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NOW CLOSED: Share your thoughts on your child & football or give your feedback on the FA Tesco football skills session your child attended - you could win a specialised coaching sesh for their class/club

(62 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Feb-13 11:44:13

Hello,

We are very happy to announce the next stage of our collaboration with The Football Association to promote their FA Tesco Skills coaching programme for children aged 5-11.

They say "Our unique football coaching programme gives boys and girls of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game. Our specially qualified FA coaches will help your child to develop more than just football skills, we'll help them to make friends, gain confidence, build self-esteem and learn to work as team. Our February holiday sessions are perfect for children who have never played before and also for those who regularly enjoy football"

The FA is hoping to encourage everyone with a child aged 5-11 to take them along to a session and then add their feedback to this thread. Please note the sessions are subject to availability and open to ALL children regardless of ability.

If you've already been to a session or your child attends an after school FA Tesco Skills Centre then we'd love to hear your feedback on this thread too.

The next lot of sessions are running this February half term and are free!

This is in conjunction with the English FA so, with regret, it's in England only.

If you'd like to take part you need to book a session by following the link below:

tescoskills.thefa.com/

Do post on this thread to let us know that you're going along (or bookmark it/ add to threads you're watching) and then report back and share with MN how your DD or DS got on.

Everyone who adds feedback on the sessions (regular after school ones or the February half term sessions) will be in with a chance of winning a specialised 60 minute skills session for their DC's class or club which wouldn't normally be available. The prize session will be open to up to 30 children and could be a school class, football club, brownies, cubs etc.

So please let us know your...

~ Overall impressions of the session your DC attended
~ Coach: what your DC thought of the coach and how he/she compared to others you may have seen/ experienced
~ Skills: what skills your DC learnt/ practised
~ Plus anything else you or your DC thought about the session - would you try to book again? Would you recommend to other parents?

STOP PRESS Additional chance to win
Thanks to everyone who has looked or booked a course for this holiday - we have discussed with the FA about the issue of training sessions not being available in some areas (or being too far to travel to). Rest assured the FA are working hard to try and extend the programme to as many areas as possible - and so, in light of this, we're now opening up the thread (and the amazing prize) to all MNers, regardless of whether or not their child was able to attend an FA Tesco Skills course this half term.

So, to be in with a chance of winning a 60 minute training session with an FA coach for the club or class your child is in please share with the FA on this thread your thoughts about your child and football - for example

what your child loves about playing football
what skills does it teach them
whether they've made friends (or enemies!) on the pitch
how it involves other family members
whether your child dreams of playing for a top club
how often they have a kick about with their friends
- all comments welcome (would be interesting if you could state the age of your child in your response)!

Everyone who adds a comment - or who is able to add feedback on a course their child has attended - will be entered into the prize draw

thanks MNHQ

emilywq Sat 09-Feb-13 13:07:42

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lynniep Mon 11-Feb-13 12:45:59

Sadly DS1 wasnt very well this morning so I had to cancel his free session. Gah.

gingercat12 Mon 11-Feb-13 13:11:10

No sessions in North Tyneside sad

Moominsarehippos Mon 11-Feb-13 16:24:03

I'm in central London and, no surprise, sod-all here!

Hangingoninthere Mon 11-Feb-13 20:43:35

Nothing near northampton

JaquelineHyde Mon 11-Feb-13 20:53:51

South East coast here and what a surprise we would have to travel 60 odd miles to the outskirts of London to get a free session.

Utterly pathetic Tesco, with all the profit they make by flogging horse burgers you would think they could actually role this out properly!

How disappointing. Nothing in Cornwall. A whole county forgotten. And nothing thin a 50 mile radius...

Great. I would have to travel so far there would be no day left in which my children could train. I have been invited to watch a video so I can learn how to teach my child better footballing skills at home.

Words fail me.

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laughalot Sun 17-Feb-13 20:40:10

Just booked a session for my son on thursday.

neddle Mon 18-Feb-13 15:40:59

Overall impressions of the session your DC attended
Alright
Coach: what your DC thought of the coach and how he/she compared to others you may have seen/ experienced
Good
Skills: what skills your DC learnt/ practised
Passing, can't remember any more smile
Plus anything else you or your DC thought about the session - would you try to book again? Would you recommend to other parents?
Don't think he learnt much from it.
DS did enjoy it and would like to go again.

