With Coach Chris away, see The Final Thoughts of a Coach at the bottom, the sessions were left in the very capable hands of Paul, Aide, Ellie, and Emily-Sue!

The theme of this week was varied with different age groups working on various ideas. The younger groups worked on recovery with players having to touch their own goalpost after a shot, before being back in the game. They also worked on a bit of pivot play to stretch the pitch and encourage players to look for the longest, safest pass.

The older players worked on their quick passing, taking one or three touches, being encouraged to move the ball whenever possible. We concentrated on the connections between players before, during and after the pass.

Notable Players of the Session

1st Session – Emily C – she is very new to futsal but already showing all the right ideas and attributes to be a very good players – top marks, keep this up!

2nd Session – Lena L – never stops running, never gives up and always asks loads of brilliant questions – a fab young lady who is a delight to coach!

3rd Hour – Lacey B – a player with some serious talent, who has come back from the summer break with something to prove, looking even better than before, lady’s player in the making?

4th Hour – Erin E – this young lady is a real handful for opposition players and destined to pull on the ‘green’ of the ladies’ team, fab start to the season!

A few of images from the session:

Final thoughts of a coach – I hate missing sessions, just in my nature, but having Paul and Aide and now Ellie and Emily-Sue means I finally enjoy being somewhere else. Thank you, guys, I hear you were fab – next week same again without me??

So where did I go? Well, I attended the England Futsal Talent Inclusion Event at Loughborough. This is the first stage of England Futsal looking to create an U19 and full England Women’s Futsal Team, so to be there at the very start was seriously good. Huge thank you to Sion Kitson and John Tapia Owens for making me feel so welcome and allow me to ask far too many questions. I think for me as a coach and for the club it is important to understand what England are looking for in their players, and how I can bring that back to the club for the benefit of our players.

Bootham were blessed with 3 players at the event – Denva, Kim and Charlotte worked their socks off and were a real example to all the younger players at the club. Who knows how many from the club will follow in their footsteps?

Finally, the ladies have their first home game of the season this coming Saturday with the visit of last year’s Northern Champions Sunderland. We have moved to a new venue, St John’s University, and we hope you can come down and cheer the ladies’ home to victory! Doors open at 12.30pm and kick off is 1pm – come make some noise!

Coach Chris

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