Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Soccer School programme is continuing to develop the football skills of children from a young age during the half term break.
Coaches at the Foundation take on different groups throughout the school break; mixed, goalkeepers, Welsh speaking and Girls Only.
The mixed group, inclusive of children aged 4 to 13, runs from Monday to Friday and is minded by a handful of first class coaches allowing children to build up a rapport. The groups are split by age and organised into appropriate sizes ensuring a high level of engagement between child and coach. Sessions are tailored to ensure children develop their fledgling talents whilst having fun.
Some of the drills used to develop talents include:
- Being dominant 1 vs 1’s and 2 vs 2’s
- Target practice using objects
- Shooting practice
- Ball manipulation skills and tricks on the ball
- Ariel ball skills such as heading, volleying and controlling the ball, using different parts of the body
- Communication skills
- Small sided game situations, improving decision making and creativity
- Tournament situations with relevant age groups
- Football Tennis
- Introduction to football related fitness
Bobby Black, who gained a triple distinction BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) through the Foundation’s Education Programme, said:
“I’m usually with the younger ones. It’s a bit chaotic but ultimately it’s about having fun and learning. I feel it’s not just about football but life skills as well, I’m really enjoying coaching them too”.
At the end of the week, a presentation celebrates those who have excelled on the programme with awards for best attitude’ and ‘player of the day.
Callum Pearce, a regular at the Foundation’s Soccer Schools said:
“I’ve been 5 times, I really enjoy playing football and I’ve learned a lot”.
There are also girls only sessions, which run at Cardiff City Stadium. The sessions will vary from street soccer in the family stand to defending drills in the House of Sport in a bid to ensure continual development and exposure to new aspects of the game.
Damian, coach of the Girls Only Soccer School said
“We try to vary it up. In the morning practice on the Leckwith 3G pitch doing ball manipulation drills, then in the afternoon we head over to the family stand where there is a well designed street soccer course”.
The Foundation also invites local football clubs to come take part in the Soccer School sessions. Coaches dedicate a whole day to improving the skills of girls from the South Wales area providing a special experience for all involved.