EDWALTON CAVALIERS FC

Nottingham Football Centre, Behind Rushcliffe School, Boundary Road NG2 7BW

For the 2018-19 season, our sessions will continue to run on the state of the art all weather ‘3g’ pitches in the ‘cages’ at the bottom of the hill at the NFC / Rushcliffe site.

Full Clubhouse facilities available!

WHEN DOES THE 2018-19 SEASON RUN FROM?

Season runs from Saturday Sept 15 to Saturday May 4*

u5s (school reception/foundation year) & u6s (school year one): 11.15-12.15

(*no sessions on Dec 22 / Dec 29 / Jan 5 / April 13 / April 20)

WHEN CAN YOU JOIN CAVALIERS 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.

As well as trainers, boots with rubber / moulded studs can be worn on the 3g surface – but no metal studsplease!!!. We ask that ALL players wear shinpads at every session.

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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, Cavaliers teams are all volunteer run. Thus whilst the children are with the soccer school, we actively encourage parental help, and provide ongoing mentoring for potential parental coaches / administrators.

If you are interested in helping on either the coaching or admin side, please don’t be shy, let us know by emailing us! Both the club and Score 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.

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HOW MUCH DO THE SESSIONS COST?

Subs for re-registering players (discounted rate for block booking) are £90. You can pay by either cash or online transfer, either all in one go, or in 2 x 45 instalments, due by Oct 5 / Feb 2 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 if you opt for the block payment – pay on the day is £4). Please note no refunds for sessions your child cannot attend as (a) the club& Score Coaching still incur costs on these days; (b) it’s exceptionally good value for money, and this policy allows us to keep it that way!

CAN WE JUST TURN UP? WAITING LIST?

As a rule, both u5 & u6 groups remain open and we take on new players throughout the season. We also allow u7s to join, with a view to starting additional u7 teams as & when there are sufficient numbers. On your first visit, please make sure you collect & complete a registration form so as we have your contact details.

WHEN DO MATCHES START?

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. ECFC 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.