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Monday, 11 May 2015 00:00 Written by Murray Milligen
In line with their social aims to promote sport as a vehicle for education and social development, Youth Football Scotland are proud to partner with Equity Sports to promote the life-changing benefits sport brings to young people, exciting and inspiring students to reach their full potential.
Equity, part of Inspiring Learning, has been a leading provider of student study tours for more than 80 years and have developed a sports tour programme with an extensive range of world-class destinations and clubs where groups can train, play or both!
Equity work with some of the very best and most inspirational sporting facilities around the world. Their team of sports specialists will help you to plan a bespoke trip catering to the needs of your group – whether that be football, netball, hockey, rugby or multi-sport trips. You can choose from a range of tour options which include:
-Train & Play (highly recommended) – A combination trip where groups will train with coaches and play against local teams
-Just Train – Train with some of the world’s best coaches in prestigious facilities
-Just Play – Play fixtures against local teams
-Sports Education – Educational tours will enhance knowledge of sports science and the principles of training
Introducing your local sports specialist, Scott McCulloch:
'For the last 11 years my life has been consumed by sport, specifically football. I achieved a scholarship to William Carey University in the USA, where I lived for 6 years. During this time I was playing, coaching and even done a bit of refereeing whilst earning my BSc in Health and Human Performance. Back on home soil I managed to secure a job with St Mirren FC as their Performance Analyst. This was a great experience and led me to my previous role which was assisting young student-athletes in the UK on their quest for a USA Athletic Scholarship. The combination of travel and sport have had a huge influence on my life and it’s something that hopefully I can hopefully continue and pass on to young students and their teachers throughout the UK.'
Call Scott: 07515 064125
Equity's flagship tours for October half-term
Start your season on a high with an Equity sports development tour, and see the benefits of your team’s performance early in the year:
-Develop strong team ethos and competitive spirit
-Learn new skills
-Increase confidence and self esteem
-Boost engagement back at school
-Gain coaching education for accompanying teaching staff
Book your October trip by 22nd May and you can also receive free tour equipment for use on your trip and back in school.*
We recommend the following sports development tours for your group in October:
St George’s Park – The Home of English Football
Weekend Trip - From £240 per person (Based on 40 people for 2 days)
PSV Eindhoven – Champions of Holland
Football/Hockey Trip - From £575 per person (Based on 40 people for 5 days)
CREPS Ile de France (Racing Metro)
Play Rugby in Paris -From £510 per person (Based on 40 people for 6 days)
Football Trip of a Lifetime - From £725 per person (Based on 40 people for 5 days)
Catalan Football Federation
Barcelona Experience - From £545 per person (Based on 40 people for 4 days)
“Travelling with Equity gives me a lot of confidence and I know that support is in place all of the time. This is vital when taking other people's children half-way across the world. Your service has proved invaluable.” Bellbaxter High School
*Terms and conditions apply, see our website for details.
Thursday, 07 May 2015 12:03 Written by Murray Milligen
Teams are always looking for new and exciting activities. Whether it is celebrating the end of a great season or looking to build team moral, activities can be hard to come by that are convenient and suitable for football teams.
We are excited to present to you Zorb Football; a twist on 5-a-side football. We take the conventional game of 5-a-side and throw in large individual inflatable protective bubbles to add a whole new way to play. We can come to your training ground and tailor the event exactly to your needs.
These zorb balls are not only a lot of fun but they are a really great work out. The intensity of constantly falling down and getting up creates a high-energy workout session without players even realising they are training!
Zorb Football is more than just football in a bubble. We have loads of other games that all involve the Zorbs! Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, and Last Man Standing are just a few example we can offer that develop team work and strategic thinking.
When working with young people it requires a special kind of leadership that ensures everyone is full engaged with the sport, play safely, and have the best possible experience. That’s why we pride ourselves in the quality of our event leaders. All are professional youth workers, having gained vast experience running successful events for young people with schools, councils, and charities.
If you are interested in what we could provide for your team, please get in contact! We not only run Zorb Football but also have a range of other team building activities that you can check out on our website! We guarantee an incredible time! Check us out at…
Get in touch with Alex directly:
Mobile - 07969 647848
The Galloway Football Fair, organised by Galloway Thistle YFC with assistance from Newton Stewart FC, will be held at Blairmount Park this weekend (2/3 May).
