for the 2020-21 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.
full clubhouse facilities available!
Our season runs from Sunday Sept 13 to Sunday May 9
Open to: u5s (school reception year) & u6s (school year one):
(*no sessions on Dec 20 / Dec 27 / Jan 3 / April 4)
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).
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, boots with rubber / moulded or metal studs can all be worn at Platt Lane. Trainers are fine when the ground is relatively hard, but are not recommended if slippy / heavy / muddy. We ask that all players wear shinpads at every session.
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.
or speak to one of our coaches at a session. 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.
Sessions are £4 ‘pay on the day’ option, all new players are entitled to a free taster session.
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, on your first visit, please help ensure we have your contact details.
Under national FA guidelines, most children start playing matches at u7 (school year 2). These are 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 Xmas onwards during the u6 season, we start preparing for the start of matches the following season.
we are continually taking on board both general government advice and more football-specific fa guidelines to ensure all sessions we run remain covid-compliant.