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Community Club of the Year Award

Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation wins Football Conference Award
Local foundation awarded ‘Community Club of the Year’ with a £10,000 prize at Football Conference Annual Awards
Bath City FC received the Community Club of the Year Award (Conference South), at the Football Conference Annual Awards held on Saturday night due to the work of Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation, the community charity bringing the benefits of sport to local children in Bath. The Foundation received a £10,000 prize towards the football programmes for local children and schools in Bath.

Pete Sellwood, Director, Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award from the Football Conference and for the work of Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation to be recognised and commended by the football community.”

Ken Loach, Chairman, Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation said: “This Award is testimony to the fantastic commitment, dedication and hard work of the Foundation’s executive director, Pete Sellwood. We are excited at reaching even more children and schools in Bath with the prize money.”

Paul Williams, Chairman, Bath City FC, said: ““Bath City FC is proud to have an active Foundation working for the benefit of Bath’ s local community, especially the children and schools. Bath City FC is a community club so we are delighted to see the work of the Foundation recognised in this way by the Football Conference. This is a great win for everyone who loves Bath City FC.”

The Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation, a registered charity since August 2011 runs four key programmes: Attacking Skills takes football players in to schools to teach football skills and lessons on diet; The Girls Football Programme initiates and develops girls football in Bath’s schools; The Disability Programme caters for children with learning and physical disabilities and The FA Mash-Up programme caters for 12 to 16 year olds and includes 5-a-side leagues at local youth Hubs. Sponsors include The Football Conference Trust, Medlock Charitable Trust, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Touchstone, and Curo .

Girls Football Tournaments
Over the past two years there has been a rapid development in girls football in the Bath area. This development corresponds with its growth nationally, where it is now the fastest growing team sport. During the year a number of friendly matches have been played between schools and in the summer term a number of tournaments are held where teams compete at Under 13 and Under 15 age levels. Two tournaments have already taken place so far this term – one at Broadlands Academy, Keynsham, and the other at Hayesfield Academy, Bath. Seven local schools took part and there were approximately 130 players in total at each tournament. The Foundation provided the trophies and medals. Both tournaments were great occasions and all of the games were played with enthusiasm and tremendous skill and sportsmanship. It is obvious that there are many talented girl footballers in our schools and we must make sure that we provide opportunities for them to continue playing after they have left school. This is something the Foundation will put its mind to over the next few months. Hopefully we will be able to gain enough sponsorship to fund a Foundation squad that is coached by our splendid team of university coaches.

Bath City FC – The 125 Year Anniversary it wasn’t until the1880’s that team football was first played in Bath; but even then it was not the sport of the locals. It originated as an organised team game in the British public school‘s system and was first played in Bath by public schoolboys at Prior Park College. It wasn’t until 18th July 1889 that Bath City AFC was formed. The inaugural meeting was held at The Christopher Hotel – the building opposite the Guildhall, now occupied by the ‘All-Bar-One’ restaurant and bar. The first game was played on the Bath Association Cricket Club ground, at North Parade when Bath City AFC’s opponents were a team that they would play many times in their 125 year history – Trowbridge Town. Bath lost 4 – 8 to a well-drilled Trowbridge team. Since then the Bath club has gone through many stages of transition and enjoyed a rich and colourful history. During this, their anniversary year, the club are planning a number of activities and events to celebrate its 125 years of football history. Who knows, they might even ask Trowbridge Town for a replay!

Pete Sellwood: Director: Bath City FC Community Sports Foundation.

Bath City Community Sports Foundation celebrates successful year

By Neil Beck, Bath Chronicle November 25, 2013

The Bath City Community Sports Foundation declared 2013 a winning year at its annual general meeting on Friday. A community charity founded by the Bath City FC Supporters’ Society, the foundation says it is ready to go from strength to strength after establishing a number of schemes in the area. Its Attacking Skills programme sees players like former City striker Charlie Griffin visit local schools to provide children with football coaching and lessons on diet, keeping fit and communication skills. Meanwhile, Fran Wild, a member of the University of Bath women’s team, visits local primary and secondary schools to initiate and develop girls’ football programmes. The foundation now has five female coaches working in ten local schools, including Ralph Allen, Hayesfield and St Michael’s. The foundation’s disabiity programme includes player visits and football coaching for children at the Three-Ways Special School, while it also organises five-a-side leagues for 11-14 and 15-19 year olds at the Southside Youth Hub and Percy Community Centre in Bath once a week. Foundation director Pete Sellwood said: “The foundation aims to create a sound, profitable relationship with the local community through sport.
“The delivery of training sessions and coaching is extremely valuable and flourishing and we are committed to growing the availability of football for girls, disabled children and local schools through 2014.” Speaking at the AGM, chairman of Trustees Ken Loach said: “2013 has been a year with a lot of progress for the Foundation, with new projects and new sponsors coming on board. “In just a few years the Foundation has progressed from working solely with primary schools to include secondary schools, girls and disability programmes. This extraordinary mushrooming of the work is a fantastic contribution to the Bath community.”
Five new trustees – University of Bath Students Union CEO Ian Robinson, B&NES councillor Rob Appleyard, Kat Byles, Matt Fowle and John Reynolds – have been added fo 2014. All sponsors and funders of the Foundation, including the Football Conference Trust, Medlock Charitable Trust, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Touchstone, Curo and Compressor Systems, were thanked for their generous commitment through 2013. Anybody interested in supporting the Foundation should email pete@bathcityfcfoundation.co.uk.

