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Trust Stories

Every week the trust in partnership with the club reales a story of the week about something we have been doing or a specific campaign that we have been working on. These stories are based on our three key areas of work, Schools sport, Specialist projects, and Grassroots club. The stories range from the success of our walking football teams through to our new signings to our Primary school programme. Enjoy Reading our stories below.

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Grassroots Day at Oldham Athletic

Bury face Oldham on Saturday, December 15 (3pm kick off) away at Boundary Park and the match will be dedicated to showcasing the local clubs throughout the borough.

There will also be the opportunity for local clubs to take advantage of a unique Christmas ticket offer courtesy of OACT, enabling local children to visit Boundary Park for free to enjoy a live football match as well as cheering on Bury FC.

The ticket offer is limited, with a minimum order of 10 junior complimentary tickets per club. Each complimentary child ticket must be sold with an accompanying adult ticket at the special price of £10.

Tickets are valid for the away stand within the ground. Each club must nominate one person to be in sole charge of the bookings on behalf of that club. 

There is a limited number of tickets for the day and once the allocation has been sold unfortunately no more will be available.

Sian Godwyn-Outten, Bury FC – The Trust added: “This is a great opportunity for grassroots teams to be involved in and to help celebrate how successful grassroots football is in both the Bury and Oldham communities.  Bury FC and Bury FC – The Trust would like to say thank you to both OACT and their club for extending this opportunity to us as the away team.”

The grassroots day is limited to those teams currently playing U11s football and below.

For more details or to book your away tickets please email: sian.godwyn@buryfc.co.uk

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Success for Bury Shadows Ability Counts team!

The curtain has now come down on what has been a successful season for our ability counts football teams. The 2017/18 Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League season saw Bury Shakers back in the championship and a new team headed up by Football College students Paul Chandler and Raffi Rubens. This team go by the name Bury Shadows and began the season in league 1.

The league went all the way to the final day where the Shadows gained a draw over Burnley Disability, and third place Heyside beat second place Wigan Athletic Disability to leap frog them into second. The Shadows ended their first season top of league 1 by 3 points. Shadows player-manager Paul Chandler had the following to say:

“I couldn’t be prouder of the lads, we have worked well all season as a team and all built up a great rapport with each other. I always knew that we had the quality in depth, that with the confidence, togetherness and commitment from all of my players is what got us over the line. The season may be finished but we don’t stop working hard and preparing for the championship next season”.

Not only did the Shadows win league 1, but they also picked up the FA Peoples Cup regional winners trophy. Elsewhere in the championship, the Shakers finished their first season back in the championship in 5th place. After a slow start to the season, they turned a corner after Christmas and looked difficult to break down, picking up a lot of points. They have also been awarded the fair play award for 2017/18 as voted for by the leagues referees.

Well done all!

If you would like to join our club or teams for the next season we are currently undertaking pre season training and we welcome all players of all abilities with all needs. Want to join us for 2018/19 get in touch with Paul by emailing paul.chandler@buryfc.co.uk or call 07710098728.

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The Trust team up with Free Kicks Foundation

This week, Bury FC The Trust teamed up for the third consecutive year with Free Kicks Foundation and First Point Family Support Service to provide one lucky child with a fantastic mascot experience. Free Kicks Foundation work hard to raise money in order to give deserving children and adults days out at football. 2018 marks their 11 year anniversary.

In their 11 years, Free Kicks have taken over 800 deserving children and young adults to football matches all over England. Most of the children that FreeKicks work with go along to matches as Team Mascots. Not only do FreeKicks provide the funds for a full mascot package, but also a new kit for the mascot. They are also able to provide hospitality packages and other experiences at any club in the country. To find out more about Free Kicks Foundation visit: freekicksfoundation.org.

That lucky child was 9 year old Jack Kennedy Berens who was chosen by First Point Family Support Services in Bury. Jack loves Bury FC, and his favourite player is Greg Leigh. He loved meeting all the players before the game, and leading out the team along side captain Neil Danns. During the warm up he was given a pair of goalkeeper gloves from Joe Murphy!

From everyone at The Trust, thank you so much FreeKicks Foundation, and we are glad you enjoyed your experience Jack! Why not check out The Trust TV to hear the full interview with Free Kicks Foundation.

If you would like to donate to the Free Kicks Foundation you can by:

JustGiving- justgiving.com/freekicks or Text- FKFO07 £10 £5 £2 £1 to 70070.

