Into Africa … Green donations statement from Vice President Mike Perk

Under 18s: Thursday training, Sunday training as usual and the ‘Meet & Greet’ at 1pm on Sunday – can all players and as many parents as possible attend please as we need to all be on same wavelength as the new season approaches. Thank you

Thursday opening 4pm with training as per the schedule … please note that, if tackling/games are taking place, shin pads must be worn

Mike (centre with the BGFC tie of course) and colleagues in Cape Town with some of the donations from Bromley Green FC

This week, on the other side of the world, former player and a Vice President of the club, Mike Perk represented Bromley Green from his home in Cape Town, South Africa by donating old club kit, football shirts and boots.

Working with local charity “Unchain the Plain” the donation will go to help saving lives of young people living in one of the toughest places in the world. Unchain the Plain collect new/used sporting equipment to donate to underprivileged schools in the Mitchells Plain area. By helping to provide access to sport they are helping steer youngsters away from the all too close reality of drugs, gangs and extreme violence.

Most importantly they are a charity that is providing hope for children and their families in an area too easily neglected and forgotten about in South Africa.

This donation was collected at the club over the last Christmas period, with many of our current young players and families taking the time to sort through old kit and boots to send across to South Africa. Both Mike and Unchain the Plain have expressed huge gratitude to Bromley Green for their support.

Mike is now looking to set up a longer term relationship with the charity, on behalf of the Green, and will be liaising with the club to set up a more structured approach to collecting equipment for young people in Mitchells Plain.

He will specifically be looking to collect team kits at the end of each season, football boots and any official English club shirts, which always go down well.

Mike usually travels back to the UK, once or twice a year and will use this time to liaise with the club and collect donations.

Stop spitting! Don’t use chewing gum!

Players should be informed that spitting should be avoided, as the main mode of transmission of the virus is in respiratory secretions. In addition, clubs should consider enforcing a complete ban on chewing gum, as it is either spat out or rolled into a ball and taken out and thus poses a high risk of cross contamination. Club officials may wish to put a disciplinary measure in place in relation to spitting and chewing gum.

[From the official FA Guidance document concerning Covid]

Midweek 21/22 July 2020

Wednesday training is as per the schedule on the Events & Fixtures page

Clubhouse opening hours for Wednesday 4 – 8pm

A reminder to senior managers that players need to register now via Lisa for Saturdays and Sundays. She is at the club tonight and tomorrow from 6pm. Fines outstanding must be paid. Thanks DH

Under 10s please register with Lisa tonight from 6pm

Great turn-out on Tuesday for training – well done all!

Birthday greetings Tuesday to Nancy Zureiqi!

Revised clubhouse opening hours Tuesday are 8am to late

Training on Tuesday is as per the Events & Fixtures page

I know this is boring – but please can children take their belongings home – thank you

Monday 20 July 2020

“Even when the ‘experts’ all agree, they may well be mistaken” Bertrand Russell

Tuesday = Mini-6 meeting number 15 @6.30pm (DH, GT, SC, MB, LC, JS)

Only Dean and Damion have returned major trophies …. please let’s have them back ready for when we can eventually hold our awards ceremony

Also, whoever has the Sunday League trophy, please get it back to Gary asap … cheers DH

New keeper … new era as Benn Phillips commits to the Green

Benn Phillips at Waterside on Sunday

Former Ashford United goalkeeper Benn Phillips has committed to being part of the reform of our senior set-up. The Saturday seniors, under the direction of Brian Petken, are training at 7pm on Thursday and new players are welcome.

Sunday 19 July 2020 with TMS Protection

Sunday open for training: BG Junior Valiants @10am, U15s @10.30am, U12s McDonalds and U13s EKYL @11am, U18s with Will @11am, the Emeralds U11s @11.15am

Boost for Bromley Green Under 16s with new sponsor

George and Reece continue to rebuild our Under 16s squad who will sport a new kit sponsored by TMS Protection. Thanks to Jamie Spiers for organising. New to the area or seeking a fresh challenge? Come and join us at this exciting time? For further details ring George on 07391030875.

