Welcome to - Leigh & Bransford Badgers Football Club

Founded in 2001 – Affiliated to the Worcestershire Football Association since 2002 – Members of the Mercian Fortis Junior
Football League since 2002 – Members of the WFA County Junior League since 2014 – Members of the WFA County Veterans
League since 2014 - An FA Charter Standard Club since 2004 & Community Club since 2009
Worcestershire FA's - Charter Standard Community Club Of The Year - 2009/10
Malvern Hills District Council's - Junior Club Of The Year - 2009/10
Malvern Hills District Council's - Club of the Year - 2012/13
The Badgers' Scene
The Official Monthly Newsletter of Leigh & Bransford Badgers FC
First Issued In October 2001 – Latest Issue Number: 161 - Date: Mar 2015
Current Email Circulation – 539 Addresses
The Editor’s Introduction
Neil Coleman, Newsletter Editor,
Welcome to our 161st edition. In this issue we feature on the FA Community Awards, Safeguarding, New Coaches, Club
Vacancies, Wembley Trip, Gambian visit, WCFC Mascots, WFA Youth Football survey, Female Coaches, and much more!
At L&BBFC, we are very keen to involve our staff, members, and parents in the activities of the club, and that includes
contributions for this newsletter! So if anyone has any articles,
features, or reports from games attended, or photos and action
Game,
snaps, please let me know so that it can be included in future issues of this newsletter. You can email items to me on
[email protected] or [email protected] or. Please note that details need to be received by the
Editor before the end of the month prior to the relevant edition!
This
If anyone wishes to be included on our email circulation list of this newsletter, please get in touch giving your email details! Also,
please let me know if any of you change your email address or wish to be removed from our circulation list.
Young Badgers
star for the Albion!
L&BBFC U11's
provided no less than
10 players for the
Worcester and Malvern
based WBA
Foundation PDC's.
A recent 5-0 win
against their Sandwell
PDC counterparts, in
particular saw the
Worcester PDC
perform extremely
well. With games
against Cardiff City
and Birmingham City
PDCs coming up over
Easter, the youngsters
will face their stiffest
challenges yet.
The Badgers' players of the Worcester and the Malvern based WBA PDCs lined up as above, from the left: Matt Wall,
Toby Jones, Sean Leighton, Will Davies, Charlie Smith, Ben Makranczy, and Harry Eagan. Missing from the photo are
Morgan Watkins, Adam York, and Josh Hothersall. Feature and photo courtesy of L&BBFC U11's Borough Team
Coach, Rich Davies.
Match Ball Sponsors
Our thanks go to…
Yvonne Chapman & Roger Cumberley, Badger’s Supporters - Maria Medakovic, Badger’s Supporter – Cyril Chapman,
Badger's Supporter - Melvyn & Margaret Hawthorn, Badger’s Supporters – Bob & Barbara Larrett, Badger’s Supporters Linda Williams, Badger’s Supporter - Nick & Tina Benson, Badger’s Supporters - Trophies Direct, 7 Trinity Street,
Worcester. Tel 01905 612525 - Equine Resources, Sandlin Cottage, Sandlin, Worc’s. Tel 07739104287 - Gary Collins,
Badger’s Supporter - Myron & Carol Lawrence, Badger’s Supporters - Steve & Lesley Blewitt, Badger’s Supporters - Paul
Childs, Badger’s Supporter - Bransford Services, Bransford, Worc’s. Tel 01886 833838 - Alan & Janet Soley, Badger’s
Supporters - Bosko & Sharon Medakovic, Badger’s Supporters – The Alfrick & Lulsley Show, Badger’s Supporters – The
Royal Oak Clay Pigeon Shooting Club, Badger’s Supporters – Gill & Andrew Rankin, Badger’s Supporters – Den
Smallman, Badger’s Supporter – Jack Smith, Badger’s Supporter - Heather Brinkworth, Badger’s Supporter – Tina & Geoff
Dodd, Badger’s Supporters – Mike Griffin, Badger’s Supporter – Franco Adorisio, Badger’s Supporter – Bransford Trust,
Badger’s Supporter
To sponsor a match ball please email the Editor!
News & Views In And Around The Club
Read all about it!
Vacancies:
Midweek L&BBFC Club Chairman, Pat Lewis is keen to hear from anyone who feels they can fulfil the roles of either the Club
Vice Chairman, Club Secretary, or Club Safeguarding Administrator. Interested folk are asked to contact Pat on 07771723833.
For details of the duties concerned, please see the job descriptions on the club website – www.lbbfc.co.uk – see feature herein.
Ladies: The Worcestershire FA has announced details of a coming 'ladies only' FA Level 1 coaching course. See the feature
further herein.
Presentation: Our 2015 Presentation Fun Day is likely to take place over the weekend of 13 th/14th June. Please note these
preliminary dates in your diaries. Details to follow later in the year.
Mascots: L&BBFC has been invited to provide the Worcester City FC match-day mascots at three coming home games in the
Vanarama Conference League North, that will also include free admission to all L&BBFC junior members. See the feature
further herein.
Players: The L&BBFC U8's Hearts are keen to attract a few more players. Interested persons are asked to contact Team
Coach, Bongumusa Malevu (Smiley) on 07476612039.
