Under 10 Football

 

The Under 10s team is for players who, from 1st September 2016, will be in Year 5 at school.

The squad is managed by Ben Stupples (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach) assisted by a core coaching team of Jon Dickinson (FA Level 1), Glenn Higley, Steve Coker, Ben McDougall-Hutchins (FA Level 1), Tom Darlington (FA Level 1) and Richard Medhurst.


2016 training for the U10s will start on Saturday 3rd September from 9:00am - 11:00am at the Pedestal Playing Fields in West Wycombe 
(see map and directions on the 'How to find us' page)


Ethos

Downley Dynamos coach girls and boys of ALL footballing abilities so if your child has never played but wants to come and have a go they will be made very welcome.  Players benefit from qualified instruction using the latest soccer methodologies, regulated by The FA and they will also learn individual skills and personal development as well as collective team development.

Football is about having fun and enjoying regular exercise. Helping players develop will also help to build self-confidence. We as coaches believe that everyone can benefit from playing the game and making new friends so come along on Saturday mornings and see what it's all about.


Training

Training is held every Saturday morning during term time, starting at 9:00am sharp at the Pedestal Playing Fields in West Wycombe (see map and directions on the 'How to find us' page). Please try to be with us on time as the warm-up is an important part of the session. Please also try to ensure they have a good night's sleep the night before and a decent meal at least 1 hour prior to training. We aim to finish at around 11:00am with certificates awarded to Player of The Week.

We try to ensure that every player has as many touches of the ball as possible during the session and MOST IMPORTANTLY we want the kids to have FUN! We usually start with a football-based warm-up and then break out into a number of skills sessions aimed at developing technical skills and also ABCs (Agility, Balance and Coordination). In-between or after the skills sessions we try to play 'matches' and our aim is to make these small-sided games so the players have more touches of the ball. 


What to wear/bring

Players should wear suitable shirts, shorts, socks (usually Replica Kit) and football boots on training days with warm clothing depending on weather conditions. Players are expected to wear clean studded boots (moulded or screw-ins depending on the hardness of the ground) and the club recommends 'NO BLADES' due to the potential dangers associated with them so please bear this in mind. SHIN PADS are compulsory. Please also bring a soft drink (NOT FIZZY) and a small snack for your child as there will be regular breaks for refreshments.


Important Note to Parents

The U10s training is not a 'drop and run' so we ask that parents or guardians remain on the field during the session and encourage the players at every opportunity. Hot and cold refreshments are available most Saturday mornings from the Pavilion Cafe to keep both adults and children fed and watered.


Training during the school holidays

Training will take place on the 1st Saturday of either the half term or end of term holidays and will resume on the 1st Saturday after school has reopened.


Subs & Player Registration

Subs for the season are due in two installments, £35 at the start of the season and £35 in January. Therefore could you please bring your Subs along to the first training session of the new season and pass them to either Squish or Rachel so that we can submit them to the treasurer as soon as possible. On a match day we charge £1 subs to help cover the cost of running matches. A record is kept of who played in which match and at the end of the season match fees will be calculated and requested. This is to be paid to either Squish or Rachel in the Pavilion.

If you need to discuss the Subs, or anything else for that matter, please feel free to talk to any of the core coaches or club welfare officers in strict confidence.

Please complete the online player registration form from the following location: Player Registration Form


New Players

If you are interested in joining the U10s please register your interest by emailing u10s@downleydynamos.com and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. Please bear in mind that the club is run entirely by volunteers, and if we do not reply immediately please bear with us.


Matches

Roughly every other Sunday we will be playing matches against other local teams. Due to the large number of players we have on our books we have entered 2 teams into the South Bucks Mini Soccer Conference. Downley Dynamos White will be starting the season in the GREEN division and will take 2 squads to each match, whilst Downley Dynamos Green will start the season in the YELLOW division and will take 1 squad to each match, buddying up with Hughenden Valley. Home matches will be played at the Pedestal Playing Fields and matches will be 7-a-side plus 2 subs. This means that across both teams we can give games to a maximum number of 27 players each match-day, and with 40 players currently on our books this means not every player will get to play every match. Rest assured that the coaching team will ensure that if your child has not played in a given week we will make every effort to ensure they have the opportunity to play the following week. Subs are used on a roll on roll off basis to ensure all players get a reasonable proportion of game time.


Tournaments

From time to time, usually at the start and end of the season, we will be invited to play in football tournaments across the local area. Selection for these tournaments is at the discretion of the manager but is largely on a rotational basis and depends on how many teams we are allowed to enter. Fees are usually between £5 per player and tournaments usually involve between 4 to 5 short 8 to 10 minute matches. There are medals for everyone involved and no winners or losers are announced which is in-keeping with the FA's non-competitive guidelines for this age group.


Sponsorship

We are very proud to be associated with The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust www.almt.orh who provide sponsorship for the U10s. ALMT is a registered children's charitable trust, striving to mitigate the suffering of the world's most marginalised children. We also have team kit sponsored by Colin Clarke Construction - thank you for your continued support.

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