Under 8's Development Squad
For all our players at Under 8, we have taken the structure from our Saturday Club and expanded this into Under 8 football. This is very much about developing further those early seeds that were planted at Saturday Club to produce players who are technically confident and will be able to use this confidence for a lifetime of enjoyment from the game whether as a player, a coach, a referee or a parent.
Our Development Squad will be coached in a variety of technical and physical topics dependent upon the needs of the age groups.
We still encourage a lot of time with the ball and as young children are egocentric we will encourage individual techniques before team understanding. Its all about FUN so many simplified games will be played.
What we do not do is enter our Under 8 Development Squad in ANY leagues as we do not consider that to be beneficial to their development. Why travel 30 minutes to spend 20 minutes on a pitch and have football contact time of around 20 touches when our 90 minute development squad sessions revolve around football contact time.