Training: Please note that our midweek training sessions at Dyson Perrins CE Academy will cease at the end of March 2015.
Your relevant Team coach will no doubt advise you as to what arrangements have been put in place thereafter.
Awards: The FA has launched its Community Awards 2015. See the feature herein, and don't forget to make your nominations!
Safeguarding: In light of recent local press reports of alleged child abuse, please take a look at the enclosed 'Be On The Ball'
feature
Club herein that has been downloaded from the FA website for your benefit.
Club Photo’s: Our website’s Gallery Page has been updated with more recent photos of the Club in action! If anyone has any
snaps they would like to see published, please email them to [email protected] , our Website Manager, together with a
relevant caption and date. In the meantime, why not pay our Gallery a visit? Please note that in the interests of safeguarding we
reserve the right to amend or not publish items accordingly.
Youth Football: The WFA are undertaking a countywide survey, aimed at improving the experiences and progression of
youngsters in local youth football leagues. See the feature herein for more details.
Wembley: Worcester City FC is offering local teams, schools, and supporters the chance to visit Wembley to watch the
Vanarama Conference Play-Off Promotion Final. See feature further herein for details.
Sponsors: We are always interested to hear from sponsors and can offer team kit, match ball, ground advertising boards,
newsletter, and website sponsorship packages. Interested persons are asked to contact Bosko Medakovic on 07979725196.
We have around 400 parents at our club and if folk made a conscious effort to check with employers and local businesses
about possible deals, then we are sure it would prove beneficial! Just £350 sponsors a team for two/three seasons!
City FC: Reports in the local press suggest that the local Labour Party is set to wholeheartedly support proposals by Worcester
City FC Supporters Trust to relocate to a new ground at Perdiswell; that's assuming it wins control over the City Council in the
coming May elections! The controversial scheme is one that has received objections from local residents, and this latest news is
a welcome boost of support for the Supporters Trust in their bid to get the club back into the City of the same name! To find out
what the new ground entails visit the WCFCST website http://www.wcfcst.co.uk/
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Who’s Who?
Current Club Staff & Other Useful Contacts
At L&BBFC, we gratefully acknowledge the contributions made in the name of our club, by our dedicated group of volunteer
staff listed below. This page is updated on a regular basis, but if any of the information listed is incorrect, please advise the
Editor. Any persons interested in joining our team of staff are asked to check out our website Join Us page for more
information, as well as our Admin page for job descriptions!
Club Officers
Chairman – Pat Lewis 07771723833
Vice Chairman – Rob Shipton 01905 831047 or 07767225894
President – Bosko Medakovic 07979725196
Club Secretary – Steve Dallow 07758257071
Safeguarding Administrator – Morven Smith 01905 830787
Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, & Promoter – Neil Coleman 01886 832904
Club Web Site Manager – Greg Evans 07946461624 or 0844 544 7020
Senior Coaching Staff
Senior Coach - Girls, Futsal, & Community (FA Level 2) – Pat Lewis 07771723833
Senior Coach – Boys Mini Football & Development (FA Level 2) – Bosko Medakovic 07979725196
Senior Coach – Boys Youth Football – Vacancy
Senior Coach – Men's Football (Level 1) – Steve Dallow 07758257071
Senior Coach – Women's Football – Vacancy
Senior Coach – Goalkeeping (FA Level 1) – Neil Grimshaw 01684 541391
Senior Coach – School Links – Vacancy
Squad Coaching Staff
Girls Development Squad Coach (FA Level 2) – Pat Lewis 07771723833
Boys Development Squad Coach (FA Level 2) – Bosko Medakovic 07979725196
U7's Forest Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Laszlo Trungel 01684 301306
U8's Thistle Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Rich Thick 01886 880116
U8's Hearts Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Bongumusa Malevu 07476612039
U9's City Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Andy Sankey 07799888874
U9's Hibernian Team Coach – Tom Denty 01684 561361
U10's Alexandra Team Coach – Graham Bradbury 01684 572898
U11's Borough Team Coach (FA Level 2) – Richard Davies 01905 831065
U11's Orient Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Sean Egan 07828648512
U12's Hornets Team Coach (FA Level 2) – Oscar Hooper 01684 566190
U12's Vale Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Steve Dorrofield 01684 575995
U13's County Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Paul Burgess 07773817902
U13's Girls Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Rob Shipton 01905 831047
U15's Girls Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Rob Shipton 01905 831047
U16’s Rangers Team Coach (FA Level 1) – Matt Martin 01905 22359
Legend's Team Coach (FA Level 2) – Bosko Medakovic 07979725196
Assistant Squad Coaching Staff
Assistant Coaches (FA Level 1) – Jack Coleman, Melissa Edwards, Liam Sinclair-Preece & Neil Grimshaw (BDS),
Rob & Jacob Hooper (Hornets), Rob Deakin (Orient), Sam Edmondson (Borough),
Mark Davies (Alexandra), Dave Makranczy (Rangers), & Paul Weaver (County).
