A fantastic 1st season for the under 7's drew to a close with the 3rd annual Chesham United Youth Awards held at the football club.
A fine sunny day saw a great turnout of players and their families with games being played and medals being handed out on the senior Mens/Womens pitch.
Catergories of the awards;
Ready Award: the player who turns up to practice on time, comes into the coach when called and has the correct equipment for training/fixtures, this player is highlighted on the coaches "ready" board - Winner: Josh Reid
RESPECT Award: The player who is respectful to their teammates and opponents whether they win, lose or draw. The coach highlights this player so the others can follow their example. - Winner: Felix Badman
Trainer of the Year: This player highlights a great attitude to learning and devloping their skills every week. - Winner: Adam Bassett.
Tackler of the Year: Callen Trevillion
Passer of the Year: Jake Dodwell
Dribbler of the Year: Milo Blackburn
Shooter of the Year: Dylan Gregory
Overall Player of the Year: Rylan Murphy
Three U7 teams took part in our home tournament, held on the Chesham United first team pitch. The weather was kind, and there were good performances all round.
The tournament represented the first matches for new U7 intake. This group played really well given their lack of experience, and performances got better as the matches progressed.
There were some good individual performances and ‘magic moments’. Highlights included some good goals, with long range strikes from both Oscar and Dylan, and a good first-time finish from Felix. Also good to some improvements in the goalkeeping department, with special mention to Adam Bassett who kept a clean sheet against Chorleywood with some fine stops, and to Lewis who saved a penalty.
Today was the exact conditions that prove there should be a winter break in kids football, however the powers that be disagree so we travelled to Stokenchurch on a cold, wet and windy morning.
The Chesham players set to the task from the moment they arrived warming up with big smiles on their faces, hats on their heads and warm wolly gloves on their hands!
Coach Dave's team;
RESPECT handsakes done before kickoff Dylan showed some wonderful finishing whilst Maxwell took advantage of the oppositions goalkeeper being off of his line following a clearance, recieving the ball a full 20yards out he took one look a fired a shot past the retreating keeper for a memorable goal which won him the 'Magic Moment' award from coach Dave.
Andrew was giving his all on debut getting stuck in all over the pitch whilst Felix, Callen and Jansen were doint thier best Steven Gerrard impressions with some wonderful tacking, passing and running with the ball.
Referee John Badman did a fantstic job showing the sportsmanship Chesham United Youth FC adhere to, calling the game back for a drop ball after a goal due to a Stokenchurch player being hurt in a challenge seconds earlier. All the players took it on the chin and just got on with it, welldone!
Agreeing with coach Ben below it was clear to see the difference the Futsal session of the previous week had made to the players!
Coach Ben's team;
It was clear to see some of the players take their futsal skills from last week into this game. Controlling the ball with the sole of your foot is a key futsal skill. It allows players to get their head up. It also allows for a more accurate and powerful pass from a static ball.
Another key discipline I saw this week was one player staying at the back. Our last player often stepped up to halt on-rushing Stokenchurch attacker. In one instance our last player made a tackle and dribbled through their entire team and goal keeper only to unluckily hit the post. It's great to see the progress the players are making; every player said they had great fun today.
They are giving their attention to the coaches. We are asking players to be Ready to play, in games and at practice. We want our players to show Respect to the other Chesham players and the opposition. We also want our players to be Safe. Staying on your feet at indoor practice, and ensuring you have your shin pads, in doors and for games are key parts of this.
Coach Ben's 'Magic moment' award was won by Euan.
Coach Paul's team;
Coach Paul took the buddy team in a home fixture against Downley Dynamos, in some very tight fixtures there was some fantasic performances all round!
Thank you to all of our parent's for your calm support today. Gentle encouragement and praising good play by both teams is always welcome and helps our players become good future decision makers.
Chiltern Hills Academy have decided to close the school due to the weather, this means there won't be any sessions this Saturday.
A busy day for the under 7's with all 3 teams in action playing 6 very tight matches.
'Magic Moment' awards were tougher than ever to give out with so many moments! Eventually coach Ben handed his award to Lewis Taylor and coach Dave handing his to Arlo Parkin for their fantastic contributions against Widmer & Afc Lightening.
In the Prestwood fixture coach Paul also handed his award out after a couple of very tight fixtures.