Under 8s Training – 30th November 2014

Just as I was about to put pen to paper or more fingers to keyboard, Lee emailed me the following report:

It seems that it’s the time of the year, when there are a few bugs going around – so we only had 8 for training this week in the Under 8’s.

After some shuttle runs, we settled into Foxes and Hounds.

It felt like a long game, with the boys aiming to work together as a team (foxes) to force the hounds out wide. We got the hang of it in the end, with the boys realising that working as a team, spreading out and focussing is a lot easier than just running around after your mate.

And with much excitement, it was then down to some serious business with the boys splitting into two groups of four for some passing drills.

The main focus of this week’s training was running onto the ball (whilst moving). It’s fair to say, that I think this will take some practice – but the boys seemed to get the hang of it in the end.

We then moved onto passing the ball to another player who was coming from deep and then moving the ball along the attacking line.

Josh, Reece, Lucas and Mitchell formed one group and Ben, Harry, Lewis and Guy the other. I have to say, it was good! I’ve never seen so much concentration and desire to actually ‘do’ the drill and ‘get it right’. Well done lads.

We rounded off (much to the delight of all concerned – including myself) with a game of numbers which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

On a coaching theme, this week saw the introduction of ‘feedback’.

Unlike the Clive Woodward or Alex Fergusson style you may be thinking of, it strangely came from the boys, made sense, and wasn’t silly or rude and was volunteered!

It consisted of comments like:

“Wow, that went quick”, “That was fun”, and “Can we do more sessions like that?”.

As such, this week’s star of the week goes to Darren, for managing to get the boys to enjoy a training session and not moan for 90 minutes.

On a serious note, please let us know if you think there is different stuff we can be doing at training, or indeed stuff differently. At the end of the day we’re all parents trying to help out, and we welcome feedback.

Whilst the above comments are much appreciated (cheque in the post Lee) I am going to award an official STAR OF THE WEEK. This is the first time this season I have coached the U8s and the difference from last year is noticeable. The squad was certainly more attentive, in general the attitude was spot on and the application of instruction equally so. As mentioned by Lee, every single player was running on to the ball with pace which was great to see. This skill also appeared on occasion in the numbers game at the end. Let’s hope this can be taken into the game on Sunday.

Enough of the waffle … one player caught my eye this week, epitomising the above and standing out from the rest. This week STAR OR THE WEEK goes to Guy. Well done and keep it up.

Next week we are at HOME against Broughton Park. This is a change to the planned fixture as the original reverse (April 26th 2015) cannot be played at Gorton Street due to Eccles hosting the Colts finals day.

Lee & Darren