Bath City Youth Football Club is inviting new boys and girls aged 5-17 years to join its teams and enjoy the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. So if you’re an experienced player or have never kicked a ball before but fancy giving football a try, the club would like to offer you a free training session.
Bath City Youth Football Club, a not-for-profit local club providing football, fun and fitness. With nearly 350 registered players in 24 teams, the club has a growing and passionate group of fully qualified, football-mad coaches.
Established in 2007, the club aim to provide an exciting, positive and encouraging environment for all of its players. As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, everyone at the club is looking forward to blasting away the cobwebs, getting back on the grass and seeing the kids playing football again.
Ivor, an under 13’s player who has been at Bath City Youth for four years, said, “I can’t wait to start playing football again, I’ve really missed it. I hope lots of new players come and join Bath City Youth FC because it’s really good fun.”
The club takes the health and safety players of players and their families very seriously. Coaches are safeguarding and first aid qualified, and must refresh their qualifications every three years. There are also very strict procedures in place to minimise the risks of COVID-19, both at training sessions and at league matches. The club works very closely on this with the Somerset branch of the Football Association and providers of training and match facilities, to ensure that football is as safe as it can be.
Coaches aim to develop players confidence, resilience and social skills, considering these to be just as important as the technical and tactical side of the game. There are social events, tournaments over the summer, cup competitions and occasional overseas tours. Players in the under 12 age groups and older also have regular opportunities to be a ball girl/boy at Bath City FC league matches at Twerton Park.
Following a successful bid for £6,000 of funding from the Football Foundation in 2019, the club has also seen a massive growth in the number of girls joining, and is now Bath’s biggest provider of girls football.
Head coach for the girls teams, Neil Clampitt-Dix , explained, “The club already has eight girls teams with nearly 100 players, and is firmly committed to a target of having as many girls teams as we do for boys.”
“I love the fact we train and play with just girls,” added Bella, who was new to the club last season. “I feel more confident to be myself.”
The club is committed to providing football opportunities for all players at suitable levels. For some that will mean enjoying being part of a team on a Sunday with their friends; for others who progress strongly and harbour ambitions of reaching a higher level. The club also runs Academy teams from under 14’s to under 17’s. A number of players from the academy have gone on to play for the first team at Twerton Park.