|Posted by CAFS on September 14, 2011 at 7:50 AM|
I hope you all had a great summer and enjoyed it as much as we did. This time I want to take you all on the Inclusion Summer journey.
It started way back in July with our Family Football Festival held on the Green. This was a completely free event that we are looking to do annually. It gave children, from all over the local area, a chance to come and play in coached sessions, cross bar challenges, penalty shoot-outs and free play match situations. It also gave parents a fantastic opportunity to come along and see what we are all about, how we interact with the children, the high standard of coaching on offer and information on our upcoming events.
The event was supported extremely well by the Town Council, in regards to facilities, advertising prior to the event and also by Wansdyke school who provided us with some SAMBA goals to make it a fantastic experience for the kids in attendance.
The most pleasing thing about the day was seeing, alongside a few of our regular attendees, a lot of new faces wanting to experience the day and participate in all that was on offer.
Once the event had concluded and we were all packed up I made, what was meant to be, a routine advertising trip to a local clubs end of season presentation afternoon. Now when you are doing what we do and running all aspects of the business as I do, you often question yourself and the methods you use and whether you are actually making a difference to the ability, confidence and all round performance of the children. As I stood back to watch the children receive their trophies and medals for their achievements during the season one thing hit me. As each team got to the end there was an award for most improved player. The first one was a small lad that we had been coaching at Wansdyke school, which was very pleasing. The second teams most improved player had been attending our after school club at Bishops Cannings school and the trend went on. In all but 2 teams at the club, the most improved player had been involved with our after school programme and attended our Soccer Camps.
Obviously this was very pleasing and it completed a fantastic day and left me with the knowledge that we are doing the right things and improving all of the children attending our sessions.
During the, what seemed like longest ever, Summer break we ran 3 Summer Soccer Camps at Devizes Town Football Club. The camps were a huge success and we attracted over 120 children across the 3 camps. I personally would like to thank everyone that attended and most of all the unsung heroes of the operation, the staff! The team plan and prepare the days to get the most out of the time available to improve as many skills as possible during the three days. We also have Jaclyn who works tirelessly to make sure all the children are signed in and out, deals with any problems during the day that may arise. This then allows the coaches to continue with the sessions meaning the children get the most out of the experience. It was also great to see local companies PAH Accounting and Charlton Baker Ltd getting involved by sponsoring the event and handing out the medals and trophies to the children.
Once the camps were over, attention swiftly turned back to the schools! We are still working in Southbroom Infants, Southbroom Juniors, Wansdyke, Nursteed and Bishops Cannings meaning that we create a continuation throughout the school years.
With the school sessions starting up again this week and us seeing a fantastic turnout already, we believe that this year will be even bigger and better than last year. Producing some fantastic players but most of all giving enjoyment of the sport to as many children as possible.
Until next time.........