While we have not played competitive games for such a long while it has given us time to revamp the football club and get all the teams under the one Bedworth umbrella making us a bigger family and a true non-profit making community club. This will help us move forward as a club, enabling us to become fully sustainable, have a bigger brand, improve facilities and improve coaching standards even more. It is great to come to the Oval on a Tuesday and Friday evening and see so many in the new tots section having so much fun. With the new holiday football camps in full swing last week, it is an exciting time to be in and around the club. We have the academy players coaching and leading these little superstars of the future, and it is fantastic to see their enjoyment in their coaching too. We are currently looking through the applications for the next group of Academy players, so if you are aware of anyone that is interested in joining the full-time level 3 academy course look on our website for details and application form.
On the first team front, things are coming together quite well at the Oval presently. I am just putting the final touches to our pre-season schedule and this will be accessible on our website soon. The league we have gone into is going to be really tough but we are always up for the challenge. With less than four weeks to go before the new pre-season starts, lots of interest and excitement are starting to bubble around the club, especially with the new signings over this last week. I am delighted to have new signings Jamal Clarke, Kyle Carey, Sam Lomax and Patsun Tufan join the football club. They will all bring something a bit different and all have enormous potential, which will truly strengthen us. With the majority of the squad from last season agreeing to remain at the club we will have strength in depth throughout. We have a couple of other potential signings that we are in talks with, but it will be good to go into a pre-season with a settled squad. This pre-season will be an important one for the players. They will have lost quite a lot of fitness after being off for so long due to Covid and with close season too. It is important that they get that core fitness back early pre-season and build on that with games to improve sharpness and mental strength, which in turn breeds confidence. We actually started last season off really well and that was down to the strong mentality we instilled in the squad. This season will be the same with excellently prepared sessions that will progress the teams’ fitness, technical and mental strengths. I am really looking forward to getting some normality and routine back in our lives after such a poor covid hit two seasons. I am also looking forward to seeing some familiar faces back in the crowds once we get started.
Stay safe and see you soon. Stuart