Forget the opposition, one of the biggest challenges we face here at Biggleswade United – along with every club in the league – is an almost inevitable annual clash with the vagaries of the English weather.

The first team haven’t played for a fortnight so it does at least give me a chance to give a well-deserved nod towards our development side who returned to action this week.

The youngsters, average age around 19,  play in the Spartan League’s Under 25 development division. This week they lost 4-2 at home to Leighton Town, a result I am told that does not really tell the full story behind what was, by all accounts an excellent performance.

Their enthusiasm and willingness to buckle down, carry on, learn and improve, is a testament to their loyalty and commitment and also to the efforts put in by their coach Joan Garzon ably assisted by Nyasha Sagweta  (Nash) now keen to look at furthering a coaching career after an injury blighted couple of seasons.

It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for a side that constantly faces older, bigger, and inevitably more experienced players and we lost a lot more games than we have won. But as I have always said – but it bears repeating –  it is not just about winning but also about playing, building, and gradually improving and I couldn’t be prouder of the attitude shown by everyone involved with our development side.

Be brave, work hard, remain focused and, trust me, we will prevail.

The news that we have joined forces with the FA in a scheme that will give Biggleswade girls aged 5-11 the chance to play football locally is also a fantastic boost for our club and also our Community.

The initiative entitled SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. Sessions will take place at Stratton Way, Biggleswade, SG18 0NN on Saturdays from March 31 from 1pm to 2,15pm and will be available for girls aged 5-11. There will be a charge of £2 per player per session.

Anyone interested should contact Academy chief Fran Constancio at : fran.constancio@biggleswadeunited.com

We also still have a few seats left for our ‘Jolly Boys – and Girls – Outing ‘ when we will be taking a mini bus along for our away match against Welwyn Garden City next Saturday (March 17). Tickets cost £6 plus admission to the ground and places can be booked by contacting Secretary, Tracey James at the club.

But before then and, as ever, weather permitting it’s back to first team league business this weekend with the visit of Tring Athletic tomorrow (Sat ko 3pm) before we travel to Potton United on Tuesday evening (ko 7.45pm) for the next round of the North Beds Charity Cup.

See you there.

Guillem

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