The Under 8s team is for players who, from 1st September 2017, will be in Year 3 at school.
The squad is managed by Andy Watts (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach) and Richard Latham (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach), with assistance from Dan Baskerville (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach) and James Reddington. If you are able to assist the team in any way, be it coaching, collecting money & registration forms, setting up or clearing away, please let Andy or Richard know ~ all offers of help are always very gratefully received!
2017 training for the U8s will start on Saturday 2nd September from 9:15am - 10:30am on the cricket outfield at the top of Downley Common. (see map and directions on the 'How to find us' page)
Downley Dynamos coach girls and boys of ALL footballing abilities. So if you've never played but you want to come and have a go you'll be made very welcome. Training in the early years is non-competitive and all football at the club up until 11 a side is of mixed gender. You will benefit from qualified instruction using the latest soccer methodologies. Regulated by The FA (The Football Association), all Downley Dynamos players 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 join in the fun.
Training is held every Saturday morning during term time, starting at 9:15am sharp on the cricket outfield at the top of Downley Common. Please try to be with us on time as the warm-up is an important part of the session. We aim to finish at around 10:30am and certificates are awarded for 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 U8s 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.
If you are interested in joining the U8s please register your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 £80.00 which can either be paid in full or in two installments of £40, one at the start of the season and one 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 9th September. Following completion of this form you will be sent an invoice for your subscription via PayPal. On a match day we charge £1 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.
The Under 8's are sponsored by Windows Doors and Bifolds Ltd (WDB) on Cressex Business Park