The festival will consist of 76 teams from 14 clubs, including Galloway Thistle Y.F.C, Upper Annandale Youth, Terregles Y.F.C, Lochar Thistle Youth A.F.C, Heston Rovers, Annan Athletic, Millennium F.C., Lochryan Boys Club, Ballynahinch Youth F.C (N.IRE), Galston Youth F.C., St Cuthbert Wanderers Youth, Scotland Boys Club, Threave Rovers & East End F.C.
There will be 207 Games in total over the course of the weekend with age groups 10s,11s,& 12s playing on Saturday 2nd May, with 7s,8s,&9s taking to the field on Sunday 3rd May. Each age group will play through its own invidividual section & then are presented with trophies before the next section starts.
We caught up with Alex Whiteside who is involved in the organisation of the event, to hear more about it. According to Alex, the event started back in 2002, 'after we travelled to a lot festivals outwith our area, so we thought we might give it go ourselves'. In the first festival in 2002, 56 Teams played contested the festival, which was hosted at Blairmount Park in Newton Stewart (the home of Newton Stewart F.C.who play in the South of Scotland league). The event is kicked off each year by the current Queen of Galloway.
Approximately 10,000 kids have played at the festival over the years, with many having gone on to play at a higher level. Last year was the first time the event was played on the new 3G surface at Blairmount Park. Over the years, the festival has attracted teams from South of the border as well as Northern Ireland, Ayrshire & the central belt of Scotland. However, most of the teams come from Dumfries & Galloway.
Alex explained how they have had their largest entry this year and have even had to turn some teams away! They are therefore looking at ways to increase entries for next year.
Alex wanted to give a very BIG thankyou to all involved in the organisation of the event. Lots of work goes on behind the scenes to make this event possible and everyone must take credit from the kitchen staff to the referees! Further, Alex wanted to give a special mention to the many local businesses who have sponsored the event, stating that 'without this help, it would be difficult to put on the festival'. Finally, many thanks must go to all the teams who enter the festival each year, as well as all the helpers in putting it on but mostly to all the kids who come each year to enjoy playing the game they love.
Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:21 Written by Murray Milligen
Destination Hjørring Denmark
It is with great pleasure we invite you to the Dana Cup Hjørring 20th to the 25th of July 2015.
The Dana Cup and Hjørring has become a household name for many young soccer players, coaches and family members from every corner of the World. 222 teams participated in 1982 and 1,011 teams in 2014, we are proud to say that our Dana Cup Family of participants is growing each year and once you have attended our tournament, you will fully understand the concept of being a part of our family.
We are honored to provide an arena for youth soccer, that can be ranked one of the best in the World. A safe environment where every aspect associated with the tournament runs like clockwork after years of experience and learning.
Your team will play in international games against some of the biggest football nations from around the World - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, France, Germany, Holland, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Venezuela and many more.
We offer a platform for young soccer players to unite and experience passion for football, respect, unity, equality, friendships and much more.
A summary of the Dana Cup Hjørring:
* More than 1,000 teams from 45 countries
* Denmark's largest sporting event
* The World's third largest youth soccer tournament
* The World's most international youth tournament with 90% foreign teams
* Excellent grass fields in a safe environment
* 20,000 participants playing in international groups
* Kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches close by
* A fantastic organization with top class personal customer service
* Memories for the rest of your life
Our entry deadline is 1st of May 2015; you can enter online at anytime here.
We look forward to welcoming you and your club to Hjørring in the summer of 2015, you will be more than welcome.
Join the Dana Cup Family in 2015!
Dana Cup Hjørring
Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:26 Written by Murray Milligen
**Use code YFS15 for a 15% discount**
As we close in on the end of the football year have you decided on your end of season trophies yet? With over 25 years experience in the industry, Bracknell Engraving & Trophy Services, a family run business, are confident they can cater to your needs.
With generous discounts available for large orders now is the time to buy your trophies and awards!
They offer Laser Engraving, Glass Engraving, Trophy Engraving, Trophies and Medals. All engraving is carried out on site, to ensure a speedy and efficient service to customers, whilst not having to rely on third parties to offer a professional high quality service.
