Tag: youth football

Bransty Rangers JFC Annual Tournament U7 U9 U11 U12

Tournament Name: Bransty Rangers JFC Annual Tournament
Tournament Date: 01/09/2018
Tournament Organiser: Becci Hodgson
Tournament Web Address: www.facebook.com
Team Age Groups: Under 7’s, Under 9’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s
Entry Fee per team: £30
Tournament Email Address: branstyrangersjfctreasurer@gmail.com
Address 1: Whitehaven Rugby Union Football Club
Town: Whitehaven, cumbria
Post Code: CA28 7RS
Tournament Information: Registration 0840 hours ( managers meeting 0900 hours)
Finish 1530 hours

There will be a family fun day, food and free parking

Please get in touch for the full details.

Thanks

Becci

Willen World Cup U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16

Tournament Name: Willen World Cup
Tournament Date: 07/07/2018
Tournament Organiser: Pete Morris
Tournament Web Address: https://www.willenfc.com/news/willen-world-cup-2018
Team Age Groups: Under 7’s, Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s, Under 15’s, Under 16’s
Entry Fee per team: 35.00
Tournament Email Address: willenworldcup@willenfc.com
Address 1: Willen Playing Fields
Address 2: Portland Drive, Wllen
Town: Milton Keynes
Post Code: MK15 9JP
Tournament Image: Kit_v6mbvu.jpg
Tournament Information: 2 day tournament for under 7’s to under 16’s

Food, drinks, ice cream, bouncy castle and MK Dons in attendance

Appley Bridge FC , Summer Junior Tournament U10

Tournament Name: Appley Bridge FC , Summer Junior Tournament U10
Tournament Date: 17/06/2018
Tournament Organiser: Graham Jones
Tournament Web Address: http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/appleybridgefc01/Documents
Team Age Groups: Under 10’s
Entry Fee per team: £35
Tournament Email Address: tournament@appleybridgefc.co.uk
Address 1: Appley Bridge FC
Address 2: Appley Lane South
Town: Appley Bridge
Post Code: WN6 9AR
Tournament Image: Details_Pic_3gqajx.JPG
Tournament Information: Great Event – Only 8 teams a day
Never any delays…
Every Team plays 5 matches
Winner Trophy ‘Plus’ a Supplemental Cup
On-site Parking only £1.00 including Programme
Check Out https://www.facebook.com/AppleyBridgefc/ for Photos and Feedback
Hot & Cold Drinks , Hotdogs , snacks and sweets.

Woodley United FC 6aside Tournament – Under 7s, 8s & 9s. PM – Under 10s & 11s

Tournament Name: Woodley United FC 6aside Tournament (Day 2)
Tournament Date: 03/06/2018
Tournament Organiser: Kim Moore
Tournament Web Address: http://www.woodleyunitedfc.co.uk/news/2018-woodley-united-fc-6aside-tournament-2151754.html
Team Age Groups: Under 7’s, Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s, Under 15’s, Under 16’s
Entry Fee per team: £35 (£30 if paid before March 31st)
Tournament Email Address: 6aside@woodleyunitedfc.co.uk
Address 1: The Bulmershe School
Address 2: Chequers Way, Woodley
Town: Reading
Post Code: RG5 3EL
Tournament Image: F7IOADPZ_ny4kgb.jpg
Tournament Information: Woodley United are pleased to announce that this year’s tournament (formerly Woodley
Hammers Tournament) is returning to the Bulmershe School Woodley. We would like to
invite clubs to enter the tournament, in which there will be competitions for Under 7 (i.e. under 7 on 1 September 2017) to U16, with the potential for girls’ competitions depending on demand.

The days will be divided as follows:
Sat. 2 nd June: AM – Under 12s & Under 13s. PM – Under 14s, 15s & 16s
Sun 3 rd June: AM – Under 7s, 8s & 9s. PM – Under 10s & 11s

A maximum of 24 teams will be accepted for each age group.

Under 7s & 8s will play 6 or 7 non-competitive matches as 5-a- side (in accordance with FA Guidelines) with squads of up to 8 players. Each player will receive a medal.

All other age groups will play league matches as 6-a- side with squads of up to 8 players.
After the league stage, all teams will participate in either the main knockout or consolation
competition.

