KEYWORTH UNITED FC
PLATT LANE NG12 5GD

For the 2018-19 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 are 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!

WHEN DOES THE 2018-19 SEASON RUN FROM?

Season runs from Saturday Sept 8 to Saturday May 4*

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

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

WHEN 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.

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 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 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.

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 29 / 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). 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!

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. 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 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.

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.