Soccer School gets football education off to good start
IN the early 1990s and with the ever-expanding demand for youth football, Wells City FC started its now much copied Soccer School.
Initially the brainchild of Jon Day, it was club legend Monty Boyce who developed the Soccer School into the format that is still evident today.
Soccer School runs on a Saturday morning from 10am to 11.30am at Wells City Football Club on Rowdens Road. It caters for both boys’ and girls’ age groups from U6 up to U10.
The coaches are normally mums or dads with children in the teams; the club will fund the relevant FA qualification including first aid and safeguarding courses to ensure that all the Wells City FC Soccer School coaches are fully FA qualified.
Initially just training sessions for the younger ones, as the children progress and grow matches are slowly introduced starting with five-a-side and developing to seven- and eventually nine-a-side games. Initially for the U6s’ the emphasis is on having fun, making friends, gaining confidence whilst gathering an understanding of the basics of football.
There are numerous fun games with and without the ball ending in a little match scenario.
As the children develop and progress so does the coaching, training and ultimately so do the games. All this is with the underlying emphasis on having fun and inclusion for all. Two important dates for Soccer School participants are the Christmas and the end-of-season parties, both superb days, with lots of prizes, games and fun for all.
The older age groups enter into local leagues, initially non-results based to help further players’ development and then on slowly to more competitive fixtures. The majority of Soccer School age groups run at least two teams and sometimes three, with all competing in various leagues across the Somerset area.
Depending on age groups, match days can be Saturday or Sunday mornings. The teams also get invited to numerous football tournaments; these are great fun and well supported events giving the children an opportunity to pitch their skills against new and varied teams. Wells City FC host their own two-day tournament every summer attracting over 100 players from various clubs across the South West.
Anyone who has a son or daughter who is interested in joining Soccer School or who may wish to start a coaching career in football is invited to contact Jordan Davies on 07508 067681.