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 Leisure Centre. We currently have around 400 boys and girls representing the Football Club in “The Burton Junior Football League” “Tamworth Junior League” and “The Midlands Junior Premier League (MJPL)”. This season we are running teams at age groups – U7’s (x 2 teams), U8’s (x2), U9’s (x2), U10’s (x3), U11’s (x2), U12’s (x2), U13’s (x2), U14’s, U15’s (x1), and Youths. We are affiliated to Birmingham County FA and come under their jurisdiction for all football matters.
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,
· As a minimum, one coach for each team, qualified to at least the FA Level 1 coaching standard, which incorporates child protection and first aid qualifications.
· All appropriate managers, coaches, etc. being FA Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked.
· A formed Committee.
· An accounting system which is reviewed by the FA.
· A set of rules and procedures, which include a Child Protection Policy, Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discrimination Policy and a Club Code of Conduct.
We also have close and strong associationships with Burton Albion FC, Derby County FC and St George’s 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 opportunities for our players to assist St George’s 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 George’s 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 feedback 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 up to 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 2019/20, 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 eight 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 £200 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.
· A Football Strip is provided for each player to play matches in.
· Each player receives an item of clothing, for example, Rain jacket, hoodie depending on the teams selection.
· A training session will be provided for each player at least once a week and most weeks during the playing season; a competitive League match against other Football Clubs will be arranged.
· Winter training which currently is held at St Georges Park on Monday evenings, or other venues on different evenings to the main club night.
· Presentation Evening, again free entrance to each signed player and their immediate family. All signed players receive a trophy plus the chance to be nominated for one or more of the four main trophies.
· All training equipment is provided.
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, it’s only a game!