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Warndon Villages FC Development Centre

Whether your children love football, or they’ve never kicked a football before, they’re welcome to come along to the Development Centre at Warndon Villages Football Club. The club re-starts its Sunday morning coaching sessions this September, and Ben Robertshaw tells us more.

When and where are the sessions?

We train every Sunday morning during school term time on the outdoor all-weather pitches at Perdiswell Leisure Centre. The younger group, aged 4 to 7 years, train from 9.30am to 10.30am and them from 10.50am it’s the turn of the 8 to 12 year olds. Boys and girls of all abilities are welcome. We charge £4 per player per session on a pay-as-you-go basis. We run the Development Centre training during school term time and will be re-starting on Sunday 11th September.

What is the Development Centre about?

We look to provide children with the opportunity to play football from the age of four until they are twelve or thirteen years old. We help them to develop skills as well as gain an understanding of and a passion for the game of football. If they’re keen, they can join one of our teams which will play games against other local clubs. It’s all about creating a positive football experience for young people.

Tell us about yourself and the others that help coach?

There are too many people making it happen to mention them all, but I’m grateful to Mark Bowley, Geoff Scott and Ella Stokes in particular. All volunteers, they lead coaching sessions on Sunday mornings which includes planning work as well as delivering it. They give up their time every Sunday to help in any way they can. Without them we wouldn’t have the success we enjoy now. They give up their free time to make it happen and do a fantastic job. I’ve been coaching at the club for the past nine years. I have a degree in Sports Science and a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching from the University of Worcester. I’m a Level 3 Football Coach and my day job is as a PE teacher.

Do you see the children improving?

If children’s attention to football has been limited to watching it on television then getting involved and playing it gives them a buzz. The progression in their game, from not knowing anything about football to becoming skilful, creative and making good decisions while playing is a pleasure to see. We usually form two teams every season made up of children from the Development Centre sessions and over the past five years 13 teams have been created. The Under 8s team usually plays other Worcestershire teams in the Mercian League. In past years a few of our teams have even made it through to the finals.

The first session of the new season takes place on Sunday 11th September on the outdoor pitches at Perdiswell Leisure Centre (WR3 8DX). Reception to Year 2 children from 9.30am to 10.30am and Year 3 to Year 6 from 10.50am to 11.50am. The sessions cost £4.00 per child per week. For further details you can call Ben on 07879 779569 or search for Warndon Villages FC on Facebook. The club also has a website:

www.warndonvillagesfc.co.uk