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October Half Term Coaching Camp

in Community News
To book go to October Half Term 2018 Coaching Camp- Football Fun for Boys and Girls aimed at 5 year olds Week One Booking £50 - Online Day Booking £12 - Turn up on the Day £15 29th Oct to 2nd November 2018 Venue: Nicholas Breakspear We now use Paypal as our payment system, please be aware you DO NOT NEED a Paypal account to pay using Paypal, just follow the instructions. Our holiday courses aim to be fun and educational and are open to boys and girls aged 5-13. Players of all abilities are welcome to attend. We offer prizes for player of the week, most improved player and for the person who follows our themed days the best. You can expect high quality coaching delivered by young local people. Goalkeeping coaching will be available every day. Arrangements can be made for an early drop off should this be more convenient for working parents. Venue: Nicholas Breakspear School Participants can come for a day, several days or the whole week The course will take place on the back sports field, please bring suitable footwear and shin pads. Also please dress appropriately for the weather (a change of clothing is also a good idea). A packed lunch will be required. 9.30 -10 Registration in the Lettings Office 10-11.30 Technical session 11.30-11.45 Break 11.45-1 Skill based session 1-1.45 Lunch (weather dependent) 1.45-3 Matches/Tournament 3 Pick up promptly Price for Pre-booking: : £12 a day or £50 for a week booking. Please note You will be charged £15 if you turn up on the day without a pre-booking. We also offer an early drop-off service: £5 for a 9am drop-off Special arrangements can made for whole teams wanting to attend. Participants must follow the coaches instructions at all times. COURSE DESCRIPTION: Our holiday courses are fun and educational open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 5 to 13. The course will include: Mini Tournaments, Penalty Shoot Out Competitions, Skill Challenges and Player Development. We will keep the young people on the move so they do not get cold. Free Gift for Most Improved Player and for Best Team Player There are subsidised hardship places available for children of parents who are out of work thanks to a grant from The Premiership and PFA through The Conference League Trust. PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITY Players MUST respect the other players and follow the instructions of the Coaches at all times. PARENT RESPONSIBILITY Parents must arrange for the players to come with clothing suitable for the time of year, shin pads and appropriate footwear for the day. A packed lunch, drink (or money to buy a drink)… Read more

Wildcats - Girls Development Sessions

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Sessions start on the 15th September To book the paid sessions from 29th September to 15th December please go to St Albans City Youth FC are delighted to announce our new Wildcats centre! An FA initiative, Wildcats sessions aim to provide girls only training in a fun and friendly environment. These will take place on Saturday mornings throughout the Autumn term from 10-11am at Nicholas Breakspear School, AL4 0TT, and are open to girls of all abilities in Years 1 – 6. Sessions will take place on the 3G AstroTurf pitch, but indoor space is also available to allow training to go ahead in bad weather. At the end of the term (December) we will assess whether girls are ready to join an existing squad or, if numbers allow, we will create a brand new squad at this age group to join the league in January, playing matches on a Saturday morning. There will be two free try-it-out weeks and then the cost will be £25 for the remainder of the term. It would be great to have your daughter there! To book the paid sessions from 29th September to 15th December please go to For more information, please email Sarah Kropman, Girls Section Coordinator, at: Read more

David Wray’s memory lives on at Herts Coach Education Week

David Wray’s memory lives on at Herts Coach Education Week

The forthcoming February half term holiday will see the 10th Annual Hertfordshire Coach Education Week take place at various venues across the county.

The programme which, since its inception, has delivered education and training opportunities for over 8,000 sports coaches from Hertfordshire and further afield is organised by the Herts Sports Partnership (HSP), based at the University of Hertfordshire.

Sports coaches play a huge role in introducing people into sport and helping them develop their skills and abilities. Those coaches can often be the difference to whether someone develops a sporting habit for life or goes on to lead a very sedentary existence.

Good coaches have excellent communication, social interaction and other soft skills – as well as technical nous and empathy for their charges. The Herts Sports Partnership is committed to creating communities of learning and support, and to ensure that existing and prospective coaches are able to develop their knowledge, improve their skills and ultimately become better coaches.

It was with this in mind that the Hertfordshire Coach Education Week was born in 2009, with the encouragement and unstinting support of a former HSP Board Member and St Albans resident David Wray. It was David that secured the funding to underwrite the inaugural programme and although David sadly passed away in 2016 his legacy lives on.

The thousands of coaches that have benefitted from the programme are testimony to that, and this year in recognition of David’s involvement, the community club where he was a Trustee – St Albans City Youth FC – have donated £2k to support the 2018 programme and to ensure that any local residents – particularly young people – are not precluded from taking part in the programme as a result of an inability to pay.

The donation will fund a local bursary programme as well as enabling the organisers to offer a range of courses either free of charge or at concessionary rates. In doing so, it will ensure that the 2018 Coach Education Week programme is fully inclusive.


City Youths Chair of Trustees Mervyn Morgan presents the cheque to HSPs Chairman Grahame Bowles


In welcoming the support, HSP Partnership Director, John O’Callaghan said:

“This is an extremely generous and very welcome donation, from one of Hertfordshire’s leading community sports clubs.

Without David Wray’s involvement and encouragement in the early days, there would have been no Coach Education Week but his vision and enthusiasm were both inspiring and infectious. As such, I am delighted that David’s legacy lives on through this programme. He was a passionate advocate for sport as a means of raising the aspirations and improving the life chances of our young people and this very kind support will enable us to continue the work that he started.”

Further details of the Hertfordshire Coach Education Week programme 2018 can be found at:

For any further information please contact Chris Samways at or on 01707 281004.


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