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Oldham Athletic Community Trust - Community 8s

24 August 2015

A brand new session is coming to Oldham for children playing U8`s football this coming season.

The Community 8s training, supported by McDonalds, focuses on futsal, a hugely popular skill due to its slightly heavier ball and emphasis on tricks, skills and creativity.
The training sessions have a high quality low cost philosophy with the following aims:

  • We encourage flair and creativity and create an environment in which mistakes are seen as learning opportunities and aren`t something to be afraid of.
  • We strive to use of positive language, even the smallest of changes in our language can make a big difference to a child.
  • We use a guide and discovery delivery style, we encourage questions and encourage the children to get to the answer themselves through demos and prompting from the coach.
  • We aim not to coach for the side-lines. Sometimes the best sessions can look chaotic and messy. It doesn`t matter how it looks to others as long as they`re clear learning outcomes and objectives and they’re being fulfilled.
  • Our coaches are constantly set new challenges – for example during a small sided game add in different challenges, ways to score, odd numbers on teams etc. Always however explain why such a challenge has been put into the game.
Sessions will take place every Wednesday, 6-7pm at Crompton House School (in the sports hall) and cost £10 per month. For more information, please email

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