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U13s enjoying step up to 11-a-side

17 September 2019

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Rovers U13s have been enjoying their first proper taste of 11-a-side football as they graduated from Foundation Phase to Youth Development Phase over the summer.

They played a few 11-a-side games at U12s in order to aid the transition but they are now competing on bigger pitches and with bigger goals on a weekly basis. This means they are being challenged every week.

The U13s season is important in the progression of young footballers as it’s an opportunity for the players to build on the individual skills and concepts of 1v1 and 2v2 play which they experienced during the Foundation Phase, while also embracing increased tactical and decision making.

Youth Development Phase coach Tony Mee said: “The U13s are a joy to watch at times and we’re really looking forward to watching them develop throughout the season.

“They're learning a lot and have to deal with having extra players around them while also being introduced to new formations and tactical concepts. 

“The Under 13s coaches, Jimmy Speakman and Richard Anderson, are enjoying working with a talented group of young players and they are all meeting these challenges together.

"The boys have had a string of good performances and experienced a variety of opposition from Europe, the USA, and teams from higher Category clubs.

“They’ve also played other Cat 3 clubs during pre-season and the early stages of the games programme.”

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