They stock a wide variety of styles of football trophies, from smaller types for each team member to large football trophies that are ideal for league or tournament winners. Click here to view their excellent range of football trophies for all kinds of event, from league winners to top scorers. Use code 'YFS15' for a 15% discount on orders!
They also have a great range of football trophies for kids, great for sports days at schools or for youth tournaments/festivals
If you run a football club and are looking to buy your main trophies, please don't hesitate to get in touch via the details below. Have special requirements? No problem!
As part of a key strategic partnership with Team App, Youth Football Scotland have been giving all Scottish youth football teams the opportunity to create their very own smartphone app, completely FREE of charge! To create your team's free app click here.
Tass Thistle 2006 are currently leading the way in team communication with an impressive 28,227 screen views. Other top apps include the 'Bonnyrigg Rose 2003' app which has acquired 11,932 screen views and the 'Hillwood 04s' app, which has attracted 7220 screen views!
Check out a list of the top apps in Scotland below:
|Tass Thistle 2006||28227|
|Bonnyrigg Rose 2003||11932|
|Alloa Athletic Academy||9947|
|Blantyre Celtic YFC 99s||5759|
|MGS Football 1999||5257|
|Newtyle United FC||4341|
|Deveron Youth FC||4232|
|Warriors in the Community||4014|
|Stirling City FC 2001's||2705|
|Hillwood BC 2002||2661|
|Hampden Boys Club||2552|
|Mold Alex Under 8's||2530|
|Dalziel BC 2001's||2225|
|Milngavie Football Club||2094|
|Gartcairn Football Academy||1811|
|Luncarty FC 2001||1789|
|Alpha Boys Club||1767|
|Glenrothes Strollers 2007||1549|
|Rob Roy 98s||1549|
|Blairgowrie YFC U16's||1462|
|AC Oxgangs FC||1418|
|Shildon AFC u17s||1265|
|Thornhill AFC Blues||1222|
|Crossgates Primrose Juniors||1200|
|Edinburgh City 2006||1091|
|Hillfield Swifts 2006||1069|
|L.R.Y.C - 2001's||1025|
|Spartans Reds 2001||1025|
|St Mirren YFC||916|
|Monifieth Athletic 2000's||763|
|Holytown Colts YC||720|
|Springburn Thistle AFC||720|
|Tynecastle FC 13's||589|
|EK Stars 2006||567|
|Kinross Colts 2002||414|
|Dryburgh Athletic Girls U15's||327|
|West End Thistle FC||305|
|Dunblane Soccer Club||284|
|Bellfield Boys Club 2001||240|
|JGPS Girls Football P1-3||218|
|Arniston Rangers 2003||153|
|Riverside FC Stirling||153|
|Edinburgh City 99's||131|
|Stenhousemuir FC 2007||109|
|Stewarton Annick 2006||109|
If you want to increase your members and screen views, send us a DM on Facebook and we will help you promote your app!
In 2015 the ACES Nationals Football Tournament will take place in Leicester- an event which has become one of the largest on the youth football calendar. We spoke to ACES Event Manager Dave Cooper to find out more about the tournament.
The ACES event was created by Andy Panayiotou, who Dave explains ‘was the manager of an extremely successful U15 Boys team Aylestone Park FC. He wanted his team to play against strong opposition and so through contacts he managed to bring together 20 teams from around the country, all champions themselves and the competition was born.’ The event has developed considerably since 2009, with over 240 teams expected to take part in the 2015 tournament.
The ACES Tournament has become a champions league of sorts for grassroots football, and entry to the tournament is through invitation only. Dave explains that ‘a small team monitor leagues on the internet and league champions or cup winners are invited on a first come first served basis.’ As the tournament is becoming more and more popular each year, the ACES team have been receiving an increased number of requests to enter the tournament, and teams from Europe are also beginning to take part.
