Under 11 End of Season Review

 

Well I did plan to video this message but then realised “lockdown hair” would then be there for all to see forever!

This year we started our adventure into 9-a-side football, one which we as a coaching team felt quite prepared for having committed almost our entire previous season to focusing toward the adjustment to 9's, the introduction of offsides, removal of retreat lines and the FA rule changes of the goal-kicks to name just a few! We feel through the children's dedication, enthusiasm, enjoyment and passion, it's paid dividends.

The preparation has seen so many successes this season, team, units within the team and individually. With the odd exception coming up against a couple of very good sides we have spent almost the entire season (which we did manage more games than most, thanks largely to Kelly Fuller & Kellie Ward for enabling us to play on a 3G surface all winter) on the front foot. Seeing the development of each player and in particular in areas of change like the defence working as a unit to good effect supporting the attacks as well as holding a strong line for offsides. But what stands out above all else is the friendships the group of players maintain, and as they embark on a transition to secondary school and what will be a new normal (in more ways than 1!) we really hope those friendships will stand them in good stead, and that they will use football with us as a means to maintain those friendships that perhaps will drift as the children go their separate ways to different education settings.

I'd like to say a massive thanks to Stuart for yet another years coaching with the team, your efforts do not go un-noticed. To Tim as well, for the support (alongside Stuart and I) especially match days where the ability to dedicate warm ups and pre match routines to the specific challenges set out really enhances the match day environment. Also thanks to Mark and Wayne Greenwood for running small sessions on a Monday evening they are a real benefit. It really is a team effort.

A few quick other thank-yous;

- To the dads for running the line each week, except Mark your terrible!

- To Neil for occasionally stepping up to referee when needed

- To our sponsors

Origin Storage

, Everest Financial Solutions and

Focus Search and Selection

without whom we would not be so lucky with our exceptional kits and training kits

- To Kelly & Kellie for enabling the use of CRA 3G pitch

- To Rebecca Bell and Gavin Bell for the half time fruit

- To the mums for the weekly celebratory cakes

- To the clubs committee for the tireless effort that goes into running the club (Phil for one knows more than most!)

Most of all though we'd like to thank the players for without them it is all pointless! The smiles, effort and fun we have is worth every cold, wet match or training session. Every player deserves recognition for the season (and will get it is safe and the time is right to do so). We've had our challenges as the children have got that bit older but we've worked through them together and that in itself shows the character and life skill development of each of them. Every player scored at least once, with exception of "Safe Hands" who managed 7 clean sheets.

We look forward to next season whenever that may be, and are pleased so many have interacted with us over Whatsapp with the lockdown challenges. We hope that each and every child will return for another fun packed season full of positivity. Until then stay safe and healthy.