The primary goal of our club is to develop our members. All of our members, regardless of ability, team or age group follow a progressive development plan which enables every child to enhance their skills and understanding of the game regardless of their starting point. Every month there is a theme and this is explored with increasing depth each week. Over the course of the season topics are re-visited and again expanded upon allowing the children to consolidate learning.
We compete in the Cambridgeshire Mini Soccer League and Cambridge & District Colts League from September - May. Because matches are held on Saturday mornings, team training takes place mid-week.
We endeavour to find a place in a team for any person (U8 upwards) wishing to join us and will create additional teams and age groups providing there are sufficient numbers and volunteers can be identified to manage those teams on match day.
We are inclusive of everyone regardless of ability, but tier our teams to provide an appropriate level of challenge to support everyones development. Our teams are formed by our independent coaches from Over & In Football so that the development of the child is foremost. We are an equal opportunity club and so new members have equal chance of being in any team as returning members.
As a member of our teams we actively encourage players to rotate playing positions in our younger squads. We believe that in order to have a good understanding of the game it is vital to have an appreciation of every position and what better way to do this than to have the opportunity to play in that position! This means that everyone has the opportunity to be striker and no-one is ever stuck in a position they don't want to be in… we want everyone to enjoy themselves after all!
Mid-season the Head Coach meets with all team Managers to discuss every child’s progress and team capabilities. Every child receives a confidential Mid- and End of Season Report to aid their development.
We hold two Recruitment Days in April each year to determine teams for the following season. The FA deadline to register our teams is June.
Our youngest competing teams are U8. For children in reception - Year 2, or for those that don’t want the commitment of weekly matches we offer a place in our Development Squad. Even our youngest players follow a training plan which enables them to build on their skills delivered by Over & In coaches.
Whilst every team has a volunteer Manager and Assistant Manager, all of our team mid-week coaching is provided by professionally qualified coaches from Over & In Football. All coaches are Level 2 qualified and our Head Coach has attained Level 3 (UEFA -B). Such a setup brings two advantages. Firstly it facilitates development of our members and secondly provides mentoring for our Managers ready for match day.
Every team has a volunteer Manager and Assistant Manager, often a parent. We establish a close working relationship between our Managers and coaches so that they can also enhance their expertise. Coaches ensure Managers understand the focus of training and Managers provide weekly feedback to coaches regarding matches.
We encourage and cover the costs of our Managers to complete their Level 1 FA Coaching Qualification.
SSE Wildcats is a joint initiative between the FA and SSE designated to inspire girls aged between 5-11 to be involved in football.
SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centres provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part on organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment.
In April 2019 the club was approved as an SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centre and are delighted to offer weekly coaching.
We foster an environment of sporting excellence whereby every child is encouraged to do their best through endeavour. Achievements are celebrated, however small.
As well as wanting to improve we feel its paramount to develop well-rounded individuals. Demonstrating good sportsmanship, we also teach discipline and respect whilst trying to improve and compete as best we can.
All our teams have fun ! Friendships are established.
Our members are from a socially and culturally diverse community. This has been hugely beneficial for all the children in providing insight into alternative outlooks on life.
All our Managers, Assistant Managers and Coaches are FA DBS checked and have completed FA Safeguarding Courses. We follow the FA Respect Code of Conducts. The club has a Welfare Officer who works closely with the Cambridgeshire FA Welfare Officer.
We are FA Charter Standard Awarded in recognition of the provision we provide.
We have a governance structure, an elected committee, constitution and policies.