The community football club Atletico Europa, founded in Bedford in 1958, have relocated to Jubilee Park.
Led by Giovanni Bosco, the club has been awarded Charter Standard club of the year 2015 awarded by Bedfordshire FA and three team managers have achieved Level 1 coaching badges.
This year the club has seen registration of 100 youth players to the 2015/16 season, registration to the Chiltern League of U9, U11, U12, U13 & U15 youth teams and three men’s teams to various local leagues. The club has also organised a ladies football tournament and football sessions.
The Jubilation Centre is the club’s new home and Giovanni said: “This venue has huge potential for the club, providing better facilities for the development of young players and foundations for the clubs future.
“This is a great boost for the area as the football pitches and changing rooms have been disused for many year. The changing rooms have now been completely renovated using the Big Local funding and many hours of hard work by Atletico Europa volunteers.
Dot Usher, chairwoman of the Kingsbrook & Cauldwell Big Local said: “We are pleased to be working with Atletico Europa Football club and are happy to have assisted with their move to Jubilee Park. We can see the hard work that has gone into the renovation and we feel their presence can only be a positive move for the community.”
Tuesday 15th September saw
The club was presented with the FA Charter Club of the year award from Bedfordshire FA on Tuesday, September 15, pictured.
In the evening the club celebrated the opening of their renovated changing facilities and new pitches by playing a friendly game against a group of young players from the Salvation Army.
These young people have been training weekly as part of the BBC Just Turn Up initiative, which provides affordable physical activity for young people.
Rob Lindsay, Bedford Borough Community Sport Activator for the Castle Ward brought the youngsters over to Jubilee Park to give them a taste of 11-a-side football and with the help of the Salvation Army Mini Bus.