Adult Volunteer Assistants
Sam Dorrofield, Kate & Martin Rodgman, Ian Goddard, Clara Bell, Angie Harding, Simon Secretan, Richard Goode, Kevin Williams,
Mark & Dionne Battin, Bronwyn Duncan, Alex Warner, Sharon Medakovic, & Lynn Coleman
Young Volunteer Assistants
Chris Medakovic, Josh King, Alfie Burgess, Becky Barber, Carenza Martin-Lewis, & Toby Coleman
Events Committee Members
Steve Dallow, Bosko & Sharon Medakovic, Pat Lewis, Neil & Lynn Coleman, Andy & Nisha Sankey, Richard & Amelia Davies,
Rob & Hayley Shipton, and Alison & Kevin Oliver
Other Useful Contacts
Leigh & Bransford Badgers Football Club Web Site - www.lbbfc.co.uk
The FA Child Protection Department – 0207 745 4909
The FA Reporting Racism Campaign – 0800 085 0508
The FA/NSPCC Helpline – 0808 800 5000, Text Phone 0800 056 0566
The Worcestershire Football Association – 01905 827137
The Mercian Festival Junior Football League – 01684 572704
Malvern Hills District Council, Sports Development – 01684 862151
Worcester City FC – 01905 23003
Revised Feb 15
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Senior Coach – Men's Football (FA Level 1)
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'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign!
We very much wish to express our thanks to everyone who has generously supported our Club, and in doing so, we would also like
to remind our staff, members, & parents that by supporting our sponsors, you support L&BBFC!
We offer all kinds of sponsorship arrangements, ranging from Team Kit to Match Ball, as well as advertising in our website,
monthly newsletter directory, and any match day programmes we produce. We can also accommodate ground advertising board
requirements at our Ralph’s Field Stadium! Please contact us as we are always keen to hear from any interested party whether
you are an individual, a company, or self-employed!
L&BBFC Sponsors Directory
Actemium – www.actemium.com
Andrew's Hair Studio Ltd, Malvern, Worc's
A R Thomas - Landscaping & Agricultural Contractor - Tel: 01886 832330
Alfa Tech Car & Commercial Ltd - [email protected]
Allen, Sheppard & Partners - Bldg Surveyors & Architects - 01452 857193
Bon Air Mechanical & Electrical Services Ltd - Tel 01905 726112
Bromyard Tae Kwon Do - www.bromyardtaekwondo.com
Climate Control Solutions UK - 07900912040
County Security Limited – www.countysecurityltd.co.uk
Crescent Interiors – Suppliers Of Fine Furnishings
Dance with Deb – www.dancewithdeb.co.uk
Dream Doors Worcester – New for Old Kitchens – www.dreamdoors.co.uk
CW Travel (Worcester) - Tel: 01905 423048
GMB - Britain's General Union - www.gmb-westmids.org.uk/branches/w75.htm
Grove Property Developments – www.grovepropertydevelopments.co.uk
Guinness Park Farm Equestrian Centre - Tel: 01886 833384
Harry James – Earthworks & General Building - Tel: 01684 567774
Hawthorn Electrical - Tel: 01886 833703 or Mob: 07786325221
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Cardiac and Stroke Network – F.A.S.T. Campaign
Heritage Independent Financial Services - Tel: 07966195097
IDS-Indata – www.ids-indata.co.uk
Interkey - Internal Slotting & Splines - Tel/Fax: 01886 830222
IMAX Engineering – 01886 880588
John King Services – Tel: 07974937611
Keystone Roofing Services Malvern – 01684 572068
Leigh Sinton PO & Stores - Leigh Sinton, Worc’s - Tel: 01886 832201
Leon Building Services (Evesham) Ltd - Tel: 07973702548
Mailes Skips - Tel: 01886 832590
Michael G Robinson - Painter & Decorator - Tel: 01886 832845
MooD International – Smarter Decisions
Pippins Electrical – Tel: 01886 884177
Print & Design – Worcester City Digital - Tel: 01905 480120
Rabjohns LLP – Accountants – 01905 732100
RMD Joinery - Tel: 01886 832488 or Fax: 01886 833033
SCR Associates - Tel: 01905 352882
St Peters Garden Centre – Tel: 01905 357595
Teckserv LLP – Tel: 0044 1905 831996
The Cross Keys Pub, Malvern, Worc's – Tel: 01684 572945
The Football Foundation - www.footballfoundation.org.uk
The Fox & Hounds Restaurant – Lulsley, Worc’s - Tel: 01886 821228
The Royal Mail Sports Foundation
The Royal Oak Pub & Restaurant - Leigh Sinton, Worc's - Tel: 01886 832664
The Workshop, Bransford, Worcester – 01886 832235
Toolmaster Precision Limited - Malvern
Universal Display Ltd - www.universaldisplay.ltd.uk
Upton Glass & Glazing - Tel: 01684 591138 or (24hr) 07974783472
Vinci Construction UK Limited
WNT (UK) Ltd – Total Tooling, Quality & Service
For inclusion, or if these details change, or are incorrect, please contact the Editor!
Comments From The Coach
Bosko Medakovic,
Senior Coach – Boys Mini Football & Development (FA Level 2)
'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign!
I read with interest last month, an article in a national newspaper about parental touchline behaviour at games
involving youngsters, with the feature photo alongside showing U8's in action. The article was about a league in
Halifax, Yorkshire who had tackled parental touchline shouting and abuse by introducing a 'Silent Sunday' initiative.
