What a fantastic Presentation weekender we had over the weekend of the 20th May! It just seems to get better and better every year – and we were again blessed with incredibly good weather for the youth awards day, our showpiece for the end of season.
Whilst the adult Men’s and Ladies teams take to the town and head out for an evening , Sunday the 20th was The Grange takeover day, the coaches were up early (Sam Smart started on the Friday before!) erecting the Awards marquee, laying out seating and tables, setting up the car parking, fencing off the activities areas etc – by midday we were ready with Paintball, Lazertag, Gladiators style Rotating Arm, Inflatable Slide and two mini football pitches with goals. The bar was open – thanks as ever to the Sports Association and especially to Jane and her team – and E Lee and Sons were already cooking up a storm on their BBQ to their ever high standards, the Ice Cream van was ready for a rip roaring day of trade and the Candy Floss stall was ready to fill everyone with sugar! And all of this is paid for by the club (your bar bill is your business though!) as a thank you for the season. The ever vigilant Fundraising Committee also had their World Cup sweepstake, spot the ball and competitions ready also – which were tremendously supported on the day.
The nature of the presentation day – every team is allotted a specific time for all of the activities – means the Grange is perfect for all of our teams, although the hundreds of players and families that attend over the course of the day would be simply too many in one go. Part of the idea of the day is to remind all teams that they are part of something much bigger and we are here to support the players develop and grow over many years – as a player you are actually part of a huge club not just the team you see at training or match day.
And so, to the awards themselves. Each team has the option to change the title of the awards so that they can best reflect their season, as such the awards can look a little different from team to team –
Well done to all, lots of very deserving winners there.
A big thankyou to Matt Smith also who used various cameras and gadgets to come up with a video of the day – including some fantastic drone shots of the whole thing. You will find a link to the video below:-
Following the Meeting at The Grange on Monday the 5th March, the club thought it best to add a guide that summarise many of the key areas of the trip that you may need clarification or further information about. Therefore we have created a basic guide below to include many of the questions you may have – but don’t worry if you have further questions or need clarifications, simply contact your child’s manager or coach in the first instance and we will update the document accordingly!
Here’s to a great tour and lots of memorable moments!
Common Questions and Answers
The club is currently seeking volunteer’s to help with the club’s vital fundraising work.
Did you know?
- EBUFC is the only club we know of that dedicates an entire day to all youth teams with free activities such as paintball, gladiators, bubble football, BBQ etc at the end of every season
- The club is all inclusive and whilst others may simply drop such things as the end of season presentations, raise match and training fees or charge players for match kit, the club has always done everything it can to ensure that cost is not a barrier for people getting involved in the sport.
- We currently have 16 teams, and approximately 276 players (this changes with comings and goings over the course of a season)
- EBUFC Football is available to all ages – from Under 6’s all the way through to the Over 55’s
- To run those teams, we have a total of 4 x Level 2 FA Coaches, 10 x Level 1 FA Coaches and a further 7 Coaches awaiting qualification – all 21 of the coaching staff are CRB/Safeguarding checked and the club has 19 x First Aiders.
- In addition to coaching, we also have 2 x Welfare Officers, the Club Secretary, a Webmaster, 8 x Members of The Committee, a groundsman, President, Vice President and 2 x Life Vice Presidents!
- Many volunteer’s cover multiple roles, but we have a total of approximately 30 volunteer’s in all – Total Volunteer Hours to run the club last season was circa 4,000 hours!
- Last Year our Club Secretary, Lisa Harding-Duff was awarded the prestigious Club Secretary of the Year from the Weetabix League, our Groundsman Tony Sanders was a runner up in Groundsman of the Year from the FA and the late Anne Cleaver, whom sadly passed away recently after almost 30 years as the heartbeat of the club, was a runner up in the Lifetime Achievement award from the FA.
- Over the years the club has claimed League, Cup, Shield and Fair Play Victories but it’s our status as one of the largest Chartered Standard Clubs in the county that we retain the most pride in – in 2014 we were presented with The FA Charter Standard in the Community Status Award.
- The FA also supplied us last season with 50 hours of mentoring from an Elite Coach (a professional coach that works with the highest level fulltime clubs) and this was used to support many of our coaches to help them continually improve over that season.
- We have many players in our youth ranks that have also ben scouted by professional clubs – they combine playing for Earls Barton United with coaching and matches for the likes of Leicester, West Brom, Cambridge, Northampton Town and more.
- The club was first formed in the late 1800’s – the first actual recorded match was against Northampton Town who themselves formed in 1897 – their very first match was against us (they won 4-1), so we are older than the Cobblers!
- For over 21 years we have twinned with a German Club – SLV Wittlich – with whom we have, every year, organised a trip (taking it in turns for them to visit us or us to visit them) for youth and adult teams. The week always revolves around football, players stay with host families and are generally spoilt rotten – long friendships have been formed and this has now become a bond that has passed onto a third generation. Sadly, the main organisers from the Wittlich side – Roland Heinrich – passed away suddenly this year as did our own key organiser Anne but the clubs will continue to honour the tradition in their name.
- We are a progressive club – each season we apply ourselves to being at the forefront of change and progression in football (as an example, last season we trialled the online player registration portal for the league that’s now been fully adopted, and we invested in defibrillators (AED’s) at our two training/match facilities at The Grange and The Pioneer. This season again we are at it – trialling a Parent Liaison Officer to help instil the FA’s Fair Play guidelines on a match day for instance.
The reality however is that the club simply doesn’t generate sufficient funds each season, although the help provided by the large number of club and team sponsors is a massive help and very gratefully receieved, it is through key individual’s generosity and support that the club continues to thrive as it does and that’s a situation that needs to change.
If you can help in anyway, ideally through joining our Charity Committee and helping to drive fundraising – please get in touch with the Club Secretary HERE
EBUFC Committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month with a 7.30pm start at The Grange.
EBUFC Joint Committee & Managers meetings are every other month.
AGM – All should attend.
If unable to attend a representative of your team should do so (Assistant, Volunteer, Parent or Adult Player). Every team MUST be represented at the AGM. The AGM is normally hosted at The Grange.
13 July 2020 – Committee (possibly via zoom tbc)
10 August 2020 – Committee & Managers (possibly via zoom tbc)
14 September 2020 – Committee
12 October 2020 – Committee & Managers
9 November 2020 – Committee
14 December 2020 – Committee & Managers
11 January 2021 – Committee
8 February 2021 – Committee & Managers
8 March 2021 – Committee
12 April 2021 – Committee & Managers
10 May 2021 – Committee
TUESDAY 15 June 2021 AGM – ALL TO ATTEND
There will be a quiz night on the 11th March 7-9pm at Working Mens Club, more details to follow!