Bold Rangers Junior club was founded by Mark Fairbrother and Martin Mather in 2014. From it’s early beginnings new teams continued to be produced by the club each year.
The team first played at Bold Miners Neighbourhood Centre, Parr, St Helens where the club played its football until 2013, since then the club has moved to Sutton Manor, St Helens and is now forming new teams still using the Bold Rangers JFC name.
Since moving to Sutton Manor, the club has continued to grow and is going from strength to strength and we are very excited for the future of the club.
We now have over 175 children representing the club on 12 teams from under 5’s up to under 15s.
In our time as a Junior Football Club we have been the winner of the club of the year twice with the Liverpool FA and we have been awarded volunteers of the year with Torus Housing and we hope to add more awards in the next few seasons.
These awards could not be won without the dedication of all our volunteers, parents and players.
We offer mixed gender football teams for both boys and girls. Bold Rangers Junior Football Club is a grass roots football club that celebrates all footballing ability.
Due to the growth of the club over the last 6 months, we have teams now playing at different locations across St Helens.
We are run entirely by volunteers and this is integral to our philosophy. We are committed to long term player development, which runs in parallel to supporting parents in becoming FA qualified coaches.
We believe this combination provides the best way to generate a fun, positive environment for nurturing talent whilst facilitating strong links with our community.
Sine the introduction by the football association to make sure clubs get accrediated, the club has been awarded FA Charter Standard status every year in line with the current England Accreditation system.
This year the club was awarded Two Star England Accreditation. England Accreditation is awarded to clubs who can demonstrate they have policies and procedures in place to run the club safely, in line with FA guidelines. This includes every volunteer coach who when they sign up with the club, make a promise to get the required qualifications to coach the children. We are pleased to say that our coaches are working hard to make sure they keep up to date with their FA qualifications.
One thing that Bold Rangers Junior Football Club is proud of is its football journey which started in 2014 and continues now into 2024.
The Bold Junior football journey starts with our tots academy which is our development area which prepares the children for when the time comes for them to play football in a junior league. This stage is all about enjoying fun games but at the same time learning ball skills and how to work as part of a team. These sessions are run by our very own Uefa C qualified coach Robin Chowdhury.
These sessions run during school term-time (September to July). By the time they leave our tots academy, they are ready to play soccer matches which hopefully they will play for a very long time.
U7 – U11 age groups are known more for being the foundation phase.
Our U7 teams, consist of children mainly in Year 2 but can have some from Year 1 as long as they have had their 6th birthday.
Our U8 Teams consist mainly children in Year 3 but can have children from Year 2 playing up a year
These teams play 5 aside and are of mixed ability. At the U8s stage, players are gently taught about moving to a 7v7 pitch and the differences they will encounter.
U9-U11 training is a little different but still enjoyable. Players have extra time working on developing there skills where needed and again starting to prepare them for the next stage of their football career which includes learning about off sides, as well as playing on a 9v9 pitch.
At the foundation phase football skills are allowed to develop and flourish and mostly at each indivdual childs pace. With the full range of positions and without the pressure of published results or league tables, The teams can celebrate their achievements together.
One thing we stress to any team who join out family is to go out there and enjoy it, dont worry about the result. If you can come off that pitch knowing you really couldnt do anymore then you should know how proud we all are.
Coaches are taught to give praise for effort and attitude and to remember at the end of the day its kids football and results don't matter as long as everyone is having fun.
Winning isn’t everything as we want our players to be confident in experimenting and taking risks as they develop their skills. Resilience and social skills build over time, whatever the score-line.
From U12 – U18 is known as the youth phase where players begin to establish good communication with their team mates and by now they have an idea of what there preferred position is.
whilst still being given opportunities to really improve their skills, the club still believes in its policy of equal game time for all and when possible like to see a good rotation in starting line up and hopefully not seeing the same children starting from the substitute bench.
Results from secondary aged teams up are published in league tables. So it's important that it is still recognised within the club that we don't want indivdual players running the game because there fast and can go past 3 of 4 players at a time.
Even at this age group, winning isn’t everything – there are many other reasons why children play football and play for Bold Rangers JFC and that is because it is fun, you are getting enjoyment from still learning team skills and a really important one that friendships are still as important to our teams and all of our coaches which is reflected in the way they coach