Teams for 2021/22 Season

Under 8

Manager: Chris Honour
Coach: N/A
Assistant: Mike Ragi and Matt Harvey

Our U8’S are a friendly mixed team of boys & girls of all abilities. We are a small recently formed team training on a Wednesday evening. We are looking forward to playing our 1st Saturday game in the coming season which will be a fun experience for the team. We want to encourage the children in making friendships & learning how to work as a team which is important at this early stage of their development. I look forward to seeing the children enjoy their football & grow as a team in the coming season.

Under 9

Manager: N/A
Coach: Tom Moody
Assistant: N/A

The new bees to the hive! The progress the boys have made has been delightful to see, not only technically but also mentally. The boys certainly have a winning mentality but have also learnt that a loss isn’t the end of the world, It’s noticeable that they are enjoying the moment of playing football with their friends!

Under 10

Manager: Dave Clark
Dave Clark
Assistant: Nick Romer

The under 10s are a small and friendly team.  This has been their first season together and they are really playing well as a team.  They are enjoying both the training sessions on a Wednesday evening and the matches on a Saturday.  The main aim is primarily to enjoy playing the game but we also seek to develop each player’s skills in a supportive environment.  The parent team has been fantastic, in encouraging their children, supporting the FA’s Respect agenda, providing half time snacks and helping put things away after home matches. The team would really welcome more players, particularly as our matches go from 5 a side this year to 7 a side in the autumn.

Under 11

Manager: Cath Elkins
Coach: Stuart Willes
Assistant: Simon Elkins

We have had a really successful first half of last season if we look at results, reaching a semi-final, and winning probably 75% of matches, but more than this we have a very inclusive approach with a ‘have fun first’ approach above the results – where we try to ensure game time is shared between all players. We have a variation of skills and abilities in the team and would welcome any more females to join our existing female player!
We play our matches at Halterworth school, and training on Wednesday evenings at Mountbatten school. We have an level 1 FA coach and assistant to support the teams, and would always welcome any parent volunteers to support the match day infrastructure. All kit provided with subscription fees.

Under 12

Manager: Paul Heselwood
Coach: N/A
Assistant: N/A

A team of 13 boys who have been together since the u7s and growing with every season in confidence and skill. Success in the cup this season has really lifted them to new heights and look forward to what next season brings. We have a relaxed attitude and fun comes first with no pressure on results but on progression in the game and them learning new things. We won the Oak Plate, and were in the semis of the lion plate until the league got postponed.

This year the team showed a very mature thinking when starting a game, sticking with their game plan and never changing from it even when conceding they stuck to what they did and it paid off. A nice bunch of boys and always help each other out in games.

Under 13

Manager: Dave Woolcock
Coach: Richie Durkin
Assistant: Chris Bridgeman

We, the Braishfield Bees Under 12s are an inclusive and talented group, whose ethos is to ‘win with modesty and lose with dignity.’ Thankfully, since the team’s formation as Under 8’s we have managed to be rather more modest than dignified!

We pride ourselves on being a family friendly side, but this has not been at the detriment of any success. We are a highly competitive team in the top tier of the Testway Youth League, are current holders of the the presigious Jock McClorey Cup and were 2019/20 finalists of the Testway Oak Cup.

Real success for coaches Dave and Rich is more than just winning games of football. Our motivation is to improve a child’s performance, harness potential and grow their love of the game in a fun and relaxed environment. Developing the right values and behaviours is as important to us as the football we play. Having completed the FA’s Level 2 Coaching badge, we champion its ‘Four Corner’ approach to development. We are dedicated to improve the technical, physical, pyschological and social aspects of all our players. In partnership with Chelsea Football Club, Braishfield are very fortunate to have access to Chelsea coaches to further our learning and development.

We look forward to taking our campaign global in the coming season(s) with the opportunity to compete in Gothenburg for the Gothia World Cup. This is a tournament which the club has made a commitment to throughout the years, and it’s our turn to try and bring back some silverware!

There may be opportunity in the summer for a couple new faces to join our ranks. If interested, we play our games on a Saturday morning and train on a Wednesday evening at The Mountbatten School, Romsey. We very much look forward to meeting you!

Under 14

Manager: Martin Read (FA Level 2 qualified)
: Steve French (FA Level 2 & Level 1 GK qualified)
Assistant: N/A

We are a mixed ability boys team and have just completed a very successful 2019 / 20 season in Division 2 of the Testway Youth Football League, where we finished very close runners up, having led the league for much of the season. We are very much looking forward to competing in Division 1 next season and the challenge of starting to play 11 aside

The team is coached by Steve & Martin who have a strong belief in the FA 4 corner coaching model and very much see their role as developing ALL players (Technically, Physically, Psychologically & Socially). Whilst many of our current players have been with us since the team started at under 8’s, we have been very successful in integrating new players into the team each season, as playing numbers / squad sizes have increased. Our players come from a variety of backgrounds and schools (both in and outside of Romsey), with some players having no contact outside of team activities. Over half the team play rugby on a Sunday and it is perhaps not surprising that as a team of coaches, players and parents we have very high standards in terms of behaviour and respect for officials. The team are also looking forward to taking part in the Gothia world cup, in Gothenberg, Sweden in July 2021.

