Junior and youth football scene

ACLE RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB: The annual meeting is at the Acle Social Club tonight (Friday) at 8pm. Everybody who is interested in the club are welcome to attend.

CATFIELD FC will start pre-season training on Tuesday, July 27 at Ormesby playing field under the supervision of Gavin Lemmon, the Norfolk FA football development officer. The new strip is ordered and Catfield have friendlies scheduled for August 13, 20 and 27. And John from the Avenues has confirmed sponsorship. Anyone interested in signing should telephone Selfy on 07831 228007

HEMSBY FC is looking for sponsors and new players this season. The club has great changing rooms and very good pitches with a great youth set up and is well run. All ages and abilities welcome. Contact O Giles on 07903 192967

MK UNITED: Thanks go to everybody who attended the 25th year reunion. The night turned out to be a great success and MK are looking forward to the next one in 2036. A big thank you went to Christine, Carol and Heather for the excellent buffett. Back to this season, the club would like to thank Graeme and Wendy of the Pub on the Shrubs for their continued support, and with additional sponsership secured MK are now able to run their reserves again. They will be managed by Lee Hodgson. For all those who played for MK last season, and any new players who wish to play for either of the teams this season, training continues every Tuesday night at Cliff Park 7-8pm, or contact 659212 or 07796331860.

BOHEMIANS: For Bohs’ Saturday and Sunday adult teams, training takes place on Wednesday evenings at New Road, Belton at 6.30pm. Both teams are looking to add to their current squads for the forthcoming season. Players new or old are welcome. Mark Vincent’s Sunday side are also looking for an assistant manager to help out with match-day duties. Anyone interested in either playing or helping out and who require more details should phone 01493 664673 or just turn up at 6pm Wednesdays.

BOHEMIANS remind managers that the first of four player signing sessions is tomorrow (Saturday) morning, also at New Road Belton. Parents are requested to attend with their child in order to complete the league registration and club membership forms. They must remember to bring two passport-size photos.

BOHEMIANS’ annual mini-soccer tournament was held last Saturday at New Road, Belton with over 370 players taking part in six age groups. Winners were: Shrublands in the boys U9 who beat a valiant Blundeston Magpies in the penalty shoot-out; Gorleston Rangers Stars in the boys U11 who beat their club team-mates the Eagles in a penalty shoot-out; Gorleston Rangers Hoops in the boys U12 who beat their rival team-mates Stripes 3-2; Sprowston Girls in the girls U12, seeing off our own Bohemians Diamonds team 2-0; Great Yarmouth Town Kippers in the boys U14 group who beat Bohemians Barbarians 2-1; Shrublands B in the boys U15 who beat their team-mates Shrublands A on penalties.

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Commiserations went to Shrublands A as they went into the final full of confidence as the tournaments’ top goal scorers after netting 20 in their group and knock-out stages.

Thanks go to all the participants for playing good-quality football in a sporting and friendly manner and to their managers and parents who attended to add their support. Bohs wish everyone success in the leagues next season.

FC BRADWELL have announced their new and massively-expanded line-up for the new season. The Charter Standard club have gone from three teams in its first season to at least 10 in its fast-approaching second season. They will have a Saturday Morning Club for next year’s Year 1 children, plus one team at U7, 10 and 11 and two teams at Under 8, 9 and 12. Whilst all teams are set up, ready to go, FC Bradwell are still able to give a few boys/girls an opportunity, within each age group, of playing fast, flowing, attractive football next season. Anyone whose son(s) or daughters(s) are interested should get in touch.

FC Bradwell thank all their sponsors for the forthcoming season, many who are sponsoring them for their second season, so massive thanks go to Church Farm Country Inn, Prajco Premier Convenience Stores, DSL, Web-Floors, Norse, Crosskill, Tate Engineering & R Lee Services. For further details on the sponsors, visit the FC Bradwell website. They still have a couple of sponsorship opportunities remaoning for anyone interested in really helping the young boys and girls within the local community.

Thanks also go to all the other members of the Bradwell community who have, and continue, to help the club to grow.

If you are interested in helping out at FC Bradwell, let them know and, assuming they are comfortable with the application, they will pay for the relevant CRB, Child Protection, First Aid and FA Coaching Certificates/Courses.