Please note that Football Academy Players are ineligible for this Tournament.

Application Forms are available online.

To enter your team(s), please complete the application form and return to the Entries Coordinator with your entry fee of £35 (£30 if paid before 31 st March) for all age groups. The closing date for entries is 1 st May and entries are accepted at the discretion of the Coordinator. If entering more than one team please specify team name (e.g. A, B, Reds, Blues, Hawks, Eagles etc).

Contact Details:
Kim Moore (Mrs)
6 a side Entries Co-ordinator
Woodley United Football Club
Email: 6aside@woodleyunited.co.uk
www.woodleyunitedfc.co.uk

Woodley United FC 6aside Tournament

Tournament Name: Woodley United FC 6aside Tournament Under 12s & Under 13s. PM – Under 14s, 15s & 16s
Tournament Date: 02/06/2018
Tournament Organiser: Kim Moore
Tournament Web Address: http://www.woodleyunitedfc.co.uk/news/2018-woodley-united-fc-6aside-tournament-2151754.html
Team Age Groups: Under 7’s, Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s, Under 15’s, Under 16’s
Entry Fee per team: £35 (£30 if paid before March 31st)
Tournament Email Address: 6aside@woodleyunitedfc.co.uk
Address 1: The Bulmershe School
Address 2: Chequers Way, Woodley
Town: Reading
Post Code: RG5 3EL
Tournament Image: F7IOADPZ_bmzv4t.jpg
Tournament Information: The 2018 Woodley Utd Tournament will take place on 2nd/3rd June
Woodley United are pleased to announce that this year’s tournament (formerly Woodley
Hammers Tournament) is returning to the Bulmershe School Woodley. We would like to
invite clubs to enter the tournament, in which there will be competitions for Under 7 (i.e. under 7 on 1 September 2017) to U16, with the potential for girls’ competitions depending on demand.

The days will be divided as follows:
Sat. 2 nd June: AM – Under 12s & Under 13s. PM – Under 14s, 15s & 16s
Sun 3 rd June: AM – Under 7s, 8s & 9s. PM – Under 10s & 11s

A maximum of 24 teams will be accepted for each age group.

Under 7s & 8s will play 6 or 7 non-competitive matches as 5-a- side (in accordance with FA Guidelines) with squads of up to 8 players. Each player will receive a medal.

All other age groups will play league matches as 6-a- side with squads of up to 8 players.
After the league stage, all teams will participate in either the main knockout or consolation
competition.

Please note that Football Academy Players are ineligible for this Tournament.

Application Forms are available online.

To enter your team(s), please complete the application form and return to the Entries Coordinator with your entry fee of £35 (£30 if paid before 31 st March) for all age groups. The closing date for entries is 1 st May and entries are accepted at the discretion of the Coordinator. If entering more than one team please specify team name (e.g. A, B, Reds, Blues, Hawks, Eagles etc).

Contact Details:
Kim Moore (Mrs)
6 a side Entries Co-ordinator
Woodley United Football Club
Email: 6aside@woodleyunited.co.uk
www.woodleyunitedfc.co.uk

Airbus UK Football Club GIRLS Under 12 Tournament

Tournament Name: Airbus UK Football Club GIRLS Under 12 tournament
Tournament Date: 27/05/2018
Tournament Organiser: natalie davey
Tournament Web Address: www.airbusfc.com
Team Age Groups: Under 12’s
Entry Fee per team: 45
Tournament Email Address: natalie.davey@airbus.com
Address 1: 5 llanfair crescent
Town: Connahs quay
Post Code: Ch54gp
Tournament Information: 10am kick off

16 teams/2 groups

Cup and plate competitions

7 group games + quarters/semi final and final

Trophies for winners and runners up in both competitions

£2 parking inc programme

Airbus UK Football Club GIRLS Under 10 tournament

Tournament Name: Airbus UK Football Club GIRLS Under 10 tournament
Tournament Date: 26/05/2018
Tournament Organiser: natalie davey
Tournament Web Address: www.airbusfc.com
Team Age Groups: Under 10’s
Entry Fee per team: 45
Tournament Email Address: natalie.davey@airbus.com
Address 1: 5 llanfair crescent
Town: Connahs quay
Post Code: Ch54gp
Tournament Information: 10am kick off

