Domestic & International competition

The Games Programme is a fundamental part of the overall Bath experience. Since the very beginning we have looked for new and exciting ways to challenge the young people in our programme. Indeed, back in 2003 we were for many years the only organisation participating in tournaments abroad and since then the Smurfs have been to many corners of the world playing as far as Ghana and China. Opposition has stretched even as far as Mongolia and Australia and Brazil!

But it is not just abroad that we seek to make a difference. We also pioneered the first competition to bring together schools Associations, Premier League clubs and Football League clubs in a Formula 1 type football competition. The competition was named after influential Academy manager Eamon Dolan and is still running to this day, whilst the Premier League has sought to replicate the model across the country

As well as the Eamonn Dolan Series, our players take part in a number of different formats against other ESFA teams, local amateur clubs and regional professional teams. This mixed level of opposition allows the players to take part in a cycle of challenge that offers competition, struggle, comfort and fun.



In order for young people to learn, they need challenge.  That is they need to be allowed to face a situation that may stimulate independence, responsibility and decision-making with consequences and joy.  Our tours and trips programme is a major part of what we do to encourage the all-round growth of our BWBs.  Whilst football is the medium, the real foundation of the programme is about helping each young person build his own personal armoury so that he is able to choose his path and be equipped to face whichever challenges may be lurking at each corner.

Conducted tours so far:
August 2003  Monkton Combe Camp  3 nights
April 2004  Jersey Festival   6 nights

August 2004  Monkton Combe Camp  3 nights
April 2005  Jersey Festival   6 nights
June 2005  Nationals at Keele  3 nights

August 2005  Monkton Combe Camp  3 nights
April 2006  Jersey Festival   6 nights
June 2006  Nationals at Keele  3 nights


August 2006  Cornwall Camp   3 nights
April 2007  Milan, Italy   6 nights
May 2007  Nationals at Keele  3 nights

August 2007  Bath camp   2 nights
April 2008  Venlo, Holland   5 nights
May 2008  Liverpool   3 nights

August 2011  Millfield Camp   3 nights
October 2011  Stoke City FC   2 nights
February 2012  Everton    2 nights
April 2012  Venlo, Holland   4 nights
July 2012  Gothenburg, Sweden  7 nights (select players only)

August 2012  Chilcompton Camp  2 nights
October 2012  Barcelona, Spain  3 nights
March 2013  Dortmund, Germany  2 nights
May 2013  Venray, Holland   3 nights
June 2013  Wuerzburg, Germany  3 nights

August 2013: Bideford, England  2 nights
October 2013:  Dortmund, Germany  4 nights
December 2013:  Bormio, Italy   6 nights
April 2014:  Belgium   4 nights
May 2014:  Venray, Holland   4 nights
June 2014:  Stuttgart, Germany  2 nights
July 2014:  Gothia Cup, Sweden  6 nights

August 2014 Bormio, Italy 6 nights

August 2014 Bideford, England 2 nights

October 2014 Barcelona, Spain 4 nights

November 2014: Vilnius, Lithuania 3 nights

December 2014: Bormio, Italy 7 nights

January 2015: Kiel, Germany 3 nights

February 2015: Koln, Germany 3 nights

February 2015: Gothenburg, Sweden 3 nights

March 2015: Copenhagen, Denmark 3 nights

April 2015: Aviko Cup, Holland, 4 nights

April 2015: Bormio, Italy 7 nights

May 2015: Stuttgart, Germany 3 nights

June 2015: Stuttgart, Germany, 3 nights

July 2015: Gothenburg & Copenhagen, Sweden & Denmark, 9 nights

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August 2017: Gothia Cup, China, 10 nights

January 2019: Gothenburg Sweden, 3 nights

February 2019: Ateitis Cup, Lithuania, 4 nights

March 2019: Iserlohn, Germany, 4 nights