BEDLINGTON Terriers FC and Bedlington Juniors FC have merged to form a community club.
The Terriers were established in 1949 while the Juniors were established in 1984 and have a number of teams, both boys and girls, playing in the NABC, NMSL and Russell Foster Leagues.
The aim of the affiliation is to gain the ‘Community Standard’, which is seen as the pinnacle of club development and strives to provide an environment with excellent social, training, and playing opportunities for all regardless of age, race, gender or ability.
It gives the youngsters the opportunity to play in a club that can lead into senior football and keeps children playing for a local team.
Richard Allsopp, chairman of Bedlington Juniors, said: “This affiliation will cement the long term future of junior football in Bedlington.”
Dave Holmes, chairman of Bedlington Terriers, added: “I am absolutely delighted we have joined forces with Bedlington Juniors.
“This is a massive step to becoming a complete community club and will provide an opportunity for the best young talent in the area to play for their club from the early years through to senior football.
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“With all the recent publicity that the Terriers have been receiving with the involvement of Bob Rich, this is the perfect time to emphasise the intentions and ambitions of making the club a force to be reckoned with in north east football, and by now having a thriving junior section affiliated to the club this fills a large part of the overall plan.”
For further information on all playing opportunities within the junior section please contact Richard Allsopp on 07792 703931.