Thursday, 26 September 2013

!! Julie takes over from Jenny on Thursdays !!

Hi Everyone.
As from Thursday 26th September Jenny will longer be working on Thursdays. Julie Yates will be taking over Jenny's roles at the registration desk in the office. 
Julie is Robbie's wife and has been with BTS from the start in various duties helping with the company. We wish Julie all the best. 
Jenny is still working on Mondays as normal and her roles in the day to day running of the Between the Sticks. 
A big thank you from Robbie for all her hard work on Thursdays. 


Robbie & Mossy 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

!! Dorset CPD night at BTS a great success !!

Between the Sticks held a Dorset FA CPD development goalkeeping workshop. 40 coaches attended the event  from all over and outside the county at Canford 3G. 16 goalkeepers from youth football in Dorset attended and were put through their paces during the sessions. Mossy delivered a master class session with elite goalkeepers from AFC Bournemouth academy on distribution and crossing. Afterwards Robbie lead sessions assisted by Gaz Stewart, Dave Walsh & Steve Hollick.
Mossy delivering his Elite session Distribution & Crossing

Robbie delivering his session Breakaways 1v1

Robbie's session covered breakaways 1v1. Gaz angled shot stopping. Dave handling & footwork & Steve reactions. 
All the session were well received by the coaches attending. Feed back has been very positive. This has been the 4th Goalkeeping workshop that BTS  has delivered over the years. We are very honored to have a very good working relationship with the FA especially Dorset Football Association. We would like to thank Andrew Battison for his hard work to help organise the event the workshop counted for coaches club CPD hours all the coaches left with a booklet which Robbie put together. 
Andy Battison wants to run more workshops in the near future.  BTS are happy to help deliver them. 

Follow the link below to FA article. 

All the best

Robbie & Mossy. 

Friday, 13 September 2013


To all Between the Sticks keepers, mums, dads, and grandparents.


Firstly, I am sorry for the lack of newsletters recently - put it down to the summer weather, granny duties and increasing old age. 

Well done to the keepers who kept going through the summer - we know it was difficult for many of you because of us having to cancel Thursday sessions for a short time due to the increasing work commitments and enforced FA courses of our very successful coaches, three of whom achieved promotions last season.  

I have finally managed to put together the achievements of our keepers last season and an extremely impressive list it is.  I hope I have not forgotten anyone - if I have please let us know.
As you are probably now aware, we are discontinuing our 5 weeks in advance discounted payments.  The reason for this is that I find it extremely difficult to charge keepers for sessions which they are, through possibly no fault of their own, unable to attend.  Neil and Robbie agreed to my request to discontinue this form of payment - apologies to those who preferred to pay in advance.  (I don’t think I would make a very good business woman do you???)
We, at BTS, have just about managed to avoid any price increases for some years now, despite moving to the considerably more expensive 3G pitches and the reduced numbers during the holiday period.  If you all keep supporting us we will aim to avoid any price increase for as long as possible.  Remember - when you come home from school or work and it is cold and wet and you decide not to bother to come, we are still there for you and still having to pay the coaches and rent for the pitch.  So please help us to keep our prices as they are by continuing to support us. 

One disadvantage of our system of ‘pay on the day’ is, as we have mentioned before, that we have no idea how many keepers are going to turn up on the night.  We, for the majority of the time, have sufficient coaches to cope with however many of you turn up, but every now and again, as occurred on Monday, we are surprised (but delighted) by the numbers.  I can assure you that next week we will have the extra coach needed to avoid the slightly larger than normal group sizes.
We do not want to introduce the system adopted by most other clubs of paying for a half term or term in advance so hope you understand that occasionally we are caught out. 

In the near future I will no longer be at BTS on Thursday evenings - Julie, Robbies better half - is taking over from me.  I will still, however be there on Mondays.  For those of you who only come on Thursday, thanks for all your friendship and for your patience when I have my ‘senior moments’ !!!
As always, thank you all for your continued efforts.  You must all be doing something good because we are frequently receiving great ’feedback’ from clubs and managers. 

All the very best for the new season.


Jenny - Neil - Robbie - Martin - Nick - Gaz - Dave.


Between The Sticks Goalkeepers Achievements

Between the Sticks Keepers Achievements Season 2012/13


Bradley Stewart

With his new club Wimborne played 3 tournaments.  Won two of them, the Rossgarth Cup and Hythe Strikers Tournament and runners up in the third, the Sturminster Marshall Cup.

Ryan Christopher

Poole Town Colts U13’s - Players Player of the Season

Lucas Barringer

Longfleet Lions U9’s - won the Dorset League keeping 8 clean sheets. Currently on trial with AFCB Academy.

Ben Rodwell

Moordown  U10’s - won all 6 games to reach final of Greenfield Tournament- narrowly losing in the final.

Keiron Andrew

Ferndown Keeper winning the Dorset Schools Final defeating Poole Grammar 4-2

Mia North

Lytchett Matravers - lost in cup final but had an excellent game saving many one on one’s.  Received Players Player for her club.

Luke Horton

Keeper for Wimborne U16’s (Dorset) winning the Div 1 League Championship.

Shane Cooper

Keeper  for Poole U12’s who achieved treble success winning the BYFL championship, the Town and Dorset County Cups.

William Bothwell

Keeper for Grange Athletic U10’s who won the Dorset Mini League championship.

Shane Scott

Received Most Improved Player Award for Poppies U12’s.

Tommy Fletcher

Keeper with Greenfields - Bournemouth Div 8 Winners and Manager’s Player of the Season

Kayla Rendell

Keeper with Broadstone Middle School - Year 7 County Cup Winners, Year 7 six  a side National Winners, Year 7 Dorset Schools winners.

Keeper with Merley Cobham girls U13’s - New Forest League winners, New Forest Cup winners.

Selected for Hampshire girls centre of excellence - south east regional winners representing AFCB U 13’s.