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Position, passing and performance - At this age the team will be learning more about the tactics and how to play as a team effectively. The coaches actively ask for ideas as the kids are encouraged to create their own drills and explain them at training
Gary and Tim take training on Wednesday and Friday, sessions are either 75 or 90 minutes long so the kids can work on fitness as well as technique.
You may have seen professional coaches drawing game situations on a whiteboard and this happens with this age group too. G&T try to help the kids think of the solutions themselves so when they are on the pitch, the answers are out there too. Pitches are a little bigger so 1-2's, isolating defenders and effective tackling are really important aspects of the game.
Trainer of the week awards help to keep it fun, rewarding attitude and commitment rather than ability.
Most players have preferred positions at this point and play there when possible. However, if the Centre back is on their 'jollies' then the striker may have to do a shift in the back 3!
Quarters of 12.5 minutes each make up the game with rolling substitutions as per younger age groups. Game time is closely monitored with the team all getting roughly the same time on the pitch. If this can't be done every game, it averages out at the end of the season.
'Man of the match' gets to take home a nifty trophy and gaze at it for the week, dreaming of the time they may win something similar at Wembley, playing for their favourite team...
As with all age groups, the team plays in the Doncaster Junior league and will normally play on Saturday or Sunday mornings.
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