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Update From MHRML Chairman

posted Jul 11, 2012, 2:01 AM by Dave Boynton
See below for an interesting note from Tony Doyle, the MHRML chairman, about the League and FAs plans for Youth Development. Our league is at the forefront of these changes, and the MHRML committee have a fantastic approach to Child Centred Competition, which fits perfectly with the ethos of Wheathampstead Wanderers and the other large clubs in the area.
As a club, we wholeheartedly support these changes.
This is an exciting time to be involved in Youth Football as we see a step change taking place in the approach to football for young people in this country.
5 v 5 is an exciting new format that has been introduced into our league this season and it represents a step change in how we introduce young players to football.  Going forward, todays U7s will play 5 a side for one more season followed by 2 years of 7 a side and then 2 years of 9 a side.
This new approach allows players to learn the game in stages with the focus in the early years being on individual skills.  Learning the complexity of tactics can wait and coping with the pressures of promotion and relegation can wait too.  Another personal  highlight for me this season has been the positive way in which the new 9 v 9 format has been adopted and the enthusiasm shown by coaches and players alike who have taken to this new format.  Our league are seen as pioneers in this movement ot make children’s football to be more about the child and less about an adult view of the game, with Nick Levett, the head of FA’s National Development Manager for Youth and Mini soccer and Sir Trevor Brooking no less praising our league for our pioneering involvement in these changes.  We should all be rightly proud of our achievements in taking this league forward.
Alongside changing formats you will see that competitive pressures are introduced in stages too.  Nobody is saying that football is non-competitive, every game is competitive and every child wants to win and I am sure we will see that today but please, as parents spend some time today encouraging your child to play, to learn the game, to learn to win and to learn to lose.  This is what modern chlidren’s football should be about.
Our league is growing in reputation and popularity and we have also seen more people become involved in helping as volunteers this year
The league thanks each and every one of you as without you – we would not be the league we are