The Ladies Celebrate Pride

It’s June, it’s the month of pride, and as LGBTQ+ people come together to celebrate the community’s culture and hard-fought for rights, Bedworth United Ladies Football Club have this message:

“Be you, do you, celebrate you. We are proud of every single player in our club at all times, no matter what their sexuality”.

Paying homage to the celebrations, three of the club’s players talk about their experiences of being LGBTQ+ within the team.

For Lydia Hackney, the club’s supportive network helped her become more confident in being herself.

“Regardless of your sexuality, everyone is accepted and there is a relaxed atmosphere with the girls”.

Amy Preston adds to this, saying the club empowers players to not only wear their shirt with pride, but to stand proud as an LGBTQ+ player.

“Whether you’re a player, coach, manager or volunteer in the game, the inclusion of every person is vital in growing and moving the game that I love, forward. Even though we are all different, we are all one team, and we are proud to be who we are”.

Freeleigh Parnell says that the club’s support has helped boost his confidence and pride in being pansexual and transgender.

For Parnell, this hadn’t always been the case. Despite successfully being accepted into some former football clubs, he was later asked to leave after being honest about his sexuality and who he was.

“I quickly found out there are people who can’t and won’t accept other people for their differences. Sadly, these people held me back in some of my dreams”.

Like so many others in the LGBTQ+ community, Parnell also faced bullying at school and coupled with a vicious attack that left him in a coma, he was left struggling with his mental health. 

Fortunately, Parnell can now say he is proud to be himself and finally feels accepted by others.

“Being part of Bedworth United Ladies has helped me stand strong and brave because I have a supportive team with amazing managers and coaches”.

Bedworth United Ladies say they will continue to offer an open and supportive network of players and management alike.

“We promise to be a diverse and supportive place where all individuals can bring aspects of themselves without fear of being judged. We want to strive towards allowing players to reach their full potential and continue to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and confident in themselves, and most importantly, proud”.

Ladies announce Media Team

Bedworth United Ladies are pleased to announce a new media team for the 2021/22 season. We recruited throughout May for a variety of individuals including photographers, journalists, content creators and match analysts. After receiving 20+ applications, we are now able to introduce our new media team as follows; 

Chris – Photographer

Hannah – Journalist

Harry – Journalist

Jade – Photographer

Karolis – Match Analyst

Katie – Journalist

Matt – Broadcaster

Mia – Photographer

Sam – Photographer

Vejune – Content Creator

Emily Peacock, the current Media Officer, explained “it has been an excellent recruitment period and we are very much looking forward to seeing what’s to come. Bedworth United Ladies are moving in the right direction and it was time to step up to the fast moving digital world in football”. Emily will manage the media team whilst she continues her rehabilitation from knee surgery.

The media team will split between our first and development teams each weekend to provide continuous coverage of our club’s challenge in The FA Women’s National League for the coming season. 

Many of the media team are living around the UK, not just in The Midlands, with two of them currently residing in Germany and Lithuania respectively. We are really excited for the start of the season to see the media team in action and with a few of them already providing content for us, it will certainly be an area to watch. 

Welcome to Bedworth United FC! 

Blythe commits for 2021/2022 season

Club favourite Rich Blythe has committed to stay with the Greenbacks for the coming season

Rich as we all know is a centre midfielder who is happy to mix it but is equally good with the ball at his feet, Richard is another player who has returned to the club 3 seasons ago after a season at Rugby. He was club captain in the promotion winning season and hopes that he can relieve that glory again this season. Richs footballing career started at Athletico Madrid as an apprentice regularly playing in the same team as Anton Griezmann.  Rich has though the unfortunate record of being the last player to score before both of the recent lockdowns so fingers crossed the next time he scores we won’t end up in a lockdown again.  Stu Storer said about Rich committing “Its great to have Rich staying he is someone who is great to have around the dressing room and his experience at this level is invaluable to the younger members of the squad, He can always be relied upon to put 100% in each and every game, having him commit to staying is a big plus for us as he has been chased by quiet a few other clubs this close season as his value and experience at this level can not be beaten and that is why he is so sought after.  Rich is one of those rare players who can play but also mix it if the need arises which sets him apart from many players at this level”

Storer adds to squad

Bedworth United are pleased to announce the signing of Ryan Moore from Sutton Coldfield.

20 year old Ryan was schooled at Birmingham City and can also list Redditch on his footballing CV, Ryan is comfortable with both feet and can play in a a variety of positions.  Jamie Lenton said on Ryans signing ” Its great to get someone in like Ryan who is so versatile, he is the sort of player that can provide us with a number of options and allow us to easily alter our style of play during matches to suit the opposition and situation allowing us much better game management, He is young fit and hungry and we are delighted that we have secured his signature as a lot of other clubs were interested in getting him onboard”

Bedworth United under 21 football coach required 2021-22 season

Bedworth United are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated football coach to assist in coaching their u21 football team. The successful candidate will need to be self-motivated to improve their football coaching knowledge, coaching skill-set in drills/current trends and have some experience in football coaching to add to our ever-developing football club.

