The U12 boys are under the spotlight this week, who operate under the leadership of Danny Roberts, Gareth Rowlands and Anthony Wynne.
We’ve heard from Danny before in the ‘Under the spotlight’ series, as he leads the U9 girls (article can be found here; "Under the spotlight; under 9 girls")
Danny has been involved in the set up since their formation in the mini kickers;
"Starting this journey with my son was to ensure he had the same opportunity as others and that the social development was at the forefront. It soon became addictive coaching the boys and creating a safe environment where they can learn the art of the beautiful game."
With players moving into the local academy structure, the coaching team have managed the transition into competitive football by combining the players into one team, with Danny paying tribute to his fellow coaches;
"Gareth Rowlands and Anthony Wynne are two core helpers in the coaching set up. They’re always available and commit as much time as possible to develop the team. Without the support of these two, we wouldn’t function as we do, and all have a huge part in running this team."
Here’s what they had to say on…
the focus of the team…
We constantly look to challenge the team in all aspects of the game. We want to play ‘the right way’ and instil confidence in each move they make. There are no individuals in the squad and it shows when we step on the pitch.
We have had some recent success; playing in the Buckley Tournament and winning the gold cup, we also won the New Mills Cup in Stockport, but a season highlight last year was playing at St George’s Park (England's Training Facility) over two days which the squad bonded superbly.
a look ahead to the season…
We are looking to try and win something in our first year in competitive football. We believe we should be challenging for a league or cup this year after recent success in tournaments and games alike in the Flintshire league, but it’s a marathon not a sprint and lots to aim for against a very competitive league. A number of teams will believe they can win something this. Hopefully we can though!
This team is a family and that’s a credit to everyone involved.
We have fantastic helpers from parents too with sponsorship, and each home game always have refreshment on hand with our Hawarden store selling teas, coffee’s and array of confectionary items to raise funds for the team.
We wish the boys all the best of luck in their first year in competitive football!