Cramlington United has been asked to consider submitting a team to play from September 2011 in a League at Complete Soccer in Gosforth (http://www.thenmsl.co.uk/index.html).
Usually, our group (who will be year 2 Under 7's) would start to play in a League later on in 2012, but as we have this opportunity for the players to start playing in a structured match environment for the first time, I feel it would give us a fantastic opportunity to help the players progress even further.
This would mean registering the same squad of 10 players together as a team (Our current U7's have 2 teams playing, and are called the Panthers & Pumas).
As we continue to grow as a Club, our Year 1 group currently have 45 players registered, with about 32 regular attendees, so depending on how many players wanted to commit to weekly football as part of a registered squad, I would consider submitting at least 2 squads/teams.
This would mean the players begin to understand more about football earlier on, with the chance to play against other clubs. However, I would stress that any players who don’t want to play in the teams will continue to receive fantastic training sessions and won’t be disadvantaged, as at this age, some players will benefit by playing in teams and others won’t.
League games are played on a Sunday, so I would appreciate it if you could have a good chat with your player to see what they would like to do - and also think about committing yourself too, as support and encouragement is more than appreciated at this level on matchdays.
Then over the next few months if you could give me an idea if your player would be available for selection, we can then begin making plans ready for September, as well as working on more "match specific" sessions in training.
Hope you've found this useful, and as ever, if you have any questions, concerns, feedback, ideas, or just want a chat, please get in touch.