The scheme was aimed at getting all parents who watched games to do so in complete silence, and just leaving
the youngsters to play and the referee to officiate. Hailed a 'huge success' by the event organiser, the league felt
such future days may well follow.
Whilst I wholeheartedly deplore negative touchline behaviour and comments, it seems that this strategy is taking
away the involvement and excitement that many parents experience who follow their youngsters in the correct
manner, because of a few mindless individuals who don't! What a pity! For me, grassroots sport is about positive
participation both on and off the pitch by all concerned, and such a draconian scheme serves only to stifle this.
Why not just ban those very few idiots who cause the problems? Ok, in this particular case, the sport was rugby…
but my view still holds for football.
At L&BBFC we have codes of conduct for staff, players, and spectators (parents). These feature for all to see on
our club website, and copies can be obtained by emailing our Club Secretary. They exist so that we can all enjoy a
pleasant experience at games and sessions. It therefore goes without saying that those folk who can't comply,
need not bother attending as they won't be welcome!
Staying in Yorkshire, I then read a further article a few days later about an U16's Team Coach and a two club
officials who have received near 3 year bans by the local West Riding FA for falsifying a result! The local Selby &
District league found the trio had falsely claimed that a game that was never played, had ended 32-0 in their
favour; a result that would have landed them the title on goal difference! Clearly this 'win at all costs' attitude takes
the meaning of this phrase to a new and desperate level! Why are we not surprised!
That said, I am not a fan of goal difference being used by junior grassroots leagues to settle matters where teams
are tied on points. I am an advocate of using 'head to head' results to settle such. A league title should be decided
by how the two competing teams that are tied at the top, got on against each other, and not by how many goals
they have whipped everyone else by, particularly the bottom sides!
Apart from stopping the false reporting of results as above (extreme in this case, I know), more importantly such a
system also helps encourage better sides to respect lesser ones as well as play their fringe players more often
because goals are of less importance. If they are still tied, then why not look at disciplinary points (yellow and red
cards accrued) to resolve it. Look to reward the teams that have better behaved above others that haven't! I have
put these notions forward at relevant meetings I have attended whenever the opportunity presents itself, but it's up
to the leagues to adopt this, at the end of the day, assuming enough clubs want it!
Still looking at the papers, I then came across an article about a 12 year boy who was lucky to be alive! It seems
that whilst waiting to play football in an Edinburgh high school PE lesson, the youngster was foolishly swinging on
the 6ft high goal crossbar. Inevitably, the bar broke and came crashing down on the lad, knocking him unconscious
and breaking his neck. Having to cope for a two month period wearing a neck brace, the keen footballer will no
doubt look back and realise just how very foolish whilst extremely lucky he has been!
The FA's Goalpost Safety initiative has been around for a long time and specifically highlights the dangers of folk
swinging on the structures. Indeed, on several occasions, I too have had to tell youngsters I have seen do this, not
to do so. As a 13 year old, I recall dislocating my shoulder when I fell awkwardly from swinging on a crossbar, so I
know it isn't a wise thing to do. Goals are not constructed for this purpose and I would urge every player, coach,
parent, and supporter to help enforce this. The reasons are obvious and take it from me… lessons need not be
learnt the hard way! For more details about goal post safety, visit http://www.thefa.com/News/myfootball/facilities/2011/nov/GoalPostSafety
Finally and somewhat much closer to home, you will have seen the local press about FA Coach, Ted Grizzell. I can
confirm that to our knowledge, this does not involve anyone connected with L&BBFC and as I write, is still an
alleged matter that is subject to an ongoing police investigation. However, until such time as the issues are
clarified, we understand that as part of the process, quite rightly, Ted is prevented from continuing with his
coaching activities. We further advise that if anyone has any concerns about this matter, then they should contact
Pat Lewis, Club Chairman, in the first instance.
Join the L&BBFC Girls Development Squad
Are You A Girl Interested In Playing or Learning To Play Soccer?
 Are You a Parent Interested In Coaching Girls Soccer?
If The Answer Is Yes, Then…
At Ralph’s Field Stadium, Hereford Road, Leigh Sinton, Worc’s
Every Saturday Morning, 9 am till 10.15 am
For Girls Aged 4 and upwards
For Enquiries Call: Pat Lewis, GDS Coach (FA Level 2) On 07771723833
Football Can Be Fun – So Please Get Involved!
The L&BBFC Mini Girls Development Squad Is Sponsored By…
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'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign.
Visit the L&BBFC…
At Ralph’s Field Stadium, Hereford Road, Leigh Sinton, Worc’s. WR13 5EQ
 Hot & Cold Refreshments Available
 Official Club Merchandise Available
 Nearly New Boots & Football Garments Available
Open Most Saturday Mornings During Match & Session Days From 8.45am
Helpers Wanted – See Situations Vacant Herein For Details
New Facility Now At Powick Playing Field!
