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Belvedere gearing up to fly flag for England

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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A BURTON junior club are hoping to be pathfinders as English football reflects on the failures of the national team at Euro 2012.

Belvedere Park are to become one of the first clubs in the country to act on a Football Association blueprint designed to produce future generations of more skilful young footballers.

Club treasurer  Tony Footitt said: “We want to take away the English win-at-all costs philosophy and concentrate on technical ability. 

“This is a must if our game is to close the gap on the rest of European football.”

The major changes proposed by the FA come into force next year and relate to small-sided, non-competitive matches in a relaxed and friendly environment for all boys and girls under the age of 13.

Footitt said: “As a progressive football club, these are changes that Belvedere Park JFC whole heartedly agrees with

“We will be one of the first clubs to introduce a more technical programme for its youngsters, and not pursue a “win the league” mentality with our younger age groups.

“It is critical we encourage the kids to try to be skilful, technical players without the fear of making mistakes  it is the fear factor that holds our game back.

“It is so much easier to lump the ball in the channels and turn teams around than it is to play out from the back.

“Imagine how many errors seven and eight-year-olds will make when playing square across the back line?  It is our job to encourage that, and ignore the mistakes.

“Maybe when they are 15, 16, 17 etc they will have mastered the art and then England may have a football team to be proud of.

“As a club we have already begun the process of restructuring our soccer school in readiness for these changes.”

Belvedere Park  intend to launch at least four new teams for next season at under-seven and under-eight age groups.

As an FA Charter Standard Club, Belvedere will fully train new coaches, who will also be CRB checked to ensure the safety of players.

The club are also offering a continual Coach Development Programme”(CDP) and has agreed a deal with Burton Albion Community Trust and Burton Albion Centre of Excellence to deliver this programme to all its coaches. 

Footitt said: “This will ensure our coaches and players continue to have the best possible chance of development.”

New players are urgently required for these teams — players should be under-seven or under-eight on August 31 to qualify for the respective teams next season.

A limited number of places are available at Belvedere’s existing soccer school based at The Marlpit Sports Ground, Shobnall Fields.

New coaches are also required for these teams and no previous experience is necessary as all training will be provided.

The club will also like to hear existing coaches who may be interested in joining the club.

Training will take place midweek, while the non-competitive matches will take place on Saturday mornings from September.

 Belvedere are also looking to recruit players for their under-18 squad.

Anyone requiring further informatin should contact club secretary Ian Gutberlet on 07743 549053 or Footitt on 07752 377039.

BELVEDERE Park, which caters for around 300 youngsters. is the largest FA Charter Standard club within inner Burton and currently runs 15 teams in the Burton Junior Football League as well as plus a girls team in the Central Warwickshire  League.

The club was founded in 1995 by current Burton Junior League chairman Malc Wheildon, and is run by a team of 30 coaches and volunteers.


Winshill play host to 144 teams in tournament

TEAMS from across the Midlands will descend on Burton on Sunday for a major football event.

More than 1,000 youngsters will turn out for 144 teams from under-seven through to under-13 age groups — playing across 18 pitches at the annual Winshill Football Club tournament.

The event is being staged at Abbot Beyne School in Winshill, with small-sided games kicking-off at 10.30am and finishing at around 4pm.

The tournament will be supported by side attractions such as bouncy castles and stalls but the main focus will be on football. 

The event is Winshill’s main fundraising activity of the year and helps the club to purchase new kit and equipment for the club’s 200-plus players.

Winshill are always looking to recruit more youngsters to strengthen their teams and anyone interested in joining the club should contact secretary Gary Dunne by email to garydunne33@sky.com or telephone him on 01283 567416.

BURTON FA team Whittington reserves are looking to recruit players for next season. Anyone interested in playing for the team should telephone 07886 578688 for further information.






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