The U7s season kicks off

Training for the 2017/18 seasonCoach Dan Guidal talks about the history and current status of our under 7’s team and coaching.

The coaches for the U7s are myself and Liam Ridley, and we are both FA Level 1 Qualified coaches. Liam has been with the club a lot longer than me and has great experience in coaching kids at this level. I became a coach following the enthusiasm of my lad in younger players session on a Sunday, and then gained my FA qualification in November 2015 and haven’t looked back since.

I have learnt a lot from Liam It developing the players has now become a passion of mine and key to that for me is making sure the training is fun for the players while they develop. This is a principle both Liam and I are passionate about and the feedback to date is that this comes across in our training.

Liam and I took control of the U6s late after the start of 2016-2017 season when we had three players. We have grown the team over the course of the season and have a fantastic bunch of players who really make it easy to get the best out of a session while keeping it fun. While there has been some expected attrition to the players we have over close season, it has been minimal and we have maintained a promising bunch of players to take into the new
season. We hope to have enough for two teams for the league before the year is out, which is a fantastic stride forward for us. It is a great time to be joining the team.

At U7 level the friendly leagues begin. The league is a friendly league playing league games roughly every three weeks. Games are usually played with five a side at this level. Games are refereed but should be fairly relaxed and aimed more towards development rather than punitive refereeing.

The FA Coaching course advises that football shouldn’t be played at a competitive level until
the players reach 13, which is something Liam and I strongly subscribe to. Core to our values are equality amongst all players with regards to attention at training and pitch time on match days, regardless of ability. Again, for us it is all about the players having  fun at this age whilst developing their skill set and not necessarily about ability, and that is how we will feedback player progress as the season unfolds, based on development.

Thank you for being a part of the AFC Uckfield Colts U7 2017-2018 season. We are really looking forward to what is going to be a missive season for us as we grow the team from strength to strength.

We are growing in numbers, so please do provide any friends who have children interested in joining the club (either at U7 or any age group) please contact us.

Daniel Guidal
AFC Uckfield Colts U7 Coach
For on and behalf of Daniel Guidal and Liam Ridley (AFC Uckfield Colts U7 Coach)