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Kids Cup Champions take it to the Next Level

This year Bury FC will be represented by Gorsefield Primary School as they head to Wigan to try to earn a place at Wembley.  The Kids Cup League One Northern Finals Tournament will be hosted in Wigan and will see Gorsefield take on 11 other schools.

The Kids Cup involve over 20,000 children and create one of the country’s largest national football competitions, which culminate in exciting finals at Wembley Stadium in front of thousands of fans before a major national final, as schoolchildren live out their dream.

The competition which inspires children to be active, healthy, and develop a strong sense of teamwork, discovered Derby County star Will Hughes, while David Beckham’s former school Chase Lane Primary walked away as 2013/14 Kids Cup League 1 winners, representing Leyton Orient.

The winner the Kids Cup League One Northern Finals Tournament will then go on to Wembley to play vs the Southern team winner on the pitch at the Play Off Finals. Mr Pearce commented that “Its a fantastic thing for the children to get to take part in this tournament.  It has a great prize at the end of it but the children will be going to make sure they all have a good time.”

We wish gorsefield good luck in this next round on 20th March and hope you get through to the finals. Follow their progress on twitter at  @buryfctrust.

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THE TRUST ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE NEW FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, LEWIS MARNO

Lewis has worked for the Trust for the past 2 years and has now taken a step forward in his career by taking on the new role of FDO. After having 2 years experience working as a coach within schools sports and inclusion set up, he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge around both the female and male game. His passion for football and for Bury FC make him the  ideal person to help push forward Bury FC Boys and Girls club to the next level. Lewis also works as a Scout for the clubs academy and can bring to the grassroots setup the knowledge he has of what can improve and make our grassroots players the best they can be.

Within his new role he will utilise this experience to develop and support all the amazing managers and volunteers at Bury FC Boys and Girls. As part of his work already, he has sorted with the Bury FC that players of the grassroots club can have access to the clubs fan-zone which is located on site at match days. The children will have access to play on the lates version of FIFA as well as other activities such as table football. Lewis has also started to make a big impact over the past week already putting together some great new ideas on how to improve the grassroots reach through his contacts and previous work within schools in the local area.

Lewis stated “It is a real pleasure to bring in new young bury Fans as well as enhancing the grassroots club to become the pioneering club it can be. I cant wait to help support all the harding working volunteers to help make our grassroots club the best it can be’’

This amazing start is just a glimpse of what is yet to come from Lewis and we are looking forward to seeing him develop our grassroots setup! Visit ‘Trust TV’ on YouTube to watch the interview with Lewis on his new role!

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Chandler joins the 100 Club

During last Friday nights ‘Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League’ fixtures, the Bury Shadows, who are proudly sponsored by Mill-gate shopping centre, had player/coach Paul Chandler pull on his shirt and represented Bury for the 100th time in a competitive game.

During the 5 years that Paul has been apart of The Trusts ‘Ability Counts’ programme, he has become a vital part of the club, not only as a player and coach, but also as a real advocate for the disabled game, spending hours of his own time outside of work to help build and promote disability football in Bury. Things haven’t always been so easy for Paul who has scoliosis which is a skeletal condition affecting the spine. Although there are many things which he is still able to do in his day to day life there are many other things which are affected.

Paul never let his condition affect him growing up, and always had a passion for playing football, playing for different teams throughout childhood and early adulthood. However after beginning to play in a Saturday amateur league, that love for the game began to get lost as he explains, “I’ve always considered myself to be a decent player, never to professional standard but could always hold my own. I joined a Saturday team and kept being left out of the team, being an unused substitute, often not even being given a kit. Any chance I did get to play, I was being pushed off the ball and not being able to keep up. My confidence was at an all time low and I didn’t even entertain playing again for over a year.”

In 2013, Paul was made aware of the Ability Counts programme which provides inclusive and accessible opportunities for players with disabilities to play football at various ability levels. Since joining the programme, Paul has not only captained the side for a number of years, but also gained various sponsorship deals, promoted to the local community of Bury and also lead the team to promotion from league 1 to the championship in the 2016/17 season.

Finally, Paul has commented, “For anyone with a disability and just wants to play the game they love, I’d say come along and give it a try. The club, the coaches and the players are like one big family. I feel so honoured to have achieved what I have so  far, and to reach 100 appearances with the Bury FC badge on my chest makes me so proud, and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way!”

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Millgate renew sponsorship of Bury FC Boy’s & Girl’s Disability

Bury FC The Trust is pleased to announce that the Millgate Shopping Centre has agreed to renew their sponsorship of Bury FC Boy’s disability teams, extending their main kit sponsorship beyond the current 2017/2018.

