Football BL (Men)

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Joining SBLHFC will be one of the best decisions you make while at Barts and The London. The club’s aim is to represent the school at the best and most beautiful game in the world: Football. The club brings together students from all years to ensure that you have the best communal experience while at university with the chance of meeting characters that you might not have been able to otherwise. We can proudly say that the club is like a family where teammates are not only friends on the pitch but also off it.

This great club is the largest in BLSA and has a rich and proud history. We compete at various levels for the United Hospitals Cup, the oldest trophy in the footballing world first introduced in 1884. This competition includes all of the London medical schools with the club getting to the final the last four years, narrowly missing out on the trophy on penalties last season.

We are fortunate to play our home matches at the idyllic Chislehurst Sports Ground, while away games feature all over London plus a couple of games in the South East.

Our club is made up of 3 teams each playing on both Wednesday's and Saturday's. Our 1stteam provides a very high level of competitive football which caters for those who have played at a high standard previously. The 2ndteam also play at a competitive level, here players can push themselves to reach for the 1stteam and develop their footballing skills weekly. The 3rdteam still competes in two LUSL leagues, but is a team focussed more on the development of players and welcomes those who are newer to playing football. No matter what level of football you are at- we will have a place for you. 

We also strive to provide members with friendly and local 7-a-side football with games usually in a Thursday night league. We enter a mixed ability team in the intramural league open to newcomers to the sport/club and those less able to commit to 11-a-aside matches. Essentially the club is geared to provide as much football for a wide variety of abilities and a high standard of competition for the upper echelons of the club.

We also have a prolific social calendar including meals and weekly nights out, well organised by our proactive social secretaries. You can also get involved on the social front by joining us on Fresher’s Tour (usually in the first term), International Tour (usually during Easter or third term) and NAMS which is an annual football tournament for all of the medical schools with two nights out in the host city (usually at the end of second term) throughout the year. Like other clubs, we attend the union’s weekly social on Wednesday evenings called “Tables” which includes games, match reports and general chitchat.

At the end of the season current members mix with an extensive network of alumni from the club (Old Boys) at the AGM and President’s Day, a definite highlight of the social calendar. The occasion is held at one of London’s famous stadiums and includes a tour and in the past the opportunity to play on the pitch.

So overall this club will enable you to keep fit, have fun and be active within the school. Truly anyone is welcome, find out more and get started by joining the Facebook group below.

Taster Session

Football trials are held at our home ground; Chislehurst sporting grounds which we take a coach to. The trial is a chance for players to show their ability in front of this year’s team captains and to be allocated into a team. Each player who attends the event will have their details taken and contacted for training sessions and matches. It is worth noting, that players who get selected are not fixed to that team and can move within the club structure.

The trial itself comprises of drills followed by small-sided games and typically a final 11 a side game against seniors for a bit of fun. The last couple of years, the seniors have won so possibly this year the trialists will have the day? After the event, we take a coach back to the union for the first sporting social of the year.

Further details will be provided at Freshers’ Fayre. This year the fresher trials will be on 26thSeptember. 

Training

Mondays 5-6pm at Stepney park 3G Astro

Equipment - Players will need to provide their own footballs boots (studs for all matches and Astroturf’s for training and 7 a-side) as well as shin pads.

The club will provide team shirts, shorts and socks (although its recommended you bring your own shorts and socks). 

Will also have club kit where players can buy training gear with the option of personalisation. This is optional but the gear looks great (highly recommended)

Commitment levels required - Attendance to training is desired but it is understood that courses offered at Barts and The London are demanding. What is expected of the players is to give as much time as they can to the club in both training and in competitive matches. Players are picked both on ability and commitment with regular commitment aiding in the players development.

Competitions

  • BUCS leagues for the 1stand 2ndXI
  • LUSL leagues for the 3rdXI on Wednesdays with all three teams playing in LUSL leagues on the Saturday.
  • BUCS Cup for 1stand 2ndXI
  • LUSL Cup for 1st, 2ndand 3rdXI
  • UH cup for 1st-3rdXI
  • 7 a side QM league on Thursdays.

Club Socials

We regularly attend socials on a Wednesday (Tables). Other socials are organised by our dedicated social secretaries, which include nights out on weekdays and weekends plus socials with other medical schools football teams. On top of that we have three tours each year; Freshers tour (within the UK), International tour and NAMS which is the medical school equivalent of the World Cup.

There is always something going on within the club to get involved with!

How to get involved

  • Firstly, visit us at the Freshers Fayre! There will be a booklet outlining more information about trials and the lowdown on this year’s committee. When you come to say “hello”, ask all those burning questions that you might have!
  • After the freshers fayre, attend trials but if you can not attend for whatever reason, let us know through the contact details on the booklet and we will be able to tell you all about training.
  • Attend our sporting curry and social events to get a real feel of the club
  • Purchase membership after first session
  • Most importantly, join our Facebook group which will have all the information and chat you’ll need at the bottom of the page. 

SBLHFC Kit

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Contact details

President: Ben Kerr - football@bartslondon.com (07842094943). 

1st XI Captain: Tom Ellis - tellis254@gmail.com 

2nd XI Captain: David Barnett - ha15614@qmul.ac.uk

3rd XI Captain: Nikhil Sharma - sharm25.ns@gmail.com

7-a-side Captain: Sudarshan Gurumoorthy 

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