At its board meeting earlier this week, Bromsgrove Sporting Football Club decided to cease having a Reserve team at the end of this season. In previous seasons, the Reserves had played in the Midland Football League Under 21s division.
The decision was made purely on footballing reasons. Reserve teams usually allow first team players to recover form or from injury as well as getting match time when they were not playing. In addition the teams normally allow young players to progress to playing for the first team.
Although there had been some successes, it was decided to look for an alternative method of allowing first team players to get practice and match time and as a method of allowing young players to gain experience and preparation for first team football.
Any footballers playing for the under-18s team showing potential could then be loaned to any “feeder” club or clubs whereby gaining experience.
Bromsgrove Sporting will be seeking agreements with local clubs who run teams with whom dual registration will be possible allowing player exchanges between clubs as and when required.
The decision to cease the Reserve side was not taken lightly and the board of directors wish to thanks everybody involved with the team in particular Dave Smith the manager, his coaches and the players who have shown considerable loyalty to the Club along with Andy Parr, the Reserves match secretary.