Sport4Kids Calendar Announcements!
With the Easter break now behind us, we have been busy working away on entertaining our S4K Families through the summer period and setting up our S4K Football Club! We will be hosting our S4K Tournament, Family Race Day and Summer Charity Match in addition to our annual S4K Birthday Summer Party and first ever Summer World Cup! We've posted all of the dates below for your diaries and look forward to seeing you and the family.
We'd love to hear from parents and families who wish to get involved in helping prepare salad for our Family Race Day, toss some burgers and hot dogs at our Summer Birthday Party or muck in with our S4K Tournament...even those who would like to be permanent Team Coaches with our S4K Football Club! Just hit "Reply" to this email and we will give you a call to let you know how you could lend a helping hand.
S4K Tournament - 11/05
We are delighted to announce our Sport4Kids Tournament, which will take place on Sunday 11th May 2014 at the Salesian School in Chertsey (KT16 9LU)! This tournament is aimed at giving our S4K Strikers (5 to 7 years) their first introduction to low pressure competition, in a fun and friendly environment. Our S4K Academy (7+ years) will also be competing, with a new rule set up designed to allow the children to express their skills...and score lots of goals!
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE - To reserve your child's place click here*. Registration will close on Monday 5th May at 10pm.
*Unfortunately, we will not be able to add any children to teams after this deadline has passed.
Easter has arrived and the birds are beginning to tweat in the trees as summertime starts to come to England! We are welcoming the good weather and the chance to take our S4K Tots, Kickers, Strikers and Academy outside onto the grass.
We know how important it is to find ways to entertain your children during the school holiday season so always try to make sure that we are operating throughout.
Our kids football classes are underway at the Hollyfield School in Kingston / Surbiton! Led by our charasmatic team of Coach Marcus and Coach Cherish, our S4K Tots, Kickers and Strikers have great fun learning new football skills and techniques.
This month our mini footballers are S4K Tots (18 months to 3 years) are learning skills through pirate themed games, while our S4K Kickers (3 to 5 years) are developing their turning abilities while negotiating a busy race track scenario! Lastly, our S4K Strikers (5 to 7 years) are working hard on their Cruyff turns and inside step overs, before turning to passing in teams and playing in our low pressure, small sided games.
We are delighted to announce the opening of our Guildford Tigers Football Club at the Christ's College in Guildford.
We have just completed a trial three weekends of fixtures as part of developing our new S4K Football Club. Both The S4K Warriors and The S4K Bears had quite an experience! We wanted to conduct a trial to test whether there was appetite from players, parents and coaches to go down the route of creating an S4K Football Club and match day offering – and the overwhelming response was a very loud Yes!
We also used the three match weekends to learn more about how we package a football match experience and do it The S4K Way - and of course to canvass parents on their views and get more detailed feedback on different aspects of the experience.
The biggest challenge is how we get the S4K way of developing skills, technique, passing into the match environment. Competition is great but we do not want our children losing the fun, skills development and the teamwork we are developing through the skills classes. We want to have a match experience that is better than anyone out there offers and we have started to get thoughts on how the gradual evolution from a child’s perspective is from pure skills classes to the competitive situation.
Some lessons learned:
The combination of our Lead Coaches and each team having a Team Coach which comes from one of the parent volunteers can work nicely. For the S4K Bears this was Gavin Seager (Monty’s dad), myself (Deny-Ray’s dad) and Steve Wilson (Rowan and Krish’s dad). Anyone else who would like to volunteer that would be great.
In summary, we have made significant strides in setting up the foundation for a special S4K match day experience but there is much more to come. We know the things we can do much better and have lots of ideas for the challenges ahead. Being creative and innovative is our hallmark and we can promise some nice surprises on the way.
We have noticed that we need to bridge between Skills classes and full league situations where there might be aggressive parents, referees, uncomfortable experiences and hoof ball influences.
We plan to maintain our philosophies of the children first, development of their individual skills and fun team work first over and above win at all costs mentality that competitive football engenders in us all.
So more match practice in the skills classes, friendlies yes, inter venue matches yes, streaming into age ranges and ability groups, entering festivals, tweaking our own S4K Tournament, re-introducing GameTIme and allowing parents to get 121 coaching and assessments through the S4K Player Pathway will be made available.
Our Head Coach Mark and Head of S4K FC Adam will be sharing more on our plans in the coming days and weeks, it only leaves me to thanks you for all the enthusiasm and encouragement you have all shown to the coaching team and the players in the last few weeks.
As always, we are happy to hear the thoughts of our S4K Families as we move along this journey, so please feel free to contact us with any comments!
As mentioned at our kids football classes in at Collingwood College in Camberley last week, we are having to relocate our sessions to a different part of the school campus this week.
The session times will remain the same, but will be run from the Kingston Gym, which is located on the other side of the campus. Please see the directions below...
We are pleased to confirm that we will continue to provide our children with football classes throughout the Christmas period - giving parents and well-needed break and children an opportunity to burn off some extra energy! We are also using the schedule to arrange some football matches between our S4K Strikers and S4K Academy children from different development centres. Please note any cancelled sessions will be credited.
We are excited to see so many of our families returning to our classes after the summer break and are enjoying welcoming so many new faces to our S4K Club! We have an exciting season coming up with the introduction of our S4K Football Club for our S4K Strikers and Academy members, as well as the usual high energy fun and games for our S4K Tots and Kickers. We will shortly be launching our S4K Player Pathway, which will show how our S4K children increase their skills along developmental milestones to become the next Lionel Messi! Also, keep an eye out for our next S4K Charity Match, which pits our parents against our coaching team, as well as our S4K Christmas Party...