Leighton United U11 Blues team maximises off pitch time by going back to basics to discuss their season, form idea about tactics and work out opportunities to improve their game, team work and themselves.
This week, seeing as Cedars was not available for training, Joe Le-Vien and his team, along with attendant parents, took advantage of the available time to hold a team meeting where they discussed the club's Philosophy, On and Off-pitch Tactics, Personal Development, Set Plays and Squad Formations. After a successful season's campaign last year in the Beds Mini Soccer League Under 10's Fairplay Division, Joe's team has expanded and transitioned to play 9v9 football in the Chiltern Youth Football League.
With both new and original players beginning to work together and coordinate well, showing clear signs of their collective potential, it was time to take a review of objectives and opportunities for the team and for all individual players to think about what works and doesn't work for them, what they would like to improve and what they could do together. Joe gave all players a chance to review their own performance and expectations as well as providing insight into their next phase of footballing development.
When talking about team formations, last season's Player of the Year, Harry Clarke, spoke about a 1-3-2-3 formation that he had been thinking about for the team after experiencing how the team played in their first month of competition. Intrigued to learn the full extent of what Harry was thinking about Joe challenged him to draw up his idea and explain his thinking in time for their next scheduled match on Sunday.
To everyone's surprise, Harry came back with his 'homework' in less than 24 hours!
You can see the result of his efforts below - amazing work and clearly plenty of thought went into defining his idea so that others could understand it.
Joe added, "This is amazing! - the terminology, thought and planning Harry put into it shows an understanding of football tactics and formations beyond his age..."
WELL DONE Harry Clarke !!!