Abbots Bromley Junior FC is a small, friendly local football club based in rural East Staffordshire and are affiliated to Staffordshire FA.
We have been providing football coaching and matches for local youngsters since 1992 and have recently been awarded the F.A. "Charter Standard" which is the Football Association's official seal of approval for amateur clubs.
This means our players can enjoy training and matches in a well-run and safe environment and under the supervision of F.A. qualified coaches at all age groups.
Last season the four teams we have at U7, U9, U11 and U12s had to use the facilities at Uttoxeter. This not only entailed a minimum of a 14 mile round trip for parents but, as the only time slots available were after 8pm, meant that the players weren’t getting home
until 9.30pm and a lot later in some cases which clearly isn’t ideal.
Having our own facilities will enable us, as a club, to have training days and times more suitable to the age groups we cater for now and in the future. In addition, all costs incurred paying for third party facilities would be reinvested in the club which would not only help maintain those proposed in the new sports ground, but enhance those facilities for future generations.
We have our own Code of Conduct and our volunteers are CRB checked and trained in Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding Children.
Currently all our teams play in the Burton Junior Football League.
We are always looking for players to join our club and progress to represent Abbots Bromley JFC as a regular member of one of our teams.
If you have children in years 3 - 8 who are keen and enjoy playing football and would like be part of a team, please contact the Club Secretary via the club website.
We also run an Introductory / Development session for younger children from Pre-Reception to Y1/2 on Saturday mornings (0930-1030) at the Richard Clarke First School, Schoolhouse Lane, Abbots Bromley.
If you would like to know more, you can either attend one of the sessions and speak to a coach directly or contact the club via the website.
Abbots Bromley FC was originally formed in the last century and endured many years of success, until it disbanded at the turn of the millennium.
After many years of negotiations with the local Parish Council, it was decided an official approach be made to Abbots Bromley Girls School with a view to obtaining the use of their facilities situated on the Lowers Ground in Abbots Bromley.
The football club were granted permission in February 2010 and their application to compete in the Uttoxeter and District Sunday League was finally accepted in June 2010, thus ensuring a new beginning for Abbots Bromley Football Club along with its now well known nickname ‘The Stags’.
The club has attracted much interest within the community and acquired kit and match-day sponsorship regularly since its inception with Fleximas and G4S Security amongst its regular contributors. In return ABFC consistently contributes to local organisations with the squad having recently competed in the 2013 Bupa Manchester 10k run, raising 3k where AB First Responders, AB Fire Service and The 3Peaks for Lisa Organisation were grateful recipients
The club is not without success on the field of play and has showed great progress since reforming, which resulted in a unique double in Season 2012/13 winning the Uttoxeter and District League Division Two title and the League Subsidiary Cup.
More Information can be found on our regularly updated website: www.abstags.co.uk or by contacting club secretary Mark Hurst on 01283 840210
Abbots Bromley Cricket Club was founded in 1881 and, with the exception of the years of the Great War, has continuously played the game in the village to this day. In the early years cricket was played on ‘The Lowers’ courtesy of Lord Bagot with the team then, as it is today, created largely from within the village boundaries.
The Club moved to its present Anglesey Ground following the Second World War, courtesy of Abbots Bromley Girls School, and over the intervening years we have grown, developed and enjoyed our cricket in many different forms with every effort made to improve the pitch, facilities and equipment.
The Club thrives on being a friendly community facility and to that end raises funds to sustain itself in the modern game as well staging charity events which are aimed at benefiting other village organisations. In so doing the credibility and standing of the Cricket Club in the community is sustained over generations. Examples of our work include our annual brass band carol concerts, through which over some sixteen years we have been able to donate in the region of £14,000 to local causes ranging from the village scouts to St Giles Hospice. Our annual summer function is an event that we proudly put on with free admission, and the Club has now moved to staging other sports events such as 10k runs, fun runs, dog walks and competitive cycle road races.
Abbots Bromley CC currently has its first eleven in the Derbyshire League, and has successfully won promotion in 4 successive years, and are now placed in Division 4. This has entirely been on track with our Development plan. The Club also has a second eleven which will also be placed in the Derbyshire League in the 2014 season, and a Friendly side playing on Sundays, allowing cricket for all ages and capabilities.
The Club offers professional coaching to all of its players and in particular the colts and juniors, and continues to develop from within its coaching credentials.
Moreover the underlying theme to our club is one of enjoyment and participation, not only for our players but opposition teams and our many associates within the village and is confirmed by all those attending our many social functions as mentioned.
This theme is key to our success and will play no small part in our recent efforts to ‘get the ball rolling’ on the development of our new ground. This will provide superb facilities for other sports and cement the foundations for cricket in Abbots Bromley for at least another one hundred years.
Following some considerable successes both on and off the field the decision was made to create a ‘Development plan’ to ensure our sustainability as a club and to realise our social and community responsibility to provide the opportunity for senior and juniors to play sport.
The corner stone of the ‘Plan’ saw the club achieve the ECB ‘Club-Mark’ accreditation, a notable achievement! This included the introduction of a welfare officer, the qualification of a number of senior players as ECB coaches and the national recognition that we are a safe environment for young people to participate in sport. Every player, junior and senior, now has access to coaching - with indoor sessions run over the winter months and on through into the summer season.
At present we have in excess of 45 junior members, girls and boys ranging in age from 5 to 15, all of whom are from the village and the surrounding area. The Club is proud of its young player development with an Under 15’s, Under 13’s and Under 11’s playing league cricket.We are ‘on- course’ to have involvement at all junior levels, from Kwik cricket through to under 17’s, by the year 2015.
Some success is already being achieved with 1 of our girls and 2 of our boys representing the County at their level and 5 of our boys regularly playing at the District level! It is also really pleasing to see that a good number of juniors are now progressing to play regularly for the senior sides.
The club is an active member of the East Staffs Cricket Development Group, recognised as a forward thinking club within the area, and regularly host representative games at junior level.
We have moved forward in ‘leaps and bounds’ in recent years and moving to the new facility will enhance what has already been achieved. Changing and playing facilities will be tailored to our needs and offer the ability to improve the quality of the coaching provided to our youngsters and offer the opportunity for more people, young and old, to play cricket.
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