Beddington Park FC is a registered charity that provides free football for children up to about 14 years old that would not otherwise play regularly for their schools or other organisations. A strong community involvement is a key feature. The emphasis is on mass participation rather than elitism, enthusiasm and endeavour rather than ability. Players are encouraged to develop team spirit, self discipline and sportsmanship
ORGANISATION AND FINANCE
Beddington Park FC consists of the committee and a number of unpaid volunteers. The committee is elected the member volunteers at the bi yearly A.G.M. In addition, all the team managers, assistants and other volunteers are jointly responsible for the running of the organisation, including fund raising.
The welfare and protection of each child is paramount and new volunteers are screened in accordance with F.A and club guidlines.
Parents are invited to become members at a nominal fee decided by the club, although their child will be treated exactly the same whether or not a contribution is made.
The costs of providing football for 34teams are considerable with expenditure running up to several thousand pounds each season. Local companies and individuals sponsor teams and other aspects and the Committee raises the balance of income required in a variety of ways. such as refreshment sales, socials, Personal Accident and Public Liability insurance cover each league within the club, its officials and players.
Most leagues have six teams, although such is the demand for spaces some leagues have more. The teams are mixed sexed.
Children are selected or placed in teams in the various sections of the league structure whichever section is judged appropriate to their age and perceived ability. They are subjectively assessed by managers and chosen in turn to ensure as far as is reasonable that teams are equal and that every child can play with and compete against others of a similar age and ability.
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