The Disability teams which are run as part of the ability counts project by Bury FC The Trust, currently have around 30 players on their books meaning that as of the 2018/19 season there may be a third Bury team added to the Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League to accompany the two already active. Ability Counts is a project which provides people who have disabilities and mental health issues a social network which is centred around the football club. The deal with the Millgate will boost the profile of the project and will help to ensure that it is sustainable going forward.

The Bury FC Boy’s and Girls Disability second team (Bury Shadows) coach, Paul Chandler has the following to say:

“I am delighted that Millgate have renewed their sponsorship would be an understatement. In the five years that I have been apart of this great club both as a player and a coach, we have managed to stay active in the league even though we’ve faced difficulties in funding. There have been times in the past where the team to wear old, mix and match kits. The Millgate have given us a new lease of life in being able to provide each players an up to date football kit the mirrors Bury Football Club, which I believe makes each player feel apart of a family. To gain the commitment from the Millgate going forward is a phenomenal feeling and we thank them for their continued support, and I’m sure all of our players will wear their new Millgate branded shirts with pride and hopefully success along the way”

If you would like to enquire about other sponsorship opportunities, please email Paul for more information paul.chandler.bury@gmail.com

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Volunteer Success

Bury FC The Trust would like to congratulate The Football College student and Trust volunteer Raffi Rubens on obtaining his FA Level 1 coaching qualification. Funded by Bury FC The Trust, Raffi took part in the FA Level 1 course, passing at the first time of asking. Raffi who is a student at The Football College, has been working with the Trust as a participant in our ability counts football project, and more recently as a volunteer working as a coaches assistant in the Bury FC Boys & Girls Disability team. (Cont. pg2).

The Bury FC Boys & Girls Disability second team (Bury Shadows) coach, Paul Chandler had the following to say: “I am delighted for Raffi, he always works so hard and is always keen to keep improving his skills on and off the pitch. Knowing Raffi personally as a friend and a colleague, I know how much this means to him. He loves everything football and this will hopefully just be the start of a great career for him”.

Bury FC The Trust community manager Sian Godwyn-Outten added, “Raffi is such a nice young man with a bright future ahead of him. He is such a keen learner and has always made it very clear that football is his life, and to be able to help Raffi in the way we have gives us such pride that he has been successful, heres hoping this is the beginning of a great future for him”.

If you would like to enquire about other sponsorship opportunities, please email Paul for more information – paul.chandler@buryfc.co.uk

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1 in 4 – Launch

At the end of January The Trust saw the launch of our One in Four programme dealing with issues around Mental Health in high school children. We visited Elton High School to work with children in year 7 & 8, discussing general school life, the transition from primary to high school and any issues they wanted to discuss.

The sessions comprised of half classroom based, where we discussed general mental health and what it is and where the children had the opportunity to discuss anything they wanted to and get information or help with anything they needed. The second half of the session was a physical session, with lots of team building exercises and communication games, helping to show the participants that talking really does help!

The feedback we have gained not only from students and teacher but parents who contacted the school, has been great.

One parent quote “my son actually came home from school telling me all about something he was a part of, this never usually happens! Its amazing”

Maria Pickering, Head of PE and Learning coordinator of year 7 said “The session was brilliant! The kids we really engaged and have been asking ever since when the next one will be. They have really started to open up and feedback from parents has been fab!”

Specialist Projects Manager Donna commented on the sessions success with, “Its been great to see the difference we have made in just one session! We cant wait to go back and work with them on other topics around mental health and show that it is not a taboo subject and that it is ok to talk!”

If you or your school would like more information about these sessions please contact Donna Godwyn on 07710098728 or donna.godwyn@buryfc.co.uk

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Partnership with Little Heaton Primary School

On Tuesday 30th January Lewis Marno from Bury FC’s Community Trust held an assembly at Little Heaton primary School to talk about hard work & what hard work brings. At the Trust we work with the Premier League to deliver a programme call “Premier League Primary Stars” the aim of this programme is to try & get children more interested in reading, to help kick start this programme the trust donated over 35 books to the school for the children to read. Lewis Marno commented “Its great to be able to encourage the next generation to pick up a book and read, there are so many benefits from reading which children & adults could gain.” There will also be an interview uploaded to our Trust TV’s youtube channel if you would like further information.

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Christmas Time

The Trust this Christmas have partnered with Bury FC to create a magical Christmas time with both our disability and our senior fans and participants.

