What Parents Need To Know

Going from strength to strength

BSCFC has grown from its beginnings in 2005 as a collection of small clubs and individual teams run by individual managers into a community organisation providing football in Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding area. In 2021-22 we’ll provide playing opportunities for almost 1,000 boys, girls, men & women in our 80 teams.

Becoming a BSCFC player

The Club provides football for boys and girls from U7 to U18 (school year 1 upwards). We also aim to field mens, ladies & veterans teams and have a section for inclusive football.

BSCFC is an all abilities club focusing on children who live in or go to school in Bishop’s Stortford. The basic criteria for playing membership of the Club are:

  • Already a training player and wants to upgrade to full membership.
  • Lives in the Bishop’s Stortford community and/or attends one of the local schools, or has a sibling already at the Club, irrespective of ability.
  • Parent willing to volunteer in a position of need (typically looking to be a qualified coach).
  • Ability based.

Membership Subscription Policy

The membership rates & associated fees for 2021-22 are as follows:

New Joiners Fee

All ages £25 one-off payment

The new Joiners fees are ring-fenced and allocated towards the cost of replacing the 3G surface at Birchwood High School when required.

Standard Membership

£200 annual subscription for the full season

  • Payment Options are:
    • One payment of £200 to be paid prior to 31st August
    • Two payments of £100, the first installment to be paid prior to 31st August, with the second instalment automatically collected 30 days after the first payment (Total £200)
    • The option to pay in two installments is only available where the first payment is made prior to 31st August
    • All payments must be made via the LoveAdmin payment platform
    • In the event of the authority for the automatic collection of the second sub payment being cancelled, the Club reserves the right to request the full subscription payment

A player who joins the Club after the start of the season shall pay the following player subscription:

  • £200 if Player joins in September, October or November
  • £175 if Player joins in December
  • £150 if Player joins in January / February
  • £100 if Player joins in March
  • £75 is Player joins in April

EJA Membership

EJA Teams £230 annual subscription for the full season

  • Payment Options are:
    • One payment of £230 to be paid prior to 31st August
    • Two payments of £115, the first installment to be paid prior to 31st August, with the second instalment automatically collected 30 days after the first payment (Total £230)
    • The option to pay in two installments is only available where the first payment is made prior to 31st August
    • All payments must be made via the LoveAdmin payment platform
    • In the event of the authority for the automatic collection of the second sub payment being cancelled, the Club reserves the right to request the full subscription payment

Any player who joins the Club after the start of the season shall be required to pay the following player subscription:

  • £230 if Player joins in September, October or November
  • £205 if Player joins in December
  • £180 if Player joins in January / February
  • £130 if Player joins in March
  • £105 is Player joins in April

Training Fees

  • U7-10: £5 per session (approx. £80 per school term)
  • U11 upwards: £60 per school term

For the younger age groups (U7-U10), the training sessions are provided by Soccer Development and the training fee is payable to Tim Moylette.

For the older age groups (U11+), the training fee is payable directly to the professional coach allocated to each team. Most teams opt to employ a Club coach, however this is not compulsory.

Individual teams may, at their own discretion, arrange additional training sessions before, during or after the official playing season (Sept-Apr) and may also choose to enter additional cup competitions or tournaments. The Club will support any team wishing to do so, however team managers & parents should understand that such additional activities fall outside those provided for in the Club Membership Subscription and that any additional costs incurred will be borne by the team and not by the Club. These additional ventures are entirely optional.

Match Day Costs

Additionally, match day subs are collected by each squad to cover the cost of referees and sundry team expenses, usually around £2.50 per player per home match, which is equivalent to about £20 per school term. Good practice is for team managers to collect this as a lump sum at the start of each school term, at the same time as and in addition to any training fees.

