Over 50 Abbots Youth FC boys and girls, aged 5 and upwards, were put through their paces with a Skills Challenge designed to develop the players’ footballing flair in time to kick off the new season.
The event, which took place at Manor House Gardens, saw each team complete 10 testing challenges including beat the goalie, shooting, throw ons, passing accuracy, “keepy uppys”, ball control, chipping, obstacle course, sprint challenge and a run around the cricket pitch. Medals were awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each team with an additional medal for “Best Effort”.
Tony Bullock, Abbots Youth FC Chair says: “Abbots Youth FC has been at the heart of the village’s footballing community for more than 50 years and the recent Skills Challenge was designed to help cultivate the talents of our young players in a competitive, but fun, way just as the new season begins.“
In 2002, Abbots Youth FC was one of the first clubs in the UK to achieve Charter Status by the Football Association, a clear demonstration to parents that the club is well organised, safe and offers opportunities for all players. Tony Bullock comments: “The club has grown over the years and now supports some 200+ boys and girls of all abilities to develop and play the game they love. We now have teams playing competitive as well as friendly football every week from ages Under 7 to Under 18.“
Tony concludes: “Well done to all the boys and girls who took part in the Skills Challenge, it was a fantastic way to sharpen many of the skills needed on the pitch. We are always on the lookout for new players who might like to join us, so do get in touch with the club if you’re interested.”