Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 35

Bath City Bath City FOOTBALL CLUB Bath City FC currently competes in the National League South and they play their home games at Twerton Park. They are a fine example of the important role that a club can play in the local area and successfully became a community-owned club earlier this year. At the time, their Chairman Nick Blofeld told, www.bath-business.net, “We’re delighted that after over two years of hard work, fund-raising and negotiation we’ve completed this refinancing and that the people of Bath and wider community now hold a majority stake in Bath City Football Club. “With a firm financial footing and citywide engagement, we’re already seeing a burst of creative energy that is invigorating the club. The possibilities are huge for this football club at the heart of our community and we’re excited to get things moving.” The club clearly recognises the important role that it can play in the local community and believe that their new business model will allow them to build on the success of the Bath City Community Sports Foundation. They state on their official website, www.bathcityfc.com that the purpose of their community section is to, “maximise the club’s social and community impact through its own activities and in partnership with local charities, public sector bodies and community organisations across Twerton, Bath and B&NES, and nationally.” They have already successfully worked with Kick It Out, Woman at the Game, Time Bank Plus, Age UK BANES, Bath Welcomes Refugees, Bath Amnesty, Autism Unseen, B&NES Council and BEMS+, and are looking to continue their good work around the key pillars of health and wellbeing, education and employment, social inclusion and sports participation. On the field, the club has made a steady start to their league campaign this time around, having put together a record of six wins, three draws and six defeats from their opening fifteen matches. This has left them sitting in a safe mid-table position with twenty one points on the board. This should provide them with a solid platform from which to build as they look to put together a successful season. As long as they are able to retain their current group of players and can perhaps make one or two quality additions they should be in with a good chance of pushing on up the league. Bath City FC is a club that looks to have everything in place for a bright future off the field and they are also working to ensure that they have young players coming through into the senior ranks through their U18 team. It is important for any club looking to be successful over a sustained period of time to be able to produce their own talent and this is an area that they appear to have covered. It will certainly be exciting to see how their youngsters are able to progress over the coming years. There is much to admire about the fine set up that Bath FC currently has in place and they look well positioned to continue to develop over the coming years. Everyone at Football Focus Magazine wishes them the best of luck. Timsbury Preservation Services Ltd EST 1978 SPECIALIST DAMP PROOFING BATH Timsbury Preservation Services is a local business that specialises in protecting your home or business from damp, rot and woodworm. Working in Bath and the surrounding areas, we are the local expert, specialist damp proofing company. Office: 01373 467278 | Mobile: 07905 100903 www.bathdampproofing.co.uk | steveshearn@blueyonder.co.uk “I’ve sponsored the club for around three years now having first become involved when I came 3rd in a raffle for matchday sponsorship. I went along, loved the experience and am now a season ticket holder. The team is doing quite well this year and I’d encourage the lads to keep doing what you’re doing and to carry on playing well.” Stephen Shearn, Timsbury Preservation Services Ltd www.footballfocusmag.com 35