West Bridgford Mini Colts 2017-18
Regatta Way

Regatta Way, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5AT


This is where the vast majority of our u8 fixtures and selected u7 fixtures take place. Primarily 10am kick offs. Please use overflow car park. No dogs allowed. Hot & cold drinks, sweets, bacon / sausage cobs* on sale in Clubhouse. (*50p from every cob sold goes to this season’s chosen WB Mini Colts charity,The Tom Maccabee Memorial Fund)

NFC

Nottingham Football Centre, behind Rushcliffe School, Boundary Road NG2 7BY


This is where our u5 / u6 / mini girls soccer schools take place, as well as the majority of our u7 fixtures. Full clubhouse facilities available. 

Season runs from the weekend of Sept 9/10 to the weekend of May 19/20

u5s (reception year)

Saturdays 10-11am / Sundays 9-10am – currently spaces both days

u6s (school year one)

Saturdays 9-10am / Sundays 9-10am – currently spaces both days

u7s (school year two)

Saturday group currently full. (match & training session details for players & parents can be found here). Sunday group – currently spaces available – contact us if you wish to try our 10-11am taster sessions. (match & training session details for already registered players and their parents can be found here).

u8s (year three)

Saturday & Sunday groups both currently full. Registered players / parents – please liaise with your group admin for match & training session info. If you wish to join our waiting list, please email us here

Mini Girls (u5-u8)

Sundays 9-10am: u5/6 (reception & year one). Sundays 10-11am: u7/8 (years two & three)

At What Age Can You Join Colts?

Our usual entry point for children coincides with when children start school, ie in the majority of cases the September after they have turned 4. These children will form our u5s group. We do give 4 year old pre-schoolers the opportunity to do taster sessions, and if at the end of these the parents & coaches agree the sessions are suitable for the child and s/he is responding well to instruction and likes the environment, then they can join the u5s group (please note they then stay in the u5s when starting school).

What Gear Does My Child Need?

We ask that parents take responsibility for their child arriving in clothing that is appropriate for both the weather conditions; and for taking part in sporting activity. In colder weather, it is better for a child to come layered up and remove layers as they get warmed up, rather than in too few layers. Waterproof coats are recommended during the winter months; gloves / hats when it is especially cold; equally sun screen is recommended on very sunny days. Trainers or boots with rubber / moulded studs should be worn at Nottingham Football Centre. Boots with metal studs may be worn on the grass pitches at Regatta Way. We ask that ALL players wear shinpads at every session.

What age groups are covered by Mini Colts?

U5-U8 (reception – year 3)

Can we just turn up? Is there a waiting list?

We would ask that you don’t just turn up unannounced at a session, but contact us in advance via email. Some sections are full, and there’s nothing worse than a child turning up excited about playing only to be told they can’t (when this does happen we will normally let the child join in on that day rather than send them home – but if we are full and have started a waiting list, they will then have to go on that list, so will still experience disappointment having had a taste of the sessions).

See the ‘when’ section above for the latest update on spaces.

How Do The Age Groups Work?

U5s  & U6s & Mini Girls:  weekly coaching sessions

…all sessions at Nottingham Football Centre behind Rushcliffe School, Boundary Road NG2 7BW

U7s on both Sats & Suns have a mix of training sessions and friendly matches with other clubs. These are always in the morning, but times can vary, so it is not recommended to have another regular activity for your child during the morning. We also run week night training for most of our u7s.

U8s train on week nights, and play friendly matches every weekend (standard week night training time is 6-7pm; match ko times vary but are always am; we have pools training on different nights at various venues in WB)

Our home base for u8s fixtures is Regatta Way (NG2 5AT); the u7s play here occasionally, but more frequently at Nottingham Football Centre at Rushcliffe School (NG2 7BW).

WHEN DO YOU START PLAYING MATCHES

Under national FA guidelines, most children start playing matches at u7 (school year 2). These are primarily friendly matches, and to encourage the importance of player development being prioritised over results, matches remain predominantly friendlies or small one off competitions at u8 / 9 / 10, with a slightly increased level of competition at u11/12. WBC supports this approach. The rules do allow year one children to play matches when they have turned 6. We do sometimes consider this if we genuinely feel it will benefit the player.

