Forest Preparatory School

FESTIVAL DATE ANNOUNCED

Forest will host the following Festival in the coming season:

21st October - U8 boys

EVENTS 2015-16

Friday 4th March

It was the turn of the U8's to partake in the ISFA Skills Festival on a sunny Friday afternoon. Forest hosted thirty boys and girls from Woodford Green Prep School and twenty six boys from Chigwell School in an afternoon of small sided games and skills practices. With just short of 80 boys and girls playing football in a positive and encouraging environment, it was pleasing to see lots of smiling faces!

Initially, WGPS played games with Forest whilst Chigwell practiced their keepy skills and ball manipulation. Once these skills were practiced, Chigwell then swapped places with Forest to allow them some time to develop their skills and close control. Towards the end of the afternoon, Forest played with Chigwell whilst WGPS went through the same practices and ball skills as the other groups.

All in all, I was very impressed with the standard of play, enthusiasm from all and sportsmanship and fair play from all boys and girls involved. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and one in which every participant was given the chance to simply play football with little instruction from the side lines. Well done to all who took part.

Friday 5th February
This was the inaugural ISFA Skills Festival hosted by Forest Preparatory School after being awarded Junior Hub School status by the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA). The ISFA Junior Hub School Programme is designed to be a partnership between ISFA and the Hub Schools in order to enhance the football provision available for boys and girls under the age of 11. Hub Schools are working hard to promote small sided games. 4v4 matches, when compared to 8v8, result in 500% more goals scored, twice as many 1v1 encounters and more than double the number of passes attempted.

Boys from Woodford Green Prep, Chigwell and Forest played variations on 4v4 matches for an entire afternoon. The boys were given the chance to play each school as well as fixtures against their classmates. Three of the pitches were setup with 4 goals (2 in each corner) to emphasise using the full width of the pitch, with the other three pitches arranged in a traditional manner, with one small goal at each end. Tom Arnold from Forest School was most impressed with the hard-working attitude of the boys and is sure they could have continued playing for manner more hours after they’d finished! At the end of the festival, it became clear the boys loved their afternoon and enjoyed meeting and playing with new friends. Well done to everyone who took part!

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