The event starts with a group stage, with the top teams from each group going on to compete on ‘a knockout basis,’ says Dave. The event now runs ‘over three weekends in June and July,’ and ‘each age group is completed in one day’ with ‘two age groups competing each day.’ One unique part of the ACES tournament is the opening ceremony. This is a chance for teams to be introduced and ‘the draw is then made on stage and only then do teams find out who they are playing,’ says Dave. Each team taking part also represents the town or city where they come from. With both boys and girls teams entering, the ACES tournament has become a key event for scouts from top clubs to attend as the event has ‘the best young players in the country playing at one location’. This prestige has also attracted top sponsors to the event, with Bespoke Teamwear becoming the main sponsor from 2015.
One team from Scotland who competed in the 2014 event with great success was the Central Girls Academy U14 team. We spoke to the Head of Girls Football at the Academy, Ian Dibden, to find out more about the club and their experience of the ACES tournament.
The Central Girls Academy was formed in 2014, and despite being a new club, Ian explains that there is already ‘a strong development ethos’. Prior to working with Central Ian has over 10 years experience of working in girls football, his most recent position having been Head of Girls Football at Falkirk FC. With this experience, he explains how the Central Girls Academy is helping to fill a gap in youth football: ‘the area lacked the proper support in terms of girls football, the models used by existing clubs in the area failed to identify specific needs to properly facilitate a girls programme. Our club was formed to fill in those gaps and provide a tailored programme to meet those needs. The management had a vast experience within the girls game and it was felt the girls programme would be better served working in isolation rather than an addition to a predominantly male club environment.’ There club also has a friendly atmosphere, with Ian describing how Central is a ‘club where everyone knows your name’.
In their first year, the Central Girls academy were invited to take part in the ACES tournament to represent Central Scotland having won both the U13’s and U15s League, as well as being League Cup winners in both age groups. At the event, Central had the chance to play against 7 other teams from around the UK, giving the girls some great experience against some tough opponents. Ian describes more about the event, saying that ‘the format for our set up was an 8 team league who played each other once, the top 4 sides then went into the semi final.’ The Central Girls Academy did exceptionally well, with the U14 team going on to win their age group. Ian describes how ‘the girls won 6 games lost 1 and drew 1 in the group stage which was enough to give Central top spot. In the semis Central defeated Leicester 3-0 and went onto win the title with victory over Manchester City.’ A great performance was displayed by Chelsea McEachran, who not only scored the winning goal in the final, but was also the team’s top goal scorer across the day with 9 goals. Overall the club was impressed with the ACES event, with Ian saying that it was ‘well organised. Games kick off on time and the event ran smoothly, the refereeing standard was good’, and ‘the general atmosphere was excellent.’
Central Girls Academy are hoping to attend the ACES tournament again in 2015, but their continuing success also means that they have many other exciting events on the calendar: ‘Tournament wise we will attend the Loch Lomond Stirling and Puma Cup, Liverpool events again this year, also ACES will be on the cards. We also have a US trip to Philadelphia where we have entered the Mid Atlantic Cup, we will also visit Washington and New York with friendlies lined up while we are there. In addition I hope more of our players are added to the International scene next year to line up beside Kirstie McIntosh and Sam Kerr, our current Scotland players,’ says Ian.
Friday, 20 March 2015 15:00 Written by Murray Milligen
Level 1 Course: Coaching with Performance Analysis
Improve your coaching with performance analysis!
Developed by Ulster University and Performa Sports, this half-day training module is designed to help coaches understand the core principles of analysis, learn how to shape key performance indicators for sport and be able to effectively and efficently leverage performance analysis as a teaching aid in the coaching process to improve performance learning.
Who is this Module for?
Coaches, Managers, Coach-Analysts and those interested in the area of performance improvement through analysis. Performance Analysts who are interested in learning more about the transitition of analysis to coaching and performance communication will also benefit.
What will I gain?
-30-days free trial of Performa Sports iPad application.
-£40 off the Level 3 CPPD module in applied performance analysis.
-Opportunity to benefit from Higher Education
-Ulster University certification
-Excellent understanding of Performa Sports performance analysis software
-The knowledge to apply analysis and performance communication in coaching
"Really enjoyable course with great insight into the use of analysis to improve coaching and player understanding"
Darren Murray, Cork City LFC
Course dates and venue
Monday 27th April, 6.00pm-9.00pm, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ
£50 per person (group discounts available on request)
Book directly online here. For further information and to enquire about group rates please contact Joe Turley:
-mobile: 0044 771 943 6178
Next Step - Level 3 CPPD Module in Applied Performance Analysis
Course attendees who complete the foundation coaching course have the option of moving onto our Level 3 CPPD course which goes into more depth in technical, tactical, video analysis and performance communication.
