The Saturday morning training sessions started in the Spring of 1999 with just a handful of boys in a local park. This has now developed and grown to over 60 children that regularly attend. As well as the Saturday training sessions, we run yearly football tournaments and Soccer Schools. The training sessions are supervised by our coaches who hold F. A. Coaching Awards and are CRB checked. The children are divided up into their respective age groups and taught all of the different techniques and disciplines of football. We promote encouragement, team skills and good character and do not allow any of the children to demonstrate negative attitudes towards one another.
To also help in our development of these young people, we have introduced a Players Life Skills League. This is where players, not teams, are awarded points for being in a winning team and they can also gain additional points by being nominated for player of the day, which is based on their attitude and conduct. Points are also awarded for punctuality, consistency and fair play. The final top three players in the league are awarded vouchers for themselves to spend at a local sports shop and the winner receives the Players Life Skills trophy and an engraved medal. This has had a tremendous impact with the young people providing a competitive edge to our training sessions and also further helping to provide a positive environment that helps develop life skills in these young people.
We believe in the unity of all people and promote and encourage good character and respect for one another. WE HAVE A DREAM that our youth will become positive role models for others to follow. We recognise that this may not happen overnight but with all of us having the same aim and goal and working together then our youth will be able to grow healthily and not entertain or accept the many negative lifestyles and influences around their lives.
This project is supported by Kick It out and is featured on their Web site as a flagship for other Community based football projects.
Running With the Vision – Youth Football