KINGSTON KINGS VS SUNBURY STARS
This Sunday saw our inaugural kids football Academy match between the Sunbury and Kingston venues. Coach Marcus is our lead coach at both of the venues and during his pre-match interview with Sky Sports, he said “I feel that I have an ideal insight on the match up between the two, taking into account their ages and abilities. I predict a fairly event match up as both development centres have been religiously following the Player Pathway curriculum for the S4K Strikers age groups – so let’s see what happens!” Parents at both Sunbury and Kingston have been keen to provide their little ones with a taste of competition in addition to our S4K Tournament, so when offered the chance to take part in this match, they leapt at the chance. Coach Bethany, who is our Support Coach at Sunbury Leisure Centre, also joined us for the match to lend her guidance to the budding Sunbury Stars. Our session began with Coach Marcus. Dan, Matt, Bethany and Nigel preparing the children with their footwork in a large skills square, using the skills in the Trickery pillar of our Player Pathway to make sure that everybody had them fresh in their mind for the match. Our coaching team then took the Strikers through their passing drills and reminded them of their shape and positional awareness from February’s session plans. The two teams were then able to engage in a match period under the watchful eye of the S4K Coaching Team. The matches were punctuated with breaks in play to discuss positional play, coaching points and some tactics – all in the name of footballing education and building confidence in these young players. At the end of the two matches, both teams were awarded medals and parents were provided with ample photo opportunities. Everybody agreed that the event was a huge success and we are already in discussions about the return leg at Sunbury Leisure Centre. Overall, this was a hugely enjoyable exercise and we would like extend our thanks to Coaches Marcus, Matt, Bethany, Dan and Nigel for organising this event and providing the children with such an exciting afternoon. We will be rolling fixtures out across all of our development centres shortly so speak to your coaching team to find out when you can expect your first fixture!