The revolutionary FA Skills Programme launched in 2007 to affect the long term development of the game, by raising standards in 5-11 year old players. The FA employs over 150 FA Skills Coaches across the country who are specialists in working with players aged 5-11 years, developing the players technically, physically, socially and psychologically. For further information on The FA Skills Programme please visit www.TheFA.com/Skills
FA Skills Festivals:
Whilst the role of the FA Skills Coach is wide and varied, one of the remits is to deliver to charter standard clubs. The FA Skills Coaches work with club coaches over a number of weeks at their club, where the players are exposed to a technical coaching programme, which brings to life The FA’s vision for players, as highlighted in The FA Future Game Document: “To produce technically excellent and innovative players, with exceptional decision making skills.” Coaches are more than welcome to come along with their players and sample the experience.
FA Skills Festivals @ the Russell Foster Football Centre
The FA Skills Festival at The Russell Foster Football Centre, Stadon Way, Newbottle Tyne & Wear, DH4 4WL
There will be four sessions, as follows:
10am – 2.30pm Monday August 24th mixed session players aged 6 to 11 years old. Cost £10 (£20 all 3 days)
10am – 2.30pm Tuesday August 25th mixed session players aged 6 to 11 years old. Cost £10 (£20 all 3 days)
10am – 2.30pm Wednesday August 26th mixed session players aged 6 to 11 years old. Cost £10 (£20 all 3 days)
10am – 2.30pm Thursday August 27th Girls only session players aged 6 to 11 years old. Cost FREE
To book your child a place at The FA Skills Festival please visit: www.TheFA.com/Skills. Booking is essential and is strictly on a first come first served basis.
FA Skills Coach
Below are the names of personnel who have volunteered to assist in the running of the new Russell Foster Youth Leagues.
If you feel you can help in what is required to run the leagues, please contact the secretary then he will inform you as to the requirements.
UNDER 18’S – ROB HOPKINSON
UNDER 17’S – GRAEME NORTON
UNDER 16’S – TOM SWINHOE
UNDER 15’S – DAVE JOHNSON
UNDER 14’S – JANE ROBERTSON
UNDER 13’S – NIGEL RIDLEY
UNDER 12’S – VICKY JAMES
UNDER 11’S – DAVE JOHNSON
An opportunity is available for you to show your support to the youth and development in the community of our young footballers.
An ideal package is available from the Russell Foster Youth Leagues for you to show your support financially and to enable the youth leagues to carry on the good and hard work enabling young players to enjoy themselves in a safe environment.
Or forward what you are looking to referee in the Russell Foster League to the office. The address for the office is:
Russell Foster Football Centre
Houghton – Le – Spring
TEL: 0191 5842120
The league has received several complaints regarding problems at mini-soccer venues...
1) Parking Problems:- There have been several complaints from residents about parking in NON designated areas. We realize the problems involved with parking and the volume of traffic that relates to our mini soccer venues and we would like to appeal to mini soccer teams to make best efforts to 'car pool' to alleviate the strained situations.
2) Pitch Litter:- Complaints have been filed from the venues who have had to clear large amounts of litter from the playing fields following games played. This is unacceptable. Please can you make sure that the litter is picked up at the end of each session.
3) Spectators On The Pitch:- Venue administrators have reported dozens of spectators on the pitch during the schedule.
This is in direct connection with the Pitch Litter issue, but also organisers and venues alike have witnessed people smoking on the pitches. Please respect the wishes of the venue organisers.
Please take these complaints seriously and help address the issues. Should these problems NOT be addressed, then the Russell Foster Youth League run a very high risk of losing these venues altogether. If this happens, then it will in fact be the children who ultimately suffer.
Thank You for your kind attention on these matters.