The Bourne End Junior Sports Club is a charity set up in 1970 by a group of parents. Now BEJSC had earned an enviable reputation all over Southern England. The Club is a unique example of what can be achieved when a community cares about its young people by providing opportunities for their future development. The Sports Club is a registered charity; it has always been and still continues to be run by volunteers. It is managed by a board of directors, some of whom are section leaders. The leaders are supported by helpers; many of these are parents. All dedicate an enormous amount of time and commitment to the members and many become qualified to coach their sport. These ingredients make the Club the success it is today.
In 1982 the Club's own multi-purpose Sports Hall was opened by HRH The Princess Anne, the Club patron for the following four years. In 1997 a large extension which included a climbing wall was opened by Sir Steve Redgrave CBE.
All members of the community can use the facilities and children at all levels of sport can become members. We do not discriminate against the less able, believing that sport is for the enjoyment of all. Membership from Bourne End and the surrounding areas has grown from thirty children in 1970 to well over five hundred today. The hall brought together all the sections under one roof (except canoeing and swimming) and further strengthened the bonds of the leaders, creating a strong and successful organisation, yet still retaining the values that are so important to us all.
It is our policy to encourage our members to put 'something back' into the Club by participating in coaching, lifesaving, or Young Leaders courses and by helping with younger members. Our Junior Committee is a fine example of young people becoming involved in the life of the Club and the wider community. They are representatives of the sections and bond the Club together, meeting once a month to plan and organise a variety of activities, both sporting and social. Their contribution is invaluable.
The Club at present offers badminton, basketball, canoeing, climbing, football, inline hockey, judo, swimming.
The investment in a sports hall has become a true community asset with over 3500 children having benefited from BEJSC. The hall is also used by school pupils, adult education, mums and toddlers, and many adults who enjoy the excellent facilities.
Many other charities, national and local, benefit from funds raised by local groups in conjunction with the Sports Club. The swimming section has raised over £20,000 for disabled swimmers to enter the Paraplegic Games.