L&BBFC’s…
As we grow, running a successful junior soccer club such as L&BBFC can only continue if there are
dedicated, volunteer staff in place to oversee and deliver the aims of the club. At L&BBFC, we are
fortunate to have many such folk in post, holding key positions. However, there is always room for
more which is why we are interested to hear from people who would be prepared to help out,
particularly in the following urgently needed voluntary roles:
 Team & Assistant Coaches
 Events Co-Ordinators
 Grounds Person(s)
 Club Secretary
 Safeguarding Administrator
 Vice Chairman
Many of our members have come up with great ideas and activities for our club, but all too often
things don’t happen because we haven’t got the staff available to ensure they can, or because existing
staff are already stretched covering other important duties! This is where you can help! Interested
persons are asked to contact Pat Lewis, Club Chairman. Check out our website – www.lbbfc.co.uk - for
job descriptions and volunteer application forms. Please note that in the interests of child protection,
club staff are required to undergo the FA DBS process.
Football can be fun – so please get involved!
'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign.
Calling All Budding Young Soccer Volunteers Over 14 Years Old!
You may be wondering where you go to continue developing as a coach after completing your school leadership
award. The Football Association has launched the F.A ‘Football Futures' Scheme in which young coaches get
rewarded for the hours that they complete within a local junior football club.
As a young coach you can take part in this rewarding programme for ‘FREE’ by completing the relevant application
form found on the FA’s website, use the link via the Links Page on the L&BBFC website! You could also potentially
be selected to attend a National F.A Young Leadership Camp! Coaching experience can be gained through L&BBFC,
but before 'Football Futures' application forms are submitted to the WFA, you are asked to contact Bosko
Medakovic, Club Senior Coach - Development, in order to ensure that your request can be accommodated.
At L&BBFC, we want to continue to encourage such participation & development, and consequently, we currently
do have some of our more senior players helping out with coaching sessions for our younger ones. This initiative
is a great way in which relevant members can receive formal recognition for their efforts in this respect, and for
such youngsters to be able to move on up through to the next stage in the soccer coaching ladder! Again,
interested applicants are asked to visit our website – www.lbbfc.co.uk - for more details about this fantastic
initiative. Applicants need to be 14 years old or over.
'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign.
Comments From The Coach
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Senior Coach – Girls, Futsal & Community (FA Level 2)
'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign.
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COME AND JOIN THE…
All participants must…
 Wear suitable footwear and shin pads.
 Be aged 16+
 Conduct themselves within the spirit of 'Fair Play' and comply with all club
and FA codes, rules, and regulations, together with those of any competition in
which the club may participate.
 Pay the £20 annual Club Membership Fee (excluding serving club staff) and
the £2 session fee (all participants).
CASUAL KICK ABOUT
Every Thurs (Term Time Only) 2nd Oct 2014 to 26th Mar 2015
From 7.30pm to 8.30pm
At Dyson Perrins CE Academy (Floodlit ATP)
Yates Hay Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 1WD
Contact:
Steve Dallow, Senior Coach – Adults Football
On 07758257071 Or Email: [email protected]
Recent Club Squad Fixtures & Results
February 2015
For More Results, Fixtures, & Tables visit…
www.lbbfc.co.uk
It has been another relatively quiet month on the competitive fixture front. Only a small handful of games took
place given recent weather conditions and the February school half term break. There were two heavy defeats for
our U11's Borough and our U12's Hornets, who despite the occasional moment, have found points in their
respective divisions, hard to come by.
Feb-15
Badgers Squad
Opponents
Venue
Result
Competition
7th
U11's Borough
St John's Colts United
H
L 10-0
MFJFL
8th
U12's Hornets
WCT Raiders
H
L 10-3
MFJFL
8th
U13's County
Oldbury Park Tigers Siberians
A
L 3-0
MFJFL
8th
U16's Rangers
Droitwich Spa Foxes
H
D 1-1
MFJFL
28th
U12's Vale
Blakedown Colts
A
L 8-0
WFA CYDL
MFJFL - Mercian Festival Junior Football League
MFJFL Cup - Mercian Festival Junior Football League Cup
MFJFL DH - Games Were Played As MFJFL 'Double Headers'
WFA CYDL - Worcestershire FA County Youth Development League
WFA CVL - Worcestershire FA County Veterans League
WFA Cup - Worcestershire FA County Cup
AFRICA REVISITED…
Back in 2013, our then U15's Celtic Team Coach, Tony Smith supported a Castlemorton Primary School exchange visit
to Africa, to the Boraba Lower Basic School in the Gambian central region. This year, Tony revisited the school along
with his daughter Erin, a current member of our U13's County squad. Tony & Erin organised football sessions for the
students as well as handing out shirts kindly donated by the Badgers, which were gratefully received by the staff and
pupils. Our photo shows Erin (back row left) with the youngsters. Photo courtesy of Tony Smith – Feb 2015
The Badgers FC & County FA Celebrate…
Figures just out
show an increase in
the number of
Licensed Coaches in
Worcestershire…
The WFA has reported that
figures received last
month show that the
Licensed Coaches figures
for Worcestershire in 2014
have increased by 3.5%
(15 Coaches) on the
previous year. It is good news that locally the County are growing as some are decreasing in
their numbers. Currently, Worcestershire is operating with 429 Licensed Coaches in the area.
