Saturday, June 25, 2016

Bulls are 'Lifeblood of the City' says Beadle

Following the UITC awards ceremony and BBQ earlier this month, first team manager Pete Beadle addressed over 200 players and parents stressing the importance of the work that UITC carry out.

"I think the most important thing about the programme is to have a pathway that continues into the first team, and to have as many local talent players in the first team as we possibly can.

"Obviously with everything that went on 18 months ago, to see the numbers here today shows that we're finally back as a football club.

"I know all teams from all age groups have been successful in one way or another this year.

"There's proof there that there are talented players in Hereford, we want to keep that going and this programme is vitally important to keep that going.

"Lewis Clarke, Tom Gameson, Matt McDonald, Carlos Moreira and Jay Richmond have had 20-odd appearances between them in the first team this season, and that shows that there is a pathway there.

"There has to be proof that it works.

"We have had 2 under-16s Rory (Huntbach) and Max (Harris) who have signed contracts for us for next season; they'll spend preseason with us, and they'll work with us because we see the potential there.

"And I'm sure that won't be the end of it, there will be many more to come.

"The pathway works and this programme works."

Beadle then went on to sympathise with parents, but thanked them for their continued support.

"This needs a lot of support from parents, and I know that, being one!

"The travelling you have to do, but it is important for these boys.

"These boys are the lifeblood of this football club and this football club is the lifeblood of this city.

"I just want to thank you all, as parents, for putting in all the time and effort, and the boys for their time.

"A big thank you to the coaches who give up their time as well, which is much appreciated. You look after these boys and you're propelling them towards the first team."

The full speech can be viewed here (link), with thanks to Andy Walkden for the footage.