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  1. At six it won't be a pro academy. It will be a form of development centre. It may not be run by a pro club but feeding in players to one or several clubs where appropriate. Ask lots of questions. How big are the training sessions. How much coaching time a player receives 1to1. Do they review progress. What is the purpose. At six a child is in the foundation stage and a coach should be able to easily answer these questions. You should know what to expect. Focussed educated football training for kids is highly beneficial for those that enjoy it. The coaches in academies/development centres are more expert than those outside … A bit like teachers you put your children in the hands of people who know what they are doing.
  2. A perfect storm that did not exist during decades when crowd figures also dropped. Football did have spikes where attendances nationally rose then dropped post 66 and 90 logically due to the national team. There are lots of variables over decades. Across society other forms of leisure also experienced declining attendances over extended periods e.g. swimming pools and cinema. Its quite lazy to blame decade upon decade of declining attendance on facilities and hooliganism. Its clearly a far more complex picture than facilities and violence. I with respect cannot clearly understand the points you are making.
  3. The back pass law changed in 92. Three points for a win changed? Teams became more focussed on scoring first and then became more focussed on defending leads due to the team being ahead not wanting to lose two points v one. Fouls and yellow cards increased significantly in the ten years post three point change. Crowds were diminishing prior to the seventies and eighties. The reasons for dwindling crowds are complex beyond violence and facilities. Were facilities better in the forties? No.
  4. Tactical, technical, and fitness challenges, limitations, areas for improvement call them what you want are frequently driven by flaws in attitude. You highlighted fitness and game understanding (holding onto it). Mental effort (attitude) drives both. It sounds like psychological semantics but its great attitude first and foremost then hopefully the game all comes into place.
  5. Attitude is good or bad. You highlighted flaws - A growth mindset is a generally positive attitude to adopt for individuals looking to improve performance.
  6. I don't understand your first line. The academy has teams from U9 lower of Ian Rossiters North Somerset development is looked upon as part of its structure. Team Bath left the conference because they did not meet the criteria set out to remain a conference club. Team Bath still run male football teams and the intent is to feed players into Bath City - Southampton. My view is that that Womens football is part of the club. A club that exists for the benefit of its community/fans to watch and to play for if good enough - Male and Female. That is what clubs essentially were. As other posters have pointed out. We choose to be interested, or indifferent but until BCFC/Mr Lansdown says otherwise womens football is part of the club. Personally I feel well done Mr Lansdown.
  7. What you are highlighting is attitude. Mindset drives physical effort and understanding. Good? Well certainly in need of more focus.
  8. Bristol City do have an male academy U15's team. Having a family member in the academy system at U14's I would state some of City's women compare favourably (I have watched the women play). There are exceptional outliers in the women's game who could compete in the mens game at lower levels. Technique is not limited by physical ability and that is where comparison is uneven. Females can and do very much hold their own v males in football given the same opportunity and experiences through development stages. Males post puberty have bio mechanical advantages the women cannot possess and at U15's kids are young men. In regards to team Bath where one of my acquaintances is the futsal coach teams are given equal billing because that is the point. They are developing and educating equally to the best of their ability.
  9. Because of safe guarding issues publishing details of children at that age can be problematic.
  10. Cowshed

    Group booking

    I have done this several times for groups from 20 - 150 +. Contact the community trust. Prices have varied but they have organised the tickets and provided assistance in the ground.
  11. If that is what the team needs are yes. A players qualities should fit the team need. Its quite a point the poster makes here. The players strengths, qualities .. His basics should fit the teams needs.
  12. It is a basic if that is purpose of the role. Players key skills should meet team need. The player should be able to perform basic skills in their roles consistently. A centre backs key skills will be different to a centre forwards. The training and preparation is different week to week, month to etc to achieve and sharpen the basic skills. Skill is something you can consistently perform on demand. Players can have the technical ability to perform tasks but move them into positions where the angles are different and the proverbial touch like a trampoline appears = They are unskilled for the role and its basics. And the player certainly will again as he has in previous seasons. I would play him every week, but that is a different proposition to deciding he is a defining part of the team for the long term.
  13. If you cast your mind back to last seasons 4-4-1-1 City are playing an open game. The team is not as compact in and out of possession. The team does not control space as efficiently. The team is also giving up more possession. Its logical that the opponents are creating and scoring more.
  14. I think you took that out of context. If you wanted to pursue a EUFA B course you have to submit evidence to prove suitability and a presentation outlining your why's. That application is appraised and vetted. It is not accessible to all and the course numbers are limited. The Level one qualification is open to all. Its a very different thing.
  15. Off at a tangent. Anybody cannot. At level three (EUFA B) there are criteria to be met. The FA will turn down applicants. All are vetted thoroughly for suitability. At level four (EUFA A) the criteria is raised higher.
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