Why should my son/daughter play soccer at Droylsden?
Participation in a team sport has long been recognised as playing an important role in the development of a child’s character. It teaches the child responsibility, discipline and helps to develop a child’s concentration span.
Team sport widens a child’s range of friends and provides a healthy outdoor activity which leads to increased fitness and development of their motor skills.
Soccer is basically a simple game and is easy to learn. It is truly a team sport in which the size of the player has little relevance. Soccer, although classed as a contact sport does not have the type of injuries other sports do.
Droylsden will soon be an FA Chartered Development Club that provides a safe environment in which your child can improve their soccer skills as well as having a good time.
When do they play?
Sign-on is in July each year although new players can sign on at Droylsden at anytime up until the 31st December of the season. The season usually runs between September and April.
Generally children under 11 years play on Saturdays. Children from 12-17 play on Sundays so they can meet school or work commitments.
How old do you have to be to start playing football?
Usually children have turned 5 years of age before they start to play soccer, and Droylsden have introduced a Soccer academy to accommodate these young players
Do young children play on a large pitch?
No. Children aged 5 to 10 years play Mini Soccer, this is played on a much smaller pitch with smaller goals. Mini Soccer has modified rules to give the kids more fun and time on the ball.
Do many girls play football?
Droylsden has a few girls playing soccer – especially in the younger age groups. Girls and boys play in mixed teams from 5-11 years of age. From 12 years onwards girls play in an all girls team.
We now have a three dedicated girls teams under 12’s, 14’sand under 16’s also a ladies team 16+
How much does it cost?
Droylsden charge a registration fee of £15; Our subscriptions for membership at present is £240.00 per year, this is paid by standing order at £20.00 a month per calendar year.
There are reduced charges for parents with more than one child at the Club.
Membership fees accrued provide income for maintenance of the facility, energy bills, league fees, county affiliation, referees fees, winter training, (training aids, balls, bibs, cones etc).
In addition Droylsden will provide match strip (shirt, shorts and socks). Training kit and rain wear. All kit is the property of the club and not the individual and must therefore be looked after in the proper manner. Players must provide their own shin guards, boots and gloves.
Who pays player fines?
After heavy fines last year the club has decided that from season 2005-6 onwards, players fined in matches for card offences are now responsible to pay their own fines, this will also encourage better behaviour on the field
Is my child covered by insurance?
Yes. Droylsden, has modest insurance included in your child’s registration fee. This insurance is effective immediately when you register your child.
Players are only covered whilst traveling to and from games, training and playing games approved by the County FA in which we play.
My child has been injured whilst playing, what should I do?
If the player is registered with the Club and was injured playing or training you should advise your team manager as soon as possible. There is an Incident Book in the Club House where the injury should be entered.
I wouldn't mind helping at Droylsden what's involved?
There are various jobs where your help would be appreciated, Sometimes the smallest help can take the pressure of a manager, putting up the nets or just collecting match day subs. is a good example of this.
I am interested in sponsoring Droylsden what should I do?
There are various sponsorship packages available to those keen to help the Club. Contact any member of the committee either through your coach or by calling into the centre on match days. alternatively contact the committee through the website.
Do you have advice on choosing a new pair of Football Boots or Shoes
Football boots/shoes these days come in many shapes, styles, colours and sizes, choosing which ones are right for you can be made easier if you know what you want the boot or shoe to provide. If you are young, always choose a boot with some room to grow into, don’t go for the flashiest looking, your skill or ability is what will make you stand out on the field not luminous green boots! Think about whether you are flat footed or have high arched feet, think about your running style, do you run on your toes or using your whole foot? Whatever boots or shoes you choose, make sure they are comfortable and will do the job in hand. Remember, you will probably run about 5 miles within a game of football so your boots or shoes are important!
Uppers could be leather or synthetic. Leather fits nicely around your foot but could stretch out of shape in wet conditions.
Synthetic uppers used in boots usually makes for a lighter boot and tends to be less expensive than leather. Choose which is right for you, keep in mind that comfort is important but so is ball control, you may find that a combination of leather and synthetic is ideal. Whilst you try on football boots, have a look at the laces, do you want the laces off center so that the laces do not get in the way when you strike a ball? Or do the boots have a tongue that is used to hide the laces, thus providing a better, cleaner surface to strike the ball with?
