JBFC was set up in 2013 by FA Licensed Football Coach Jamie Bradbury to give children in Colchester the chance to get involved in football in a fun and pressure-free environment.
But who is Jamie?
JBFC Head Football Coach Jamie Bradbury
From: Colchester, Essex
Coaching Qualifications: FA Licensed Coach, UEFA B, FA Level Two Coach Award, FA Level One Coach Award, FA Youth Award Module One, Module Two and Module Three, Coerver Youth Diploma 1
Other accreditation: Enhanced CRB Disclosure, FA Emergency Aid Certificate, FA Safeguarding Children Certificate, FA Laws of the Game Certificate
Licensed Coach Since: 2002
Coaching experience: Current first-team coach at Long Melford FC, JBFC Kids Football Coaching, JBFC U10s, Easts Bergholt Girls U14s, Capel Gilrs U12s, Boxted Lodgers FC
Playing Experience: East Thurrock United (Isthmian League), Basildon United and Bowers & Pitsea United (Essex Senior League), Boxted Lodgers, Sudbury Athletic and Dedham Old Boys (Essex & Suffolk Border League), Wivenhoe Town and Tiptree United (Essex & Herts Combination), Reed Hall Sentinals (Colchester Youth League), Woodhurst and Tiptree Monarchs (Sunday Football), FA Staff Team (Player/Manager)
For 18 years, until the end of 2015, I worked for The Football Assocation with a large portion of that at Wembley Stadium as FA Editor where I managed content for TheFA.com, The FA’s official website, and all FA Match Day Programmes for the England Team and The FA Cup. I also went to five major tournaments as part of the England set-up, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But away from work, I’m passionate about the grassroots of football. I simply love football and, as well as following Liverpool from the age of seven, I have also played for a club every season since I was eight.
Now I want to help give young people the opportunity to have a lot of fun while learning the game and maybe they can be as excited about football as I was – and still am.
Having gained my Level One coaching certificate in 2002, I eventually decided to move on to the Level Two certificate.
My education has continued with The UEFA B Licence course in 2014, and the FA’s Youth Award, completing the courses for all three modules. I have also received the Coerver Youth Diploma 1 after attending the skills-based course at Manchester City’s academy.
I am first team coach for Long Melford FC in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, and on spare Saturdays I play when I can for Boxted Lodgers in the Essex & Suffolk Border League. I have also set up an Under-9s team from players who attend the JBFC Saturday Club.
As a player I reached my peak in the Ryman League with East Thurrock United and played in The FA Cup, but have also been lucky enough to play at some great stadiums; Wembley (old and new), Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, Upton Park, Weston Homes, Turf Moor, Bloomfield Road and even Falkirk!
When it comes to work, I’m fortunate to have been a part of the England Under-21s set-up between 2006 and 2013, and the senior team set-up up until my final game at The FA – against France at Wembley in November 2015 – and have seen some very talented players come through the system, while also observing many, many elite coaching sessions.
Through my work I’ve been able to watch sessions at close-hand delivered by coaches like Fabio Capello, Pep Guardiola, Stuart Pearce, Roy Hodgson, Peter Taylor, Steve McClaren and Sven-Goran Eriksson.
While I may never reach the heights of the coaches mentioned above, my goal is to ensure that anyone I coach or manage enjoys their time on the football pitch, learns and develops as a player and person, has the chance to express themselves and maximise their potential.