Total Cost of Football

Therefore in the older age groups the total cost of football for each Standard Membership player is typically £360:

  • £200 (annual subs) + £60×2 (2 terms training) + £20×2 (2 terms match day subs) = £360

The Club Membership Subscription pays for: a full playing kit of shirt, shorts & socks, plus an initialed training top; provision of team kit & footballs; venue hire for training & match days; county FA & league affiliation & entry fees; a Club Membership Card providing free entry to Bishop’s Stortford FC home matches and discounts in the Club Shop and other partners. The Club Membership Subscription, and New Joiners Fee when applicable, is payable via the LoveAdmin online payments system.

In the scenario that a player or player’s parents are struggling financially then we will also include a caveat stating that the committee shall discuss any such situation and may offer an additional discount. This shall be at the sole discretion of the committee whose decision shall be final.

Membership Refund Policy

Any refund will be at the discretion of the Committee based on the table below, feedback from the player’s manager, and whether the player owes the Club money.

As a club we commit to the constitution of each league, book and pay for facilities, purchase kits, equipment etc. and administer the paperwork, all these come at a cost.  If players then decide to leave for other clubs or quit playing, then the Club has still provided all the above based on the players we have signed and the teams that have been formed / continued.  There should be no financial “benefit”’ to leaving the club: in all cases all financial obligations to the Club (fines etc) must have been met.

Regarding any Pandemic disruptions to football, there will be no refunds made for that current season but will be reflected in the following season’s subs payments.



Standard Membership Administration charges EJA Membership Administration charges
Prior to start of season £50 £80
September (0-10% of scheduled League/Cup matches played) £67.50 £85.50
October (11-20% of scheduled League/Cup matches played) £60 £76
November (20-30% of scheduled League/Cup matches played) £52.50 £66.50
December (30-60% of scheduled League/Cup matches played) £30 £38
>60% of scheduled League/Cup matches played (or from January 1st onwards) No refunds No refunds

How to apply for membership

To apply for membership, send an email to the appropriate Age Group Lead Coach (Tim Moylette for boys & mixed teams U7-U11; Danny Gibson for boys & mixed teams U12-U18; Steve Law for all girls age groups) stating:

  • Parents name/s
  • Address
  • Contact email and phone numbers
  • Name of child
  • Age and Birth date
  • Previous clubs and playing experience (if applicable)
  • School attended

Training Only Policy & Refunds

Full Season:

£40 Annual Training Only BSCFC Subscription

Payment Options are:

  • One payment of £40 to be paid prior to 31st August
  • In addition, there is a one-off, non-refundable, new member fee of £25 that apply shall be the same value regardless of when a player joins the club.
  • All payments must be made via the LoveAdmin payment platform.


Part season:

Month of Joining Payment Due
Prior to and including August 2021 (Option to pay in two instalments) £40
September, October and November 2021 £40
December 2021 £40
January & February 2022 £20
March 2022 £20
April £10



How youth football is organised

In recent years, the FA has introduced many changes to encourage both player development and participation in youth football. At each age group the number of players per team, pitch and goal sizes and the nature of competition varies. The formats vary slightly for boys and girls. For 2021/22, the following will apply:

Formats for Boys & Mixed football

Age group Format Ball size Pitch size (yards) Goal size (feet)
U7-8 5v5 3 30×20 to 40×30 12 x 6
U9-10 7v7 3 50×30 to 60×40 12 x 6
U11-12 9v9 4 70×40 to 80×50 16 x 7
U13-14 11v11 4 90×50 to 100×60 21 x 7
U15-18 11v11 5 90×50 to 110×70 24 x 8


Formats for Girls football

Age group Format Ball size Pitch size (yards) Goal size (feet)
U8-9 5v5 3 30×20 to 40×30 12 x 6
U10 7v7 3 50×30 to 60×40 12 x 6
U11 7v7 4 50×30 to 60×40 12 x 6
U12 9v9 4 70×40 to 80×50 16 x 7
U13 9v9 4 90×50 to 100×60 21 x 7
U14-15 11v11 4 90×50 to 100×60 21 x 7
U16-18 11v11 5 90×50 to 110×70 24 x 8


Child friendly competition

Girls and boys football for U7 to U11 operates under the FA guidelines on child-friendly competition. Results of games are not published, and formal leagues do not operate. Local leagues arrange pool matches for teams of similar ability, interspersed by cups, festivals and tournaments.