Friday, 13 March 2015 14:27 Written by Murray Milligen
Youth Football Scotland caught up with Musselburgh Windsor Girls coach Michael Windram after his team won a free set of brand new adidas strips from Glasgow-headquartered cloud computing company iomart. iomart runs a competition called Host Your Kit which last year gave away more than 100 kits to youth sports teams.
Michael had decided to enter the competition as he had noticed on the Scottish Women’s Football website that iomart were running the scheme. Musselburgh won the competition for the kits after submitting an article on how useful the kits were going to be and how they were going to help them as a team.
Michael explained how it ‘has been great’ because the girls had always had to use handed-down kits in the past. He went on to state that the players were ‘delighted with their new kits and how great they looked in them!’
iomart will be giving away more adidas football kits through its Host Your Kit competition during the FIFA Women’s World Cup which takes place in Canada between June 6 and July 5. To register your interest visit www.hostyourkit.com and pop in your details
Youth Football Scotland were at the Royal High School yesterday as the school's S2 team were presented with their brand new kits as part of the Trans World Soccer (TWS) 'Strips for Trips' campaign.
The Royal High School have organised a TWS trip with some of their S1/2 pupils. As part of the 'Strips for Trips' campaign, the school's S2 team were presented with a free set of strips, to the delight of the young players. Click here for the full photo gallery from the presentation.
TWS Programme Coordinator and ex Royal HS pupil Michael Pentland has this to say:
'TWS are committed to giving back to the local community and it’s even more special for me being able to return and help my former school. Having spent 6 years at The Royal High School it is a real pleasure to be presenting these strips today, it kind of feels like it has gone full circle. I remember playing school football in strips that were quite old and worn so I am sure the current and future pupils will be delighted to have a brand new set to call their own and really look the part representing the school.'
TWS give school groups and youth football clubs the opportunity to experience life as a superstar player. TWS launched the 'Strips for Trips' campaign in June 2014 as an incentive for schools and clubs accross the country to sign up for a 2-day experience with TWS this season.
So what's involved in a typical TWS trip?
- Young people will see their heroes live
- Train with elite coaches
- Tour the stadiums
- Play challenge matches against local young players
- Travel on a luxury team bus and have the media spotlight follow them from start to finish.
For more info about TWS and their fantastic trips for youth clubs, click here
Monday, 02 March 2015 10:03 Written by Murray Milligen
UK International Soccer (UKIS) are one of the largest providers of professional soccer coaching in the
USA and are still recruiting staff for 2015.
Established in 1990 UKIS have built a strong reputation for delivering year round high class soccer programmes, coach education and summer camps. In partnership with the American Youth Soccer Organisation, the English FA, the LFE, various MLS Teams, I-Soccer and more UKIS have expanded impressively across the USA and now employ around 450 Coaches every year. The UKIS mission is to provide 'The Best Possible Soccer Experience' for everyone involved in their programmes. This includes the players, the parents and our very own professional coaching team.
Who can apply?
UKIS Coaching staff vary from SFA Level 1 right through to UEFA A licensed and work on recreational, advanced or elite projects depending on their qualifications and experience. Male and female coaches, goalkeeping coaches, coaches with specialist areas - for example working with U5s - all make up the fabric of our coaching team. The bulk of this staff are recruited from The UK and Eire but are joined by colleagues hired from across the globe. In 2014, Swedes, Norwegians, Spaniards, Italians, Americans, South Africans and coaches of many other nationalities were employed by UKIS giving a rich international flavour to our coaching programmes.
Coach professional development
This broad range of coaching staff bring a fantastic mixture of ideas and footballing philosophies to the organisation and allow our employees to work within an exciting soccer environment flavoured by coaching styles from across the globe. Working in this environment and being trained in the UKIS’s own INSPIRE curriculum means UKIS staff are constantly learning and developing as a football coach. Furthermore the existence of in-house coaching diplomas means continued professional development opportunities exist to our staff who are in The USA for longer periods of time. All in all the coaches get as much from their experience working for UKIS as the players who attend our programmes and camps get from being trained by them.
