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
Sunday Sept 10 to Sunday June 17
u5s (school reception year): 10-11am
u6s (school year one): 11am-12 midday
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 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.
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.
£3 per week
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.
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.