16 teams/2 groups

Cup and plate competitions

7 group games + quarters/semi final and final

Trophies for winners and runners up in both competitions

£2 parking inc programme

South Ashford FC 2018 Tournament

Tournament Name: South Ashford FC 2018 Tournament
Tournament Date: 13/05/2018
Tournament Organiser: South Ashford Football Club
Tournament Web Address: www.southashfordfc.co.uk
Team Age Groups: Under 7’s, Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s
Entry Fee per team: £30
Tournament Email Address: jamiemorton@safctournaments.co.uk
Address 1: Sandyacres Sports & Social Club
Address 2: Sandyhurst Lane
Town: Ashford
Post Code: TN25 4NT
Tournament Image: logo_dbvy0o.png
Tournament Information: Dear Club Secretary,

I have great pleasure in inviting your club to participate in our 2018 Tournament.
The event will be held over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of May at the Sandyacres Sports & Social
Club, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent TN25 4NT

The following age groups will be competing:
U7s, U8s, U9s, U10s, U11s, U12s, U13s & U14s Girls: U8s, U10s, U12s & U14s

Projected Timetable:
Saturday 12th Sunday 13th
9am KO: U12s, U14s, U12s Girls 9am KO: U11s, U13s, U14s Girls
2pm KO: U8s, U10s, U8s Girls 2pm KO: U7s, U9s, U10s Girls

All age groups will be 6-a-side with squads of 10 players maximum.
Ages will be determined by the current 2017/18 season
All age groups will be competitive and will play in a league phase followed by:
Quarter-final*, semi-finals and final for 1st & 2nd placed teams. Semi-final* and final for 3rd place teams.
*dependant on amount of teams entered

To enter the tournament please complete the attached entry form and follow instructions
The initial closing date for entering the tournament is 12th March 2018.

Entry fee per team is £30.00
Entry fees will be presented to the bank once received.
Do not assume this as successful entry, confirmation of successful/unsuccessful applicants will be sent two weeks after the entry deadline has passed.

Hot/cold refreshments will be available to purchase from various outlets situated on site.
We hope to have a number of side stalls and activities in attendance over the weekend including professional photographers.

There is a fee of £2 per vehicle for parking which includes 1 free tournament program, please inform any spectators accompanying your team/s of these details.

Our Tournament is proving more and more popular every year and places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment, we have unfortunately had to turn away a number of teams in previous years due to oversubscription.

Please keep an eye on our tournament Facebook page
www.facebook.com/groups/SouthAshfordFC2018Tournament or website www.southashfordfc.co.uk for
latest information and we look forward to welcoming your team/s to our tournament.

Champions Trophy U11’s

Tournament Name: Champions Trophy
Tournament Date: 02/04/2018
Tournament Organiser: Winstanley Warriors JFC
Tournament Web Address: winstanlywarriors11.godaddysites.com
Team Age Groups: Under 11’s
Entry Fee per team: 30
Tournament Email Address: winstanleywarriors11@gmail.com
Address 1: Little Lane
Town: Wigan
Post Code: WN36PX
Tournament Image: B46808C5-B873-4846-B803-F2D8D1EAFD3B_mmajfo.jpeg
Tournament Information: 10am-2pm, medals and trophy to the winning team. 5-aside tournament played on our fantastic new 4G pitch. Food and drink, ice cream and competitions throughout the day.

Missed selection – How do you pick up the pieces as a sporting parent?

One of the hardest things to see as a sporting parent is when our children are struggling or they do not achieve what they aspire to.  One of the most common times for this is when our child is not selected either for a particular match or or in a representative team after going through a trialling and selection process.

The initial feeling as a sporting parent is one of hurt, often we feel that we have to go on the offensive either criticising the process, the people selecting the team or those involved with the coaching.  Hopefully, most of us keep these feelings to ourselves however difficult that may be, but if we are not careful we can often forget the most important person in this experience and that is our children.

If we are proactive as sports parents and create a positive environment at home, we can try to be balanced in our view and try to prepare our children for all possible outcomes. One thing that we certainly must be emphasising on a regular basis is that only through hard work and a great attitude to training can our children be expected to even be considered for selection.