The Foundation

Charity Registration Number: 1143224

The Early Beginnings

The seeds of the Foundation were first sown some five years ago when Bath City FC were struggling in the Southern League Premier Division. A group of supporters set up, what we then called the Action Group. This group actively promoted the club within the whole Bath area and set up a City Centre Stall that we ran on Saturday match days for four years. We even coined our own slogan, which was: ‘Bringing Bath City into the City of Bath’. We brought out a monthly newsletter, which was distributed both in hard copy and via the internet and we produced colourful posters for all home games that featured Bath City players in action. The posters were distributed throughout Bath – particularly in the pubs, clubs, prominent notice boards, and the Tourist Information Office. On match days we printed and distributed over 150 Bath City FC information leaflets to hand out to tourists and Bath residents. The leaflets included maps and recommended bus services on how to get to Twerton Park – we even persuaded the bus company to put Bath City Football Club as the No 5 bus destination.

It was during this time that we contacted Bath & North East Somerset Education Department suggesting that we work with them in setting up an education project in local primary schools. We believed that children would be motivated by contact with players and would welcome the opportunity to visit the stadium to watch the team play. The Education Department responded positively to our request and were keen to help. They allocated the task of supporting us to Peter Rolfe, a senior member of the B&NES education office. The initial aim of this project was to encourage and support pupils in the 8-11 yr old age range to improve their communication skills, both in writing and verbal dialogue through contact with players from Bath City FC and Bath University’s womens’ team. The good news is that the project is as popular as ever. We are still in regular contact with Peter Rolfe, who is a keen supporter of our programme. The Action Group ran for a successful period of two or three years before it was subsumed into the Supporters’ Society.

The Supporters’Society

It was during this time that we contacted Bath & North East Somerset Education Department suggesting that we work with them in setting up an education project in local primary schools. We believed that children would be motivated by contact with players and would welcome the opportunity to visit the stadium to watch the team play. The Education Department responded positively to our request and were keen to help. They allocated the task of supporting us to Peter Rolfe, a senior member of the B&NES education office. The initial aim of this project was to encourage and support pupils in the 8-11 yr old age range to improve their communication skills, both in writing and verbal dialogue through contact with players from Bath City FC and Bath University’s womens’ team. The good news is that the project is as popular as ever. We are still in regular contact with Peter Rolfe, who is a keen supporter of our programme. The Action Group ran for a successful period of two or three years before it was subsumed into the Supporters’ Society.


Purpose

To develop a sound and profitable relationship with the local community through sport. To work with local schools, the community and youth groups on projects and programmes that stimulate learning and encourage a healthy lifestyle. To work independently and with other charitable groups in the support of the disadvantaged within the local community. To increase the confidence and motivation of those within the community with learning or physical disabilities through contact with the football club and its players.


Aims

  • To develop a sound and profitable relationship with the local community through sport.
  • To work with local schools, the community and youth groups on projects and programmes that stimulate learning and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • To work independently and with other charitable groups in the support of the disadvantaged within the local community.
  • To increase the confidence and motivation of those within the community with learning or physical disabilities through contact with the football club and its players.

Trustees

Ken Loach: Chairman of Trustees, Pete Sellwood: Director of Foundation, Martin Powell: Responsible for the Attacking Skills Project, Gavin Steer: Responsible for 11-14 & 15-19 5-a-side leagues, Pete McCormack: Liaison Trustee, John Reynolds: Links with Local Football Clubs, Matthew Fawle: Representative of Local Sponsors. Cllr Rob Appleyard: Responsible for Community Links.

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Side Photos: Top: Summer Soccer School action.
2nd: Developing Heading Skills.
3rd: Primary Schools make a Guard of Honour at the Bath University Varsity match against Exeter University.
Bottom: A talented young player in action during the Summer Soccer Club.