Bedwell Football Club has expanded rapidly over the last five years, and we now have over 70 boys and girls training with us every week. This year we are fielding teams in the Year 5/6 mixed, Year 5/6 girls and Year 3/4 competitions, with all three teams playing regular matches throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. We also run weekly training for Year 1/2 throughout the year, as well as inter-house and 3-a-side intra-school competitions during the Summer Term!
We have worked really hard to improve our football over the last few years, and as a result we've made some huge steps forward, with our Girls winning the Hertfordshire Cup and Stevenage League in 2018/19. We've also been delighted to see some of our most talented players recruited to play for the Stevenage District side over recent years, while also regularly hosting the Stevenage Year 3/4 tournament, the annual SDPSFA 3-a-side event and the Stevenage Primary Schools FA finals night.
We started the Spring with a tough match against Codicote, with Andrei making some excellent saves to keep us in the game and player-of-the-match Jazzi proving her huge value to the team as our unpassable, no-nonsense, one person defence. Our second game saw us taking on Giles Juniors. Two first-half goals from Toby (both from Max’s corner kicks) saw us take a deserved lead, which we built on in the second-half when Frankie buried his penalty in the top corner. It was Jaden, however, who earned the player of the match award this time around, with his massive work rate - driving forward with the ball and covering back in defence - really catching the eye.
In May, we hosted the Stevenage Schools Year 3/4 Tournament at Bedwell. Across a busy afternoon, our team secured two wins, two draws and two losses , including Toby’s incredible goal from his own half, a bullet header from Jaden, some fantastic saves from Andrei and the sight of Jazzi running onto the pitch for our first match just minutes after getting back from holiday! It was great to see over 50 children getting the chance to play competitively, and the standard of football was really high - you can find out more about the tournament here.
Our Football season kicked-off with the Stevenage Schools FA Autumn Tournaments, which we hosted at Bedwell. Our girls were in action first, taking on teams from 11 other schools. With many of the team playing their first competitive game, they performed really strongly, with Ebonie particularly impressing in defence as they secured two draws and two losses in their group, which wasn’t quite enough to make it through to the knock-out stage.
On a much colder, wetter night a few weeks later the girls played their first league game of the campaign, away against Camps Hill. It was an end-to-end game, with Eryn and Ruby running non-stop as they both covered back in defence and looked for opportunities to break-through their very organised opponents. In goal, Daisy continued to grow in confidence, while Sophia (who had only been drafted into the team the day before) put in a player-of-the-match performance in defence, winning tackle after tackle. The girls lost 3-1, but showed great promise for the rest of the year.
The Spring Term has been jam packed with football matches for our Year 5/6 Football Team. The games have come thick and fast and although the results have not always gone in our favour, the boys are now starting to understand positions, be able to defend as a team and work together showing great communication and teamwork. In each game there has been 1 or 2 new faces, this has been a real testament to the boys as they are always pushing for a starting spot. Hopefully we can now start to score some goals and win some of our final matches.