Benefits and application process
Competitive wages, accommodation and transport in the US are all provided with different lengths of contract available. Throughout March interviews are taking place in Scotland with a practical coaching assessment being held in Edinburgh towards the end of the month. Contracts begin as early as this spring and finish in October and November. Later start dates of June and July are also available if a coach wishes to work a summer and a fall contract. There are even some short term Fall only and Summer only contracts available but these are very limited and highly competitive.
Throughout the spring months of March, April and May a variety of projects are delivered across the USA. Play programmes and Spring academies provide coaches with an opportunity to design a 10-13 week programme aimed at increasing the technical abilities and team understanding of their own academy group as a Coach stays in one location developing their own specific project.
June through to August is the summer soccer camp season during which time our coaching staff have the opportunity to travel America delivering week long soccer camps in different communities. These week long camps roll into town providing a festival of soccer for local players and the opportunity to learn from our professional coaching staff in an intense, but enjoyable week.
Our Fall season kicks off from mid-August and runs through to October/November with technical training programmes being delivered nationwide. Technical training programmes involve working with teams preparing them for their matches and competitions at the weekend. There can be jamboree style work with the U5 and U6 players while at the other end of the age range our Coaches provide mentoring and support for adult volunteer coaches. Many of the teams UKIS work with have an adult volunteer, usually a Mum or a Dad, who coaches the team. Our professional staff provide mentoring, support and guidance to these volunteer coaches passing on our knowledge of the game, the best training methods and how to get the best results out of training and matches for their players. Delivering of coaching clinics, shadowing adult volunteer coaches and providing them with resources and ideas can all be part of the responsibilities of the technical training programmes.
Improving your football coaching experience
UKIS provide football coaches with an unbeatable experience. The opportunity to live and work in another country and soak up a whole new cultural experience all while working in the industry they love! The number of hours worked on a daily basis, the different coaches worked with and the opportunities to develop further as a coach will only open more doors and improve coaching knowledge and experience. Anyone looking to forge a career in football coaching will benefit greatly from this experience.
Contact details/more information
If this is an opportunity you are interested in please click here to read more about the logistics of working for UKIS
Follow this link directly to apply via our online application form
Scottish Interviews are taking place now so don’t miss out!
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:00 Written by Murray Milligen
YFS are are pleased to announce a key strategic partnership with Team App, the world-leading smartphone application for sports club communication. Thanks to Team App, clubs can now create their own personalised app, 100% FREE! Your app becomes the hub of your communication and sends instant notifications to the smartphone/tablet of your members. Savvy clubs can also increase much needed revenue by using Team App to sell merchandise, tickets to club functions, sponsorship offers and more.
Team App Co-founder and general manager Robert Fletcher said: “We are delighted to have Youth Football Scotland on board to assist us with spreading the Team App message to Scotland and surrounding regions. Like Team App, YFS are dedicated to promoting and supporting grassroots sport, and we are very proud to now bw working together to provide an all-important mobile communication solution to ensure future growth.”
We spoke to Dan Lee, app admin at AC Oxgangs who said that 'Team App has proved to be an extremely useful asset for AC Oxgangs. It has given us the ability to relay club news and other important information such as match cancellations directly and instantly to our members. Our decision to use Team App has been vindicated by the fact that we now have over 100 registered users, comprising almost entirely of players, parents, coaches and committee members. We can certainly recommend it to other clubs, simple to set up, simple to administrate and it's free!!'
Why use team app?
If your club can benefit from improved communication, greater commercial opportunities, improved cash-flow and better attended social functions then Team App is for you. The app is customisable with the ability to upload your own logo, choose your app colours, and select your own buttons to feature on your app.
It is your app and you can commercialise it in any way that suits you and your sponsors. Available on apple and android app store. Click here to create your free app in under 10 minutes!
Monday, 26 January 2015 13:33 Written by Murray Milligen
With just around 6 months to go before kick off, the Dana Cup Hjørring from the 20th to the 25th of July looks like being the highlight of the year for many youth soccer teams from all around the world.
