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Co-op store steps in with kit to keep Lions warm

Posted on Monday 20th May 2019 at 8:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Lane Lions Under 10s football team standing in front of a goal.

Training sessions are about to get a bit warmer for the Stoke Lane Lions Under-10s football teams, thanks to a donation from a local Co-operative store.

The community-based youth football team has bought new training hoodies for all 22 players thanks to a £500 donation from Southern Co-op’s store in North Road, Stoke Gifford.

The hoodies will help keep them warm as they train in all weathers.

Alex Whitton, Store Manager at Southern Co-op’s Stoke Gifford store, said:

“All the children have at the moment is their main kit provided by the club. They were in need of something to help them keep warm when it gets cold or they are waiting around on the pitch.”

“They love playing football, so hopefully this will help them play in all weathers. The club is very local and it gives children of all ages the opportunity to participate in organised football.”

“My own son has played in the team since he was five or six years old, so it is great to watch him and the other players growing.”

The U10 Lions team, which is run exclusively by parents and volunteers, is now playing in its third season. It forms part of Stoke Lane AFC, which prides itself on being family-orientated, with players of every age group at the heart of the club.

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Local teenager makes international debut

Posted on Saturday 22nd December 2018 at 6:32 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Joseph Budd standing on a terrace in a football stadium.

Stoke Gifford resident Joseph Budd recently made his debut for the Welsh U17 football team at an international tournament in Portugal.

Joe, who is 16 and attends Abbeywood Community School, started playing football when he was just five years old. He used to attend ‘soccer camps’ during the summer holidays and joined the Stoke Lane U7 team when he was six. As he got older and his skills developed, his coach Steve Moore took him to Bristol Rovers for a trial and he signed his first youth contract with them when he was nine.

Explaining what he loves so much about football, Joe said:

“Football keeps me fit. I enjoy training and the challenge that comes with trying to play such a physical and demanding sport. I always enjoy the challenge of testing myself against different opponents that you come up against each week and I’m always striving to get better.”

Since signing his first youth contract, Joe has gone from strength to strength and in the summer of 2018 he was called up to play for Wales U17s in the Telki Cup in Hungary. The tournament took place in September and, whilst there, he played against Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Describing the experience, Joe said:

“Hungary was a fantastic experience. Although I was nervous, I was lucky that the captain was a good friend with whom I played at Rovers, and all the boys and coaches made me feel very welcome. I was still only 15 during that trip, but I qualified to play because of my year of birth. I was really happy that I made two substitute appearances and started the second game.”

As soon as Joe returned from Hungary, he was called up by Wales to attend a training camp in Newport and it was here that he was told that he had been put on the reserve list to play in the UEFA qualifiers in Portugal in October. Joe then had an agonising wait to find out if he would be going to Portugal but when the Welsh U17s coach, Rob Edwards, watched him score two goals whilst playing for Bristol Rovers U16s, he received the call saying he would be joining the rest of the squad. Joe was in Portugal for a week where he made two second-half substitute appearances and started the third game against Portugal. Joe said:

“I was so proud to start my first competitive international game, especially as my mum, dad, gran, nan and both grandads had flown out to watch me.”

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Energy firm helps boost Stoke Lane Lions

Posted on Sunday 11th March 2018 at 1:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Lane Lions U13s wearing their sponsored kit.

Stoke Lane Lions are dressed to impress after winning a full team kit through E.ON’s Power Kicks competition. The Little Stoke-based football team of under-13-year-olds are now proudly wearing their new team kit for their matches played in Division Two of the Avon Youth League.

Jayne Coward-Worrall, whose son Billy plays for the team, entered the competition on behalf of the boys. Jayne’s husband Steve started the team up and is now its FA licensed coach, while Jayne acts as the team’s treasurer.

Jayne said:

“Stoke Lane Lions is a friendly club, as well as being recognised as FA Charter Standard. We put the emphasis on developing the football and social skills of the players, in a fun, supportive and nurturing environment. Our aim is to encourage these youngsters’ passion for the beautiful game without the pressure of a must-win culture.”

“The Lions are having a decent season, playing well together as a team and enjoying their matches. They’ve progressed from the Hanham Minor League to play in Division Two of the Avon Youth League and reached the semi-final of the league cup. With their new kits now, they’re excited about the rest of the season.”

Michael Lewis, chief executive of E.ON, said:

“I hope this new kit brings Stoke Lane Lions luck in their remaining matches this season!”

“We love running initiatives like this because just as we’re helping our customers in the way they need it most – helping them to only use the energy they need, when they need it, we try to work in a similar way in our communities, providing the support to local groups that they tell us they need.”

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County league football comes to Little Stoke

Posted on Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 5:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke FC players walk out for their first home game in the Gloucestershire County League, against Frampton United, on Saturday 27th August 2016.

Following a great deal of hard work behind the scenes, Little Stoke FC were invited to join the Gloucestershire County League for the 2016/17 season and played their first home game at Little Stoke Park on Saturday 27th August.

Prerequisites for acceptance into the league included the installation of pitch perimeter barriers and trainers’ boxes (dugouts) for the home and away teams, and the provision of separate changing facilities for match officials.

Funding for the ground improvements came from housebuilder ‘S106’ contributions arising from the Charlton Hayes development, but much of the labour was provided free of charge by club members.

In their first home game, the team were held to a 0-0 draw by visitors Frampton United. Their first league win came a week later when they won 2-1 away to Gala Wilton. The next home game, on 10th September, saw a sizeable crowd turn out at Little Stoke Park to watch a local derby match against Patchway Town, which the visitors edged 1-0.

First team manager Ashley Coles said:

“I would like to thank all the club members who, collectively, have put in an enormous amount of work to ensure that the club’s ground could qualify for county league standard”.

“On behalf of the club, I would also like to thank Stoke Gifford Parish Council for all the support they have given us in this project, both financially and through the help offered by their staff.”

“The club is pleased to hear that the parish council has announced plans to extend Little Stoke Community Hall, including the provision of new changing facilities and a café, which will further enhance Little Stoke Park as a venue for county league football.”

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