The Ladies are Recruiting!

The Ladies are recruiting both players and members of staff for the upcoming 2021/22 season. Players are invited to our pre-season sessions, currently held every Tuesday and Sunday. The Tuesday sessions are 8pm – 9.30pm at The Oval, CV12 8NN and Sunday sessions are 11am – 12.30pm at various locations in the local area. We welcome all players to our squad and would like to reiterate that we are an ambitious and growing club going forward in The FA Women’s National League. If you are interested in joining our squad, please contact us either by telephone on 07814691126 and speak to our manager Paddy, email at Ladies@BedworthUnitedFC.co.uk and speak to our secretary Tina or contact us via our social media channels.

We are also looking to recruit new members to our staff team including physiotherapists, sports therapists and strength & conditioning coaches who will work alongside our current team. All staff must be available for each one of our sessions and going into July, this will start to include a Thursday evening as well as the two days above. These roles are voluntary, as is with every player and staff member within the Ladies set up, so please bare this in mind when submitting your interest. To apply for any of the roles available, please complete this form.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bedworth United Ladies FC.

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! 

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.

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.

 

Media Team

Our ladies section are looking to create a brand new media team for the 2021/22 season and onwards.

With current Media Officer, Emily Peacock, looking to return to full fitness during the season, we are on the look out for individuals with a passion for media and football. We are hoping to recruit a team large enough to cover both our First and Development team, both plying their trade in The FA Women’s National League.

All of the roles available are voluntary, just like everybody else in the ladies section and we have the following positions available;

  • Photographer
  • Videographer (preferably to capture the matches, potentially including live streams)
  • Journalist
  • Commentator
  • Content Creator (involving graphic design for social media posts)
  • Match Analyst

We are welcoming applications from students, or hobbyists that would really benefit from being involved in our community club! The ideal start date is towards the end of June, with our pre-season starting in July but we do offer some flexibility on this due to the current circumstances.

If you are interested in joining our Media Team, please register your interest here.

For more information, contact us on ladies@bedworthunitedfc.co.uk.

BUFC Statement regarding The OVAL

Following the recent decisions made by the Government and Leagues in our area.

We have looked at the demographic of the users of The OVAL and its obvious we have a number of players and/or coaching staff that live in Coventry or Leicestershire.

As a result the club have decided to close the facilities at The Oval, except for the College Course which comes under the Department for Education and has different legislation under Tier 4 requirements.

This decision has been made for a number of reasons including the management of which players can and cannot train, the fairness of us continuing for some players/teams and not being able to for others and the management of finances.

We also have a duty of care to our staff and volunteers and whether we would be acting as a responsible employer by asking these people to have to attend the stadium in the current climate.

We will be keeping the position under continual review and when any changes are made to the Tier that this area is in or any changes to the rules within each Tier we will look at this decision again.

You will be kept up to date of any developments as soon as they are received by the club. 

Board of Directors

 

Ladies face local rivals in County Cup

Bedworth Uniteds ladies will face off against Nuneaton Borough in the County Cup this Sunday at The OVAL 

THE WOMEN’S COUNTY CUP IS THE MOST SENIOR WOMEN’S COMPETITION IN THE COUNTY.

The competition is contested by clubs operating outside of County level and Regional Leagues within the FA Women’s Pyramid.

Coventry United Ladies, West Bromwich Albion, Solihull Moors Ladies and Wolverhampton Wanderers Women all enter the competition.

Current Holders: Coventry United Ladies

 

After a slow start to the season the Greenbacks ladies have put together a good run of form which see’s them sitting second in the Womens National league Division 1 Midlands.  The Greenbacks ladies will be going into this game high on confidence after last weeks 9-0 demolition of Burton Albion.

Nuneaton are currently mid table in the Birmingham County Womens League Division One.  with their last game a 3-0 loss to Walsall Ladies Development they will be looking to put one over their neighbours to get back to winning ways.

Both teams got a Bye in the first round and Bedworth beat Counden Court in the second and Nuneaton were victorious against Cradley Town Womens to set up this 3rd round tie,  The winners of this game will be in the last 8 of the cup and will no doubt have one eye on the prize should they progress.

On paper the Bedworth girls should progress to the next round but with it being cup football anything could happen, but be assured with Bedworth and Nuneaton no matter what level of the game it is it is sure to be a humdinger of a game.

Location The OVAL

Kick Off 2pm

Admission £2 over 16s under 16s free 

For all results so far please follow the below link.

http://www.birminghamfa.com/cups-and-competitions/cups/2019-2020/womens-county-cup/results

Bedworth United Ladies on You Tube

Bedworth united ladies will now have their own dedicated You Tube Channel showing highlights of all their fixtures here at The OVAL.  Watch now the Highlights of their FA Cup tie against Woodlands Ladies.

 

Ladies Cup Draw

After seeing off Stockport County 4-3 after extra here at The OVAL on Sunday the ladies have been drawn away to Norton and Stockton Ancients who play their football in the National League Division 1 North. Norton reached this round of the cup after seeing off Hull City LFC 6-2. Norton are members of the Durham FA and play their home games at the Norton sports complex.

I speak for all of us in wishing the Ladies good luck and fingers crossed if they get a successful result they will progress to the first round proper of the cup where some of the big teams in ladies football enter the competition.

For those wishing to travel the address for the game is:

Norton Sports Complex
Station Road
Norton
Stockton-on-Tees
TS20 1PE