We are by no means saying that you should be negative or too pessimistic but we must strike a balance between this and unrealistic optimism.

It shows how difficult it can be as a parent  as if you go too far one way you run the risk of discouraging them if you are  pessimistic or if you are at the other end of the scale the disappointment after all the expectation can be even harder to take.  This seems like common sense but it is amazing how many parents find themselves at either end of this scale.

Junior tournaments in Professional stadium HERE

If your child is not selected you need to understand how they will be feeling.  They are bound to take it personally, it is an attack on their self esteem and none of us like to feel rejected.  It can be made even harder by the fact that your child will probably have to watch some of their friends go off and participate and will feel that they are missing out from a social perspective as well.

So as a sporting parent what can we do to manage this?  Here are a few useful pointers:

Don’t Overreact – as mentioned earlier, as emotions run high it is very easy to make poor decisions that we may regret later.  Allow some time to cool off, reflect before acting.  One thing is for certain make sure you praise your child and tell them how proud you are of them for giving it a go.

Offer huge emotional support – let your child talk.  Let them express their feelings, let them express anger and frustration at how it all went.  Even if you disagree with what they may say, listen to it from their perspective, this will be useful to you moving forward.  Certainly do not squash your child at this stage, it is really important as parents that we do not play it all down and tell them for example ‘that it’s only a game’ or ‘there is always next time’.  Let them talk, sometimes silence or even telling them that you feel their pain with them can act as a huge support.

Encourage and don’t create an excuse for them – be positive and encourage your child. Try not to make excuses for your child.  Instead talk to them about the selection process, ask them questions that allow them to reflect on what they think.  Who are the best players?  Who do you think you are better than and what might you do next time?

Speak to the coach – if you are totally disillusioned with the decision then after at least 48 hours consider speaking with your child’s coach.  It would be even better if you could get your child to go and ask for some feedback on what they could maybe do next time to break into the team? This chat needs to be non confrontational and should only be used as an avenue to plan a route forward.

Plan ahead – can you plan the next stage? What can you do to help support your child?  Do they want to continue to fight for their place in the team?  If so how can you best support them using the information that they your child and their coach has given you?

Play lots of sports- one thing that missed selection highlights is the need to make sure that your child is involved in a myriad of different sporting activity.  If you only play one sport and this selection process is the be all and end all either at the weekend or as part of a representative process then it can be all the more difficult for your child to take or even be motivated to continue.  If they are involved in lots of sports and different teams, any type of failure like this can be kept in a far greater context.

One final thing to be aware of is that many early selection processes around the world are heavily in favour of the more physically and emotionally developed athlete.  Many of these athletes being born in the early part of the sporting calendar year.

In making long term decisions and trying to keep things in perspective, recognise that this may be a phase your child will need to go through.  It does not mean that further down the line they will not be selected ahead of some of their peers, so keep encouraging and keep motivating them!

Article by guest writer Gordon Mclelland, see more from Gordon at http://www.wwpis.co.uk

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Lessons I’ve learnt in my first year as a Grassroots Coach

As a coach I have realised every coach is different and hath both different temperaments and reasons for being involved in football. Some play for the win, striving for the precious 3 points a victory brings. Others do the job for the hope that their team and the individuals in the team will show improvement.

Our team has played against teams whose coaches have said very little during a match. Only the slightest amount of direction, heaping the praise when it is due. Other coaches have screamed, shouted and barked orders at their players. I have sometimes wondered how they expect 9, 10, 11 or 12 year olds to compute all the information that they are bombarded with from the touchline.

It has shocked me sometimes how coaches can expect this at such an early age. I myself have sometimes sat on the fence in the past and have been unsure which method is best. However being involved first hand I have taken to trying to guiding the players without being vocal all of the time.

This has sometimes led to criticism that I should be more hands on, but it is my belief that self-learning is pivotal in a player’s development. It improves problem solving and allows them to be more expressive. This then leads to enjoyment of the game for the players not only on an individual level but as a team. It helps them build there confidence and positive reinforcement is key.

