Pre-season training arrangements
The value of the Small-Sided Games programme is to provide children (6-11 years old) with an opportunity to showcase their newly acquired skills and creativity. The small-sided games model is an effective method for developing ball skills and game awareness because it increases opportunities for players to have contact with the ball and to both attack and defend without the tactical regimentation that can occur in 11 v 11 football.
Competition is a central element in a player’s development. However a competitive environment should not be a result-orientated environment. A competitive environment at this level should encourage decisions from players and coach alike that focus on performance rather than outcome (favouring ball skills and inventiveness).
Remember none of these children are professional football players. As such, they are out there because they love the competition and the game of football. Let them have fun and let the coaches do their jobs.
We would be grateful if all parents/ guardians do not coach from the sidelines and please view games from the opposite side of the pitch from the coaches and inside the designated spectator area.
Sports drinks and energy drinks
We strongly advise that our players drink water only at fixtures and training - fizzy/energy drinks should be avoided.
There is a very good reason for this. We hope it never happens but if your child is injured and requires treatment (ie anesthetic) the sugar from the energy drinks lasts longer in their system, delaying when the treatment can take place. This has happened to a child in the Castlereagh programme, who had to wait 5 hours before they could be treated.
There are a number kids at various age groups within the club who have nut allergies. When attending tournaments or other events which require your child to bring a packed lunch, we would appreciate if you do not include items which may contain nuts.
All players MUST wear shinpads at training and fixtures! No exceptions.
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