Sport in Bedford
The River Great Ouse runs through Bedford, and as well as being the cornerstone of the town’s cultural and commercial heritage, it has also played a huge part in the sporting heritage of the town, and with two boat houses, an annual regatta and bi-annual river festival, rowing is one of the town’s major sports. Rugby is the main sport of both Bedford School and Bedford Modern School, and with several rugby clubs and pitches, Bedford can be considered “a rugby town”. That said, football, tennis, athletics and cricket can all give rugby a run for it’s money, not to mention netball and swimming!
Bedford International Athletic Stadium
Bedford & County Athletic Club is one of the leading athletic clubs in the South and East of England and the club caters for athletes of both sexes and all ages and abilities. The club competes at the highest levels in Track & Field Athletics, Road Racing and Cross Country
Barker’s Lane, Bedford
Image © Open Play, a website for finding and booking sports facilities.
Bunyan Sports Centre
Mile Road, Bedford MK42 9TS
The Bunyan Sports Centre is a multi-purpose centre situated about a mile from the town centre on Mile Road. There is plenty of parking at the centre. There are three floors with lift access between them. The ground floor comprises a large sports hall with courts marked for various sports. There are two five-a-side football pitches which can be separated with a dividing net or the area can be left open and house for example 8 badminton courts. Three is also a smaller sports hall for fitness classes, gymnastics or social meetings and a fully equipped gymnasium and fitness centre. The site also houses a four squash courts.
Image © Bedford Borough Council
Kempston Outdoor Centre
Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8QP
Action and adventure, Kempston Outdoor Centre is not for the feint hearted. The centre runs adventure based activities for both adults and kids onsite and at other locations.
The team of expert instructors run courses aimed to “educate, develop, challenge & inspire people“.
Image © Kempston Outdoor Centre
The Paula Radcliffe Sharnbrook Community Sports Centre
This state of the art Sports Centre was officially opened by Paula Radcliffe in 2005. The original aim was to create a sports performance centre for talented athletes, and maybe even produce the next Paula Radcliffe. But it has since grown to offer a fantastic school facility and extra curricular activities. Described as a rural sports hub, the centre offers a friendly welcome to members and non-members.
Image © Sharnbrook Community Sports Centre
Kempston Swimming Pool
Hillgrounds Leisure, Hillgrounds Road, Bedfordshire, Bedford MK42 8SZ
Oasis Beach Pool
Cardington Road, Bedford MK42 0BZ
Park Avenue, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 2JZ
SPORTS TEAMS AND CLUBS
Bedford Blues Rugby
Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3NF
The Bedford Blues Rugby Club currently plays in the RFU Championship, the second tier in England.
The club has a rich academy heritage, with the Blues Academy being formed in 2000, a feeder system to the established Junior Blues. The Junior Blues section provides coaching and training in mini rugby for children aged 7 to 12 and junior rugby from 13 to 17. The Blues Academy is aimed at even younger children. The Junior Blues have a very successful history winning the National U19 Cup 5 times in 6 years, their final appearance in the competition being a victorious one in 2012. The coaches and committee are all volunteers, and if your child is a budding 1st XV player of the future, the club would love to hear from you.
Bedford Swifts RFC
Bedford International Athletic Stadium, Barkers Lane, Bedford, MK41 9SB
Swifts is an amateur rugby club, with teams of all ages and abilities playing both the union and league codes.
Bedford Queens RFC
Wentworth Drive, Bedford
Queen’s is also an amateur rugby club, with teams of all ages and abilities
The Bedfordshire County Football League
Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3NF
The BCFL was formed in 1904 (as the Bedford & District League). The league runs a total of 4 divisions, although until last season, there was also a 5th division. The Premier Division is at step 7 of the National League System. This is tier 11 of the English FA, with the Premier League being tier 1, The Championship, tier 2 and so on. The top club in the Premier Division is eligible to apply for promotion to the United Counties League Division One or the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, both if which are tier 10 leagues. The current Premier Division Champions are AFC Oakley Sports M&DH.
Premier Division (Level 11):
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College, AFC Oakley M&DH, Caldecote, Eastcotts, Flitwick Town, Ickwell & Old Warden, Lidlington United Sports, Marston Shelton Rovers, Pavenham, Renhold United, Sandy, Sharnbrook, Shefford Town & Campton, Wilstead, Wootton Blue Cross
Division One( Level 12)
AFC Harlington, AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College Reserves, AFC Oakley M&DH Reserves, Bedford Sports Athletic, Cranfield United, Elstow Abbey, Great Barford, Henlow, Marabese Ceramics, Meltis Albion, Potton Town, Queens Park Crescents, Riseley Sports, Shefford Town & Campton Reserves, Sundon Park Rangers
Division Two(Level 13)
Bedford United, Caldecote Reserves, Clapham Sports, Elstow Abbey Reserves, FC Houghton, Kempston Athletic, Kempston Hammers Sports, Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves, Meltis Albion Reserves, Moggerhanger United, Renhold United Reserves, Stevington, Westoning, Wilstead Reserves, Wootton Village
Division Three (Level 14)
Atletico Europa, Caldecote Under 20s, Clifton, Cranfield United Reserves, Dinamo Flitwick, FC Serbia Bedford, Flitwick Town Reserves, Ickwell & Old Warden Reserves, Lea Sports PSG, Mid Bedfordshire Tigers, Sandy Reserves, Shefford Town & Campton ‘A’, Westoning Under-20, White Eagles
Bedford United FC
The Hockey Centre
Bedford United FC is the only football club in Bedford to have an academy. Anyone aged 4 or over can join the academy, which runs on a Friday at the hockey centre throughout the football season. The academy enjoys state of the art facilities and all the courses are run by qualified coaches with full CRB checks.
£2.50 per child per session of £50 for the full season, September to May.
Bedford Town Football Club
Cranfield United Football Club
A.F.C. Kempston Rovers
Poynters Boat House, Commercial Road, Batts Ford, Bedford MK40 1QS
With a boat house on the banks of River Great Ouse in Bedford, Star Club is one of the town’s leading rowing clubs. With a strong emphasis on social rowing, it’s a great way to get out on the water for the first time. The club also promotes competitive rowing .
Bedford Rowing Club
The Boathouse, Duck Mill Lane, Bedford
Viking Kayak Club
Bedford Sports Club of the Year 2012. Remember Etienne Stott, winner of a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics? This is his canoeing club.
International Sport Stars & World Champions
Professional Sports Stars
Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edward