We currently have space in our squad for a couple of extra players who have a good level of fitness and are keen to develop their footballing skills. Ideally we are seeking players who have an understanding of the game and experience of playing football for a team. We would be willing to consider players who play for a Sunday team and are also looking to play on a Saturday.

Under 15

Manager: Joe Hillier
Nick Harris
Assistant: Mel Aylett


The U15s team are tight knit group who enjoy their football.  Some players have been together for six years and others have just joined the team and making great contributions.  We try to limit squad numbers to ensure we have a balance between strong numbers for Saturday games and ensuring all players get equal game time.

The team’s ethos is to be supportive and inclusive to all players and the coaches and managers invest a lot of time in our players based on the four aspects of the FA Four Corner model: technical/tactical, psychological, physical and social. Wednesday evening training is always fun.  The players put in 100% effort no matter the weather.

In 2019 we enjoyed a football tour to the Isle of Wight with players, parents and coaches/managers.  We held our own in most games, and came away with a great sense of achievement.  The games were close; with only a goal or two making the difference, with us coming out in front in many matches.  We were enormously proud of the FairPlay trophy that we won and it shows the spirit of the team that we could compete firmly but fairly.

As an Associated Grassroots Partner of Chelsea Football Club, the players have had the opportunity to be trained with Chelsea coaches on many occasions. In the team, we currently have 4 players who are invited to attend their weekly training evenings.

We have a great bunch of parents that support the players, coaches, manager and officials. With the end of year trip to the pub a highlight of the last few years.  There is normally a small social media frenzy between the parents as to who wants to bring the orange segments (and/or cakes) for half time. We hope to play competitive and exciting football that everyone enjoys.

We are looking forward to starting the 2020-21 season.  We were building momentum in our performances in 2019/20. This included an unbeaten streak of four games which meant that we were building towards a strong position in TestWay Youth Football League 2 before C19 stopped play.

Under 16

We will not have an Under 16 team for the 2021/22 season.

Under 17

Manager: Michael Osborne
Coach: Michael Osborne
Assistant: N/A

The core of this decorated Bees team has been together now 9 seasons since Under 8, playing through thick and thin, mud and sleet and occasionally on a flat pitch…

The team, and previous managers Nick Tubb and Neil Payne before me, have enjoyed many successes – all built on a rock solid defensive foundation, amazing individual stalwarts and a great collective work ethic come matchday.  In our formative years we were fortunate enough to have picked up various mini-soccer awards and trophies up and down the Test Way Youth league and in summer club tournaments (including our own!), and we’ve continued that at youth level with multiple division 1 league titles, including back-to-back titles in 2017/8 and 2018/9 and a league and cup double in 2018/9.

We had an amazing trip to the Gothia Cup in Sweden in summer 2017 (and almost won a game!) and will try and get another summer tour organised before the players each start driving and paying their own taxes.  We always look to play fast passing team football, and for the 2020/1 season will be hammering the training sessions, scoring more goals, trying a deeper Hampshire Cup run, and above all relishing the challenge from the other great Saturday league and county teams around us.

Under 18

Manager: Jamie Anderson
Coach: Gary Brown
Assistant: Phil Rowell

Braishfield Under 18’s has been an evolving team since first taking the Testway Youth League stage in 2011 as a bright eyed U8 team. From that team there are still 6 players that have there since the very first game away to South Wonston….time has really flown!

The boys have evolved as a team throughout the years playing a nice brand of passing football. In the early years honours evaded them as they were in a particularly competitive age group that had a lot of big strong teams that tended to out-pace and out-strength our boys who kept trying to play their football.

 Notwithstanding this though this team bar one season have always had a respectable league position. The one season we didn’t and got relegated we bounced straight back to win division 2 and prove that we rightly deserved our place at the top table.

This point has been markedly made this year when the team had a brilliant season and won the annual Braishfield six a side tournament, finished second in the league and reached the quarter final of the Hampshire U16 Cup.

We are now looking to culminate all this good work over the years into what will hopefully be a fantastically successful season, when we are allowed to start!

Under 19

Manager: Ian Bates
Coach: Ady Moore
Assistant: N/A

This was the first season a team had entered the under 19s league and what a season…

Prior to the global pandemic; in the league we were the highest goalscorers, had the second best defence and sat 2nd with 3 games left and looking to lift the title however, following the decision to award points per game and playing one game less than the league leaders, we missed out on becoming champions by 0.18 however, promotion is looking likely once decision has been made by the league. The same can be said for the cup, we reached the semi final but narrowly missed out on a place in final losing 2-1.

It has to be said, due to college and university commitments, players of to work for the first time etc, the squads commitment and professionalism was second to none. There was banter, there was jokes, there was honest conversations, there was change in tactics, formations but each and every player played their part in what was a most enjoyable and successful first season as under 18s.

This season coming, we welcome the previous under 16’s to the league which again is unprecedented for the Club, I’m sure they’ll be as successful.