As a Club, we expect all our players to want to improve and develop their game, our managers and coaches, with the support and help of parents, commit to the development and enjoyment of football for every child. In general, our coaching sessions are available only to club members, from time to time we will allow potential club members to join coaching sessions for 2-3 weeks or via open trials days.
We may supplement our volunteer workforce with contracted coaching appointments. These appointments are funded by the Club and focused on specific skill development for U6 through to U18.
Teams are naturally made up of players of different abilities and attributes, the measure of developmental progress and the measure of enjoyment for one player may not be the same as for another.
The Club recognises development and progress rates will be different for different players, our coaching aims to produce technically excellent and innovative players with exceptional decision-making skills; allowing players to develop to be the best they can be.
All children, regardless of ability, will be eligible to join the club, where squad size allows, even if there is a perceived ability gap. Some children may need to develop confidence, be new to the game, or have health issues. Some children may be content to just train with a team, and not play matches until they feel confident enough. We want to help keep players in love with the game as a priority and will always do our best to accommodate players within a team.
Part of Woodham Radars Football Clubs ethos is there is no need to change the teams players are in within our system to develop ability. Retaining team structure whilst developing a team ethos throughout our teams will help in moving between 5, 7, 9 and 11 a side football. Managers and Coaches that have completed their coaching badges will be able to identify and manage differentiation within their teams meaning all players progress, play and develop together.
To help us along the footballing journey we have group coordinators associated with each game size (5v5, 7v7, 9v9 & 11v11). It is the group coordinator’s role to ensure that the coaches carry out the team development fairly and openly. His or her role is critical in the early years at the club, as individual managers and even parents may have other priorities. The interests of the children are paramount and should be the basis of all our decisions.