Established in 2019, Barton Inclusive Football Club is only a few weeks old - but certainly has a long, bright future ahead.
The club, which is community based and dedicated to providing inclusive football opportunities for all, is based in Barton-upon-Humber. It was founded by Sophie Bartup, who is originally from the area and has recently moved home after eight years away studying and working.
Sophie has volunteered in grassroots football clubs since she joined the University of Lincoln in 2012. Within this time, she has created a women’s football team (now Hykeham Town WFC) and has volunteered at Lincoln Disability FC, which won FA Charter Standard Club of the Year in 2018.
Now, her focus is on Barton Inclusive FC and working with the local community to drive and inspire people of all abilities and ages to play the beautiful game.
BIFC will work closely with Lincolnshire FA, The FA and all local partners to ensure the club is at the heart of the community.
All coaches are FA qualified and registered with the FA Licensed Coaches Club to ensure the players are in the best possible football environment where they can develop, learn and enjoy their football.
As Barton Inclusive takes its first steps, they are actively looking for enthusiastic local volunteers to support and help the club to grow.
If you require more information or want to express an interest in volunteering, please get in contact with Sophie on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07715530269.
Sophie said: “I am thrilled to be able to officially launch BIFC and I know the community of Barton will come together to support our new club.
“I’d like to thank Lauren at Lincolnshire FA, Devon at Barton Cricket Club and Matt at Baysgarth Leisure Centre, who have all been instrumental in supporting our club in our very first days. We will always remember your support when we were just an idea. Thank you and I encourage anyone who wants to support or help in any way to get in touch; we’re open to everyone.”
Lauren Comery-Lang, Lincolnshire FA Football Development Officer (Disability), added: “It’s great to see a new club form and get more people actively playing and involved in football. Credit goes to Sophie Bartup for continually pushing disability football and making sure there are opportunities for everyone in her local area.
“I’m excited to see where this club goes and hopefully we’ll see them play competitively within our Ability Counts League next season.”
BIFC will officially launch sessions on Monday 2 September 2019 at Baysgarth Leisure Centre.
• Inclusive Football for players with a disability from 7-8pm
• Walking Football (for over-50s) from 8-9pm
The club will also host a fundraiser on Saturday 20 July at Barton Cricket Club. Tickets are £5 per person.
For further information about any of these events, please contact Sophie on email@example.com or 07715530269.