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Last week saw the first female only JFO course run in Kettering at Southfields School.
The Junior Football Organisers Course is designed for 14 to 18 year olds who wish to get into coaching and leading groups of younger children.
There was representation form a number of clubs, Corby Kingswood, Earls Barton, Billing Utd, Gregory Celtic, MK Dons and Kettering Generals.
The course was run over two days and covered different elements of coaching and running tournaments. The first day was spent looking at warm-ups implementing fundamentals and styles of coaching that fall in line with the new youth awards. The girls worked in groups to discuss reasons for warming up and cooling down and then took part in a number of warm up type games. In the afternoon, the girls delivered their own warm up's to the rest of the group and then evaluated each session. The day finished with health and safety and organisational ideas.
Thursday started with some discussion around refereeing and then some active practice with the leaders making deliberate mistakes in order for the referees to react and award free kicks etc. After this, the girls started to plan the afternoon festival expecting young players from Corby Kingswood and Kettering Town Under-11s.
The girls worked in pairs and threes to conduct the festival which ran from 1-3pm. Amanda and Becky introduced the players from the two clubs and laid out the rules and themes for the afternoon. Katie and Emily then took the girls through some fun name games and football games before Gemma and Zoe split the group into two to play "tails" and "discs and domes". By this stage the players had started to get to know each other a little.
Amy and Sarah then took one group for some dribbling activities and fun games whilst Hannah, Georgia and Abi took the other half for some passing practices and games. Both groups then swapped over before the players were divided into four teams for a mini tournament. Gemma and Emily offered to referee the games, having shown good promise in the refereeing workshop. Each of the others led teams and acted as managers through their games.
So what is next? The young leaders were encouraged to go back to their clubs and support the development of new teams, or help an existing coach. For those approaching year 12, they were encouraged to attend a Level 1 course. All of the girls showed different attributes useful in running a team and I wish them all well in their coaching development.
Thank you to Charlie Brewster for organising the facility at Southfields, to Shaun Firman, Dave Owen, Sheila Lauder, all the parents at Kettering Town Girls and Corby Kingswood Girls and to all the Young Leaders. 2010s JFO course dates will be released in due course.
If you're interested in becoming involved with female football, playing or coaching, please contact Kathryn Hall on either (01604) 678407 or Kathryn.Hall@NorthamptonshireFA.com.
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