Not only are the players always learning….coaches are too.  Football for me is a constant learning experience. However your coaching ethos can be helped by the coaches not only in your team but in your club. I have been lucky enough to work with some truly special coaches within my club. They have  welcomed me into the club and have helped me in my early days and still do. They have helped me with sessions and have been kind enough to allow me to attend theirs. We have shared best practices which allow us as a club to develop further.

Also upon taking my F.A. level 1 course I was also lucky to work with an F.A. Mentor. He was there for direction, development and to ensure that you were comfortable in giving your sessions. His expertise and wisdom of the game enabled me to engage my team more positively and develop them better.

I believe these figures are essential in the modern grassroots game of football. They help guide you through some of the challenging periods during a coach’s journey and allow you to overcome obstacles to become a better coach.

My 1st year as a coach has been at times challenging, but it is ultimately gratifying. I have loved being back involved with football as it was my favourite sport when I was a kid. I have enjoyed watching my team develop as individuals and a team. But for me as long as I can turn up to training and to a match on a Sunday and know that the lads are enjoying their football with a smile on their face……then I am a happy man and a happy coach!!!!!

Written by guest author Nick Minns

The ‘Unknown Damage?’ caused from the touchline

Every weekend all over the world millions of parents, children and coaches set off for their weekly sporting ritual ‘Match Day’. Many will follow the same process each week and will never question their routine or behaviour.

Many of these parents and coaches are well intentioned, trying to support their child and their team through match situations totally unaware of the damage they may be doing by overly involving themselves before and after but crucially during the game itself.

I say that they are unaware because if they are not the current climate on the sidelines is far worse than I currently fear.

This morning I carried out a little experiment at an Under 8 grassroots football match in the UK.  I counted the number of tactical instructions yelled from the sideline by parents and coaches to the children.  There were 134 yelled out in 40 minutes of play.  I must stress that this did not include positive praise.

Now imagine as adults if we were embarking on a task and during this time we were being yelled new instructions, in this case approximately four a minute.  Now imagine on top of that, that some of these instructions were also contradictory.  I believe that not only would we struggle to concentrate but we would struggle to make the correct decisions that we were originally carrying out.  Just think how this must feel for a child actively involved in a sporting situation?

If parents and coaches are not aware of the damage they are doing by directing play and yelling tactical instructions from the touchline then I hope that this article will give them something to mull over.

Caught up in the excitement and emotion of a game, many parents and coaches feel that they are really helping and supporting their children whilst watching by shouting technical or tactical instruction.  Whilst this may on occasions in the short term prove successful there are major long term implications of this for the player.

  1. It reduces problem solving skills
  2. It decreases decision making skills
  3. It reduces creativity in young players
  4. It reduces the child’s enjoyment
  5. It increases the pressure on the child
  6. It increases anxiety in the child
  7. It prevents children from mastering life skills
  8. It decreases the ability of the child to cope independently(particularly if the parent and the coach are not around)

Bearing all this in mind it is important that we then generate an understanding of how all of this is linked together with the behaviour that we are displaying.  The following infographic from our friends at believeperform.com gives us a very powerful visual image.

My message to parents:

Are you shouting tactical instructions on the sidelines?

If your answer is, “Yes,” then stop. Stop now.

I can already hear you justifying why. I can already hear you rationalising your particular approach. I can hear you because I could be you. I am you. I want to right the wrongs for my child. I want him to score. I want him to feel joy in victory. I want him to avoid the pain of losing. I want him to know I am there, that I love him, that I am his biggest fan.

But, let me ask you:

Do you think it helps?

It does not.

No justifications, no intelligent counter arguments. No nonsense. Screaming and shouting tactical instructions is bad. It is that simple. I did not make it up.

My message to coaches:

The above still applies however there can be a little bit of flexibility if you are trying to assist your team and individuals but it should be a very measured approach.

We have a number of parents who contact us who have been told by organisations what they would like them to do and how to behave but then they have to watch the coach do exactly the opposite.  Coaches must be great role models for parents and help create the right environment for the children by leading from the front.  Parents will then follow.

With positive support only on the touchlines can we regain control of an environment that is in real danger of spiralling out of control.  In its current climate the only people who are suffering in the long term are the people who we love and want to achieve the most; the children.

Guest article by

Gordon MacLelland

Find out more about Gordon and view more of his blogs at Working with Parents in Sport http://www.wwpis.co.uk