We are the biggest Burton Town Centre based Junior Football Club, offering quality coaching and organized matches, to all boys and girls in the local community. Our Home Ground and training facilities are at The Marlpit, Shobnall Park. We currently have around 400 boys and girls representing the Football Club in “The Burton Junior Football League” and “The Midlands Junior Premier League”. This season we are running teams at age groups – U7’s (x 2 teams), U8’s (x3), U9’s, U10’s (x2), U11’s (x2), U12’s (x2), U13’s (x3), U15’s (x2), U16’s (x2) and Youths. We are affiliated to Birmingham County FA and come under their jurisdiction for all football matters. We are also in the process of forming at least one Girls team that will also be playing League football.
Belvedere Park Junior Football Club is a Charter Standard Football Club. This Standard gives assurances to players and parents associated with the Club, that the Club is being run properly. As part of the Charter Standard, the following examples are some of the criteria we have put in place. These include,
We also have close and strong associationships with Burton Albion FC, Derby County FC and St Georges Park, home of the England Football Team, with our Soccer School (for 4-6 year olds) being held there, and many other BPFC activities hosted there. We provide opportunites for our players to assist St Georges Park as ball boys/girls, flag bearers and assistants for domestic and international football tournaments held there, and recently supplied assistance to UNICEF for a promotional film taken at St Georges Park.
A Committee has been elected to run the Football Club. The Committee is made up of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Child Protection Officer and general Committee members. These people look after the day to day running of the Football Club and ensure everyone abides by F.A. Rules, League Rules and Football Club Rules.
Each individual team in the Football Club is run by a manager and his assistant. These people are normally parents of players in the team. We take seriously, the safety of your child, so all managers and assistants have been FA CRB checked, for your peace of mind and they have all agreed to adhere to the Child Protection Policy and Rules of the Football Club. Also, they all hold a current First Aid certificate, which is a League stipulation. Each manager is encouraged to take coaching qualifications whilst with the Club and at least one manager / coach for each team needs to hold at least the FA level 1 Coaching Certificate.
All Committee members and managers/assistants carry out their roles voluntarily. No-one gets paid for the services they provide.
Committee Meetings and Managers Meetings are held on a regular basis to discuss Football Club issues. Manager’s then feed back any relevant information to the parents and players of their team.
Apart from our own website, you may also wish to look at the following websites :
The Burton Junior Football League – www.bjflplayers.co.uk
The Midlands Junior Premier League – www.mjpl.org.uk
.These web sites are the official web sites of the two Leagues the Football Club plays in and again all fixtures, results, etc can be viewed on these sites.
Please remember that ALL football upto Under 12 football is classed as non competitive – so league tables and results are not published to encourage children (and parents!) to simply enjoy the football they play without fearing about the result.
The Football Club is self financing and is an all-inclusive Club, whereby every player contributes the same amount and in return every player receives the same benefits. For season 2015/16, the cost for each player to play for Belvedere Park Football Club is £160 (just over £3 per week over the year). This is made up of a £40 Signing-On fee and then six further £20 monthly payments over the playing season. Rest assured, all money paid into the Football Club is used directly, to finance the children’s football. As previously stated, no-one takes a wage from the Football Club.
The £160 is the total outlay for the year. We are not like a lot of other Clubs. We will not be asking people throughout the year to sell raffle tickets, to do sponsored walks, to hold car boot sales, etc. to raise funds for the Football Club. The only time we ask for your help, is in trying to raise funds at our Annual Soccer Tournament. This is our main fund raiser for the year and we ask parents and players to support us, by trying to sell raffle tickets and advertising space/sponsorship in our Tournament programme, to local businesses or friends / colleagues.
All money received through player subscriptions and the Annual Tournament is used to fund the Football Club. On the playing side we need to pay for football kits, pitch fees, referees fees, League Fees, etc. The money is also used to purchase training equipment and pay for Winter Indoor and Outdoor training facilities for the players. We also have to maintain and line-mark the pitches on a weekly basis.
On the non-playing side the money is used to fund social events and also the Annual Football Club Presentation Evening. Each player will receive a trophy, in recognition of playing for Belvedere Park JFC over the season, plus there are four main trophies awarded at each age group for Managers Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year, Most Improved Player and Clubman Award. All of these functions are free to all signed players and their immediate families.
As well as the above running costs for the Football Club, each player receives the following benefits.
Belvedere Park FC has created a great standing within the Burton on Trent community and is well known for their commitment to the kids and their footballing journey. All kids are treated equally – BPFC has never been about winning and wanting only the best players – we just want kids to enjoy their football, and treat each other with respect – whether our teams win or lose. After all, its only a game!