The published league constitutions set at the start of the season are regularly adjusted during the season to reflect ability levels and ensure fair competition.

The aim is to focus on player development, enjoyment and participation, and reduce the emphasis on winning cups and leagues, which is often parent-driven. Child-friendly competition does not mean that games are not competitive!

How to behave… the codes of conduct

As an FA Charter Standard Community Club, we expect the highest standards of conduct from our players, managers, parents and supporters. We are passionate supporters of the FA Respect campaign. We ask that you keep this in mind as you support your child’s team.

Codes of Conduct

We have codes of conduct for various roles within the Club:

These can be viewed in the Respect Codes section of this website. Please ensure that you read the Code of Conduct for Parents and make sure that your child is made aware of their responsibilities under the Code of Conduct for Players.

How do we decide which team your child is in?

A major challenge for each age group is to organise players into team squads. It’s important that both managers and parents are aware of these guidelines. When joining the Club, players and parents “buy in” to this approach.

As a Club, we follow clearly defined principles on the structure of teams and the development of players. These principles are driven by our Charter and Community Club status and are an integral part of the Football Development Plan that we submit to the Herts FA each year. Our success in following these principles and guidelines is a key factor in how we are viewed by the Herts FA and in particular by the Football Foundation and Sport England in our application for grants (e.g. our success in attracting grants & fundraising of £650,000 for Birchwood High School 3G).

Player movement from team to team

Player movement between teams may take place at the beginning of the season and, if necessary, at the Christmas break. This is necessary to balance the squads or to move a player into a squad which better matches his or her ability and current stage of development.

Squad size

The recommended size of squads is as follows:

  • For mini-soccer teams (U7 to 10):
    • 5v5: 8 players
    • 7v7: 10 players
  • For U11 and U12 (9v9) the minimum squad size is 12 and the normal maximum is 15.
  • For U13 and U14 (11v11) the minimum squad size is 14 and the normal maximum is 18.
  • From U15 upwards the maximum squad size increases to 20 players.

The absolute maximum squad size is defined by each of the leagues. This varies between the leagues, but once the limit has been reached no further players will be added. The maximum squad size is a limit not a target, and most squads will operate with 2-3 players fewer than the maximum.

Additional players may be added with the agreement of the Football Management Committee or the Age Group Lead Coach. When the recommended maximum squad sizes are reached, registration of new players with the Leagues will cease until places become available. Additional players are welcome to join the Club and train with a squad but will not play in matches until a place becomes available. Where there is sufficient interest, the Club will look at setting up additional teams to satisfy demand.

Children may play up a year, e.g. an U7 may play in an U8 team, but may be kept in the same age group the following year so as to play in the correct year group from then on. Children will usually play in their correct age group.

For each 11 a side match, it is normally recommended that the manager should select no more than 14 players to attend, as this reduces disruption and helps ensure that children do not get cold on the side lines. As with mini teams, this will require rotation of “rested” players if everyone is available.

Squad structure

The U7 squads are entirely flexible. The Age Group Lead Coach decides in which team the children play each week. U8 squads will be selected on ability where possible. The rapid nature of development in the younger age groups means it is possible that the squads may change significantly at Christmas.

Squads for older age groups may change half way through the season to make minor adjustments.

The recommended naming and hierarchy of squads is:

  • Town 1st team
  • Athletic 2nd
  • Rangers 3rd
  • Wanderers 4th
  • …then Blues, Rovers, United, Stripes, Hoops or Saints

This is not set in stone. Some age groups operate a 1st team and two or three 2nd teams. Matching ability levels between squads is less of an issue in younger age groups than in the older groups. Some age groups may use a slightly different hierarchy; however Town is usually the 1st team.

