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St Albans City Youth U14 Girls North - County Cup Final 2022

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St Albans City Youth U14 Girls North

What a day! What an incredible experience the girls had on Saturday. All of the preparation, planning and delivery made it a very special day indeed, one that Paul, Andrew and I hope will live in the memories of the girls forever!

I was blown away with what an amazing job Andrew and Paul did preparing the dressing room with individual bags, personalised bottles, branded hangers and good luck cards signed by the parents - unforgettable!

I’d also like to thank Helen from PrivateFly for arranging a 'congratulations for reaching the final' goodie bag and of Gary for organising Anzen GK sponsorship for our fabulous goalkeepers.

I was so proud of how they all handled the occasion from start to finish. They looked so smart in their new tracksuits and anniversary shirts. Normally I would be saying to my players "play the game, not the occasion", however, with this match my instruction was to "love the occasion and then play the game".

The girls performed superbly and as their coach, I could not have asked for more, they gave me every last ounce of energy, grit, determination, desire and played some quite outstanding football. In every game you need that little bit of luck and our deserted us, however, when Watford scored their penalty, our players immediately went over to Evie and put their arms round her to comfort and give her their full support. It was at this moment that I knew who the real winners were. I was looking at them!

With the final whistle came the realisation that their day had not gone the way they would have dreamed. They had given everything and come away as runners up. On Saturday, they confirmed themselves to be the second-best team in Hertfordshire for their age group! Perhaps not the accolade they were after, but one hell of an achievement. I try to instil in the team that we win and lose with dignity, this is not always easy, but on Saturday they did exactly that.

What an amazing journey we have all been on. This day will live long in my memory as one of my proudest in my footballing career. I am so proud of these girls, they are an amazing TEAM! I absolutely love them all.

U14 Girls North Girls have Inclusivity Top of their Agenda

U14 North Ear Defenders

U14 Girls North Girls have Inclusivity Top of their Agenda

The City Youth U14 Girls have been busily preparing for their County Cup Final against Watford Ladies Youth FC (JPL) this coming Saturday (26th March 10.30 am) at the County Ground in Letchworth. However, the squad led by Paul Edgecombe, Ben Killner and Andrew Bracey used their final training session before the biggest game of the girls’ careers to date, to focus on welcoming a new player who has begun training with the squad and ensuring that they felt included and valued.

The new recruit has a hearing impairment that means that she cannot react to verbal communication and signals when playing and training. Coach Ben Killner had the innovative idea of encouraging the hearing members of the squad to wear noise cancelling ear defenders in the session so they could experience the impact of the loss of sound when playing.

Ben contacted fellow coach and prominent Club Sponsor Alan Barrett of BethMar Ltd to borrow the ear defenders and Alan , as ever, was only too happy to oblige.

After the session Ben explained “As a squad we wanted the new player to feel welcome and to share her experience. I was also hoping that it may improve awareness among our hearing players. The players wearing the ear defenders found they could not rely on verbal communication and as a result had to be ultra-aware of their surroundings, to check shoulders and to truly engage their other senses.

With ear defenders on, the level of football in the session actually improved! This was not what I was expecting at all. It was an outstanding session where we all learned a huge amount.”

The Club would like to wish the U14 Girls North the very best of luck for their County Cup final and hope that as many supporters as possible will make the journey up the A1(M) to cheer them on Saturday.

Wildcats - Girls Saturday Training Years 1 to 6 Spring

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To book go to www.cityyouthfc.co.uk/book

St Albans City Youth FC are delighted to announce that our Wildcats centre will continue into 2020!

An 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 Spring term from 10-11am at Nicholas Breakspear School, AL4 0TT, and are open to girls of all abilities in Years 1 – 2. Sessions will take place inside the hall to allow training to go ahead in bad weather. 

The sessions will be led by experienced club coaches and will cost £25 for the whole term or £12.50 if joining after half term. It would be great to have your daughter there! 

For more information,  please email Sarah Kropman, Girls Section Coordinator, at: girlssection@cityyouthfc.com

 

To book go to www.cityyouthfc.co.uk/book

Wildcats - Girls Development Sessions 2019

St Albans City Youth FC are delighted to announce that our Wildcats centre will continue into 2019!

To book, go to www.cityyouthfc.co.uk/book


An 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 Spring term from 10-11am at Nicholas Breakspear School, AL4 0TT, and are open to girls of all abilities in Years 1 – 2. Sessions will take place inside the hall to allow training to go ahead in bad weather. 

The sessions will be led by experienced club coaches and will cost £25 for the term. It would be great to have your daughter there! 

For more information,  please email Sarah Kropman, Girls Section Coordinator, at: girlssection@cityyouthfc.com

2016 Girls Futsal Challenge Cup

 

Report by Hannah Roberts.