For contact details, about all these opportunities, visit the new and improved website, www.FCBradwell.co.uk, or contact club secretary, Gary Walker, on 07963 503323.

FC BRADWELL U8 teams (Brazil and Spain) played in their first tournaments of the summer at Bungay on Sunday. For the U8s the summer has been spent carefully forming two teams, with great team spirit, and getting them playing passing football ready for the next season. Throughout the day the Spain team played some lovely flowing football, including three really good team performances. They played with Ethan and Aidan sharing the goalkeeping slot equally well, Kyle was his formidable self in defence, whilst Sam, Josh and Spain’s Player of the Day, Fenton, forged a very strong and skilful attacking midfield. The only thing that was missing was the converting of the endless chances created. But this will be easily remedied during the next few training sessions.

The Brazil boys had an equally fantastic day, with some players making their footballing debuts and some playing in brand new positions. As a team they all gave 100 per cent and gave three awesome performances, way beyond early expectations, and a fourth where they, like Spain, were just unable to find the net. Brazil’s Player of the Day went to the outstanding Harry who played his first (but not last) ever games in goal, Fletcher and Louie played equally well on their debuts and Harvey, Toby and Chester continue to gel as an awesome trio.

Whilst the performances from both teams were enjoyed by all, the ultimate accolade came from the neutral referee who advised that, in his opinion, FC Bradwell played the most attractive passing football of the day, that a summer’s worth of training, based almost entirely on passing football, is really now starting to pay off. It was a terrific tournament and was thoroughly enjoyed by all players, parents and grandparents. Photos of the day (and much, much more) can be found on the new and improved website www.FCBradwell.co.uk

GORLESTON RANGERS U13 2011/12 are looking to recruit an additional couple of players to add to their squad for the coming season. Boys should currently be in this year’s Year 6 or 7. Offered is the chance to join Rangers at a very exciting time as they are joining the NEN Youth Fooball League for the season ahead, where they will be testing themselves against Norwich-based teams. To join a well-run family club with a great bunch of lads please get in touch. Rangers are a Charter Standard club, so all managers are FA qualified and CRB checked. Anyone who feels they would like a change of team or feel they deserve more time on the pitch next season, Rangers would love to hear from them. Training sessions are at Mill Lane Rec, Bradwell, Monday and Thursday 6-730 pm, or call Lee on 07821847235 for further information. Rangers are looking for new sponsors for next season. Anyone in a position to help is asked to get in touch.

SHRUBLANDS: For girls intrested in playing football matches on Saturdays and who are in year 10 or 11 from September and have not signed for anyone else, there is a new team being formed. Hopefully, when girls reach age of 16 they can progress into ladies’ football. Anyone wanting more details should contact Steve on 01493-661548 or mobile 07403395065 and leave a message or contact Lee on 07821847235. If enough interest is shown, a decision will be made by Monday.

CAISTER B U10 (currently) are looking for one to two new players to play in the NSYL Division One for the coming season in September at U11. The team is friendly and has a fantastic spirit. Anyone interested should contact Phil on mobile 07759 269483.

GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN U13 are hosting an open day at Lynn Grove 3G pitch tomorrow (Saturday) at 9.20am. Unbeaten in the league and cup for the past three seasons, this year’s U13 side are looking for players of PDC standard, aged 12 and moving to Year 7 next school term, to join a sucessful side. Players are asked to meet at Lynn Grove High School 3G pitch at 9:20am. Contact person for questions beforehand is Wayne Hunter at 07900000077.

BLUNDESTON MAGPIES U11 and U12 (next year’s school Years 6 and 7) are looking for new players for their friendly team. They are looking for players for all positions and of all abilities. Training is free throughout the summer. Contact Paul Greenwood on 07510 514090 or pop along to Lothingland Middle School on Tuesdays 6-7.15pm.

BLUNDESTON MAGPIES YOUTH FC held their 16th annual presentation night. The event was attended by nearly 100 players from U7 to U15 age groups, each player receiving recognition for their efforts. The club were delighted to have Norwich City legend Dale Gordon in attendance. He handed out awards all night chatted to players and parents.

BLUNDESTON MAGPIES U14 team for the coming season are keen to attract new players who enjoy football in a friendly atmosphere. Any player interested should call Mark on 07887 894564 or feel free to turn up to free training sessions held every Wednesday night 7-8pm.