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:

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


Club get a new goalkeeping coach

Bedworth United are pleased to announce that Lucas Bailey has been appointed as the clubs goalkeeping coach,  Lucas will work with the First Team, U21, Youth and Juniors he will also be heavily involved with the Academy and will be looking at the progression of the clubs goalkeepers from junior up to the first team.

Lucas  holds a wealth of coaching qualifications including a UEFA B coaching in Goalkeeping, he has previously been the Academy goalkeeper coach at Coventry City FC, Lead goalkeeping coach at Strachan football foundation he is currently the lead goalkeeping coach at Leicester City ladies RTC and will continue this role in line with his new role here at Bedworth United.  Lucas has also worked with professional goalkeepers at international level with Wales U18s and U21s.

Lucas will be running the juniors sessions on a Monday starting on Monday 4th January 2021 with a new timing of 5.30 to 7pm.  As previously all of Bedworth United’s junior goalkeepers are welcome to attend and the sessions will be free of charge to players signed to Bedworth United.

BUFC Goalkeeping coaching announcement

The club would like to place on record its thanks to Tom Cross for his efforts with the goalkeeper coaching with the juniors section of the club. Thanks Tom and Good luck with your role as Coventry Sphinx 1st team goalkeeper for the remainder of the season.

Bedworth United now has a ‘strategic football development plan’ and as part of the plan we will be looking to recruit a UEFA qualified goalkeeper coach to oversee the goalkeeper coaching provision within the football club and work with the juniors, U18, Academy ,U21s and 1st Team

The Monday night goalkeeper coaching will continue with the new goalkeeper coach and is available for ALL BUFC junior goalkeepers to improve their skill-set and become a star of the future.

Update regarding Grassroots football from the FA

Todays Statement by the FA regards COVID-19 and Grassroots football.

The Football Association [The FA] has provided an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

As a result of the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

  • All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];
  • All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];
  • All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;
  • All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;
  • All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;
  • All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

The FA’s aim is to ensure that the 2020/21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period.

In addition, the UK Government has confirmed that all Emirates FA Cup First Round fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend between Friday 6 and Monday 9 November 2020. The ten ‘non-elite’ clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their fixtures under ‘elite’ protocols. In line with the new national Covid-19 restrictions, these ‘non-elite’ teams are only permitted to train together until Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, The FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and The FA would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions.

However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions during this period.

The FA remains in dialogue with the DCMS, leagues, competitions and CFAs and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the debate in the House of Commons tomorrow.

Bedworth United U21 v Barwell U21

Bedworth United u21 4-1 Barwell u21

The Greenbacks looked to extend their winning streak to four when they entertained Barwell.
Lewis Allton returned from injury at centre half, Patrick Kollie took his place in goal in place of Dan Moore who was on first team duty, Joseah Yassin was unavailable so Jack Bent moved into midfield.
In a lacklustre first half both teams were reduced to long range efforts only. However, the visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute when their striker beat the out rushing Kollie to the ball. The Greenbacks fired straight back with an Allton header in the 24th minute, a pinpoint free kick from Cameron Dunn found the defender who made no mistake from 5 yards out.

HT 1-1

The half time team talk was easy, ‘raise your game 10% and Barwell won’t be able to compete with you’.

Bedworth United started the second half much better and got their reward in the 56th minute through Mo Yasin, the lively winger found space on the corner of the box and fired home an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner of the net leaving the visiting keeper grasping at thin air.
Bedworth continued to dominate, Yusuf Saleem controlling the game from midfield. On 65 minutes United extended their lead, Warwick Hurst’s jinking run and pass found Ethan Sundar, with pace to burn Sundar outpaced his Barwell counterpart and crossed to the edge of the area for Jarro Scott who scored in spectacular fashion.
Although Bedworth dominated they couldn’t find the killer goal that would see off their opponents and put the game to bed.
Dunn, Bent, Allton and Scott all had efforts go close, Josh Brown at left back was causing all sorts of problems with his marauding runs drawing free kicks in dangerous places.
In the 85th minute the Greenbacks finally got the goal that put the game beyond doubt, Saleem chipped a lovely ball into the path of the impressive Sundar his pass came perfectly to David Ajao who slotted the ball home to make it 4-1.

FT 4-1

The victory was well deserved and moves the Greenbacks to joint top of the league with this Saturday’s opponents Heather St Johns.
Joint manager Kevin Burke told us ‘The lads are adjusting well to the change in playing style and are beginning to buy into what myself and Iyseden expect from them, both in training and on match days’.
Iyseden Christie said of today’s game ‘Once we started to play football and move the ball quickly Barwell couldn’t match the ability of our players. We must continue to play our style of football and force our style of play on our opponents. Both myself and Kevin are pleased with the players but must not rest on our laurels but continue to improve as a squad’.
Bedworth United: Kollie; Sundar, Allton, Wells, Brown; Dunn, Taylor, Bent; Odesanya, Scott, Hurst.
Subs: Okafor, Ajao, Yassin, Yasin, Jones.

