The 18 teams participated in transitional based coaching sessions which were delivered by the FA Skills coaches with help from NCFA Young Leaders. In addition to these, a round robin fixture programme took place in which each team played 4 games to gain the experience of a 9v9 game.
Throughout the day, the managers and coaches from each team worked alongside the FA Skills Coaches and FA Mentors, who focused on and advised the coaches on different touchline management techniques and behaviour, formations, tactics and even ideas for their own training sessions.
The start of both the morning and afternoon sessions offered a workshop for parents delivered by FA Skills Team Leader, Andy Reynolds, which focused on how players learn, touchline behaviour and how spectators can impact young players playing the game. Around 40 parents attended the workshop and all responded with very positive feedback about the information they gained.
An assistant referee workshop was also provided for parents & volunteers who may be picking up the flag during the 2015/16 season. The workshop was delivered by Norfolk FA’s Referee Appointment Officer, Mark Goldsmith, and focused on basic knowledge of being an assistant referee, a chance to practice the correct signals and being confident with the flag. Over 25 people took part in this workshop and all stated positive feedback.
Norfolk FA’s Football Development Officer, Craig Terrington, commented on the festival saying:
“Overall the whole day went extremely well. This festival was a great way to support the current U11 teams who are now making the transition from 7v7 to 9v9 and by offering various workshops and coaching sessions throughout, it offered a learning experience for all.
“The feedback on the day was fantastic, I was really pleased to hear all of the positive comments coming from the parents about the workshop they attended, and the coaches from all the information they benefitted from working with our FA Skills coaches and most of all from the players saying how much they enjoyed it.”
The full album form the 9v9 festival can be found on our Flickr page: po.st/Cvwv4l