Under 11 Football

The Under 11s team is for players who from 1st September 2024 will be in Year 6 at Primary School.

Head Coach of U11s is Jamal Maknin (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach), assisted by Jack Aitkin (FA Level 1 Qualified Coach), Craig Johnson, Siyad KK, Sabi Patai, Kirsteen McDougall Hutchins, Paul Lenton, Tal Dar, David Bradbury, Devon Griffin, Sam Gillet and Keith Croxford.

If you are able to assist the team in any way, be it coaching, refereeing, running the line, setting up or clearing away, please let Jamal know ~ all offers of help are always very gratefully received!

Training for the U11s will start on Saturday 7th September 2024 from 10:15am - 11:30am 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 10:15am 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 11:30am and certificates are often 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 U11s 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. 

We ask that all parents and players are familiar with the club's Code of Conduct which applies to both training and matches.

Training during the school holidays

Training will generally 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, however there may be exceptions.

New Players

If you are interested in joining the U11s please register your interest by sending an email to jamal@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 the Spond App.

Subs & Player Registration

Registration Fees for the 2024-25 season are £170.00 which will be requested in two installments of £85.00, one at the start of the season and one in January. Subscriptions are managed via the Spond App and prior to the start of the season you will be sent a message via Spond to ask whether you wish to register. 

New players will be sent a link to our Online Registration Form which should be completed before the first training session. Following registration you will be send a payment request via Spond which we politely request is paid promptly.

Matchday subs are INCLUDED within the annual fees 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 U11s are always on the lookout for sponsors so if you would like to get involved with the team please send an email to jamal@downleydynamos.com