Some clubs have their u7s playing matches every week; others don’t enter their players into matches til u8 or u9. For the most part WBC u7s will mix training with matches – the size of our club does mean that internal WBC matches can form part of the programme, so children can develop their match awareness in a pressure-free environment alongside their mates. We review this policy on a season by season basis – if some children are ready for more games, we will find them more games; if some would benefit from more training sessions, this is what we provide.

At u7/8, we register all our children simply as players for West Bridgford Colts rather than in set teams. As a club we helped pioneer this rule in the local Young Elizabethan League (YEL) and YEL supported us in discussions with Notts FA where we argued that children shouldn’t have to be placed in set squads at these age groups. What works for one child may not work for another, so the more fluidity and flexibility we have in the system, the better. The coaching teams meet & correspond regularly to ensure we do all we can for the benefit of all children.

Players need to be registered in set teams at u9 (when they move from 5-a-side to 7-a-side football), and everything we do at u7 & 8 is geared towards having players in a team / environment that works for them at the start of the u9 season. Our coaches are encouraged to think in terms of the whole year group rather than just ‘their team’; and players are encouraged to think of themselves as first & foremost West Bridgford Colts players. We ask parents to support this approach – it makes the necessary merging of teams as the formats change from 5- to 7- to 9- to 11-a-side a whole lot more straightforward for coaches and administrators; and a stress-free process for players.

Sherwood FC

Forest Sports Zone

Please note that for the 2017-18 season, from September through til Easter, we will be based at the Forest Sports Zone, Forest Recreation Ground, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6HB. Please note soccer school will be on the sand-based pitches by the car park, NOT the rubber crumb ‘3g’ pitches by the road. This will help us beat the weather throughout the winter!

Clubhouse facilities available

Woodthorpe

After Easter, we will as usual be running our summer sessions at Woodthorpe Park, NG5 4GY

Sherwood FAQs…

When does the 2017-18 season run from? 

Sunday Sept 10 to Sunday June 17

u5s (school reception year): 10-11am

u6s (school year one): 11am-12 midday

AT WHAT AGE CAN YOU JOIN SFC SOCCER SCHOOL?

Our usual entry point for children coincides with when children start school, ie in the majority of cases the September after they have turned 4.

These children will form our u5s group. We do give 4 year old pre-schoolers the opportunity to do taster sessions, and if at the end of these the parents & coaches agree the sessions are suitable for the child and s/he is responding well to instruction and likes the environment, then they can join the u5s group (please note they then stay in the u5s when starting school).

HOW MUCH IS IT TO ATTEND?

£3 per week

WHAT GEAR DOES MY CHILD NEED?

We ask that parents take responsibility for their child arriving in clothing that is appropriate for both the weather conditions; and for taking part in sporting activity.

In colder weather, it is better for a child to come layered up and remove layers as they get warmed up, rather than in too few layers. Waterproof coats are recommended during the winter months; gloves / hats when it is especially cold; equally sun screen is recommended on very sunny days.

Trainers Or boots with rubber / moulded studs should be worn at FSZ. Boots with metal studs are not allowed until we move to the grass at Woodthorpe Park after Easter. We ask that ALL players wear shinpads at every session.

CAN WE JUST TURN UP? IS THERE A WAITING LIST?

As a rule, both u5 & u6 groups remain open and we take on new players throughout the season. You can contact us for more info here. On your first visit, please make sure you collect & complete a registration form so as we have your contact details.

WHEN DO YOU START PLAYING MATCHES?

Under national FA guidelines, most children start playing matches at u7 (school year 2). These are primarily friendly matches, and to encourage the importance of player development being prioritised over results, matches remain predominantly friendlies or small one off competitions at u8 / 9 / 10, with a slightly increased level of competition at u11/12. SFC supports this approach. The rules do allow year one children to play matches when they have turned 6. We do very occasionally consider this if we genuinely feel it will benefit the player. From Christmas onwards during the u6 season, we start preparing for the start of matches the following season.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Whilst Score Coaching runs the u5/6 soccer school, as well as coaching the children, part of our brief is to encourage parental volunteers to help with both coaching and admin duties. From u7 onwards and the start of regular weekend matches / week night training, SFC teams are all volunteer run. Thus whist the children are with the soccer school, we actively encourage parental help, and provide ongoing mentoring for potential parental coaches / administrators.

