2012 - 2013 U7




Manager

Paul Burke
u7@nwrfc.com
Tel: See Handbook
Assistant

Richard Sharpe

Tel:See Handbook
Home Kit

Squad


Football League: West Herts - U7 Blue Division Link to League tables
Fixtures: Link to Fixtures
Home ground : Radlett Road Playing Fields
Radlett Road, Watford. Link to home Ground

Half Term Report from the Manager

Plenty of games under our belt now and we consider ourselves to be an established U7 team with excellent support from all the parents, grand-parents, uncles, aunts and of course those brothers and sisters etc. Thanks for all the help with goal nets and orange quarters – it really does make a difference.

I am happy that our coaching and development philosophy is exactly how it should be - centred on having fun and developing all the players rather than getting results. Due to a change in thinking at the FA, results at this age are not recorded or published, and league tables are not kept, so there is no meaningless plastic trophy to play for. The 3 leagues in our year are adjusted every half term so we play teams of similar ability. We will continue to win some, lose some and (occasionally) draw some – it doesn’t matter. That the kids keep challenging themselves and improving does matter. We don’t fall into the trap of thinking that we should play our ‘strongest’ side every game with a view to getting results as this will serve no long term benefit to any of the players’ development. FUN without pressure is what it should be about for the next few years.

We are always looking for new players at under 7 level (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) for the Youth Development system with a view to moving into formal teams. All abilities, boys or girls are welcome. We train most Saturdays through the season at 10.00am – 11.00 am, Radlett Road Recreation Ground. Finally, I am pleased to say Richard Sharpe is joining us as a coach and is completing his Level 1 FA badge in November. Welcome aboard Richard.

Best Wishes, Paul

Pre Season from the Manager

Hi to all parents and players! I trust you have all enjoyed your summer break and are now keen to get back to playing football. We have been enrolled in the West Herts Youth League U7 Blue. The divisions will change each term to ensure we are matched against teams of a similar ability. In our league there are 7 other teams – the nearest being Watford Town and Garston Boys, and the furthest being Aston Clinton! Hopefully we only have to play them the once away! As soon as I have a fixture list it will be posted on the web site, but expect our first game to be on Sunday 9th September.

Training will begin again on Saturday 1st September. Andy will be taking training for the next couple of weeks as I have a coaching course to finish. I will be in contact with you all in the next week or so to arrange a Team/Parents meeting to discuss midweek training (instead of Saturdays), commitment to playing matches, the FA Respect programme, helping out etc. I am on the lookout for another coach to assist. Remember that NWRFC will pay for you to do your level 1 FA coaching badge, which I can say is a very enjoyable and rewarding thing to do. As ever we are always looking for new players at under 7 level and below for the Youth Development sides. All abilities, boys or girls are welcome.

Finally, remember that at this age, the football and coaching is centred on developing all the players rather than getting results and winning trophies. For this reason all teammates will get to play in all positions. We all know there are kids in our team of varying abilities and everyone deserves their chance to play and improve. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that we should play our strongest side every game with a view to getting results. This will serve no long term benefit to any of the players development. FUN without pressure is what it should be about for the next few years. I would appreciate the parents support in re-enforcing this idea.

Let’s work together to make sure that the kids get as much enjoyment as possible from the coming new experiences.

Best Wishes, Paul

RESULTS:

Date Team H/A Comp Score MOTM Scorers
3/2/2013 Harpenden Colts Away League None

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