Players can be transferred between squads at any time, subject to the league rules on player transfers. League transfer deadlines are usually 28th February or 31st March and are set by the leagues.

Players cannot play for more than one team within the same league & age group unless a formal transfer has taken place. However, players can be registered for multiple teams if those teams play in separate leagues and/or between two age groups to provide cover for absences, BUT NOT to strengthen a team for a specific match. For instance, a player registered to a team in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League can also be registered to a team in the same age group in the Royston Crow Youth Football League to provide cover for that team. This should be agreed between the team managers & Age Group Lead Coach and made known to the Club Secretary and Registrations Officer.

As far as practicable squads are structured so that players are matched with players of similar ability. Parents may express a preference for their child to play at a lower level, e.g. the parent of a player of the Town (1st) team standard can opt for their child to play for the Athletic (2nd) team. However, a request to move down to a lower level is at the discretion of the Age Group Lead Coach and may not take place if this causes significant disruption to the balance of the squads across the age group.

A parent may not opt for their child to play at a higher level if it is against the judgement of the managers and coaches.

Squad selection at the start of a season is undertaken in consultation with all age group managers and is led by the Age Group Lead Coaches.


Equal Playing Time

The Club has a policy of Equal Playing Time, which applies over a season, not to each match. If applied too literally, the concept of Equal Playing Time may force a manager to make substitutions when they do not want to. For the younger age groups, substitutions should be thought out before the game starts. A manager should not start with the strongest team and end with the weakest as this can create bad feeling if the team loses the lead in the final minutes. It is much better to start with a blend of player abilities on the subs bench to balance the side throughout the match.

There will be occasions when Equal Playing Time is not appropriate, such as a cup final, and managers should abide with the spirit of this rule rather than with the letter.

Except for the Town & EJA teams, in which there is a greater emphasis on playing to win, all players present at a match should receive a reasonable amount of pitch time. For age groups up to and including U12 this is at least half of the game.


New children joining during the season

If your child wishes to join the Club during the season and there are spaces within the age group, the Age Group Lead Coach will make the decision as to whether they can join one of the squads. If the squads are all full, then the child will be able to join the Club for training but will not be eligible for matches. If enough extra players wish to join the Club will try to create an extra team.

When a vacancy becomes available it will go to the next player on the waiting list. If the player’s ability warrants inclusion in a higher team but there is only space in a lower team, then they will join the lower team until the start of the next season.


Football for all

All children regardless of ability are eligible to join the Club. However, if it is felt they are not yet ready to play matches they will be invited to train with the Club and not to play matches until they have achieved an appropriate level. If a child has already played matches for a team but it is felt that they are not ready for it, the Club will still do its best to accommodate them within a team. However, in exceptional circumstances, if a child is struggling to fit within the lowest ability team and it is felt to be in the best interest of the child and their team-mates not to play matches, they may be asked to attend training only and not play in matches following consultation with their parents and with the agreement of the Football Management Committee.


Training players

Where squads are fully subscribed, the manager may be able to accept a new member as a training player. A training player pays a reduced fee per year, completes the Club registration form but is not registered to play for the team in any of the local leagues. When a vacancy becomes available in the team squad, the manager then has the option to upgrade the training player to full membership, eligible to play in competitive games.

Training players MUST COMPLETE a club registration and pay the fee to ensure that he/she is covered by the Club’s public liability insurance.


Girls football at BSCFC

We promote and support girls football by providing development sessions for U8-U12 on Sunday mornings at 10-11am. This provides the opportunity to develop skills and acts as a feeder for the teams.

For season 2021-22 we have affiliated teams in all age groups from U8 to U16, and these teams will be entered in the Hertfordshire Girls Football Partnership League.

What kit do we get?

Before the start of each season team managers are provided kit and equipment for the forthcoming season. The Club provides a standard set of kit and equipment for each team.


