Kevin Wilkin wins Managerial Award
Vanarama National League North wondered what might have been for Brackley Town FC after a great season of cup competitions and efforts in the league when they announced the award to Kevin Wilkin of Vanarama League North Manager of the Month for April.
The League reported that Kevin’s team had competed toe-to-toe with the so-called heavyweights in the division with Brackley’s boss keeping almost the same squad of players with which he started the campaign.
Always a threat, Brackley finished the campaign on a high, going unbeaten in April and can consider themselves rather unlucky not to have been one of the four play-off contenders.
This is the second time this season that the Saints’ manager has been recognised in this way as he picked up the award for October also.
The management board, along with Kevin Wilkin, his backroom staff and players would like to thank every one of the fans for their support during the season. There was an average of 427 people passing through the turnstile to our home league matches across the season with the highest attendance for a league game at St James’ Park being 738 against Salford in March this year. The lowest was 272 against Alfreton back in August 2016. Of course we will all remember the great night against Gillingham in the FA Cup, with our highest a crowd of 1654 which is a stark contrast to the 140 who turned out to watch Brackley Town play Mickleover Sports in the FA Trophy.
When all is said and done, Brackley Town’s fifth season at Step 2, National League North, was quite a season. A seventh placed finish just one point outside of the play-off places, a run to the 2nd round of the FA Cup and reaching the quarter-final of the FA Trophy were just the headlines. Behind these achievements are 59 matches crammed into 9 months creating memories that will live long. Cup ties against league opposition in the shape of Gillingham (again!) and Blackpool and former league side York City. League wins against FC Halifax, Kidderminster Harriers (twice) and Stockport County and a cup win over eventual league champions AFC Fylde would be highlights in any season.
End of Season Awards
A great night was experienced by all who attended the presentation evening, following the last match of the season versus Stalybridge Celtic. The Manager’s Player of the Year award was shared between central defenders Alex Gudger and Gareth Dean. Some courageous defending by both mixed with a mature calmness earned them this well-deserved award. They also contributed at the other end of the pitch with Alex scoring 7 goals and Gareth 4. This is both players first season at the club Alex having previously been at Nuneaton Town, Rugby Town and Worcester City and Gareth playing for Nuneaton Town and Solihull Moors. Tony Stevens sponsored Alex whilst Gareth was sponsored by Denmans Electrical and Sandy Moffat.
The Park Suite will be closed for two weeks, whilst it undergoes a refurbishment, from Saturday 18th June to Saturday 1st July. The club reopens on Sunday 2nd June.
Are you looking for a party venue for a birthday or special celebration? Look no further than the Park Suite. A disco and buffet can be arranged for you. For more information contact Nadine email: firstname.lastname@example.org, enquire on line or call her mobile: 07786553655
There will also be some remedial work around the ground during the closed season.
Work On The Pitch
Significant work on the pitch will commence on the 15th May and will last about 10 weeks. At the end of every season it is always a good time to review how our natural grass pitch has performed during the season and put a plan in place to get the pitch back to its best in time for the start of the new season in August. Brackley Town FC is renowned for its excellent playing surface with our ground staff doing an excellent job but the demand and expectation for good quality grass pitches is always increasing. A good surface is not only important for assisting quality football, but it also contributes to a reduction of injuries to players.
Typically at this time of the year there will be scarification, to remove ‘debris’ and during this dry spell the surface will need to be well irrigated. It is important at this time of year for aeration to aid root growth, with deep spiking in order to relieve compaction. Seeding by direct drilling is a preferred option as it ensures optimum growth conditions and reduces loss of seed to birds. After soil analysis there will be an inspection for pest and disease infestation with treatment as necessary, fertilizing, top dressing and a period when no one will be allowed to walk on the grass. When mowing recommences, this will be regular and light to ensure a strong sward.
BTFC Extend Player Development Academy
Brackley Town FC have announced an extension of its successful Player Development Academy to include all age groups from Under 7’s through to Under 18’s. The Club have also added an opportunity for young children from age 4 to 6 (school year 1 and reception) to get involved with the launch of our “Small Saints” football sessions.
As holders of the FA’s Community Charter Standard award, the most advanced of the Football Association’s awards for clubs at all levels which are well run and have the highest standards of coaching and child protection, Brackley Town FC has an established group of coaches with UEFA, FA Level 2, and Youth Module coaching qualifications, who can offer an advanced player development programme in a safe, friendly, and fun environment.
