Fabulous Football



331 players, 56 trained, volunteer coaches and hundreds of supportive parents – what’s not to like?

It was lovely to meet coaches, players and parents of AFC Newbury, last weekend, for the presentation of the annual football awards.

This year, I had the pleasure of presenting to the under 7 year olds. And it was a real pleasure. Teamwork, exercise and having fun – and boy, did those boys did they look like they had fun. Football and other sports are an essential part of a healthy childhood and a real benefit through the teenage years.

Here in Newbury we are very lucky. Our footballing community is strong. AFC Newbury alone has 331 players, 6-17 yrs old, as well as 56 trained, volunteer coaches, and literally hundreds of supportive parents. We also have a thriving ladies team and, of course, Newbury FC.

When my children were growing up, we were fortunate to live within the compass of Brentford Community Football and they made a huge difference to the way parents, teachers and kids engaged with the game. Always setting a good example. Always promoting enjoyment and engagement, as well as excellence.

In places like Brentford and Woking, the local Council supports the development of sports and sports’ facilities. West Berkshire Council should similarly get behind the excellent activity that’s going on in our community and cooperate in the sensible development of the ground at Faraday Road.

Whenever you have the chance, please get behind Newbury Community Football Group, of which I am proud to be a part, and support our campaign for sensible development of Newbury football ground, for the benefit of the whole community.

Please share this post with anyone you know in AFC Newbury or the parents of any if he boys you recognise in the photos.

And last but not least – CONGRATULATIONS to all the lads I met today and to their parents. Keep up the good work!


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