Yesteryears photo number 87

The launch of our U10s side on 6 September 2011

Into the weekend with MILCOL

Sponsors of BGFC Under 7s

Well done to the U13s McDonalds that trained on Saturday

For training on Sunday, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

Statement update on grassroots football

We can confirm that the UK Government approved our plan for the return of outdoor competitive grassroots football late last night, Friday 17 July 2020. As a result, the grassroots football community now has the opportunity to return to football and prepare for the start of the new season.We’ve been working hard over recent weeks to prepare guidelines for the safe return of grassroots football and, following Government approval, these are now ready for publication.Football activity can take place with necessary modifications in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19.We would strongly recommend a phased return to competitive football activity as follows:• Until 31 July – When ready, you can begin competitive training, with the overall group size (inclusive of coaches) being limited to 30 people;• From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;• From September – Grassroots leagues, men’s National League System, Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6, and FA Competitions can commence.Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read our full guidelines, which are accessible below, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19.A return to competitive football should only happen once clubs and facility providers have completed the necessary risk assessments and comprehensive plans are in place.A summary of key points to consider from our guidelines are listed for ease below:• Everyone should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before every training session or match. If you are symptomatic or living in a household with possible or actual COVID-19 infection you must not participate or attend;• Clubs and facility providers should ensure that their facility is compliant with current Government legislation and guidance related to COVID-19;• Competitive training is now permitted, with groups limited to a maximum of 30 people, including coaches;• Competitive match play is permitted, with social distancing in place before and after the match, and in any breaks in play;• Players and officials should sanitise hands before and after a game as well as scheduled breaks throughout a game or training session;• Ball handling should be kept to a minimum with most contact via a boot and the ball disinfected in breaks of play;• Youth football coaches are encouraged to limit persistent close proximity of participants during match play and training;• Goal celebrations should be avoided;• Equipment should not be shared, and goalkeepers should ensure they disinfect their gloves regularly in breaks in training or matches and thoroughly afterwards. Where possible, coaches should only handle equipment in training;• Where possible, players, coaches and officials should arrive changed and shower at home. Use of changing and shower facilities must follow government advice on the use of indoor facilities;• Participants should follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and walking or cycling if possible. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle• Clubs should keep a record of attendees at a match or training session, including contact details, to support NHS Test and Trace;• Clubs should ensure they are affiliated with their County Football Association.Separate guidance has been developed for clubs with teams competing in the men’s National League System (NLS) and the Women’s Football Pyramid tiers 3 to 6.This will support these clubs on the safe return of paying spectators and also the applicability of the guidance to facilities under Ground Grading conditions, to ensure the safe return of competitive matches.Please note that at this stage, indoor football and Futsal is not permitted. We will look to work with indoor facility providers to develop appropriate guidance for indoor formats as soon as possible.James Kendall, Director of Football Development at The FA, said: “We’re delighted that the Government has given the go-ahead for competitive grassroots football to return. The past few months have been some of the most challenging times not just for football, but across society, and today’s news will be welcomed by the grassroots football community all over the country.“Now that we are able to look ahead to the new season, it’s crucial that we continue to do all we can to follow safety measures, both as advised by the government and specifically for football. “I would encourage anyone returning to competitive grassroots football to take the time to read this guidance, prepare thoroughly and to adopt our recommended approach to phasing football back in. I would also like to thank you for playing your vital part in helping our great game to get going again.

Training for the U13s McDonalds with Damo and Jamie is at 12 midday on Saturday

Opening times: Saturday 11am and Sunday 10am

Happy birthday Saturday to Samuel Spiers, Archie Potts and Steve Rollings

Oliver rounds off a great birthday with the cake!

Happy birthday Thursday to Oliver Burrett, Ryan Prior, Amy Fuller, Sharon Blyth and Danny Dallas!

Clubhouse will be open Thursday from 4pm

Well done to all who trained Wednesday night and let’s hope for more good weather for this evening’s sessions. The training schedule is on the Events & Fixtures page.

Wednesday 15 July 2020 with Kingswood

Birthday greetings Wednesday to Hammers fan Richard Moore

Club open from 4pm Wednesday. Training is as per the schedule on the Events & Fixtures page. Social distance guidance to be followed at all times.

New U8s please arrive a few minutes early to enter the clubhouse and sign-in. Training is then behind the MUGA starting at 6pm.

Support Camp Beaumont at Kingswood during August

Well done to all those who trained on Tuesday night and thanks to the Executive members who attended the latest Mini-6 meeting

Early in the week …

Birthday greetings Tuesday to Richard Hawkins, Layton Bryant, Dave O’Hara and Dylan Dawes who we still hope is going to join us and build a coaching career

Tuesday: Mini-6 meeting commences at 6.30pm. On duty is Charlotte Stubbs 5-8pm. Invited are DH, LC, JS, MB., SC, AH.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday opening is 4pm

We are closed on Monday

Birthday greetings Monday to former player Shawn Dadd

Some really impressive training over the weekend when we welcomed several newcomers to the club … topped off after Sunday’s session with Charlie’s cookies!