Nationally the figure is now at 31,504 and has increased on last year’s figure also so it is proving that
people are still keen to learn and develop their coaching skills and are prepared to back that with a
qualification. It is understood that the FA are very pleased with local efforts to promote structured
coaching programmes within the Worcestershire region.
For more information on training please visit the WFA website then click on the FIND A COURSE box
on the website homepage, or by contacting the County Offices for further information – 01905 827137.
The Worcestershire FA are continuing to help and support those who are a part of the licenced coaches
club and it looks forward to this number growing in 2015!
At L&BBFC we have seen nine new coaches join us during 2014. Of which, five are now Level 1
qualified, and four are looking to do likewise over the coming weeks. We are delighted with this increase
which enables us to continue to sustain teams for our eager young footballers. We already have seven
coaches lined up for at least four new club sides that will feature in the local league from September
2015. More are always welcome!
Club Senior Coach – Development, Bosko Medakovic claimed, 'We are always interested in attracting
suitable volunteers to the club. We just can't do what we hope to for our 200 odd members without a
team of dedicated volunteers in place to under pin our football programme.'
He added, 'More recent coaching recruits to our club include, Tom Denty, Josh King, Melissa Edwards,
Kevin Williams, Smiley Malevu, and Alex Warner. Along with colleagues already at the club, together
they enable football to be delivered by L&BBFC, in a safe and structured manner, and they all deserve a
lot of credit for stepping forward and getting involved!'
Football can be fun – so please get involved!
'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign.
Calling All Volunteers…
Your Club Needs You!
Following the announced resignations, for personal reasons, of three
key members of our club senior officers, L&BBFC is looking to find
suitable replacements to fill the following posts. L&BBFC is completely
staffed by volunteers who help make the Badgers a successful FA
Charter Standard Community Club, to be enjoyed by around 200
youngsters. We cannot achieve this without the dedicated
contributions made by our fantastic team of volunteers!
The following roles are essential and key to ensuring that the club can look to continue…

Club Secretary – Are you administratively minded with good IT skills, a good communicator, and
someone who is able to attend about eight league meetings a year? We need a Club Secretary
to oversee the main administrative functions of our club, liaising with the league, WFA, and other
club staff.
 Safeguarding Administrator – Are you administratively minded with good IT skills, a good
communicator, and someone who is tactful and discrete? We need a Safeguarding Administrator
to manage a very important and 'must do' duty placed upon the club by the FA. The role will need
to ensure that all appointed club staff who have child supervisory and care responsibilities
undergo the DBS checking process.

Vice Chairman – Are you someone who can help oversee the running of our successful club,
working alongside a team of other senior club officials? We need a suitable individual to assist
our Club Chairman in leading our great little club.
Job descriptions for these roles feature on our club website – www.lbbfc.co.uk – and on average
across the season may take about an hour or two per week. The club will provide appropriate
training, support, and resources to the appointed volunteers.
If you feel you can offer the club your services, please contact our Club Chairman, Pat Lewis.
Alternatively, beforehand look to have an informal chat with any of our other existing club officers as
shown herein.
We really can't do what we do without our volunteers!
Contact Pat Lewis, Club Chairman, on 07771723833
'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign.
Here's Your Chance To Say Thanks In The…
The FA Community Awards
presented by McDonalds were
launched in the 2010-2011
season to recognise and
reward the people, clubs and
leagues that deliver
grassroots football in
England. The Awards are split
in to seven categories and
each category is judged at
County and regional level
before a national shortlist is
created from the regional
winners.
We feel very passionate about
these awards here in
Worcestershire, as this is a
fantastic opportunity for volunteers from grassroots football to be recognised for the valuable time that
they give. Most clubs and leagues have countless people from all walks of life giving their time without
expecting anything in return so that children and people of all ages can play football in a safe and
enjoyable environment.
The relevant 2015 Award categories open to L&BBFC are:
1. The FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year
2. The FA Young Volunteer of the Year (under 25)
3. The FA Volunteer of the Year
4.
The People’s Award – Outstanding Contribution to Community Football
Please take 5 minutes to vote for someone at your club who you know deserves to be acknowledged
and rewarded. You can vote via the link below. Happy voting!!
Jacquie Owers
Worcestershire FA, Development Administration and MarComms Officer, Tel: 01905 827137 Ext: 205
http://www.thefa.com/my-football/community/fa-community-awards
Be Safe, Secure, & Comfortable…
Be On The Ball – Information for U18's
Football is about having fun, being
with friends, making new ones,
playing games, trying new skills and
being part of a team, if you want. It
should be fun to do all of these
things - having fun is what is
important.
Sometimes adults get it wrong and do things
which hurt, frighten or worry children. It doesn't
happen often in football, but it does happen. If
a child is worried about the way an adult is
behaving towards them, they feel threatened or
frightened it's important they know who to tell
and how to get help. What they are
experiencing might be child abuse.
What is Child Abuse?
