After 8 years of coaching an under 11's team through to under 18's, I stepped back and started again, with three 7 year old boys. Through word of mouth and lots of hard work, I know have 40-50 children attending the coaching sessions. Last year I put out 2 teams at under 8's, this year I've done 2 teams at under 9's and one at under 8's - next year, there will be 3 under 10's and 1 under 9's - we literally grow every week. The children I am coaching are from the bottom 5% disadvataged areas in the country, and money is tight. Every penny we make goes to help the club run (we have several age groups). the coaches take no money, and we charge the children £2 a week to cover everything. I welcome any player at all, irrespective of sex, ability, ethnic background - a player is never turned away. I am lucky enough to havbe supportive parents who kindly give up their time to help me, and I am using the money raised to put them through their coaching badges, so they can give better support to the children.
Any money given is hugley appreciated and can make a big difference to this fantastic group of footballers.