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In conversation with... Moreton Hall Youth FC

Recently, we chatted with Kev Bugg, manager and coach of Moreton Hall’s under 9’s football team. Although the season was unfortunately cut short due to Covid-19, the team had a stellar start to its second season as a seven-a-side team, winning 16 out of its 20 games.

For a second year, Countryside has sponsored the Moreton Hall Youth FC – which is located just a few miles from Fornham Place at Marham Park, a new village-style development on the outskirts of Bury St Edmund’s – enabling the team to invest in essentials including footballs, sports kit and first aid kits.

Here, we find out more about what Kev loves about the team, and what makes this area a great place to live.

What is your favourite thing about being part of the football club?

“We’ve been able to create an environment which encourages the families of the kids to be involved and feel a part of the team too. The togetherness of our football family has created a great atmosphere and support mechanism for the kids to concentrate on what they love best, which is playing football with their friends.”

How do you describe the area to your friends/family?

“It is a fantastic place for us to live and raise our family.  We are spoilt with everything that we have on our doorstep.  We have all the local facilities close by, such as doctors, dentists, shops and a pub as well as lots of well-maintained play parks, cycle paths and walkways throughout the area.

“More broadly, this part of the county has some beautiful countryside, and nature reserves like the Black Bourn Valley, and over towards Fornham All Saints there’s Old Broom and Lackford Lakes Nature Reserves too.”

What is your favourite thing about coaching football?

“I really enjoy being able to pass on my football knowledge to children who want to listen, learn and improve across all aspects of the game. It's always nice to hear parents’ recognition on how far the team has developed over a short period of time.”

What is your favourite local secret / hidden gem in the area?

“In recent times, I have developed a love for running so being able to run from my house and instantly feel in the countryside is a nice luxury. My running often takes me through lovely Suffolk villages like Thurston and Rougham which provide great scenery for a long-distance run!

“With regards to a family favourite, we often find ourselves in the heart of Bury St Edmunds at the picturesque Abbey, walking through the ruins and the well-presented gardens followed by a treat in the town centre at a local sweet shop.