On Saturday July 9th, Birmingham’s International Futsal once again played host to the Girls Futsal Challenge Cup.

Futsal is a 5-a-side, indoor version of football, with a weighted ball designed to emphasise players’ touch, technical ability and flair, as opposed to typical physicality and power.

It was the fourth edition of the tournament organised by St Albans City Youth Community Football Club. There were U14 and U16 age groups, and even with 24 teams involved, they were all guaranteed a minimum of 80 minutes of football, in a group stage then knockout style.

Chris Johnson, the coach from St Albans City Youth FC, who organised the tournament, has been an advocate for more futsal opportunities for many years, as he feels that not only offers a great alternative for cancelled games in the winter months, but can also act as an excellent tool for developing young players’ games.

“Cancelled games and unplayable pitches are youth football’s Groundhog Day. Poor weather and pitches undoubtedly shape the way our players develop as individuals, and team style of play. Futsal and street football form part of, and are the foundations of every player’s introduction to football in countries such as Brazil and Argentina, where technical excellence and creative style are the cornerstones of their national teams. “Most importantly, Futsal is a fantastic game in its own right, with the constant transitions in

play and high importance of the goalkeeper, rewarding all players with many touches and involvement in play.”

Teams travelled from as far as Cheshire and Wales to attend, and the standard of football was exceptionally high, despite all of the teams coming from grassroots. It was a pleasure to watch the technical ability of not a few but all of the players on show - particularly in the U14 competition. Many of the clubs now have futsal-specific training, and it is clear that the quality of players in that age bracket has benefited enormously, and is far ahead of the girls before them.

Tottenham Hotspur and St Albans City Youth FC provided half of the teams between them, with eight and four respectively - and it was Spurs who dominated the U16 age group.

Spurs White went unbeaten throughout the day, before edging out compatriots Spurs Yellow, who had also won all of their group games, in a fiercely contested final. Hosts City Youth Gold took home the bronze with a 1-0 win over Hitchin Belles in the third-place playoff - particularly impressive for a team made mostly of U15 players.

It was a similar story in the U14 age group, as three of the four semi-finalists were Tottenham teams, but Denham United 2 beat Spurs White and Spurs Purple in the knockout stages to take home the trophy.

One of the stories of the tournament was that of Glamorgan Blues in the U14 age group - not only playing up an age group but visibly much smaller than their opponents, after losing their first four games, they snatched an unlikely 3-2 win over one of the Spurs teams - an excellent result, and some excellent celebrations too!

There was a very positive atmosphere throughout the day, as the teams watched the other games and offered support to everyone else, as well as taking advantage of the convenient food choices and warm-up pitches. The girls also enjoyed a more professional environment than they are likely used to, with electronic timing and scoring systems throughout the venue.

Also in attendance was professional freestyler Charlotte Lade, who ran workshops for all the girls throughout the day, as well as performing a routine on one of the pitches before the U16 knockout stages began. On behalf of St Albans City Youth FC we’d like to thank Charlotte for giving her time to come along to the tournament.

St Albans City Youth FC - Girls Small Sided Football Tournament 2016

It was the St Albans City Youth Annual Girls Small Sided Football Tournament over the weekend at St Albans Girls School with City Youth playing host to over 70 teams from across the home counties. Despite the overcast conditions everyone taking part had a great time, there were Festivals and Tournaments from Under 7’s unto Under 13’s.

Presenting the medals was City Youth Patron Cllr Annie Brewster (See Picture).

Our thanks must go to Organising Committee for making it a great day.

3 Day Easter Camp for Girls

During the first week of the Easter Holiday City Youth held a small coaching camp at Nicholas Breakspear School on the 3G Astro for some of the clubs 6 and 7 year old girls who have been training with the club for some time.

Day One of the camp was an introduction to Goal Keeping which was run by Dean Goodwin (Arsenal Ladies Goal Keeper Coach, Dean is also a product of the City Youth Young Coaches programme). Day Two was skills day, with Juggling, soccer tennis, ball mastery and 1 v 1 techniques. Day Three was some sessions working on turning and finishing. On the final day the camp was also joined by the Evergreen U6 and 7s and Garston Ladies Under 7 Tigers. The Under 6 teams played 3v3 games and the Under 7's played 5v5.

The Camp was supervised by Chris Johnson who was supported by three of the club's Trainee Coaches, Lauren Walker, Molly Johnson and Mollie Herrington.

Waving the Flags for the WSL

Forty Six City Youth Players from the clubs Girls Section were player escorts, flag bearers and ball girls as Arsenal Ladies defeated Reading Ladies 2 - 1 in the WSL Premier League. The City Youth Girls had a great evening, as can be seen from the pictures.

Shara Kropman, Head of the Girls Section, said "the highlight of the evening was meeting the players after the game".

