On Thursday 16th May we hosted the Mini Reds, Saturday Soccer Centre and Development & Elite Centres on the People’s Pension pitch as a reward for all their hard work this season, as well as providing them with a fantastic introduction to the world of professional football.
To start the pitch evening, we invited Mini Reds and Saturday Soccer Centre participants, current, old and some new from 5pm – 5:45pm.
The sessions were split into age specific groups, so all skills & abilities are recognised and catered for appropriately. The groups were based on the original session; Mini Reds (ages 2 – 5 years) and Saturday Soccer Centre (ages 6 – 13 years) for their 45-minute slot on the pitch.
During the session the Mini Reds played some games as a fun way to learn the basic skills of football.
This was followed by a parent and child segment where the participants got the opportunity to practice their skills with their parent/guardian, which I am sure the parents loved as they had the opportunity to join in on the pitch.
To finish the session for the Mini Reds, they got to play a small tournament against one another, which for their age group is more about learning teamwork and practicing skills then the drive to win the match.
Meanwhile the Saturday Soccer Schools had the opportunity to practice all their skill they learnt previously by playing a tournament style session against one another. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to play on the pitch, giving a lot of the players the inspiration to pursue their football goals.
Following the Mini Reds and Saturday Soccer Centre, we hosted our Development & Elite Centres which began with the u8’s and u10s from 6pm – 7pm
Both playing small tournaments within their training groups, which gave them a chance to practice their skills on a professional football pitch. The pitch was split into 4 mini pitches to give the players a taste of what it’s like to play in the stadium.
One of the parents said this about their sons experience, “What a great experience for the kids to play on the Crawley Town stadium pitch, my son loved it!
My son has been at Crawley Town development from a young age and has progressed into their Elite level, his football skills have come on leaps and bounds.
It’s such a great club, great coaches and community at Crawley Town, I cannot recommend it enough to people whose children have a passion for learning how to play football.”
Following the u8s and u10s we had our u12s come and play friendly fixtures amongst their age group. Due to the amount of u12’s we have, we split the pitch into 2 pitches so we could have the maximum number of participants on the pitch as possible.
From 8pm – 9pm, we invited our u14’s to come down and play a fixture against our u16s. This was a fantastic experience for both age groups, learning new skills and practicing them in a highly competitive setting.
Guardian of one of our U14s said this about the opportunity, “It was a great experience last night for the boys, I thought it was well received by all the parents near me. Louie felt he was part of a team that has grown even stronger through this experience. Seeing the u16s has excited him even more and given him something to aim for. Playing in the stadium was a lovely experience, hopefully there will be more opportunities like this in the future for them.”
This was a fantastic opportunity for all those who came down and took part in the pitch evening.
One that made participants dreams come true and introduced them to the world of professional football.
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