DH took DS1 to the session so the answers are very brief wink. I booked the session - initially they were both full, but I put us on the waiting list and managed to get 1 space, although I would have preferred 3.
Sign up early.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Feb-13 18:38:52

thanks neddle!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Feb-13 18:42:50

Thanks to everyone who has looked or booked a course for this holiday - we have discussed with the FA about the issue of training sessions not being available in some areas (or being too far to travel to). Rest assured the FA are working hard to try and extend the programme to as many areas as possible - and so, in light of this, we're now opening up the thread (and the amazing prize) to all MNers, regardless of whether or not their child was able to attend an FA Tesco Skills course this half term.

So, to be in with a chance of winning a 60 minute training session with an FA coach for the club or class your child is in please share with the FA on this thread your thoughts about your child and football - for example

what your child loves about playing football
what skills does it teach them
whether they've made friends (or enemies!) on the pitch
how it involves other family members
whether your child dreams of playing for a top club
how often they have a kick about with their friends
- all comments welcome (would be interesting to if you could state the age of your child in your response)!

Everyone who adds a comment - or who is able to add feedback on a course their child has attended - will be entered into the prize draw

thanks MNHQ

CMOTDibbler Mon 18-Feb-13 19:06:35

Ds(6) quite likes football, although he prefers rugby. I think its sad that by 6, the parents are so bloomin competitive about it though. I only see ds playing football at parties, and I'm shocked at how people go on at a non competitive game.

Ds doesn't dream of playing football for a club - tbh he's not terribly aware of the actual difference between them, partly as we don't have a local high level club (but we do for rugby) maybe.

I think ds plays football most days at school, and loves the soccer holiday club run by his PE teacher (who is ace).

aristocat Mon 18-Feb-13 21:06:34

My DS is 10 (yr 6) smile

what your child loves about playing football
He likes it because it is fun.

what skills does it teach them
To be a team player and make new friends.

whether they've made friends (or enemies!) on the pitch
Yes, very much whilst playing for the school team!

how it involves other family members
Not here, we do not play at the weekends or for a team.

whether your child dreams of playing for a top club
Yes, our local team.

how often they have a kick about with their friends
Every opportunity possible at school.

Because of his FIFA game he knows lots of facts about players/teams/countries and their flags. Please don't tell me its just my son that knows all these stats hmm

PavlovtheCat Tue 19-Feb-13 07:55:58

what your child loves about playing football Running about, being with friends
what skills does it teach them - team player skills, improved coordination, discipline both in terms of controlling behaviour on the pitch and going to each session as other's rely on her, listening skills as she is learning a new sport so has to focus on what she is told
whether they've made friends (or enemies!) on the pitch has not started proper football club yet, only played for fun, but likely to, yes.
how it involves other family members dad kicks around outside from time to time, but other than that, dropping off, watching her play, taking her muddy self home again.
whether your child dreams of playing for a top club technically she is playing for a top club wink well she is going to be coached by a local club! I doubt she want to go further than the course she is about to do, as it's for fun and she has never expressed huge desires to be a footballer, but who knows?!
how often they have a kick about with their friends at school, when she is with her male friends outside of school, her female friends don't really get involved.

DD is 6.5, in Yr2, is about to start a 6wk training programme with a local professional club, she is not a huge football fan to watch with daddy (much to his dismay!) but does love kicking the ball about with her friends, loves running. She is keen to do the course as some of her friends are doing it and I am actively encouraging her participation as it will help her to think past the continued expectations of girls doing ballet and dancing, while boys do football and karate.

hermancakedestroyer Tue 19-Feb-13 08:03:39

what your child loves about playing football:

My daughter is 10 years old and loves football. She is competitive and loves sport especially football. It gives her a chance to run around and play a team sport with her friends and classmates.

what skills does it teach them:
It helps her improve her footwork skills and co-ordination. It also helps her to be a good team player.

whether they've made friends (or enemies!) on the pitch:
It has helped her bond with the older members of her school.

how it involves other family members:
Her brother (7) also plays at the same school and we as a family regularly like to go down to the park to have a kickabout.

whether your child dreams of playing for a top club:
My daughter would LOVE to play for Liverpool and of course ultimately England but for now will settle for representing St Nicholas Primary School!
Start small - aim high!

how often they have a kick about with their friends:
Every day she and her brother have a kickabout with their friends. They love playing in all weathers and it has the added bonus of keeping them fit and active.

- all comments welcome (would be interesting to if you could state the age of your child in your response)!

whimsy Wed 20-Feb-13 12:25:45

We went to the training session yesterday in Birmingham.

Overall impressions of the session your DC attended
They both enjoyed. facilites were good even if it was freezing.

Coach: what your DC thought of the coach and how he/she compared to others you may have seen/ experienced
There were a number of coaches. The boys trained with three different ones, they seemed to know what they were doing.

