One of the challenges of a community club is catering for the wide range of abilities and motivations.
At the end of each season, we always think about how we can do better next season. One area we know we can improve on is better meeting the needs of our more talented kids.
So, this December, we will be launching our Player Development Program.
The Program's aim is to enable every kid to reach their footballing potential by constantly challenging them. Whilst never forgetting that enjoyment is the first priority.
And we mean every kid. Our Program will have guarantees on game time and playing different positions built-in. Anyone will be able to take free-kicks, corners and penalties.
You'll also get a written update twice-a-season on your child's progress.
Numbers permitting, the Program will run a team at every age group from U8 to U16. All teams will be coached by qualified coaches, all following the same model. So each year builds on the previous.
Teams will train 5 times every 2 weeks with wet-weather alternatives to minimise cancellations. With post-season competitions including Summer 7s, the program will run from February to December.
There will be a Program fee on top of the standard Junior fee. The fee will be confirmed before trialling takes place and covers the extra costs involved. It also allows us to continue educating our coaches.
We're really excited about this Program. It's ambitious but we think there are enormous benefits for both the kids and the Club.
Nothing would making us prouder than to see a current U8 stepping out for our Seniors, or higher, in 10 years time.