Talented on and off the pitch – Charlie baked us cookies on Sunday
  • Brian Petken will be taking Saturday seniors training from Thursday 23 July at 7pm – new players welcome. Existing players with outstanding debts, please settle now by bank transfer.
  • The following teams could do with a couple more players: potential new U8s, U10s, U11 Emeralds, BGV Juniors, U12s McDonalds, U13s Utilitas, U14s. Contact Dave Homewood at dhomewood@yahoo.com for further details.
  • Training schedule for the coming week is on the Events & Fixtures page.
  • FOR ALL REGISTRATIONS PLEASE GO THROUGH LISA COPHAM 07713450042 or email lisacopham76@gmail.com
  • 30 April – 3 May: any youth managers interested in the Great Yarmouth tournament, please talk to D Homewood. Leave club on the Friday at 9am and return on the Monday. £120 pp includes team registration and accommodation.

The weekend …

Sunday: Happy birthday to James Maguire and Liam Holman!

A rest for the ball boys on Saturday

Schools out for summer … last day at Primary for Green boys

Final day at Great Chart Primary School. Archie, Harley, Oliver and Henry who will be representing the club with the U12 McDonalds on Saturdays and playing up a year for the U13 Pirtek squad in the EKYL on Sundays. Terrific ambassadors with all having a 100% attendance record at training. Well done and keep it up!
  • Main trophies should be returned to the clubhouse now please. Only Dean has obliged so far.
  • Managers please do not arrange friendlies at home until we know the situation/timing re knockdown.
  • Joe Milton (U7), Tony Nelson (U9), Jamie Spiers (U16), Shane Moloney (U15) – can you ping me the logos of your sponsors please to enable Leah-Ann to order the kits. Thank you DH.

Clubhouse opens Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 10am [social distancing still applies]

Birthday greetings Friday to Dean Mansfield and Freddie Copham

Social-distance training Thursday night – well done everybody and a special mention for the ‘timekeeper’ Ray Barker!

We are open certain hours only on Saturday and Sunday – please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

U13s McDonalds with Damo and Jamie on Saturday begins promptly at midday

U13s Pirtek (DH) and U12s McDonalds (CB) – reminder you have joint training on Sunday at 11am sharp

U15s (Sid) restart training on Sunday at 10.30am

Thursday 9 July 2020

Update: it is with great sadness that we hear of the passing today of local man John Bibbings. Thinking of all the family. RIP John.

Birthday greetings Thursday to Palace fanatic James Branch!

Clubhouse opens Thursday at 1.45pm

Father and son complete our managerial line-up for next season

Our twenty teams now all have managers appointed and raring to go when the lockdown is lifted. The experienced David Dawes will be assisted by his son Dylan in managing the second Under 8 team to be formed in recent weeks. With Dean Mansfield and Dave now running our two Under 8 groups in the local league, we have the perfect platform to build for the future. The new group will commence training next Wednesday at 6.30pm with a short Meet & Greet afterwards at 7.30pm [all parents and players are asked to attend].

For Thursday’s training schedule, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page. U12s and U13s EKYL will be training together again under the instruction of Candy, Charlotte, Chris, Damion and Richard (starting promptly at 6pm). All together again on Sunday at 11am.

The U10s with Damion, U11 Emeralds, the U16s, U13s Utilitas and the BG Girls enjoyed the perfect conditions for training last night.

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Happy birthday today to our great friend and sponsor Dave King!

Clubhouse open Wednesday from 1.30pm

More great news as our sponsorship deals now amount to four in the past fortnight … fantastic and thanks to all concerned. Full details soon but we now have our U7s, U8s, U15s and U16s added to those looking forward to sporting new sponsored kits when we start the season. A sponsor for our U18s in the EKYL would be a real bonus – anyone out there interested? Info from Dave Homewood.

Well done to the U7s, U8s, U9 Globals, U10 Hurricanes, BG Valiants Juniors and U12 DVS who excelled in training last night

Wednesday evening is the turn of Damion and the U10s, Peter and the U11s, Simon and the U11 Emeralds, Timmy and the U13 Utilitas and the U16s with George and Reece.

Thanks to those who attended the Mini-6 last night – notes will be circulated asap