We hosted at the social club a Christmas lunch spread for all our senior Fans and our walking football team with a festive mince pie and cheri to fish of. Signer Hannah Kent, and a Q and A with Keith Kennedy mage for great entertainment during the spread.

That same evening the players came down to the social club to spread festive cheer by handing out presents and joining in activities with the selected children from the local area who due to their additional needs makes this time of year a real struggle.

We would like to say a big thank you to the Club as well as to Sabro UK for the donations of presents, Manchester catering for the lunch spread, First point family services for their support with selecting and supporting the children on the evening and to all the players and management team for getting involved in the activities.

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Support Your Team

Bury FC Boys and Girls Disability team have been approved for Tesco’s Bags of Help token scheme for the months of January, February and March 2018 for their “Ability Counts” project. The project along with the other two successful projects in our region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Tuesday 2nd January 2018 to Wednesday 28th February 2018 until the end of March 2018. The project with the highest number of votes across your region will receive upto £4,000, the second placed project £2,000, and the third placed project £1,000.

Special Projects officer for the Trust, Paul Chandler had the following to say “It is great to be presented with this opportunity by Tesco to help us in gaining some much needed funding for the department (Special Projects), and for the project and all that take part. This opportunity will help the ability counts project get recognised within our community, but also help to raise much needed funds, so please fans of Bury FC lend us your support!”

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token. The next time you are shopping is Tesco please lend your support by giving your green token to us!

The Stores we are in: Brandlesholme EXP (BL8 1HS), Bury Superstore (BL9 5BY), Bury EXP (BL8 2NZ), Bury Tottington RD EXP (BL8 1TS), Prestwich Superstores (M25 3TG).

For any funding or sponsorship enquiries please send an email to: paul.chandler.buryfc@gmail.com

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Bury FC Boys & Girls Football Development Centre

On Thursday 23rd November Bury FC Boys & Girls launched their new Football Development centre, The sessions primary purpose is to offer opportunity for all children regardless of experience or skill set a chance to play the game and Improve them selves in a fun and safe environment.

The Development centre offers an the chance to work with children who are both looking for an entry point into the sport and to continue to play football as leisurely as they desire while also offering an very attractive pathway from the development centre into one of our 42 different teams.

As the development centre will be looking at improving our players we have a 6 week football curriculum which will see those involved working on a different topic within football each week to not all offer the group a variety of different sessions but also to work on as many aspect of the groups game as possible.

If you have a child who is looking to get into the game, find themselves a club to play for or just simply come and enjoy some extra football time then we are here to offer the very best to you and your children

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Ability Counts results

September and October saw the kick off for both Bury FC Boys & Girls Disability youth and open age teams 2017/18 Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League seasons.

For both youth and open age, there has been 3 months since the 2016/17 season finished, and there has been alot of hard work over the summer to ensure that all of the squad was fully prepared for the new season.

First to start their season was the Bury Disability Junior Shakers who kicked off their season with an impressive 2 wins and 1 draw from their first 4 games after a loss in their opening game against Manchester City B. The players showed tremendous character to bounce back with a 3-0 win over Manchester City Girls ‘Blue’ and a very competitive 1-1 draw against Rochdale.

After the first round of fixtures in youth league 1, Bury Junior Shakers sit in 3rd place on goal difference and 5 points behind league leaders Manchester City B. Well done Junior Shakers, all at The Trust are very proud, keep up the good work!

Now on to our open age teams. Last season, thanks to the magnificent rise in participants, we were able to enter a second team into the league. Our teams finished league 1 in 2nd and 4th respectively, meaning that for 2017/18 we would have a team in both league 1 and championship.

First in league 1, the Bury Disability Shadow squad got off to a flying start by winning all 3 of their opening games, sitting in 3rd place on nothing more than goal difference.They started off their campaign with a 2-1 victory over league 1 newcomers FC United of Manchester ‘Whites’. This was followed up by a 2-0 win over Burnley DFC ‘C’. Finally, the last game of the evening for the Shadow squad was an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United ‘Black’. This is just the start that coaching duo from the football college/university, Paul Chandler and Raffi Rubens would be hoping for following their very productive pre-season.