The successful applicant will assist in coaching the clubs under 21s team on Thursday evenings, in preparation for a match on Saturdays. Our football club has a large amount of highly talented young players who are striving towards first team recognition, and require an organised coach to help assist and guide their develop under the football clubs football development strategy.

The voluntary role will have full support from the first team management; therefore, the new coach will be gaining valuable experience in all aspects in football, also adding this responsible role to their CV.

Bedworth United football club are asking that candidates hold the UEFA B coaching award or are currently working towards this qualification. The football club will assist and mentor the successful candidate through the qualification / training required for this role. As part of the interview process, candidates will be required to complete a 30-minute coaching session on the topic of their choice, justifying the aims and objectives of the session they have coached in relation to an 11-a-side match. This will be followed by a 15-minute interview by the 1st team management.

Bedworth United FC are an expanding semi-professional football club with aspirations and targets to progress to the higher levels of non-league football and we are excited to offer this opportunity to the right candidate.

Please register your interest, along with a CV and contact number to:
jlentonacademy@bedworthunitedfc.co.uk

Ladies team up with local children’s charity

Bedworth United Ladies FC are proud to announce a new partnership with local charity, Zoё’s Place Coventry.

The charity – a children’s hospice that marks its 10 year anniversary this July – provides care for babies and infants with potentially incurable or life limiting illnesses. 

Bedworth United Ladies players and supporters are being encouraged to raise funds by taking part in upcoming events being held by the foundation. These include The Mudnificent 7 in August, and the Scafell Pike Trek in September, and many more.

Manager Paddy Richards expressed his delight at the partnership: “With Bedworth United being a community football club, we feel it’s important to support a charity like Zoё’s Place in any way possible. We look forward to working with the charity over the next few years and hopefully we will raise a lot of money with the ideas we have.”

Fundraising ideas from the club are largely welcomed and suggestions can be emailed to ladies@bedworthunitedfc.co.uk.

For more information on upcoming events and how you can support the charity, click here.

Article written by Katie Mitten.

Pre Season

Pre-Season fixtures announced

July 6th Coventry Copeswood (Away)

July 10th Tamworth FC (Away)

July 13th Lichfield City FC (Home)

July 17th Shifnal Town FC (Home)

July 24th Rugby Town FC (Away)

July 27th Coventry City FC (Home)

July 31st Coventry Sphinx FC (Away)

July 31st Westfield (Away)

Kick off times and ticket prices TBC

Season Tickets

SEASON TICKETS

We are pleased to announce that season ticket prices will remain the same as they have been for the last 2 seasons.

Season ticket prices for season 2021/2022

Adult £150

Concession £100

Season tickets can now be purchased online by using the following links.

ADULT season ticket

https://checkout.square.site/merchant/ML9PT1TSNRGKF/checkout/GF5O5D72ONYGYMYKO7H74IMV

CONCESSION season ticket

https://checkout.square.site/merchant/ML9PT1TSNRGKF/checkout/O6R5B4KLWQPOBMSWAETWBSVS

The executive board of directors has decided that those of you who have held season tickets for the last season will this year receive your season ticket for free due to the last season being curtailed.  I am sure that regular season ticket holders will understand that this is a major loss of an income stream to the club,  if our regular season ticket holders wish to donate to the club then please email stadiummanager@bedworthunitedfc.co.uk or have a chat with someone about sponsorship opportunities maybe a player sponsorship or a ball sponsorship during the upcoming season.

If you can please contact the stadium manager we can then organise production of your new season ticket for the coming season.

As always your continued support is always appreciated.

A word from the Gaffa

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

Richards adds to his management team

Bedworth United Ladies are pleased to announce two new additions to the management team. As the club look to grow and achieve their ambitious goals, it was evident that the management team needed to expand. Paddy Richards, first team manager, said “these announcements come at a very exciting time for the club as we start a new journey”.

Can Kale – First Team Coach

Can Kale comes into the club as first team coach and will bring a wealth of experience he has built from coaching in other countries as well as the UK. His attention to detail really stood out to the current staff and in the short time he has been with us on the training pitch, he has already made little changes which will hopefully make big differences when the new season gets underway.

Kale was informed of the role by one of our current players and he was very interested to find out more so when he spoke with Paddy initially he had a huge interest in the project here at Bedworth United. He aims to take some stress away from the current coaches, “I can take lead on training sessions and help give the players advice and new tactics for the new season”.

Billy Osborne – Development Team Manager

Billy Osborne, currently in post with Liverpool Feds Women, will begin his role as development team manager at the start of pre-season once finishing his current duties. He will bring in excellent leadership skills for our young development squad which is what is needed as they face another tough season ahead. Current manager Annie Zaidi, will step into a head coach role and the pair of them will focus on developing the players both mentally and tactically, preparing them for the challenge of the new season.

Having spent the last 5 years away from his hometown, Billy is excited to start this next chapter in his coaching journey at Bedworth United and said “the clubs a massive pull for me being my hometown club so it fills me with pride to put on the badge and something I’m looking forward to”.

All at Bedworth United FC would like to wish both Kale and Billy the best of luck in their new roles.