All teams play in the same kit and each kit has a minimum recyclable life of 2 years, except for socks which are replaced annually. As a club, we align shirt replacement to a 2-year cycle with new kit provided in odd-numbered years: 2021, 2023 etc. This means that between these years you should only expect replacement shirts for new players. In addition to this an initialled half-zip training top is provided when joining the club, and replaced in year three.

Kits belong to the player. If kit is lost, damaged or outgrown it is the responsibility of the player to replace or repair the item.

In the event of a colour clash it is usually the away team that changes. Each age group has been assigned at least one “away” kit which is kept in the store room in the clubhouse at The Barons Park, Friedberg Avenue (next to the Harvest Moon pub). Alternatively, you can use a set of bibs.

What each team gets

Each team manager is provided with the following:

  • Club playing strip (whether new or recycled) for each player registered with the Club, consisting of shirt, shorts and socks.
  • 2 Match balls at the correct size for the age group
  • 8 Training balls (it is expected that some balls will be re-useable from year to year i.e. a squad will not get all new training balls)
  • A ball net/bag & pump
  • A large kit holdall
  • A set of bibs
  • A set of training cones
  • First aid kit

Apart from the playing kit all equipment remains the property of the Club and it is each manager’s responsibility to look after the equipment. In the event of any equipment being damaged or lost this must be reported to the kit officer for record keeping purposes and for ordering any necessary replacements.

Where do we play?

The Club has a clubhouse at The Barons Park, Friedberg Avenue (next to the Harvest Moon pub) but does not have a single “home” ground. We play at eleven locations in and around Bishop’s Stortford, providing training facilities & football pitches for U7 & U8 (5v5), U9 & U10 (7v7), U11 & U12 (9v9), U13 & U14 (junior 11v11) and senior pitches with full sized goals from U15 upwards.

We work closely with the local authority & local schools to provide football pitches. The Club takes on the costs and often the responsibility for both pitch maintenance and provision of goal posts & nets, which is of additional benefit to sport in the local schools.  A single set of goals and nets costs upwards of £1,500!

On a weekly basis our Fixtures Secretary, Alan Hazell, performs a miraculous juggling act allocating pitches for our home teams. The Fixtures Secretary has the ultimate say on who plays where & when. Pitches will usually be allocated at least 7 days in advance so that opposition & leagues may be informed of venues & kick-off times in good time. If a venue becomes unavailable for any reason managers will be notified no later than 9am on the day of the match. Managers may exercise their right to cancel a match if they feel that the venue is unsuitable to play.

The venues used by the Club for the 2021-22 season are as follows:

  • Birchwood High School, Parsonage Lane, CM23 5BD
    • 3G pitch: Our primary training venue, may be divided into quarters or thirds.
    • Pearse House: 2x 9v9 pitches. Nets, respect barriers, corner posts and flags are provided in the container. The code is available from Tim Moylette. Make sure that the equipment is all placed back into the wheelie bins provided and that these are locked into the container.
  • The Barons Park, Friedberg Avenue, CM23 4RF
    • 2x mini-soccer, 1x 9v9 and 2x junior 11-a-side and 1 senior 11-a-side pitches (incl. clubhouse & Ray’s Cafe)
    • Nets, respect barriers, corner posts and flags are stored in clubhouse garage, the code for which is available from one of the coaching team. Make sure that the equipment is all placed back into the wheelie bins provided and that these are locked in the garage at the rear of the clubhouse.
  • Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre, Rye Street, CM23 2HH
    • 2x mini-soccer, 1x 9v9, 1x junior & 5x senior 11-a-side pitches
    • Mini-soccer nets, respect barriers, corner posts and flags are provided in the garage. The key is available from the Leisure Centre reception.
    • 9v9 pitch (U11-12): this pitch is marked with blue lines within one of the senior pitches, with pop-up goals provided by the leisure centre.
    • Junior pitches (U13-14): We use the pitches more than once at weekends therefore we hold sets of nets etc. for these pitches. The first team on puts the nets up and the last team on takes them down and holds them until contacted by the manager of the first team on the following week to arrange handover.
    • Senior pitches (U15 upwards): Each team is issued a set of nets, posts and corner posts at U15. These are for the team to look after and hand back to the Club when the team finishes (normally after U18).
    • Parking is often difficult, particularly as one set of matches finish and another is getting ready to start. It is good practice to ask your opposition to car-share where possible and ask that the home teams park in Link Road car park and walk to the venue.
  • Jobbers Wood, B1004 Great Hadham Road, SG10 6FB (c/o The Bishop’s Stortford High School)
    • 1x jnr & 1x snr 11-a-side pitches
  • Barrels Down Road Park, Cricketfield Lane, CM23 2TD (c/o Bishop’s Stortford Cricket Club)
    • 1x junior 11-a-side pitch (available Oct-Mar only)
    • The goal posts need to be lifted into position for each match. Nets etc. are provided to the teams playing at this venue
  • Manuden Village Community Centre, David Collins Drive, Manuden, CM23 1EH
    • AstroTurf, 1x 7v7, 1x 9v9/jnr 11 & 1x jnr/snr 11-a-side pitches
  • Mick Isard Memorial Field (aka Brewery field), Furneaux Pelham, Barleycroft End, SG9 0LL
    • 1x senior 11-a-side pitch
    • Nets etc. are provided to the teams playing at this venue
  • Birchanger Sports & Social Club, 229 Birchanger Lane, CM23 5QJ
    • a very large senior 11-a-side pitch
    • Nets etc. are provided to the teams playing at this venue
  • Paringdon Sports & Social Club, Paringdon Road, Harlow, CM19 4QT
    • 1x junior & 1x senior 11-a-side pitches
    • Nets etc. are provided at this venue
  • R & D Advisors UK Stadium, Woodside Park, CM23 5RG
    • 1x senior 11-a-side pitch
  • Hockerill Anglo-European College, CM23 5HX
    • 1x senior AstroTurf pitch (training only)

You can download maps of our playing locations and car parking arrangements from the Location Maps page

Looking after our pitches

The large size of the Club means that we have almost 80 teams… and not enough pitches. Some of the pitches get heavy use throughout the winter and we need to look after them.

The rules:

  • Club teams or opposition teams must NEVER warm up on the pitches.
  • Post-match kickabouts must NEVER take place on the pitches or in the goals.
  • Use areas around the pitches and behind the goals for warm-ups and inform opposition of these rules.
  • Matches must NEVER take place on a pitch which is not fit for play. One game on a waterlogged pitch can ruin that pitch for several months ahead.
  • All our venues are shared spaces. Please respect other users by vacating the pitch promptly, clearing up after your team and by leaving the area as you found it.

Who referees the games?

There is a national shortage of referees. League referees are allocated to games for some age groups but you should not expect an appointed official at every match. The Club has a pool of qualified referees to help fill the gap and some of our U15-U18 players have qualified as referees and are available to officiate matches in the younger age groups. Contact Referee Co-ordinator Mark Hargrave with any queries about refereeing.

Referee training for our young referees is provided by Herts FA or Essex FA. The minimum age to book onto and attend a referee course is 14. Details are provided at:



Parents and managers as referees

There will be many matches where a qualified referee is not available, in which case the match will usually be refereed by a manager or parent. Make sure that you read the various laws that apply to the various formats of the game. They differ from 5v5 to 7v7 to 9v9 etc. You can download the laws below. Parents & managers can also qualify as referees in exactly the same way as the older children.

The leagues have strict rules which prohibit coaching by referees and assistant referees. The referee or assistant referee must not attempt a dual role. If a manager or a parent is the referee, he or she cannot coach, instruct, or issue guidance to the players.

Assistant referees

Each team must provide a linesman/assistant referee. Parents who take on this role are advised to attend one of the Club’s Assistant Referees Workshops which usually run early in the season, specifically aimed at parents who take on this role.

