The football club with a new name who are literally preparing for Battle
The newly named Battle Town Football Club - previously Battle Baptist FC) - have made a number of significant changes to their structure, purpose and vision.
They are now a community interest company and have a board of directors that have specialist knowledge in areas such as sports training, sports consultancy and sports management.
The club have applied for Community Amateur Sports Club Status.
BTFC’s driving ambition is to engage with the local community for health, social and well-being reasons. Inspiring people to get involved in football and encouraging participation in physical activity, for everyone in the community.
At present, the club have three senior football teams competing in the East Sussex Football League, with the first team in the premier division.
There is a veterans’ team competing in the Hastings and District Vets League and a walking football team that has become really popular over the past few years.
Aimed at adults over 50, walking football has social, mental and physical health benefits.
In addition to these teams, the club have their sights clearly set on expanding into youth football and women’s and girls’ football. BTFC are also promoting non-football activities such as; the NHS Couch to 5K running programme which is aimed at everyone, including absolute beginners.
For running or walking football, find out more by emailing [email protected]
When lockdown stopped football in its tracks, the first team were top of the ESFL premier division with seven wins out of seven and were favourites to top the league had the season reached its conclusion. However, that disappointment pales into insignificance when measured against the distressing loss of life and the life-changing alterations that the virus has brought with it.
The club’s thoughts are with everyone affected.
For the long term benefit of the community, Battle Town are working in partnership with Battle Town Council and the Battle Health Pathway project to provide Battle recreation ground with a new pavilion, cycle pathway and skills area, all of which will benefit and promote the health and well-being of locals.
Club chairman Kevin Terrell said: “We aim to make a valuable and significant contribution to the ‘Fit for Battle’ project.
“This is an exciting venture that will leave a lasting legacy and help us in our ambition to encourage everyone into an active lifestyle.”
“You can sign up to the club’s newsletter at www.battletownfc.com, and find out more about the club, our goals and the ways we plan to support the community. Together, let’s get fit for Battle. Battle Town Football Club, Your team - your town.”