The Championship is where Bury Shakers believe they belong. Last seasons heroics, particularly in the second half of the season proved they were more than capable of getting the results. The Shakers currently sit in 6th position after a difficult reintroduction to the pace and toughness of championship football. 2 draws and 1 loss from the opening games will give the players alot to work on, however there were plenty of positives to build on for Shakers coach Donna Godwyn and her team. They narrowly missed out on a point against Wigan Athletic Ability ‘Blue’, losing 2-1. They did however draw 0-0 against a very resilient FC United of Manchester ‘Red’, and a very entertaining 2-2 draw against Youcan ‘B’. Everyone involved can be very proud of their efforts, keep working hard boys and the wins will come!

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Primary Stars Competition 

Were teaming up with the Premier League to bring you a Poetry Competition with fantastic Premier League Prizes to offer for the winning poems.Topics you can use are about Sport,Trying Again,Resilience or doing well at something.

How to enter 

Write a poem to inspire your friends (any Topic)

Send it to Ciaran.spencer@buryfc.co.uk 

Get your whole class involved and we will come and collect them from your school

Ciaran’s Poem 

Football is more than just a sport,

It gives you lots of support.

Winning and losing is part of the game,

trying your best is the ultimate aim.

 

Pass and shoot to score a goal,

then the emotions you can’t control.

Try your best all the time,

to get the ball across the line.

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EFLT Girls Cup 2017

On Wednesday 1st November we hosted our annual EFTL U13’s Girls Cup Competition at Play Football, Bury. Each year we invite numerous different high school teams to take part in this competition with the chance of progressing to the area and regional finals and then onto the national finals which are held down at Wembley in the build up to the FA cup.

This year saw five schools take part in the competition, The Derby, Bury Church, St Gabriels, Woodhey and Castlebrook. The girls involved showed amazing football skills and demonstrated some excellent sportsmanship throughout the day, win, loose or draw. The group stages were close leading to a very exciting semi finals. After the semi finals we held the third and fourth play offs between Derby and St Gabriels which lead to a nail biting penalty shoot out.

The final saw Castlebrook take on Woodhey in a show of amazing skills and teamwork. Woodhey took a quick 3-1 lead and held for most of the game until Castlebrook found two goals in quick concession to see the final at 3-3 with 30 seconds to go. However, in a dramatic fashion, woodhey put pressure on shooting with great precision making Castleboork goalkeeper make an amazing save holiday the game to a 3-3 draw right down to the last 3 seconds when Woodhey found the back of the net ending the game 4-3 and winning the local competition.

Woodhey will now go on to represent themselves and Bury FC The Trust at the area finals hosted by Fleetwood Town Community Trust.

Stephen Dawson, Bury FC’s captain and Equalities ambassador, came down to the event to watch and support the girls as they played. Stephen not only spoke with the girls about football but he also empathised the importance of education and moving forward in a football career with a good education behind you. Dawson present the runners up and winners of the tournament with respective medals and certificates and commented with “You have shown some great football today and the final has been fantastic to watch! You should all be very proud of yourselves and have bright futures within football.”Image result for lines with clear background

Trust Soccer Schools 

October holidays saw the launch of a new partnership for the trust with Play football.The two have come together to helpprovide Holiday football sessions for children ages 6-13.

The football camps saw a great number of children making use of the sessions to develop their new and old football skills. We had a vast number of the Bury FC Boys & Girls squads sending some of their talented young players down to also participate in the holiday camps.

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Premier League Primary Stars in Holy Trinity

Bury FC have been working with alongside Premier League Primary Stars to engage with different schools across the borough. Premier League Primary Stars uses the inspiration and fun of sport to connect pupils’ learning to the world around them. The Trust have been working with Holy Trinity Primary School for the last 6 weeks delivering physical education lessons to Year 1 and 2. Over the course of the last 6 weeks, the coaches from The Trust have delivered high quality physical education lessons keeping in line with the governments physical education guidelines.

Year 1 and 2 have been learning and participating in sessions based around fundamental movement skills. These skills are vital at a young age in order to develop and explore new and existing motor skills for example; Throwing and Catching a ball. These sessions provide them with the basic understanding of ABC’s (Agility, Balance and Co-Ordination) whilst enjoying and learning from each session. Over the course of the 6 weeks, the pupils from Year 1 and 2 have progressed each week and are now able to use these skills using the correct techniques shown to them by the coaches.

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Ability Counts results

September and October saw the kick off for both Bury FC Boys & Girls Disability youth and open age teams 2017/18 Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League seasons.

For both youth and open age, there has been 3 months since the 2016/17 season finished, and there has been alot of hard work over the summer to ensure that all of the squad was fully prepared for the new season.

