Bosham: the football club where family ties are paramount

Bosham’s current Under-16s

When it comes to sustainability at a football club, you’ll have to search hard to find a better club than Bosham.

The president is a former junior and senior player and has had success as an assistant boss. A first-team co-manager is a former player and captain; the other has been running Bosham teams for 15 years.

The U16s are led by the first-team captain who has gone through youth training, and he is assisted by the first-team goalkeeper – son of the president.

The U18 manager is a regular assistant referee for first team matches. The development team is run by ex-players and the groundskeeper is a former player and manager whose 17-year-old son is breaking into the development team.

Success is built on the foundations of investing in people, with many qualifications of coaches and committee members funded by the club and a great work ethic together.

Funding and sustaining a grassroots football club is difficult, but the impact of Covid has led to a greater need for sponsorship. And Paul Street of Street’s Electrical explained why he sponsored the Bosham U16s.

“As a former youngster and reserve player for Bosham, I have seen firsthand the energy and dedication that goes into running this great club. The club has given me the foundation to enjoy the sport, to stay fit and make good friends for life; a key part of my social development.

“I am capable of giving something back to the club, but I also know that they will give my business some visibility. I see it as a cooperation agreement, but one that I enter with my heart.