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Welcome to Bure Park Juniors Under 11 Atletico. Thank you for visiting.

posted 5 Nov 2018, 13:27 by ianfgroves@btinternet.com   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 09:52 by Graham Keeble ]

The team was put together for the 2013 – 14 season in the Under 6 age group.  The core of the team has been with us since the team’s inception.  Prior to the start of the current season the team underwent a significant change in terms of the Manager and Head Coach.  The current Manager, Ian Groves, has been associated with the club since 2008 when he set-up the U6 team at the time. Having managed last season’s Bure Park Juniors U14 team to the League and Trophy “double”, he stepped in to manage the U11 team with the assistance of Head Coach, Jonny Cooper, who has been associated with the team for the last season when his son joined the squad.

The Under 11 squad consists of players from Bicester and the surrounding villages – so it is very much a “community team”.  We train on a Tuesday evening at Pingle Field and move to the flood-lit 3G pitch at Whitelands Farm over the winter period.  We are very lucky to be part of Bure Park Juniors – the largest grass-roots club in the Bicester area.  The club has a fantastic infrastructure and gives great support from registration of the team and players, to providing first class training facilities, managing subscription funds and provision of match kit and equipment.

We have an “inclusive” policy such that all players are guaranteed a minimum 50% match play time.  The only qualifying criteria is “work hard and try your best”!  This ensures that all players contribute to the success of the team, whilst giving the Manager and Coach the flexibility to optimise team selection and tactics around the circumstances of each match and driven by a desire to develop each player’s potential and to win.

We play in the Oxford Mail Youth Football League (OMYFL).  Along with the change in Manager and Head Coach, the closed season saw several new players added to the existing core team.  The team has bonded extremely well with all players showing great commitment and enthusiasm – which has been rewarded with the best start to a football season that the team has ever had.  It is our intention to continue this success through the rest of this season – and beyond!

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