Child abuse is what happens when a person, or group of people, harm a child or young person under the age of
18. Often the adult - 'abuser' - knows the child well. Child abuse can happen anywhere. There are five types of
child abuse:
Neglect - is not being looked after properly, not being fed enough or having warm clothes or a place to sleep or
needing medication when you are ill and not getting it. Physical abuse - is being hit, shaken, thrown, poisoned,
burned or being given harmful drugs or alcohol. Sexual abuse - is being touched in a way that feels wrong, being
forced or encouraged to have sex or made to touch an adult sexually even if you don't understand what is
happening or being shown sexual films or pictures. Emotional abuse - is being bullied or threatened, not being
loved but made to feel stupid and worthless. Bullying - is being hit, called names, being left out, being threatened,
having things stolen, being made to give someone money, being shouted and laughed at or being made to feel
stupid/different. It can happen via text or social networking sites like Facebook or Bebo. Abuse is never ok. It's not
your fault and there are people who can help.
Who can help?
If you are being abused or have been in the past it's important to tell an adult you trust. This isn't easy but keeping
quiet isn't the answer - you need someone to help. You might be worried about what might happen. You could be
worried about any of these things:
You may have been told to keep quiet, that no-one would believe you. You might have been threatened or they
said they would hurt your family. You might have been told you would not be allowed to play football again. You
might be worried because they are an important person in your club/football team and everyone looks up to
them. You might be worried about what your mum and dad will think. You might feel guilty that you didn't stop it
happening. You might think it will just stop!
Keeping quiet isn't the answer - by telling someone you can stop the abuse. Abuse is never ok. It's not your fault
and there are people who can help.
Know Your Rights
If you take part in football you have the right to have fun and stay safe. Your coaches are there to help you learn
safely and enjoy football. This means respecting you as a person and as a player and… being a good role model leading by example, not speaking to you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, not bullying you to make you
do things, treating you as an individual, thinking about you and your team-mates and not just about winning or
scoring goals, making sure the pitch/playing area and equipment are safe for you to use, having the right
qualifications to coach, making football fun!
Remember it's your right to enjoy football - don't let anyone else spoil it. If you are worried about the way a coach,
team manager, referee or anyone involved in football is behaving towards you, there are people you can talk to If
your coach needs to have physical contact to correct a technique or your positioning, they need to explain this to
you and check you are ok with this. If you are not comfortable with physical contact, you have the right to say no.
Getting Help
Tell an adult you trust as soon as possible. This could be your mum or dad or someone else in your family; an adult
at your club; a teacher; your doctor or school nurse or school counsellor. Think of who you trust and speak to them
now; remember it needs to be an adult. Or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. It’s free unless you use a
mobile, available all day, every day and they have trained professionals who know what to do. If you have hearing
difficulties you can use their textphone by calling 0800 056 0566. Your club has a Club Welfare Officer, they will
also know what to do find out who they are and speak to them. There are also lots of websites that give advice you
might want to email them for advice. www.childline.org.uk ChildLine offers lots of ways you can contact them:
You can send an e-mail, get support on the message boards, send your questions to ‘Ask Sam’, or remember
you can call them on 0800 1111.
Kidscape
Visit www.kidscape.org.uk/childrenteens for advice on: Who gets bullied? What can I do? Who can I tell? What
if...? Online safety\cyberbullying
Think You Know
If you would like to know more just visit thinkuknow they have a really cool site developed by children and young
people that gives advice on all the types of things you want to know about. There are specific sections for 5-7, 8-10
and 11-16-year-olds. As well as advice you can watch films, play games visit the TUK cyber café or get involved
with one of their polls. Don’t just take our word for it – go and take a look…
Read more at http://www.thefa.com/football-rules-governance/safeguarding/be-on-the-ball#Fz0ybQq39WeHIipE.99
Calling All Budding Female Coaches…
The Worcestershire FA is
to run a female-only
Level 1 coaching football
course.
The cost of the course has been
greatly subsidised by the
Worcestershire FA and also the
Hereford and Worcester County
Sports Partnership. Together,
they are working to encourage
more females into football
coaching, in tandem with Sport
England’s ‘This Girl Can’
campaign.
Why not help to keep your child's team going for next season, or assist with the coaching at a team you currently
play for? All of this whilst making new friends, and receiving dedicated support from a female course tutor, and a
female coach mentor. Taking place at King George V Playing Fields, Worcester (postcode WR4 9TL) the
outline of the course is as follows:
- Female Tutor
- Female participants
- Just £50* (normally £195!)
- No playing or coaching experience needed
- Support during and after the course with further opportunities and a female mentor
- 3 days and 2 evenings
Dates:
th
Sunday 26 April (9am-5pm)
th
Monday 27 April (6:30pm-9:30pm)
th
Sunday 10 May (9am-5pm)
th
Thursday 14 May (6:30pm-9:30pm)
th
Sunday 17 May (9am-5pm)
*Terms and conditions apply. For more information on this course please contact Course Administrator, Lynne
Williams on 01905 827137 ext. 209 or Tweet us @WorcsFA.
You can book on to the course by following this link:
http://eventspace.thefa.com/worcestershirefa/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=124418#regform
Read more at http://www.worcestershirefa.com/news/2015/feb/female-only-level-1#usquiMkURrTY3ebo.99
Editor's Footnote: L&BBFC wholeheartedly supports the notion of women in football, at all levels. Indeed, the club
can also boast of a fine record of having several current and former female coaches leading teams. If any female
aged 16+ would like to join the Badgers and register for this course, L&BBFC will be willing to fund your course fee!
