Under 14 Football


The Under 14s team is for players who, from 1st September 2017, will be in Year 9 at school.

The squad is managed by Nick Rainbird (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach), assisted by Tom Harrison. If you are able to assist the team in any way, be it collecting money & registration forms, setting up or clearing away, please let them know ~ all offers of help are always very gratefully received!

2017 training for the U14s will start on Saturday 2nd September from 10:00am - 11:45am at the Desborough Park Recreation Ground (see map and directions on the 'How to find us' page)


Training

Training is held every Saturday morning during term time, starting at 10:00am sharp at the Desborough Rec on grass pitches. Sessions finish at 11:45am. Please try to have the players 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.

The training ethos is simple. We try to ensure that every player has as many touches of the ball as possible during the session. We try to play 2 or 3 'matches' during training and our aim is to make these small sided games so the players have more touches, attempt more tackles (although that is not important at this age) and hopefully score more goals. The rest of the session is made up of 2 or 3 drills in which the players will usually have a ball each. They are encouraged to try and use both feet for passing, running with the ball etc.


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 Players

Being part of a team means supporting your team mates and those involved in your club. Make sure you read the club code of conduct and understand it. You should also make sure your parents read it too!


Important Note to Parents

We ask that parents or guardians remain on the field during the session. Having parents/guardians on site supporting the players during training encourages them to develop their skills and practice at home. The encouragement you have given to date is the envy of many other clubs.


New Players

If you are interested in joining the U14s please register your interest by sending an email to nick@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. Should there be a space available for your child you will be sent a link to our Online Registration Form and following completion you will be sent an invoice for your subscription via PayPal


Subs & Player Registration

Subs for the 2017-18 season are £85.00 which can either be paid in full or in two installments of £45.00 at the start of the season and £40.00 in January. This season we are moving to online registrations/payments and prior to the start of the season you will be sent a link to our Online Registration Form which should be completed before the first training session on 2nd September. Following completion of this form you will be sent an invoice for your subscription via PayPal. On a match day we charge £2 subs to help cover the cost of running matches, cutting grass, line painting etc. If you need to talk to the club about Subs, or anything other matter, please feel free to discuss with any of the coaches or club welfare officers in strict confidence.


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.


Sponsorship

The u14's Green team is sponsored by Tara'sNews and Brindley Avenue Post Office.  https://www.facebook.com/TarasNews

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The u14's Vikings team is sponsored by Skirmish Paintball High Wycombe.  https://www.skirmishwyombe.com/

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