Keyworth United FC - Platt Lane NG12 5GD

For the 2017-18 season, our sessions will continue to be run on the specially marked out soccer school pitches just in front of the clubhouse at KUCFC’s Platt Lane home ground. Please note that if the pitches aer frozen or waterlogged, we will look to use Keyworth Leisure Centre astro pitch. This will help us beat the weather throughout the winter!

Full Clubhouse facilities available!

After Easter, we will as usual be running our summer sessions at Woodthorpe Park, NG5 4GY

Platt Lane in Google Maps
When 2017-18

Season runs from Saturday Sept 10 to Saturday May 5*

u5s (school reception year): 9.30-10.30am
u6s (school year one): 10.30am-11.30am

(*no sessions on Dec 23 / Dec 30 / April 1 / April 8)

AT WHAT AGE CAN YOU JOIN KUFC SOCCER SCHOOL?

Our usual entry point for children coincides with when children start school, ie in the majority of cases the September after they have turned 4.

These children will form our u5s group. We do give 4 year old pre-schoolers the opportunity to do taster sessions, and if at the end of these the parents & coaches agree the sessions are suitable for the child and s/he is responding well to instruction and likes the environment, then they can join the u5s group (please note they then stay in the u5s when starting school).

WHAT GEAR DOES MY CHILD NEED?

We ask that parents take responsibility for their child arriving in clothing that is appropriate for both the weather conditions; and for taking part in sporting activity.

In colder weather, it is better for a child to come layered up and remove layers as they get warmed up, rather than in too few layers. Waterproof coats are recommended during the winter months; gloves / hats when it is especially cold; equally sun screen is recommended on very sunny days.

Boots with rubber / moulded or metal studs can be worn at Platt Lane. Trainers are fine when the ground is relatively hard, but are not recommended if slippy / heavy / muddy. Trainers or rubber studs only if we’re at the leisure centre please. We ask that ALL players wear shinpads at every session.

CAN WE JUST TURN UP? IS THERE A WAITING LIST?

As a rule, both u5 & u6 groups remain open and we take on new players throughout the season. You can contact us for more info here. On your first visit, please make sure you collect & complete a registration form so as we have your contact details.

HOW MUCH DO THE SESSIONS COST?

Subs for re-registering players this season are #90. You can pay by either cash or online transfer, either all in one go, or in 2 x 45 instalments, due by Sept 30 / Feb 3 respectively. We offer a ‘pay on the day’ option, but this will be at 4 per session.

All new players are entitled to TWO FREE TASTER SESSIONS. After this, season subs are calculated on a pro-rated basis (equates to approx. 3 per session). Please note no refunds for lost sessions or sessions your child cannot attend as (a) the club still incurs costs on these days; (b) it allows us a safety net fund if we need to book the leisure centre; (3) it’s exceptionally good value for money, and this policy allows us to keep it that way!

WHEN DO YOU START PLAYING MATCHES?

Under national FA guidelines, most children start playing matches at u7 (school year 2). These are primarily friendly matches, and to encourage the importance of player development being prioritised over results, matches remain predominantly friendlies or small one off competitions at u8 / 9 / 10, with a slightly increased level of competition at u11/12.

KUCFC supports this approach. The rules do allow year one children to play matches when they have turned 6. We do very occasionally consider this if we genuinely feel it will benefit the player. From Christmas onwards during the u6 season, we start preparing for the start of matches the following season.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Whilst Score Coaching runs the u5/6 soccer school, as well as coaching the children, part of our brief is to encourage parental volunteers to help with both coaching and admin duties. From u7 onwards and the start of regular weekend matches / week night training, KUCFC teams are all volunteer run. Thus whist the children are with the soccer school, we actively encourage parental help, and provide ongoing mentoring for potential parental coaches / administrators.

If you are potentially interested in helping on either the coaching or admin side, please don’t be shy, let us know by emailing us here! Both the club and Score Coaching are there to mentor you and help every step of the way – no one is thrown in the deep end. The earlier we can get you involved, the better.