Sandringham focused on fun and good football
Sandringham Soccer Club recently hosted their first Small Sided Football ‘World Cup’ gala day.
Over 150 'Goal kick' boys and girls ranging from U5s up to U7s participated in a series of non-competitive 4v4 games. There were a lot of goals, good teamwork and flashes of skill seen throughout the morning and a great time was had by all.
Newly appointed Director of Coaching Eugene Lawrenz said the purpose of the day was to mix things up and give players a chance to express themselves in a fun filled day of game play.
"Normally the kids play in groups of 10 or so with two or three coaches and do a few fun skill games followed by a 4v4 or 5v5.
“Although it is always based on using game based activities as opposed to drills, doing things that are fun and maximum participation, it is still a good idea sometimes just to have a morning of several short matches.
“The players, coaches and parents really enjoyed playing against different groups and the match day feel of it, and so we intend to do it a couple of more times before the end of the season."
Fair play was also a theme throughout the day with teams shaking hands with their opponents before and after each match to reinforce the spirit of the World Cup and teach kids about the importance of respect.
Sandringham SC have also been running development squads on Monday nights for any U8-U11 players keen for the extra training, focused on skill development and provided at minimal cost.
"Again, the aim is for fun and maximum participation above all, and then being able to teach the fundamental football skills in a game based environment." Eugene said.
"As a club we are looking to continue to develop strong foundations in terms of coach support, guidance and club direction from a technical point of view and this is what I have been brought in for.
“I am aiming to help continue to improve good football and player development into a club which already has a committee and volunteer base dedicated to the same focus, but now hopefully we can see Sandringham teams lead the way from a technical point of view too in the coming years."