Under 9 Football

 

The Under 9s team is for players who, from 1st September 2016, will be in Year 4 at school.

The squad is managed by Mario Festa (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach), assisted by Mark Newell, Peter Walker and Jamie Hunt. Team admin is managed by Lucy Newell and 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!

2016 Training for the U9s will start on Saturday 10th September from 9:15am - 10:45am on the cricket outfield at the top of Downley Common. (see map and directions on the 'How to find us' page)


Ethos

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

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 U9s 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.


New Players

If you are interested in joining the U9s please register your interest by emailing u9s@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.


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 so that we can collect them in and 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. If you need to talk to the club about Subs, or anything else for that matter, please feel free to discuss with any of the coaches or club welfare officers in strict confidence.

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


Sponsors

The Under 9's are currently sponsored by TDK Mechanical Services Ltd, who provide the team with help and support wherever they need it. http://www.tdk-mes-london.co.uk/

 

 

 

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