As the 2017/18 season draws to a close, here’s an update for what’s been going on down at Birds Barn. The club continues to grow, with over 400 players, 50 coaches and 29 teams currently registered. At the same time three years ago we had 170 players, 23 coaches and 13 teams respectively, which just shows that all of the hard work put in place recently is really starting to pay off.
Some of our younger age-groups have had their first taste of tournament action recently, including the under 6s at Fleckney. Levels of excitement beforehand were through the roof, with “how many more sleeps dad?” taking place up to a week beforehand. On the day, the teams were asked to play 8 matches at 25 degree heat which, at 5 yrs old, is some feat. Both teams won through their groups, with the Falcons going out bravely in the quarter finals. The Tigers marched on, defeating Harborough in the semis before facing Blaby in the final. After a brave battle, nerves and tiredness eventually kicked in and the opposition prevailed. Being crowned runners up in their first ever tournament and doing so by playing with positivity, skill and lots of smiles, was a fantastic achievement for all involved.
The under 7s went one step further, winning the prestigious Leicestershire District League Central tournament at Judgemeadow School and then following that up with another tournament win at Groby. Not to be outdone, the under 8 Lions won their Judgemeadow tournament too, playing some fantastic football along the way and scoring spectacular goals, while both the under 8 Panthers and under 10 Eagles did brilliantly to battle their way to their respective semi-finals at Fleckney. Also worthy of special mention are the under 12s Panthers, who finished as runners up in their division – winning twelve of their last thirteen games along the way.
Kibworth Town girls teams continue to grow in popularity with the club,selected as an FA Wildcats centre for the second consecutive year, now offering girls only training sessions across the ages 5-13yrs. Over 80 girls now play football at KTFC, up from just 3 two years ago. This season saw 3 teams compete in leagues and looking to expand our league teams across the Under 8 - Under 13 age groups. The girls were fortunate enough to be invited to the England lionesses training session in April, meeting all the players and getting plenty of advice from England keeper Carly Telford and striker Ellen White. There were many highlights from our girls teams this season, but what stood out was the great camaraderie and friendships the girls developed. The U11's goal celebrations were exceptional!
At the other end of the experience spectrum, the club represented the Coach & Horses in the BT Sport Pub Cup at West Bromwich Albion, coming a very creditable third place.
There are two forthcoming events to look forward to. On 22 June we hold our annual end of season presentation night and BBQ, hosted by our friends at the Cricket Club. Then on 30 June we’re off to Rutland Aqua Park for a day of fun and socialising, before taking a well-earned break over the summer to recharge our batteries before doing it all again next season!
Future plans? Exciting times lie ahead, with a long-term plan starting to take shape that will see new pitches on the land adjacent to our existing site, a new clubhouse and aspirations for our own full-size 3G pitch.
Finally, the committee would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success story this year – the coaches who freely give their time, the parents who transport kids around the county, the volunteers that help in so many ways, the sponsors, whose generosity is greatly appreciated and most of all the players who make it so worthwhile. Here’s to another great season next year!