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.
This has been recognised nationally by the FA ,as once again we secured our Charter Standard status for the 2018/19 season.

The FA has made Safeguarding a key priority and we have had to respond accordingly –
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, approaching all matches with stoic resilience.
There have been some outstanding performances during the first half of the season with goals galore! . Our Super Sundays have been great occasions for the Club, players, coaches and supporters with lots of positive feedback from visiting teams.
We are now actively engaged in floodlight and indoor training at Purbeck Sports Centre which allows continuity throughout the winter months.

I would also like to thank our growing number of Club Officials who never fail to go over and above their duties across the age groups in their efforts to set high standards of refereeing.
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.

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
U16 Manager
Bere Regis FC Mini/Youth Soccer