Skills: what skills your DC learnt/ practised
They played in small groups and then had a couple of short matches. I can't say they learnt anything new though.

Plus anything else you or your DC thought about the session - would you try to book again? Would you recommend to other parents?
I think we would try and book again, they liked getting the certificate at the end. Yes I would recommend to other parents.

shockers Wed 20-Feb-13 16:17:20

Both DSs are massive football fans. DS1 is 26 and now lives in another city. DS2 is 12. Football connects them like nothing else, they phone each other to talk about DS2's matches and matches they have seen on TV. Whenever they can, they go to watch football together too.

DS2 started at a locally run 'soccer skills' session on Saturday mornings when he was 4. He found it great fun and he made friends. He progressed to a junior league side and has played every season since. He remembers the encouragement given to him by older boys and coaches and is keen to pass that on to other players. Probably for that reason, he has been Coaches' player of the year for the last 4 years. He was also parents' player this year and player's player last year. This is brilliant for his self esteem and goes hand in hand with his commitment, which is showing him that you get out what you put in.

He has made friends, not only with his own team, but with players on other teams, out of mutual respect for each other's skill and sportsmanship. This was fantastic when DS started at High School, because there were boys there that he instantly had a connection with through their respective teams meeting at matches and tournaments.

Football also connects the nations... I've lost track of how many holiday friendships have been formed through the 'beautiful game'!

I've just asked DS2 what he feels he has gained from his love of football, his reply was, "Fitness, opportunity to travel and meet people, friends, fun and self discipline."

laughalot Thu 21-Feb-13 14:06:47

Overall impression : My son went this morning he is 8 years old and has been playing since he was 5 he is a July birthday so a good few months younger than most in his team. He really enjoyed the morning and came away with a few tricks to show his daddy who helps coach the team he plays for.

Coach: My son was in complete shock when he got there and realised it was actually a lady. I was surprised by this as he does have a girl who plays in his team. She was very well organised and made them listen to her. He said she was really good at doing ceratin tricks with the ball and he liked her very much.

Learnt: He learnt a few tricks to do with the ball and he learnt some defending skills as that is what position he plays in his team. They had a mini match which he really enjoyed.

He has really enjoyed his morning and did not want to leave. He even asked her if they afternoon session was full as he wanted another go. I have booked him on the easter holidays one and they do offer a thursday night session which is £ 2 so that is really good value we may do that its just he trains on a tue/fri and plays on a saturday and sunday so do not want to over do it.

Thanks mumsnet without seeing this we would have never known.

Taffeta Thu 21-Feb-13 19:09:05

what your child loves about playing football

DS (9) is obsessed! He plays for an academy 4 x pw. He loves the camaraderie, learning new tricks and skills and playing matches esp

what skills does it teach them
Technical, social, emotional, much more than I anticipated. Picking himself up when he's down, tenacity. That he needs to work harder at areas that come less naturally. This has had a fantastic knock on effect academically, the realisation that if you don't have a natural gifts in some areas as you do in others, then it is absolutely achievable to still be great at something with hard work and effort.

whether they've made friends (or enemies!) on the pitch
Many friends, from many different walks of life

how it involves other family members
DH mostly does the football run, but DD and I occasionally watch, and family members watch games if local.

whether your child dreams of playing for a top club
Possibly but I have brainwashed him that it's not a proper job

how often they have a kick about with their friends
Every day, every lunchtime, break time and when not training in the garden with neighbours or friends. Obsessed. No idea where he gets it from, DH and I had no interest whatsoever.

MrsShrek3 Fri 22-Feb-13 00:12:18

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TheresOnlyOneWayOfLife Fri 22-Feb-13 09:16:02

Football obsessed 9 yr old DS2 went to coaching session in Leighton Buzzard yesterday.

Overall impression of session:
Well organised, they were generally put in year groups, DS was put in older group as there were less in that one. He didn't mind though.
He said he would have preferred to be outside instead of inside, more space. Otherwise a happy chappie!

Coaches: There were about 4 coaches, one lady, all very good.
Enough to go round, friendly, engaging & encouraging.

Skills - what skills did DC learn/practise:
Didn't learn any new skills but then DS2 plays sat & sun week in/out.
Practised dribbling, shooting, getting passed players without being tackled.
Enjoyed playing the matches and said he would have liked to practise a few more 'personal' skills like keepie upies etc.

Anything else: He really enjoyed session, says he would have liked a longer day (which I'd be willing to pay for/towards)
He didn't get a certificate or anything and said he would have liked to have got something to say he'd been and add to his collection!
I did book with another friend and would definitely recommend to others, our boys came back happy and carried on in the garden smile

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