To start each hour today we held a minutes silence in respect for the passing of the Queen. We have to say the girls were so respectful and were totally silence and still for the whole minute.

We had one new players come and try futsal for the first time – welcome, Carley, we hope you had fun and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

Today we worked on some dualities, players working in combinations to create space, passing opportunities and eventually goalscoring positions. We reminded the players about keeping the ball in play, and using the sole of their foot for control – with a free kick awarded if they didn’t! All the coaches said that the 3 sessions were about the best we had in a very long time, going as far as to say the last hour was the best ever! The girls movement, thoughts and overall futsal gave us all a huge smile and even a round of applause when they scored a brilliant team goal! Well done to each and every players today.

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Player of the week for the first hour was Sylvie B – in the passing exercise at the start she really worked hard with her movement and her passing was brilliant. In the games she ran really hard and tried to use the sole if her foot on every occasion – brilliant to watch, well played Sylvie!

Player of the week for the second hour was Hattie F – we are running out of superlatives for this young lady – she really is a dynamo! Once she started running today, she never stopped, and her touch and control today were also brilliant. Great day, please never change, you are one for the future, Hattie!

Player of the week for the third hour was Keira L – we know this young lady has good feet, but today she was on fire. She really did up her game and worked her socks off in and out of possession. Her passing and touch in the technical section were sublime…now, how to get her to believe in herself? Great day Keira, keep up this very high standard!

Final thoughts of a coach – I am never sure what young people think when we ask them to stand for a minute to honour or respect a person or event that they might not know much about. I asked them all today to observe the minutes silence for the passing of the Queen and they all stood there for the minute without a word or movement, it really did bring a lump to my throat. I firmly believe if players trust and respect the coaches, they will do what is asked of them. That said, I will leave the last word to a parent, who simply said, thank you.

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