This is our yearly review on how Port of Bristol YFC looks, breaking down the framework that shows the differences that knits our amazing club together.
For the first time we broke through 400 players that signed onto the club and this was a truly remarkable milestone to reach last season. This is amazing, especially after loads of youth football clubs in the UK have struggled to get back up and running, even folding after Covid-19.
- 2021-22 we had a 38% player increase, from 273 to 404 players.
- Sept 2020-July 2022 - Over a two season period we have saw a massive 54% rise in playing numbers. A total of 174 new children have joined the club since the pandemic.
Our players span over 22 different postcodes and as expected the majority of these last season came from 3 prominent areas in BS11, BS10 and BS9. These amounted to 79% of all children playing at Port of Bristol Youth Football Club, a trend that has been consistent since our formation in 2014.
Out of 133 new players who signed for the club in 2021-22 season, 104 of these were still from the 3 closest postcodes in our catchment area.
Infant & Junior Players
We had a total of 229 foundation phase players signed on, attending 40 different infant and primary schools during the 2021-22 season.
The number of our players who were in a secondary school setting in the 2021-22 season was 144, an increase of 36 players from the previous season.
30 players of our 31 players who signed on for the club in 2021-22 were in higher education or working.
In the 2021-22 season we had 49 players whose parents said there child was from one of the following ethnic groups.
- Black/Black British
- Asian/Asian British
- Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Group
Out of the 133 players who had joined the club last season, 21 players (15.8%) were recognised by their parents as being from BAME.
A further breakdown will be attached to this segment later in the year once the full findings of the 2021 census are published. This will show the diversity in our club and how we compare internally to Bristol as a whole as well as in our catchment area in general.
The number of young girls who played football at the club in 2021-22 doubled to 10 from 5.
In January, we gave an insight of the amount of young female players we currently had signed onto the club and were announcing big plans on how we would ensure growth in this section as the football club grew.
These plans included the introduction of girl only teams to run alongside any mix age groups to give any girl an opportunity to experience football in a different setting.
As the above chart shows we have seen a steady growth in young girls joining Port of Bristol Youth Football Club and already have had 22 players sign on for the 2022-23 season. This is through retention of existing girls at the club and the formation of the purposed new U6 and U11-U12 age groups that were announce in January 2022.
There is also an U9-U10 starting in October 2022, after alot of interest in that age group, so we hope to see at least 30 girls play at Port of Bristol through the three girls teams and those who are playing in a mixed team setting.