First to start their season was the Bury Disability Junior Shakers who kicked off their season with an impressive 2 wins and 1 draw from their first 4 games after a loss in their opening game against Manchester City B. The players showed tremendous character to bounce back with a 3-0 win over Manchester City Girls ‘Blue’ and a very competitive 1-1 draw against Rochdale.

After the first round of fixtures in youth league 1, Bury Junior Shakers sit in 3rd place on goal difference and 5 points behind league leaders Manchester City B. Well done Junior Shakers, all at The Trust are very proud, keep up the good work!

Now on to our open age teams. Last season, thanks to the magnificent rise in participants, we were able to enter a second team into the league. Our teams finished league 1 in 2nd and 4th respectively, meaning that for 2017/18 we would have a team in both league 1 and championship.

First in league 1, the Bury Disability Shadow squad got off to a flying start by winning all 3 of their opening games, sitting in 3rd place on nothing more than goal difference.They started off their campaign with a 2-1 victory over league 1 newcomers FC United of Manchester ‘Whites’. This was followed up by a 2-0 win over Burnley DFC ‘C’. Finally, the last game of the evening for the Shadow squad was an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United ‘Black’. This is just the start that coachingduo from the football college/university, Paul Chandler and Raffi Rubens would be hoping for following their very productive pre-season.

The Championship is where Bury Shakers believe they belong. Last seasons heroics, particularly in the second half of the season proved they were more than capable of getting the results. The Shakers currently sit in 6th position after a difficult reintroduction to the pace and toughness of championship football. 2 draws and 1 loss from the opening games will give the players alot to work on, however there were plenty of positives to build on for Shakers coach Donna Godwyn and her team. They narrowly missed out on a point against Wigan Athletic Ability ‘Blue’, losing 2-1. They did however draw 0-0 against a very resilient FC United of Manchester ‘Red’, and a very entertaining 2-2 draw against Youcan ‘B’. Everyone involved can be very proud of their efforts, keep working hard boys and the wins will come!

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Asda’s Green Tokens

Bury FC Boys and Girls Disability team have been approved for Asda’s Green Token Giving in Pilsworth Store for the months of October, November and December 2017 for their “Ability Counts” project.

There will be 3 charities in the running, the charity with the most tokens at the end of the voting period will receive £500 with the two runners up receive £200 each.

Disability head coach Donna Godwyn had the following to say “We are very excited to be given the opportunity to reach out to the wider community in partnership with Asda’s token scheme. This opportunity will not only allow us to inform the local community about what we do, but also help to raise much needed funds, allowing us to help provide much needed necessities for The Trust’s disability group”

The next time you are shopping is Asda, Pilsworth please lend your support by giving your green token to us! The green token boxes are located on the Community Board in the outer foyer of the store.

The rules of the vote are below, and failure to do adhere may result in the vote being cancelled and the group disqualified:

• Tokens should only be used in the store in which they were collected

• Large amounts of tokens must not be deposited at any one time

• Voters can only vote once given a token by a member of staff

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Bury FC Boy’s and Girl’s Football Campaign

This September Bury FC boys and girls grassroots football club began its 2017/18 football campaign, This has proven to be an extremely exciting time for all of our players, coaches and parents involved within the club.

For those of you who don’t know very much about Bury Boys & Girls FC we are a grassroots football club with the focus on providing a safe and happy home for children and adults to play their football, we are currently the home to 49 teams, 600 Players and just under 100 coaches/managers. At our club we pride our selfs on the experience we provide and the opportunity to increase participation on a greater scale. for us to achieve this we cater for Boys, Girls, Youth, Adults and also Disabled players though out the club many squads.

If you like more information on how to get involved with the club or even just fancy watching a few games at a weekend please email duxbury.buryfc@gmail.com for more details

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Millwood Partnership

We are pleased to announce our continued working partnership with Millwood SEN Primary school. We have been working with Millwood for five years now and this will be our sixth year in a blossoming working relationship that continues to thrive.

Over the years we have helped with different aspects within the school such as lunch clubs, after school clubs, football teams and now we are working on PE lessons alongside teaching staff.

Millwood have benefited from numerous school of the day opportunities where there are invited to watch a home game at the club and partake in laps of honour and half time activities such as penalty shoot out and inflatable fun. Last year we also arranged a trip for some of the pupils to Carrington training group for a tour of the facilities and to meet some players and staff, including David Flitcroft. Duringthe visit the children we treated to a special one time viewing of the training session taking place while David Flitcroft discussed with the children their favourite players.

