Please note that all clubs are currently suspended. We're hoping they may be able to restart in the Spring.
Bedwell Football Club has expanded rapidly over the last five years, and we now have over 70 boys and girls training with us every week. This year we are fielding teams in the Year 5/6 mixed, Year 5/6 girls and Year 3/4 leagues, with all three teams playing regular matches throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. We also run weekly training for Year 1/2 throughout the year, as well as inter-house and 3-a-side intra-school competitions during the Summer Term!
We have worked really hard to improve our football over the last few years, and as a result we've made some huge steps forward, with our Girls winning the Hertfordshire Cup and Stevenage League in 2018/19. We've also been delighted to see one of our most talented players recruited to play for the Stevenage District side this year, while over the last eighteen months we have also hosted the Stevenage Year 3/4 tournament, the annual SDPSFA 3-a-side event and the Stevenage Primary Schools FA finals night.
"Pupils have increased access to a range of sporting activities and events, both during and after the school day. This is valued by pupils, supports their self-esteem and enables them to learn how to keep themselves fit and healthy."
Our first game of the year was a bit of a voyage into the unknown for the Year 3/4 team. For many of us, it was our first every 'proper' game of football with kits, a referee and people we didn't know on the other team - all of which meant that we weren't expecting too much when we took on Woolenwick. However, as soon as the game got going, it was clear that everyone on the team was going to give every drop of effort they could to support the team. Eli, Asher and Samuel ran the midfield, giving their opponents no time on the ball, and Ronnie gave the opposing defenders a horrible time, getting in the box whenever possible and proving very hard to tackle. The standout performance, however, was from Kean and Patience in defence, who turned out to be an impenetrable wall in front of our penalty area! It was a fantastic team effort, and the 3-0 win was thoroughly deserved.
The Girls team kicked-off their season when they headed to Marriotts for the Stevenage FA Autumn Tournament. With lots of new faces joining the team (and playing their first ever competitive games), it was a bit of an uphill learning curve. With Arifah and Zara working their socks off in midfield, the girls drew their first game 0-0, and then lost their second (despite a brilliant penalty save from Ronie), which meant that they went out of the competition.
The team were back in action three weeks later, when they played Knebworth in their first League Game. It was really close from start to end, and it was clear how much some of the less experienced players had learnt from the tournament matches, getting much more involved in the game. Unfortunately, this wasn’t quite enough, and the team lost 1-0.
After a break over the worst of the winter, our Year 5/6 Football Team were finally back in action in the February, taking on Martins Wood. With two players unavailable, it was a first outing for Raegan in goal - and our unfamiliar line-up led to a wobbly start and two goals conceded in the first five minutes. However, once again the team showed fantastic resilience and determination, fighting back and levelling the score at 2-2 by half-time thanks to two goals from Billy. In the second half, it was much tighter, with chances at both ends cut-off by strong defence and goalkeeping. It looked like the match was going to end in a deserved draw until, with about three minutes left, Martins Wood broke through and scored the winner. We threw everyone forward, but we couldn’t get another goal, and the match ended with a 3-2 loss. It was a tough result, but we learnt a lot from the game, and will come back even stronger in our next match.