but only 9 Aside...
Small sided games play a greater role in skill development as positional play becomes more important. 9 players on the pitch mean more options for passing and more options for the opposition to pass around you. Being in the right position at the right time will help score, or stop a goal.
Graeme takes training on Wednesday afternoons at 4.45pm. Just enough time to get in from school, get their kit on and back out the door. He says he is just getting them ready for the hectic life of a premiership footballer!
Expectations at this age are increased and the need for fitness in matches increases - Therefore, Graeme makes sure the team are put through their paces with agility, dribbling and drills that help the kids find space and time on the ball.
Only 1 training session per week allows the kids to juggle their busy social lives (and time on their phones!)
The 'Trainer of the week award' again rewards good play, concentration and effort.
Player positions are cemented further at this age and the kids start to communicate more when they are on the ball. Lots of calls and shouts of 'Man On' make the matches feel much more competitive and it is the first time clubs are allowed to discuss league positions, results and promotion/relegation.
Games are now played in 30-minute halves, so the kids have to get used to fewer breaks although subs are still 'roll on-roll off'.
As with all age groups, the team plays in the Doncaster Junior league and will normally play on Saturday or Sunday mornings. This age group has just won the winter league, their first competitive competition. Congrats to the team and coach! Same again this season!
If you would like to get your child involved in this age group then we'd love to see them at training.
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