The Club are offering the following opportunities to join the club:
Small Saints – Introduction to Football
Player Development Academy (U7 – U11)
Academy – Youth Development Phase (U12)
All of these sessions take place at Brackley Town Football Club, Churchill Way, Brackley, NN13 7EJ. To book a place on any of these please contact Tracy Johnson on 07817 486 541
Brackley Town FC hosted a very successful Junior Football Tournament/Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017. There was a series of Under 7’s and Under 8’s Five-A-Side matches, where all the young players had fun playing in a safe, friendly environment and received a commemorative medallion presented by our captain Gareth Dean
The Under 9’s, 10’s, 11’s and Under 12 age groups played Six-A-Side matches receiving trophies from Gareth and Kevin Wilkin.
Women’s Cup Finals
The second fixture was the FA Women’s Premier League Plate Final, which saw Lewes LFC beat Huddersfield Town Ladies 4-0..
Northamptonshire FA Women and Girls Officer, Amber Wildgust, said: “The FA Women's Premier League is a fantastic League with a long and distinguished history and as a County FA we are thrilled to stage two very exciting games. Brackley Town FC provided the perfect platform for a fantastic day of football.”
Any girls who are interested in playing football can join in the fun on Friday nights at St James’ Park, commencing at 5pm
Community Shield Fund
Brackley Town Football Club is delighted to support the work of the Friends of Bracken Leas School and Waynflete Infants School. Before last Saturday’s final Vanarama National League North fixture at St James Park, the club presented both schools with cheques for £1000 from the Football Association’s Community Shield fund following the club’s success in the Emirates FA Cup last year.
Saints Community Project
The Saints Community Project continues to impress. Recent events have included a day of chocolate fun with entertainment by Jacqueline Maynard. Jacqueline hails from South Wales and has over 25 years’ experience as a professional singer, performing in the UK and abroad. She is a polished and seasoned cabaret artist who can sing just about anything!
There was an Easter Bunny, Easter Hat / Bonnet competition games and fun.
May Soccer Schools
May bank holiday club sessions are.
Early Bird Season Tickets
Brackley Town FC Season tickets for 2017/18 available now.
Brackley Town FC are offering a variety of commercial sponsorship opportunities including the naming rights for the Clubs ground, currently St James Park. It could carry your companies name followed by Community Stadium.
Why not join the Club as a Vice President? Being part of this exclusive group gives you a reserved match day parking space, entrance to the ground, a pre match lunch with free drink, match day programme and team sheet, a reserved seat in the Directors Box, tea and biscuits at half time and a tie or ladies scarf for adult members. There are only a limited number of memberships available, for Vice President enquiries email@example.com
Ever thought of sponsoring one of the players? You will get you name in every home programme for the season and a signed photo of you with your chosen player.
Have you considered being an Official Partner to the main sponsor (limited to six times per season) which gives your organisation a full page advert in every home match day programme for the season, your logo on the Club’s official web site and to be the named sponsor for a home match of your choice.
Brackley Town FC takes great pride in producing a high quality programme for its supporters. The Club offers a great opportunity to sponsor this publication and reach out to thousands of potential new customers. There are three different options available.
For all sponsorship opportunities please Graham Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking Football Tournament
This year’s Invitation Walking Football Tournament will take place at St James Park on Sunday 2nd July. Teams from Towcester, Cherwell Strollers and Bicester will join teams from Brackley for a competitive but fun day. The competition will be Six-A-Side games played on a league basis. The Club are still seeking new entrants and volunteers to referee. See more about walking football at BTFC click here
Geoff Jenkins Memorial Charity Cup
Dont forget the BRACKLEY OLD BOYS VS JENKINS XI, Sunday 14th May KO 2pm, Rafffle, Tombolla and BBQ
Preceded by Junior Memorial Cup, Brackley Jaffas Junior Memorial Cup, Brackley Jaffas U10s vs Brackley Town U10s, KO 12.30pm
Brackley Town FC have just commenced their player recruitment initiative to grow the junior section from ages 4 to 18 years. For the club to offer football at all ages and ability levels it is looking to appoint suitably qualified coaches to work on young player development, on a part time basis.
A number of roles are available which will include delivering training sessions (weekday evenings and/or Sunday mornings) and attendance at games on Saturday morning’s, training sessions are held at the club on the 3G AGP and home games take place at, or in the near vicinity, of the club. These are paid roles.
Full details and responsibilities are explained on the Clubs Official Web Site. Minimum requirements for applicants apply including FA Level 1 Coaching Certificate, FA Youth Award Module 1 (or working towards), Current CRB check, FA Emergency Aid, FA Safeguarding Children and FA Licensed Coaches member
Please send a current CV and covering letter to Janene Butters, Managing Director at email@example.com
Please contact Jannene firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming events at BTFC & The Park Suite - click on images to enlarge
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