Middlesex FA is delighted to announce that Bedfont Sports have been named as our Accredited Club of the Month for February 2023.
Bedfont Sports Club provide some of the best facilities in the County for both their Adult and Youth Sides (Bedfont Eagles). The work that their team of volunteers put in off the pitch to ensure all of their players have the opportunity to play on a high quality surface is second to none.
Whether that be painstakingly caring for their artificial turf pitches, or the many grass pitches on site you will often find the ground a hub of activity throughout the week, with the team brushing, seeding, cutting or marking pitches. This is something that was recognised last season, with the club picking up the Grassroots Grounds Team of the Year Award at the Middlesex FA Grassroots Football Awards.
The work that has taken place at the club over the last decade and continues to go on to this day is the legacy of Dave Reader. Dave sadly passed away in 2020, but he was the catalyst behind so much of the change and development at the club. He set the benchmark, and his son Terry now continues to work in this same manner always looking to improve the ground wherever he can.
Terry commented: "Something that dad always used to say to me was that, when people come here for the first time, you need to make sure that the next time they come back that something's different. That shows people that the club is moving forward. We soon realised the amount that we had to do on a weekly basis. The volunteer work force that we've got here have worked their socks off. We've done a lot of work, and it's looking really good here."
Bedfont have utilised their 3G pitches by allowing other teams to play some of their games at Bedfont Sports on the 3G. This has allowed teams such as CB Hounslow, Manocroft, Feltham Youth, Deportivo and Brentford (plus more..) all continue with their seasons and football development.
The ground staff have also maintained 3 useable grass pitches during this tough period, showing that their hard work on the pitches all throughout summer and the end of last year is paying off with games being able to be played without damaging the surface. A real credit must be given to those involved.
Furthermore, improvements off the pitch have also been developing with a recently developed new compound being built on site to help store football equipment as well as a new concrete pad on the opposite side of the ground for a potential new tea bar.
With training and pitch hires all throughout the week, Bedfont Sports acts a the centre spot within the local community. Hundreds of children visit the premises every week, all with one thing in common. An excitement to play football.
Organising holiday events throughout the month also helps out within the local and wider communities, offering people the opportunity to socialise in a safe space and enjoy themselves.
Players who play for Bedfont Eagles feel proud and most importantly happy. This is shown through the cheers and smiles you hear on a matchday in recent times. Football is really a tool that brings the community together.
The club offers a safe and engaging space for all who hold an interest in it. Many different teams and local residents use and visit the facility each week showing how big of a social hub it is within the local community. Especially in recent times with many clubs having to call off games due to the adverse weather, Bedfont Sports has been able to provide the continuous delivery of football within the local community during these cold past couple weeks by allowing other local teams to also use the facility.
However, their work off the pitch needs to also be highlighted. A continuous drive to improve current facilities within the ground is consistently shown with there always being a new project on the go. As well as the hard work on the grass pitches throughout the current season. The club really does seem to be heading in the right direction.
Congratulations again to Bedfont Sports. Think your club deserves the recognition?