Know the Laws of the Game!

If you’re asked to referee a game or run the line, it helps to know the rules.

The Laws of the Game for 11 v 11 are available for download here.

ALSO… the Laws of the Game vary for mini soccer and youth football formats and you can download them here.

Volunteer: your club needs YOU!

Bishop’s Stortford Community FC has grown over the years to become one of the most successful youth football clubs in the country, attaining FA Charter Standard Community Club status.

We now have almost 1,000 boys and girls in almost 80 teams plus Senior, Ladies and Inclusive Football sections.

The Club is run by unpaid volunteers: 4 Directors, 15 Football Management Committee Members, and a small army of team managers, assistant managers & match day delegates.

The demands on our volunteer management team are significant. We’re always looking for some additional help with running the Club, whether you’re a manager, assistant manager or a parent who’d like to give some time to helping run the Club.

We would particularly like to involve some parents from the younger age groups whom we hope will be with the Club for some time.

How much time?

How much time do you have? It depends on the role, and most of the positions are not too onerous. Some roles will have a peak in workload at specific times of the season, others may just require a few hours per month. But many hands make light work!

If you are interested in helping the Club with any of these roles, please contact the Club Chairman Grant Hegley or chat to one of the members of the Football Management Committee at training or at a match.

Boot Exchange

Football boots and AstroTurf boots are essential kit and starting at around £30 a pair it is a noticeable part of the family budget. Children can grow quickly and in sudden bursts, often within a season, and boots purchased at the start of the season can be outgrown long before the end of it.

Therefore, anyone who deposits a clean & usable set of boots on the “Boot Exchange” rack in the clubhouse at The Barons Park, Friedberg Avenue may select from the rack any set of boots they wish.

There are usually dozens of pairs of boots from which to choose, starting at children’s sizes up to adult size 9. Most of the stock is adult size 1 to 5. If you have boots lurking in the garage which are unwanted then we will always gratefully receive donations!

The Boot Exchange works on an honesty basis and we ask that everyone uses it in this spirit.

From time to time we also run a donation of old playing kit which is collected for Africa. Please bear this in mind when clearing out old or outgrown football kits.

Injuries and local healthcare services

No child should train or play when they are carrying an injury that could be exacerbated by their involvement or a communicable illness. A child with a known injury or illness must be refused involvement unless professional medical advice has been taken by the parent(s) that states they are fit to participate. In the event of injury, the Club recommends immediate medical attention dependent upon the severity. This may require a visit to your GP or the Accident & Emergency department of a local hospital.

The nearest Accident & Emergency centre is at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX. Tel: 01279 444455.

An alternative A&E centre is at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ. Tel: 01223 245151.

There is also a Minor Injuries Unit at the Herts & Essex Community Hospital, Haymeads Lane, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 5JH, opening hours 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. Tel: 01707 252466 ext. 4298.

Players also have access to Bishop’s Stortford FC physiotherapist at no cost. Please contact Morgan Laforce to book an appointment, which will usually be on a Thursday evening at the stadium at Woodside Park.


As part of our support for the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) programme, the Club ensures that defibrillators are available at our playing venues wherever possible.

Defibrillators are located at the following venues:

  • The Barons Park, Friedberg Avenue: in the first changing room
  • Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre: in the reception area
  • Birchwood High School: in main entrance to the sports hall
  • Hockerill Anglo-European College: tbc
  • Bishop’s Stortford College: tbc
  • Jobbers Wood (TBSHS): in the clubhouse, on wall next to first aid room
  • Barrels Down Road Park, Cricketfield Lane: in the BSCC clubhouse
  • Mick Isard Memorial Field, Furneaux Pelham: at the village hall
  • Manuden Village Community Centre: in the community centre reception area
  • Birchanger Sports & Social Club: in the clubhouse
  • Paringdon Sports & Social Club: in the clubhouse reception area
  • R & D Advisors UK Stadium, Woodside Park: First Aid Room
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