost 1, all in 38+ degrees heat on 3g! His team capped it off by winning a champions league of all the 7-a-side leagues in Dubai. In short: eight weeks, four trophies and most impressively of all very nearly a sun tan.
There's not a blade of grass in sight, as the picture above testifies, for Balham First Team skipper, Zak Elbekri, who is in Morocco for a month, which means doing most of his pre season in the sweltering heat. He was hoping to train with a team near his family home there but as they are still in season that hasn't been possible. He's managed instead though to play in local games and also every day on the beach. Sun, sea, sand and football - it's a tough life. k
It's good to report that Our Man In Brazil, Julian Fuller, has had a great time out there on his year long placement from Aston University. He's played a lot of football too for his University team. Lots of tournaments, intense heat and a lot of passion, not surprisingly. His team made it to the University Cup Competition final but unfortunately with tempers flaring and two red cards - not our boy of course - they finished runners up. Julian, who is fourth from the right on the back row in the team pic above, is now on his way home to London via family in the USA and we all look forward to seeing one of Balham's finest young players in SW12 again before he heads north to Birmingham for his final year.
It was the turn of the Balham FC Youth Team to nominate one of their peers for the Jack Petchey Achievement Award and Jamal Bartley was the worthy winner. Pictured is Jamal receiving his award from Jack Petchey Coordinator Patrick Walker. After being nominated for the award Youth Team manager Greg Cruttwell said "Jamal has been an exceptional leader both on and off the pitch for our Southern Youth League Championship winning Under 18 team. Jamal is a fierce competitor who leads by example but, he is a totally honourable person. Despite being an extremely talented footballer, with huge potential, Jamal is as modest and humble as they come. As an inspirational captain, totally respected and admired by his peers, his leadership, along with his stellar performances on the pitch and his fantastic attitude and commitment to training, makes him special and has been a key factor in our U18 team's success"
Congratulations to Jamal.
After the high of winning their first three tournaments in a row, followed by the low of playing below par in the next two, the U9s went into their sixth and final tournament at Halliford Colts on Saturday July 11th with a degree of trepidation. The team quickly got back to winning ways, topping their group with four straight wins and scoring 11 unanswered goals. The quarter final was a close call, with the U9s doing just enough to progress. The semi took the team into unchartered territory, a penalty shoot out. However, they kept their cool and were rewarded with a place in the final against the hosts. The teams couldn't be separated after extra time, forcing the tie to be decided by penalties once more. Both teams took their penalties well, but the BBFC U9s eventually prevailed. Cue celebrations! A special mention goes to Henry Jefferson, a forward by trade, who took over goalkeeping duties in the absence of the regular No.1. Not only did Henry keep a clean sheet throughout the tournament, he pulled off a string penalty saves to secure the U9s' fourth tournament win this summer.
The sun was blazing on a glorious Friday night at the 2015 Carter Jonas BBFC Presentation Evening on July 10th. Players, parents, families and friends from all of the club's seventeen teams gathered at Trinity Fields for the annual awards evening when the club comes together to celebrate the achievements of all of our teams. It's been another great season for both the senior section, Balham FC and youth section, Balham Blazers FC. Congratulations to all the individual club award winners and many thanks to those who have helped behind the scenes from pre season back last August to now in July. Here's to another successful season in 2015-16, when the aim of the club, as ever, will be to try and bring a bit of Barcelona to Balham
Individual Club Award Winners: Carter Jonas Training Trophy Winners:
U8s - Ellis Kennedy-Nunez U9s - Maxwell Emmery U10 Colts - Isaac Jackson U10 Eagles - Jack Hedges U11s - Abu Diabate U12 Colts - Kian Hill U12 Eagles - Jack Redmond U12 Youth - Morgan Coward U13 Colts - Taryn Vancooten U13 Eagles - Tom Appleton U14 Colts - Arya Dashtabady U14 Eagles - Tom Stephens U16s - Arthur Fordham U17s - Joe Ostrowski Youth Team - Jamal Bartley Panthers - Mary Dawson First Team - Harry Herbert
Carter Jonas Players Player Of The Year Winners: U8s - William Haspel U9s - Noah Antoniades & Cameron Kerr U10 Colts - Alfred Johnson U10 Eagles - Sebastian Hunt U11s - Joe Taylor U12 Colts - Sonny Nicoll U12 Eagles - Tom Lees U12 Youth - Paulo Gagnier U13 Colts - Jack Layzell U13 Eagles - Luke Knight U14 Colts - Tiannie Wilson U14 Eagles - Sam Arbuckle & Marshall Travers-Elwin U16s - Seth Keyser U17s - Max Barbour & Arsen Ujkaj Youth Team - Jamal Bartley Panthers - Emillie James First Team - Jamal Bartley
Carter Jonas Special Achievement Award Winners: Ollie Archard, Lewis Mitchell, Ibrahim Olutade
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 and being part of a team within a thriving club. Any donations are extremely generous and very much welcomed by the club and our Bursary recipients.
If you have been selected to play for the club and would like to apply for Bursary funding please contact the club:firstname.lastname@example.org
Balham Blazers is pleased to announce the continuation of the work placement scheme for players at the club which was launched successfully in 2013-14.
All registered players, U16s and above, are eligible and it will provide them with an opportunity to gain some invaluable work experience in an increasingly competitive job market.
As well as potential work placements there is also the opportunity to get some help on tailoring your CV as well get hints and tips on interview skills.
We are very grateful to the BBFC community for all the help that has been kindly offered to make placements available. General Manager Greg Cruttwell said "We as a club are keen to help our players off the football field, as well as on it. This scheme will hopefully provide opportunities to do so and we are very grateful to all those who have supported it.
If anyone else would like to get involved in the scheme then please contact Patrick Walker at email@example.com for further information.