Bishop Auckland St Mary's Junior Football Club
"Every Child Matters"
Within our club we have over 250 children of all abilities. Our aim is to allow them all to learn new skills, both in sport and essential life skills and provide somewhere they can play and learn in a healthy and safe environment. We want every child to enjoy their time with us and learn to win or lose, have respect for others and to be resilient.
We are a Charter Standard Junior Football club accommodating boys and girls from the age of 3-18. We have over 300 players and volunteers, with many of the volunteers giving around 10 hours a week to support the children in the community to play and train in a safe environment.
The club is overseen by a chairman, treasurer, and club welfare officer who are all joined by the manager of every team to form a club committee. The club was formed in 1986 after our now club president saw a group of boys having a kick around in the park and since we have grown from 1 team to 21 teams. The teams compete in three different leagues, covering County Durham, Teeside and North Yorkshire.
We work alongside the local community and we have recently become the first JFC to be smoke free in County Durham. We work alongside dale and Valley Homes, where we offer every child in the club a first aid course tailed to their age certified by St John’s Ambulance. We have currently purchased a defibrillator and have worked with a local charity, Hearts for Goals, to have this installed outside our clubhouse in order for the whole local community to have access to use it if the need arose.
We support the “Offside Trust”, a local charity set up by ex-sports persons to help safeguard young players. We are the feeder club to Bishop Auckland FC, where we make opportunities for all our young players to be mascots or ball boys.
Each year we hold our annual club tournament, where we accommodate 60 teams across the region to compete and have fun in age groups from 7-16. Here our club patron, the Bishop Duram supports us by presenting awards to both winners and runners up in each category. Bishop Paul also attends our presentation evening where we celebrate every one of our members’ achievements.
We support our older players to obtain both coaching and refereeing badges and, through voluntary work, one of our young players has been selected to be part of the Durham County FA Youth Forum.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
If we were to obtain this funding, it would help us support 250 players to continue to be a part of a local team. It would support these young players by having an organised activity keeping them off the streets, as well as prevent them from overindulging in computer and non-active activities. It would also allow them to meet new people, make lasting friendships and learn new life and social skills.
The funding would also help us to continue with our annual tournament, providing awards and paying for the much needed referees, bringing 60 teams and allowing locals to see the amazing sight of over 300 children playing together, enjoying themselves and using the community facilities to do so.
Funding would also help with running of our much need clubhouse, which we use for training and first aid courses. This will people for many years to come and ultimately impact more than 500 people.
"We are a family club and here to support the whole local community."