Sunday 17th May found 6 of our U6 players and their parents and siblings arriving at Fleet Spurs Football Club to get their first taste of a football festival. All the boys were excited and proud to be wearing their Club kit for the first time. The event was held over two days and hosted numerous teams from U6 through to U18. It was a well organised (and large) event and despite being a bit chilly, the weather held for us.
WRFC found themselves playing 5 v 5 in the ‘Terry’ Group and would be playing against, Hawley Greens, Crookham Rovers, Churt Reds, FSY Blues and Hart Whites. It was clear from the outset that there were already some very talented players within this age group and I was surprised to learn that some teams trained several times a week. The games were, with one notable exception, good natured and fun. Managers were allowed onto the pitch to coach their team and the referees were easy on the boys. It was encouraging to see that the referees were all young themselves and probably newly qualified.
Well, our U6’s lost all their games but very nearly scored two goals. They were undaunted and hugely pleased to receive their medals. I am no football expert but I could see how the boys were improving game on game and how their understanding of positioning and the workings of a game were becoming clearer (to me as well!).
It was a great and friendly afternoon and a wonderful development opportunity for all the boys. We would certainly do it again, and it is a great shame that so many tournaments choose not to include an U6 age group!