Rushden and Diamonds U21 v Bedworth United U21

Rushden and Diamonds U21    1

Bedworth United U21               3


The Greenbacks went into this game unbeaten under their new management team of Iyeseden Christie and Kev Burke.

Jack Bent was recalled to the line up after his time away with the first team, filling in at centre half for the injured Lewis Allton. Ethan Sander made his debut at right back.

Bedworth started the game well and were nearly rewarded in the 3rd minute, Warwick Hurst firing home from the edge of the box only for it to be ruled out for offside. A long ball from the resulting free kick led to a comedy of errors inside the Greenbacks box, leaving the Rushden player to smash the ball home from two yards out.

Bedworth dominated the game from then on reducing Rushden and Diamonds to long range efforts, Dan Moore pulling off an unbelievable save from one of those efforts. Cameron Dunn went close from distance as did Ethan Taylor.

Bedworth finally got level in the 39th minute through Jarro Scott. The striker found a yard of space, faked to pass and fired the ball into the bottom corner from outside of the box.

HT 1-1

The second half started as the first ended with the Greenbacks on top, Taylor forcing a fine save early on. Joseah Yassin also went close from distance.

Bedworth took the lead on 65 minutes when a ball from keeper Moore caught the opposition keeper in no man’s land outside his box, Scott stole the ball from him and calmly slotted home. Chances for Dunn, Yassin, Bent and Scott all went begging as Bedworth continued to dominate the game.

The Greenbacks finally put the game to bed in the 87th minute. Pressure from Hurst forced a mistake from the home sides defence, his pass found Josh Brown who in turn found Scott, a fine piece of skill took him away from two defenders before sliding the ball beyond the keeper for a well deserved hat trick.

FT 1-3

Team: Moore, Sander, Bent, Wells, Brown, Taylor, Dunn, Yassin, Scott, Jones, Hurst.

Subs: Kollie, Ajao, Okafor.

U21’s Sponsorship Opportunity

The U21’s are looking for sponsor’s for the 20/21 Season. This is a fantastic opportunity to help support a non-profit organisation, that both inspires and supports the local community.
The U21’s have got a great set up based on community values. We want to give everyone the opportunity to thrive through football and as a non-profit club, sponsorship is vital in helping every
player achieve their ambitions.
Whether you are an individual or a company becoming a sponsor can make a big difference for you and our players.
Sponsors will get you coverage in the First team match day programme, Publicity on the clubs
website, advertisement opportunities and the knowledge that you may be helping the next Jamie Vardy achieve their dream’s.

Past Sponsors have enjoyed watching our players benefit from their contributions and grow over the season. Even a one off donation can make a big difference for our young players and provide much
needed support.

If you are interested please contact the Stadium Manager Stuart Roe – 07927 686792 /

U21s New Management Team

Bedworth United are pleased to announce the U21s have a new management team in place for the coming season.  Bedworth would like to put on record a big thanks to Gareth Zimmerman for guiding the U21s at the back end of last season.  Gareth unfortunately due to work commitments has had to stand down from the role as he has stated he could not give the role as much commitment as he wanted.

The new Managing/Coaching team will see a familiar face to Greenbacks fans return to the club.   The team of James Morrissey and Iyesden Christie will take the helm from today and will be actively looking to recruit players for the next season.

James has done a lot with regards football coaching most recently with Sky Blues in the community he is currently working towards hi UEFA B license which he will hopefully complete in the next couple of months.  James worked with the current squad towards the back end of last season with Gareth and is looking forward to taking the reigns himself. James stated “Bedworth has always impressed me with its links with the local community and the investment in its youth players. When the opportunity came to work with the U21s  I couldn’t turn it down. Both myself and the club have a strong ethos of development and I’m excited to help bring through the next generation of Bedworth Players. Working with the boys so far has been great and I look forward to the challenges ahead.


Iyesden has played at the very top level and was still playing up until last season at the age of 43, he can boast Coventry City, Bournemouth, Leyton Orient, Mansfield amongst others on his footballing CV.  Iyesdens experience and knowledge of the game will be a great advantage to the Bedworth youngsters and as a club we are happy to see him back here passing on that knowledge he has gained from his years in the game playing at the highest level.  Iyesden has also got a good knowledge of non league football in the local area which again he will use to nurture the young Greenbacks.   Iyesden will always though be remembered by Greenbacks fans for the goal he scored in the playoff final win against Stamford a couple of seasons ago which helped Bedworth to a 2-1 victory which saw Bedworth promoted.  Iyesden is also currently studying for his UEFA B license.

Zimmerman makes first appointment

Gareth Zimmerman has made his first appointment to his backroom staff appointing Kevin Rooney as U21 goalkeeping coach.  Kevin has previously worked with Gareth at Barwell as part of his coaching team there.  Kevin previously has played and can name clubs such Moseley Town, Winchester and Eastley on his footballing CV.  Speaking with Gareth he has said “I cant wait to get started and am really excited to be getting involved in the great set up at Bedworth United, I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity to coach at such a great club.  Kevin will be starting Immediately and will be in the technical area for the U21s game away to Leicester Road on Saturday.