Another week and another fabulous session with the girls from Bootham Futsal Club!

At first the younger group worked on running with the ball. We laid out a set of cones and challenged them, working on their own or in pairs, to travel through as many gates as possible in a set time. We progressed this into lots of different challenges to complete, all done with lots of smiles and a brilliant attitude – where do they get all their energy from…

In the matches we gave them the scenario that they could only be 1-0 ahead, if they scored again, they lost their goal! At first they were a little confused as what to do when they got the ball, but after a few minutes they worked it out, without being told, to try keep the ball. As coaches it is fantastic when players work out problems for themselves!

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The U14s and U16s are set to travel to Birmingham on Saturday for the semi finals of the FA Futsal Youth Cup, with a chance of playing at St George’s Park, so the whole session was based around game management.

We worked on keeping possession from set plays, especially from kick-ins, where they have a habit of trying to force the play and lose possession cheaply. We also worked on defending corners, using a basic set up that all the players could remember, and the same with attacking corners.

We finished with a game where every time the ball went out of play, the restart was a corner. All the girls worked really hard on the ideas we gave them today. Next stop, the semi finals, we just can’t wait!

As it was the last training session we will all be together before Easter, the girls were treated to the customary Easter Eggs!

Player of the week for the younger group was Katie J – over the last few weeks we have seen a huge improvement in her futsal play. She is getting so much better with her control and running with the ball. Well done, Katie, keep it up!

Player of the week for the older group was Eleanor – she worked her socks off in all the games today, and she even scored a cracking toe poke finish in one of the games. Keep up the good work, Eleanor!

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