Club Ethos

Stoke Hammond FC Youth Club

We aim to offer local, life-long, competitive football and coaching and beyond that, social involvement to young people who live in and around Stoke Hammond that involves;

  • FUN
  • High-quality, age-appropriate coaching in line with FA guidelines to support player development in the long term
  • Structured, competitive football appropriate to all ability levels played in a safe and friendly environment.
  • A challenging, supportive learning environment
  • An expectation of good behaviour & respect for others
  • Encouragement that players try they’re best and make the most of their abilities
  • The Football Pathway offered by SHFC can be summarised as;

Under 6 Developments

The SHFC under 6-development programme will provide children with the opportunity to improve their football skills, under the guidance of professional football coaches. During the course children will develop new skills & techniques, including dribbling, passing, turning & shooting. A typical session includes a fun warm up game, technical practice, skill practice & small-sided games. There will be the main focus on invasion games to get the children used to looking for space & playing against opponents.

Our aim is to provide the children with all relevant skills, techniques & experience to get them ready for their next step onto the footballing ladder.

Mini Football (ages 7-11)

SHFC aims to deliver through coaching, practice and matches a Positive Learning Environment for all young footballers and supports the FA initiatives of ‘non-competitive’ Leagues.

Coaching and playing priorities for these age groups includes;

  • “The A, B, C’s” – development of Agility, Balance & Coordination
  • Encouragement of creativity & risk-taking
  • Opportunities for success for all players
  • Focus on individual needs of each player
  • Opportunities to play – positional rotation & equal playing time

Youth Football (Ages 12-16)

SHFC aims to run multiple teams per age group at 11-a-side football that will compete & challenge for honours.

The Coaching and playing priorities for these age groups includes;

  • Ensuring coaching is practical & relevant to ability levels
  • Appropriate tactical instruction
  • Position specific practise
  • Player self-reflection and analysis
  • Encouragement of creativity