City Youth Girls take part in Arsenal Ladies Elite Camp

22 players from the City Youth Girls Under 12's, Under 14 North, Under 14 South and Under 15 North took part in Arsenal Ladies Elite Camp. Our associate programme with Arsenal Ladies meant that we were able to offer this great experience at Nicky B!

Led by Ciara Allen and first team player (and England international) Jemma Rose, the girls had four hours of coaching around the theme of possession. They also had two theory sessions on what it takes to be an elite player, plus also had a q&a session with Jemma. It was a fantastic day for the girls, and Arsenal were incredibly impressed with their ability and effort.

 

 

Englands Rachel Yankey at Nicholas Breakspear

England and Arsenal Ladies player Rachel Yankey made a surprise visit to the Nicholas Breakspear Sports Centre the training hub of St Albans City Youth Community FC. She conducted a number of interviews with the City Youth players that will form part of a short youth-led TV show "football beyond borders" are producing.

Football Coach and Organiser Jasper Cain said "Thank you for the use of the fantastic facilities. The St Albans girls asked some great questions. I hope to return soon to do a feature about your thriving youth set up on a future show."

Rachel Yankey stayed with the St Albans City Youth Girls for over an hour so she could encourage our younger players and discuss footballing matters with the older girls.

The pictures show Rachel with our Under 15 teams and our Ladies section. 

Sarah Kropman heads up the St Albans girls section. She said "Thank you Rachel. The links we have with Arsenal Ladies really help us the enthuse our existing girls and also help us to attract new players. If you would like to play for St Albans City Girls please contact me on girlssection@cityyouthfc.com "

 

City Youth Under 14's Girls - USA Trip

 

St Albans City Youth Football Club's Under 14's Girls will be representing the club in the Mead Cusa Cup, the tournament is one of the largest youth football competions in the United States.

 

City Youth entered into a partnership with CUSA a few years ago, which resulted in one of their teams visting St Albans in 2013, with games at Highfield Park and taking part in the first City Youth sponsored Girls Futsal Challenge Cup held in Birmingham.

Check out the latest pictures from the Girls USA Tour on this page or on our facebook page.

 

Useful links

Main Club Site

Mead CUSA Cup Facebook page

Mead Cup Website

 

 

City Youth Agree Perfect Association with Arsenal Ladies

St Albans City Youth FC today announced an exciting association with Arsenal Ladies.  The advanced association, which will link the girls section at City Youth with the WSL premier side, is the first to be made within Hertfordshire. Girls who play for St Albans City Youth will now benefit from a number of extraordinary opportunities such as in-service sessions with Arsenal Ladies coaches, player appearances, a club specific soccer school and a link to the development officer at the club. In addition, girls will also have the chance to be ball girls at a first team game and will have access to development sessions run by Arsenal Ladies.

Arsenal Ladies will offer support to St Albans City Youth coaches with session plans and, most excitingly, send scouts to visit any girls who develop to a particularly high standard, with a view towards them trialling for the most successful women’s football club in the country.

The association, devised by Arsenal Ladies development officer Ciara Allan, will begin in time for the new season in September. Girls section co-ordinator for St Albans City Youth, Sarah Kropman, said of the partnership: ‘I am delighted to have secured the link between ourselves and our local women’s super league club. This will, I’m sure, encourage many players to join our growing girls section as they now have the opportunity to follow a specific pathway that goes right through to the top level.

Any girls aged 5 – 15 (school years 1 – 10 in September) who are interested in joining St Albans City Youth Community F.C should contact Sarah Kropman at girlssection@cityyouthfc.com

 

 

 

 

Announcement - Girls Futsal Challenge Cup 2015

Following this years successful GIRLS FUTSAL CHALLENGE CUP 2014 it was requested that we bring the date for next year's Tournament forward to 6th June. Unfortunately this date would fall into, what is already a packed period for City Youth and other clubs, with festivals, tournaments and end of season events, these include the clubs own Six A Side the week before, which will utilise all the clubs available resources.  In addition the club is also committed to a busy and extensive  Community Programme throughout the year providing coaching in Schools and Holiday Coaching camp plus its support for other organisations in the district.

 

Therefore after much discussion St Albans City Youth FC have decided that it will be unable to organise next year's Girls Futsal Challenge Cup. However the good news is that Kinja FC have stepped in to take over the organisation of the tournament for next year, we wish them every success.

Under 9's Girls enjoy the Woburn Tournament

City Youth's newest Girls team, the Under 9's Girls enjoyed a run out at the recent Woburn Tournament. The girls had a fun time in their five fun matches.

 

Picture and report from Graham Rose

 

If you are interested in joining one of the teams in our Girls section please visit our players wanted page or you can email Sarah with your details and requirements at: girlssection@cityyouthfc.com

 

For a full size copy of the image click the image below.