Skillz FC update

Hi Super Parents

We are heading into the final leg of our 2017-2018 season. Time flies when you are having fun πŸ™‚ I wanted to give you an update about the next few weeks and what our plan is for next season.


The Final 9 weeks of the season
As you should be aware of by now, our u7s and u8s will be moving to Trinity School in Shirley from this Sunday onwards (11th March) until the end of the season (20th May). The u9s and u10s will be staying at Thomas More for their home games and will also play away as usual.

Playing surface
Please be aware we will be playing on a fancy astro turf. By fancy i mean it is blue in colour, has no sand and has no rubber bits like the usual 3g astros! This means that the only footwear that is allowed will be trainers or astro turf rubber soled trainers. No boots with plastic or metal studs are allowed. We are under strict rulings for this by the school, therefore if your Super Star does not have the correct footwear, unfortunately they will not be able to take part in their match.

Where in the school?
There are two astro turfs at the school. We will be playing on the top astro and will have sole use of this for the duration of the games. We kindly ask that everyone arrives a little earlier this week so that Charlie / Omar can meet you by the car park and show you where to go.

Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon, CR9 7AT

Please note that there will be no matches for any age groups on 1st and 8th of April


Next Season Plan
Some have already asked what the plan is for next season. I am glad you are as excited as we are! This will be our 3rd season running which only means things will continue to improve as we have taken on board feedback from this year.

Current u7s
Your Super Star will continue to play in our development little league next season (same format as this season) but we will be adding in 2 new teams, taking our league total to 6 teams. This will of course mean they will become u8s from next season.

Current u8s
– This age group will be moving into u9 level and will be joining one of the local leagues. We are undecided as to whether we will be joining the Tandridge League on Sunday mornings or the Epsom and Ewell Saturday morning league. Joining a local league will mean away game travelling so please do consider this before committing to next season.
– As this age group will be playing 7v7 instead of 5v5, the squads will be of 10 children. Our current squads will be mixed up into 3-4 teams (depending on number of children) and we are potentially aiming to place children into teams of ability. We will decide on this once we have spoken to the leagues.
– Teams will also train together one evening during the week (venue, day and time tbc).

Please do let us know in the comments below what day would suit you best for matches – Sat or Sun

Current u9s and u10s
– Nothing will change for these age groups apart from becoming a year older. Same league and same training session πŸ™‚


Crystal Palace Academy Coach & Our Skillz FC Managers
Our good friend Joe Antonelli, Crystal Palace u11 academy coach, ran a coach / manager development evening a couple of weeks ago. We invited your Super stars managers to come in and ask Joe questions about managing their teams, and to help develop their coaching credentials. It was a fantastic evening that we all thoroughly enjoyed. The managers took lots on board and displayed lots of passion and a willingness to develop their coaching credentials.
We are very lucky to have such a group of committed and passionate managers. Well done to all of you Super Parents for being so supportive of these amazing people! And well done managers for showing such dedication to your teams all season πŸ™‚

We will be holding another managers development evening before the end of the season, and this will be a regular occurrence in seasons ahead.


Our goals, aims and your expectations for your Super Star
As many of you know, lots of hours go into our coaching, planning and match days each week. I wanted to give you an insight into what our aims are for each age group and to explain why we do what we do, to help you understand your Super Stars development.

Coaching Syllabus
Our coaches across our entire programme follow the same session structure and syllabus. Each term we have a different topic and focus that we deliver on. During each term, you may see on match days that your Super Star is doing one thing more than the other – for example, they may pass more during our passing topics, dribble more during our dribbling topics etc. Everything we do with your Super Star is very deliberate and thoroughly researched through years of coaching experience that we have in our team. We are lucky to have current and ex Premier League academy coaches involved in our coaching syllabus, as well as the input of our coaching team that teach 700+ children per week.

The sole aim of Skillz is to “allow children to be free to be the best they can be”. Development is priority. We never place a focus on winning but do believe that if we develop our children in the right way, winning will be a by product of this. I am thrilled with the progress all of our children have made this year, whether that be in a football capacity or socially. Thank you for being so supportive of your Super Star and believing in what we are trying to achieve.

To give you a better understanding, below are the aims and objectives & characteristics of the age groups, which we handed to each manager at the start of the season:

U7s & u8s
u7s & u8s aims and objectives
u7s & u8s characteristics

U9s & u10s
u9s & u10s aims and objectives
u9s & u10s Characteristics


We look forward to an amazing finish to the season πŸ™‚ If anyone has any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or you can comment below.
Thanks for your continued amazing support!

Ashley, Charlie and Omar

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