Season 2010/11 was the first competitive season for MYFC under 9’s. We entered the Cotswold Youth League.

We had spent the previous season in the same league, but non competitive. It had turned out be a tough season for all involved with all but one result being a loss.
We as coaches really did not know what was going to happen this season. It turned out to be a credit to all the players signed on with us. Those who have been with us since day one and those who have joined us this season.

We are trying to build a team of clever players, that rely on their own decisions and instincts during a game. (Not those of the coaches or parents).
I think it is fair to say that at times, this has been hard to follow for parents and coaches! But this is something we believe in and feel will work long term.

The learning is done at training with coaches input and the development is within the matches based on players own decisions. The aim is for players to always be thinking and taking what they learn at training onto the match day pitch, on their own. This is the difference between a really good player and a player.

The players hard work and commitment to the team has paid off, as they have looked a good side, who can compete with the best when they put their minds to it. A massive and welcomed improvement from last season.

We have a number of players who have worked extremely hard at the training sessions and have followed that up on the pitch, creating a great footballing side. Our hopes for the future are for all the players to follow that lead and to become as good as their team mates. This is easily achieved if the effort is put in.

We have talked about each game in our match reports, so just to give you a breakdown of our season.

Within the league we played 14, won 7, drew 2, lost 5. Scored 36 goals and conceded 24. This resulted in us finishing a very respectable 4th.

Our cup run finished as follows:

In the group stages, Played 3, Won 3, Scored 9 goals, conceded 2.
Semi final, A win after penalties.
Cup final, A win after penalties.

A fourth league place and a Cup final win in our first year of competitive football is a wonderful achievement. It proved just how far we have come and what an improvement the whole team have made.

We should all be very proud of what the team have achieved this season. We hope you have enjoyed being part of the team and are all looking forward to the new challenge of season 2011/12.

As players get older they naturally have to become harder workers and more dedicated to becoming better players, that’s the nature of competitive football, even at this age. We are confidant, that with effort and commitment to learning, as a team we can progress even further. Taking new challenges in our stride and working hard for ourselves and the team.

Many thanks to everyone involved this season, players, parents, spectators and the more experienced coaches within the club, that are called upon for advice and guidance.

Hopefully you have enjoyed your time here this season and we hope to see you all back next season, to improve and create an even stronger team.

Many thanks and well done to Malmesbury Youth FC under 9’s 2010/11.

A Great Season.