FESTIVAL OF FOOTBALL DURING OCTOBER AT ALLEYN'S
October was certainly a festival of football at Alleyn’s as the school hosted U7, U8, U9, U10, U11 boys and U11 girls festivals. The festivals were a mixture of skills based sessions, led by Alleyn’s teaching staff and small sided matches. The U7-U9 matches were all five-a-side whereas from U10 upwards it was seven-a-side. The emphasis in the matches was very much based on fun, creativity and having the opportunity to apply skills learnt in a game situation. Numbers of children at each festival ranged from 40-70 children, both boys and girls and of all ability ranges. To welcome in the region of three hundred young footballers through the school gates over the course of the month and see the skill and enthusiasm with which they played and the love they have for the game is an absolute sight to behold!
DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2016-17
Alleyn's School have announced the following dates for Festivals in the coming season@
6th October - U7 boys
10th October - U8 boys
To be confirmed - U9 boys
13th October - U10 boys
4th November - U11 boys
11th November - Girls
After successful skills festivals last term Alleyn’s have again opened their doors and welcomed children from local schools for another series of football festivals and competitions. A year 2 festival got proceedings started. Eight local schools brought ten children along to the festival. The children worked with a partner school as they went through a series of skill based activities. This provided every child with a chance to learn new skills but also to make new friends. After a break for a snack the children then excitedly went about playing three rounds of matches where they were given the chance to apply the skills they had learnt to a game situation. Schools were put against opponents of a similar strength where possible so that each game was challenging but carried some prospect of success. No scores were kept or announced and so pupil and teacher focus was on skill acquisition and development throughout the afternoon.
Following on from this over a period of two weeks twelve schools brought children in U9, U10, U11 boys and U11 girls categories for football festivals. The children were split into two groups for each event guaranteeing them at least five games of football. This was followed by semi-finals and finals. The standard of play and behaviour across the age ranges was excellent. It was pleasing to see a number of different schools appearing in the latter stages of the various events and most satisfying to think that across this two week period some 600 children had visited Alleyn’s and enjoyed a fun and educational afternoon of football. We even saw the sun on a couple of occasions!
SKILLS FESTIVAL 1
The week before half term (12th – 16th October) was an action packed one at Alleyn's as each day brought a festival of football for various groups of children where the opportunities to play learn and enjoy were plentiful.
Monday (12th Oct) was U8 day with eight schools attended the festival bringing up to eight players each. The sixty plus children were put into conditioned games, each focused on developing a particular facet of attacking play. These areas included switching play, creating space, invention and creativity of movement and finishing. The young players responded to the challenges set brilliantly and it was fantastic to see so many children improving before your very eyes.
After a short break for snacks and a drink the players were back in action and playing "free matches" where they could endeavour to apply their new found attacking prowess. The standard of play was high and the atmosphere fantastic.
On Tuesday (13th Oct) the U9 groups went through exactly the same format. Again the standard was high and the attitude of children and staff from the various schools was super.
On Wednesday (14th Oct) five girls squads participated in a round robin festival where each team played the other. Whilst this was a competition format the emphasis was very much on skill development and fun of which there was plenty!
Thursday (15th Oct) saw the U10s in action. This was again a round robin format of seven a side matches meaning that coaches could set fresh challenges for each game based on what they had seen in the last one.
The week was rounded off with a similar format for the U11 boys on Friday (16th Oct).
Alleyn’s teacher Kevin Molloy who organised the festivals commented; “During the course of the week we welcomed nearly two hundred and fifty footballers through the gates of Alleyn's. Every one of them played with a smile and a willingness to learn and made the week a great success. We look forward to opening our doors even wider next term as we host further events”.
Sun 5th Mar
ISFA U11 South-West
Thurs 9th Mar
ISFA U11 North-West
(Old Boltonians FC)
Sat 18th Mar
ISFA U11 South-East (Spring)
(John Lyon School)
ISFA U13 Regional
Wed 10th May
ISFA U11 Seven-a-Side Tournament
(St. George's Park)