Chairman’s Mid-season Review


We are having another fantastic season providing the opportunity for as many boys and girls who wish to participate in football as possible, in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment. I would like to thank DCFA, DYFL, Barclays, McDonald’s Premier League Kit Scheme and more recently Purbeck Home Improvement s PHI and JDT Utilities for ongoing sponsorship and support of our Club. This has enabled us to keep our Subs at a very competitive rate to the benefit of all .Our main additional funding stream comes from the BBQ/Raffle income at our annual tournament and the associated Barclays £4£ price match funding. This year we have used this funding to allow Neil Percy, Terry Evans ,Paul Smith, Paul Verrell and Marlon Cools to complete their FA Level 1 Coaching Course totalling £850.We also made a donation of £400 to The Ed Kent Trust – as Ed was very much part of the Mini/Youth Renaissance in recent years.

The FA has made Safeguarding a key priority and we have had to respond accordingly – despite asking for a volunteer to step up and fill the Club Welfare Officer post we were unable to recruit.

I completed all the following FA requirements to satisfy FA Charter Standard criteria

• Have an accepted and in-date FA CRC.
• Have completed The FA’s Safeguarding Children Workshop within 3 years – 3 hrs
• Have completed The FA’s Welfare Officer Workshop (WOW) – 3hrs
• Have completed The FA’s Safeguarding for Committee Members Course – 2hrs

in order that we may continue to function as a Club however this is not ideal as it could result in a conflict of interest as Chairman and U15 Manager although I will continue as Acting Club Welfare Officer in the interim. BRSC/BRFC are actively working to provide a sustainable long term solution .If this post is not filled we could be suspended from all footballing activity – a scenario that none of us can entertain. If anyone feels they would like to find out more about this key role please do not hesitate to contact us.

Everyone at our Club has the right to belong to an organisation that recognises the importance of safeguarding, however we all have a responsibility to uphold this in practice so please take some time to familiarise yourself with the key FA policy documents on our website or visit the FA Safeguarding website for more info which ranges from ‘advice on responsible use of social media’ to guidance on ‘whistleblowing’.
Should you wish to discuss any matters arising with any Club officials it is protocol that prior contact be made by phone or text to outline the issue and then a meeting can be arranged (if required) at the earliest possible convenience. Please be mindful of the timing of discussions with Club Officials especially if they are of a sensitive nature. It is unfair to spring a problem on a Coach when they are wrapping up a match day event for example.

We are aware that sometimes adapting to the complexities of FA National Strategies is not easy for a small Community club. Each year we have to review and evaluate our performance ‘on and off the field’ – trying to get the best fit for our players in order to continue their development. This year is no exception and the Mini Soccer/Youth Committee will endeavour to sustain this policy, hoping that they will meet the needs of all players and continue to Grow the Game in Bere Regis. All formats will have to be reviewed on an annual basis due to the dynamics/requirements for each of the different age groups. With the club now approaching a membership of close to 70 players careful consideration also has to be given to the pressure on our existing facilities, requiring careful planning and effective communication across our Club.

The coaches and back room staff have shown selfless commitment to facilitate these standards on a week by week basis and I fully commend their efforts and thank them all for their continued hard work and support. I will endeavour to sustain this progress, however all Members have a collective responsibility, whether as players, parents or coaches, to ensure that as an FA Charter Standard Club expectations are of the highest standard ‘on and off’ the field. I am a firm believer in establishing good habits early, and I want the next generation to fully appreciate the facilities as well as the people who provide them with an excellent range of opportunities – if we do so collectively, BRSC will have a bright future.

On the Field
All age groups are making good progress .We are now actively engaged in floodlight training at Purbeck Sports Centre which allows continuity throughout the winter months. Our Sundays have been great occasions for the Club, players, coaches and supporters with lots of positive feedback and encouraging performances.

U15 (Y9/10) participate in DYFL Div 3 – It has been very much a transitional year with many new players as we split last year’s squad into their respective age bands by mutual consent. After a challenging start we have settled into a good pattern of play, especially when we have a large squad on match days .We have fostered a great relationship with Yeovil Town Ladies U16 team, providing some interesting encounters. We hope to finish the second half of the season showing continued commitment and resilience- as well as attempting to strengthen the squad.

U14 (Y9) participate in DYFL Div 2 – Again a team that made a new start with a large contingent of new players, who have done exceptionally well this season sitting proudly at the top of Div 2 and in the Quarter Final of the County Cup- undefeated so far!
Thankyou to Paul, Keith and Andy for all their hard work and continued commitment. Surely on course for some silverware this year.

U12 (Year 7/6) participate in the 9 v 9 Dorset Youth League Div 2 – They display stoic determination and resilience on a week by week basis, which sees them well placed in a competitive League. They have saved their best performances for the Dorset County Cup with an exceptional performance in the last round against Parley. Thankyou Malcolm , James and your team of parents for facilitating first class match day experiences.

U10 (Year 5/4) participate in the 7 v 7 Dorset Mini Soccer league Pool 7 – Again another team in transition, however they are growing in confidence game by game, always displaying great enthusiasm and effort, resulting in some fine performances against well established clubs across Dorset – many thanks to Neil and Marlon for continuing to develop player learning and awareness.

U7’s (Years:Reception Years1/2) Development squad have enjoyed their first taste of Footy, well led and guided by Paul, Terry and Marlon – onwards and upwards!
The U7s are now entered in the U7 Dorset Mini Soccer League Pool 4, 5 v 5 commencing in January – we wish them every success on their footballing journey.

I would also like to thank Charlie Reeves and Rob Green, our Club Officials who never fail to go over and above their duties across the age groups.
As we expand there will be a constant demand for match officials as the Club are expected to provide not only a Referee but also Assistants (linesman). Any volunteers would be appreciated – please talk to your Managers.

A massive thankyou to the MOPS (Mums Of Players) who have worked tirelessly, supporting all of us as well. The team of parents who week in, week out support with the sometimes forgotten essentials; Taxi service, Laundry service etc.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or you wish to offer your support in any way: helper/coach, MOP, sponsor – it is vitally important we have as many people to help out on match days as possible to ensure a high quality, safe match day experience for all – please do not take your Coaches for granted – they cannot do everything!

Finally, I would once again like to personally thank all the volunteer coaches/management teams for their never ending commitment and hard work over the season – all of which have showed a desire to keep moving the Club forward, developing the skills of the players and importantly upholding the ethos of BRFC. Last but not least I would like to thank, on your behalf, Bere Regis Sports Club – our registered charity – for all their efforts in providing and managing for us the first class facilities we have access to, especially the ground staff who make it happen.

Up the Regis!

Mike Bosworth
Acting CWO
U15 Manager
Bere Regis FC Mini/Youth Soccer