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Unbelievable ‘Tekkers’ from Woodwynd coach Dale

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Having played for one of the first incarnations of the team, Woodwynd Wolves' Dale Young has now been nominated for a Scottish FA Grassroots award. This is a recognition of amongst other things, the development of his players at a youth level before they reach 11-a-side. 

"It's also to deal with basic issues in the area as well and just to let them have fun when they're playing football," Dale said.

Working hand in hand with father Colin, Dale was one of the first boys through the system, which saw him involved in the travelling under-19 squad that visited the USA to play in Canton, Michigan for the Canton Cup back in 2010.

Youth Football Scotland also asked a very modest Dale why he thought he had been recognised. "I think I was nominated for the award because of the work that I do with the kids. I don't mean to blow my own trumpet sometimes but I do think I get them to a decent level before they go and play football and I do think I've coached quite a lot of boys in the past that have got on to further levels as well, so I think maybe that's got something to do with it," he said. 

Dale’s hard work and determination is clear to anyone involved with the club. "If I win this award it will be everything. It will mean a lot to me because the amount of work and hard work I've put over the past nine years for it all. It would mean everything to me."

But it is not just the Wolves that Dale is involved in. On Monday nights, Dale runs a soccer school called ‘Tekkers’ in Kilwinning. It is free, and any child can join, regardless of whether they play for the Wolves or not.

"All they need to do is turn up. Just turn up to Tekkers on a Monday night and they can start from there," Dale said.

The school teaches skills from all over the world, Dale told us. "It just gives the kids a chance, instead of learning Scottish coaching, a wee bit of variety, and it means that they can learn new skills as well to go home and practice with."  As well as learning Brazilian styles of football, there is also Dutch skills and Asian skills which have recently been introduced. 

But Dale does not think it will just help young players on the pitch. "It gives them a chance to learn and get new friends as well and interact with different kids," he said.  "It gives them more confidence it makes them learn and develop new skills freely on the park that they maybe never tried before in Scottish football."

Good luck to Dale and his team for the upcoming season!

Andrew Petrie | YFS South East Region Journalist

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