Also think about foot protection. Football is a physical game, some boots offer little in protection for the foot but are light and that makes them ideal for fast running with the ball, maybe ideal for a winger or midfield player or striker. Other boots offer good all round protection but are heavier and may be more suited to defenders, goalkeepers or strikers.
Blades, Moulded Studs or Screw-In Studs:
Blades are meant to provide better turning and are less likely to get stuck in the ground therefor reducing the chance of leg injuries. Blades come in many sizes and on some boots the size can be changed by replacing the blades. This would allow you to change the blade depending on the condition of the pitch.
Screw-In Studs have always been popular as the studs use a threaded screw-in mechanism that allows you to change the studs depending on the pitch conditions. A muddy pitch usually means using longer studs, a drier pitch means using shorter studs. When replacing or changing studs, use a little grease on the screw to ensure the screw/stud does not rust in place!
Moulded Studs are best used on dry pitches as they give better support for the feet as the boot tends to contain anything from 12 to 16 studs on each boot. Don’t use moulded studded boots for muddy or wet pitches as the studs won’t grip as well as the longer screw-in studs.
When playing on Astroturf or an all weather surface, this type of shoe will provide good grip as they have lots of small rubberised studs or small blade type projections across the whole surface on the sole of the shoe. Because playing on all weather surfaces can be tough on the feet and legs, choose a shoe that cushions the constant pounding of your feet on the hard surface.
Any healthy eating tips?
If you want to become a good football player you must try to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Why not try fruit, raisins and cereal bars as a snack. You don’t have to cut out crisps and chocolate entirely – just eat less of them!
Don’t forget to drink lots of water. Loss of fluid (e.g. 1% or 2%) will affect your performance.
TIP: Drink plenty of water before a game, drink more water during half time and have another drink of water after a game.
As an alternative to water, these days isotonic drinks are widely available and can help reduce muscle fatigue. An isotonic drink before a game or at half time might just give a player that little bit extra. A good example of a popular isotonic drink is Powerade. Don’t over do it on the Isotonic drinks though, make sure you still drink plenty of water!
High Carb snacks tend to be the best for refuelling your body. Examples of some high carb snacks are cereal bars, jaffa cakes, jelly sweets, malt bread, twiglets, bread sticks, dried fruit, snack-a-jacks, unbuttered popcorn, scones, rice krispie squares.
For more information about healthy eating, visit healthyliving.gov.uk
What about other tips?
Here are a few tips to improve your fitness and make you a better football player.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Get enough sleep (at least 8 hours.)
Do not play if you are injured.
Always keep your boots clean.
Always bring the correct kit, shinpads, boots, socks, shorts and shirt and water proofs if required.
Always be on time.
Always listen to your coach or manager.
Practice ALL your soccer skills, not just the skills you’re good at!
There’s no point in playing football if you don’t enjoy it. If you not only enjoy playing football and watching football but actually ‘love’ the game, then you could have the right qualities to make it as a professional football player.
How? If you love the game so much and snatch every spare moment of each day to practise you should eventualy improve your skills.
There’s always going to be someone, somewhere who is better than you, so this is one reason to take every opportunity to practise and improve your skills. In short…
Love the Game.
Practice hard on a daily basis or as regularly as possible.
Watch professional games and players, learn by watching the best players.
Always strive to improve your game.
Warming up before a game is very important. Warming up can help avoid serious injuries, stretching helps promote agility. Warming up before a game should also mean you are ready to go right from the referee’s starting whistle.
Any warm ups should be smooth, not jerky, don’t over stretch, some slight pain is normal as you feel the muscles stretch. If you feel any severe or stabbing pains stop immediately! Breath normally throughout your warm ups and don’t hold your breath during the warm ups. Repeat each stretch several times and hold for several seconds e.g. 5 to 10 seconds is a good guide.
Your manager or coach will show you how to warm up properly, warm up’s usually consist of some jogging which raises the heart rate, some stretching exercises are also usually included.
It’s a good idea to include some gentle stretching exercises after a match to help reduce stiffness and help aid muscle recovery.