Seasons greetings to everyone at and connected with BUFC
It has been a strange season so far and I think we are all wondering if we will ever get back to any kind of normality and finish the season off. The players have shown a growing togetherness and buckets full of character during the first quarter of the season. We have had some great comebacks, with lots of goals gaining valuable points, which see us sitting joint top. In saying all that I still feel we have not got going yet and our usual strength which history shows is that we get stronger as the season continues. But it is going to be very difficult to get that momentum, confidence and style of play back instantaneously when we hopefully restart in 2021 There are so many facets in making a team click and these take time to in still into players. Fitness, focus, attitude, tactical awareness, game management, positive attitude, stress levels, unselfishness, communication mentality and the will to win are all facets and then you have players individual issues to contend with on top. Management is not easy and I am blessed that I have great people around me in Andy Penny, Jamie Lenton, Mark Albrighton and Sarah, our physio. I am not always correct in my personal thoughts with players and formations, but most football fans think they know better for their team without any facts, issues and they just see 90 minutes, but there is so much more to it. This is where we are very fortunate with such a wealth of experience and knowledge with the non-playing staff at the football club.
As we seem to be on a dormant front on the playing side because of the pandemic, planning on the development side of the club is still continuing. When I became manger back in December 2013, I was promised that the club would progress and improve. Neill (Chairman) and the board have kept their word and 7 years down the line the difference is quite amazing. They do the job voluntary. spending a lot of their personal time ensuring the club runs smoothly. Many people are quite ignorant of the fact that we are a non-profit making organisation. So, comments like the football club are ‘raking it in’ and that we are a ‘greedy’ football club could not be further from the truth. Non profit-making means that every penny made by the club will go back into our community club wherever the money may be needed and no body whatsoever can take a penny away. This ignorance frustrates me as running a football club is very difficult and costly. As you can probably see the board have created a great environment for the community to enjoy with further developments in hand too.
Off the pitch things that have been developed in my tenure are; car park, clubhouse toilets, VEO coaching camera, mini bus, classroom, mini grass floodlit pitch, terrace stand roofing, the brand-new modern clubhouse and of course the 3G pitch.
On the pitch the tots, junior section, disability football, women’s’ and girl’s sections have all developed well during this period too, as has the youth team, under 21s and the first team. We now have 30+ teams enjoying what we have to offer, as well as the new popular football education programme that will push the club forward again with even more clear progression routes for those players that are more serious about their football. With any form of progress and development there will be changes to come, so please be open to keep improving this non-profit making club.
I would also, finally like to thank all the volunteers (you know who you are) that make the club tick over. So many to mention but all vital and all part of our Bedworth United FC family.
Try and have a good Xmas and see you soon hopefully.