Welcome the new Villa u7s!

Montpelier Villa are delighted to welcome our new u7s into the Villa Youth revolution. Here, the boys manager' John Johnstone, describes his enthusiasm for the project and why he chose to join the club:

"I started coaching my son and some of his friends during the summer holidays last year. Previously I had taken him to see if he would fancy training with other groups but his shyness would always stop him from joining in. We'd go up to the park for a kick around but as soon as other children walked over to join in he would stop playing.

He loves playing football and it's great to see him flourishing with his new teammates. I've no doubt that football will help him socially and help him to build new friendships and the set up at Montpelier Villa is really appealing as they have such a progressive and inclusive approach to the game.

The group of players grew quicker than I anticipated but I've been really fortunate that two of the dads (Sean Hazeldine and Andy Alexander) have helped me every week and both, like me, already have their FA badges. We believe in getting the best out of all of our players rather than selecting by ability alone. Training starts with fun games like dodgeball, handball, bulldog etc as this helps with engagement and their movement, awareness and coordination.

I like to give the players plenty of time with a ball each and encourage them to use different parts of their feet to manipulate the football. Whilst dribbling, the players show each other what skills they can do and we often use a lot of small sided games, this maximises time on the ball, more 1v1 situations and creates more decision making.

I know only too well how important it is to build up a player's confidence. Without this, a player will struggle to maximise their potential. I really do believe we have a great group of players and parents and we're all looking forward to watching them develop over the coming years at Montpelier Villa FC."

John Johnstone, March, 2017