Interested persons are asked to contact Bosko Medakovic, Senior Coach – Development
HAVE YOUR SAY ON…
…In Worcestershire!
The Worcestershire FA
is conducting a
countywide survey to
see how local youth
football can offer those
involved, better and
more positive
experiences and
opportunities, as well
as improved
progression in local
football beyond the
school leaving age!
Based on the responses
received, the Worcestershire
FA will aim to work in
partnership with affiliated youth leagues and key organisations in order to grow and sustain participation within
youth football, and beyond. The survey is open to everyone who has a stake in the current set up and these include
the likes of players, coaches, parents, volunteers, and referees. Everyone involved with youth football in
Worcestershire is invited to have their say!
The survey is available on the Worcestershire FA website via this link –
http://www.worcestershirefa.com/news/2015/feb/youth-football-survey
If you have any questions, please contact the WFA development team by email:
[email protected]
You can also keep in touch on Twitter: @WorcsFA
Read more at http://www.worcestershirefa.com/news/2015/feb/youth-football-survey#OdSh3ulcuIazCycA.99
Editor's Footnote: At L&BBFC, we welcome all initiatives that will help increase opportunities, improve
experiences, and offer folk better progression as they grow. We recognise that there is currently a massive gap
between the more positive experiences gained under youth football by all participants, from that on offer at adult
level. We believe the local grassroots adult game can learn a lot from the youth set up!
The Worcestershire FA should be commended on their looking to see how matters can be improved in this respect,
and L&BBFC asks that all our newsletter readers take the time to visit the WFA website, and complete this very
short two-minute survey!
It is all too easy to spend time moaning about the faults in our game, but when an opportunity like this comes round
to address matters, let's not let it slip. Have your say!
'No Respect, No Referee = No Game' – Get The Message And Support The FA’s Respect Campaign.
Free L&BBFC Junior Admission To...
L&BBFC has again teamed up with local giants, WCFC to enable all
L&BBFC junior members the opportunity to watch the City as they host
three sides in their coming Vanarama Conference League North
encounters at Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster.
Currently pushing for the promotion play-offs, the City have had a
remarkable season that has included a record-breaking FA Cup run!
The deal will see L&BBFC sponsor the match balls and in addition,
L&BBFC members will lead out the teams prior to the kick off and act as
match day mascots and ball boys/girls!
Furthermore, FREE admission is offered to all L&BBFC junior members
(U16's) for these games!
Parents... why not make the most of these fixtures and take your
child(ren) along to watch the City. Bring siblings and friends along also!
Just print and cut out the vouchers shown below and present them at the
'Ticket Holders' turnstile for one FREE junior admission, courtesy of
both L&BBFC and WCFC...
This Voucher Admits One L&BBFC Junior
Member For Free To Watch...
Worcester City
Vs
AFC Barrow
Saturday 21st March, 2015
3pm Kick Off
Vanarama League North
Please present this voucher at the 'Ticket Holders' turnstile...
Aggborough Stadium, Hoo Road, Kidderminster,
Worcestershire. DY10 1NB.
This Voucher Admits One L&BBFC Junior
Member For Free To Watch…
Worcester City
Vs
Hyde United
Saturday 11th April, 2015
3pm Kick Off
Vanarama League North
Please present this voucher at the 'Ticket Holders' turnstile...
Aggborough Stadium, Hoo Road, Kidderminster,
Worcestershire. DY10 1NB.
This Voucher Admits One L&BBFC Junior
Member For Free To Watch…
Worcester City
Vs
Colwyn Bay
Saturday 25th April, 2015
3pm Kick Off
Vanarama League North
Please present this voucher at the 'Ticket Holders' turnstile...
Aggborough Stadium, Hoo Road, Kidderminster,
Worcestershire. DY10 1NB.
Worcester City Football Club
“The Vanarama BIG Day Out”
Sunday May 17th, Wembley, Promotion Final
Conference Name sponsors Vanarama are offering supporters the opportunity of watching this
season’s Conference Premier Division Promotion Final at Wembley Stadium for just £10 (adults)
and £5 (under-16s).
The game is at Wembley on Sunday 17th May with a 2pm kick-off. It is part of the newly named
“Vanarama BIG Day Out” and they are promising an electric party atmosphere at a highly affordable
price.
To be part of the “Vanarama BIG Day Out” you will need to buy a voucher from Worcester City FC.
But be quick, this offer is only available until 28 February 2015, prices revert to £20 and £10
thereafter.
Nearer to the “Vanarama BIG Day Out” you will be able to exchange the voucher at Worcester City
FC for an actual match ticket. There will be no more to pay (unless you want it posted), even though
the face-value of the ticket will be considerably higher. To qualify for this offer, you must buy your
vouchers by the end of February.
It’s a great value offer and an unmissable opportunity to watch a match at Wembley at low cost.
Typically a family of four could save £86
A Day out at Wembley 2 Adults & 2 Children for only £30!
Please Contact Mark Wilcox or Andy Jones to secure your Vouchers
(Football Team & School groups available with supervisors going free)
Mark Wilcox
Andy Jones
Mbl: 07836 719477
E: [email protected]
Mbl: 07710 249313
E: [email protected]