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ALL SMILES AT THE U.14 Maroons (boys)

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U14 Boys Maroon News

Nine games into the new season (6 league games and 3 cup games) and the U14 Maroons  have had a very health record having won 8 lost 1 – and are currently sitting 2nd in Division 1 of the YEL league. Plus, they are still in the two main cup competitions.

“Whilst the lads have played some exceptional passing football this season - which is a credit to them all – they all appreciate that the season has a long way to go and the hard work needs to continue if they are to fulfil their early promise” says Tim Hampson.

Each player, at the start of the season filled in a questionnaire where the management and parents asked the boys why they played football and what they wanted to get out of playing for ATFC. The majority of the answers were that they wanted to play with their mates and enjoy playing on a Sunday at Eagle Valley. The management, after reading the returned questionnaires, decided that they would go back to basics and get the boys playing with smiles on their faces again – a footballing philosophy which had been very successful in the past. Also, following a request from the lads, we stopped giving any instruction/coaching during the game and only raised our voices to give encourage to the them both as individuals and a team. This, says Tim, we hoped would let the team express themselves and reap the benefits both as a team and as individuals. And it has worked!

And finally, big congratulations to Will Horton, Jordan Ball, Ethan Greenidge, Frazer Hampson and Louis Danquah who have been selected to represent South Notts. Schools’ FA at U14 this season. Louis is also currently on trial at Sheffield Wednesday and we wish him good luck from all the lads, coaches and parents and friends.

There’s a lot to applaud here – on the field success, individual skill and development, high quality coaching and working with youngsters – but above all knowing that these youngsters are having the opportunity to develop a life long interest, discipline and healthy pastime – well done to all, keep up the good work! Well done boys and all associated with the team!