Teams for 2021/22 Season

Under 7 Girls

Manager: Claire Davison
Coach: N/A
Assistant: Louisa Lane & Sophie Dunne

The Queens have arrived at the Hive! The first all-girls team for Braishfield Bees is a very excited bunch. The U7 girls are enjoying learning to play football and being a team. Learning new skills each week and building the foundation for future girls to come. We have a fantastic future ahead of us in the HGYFL and looking forward to playing some great teams over the seasons to come. Girl Power all the way.

Under 7 Black

Manager: Lucinda Parker
Coach: N/A
Assistant: Kirstie Morris

Huge welcome to the U7 Boys Black. Don’t let the name deceive you as these young stars are already shining bright during their first season at Braishfield Bees. The team are enjoying having fun and developing their passion for football on and off the pitch. They are an incredibly polite and friendly group but keep an eye out as once they spread their wings the sky’s the limit!

Under 7 Gold

Manager: Alex Spratt
Coach: N/A
Assistant: Gareth Griffiths and Martin Knight

These 7 talented, enthusiastic and friendly boys have come together to form a team whose goal of winning matches is second only to having fun.  In the course of a few short weeks their skills have come on leaps and bounds and can only continue to develop throughout the year.  With their individual strengths gelling to create fantastic runs of play and great teamwork, they’ll soon be winning gold!

 

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 want to encourage the children in making friendships & learning how to work as a team as well learning the technical skills involved in the game.

I am extremely proud of our achievements last season with the main highlight reaching the final of the lion plate, I am looking forward to seeing what this great bunch of kids can achieve this season.

Under 9

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

The u9s come into this season after winning the oak plate trophy and we hope this success can continue into the new season. A great group of kids who play with such passion that they install a desire that no matter if they concede first there heads stay high and get straight back into the game. We have some new children joining this season and i am sure will be welcomed by the team and settle in quickly.

Under 10

Manager: Dave Clark
Coach:
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: Jacqui Griffiths
Coach: Stuart Willes
Assistant: N/A

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

 

We are a mixed ability boys team playing in Division 2 of the Testway Youth Football League.

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 looking forward to taking part in the Gothia world cup, in Gothenberg, Sweden in July 2022.

We currently have a full squad of 16, which is the maximum number of players we can take to a league game. We would still be interested to hear from players who have played or are playing for a team and depending on a range of factors, we would consider increasing the squad size.

Under 15

Manager: Joe Hillier
Coach:
 Nick Harris
Assistant: Mel Doherty

The U15s team are a tight knit group who enjoy their football.  Some players have been together for seven years and others have only recently joined the team. The team is represented with players from more than four schools in the area and their camaraderie is a testament to how well they enjoy each other’s company and their football.

Our ethos is based on working hard in training and in matches to achieve personal and team success by enjoying and learning about football.As a coaching management team we support and include  all players and we 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 but requires dedicated time and effort to be ready for Saturday’s matches.

In 2019 we enjoyed a football tour to the Isle of Wight with players, parents and coaches/managers. The games were close; with only a goal or two making the difference, with us coming out in front in many matches.  We are were enormously proud of the FairPlay trophy that we won during this tour showing the spirit of the team. In 2021 we reached the Under 15  knockout stages of our own tournament attended by a huge list of clubs from across the South.

As an Associated Grassroots Partner of Chelsea Football Club, the players have had the opportunity to be trained regularly by Chelsea coaches.

We have a great bunch of parents that support the players, coaches, manager and officials. 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 each week! We hope to play competitive and exciting football that everyone enjoys.

We are looking forward to future seasons as the boys develop into young men. We finished the 2020/21 season on an unbeaten streak of five games which meant we built a strong top 5 finishing position in TestWay Youth Football League 2 and hope for greater consistency this season.

We are looking forward to the coming few seasons as the boys begin to turn their sights to more competitive older age group youth football: we will foster this independence and give the players the lead to work towards taking their footballing ambitions where they want them to go!

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

The U18s (Braishfield Gold) play in Division 1 of the Testway League. The nucleus of the team started at U7s although there have been many changes to the squad over the years, the team now have been mostly together for the last 4 seasons and have grown from a group of talented individuals into an effective team. They ended up as runners-up in Div 1 as U16s, winning Div 2 in their first season as U18s and some notable tournament victories and strong runs in the Hampshire Cup along the way.

The team like to play football and are happy mixing up their style of play, they certainly aren’t just a long ball side. Over the last 2 years they have added a tough, resilient side to their game which belies the relatively small size of the squad, they have managed to find the trick of winning games even when faced with tough opposition or when it isn’t quite going their way.

This will be the last year in youth football for the team. Now it’s about enjoying the season, enjoying the football and being part of the team.