I am now planning to hold training on Saturday mornings up to the Swindon Village Tournament on 10th July. Please let me know if the kids are unable to make any of the weeks.
Swindon Village Tournament – 10th July
No further information as yet. It will be 6 a side, but I am not sure on restrictions to squad size. I have entered 2 teams. I am still awaiting confirmation on 6 players availability that weekend. Can you advise if not already done so.
Presentation Night – Fri 17th June
Presentation will start at 730pm sharp next Friday night, at the Community Centre. It is likely to be about 1.5hrs. It really would be great for as many of the team to be there as possible, and the kids will be able to pick up their medals.
From 1st July we can start to register our players for next term. We can register up to 14 for each of the teams. Currently we have 23 players, which means we have scope for some recruitment. Please consider this 2 fold:
- Opportunity for any friends you know may be interested in getting involved.
- We could do with knowing how big a recruitment drive to have.
On that second point, I would be really great-full if you could let me know whether your son/daughter is intending to be involved next term. Please let me know either way.
Both teams created a number of chances in their games and defended really well - the Colts only conceding 3 really unlucky goals. All players received a medal for their efforts, a couple of photos can be viewed in the gallery by clicking here. Thanks to all the parents for their support on the day, and to Lana for supplying extra food and drinks.
Next stop - Swindon Village Tournament on 10th July.
As mentioned, we can only take 16 players to the tournament on Saturday, and luckily I have 16 confirmed attendees! So the teams for Saturday are:
The format is 6 aside and for our age group this will be a round robin of all the U8 teams involved. I have not received a format as yet, so unsure how long this will go on for. Typically I would suggest there will be 8 teams, so 7 games of around 10 mins, with 5 min breaks between games. Estimate 1.5 to 2 hours.
We need to register the team at 1145am, so can you please aim to be at the venue for 1130am.
We are playing at:
Brockworth Albion FC
Mill Lane is off Shurdington road on the other side of the dual carriageway from the Garden Centre.
I have paid for the entry fee - £40. So could I please have the usual £2.50 match subs to cover this cost.
The children will not be allowed to play without shinpads, so these are a must. I believe we are on a grass pitch, but just in case this is on an all weather pitch, can you please bring trainers too. I will also have spare kit for those that require.
It was early August 2010 when my 2 boys asked if they could start playing for a football team, having previously been going to a football coaching set up.
I searched the net, and found a contact for Churchdown Panthers, and we got invited down to the ground for a training session, but there was no coach for the Under 8s. My youngest got under way with Dave Biddlecombe in the U7s, and my eldest joined in training with the U9s. At this point, Dave Gent introduced me to Lorne and Lana Plemel who were to take up the U8s for the coming season.
Lorne gave me a few flyers and asked if I would help out with training in the coming weeks. We duly took some flyers around the local schools.
One week later, I arrived at training. Lana told me that Lorne had been called away for work, and.................... 20 kids turned up!!!!!
My thanks are to Dave Gent at this point, who helped me out with some training routines, and we were up and running.
Our first friendly was at home against Leckhampton and we won 4-2, from being 2-0 down... all going well!! We kept up training through to December time, when Lorne was advised of his posting to Afghanistan, starting January 2011.
We have continued to grow, since starting together as a brand new team. A few players have come and gone, yet we have sustained 20+ players all season, and have 23 registered right now. We have had some ups and downs this season. Moments spring to mind like being invited to Cheltenham Town and being well beaten, to the "total football" goal scored away at Highnam, to the hammering at home by Abbeymead, to the 6-1 win at home against Swindon Village etc.
It has been quite a season, yet really enjoyable. It is remarkable the support that we have had this season. I would like to thank every parent that has stood out in the wind and rain, collected cones, constructed and destructed goals and above all supported the kids. However, special thanks need to go to Lorne and Lana Plemel (without whom we may not have got started), Dave Hunt, Dave Carter, Richard Fernandes, Lee Hanman, Gary Barnes and James Leathem-Pugh, who all have pulled on a pair of shorts at some point to help out. Thanks everyone.
Next season presents a different challenge!! At Under 9 age group, we now enter the Cheltenham Youth Football League, and play football for real :).
We have registered 2 teams for the league:
Churchdown Panthers - To be managed by me.
Churchdown Panthers Colts - To be managed by Dave Carter.
Thanks to Dave for taking up the challenge of managing a team next year, and we will both need all the coaching support as we have had this year.