We are looking forward to another successful year working with such a great school. If you are interested in working with us please get in contact with The Trust. 0161 641 3862Image result for lines with clear backgroundScreen Shot 2017-11-03 at 10.31.02.png

Success for new managerial appointments of Bury FC Disability 2nd Team.

Bury Disability Football Club pride themselves on providing opportunities to those who may not always have a chance to shine. Often these opportunities are hard to come by, which is why we are pleased to announce that the new upcoming 2017/18 Ability Counts season will see a fantastic opportunity given to both The Football University HND student, Paul Chandler and Football College student, Raffi Rubens.

After playing and captaining the team for the last 5 years, Paul has been handed the reins of the second team and has named Raffi as his assistant. Raffi will be hoping to learn from both Paul, giving valuable input into the running of the team whilst still leading the line and hoping to add to his goal tally after netting an impressive 15 goals during the 2016/17 season. Raffi has also been a part of the Bury Ladies coaching set up for the last 12 months, gaining valuable experience and confidence over that time under the tutorship of Bury Ladies manager, Paul Iannaccone.

The new coaching team will be continuing their development under first team coach Donna Godwyn who had the following to say on the appointment of the duo: “Paul and Raffi are a fantastic partnership to appoint as second team coaching staff. Paul has been developing his coaching skills over the last 12 months and has been a valuable asset to myself this year, as i started coaching the squad mid way through the season. Not only did Paul help me settle in with the team but also was great at helping me form accurate decisions on teams and players from previous sessions I wasn’t at.

Raffi has such a bright future ahead of him! He has already begun shadowing myself and Paul across some sessions we deliver with theTrust and has shown he is more than ready to take on this role. I look forward to seeing how things progress over the next few seasons!”.

Bury Disability FC had their first game under the new managers on the 17th June which saw Bury beat rivals Rochdale FC 6-4! Bury’s goals were scored by 16 year old Oliver Thornley (4), new signing Reece Hodgson (1), and captain for the day Aarron O’Rourke (1).

This was Paul and Raffi’s first game in charge, and although only a friendly they will be keen alongside first team manager Donna Godwyn, to keep building on that beyond pre season. Best of luck to Bury FC Disability, Paul and Raffi on the upcoming season!Image result for lines with clear backgroundScreen Shot 2017-11-03 at 11.56.31.png

Bury FC appoint Matt Graham as new Women’s Manager!

Bury FC Women are delighted to announce Matt Graham as the new 1st team manager. His previous experience in the Women’s Premier League with Mossley Hill Ladies was a critical factor in this appointment as the board believe this is in line with its own ambitions. Matt enjoyed great success at Mossley Hill in which they finished the season in the top half and won The County Cup Trophy. Matt has had the experience of coming up against teams like; Middlesbrough, Leeds, Newcastle and Blackburn.

Matt is also a tutor for The Football College, which is based in the heart of Bury FC’s stadium. In this role, Matt delivers on the BTEC Level 3 Sports Performance and Excellence course, and with the College running aladies programme this will be a great link between Bury FC Women and the College. Matt can now identify talented females at The Football College and bring them into the Bury Women’s setup as part of the College’s successful Player Pathway Programme (PPP).

Chairwoman of Bury FC Women, Diana Golding added I am delighted to have Matt on board.  The women’s team has gone from strength to strength over the last two seasons and have worked very hard to become the team they are now.  Last season saw their determination and commitment rewarded with a third place league finish and a place in the cup final.  With Matt’s experience and knowledge of women’s football we will now be in a position to take the team to the next level.”

Matt Graham added “Firstly I would like to thank Bury FC Women for giving me the opportunity to become their new Manager. I see this as a fantastic chance for both myself and the team to progress this season. I really look forward to working with the girls and seeing what they have to offer. I will use my experience of working with both Men and Women at a higher level, most recently with Mossley Hill in the Women’s Premier League, to create a positive playing environment which will hopefully lead to a rewarding season ahead” Congratulations to Matt, all the best for the upcoming season!Image result for lines with clear backgroundScreen Shot 2017-11-03 at 10.30.12.png

Bury FC – The Trust are delighted to announce New Football Development Officer, George Duxbury.

George joined the Trust after previously working with Manchester City in the Community. After having 5 years experience working as a coach within their community set up, he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge through working within a variety of football coaching settings.

Within his new role he will utilise this experience to develop and support all the amazing managers and volunteers at Bury FC Boys and Girls. As part of his work already, he has sealed a deal with PlayFootball Bury to work in partnership with the Trust to deliver our Soccer Camps and provide winter facilities for our Grassroots Teams.