Team registrations for the Dana Cup 2015 are flooding in! They are welcoming registrations from clubs who have attended in the past but also from new clubs and schools who are looking to become a part of the Dana Cup family.
At this moment in time, they have registrations from the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, England, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Ghana, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and USA.
We caught up with John Frame from Newbattle HS, who have participated in the Dana Cup for many years now and are registered for the 2015 tournament:
'Newbattle have been travelling to the Dana Cup since 2005 and hope to do so for many years to come. We have now taken over 150 players to Denmark and I can say without fear of contradiction that every one of these would regard it as one of the best experiences of their lives . Whenever I meet any of those who have now long left school it is the first thing they talk about. We see it is a reward for commitment in the past and an ideal preparation for the season ahead. From a leaders point of view everything is organised for you - transport , meals, accommodation etc. From the moment you arrive in Denmark to the moment you leave. The facilities for training and matches are first class and there is so much more for the players to do in Hjorring, all of which make the trip more enjoyable'.
In 2014 the Dana Cup set a new record for the number of teams entered, in total 1,011 teams from all around the World visited Hjørring. Within one week, all groups experienced a unity that is very hard to find other places in the World. In a safe arena both young and old are met with friendship, unity, respect and passion for soccer. So once again the Dana Cup are honored to invite, both old and new clubs, trainers and leaders from all around the World to Hjørring! The Dana Cup aims to provide a a very special experience and memories for the rest of your lives!
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:16 Written by Murray Milligen
There are 3 basic forms of football training. Fitness and agility (running, hurdles, slaloms. Normally without the ball but can sometimes be with the ball), conditioned drills (playing a 1-2 pass before shooting at goal) or small sided games (4 v 4, 6 v 6).
All forms of coaching have their place, fitness and agility drills are great for the beginning of the season to help get your players up to scratch, although I would recommend trying to integrate the use of a football in your fitness training.
Conditioned drills can be useful if your team in general have been working well but need to work on a specific element, for example, they have lots of possession but are failing to create many chances.
Small sided games (SSG’s) are a very good way of building up a style of play with your team. The advantage of SSG’s over other training methods is that they have many elements of a real game scenario:
- Players in possession have team mates to pass to.
- Players need to move and make themselves available to team mates.
- There is a target or goal for the players to aim for.
- With 4 v 4 or above the players have options to play forwards, sideways or backwards
The great thing about SSG’s is that as the coach you can dictate how to play the game. If you want possession and passing play, use smaller areas creating the need for tight control and fast ball movement. If you want your team to use the wings more, set-up channels down the side of the playing area that the ball must be played into before an attack can be made. With SSG’s you really can adapt your training session to concentrate on specific elements of the game and change them to suit your needs.
Below is an example of a few good SSG’s that we have in our database, each one working on different elements, but all of them providing that competitive edge.
4 Corner game
Organisation: Set a pitch up with 4 corner squares.
Instructions: Play a game, in order to score you must pass into any of the 4 corner squares; receiving player has a max 2 touches to play out again; limit touches depending on your aims.
Key points; Support play, quick passing, patience, don’t force it into corner, communication, awareness.
Organisation: Equal teams, 6 v 6 in middle minimum; wide men can only stay in their coned area.
Instruction: 2 mins per game, then rotate wide men; emphasis on ‘match tempo’ for the game. players in the middle can only shoot from a cross put in from the wing, so they must try to work their possession out to the flanks.
Notes: Defenders; mark men not space; touch tight; concentrate on contact for clearance.
Attackers: Attack the ball, get across the defenders/pull on shoulders, work on the ‘finish’.
Attackers: Attack the ball, get across the defenders/pull on shoulders, work on the ‘finish’.
Organisation: 3 equal teams; plenty of balls; bibs
Instructions: Server plays the ball into an endzone; 1 defender releases to make a 4v1; team in possession achieves 8 passes, they then transfer the ball into the opposite endzone; another defender then releases on the first touch; if defender wins the 4v1 the server sends a ball into the opposite endzone and 1 player from team who lost the ball must chase to win it back; 8 passes equals a point; KEEP THE SCORE!!
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