I am hoping that all of our Bedworth United family are keeping well and staying safe during these strange times. It seems really odd that this coming week would have been the start of the playoffs and that the season actually finished weeks and weeks ago. This prolonged period of not playing football has hit non league teams in a huge way financially, with many clubs struggling to keep their heads above water. It was particularly sad to hear that Burbage FC have folded, along with many other clubs up and down the country. There will probably be more clubs at a higher non league level that will be more likely to fold the longer this situation continues. Just to reassure the Bedworth United faithful that we will definitely not be one of these clubs. The chairman and board have been very frugal and smart over the past 8 years, implementing sound financial practice that has ensured that we have no debts whatsoever at our football club. This intelligent foresight by the board will help our club ride this storm better than many non league clubs. BUFC will come through
this crisis and be able to restart next season from a positive position, which is a great testament to our board. Even when we all get back to playing, it will be very hard to pick up where it was left off financially. We have some great sponsors at BUFC but many businesses that sponsor many clubs will be using monies for self preservation, protecting their employees and businesses. I really do feel that non league clubs will have a huge culture shock, having to fully reset itself to these new parameters.
While I have been working from home, I have managed to secure all the first team 2020/21 preseason fixtures, with the help of the club secretary Andy Stickley. The dates and opposition will be advertised soon and we are hoping to get the first team players back for preseason at the end of June. It is good to hear that so many of the BUFC players; juniors, ladies, youth team and first team are keeping fit and posting it on the internet. They all seem eager to be at 100% fit when back playing. Fitness can soon be lost and keeping on top of personal fitness during this lull in the season will keep the body strong, helping reduce injuries on your return. The last thing needed is an injury to stop you playing even longer.
There has been a lot of interest in the Football Education Programme that is run from The OVAL. It is a great way to achieve high quality qualifications while improving your skills in training sessions and top competitive matches, guided by highly qualified coaches. It has been running for 5 years now and developed very well indeed. Many students have gained university places, gained American scholarships, gained employment in the sports sector and/or playing a good level of football. Unfortunately because of Covid 19 we have not been able to have practical sessions or presentations about the course. Hopefully when things settle down we can take your applications and arrange taster days and interviews and get you on the course in good time to start the preseason sessions.
Football is all of our passion, but everything is secondary to your health presently, so please stay safe, look after yourself and your loved ones. I am already looking forward to seeing all of the BUFC family back playing, supporting and enjoying football at the best facilities around, The OVAL.