George stated “I am really excited for this great opportunity to develop grassroots football and give back to the community. I have many great ideas which I look forward to sharing and implementing with Bury FC Boys and Girls.’’

This amazing start is just a glimpse of what is yet to come from George and we are looking forward to seeing him develop our grassroots setup! Visit ‘Trust TV’ on YouTube to watch the interview with George on his new role!Image result for lines with clear backgroundScreen Shot 2017-11-03 at 10.29.53.png

Walking Football Success!

On Friday 1st September, Bury FC – The Trust entered their walking football team into their first competitive matches in the Greater Manchester walking football league held at Heywood Sports Village. There was a great turnout from all teams involved giving an amazing atmosphere!The team got off to a great start beating local rivals Bolton 2-1! With this new found confidence, they went on to draw the next game against Wakefield 0-0 and their final game against Nash Bees was won 2-0. These results mean they go into their new competitive season topping the table for their devision. Player Gary Lomax said, “We will get better and I’m confident good times are ahead.’’

Team Coach Donna Godwyn commented, “Theenthusiasm and team spirit was great! It’s good to see them all enjoying football this much and getting stuck in. They are a great group and I’m hoping that even more from the training session will want to progress into competitive games and we can enter a second team!”

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Bury FC – Launch Reading Stars Programmes. 

Bury FC The Trust will be starting a Reading Stars Programme.For One term the Trust will have an amazing opportunity to work with St Josephs Primary School in Ramsbottom.The purpose of this reading programme is to show children that reading can be enjoyable.As we will be working with the Year 2 group we will use reading to overcome barriers and solve challenges.Also for doing so the children earn class rewards,this helps encourage and motivate the children to read.The children themselves will also have a class challenge to try and fill in all the faces in the by reading and writing a paragraph about the book they have read.The children also have a class challenge this requires than to write a paragraph about a book that they have read.

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CSE Week

Trust and Coronation Street star support CSE.This week Bury FC The Trust has been working closely with the police and its Phoenix team to promote the help that is out there surrounding CSE (child sexual exploitation).During this week the Bury Phoenix department held numerous events across the borough including meeting up with Coronation star, Julia Goulding who helped promote the IT’S NOT OKAY campaign. On Wednesday 21st June, the Trust and the Phoenix department held a session with The Football College students, helping them to understand more about CSE in sport, with the correct procedures to help if they needed them. On Friday 23rd June, the team were at Millwood SEN School for a coffee morning to discuss with parents their child’s safety when not involved in sports groups but also when using devices such as iPads and access to online settings. During this week the trust staff have made secure links with the police to continue working with them through the next few months and helping promote in schools and within the borough regarding the dangers around CSE and how to stay safe.

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National Men’s Health Week

This week is National Men’s Health week, Fathers day and National Carers week. With this in mind we are honouring all the men we work with at walking football, disability football, the trust staff, colleges and volunteers and everyone at Bury FC.

With it also being National Carers week we are giving a special mention to someone who works closely with us at the trust. Tommy Molloy not only helps care for his disabled step son, Matthew, and facilitate him attending our disability football sessions but also helps us run the sessions and volunteers to get stuck in whenever he can. Volunteers are hard to come by, even more so those who are carers, often finding it hard to fit things in. Despite a busy home/work life Tommy always offers help with the disability teams wherever he can, not just for Matthew but all the players involved.

Tommy is being put forward on his FA Level 1 Coaching Badge as a special thank you from us for all his hard work and community effort. We hope this goes a little way to showing just how much he means to our organisation. Thanks Tommy!

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Millgate Sponsors disability football

Bury FC The Trust is delighted to announce a sponsorship deal with Millgate Shopping Centre.This is a huge breakthrough for Bury FC Ability Counts and for disability football in Bury to finally start to be recognised. The Millgate is local and well known not only to the people of Bury but also to many other people all around the UK, thanks to the thousands of visitors that Bury Market and The Millgate receive each year.Millgate will be the main kit sponsor for the upcoming 2017/18 Ability Counts season, having also sponsored 2 players in order to enable them to train and play for the team. Ability Counts (Disability Football) provides participants with a social network centred around the football club,reducing isolation and improving confidence.The Millgate’s association with this project will enable this important work to be more recognised and sustainable.We very much look forward to working with The Millgate throughout the season and hopefully for many more seasons to come!



 

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