Football For Fun U12-U14s
Youth Football becomes pressured from U12s with the introduction of league tables and more serious, competitive games. At Bishopthorpe White Rose FC we have seen that not all players at this age group (and older) are ready for this level of intensity and just want to continue with playing football for fun. We are therefore starting an U12 - U14 group purely designed for such players. The key elements of our sessions with this group will be:
Under 7s Mixed
Under 9s Mixed - Jonny Eley
Although the season has been a disrupted one it has been a thoroughly enjoyable one for Bishopthorpe Under 7’s. This was our first season playing competitive matches and from initially fielding two sides in September we were able to extend this to three teams in January. This has enabled more players to enjoy regular football with enjoyment being the most important factor for everyone involved. This has been helped by success on the pitch with the teams winning the majority of matches played.
The 2021/22 season will look slightly different as we move into the U8s league as although we will again be fielding three teams in competitive matches, we will also be fielding a new ‘yellow’ team that will be playing in regular friendly matches with teams across York.
We currently have a squad of 36 players and have a waiting list in operation for any boys wanting to join. We are however accepting new female players to encourage girl numbers within our ranks in the hope of being able to field a girl’s team in the near future.
Under 10s Mixed - Martin Scott, Tim Smith
This season’s U8s have had a great year, despite the challenges we have all faced. We are lucky to have a large group of 34 players, and as such we have fielded 3 teams in the Mitchell League; Purples, Blacks and Oranges. Additionally we have had a Yellow Team playing in friendly matches and our Girls have also been playing (all-girls) friendly matches.
Each of our teams has done really well this year, registering far more Wins than Losses, and most importantly the development and enjoyment of our players has been clear to see. Over the Summer we will be taking part in the Flamingo Land and Bridlington Beach Soccer tournaments.
Next Season, we will be fielding:
2 mixed gender sides, the Spartans and the Vikings (7-a-side) in the Mitchell League
A Girls U9 team, the Lionesses in the U10 Girls Mitchell League.
We will also have a team playing friendlies; The Titans.
More Girls please!! We would love more girls to join us to train and play with our Girls Team. Please spread the word and get in touch if you know players that would like to join us.
Under 11s Girls - Mark Cole
Bishopthorpe White Rose under 9’s girls started training in the summer of 2020 before the Covid pandemic interrupted things momentarily. Training has been very productive with girls really enjoying themselves whilst developing in their footballing ability. There was no under 9’s league competition in the York district in our first season so the focus has been on developing two competitive 7 a side teams for the 2021/2022 football season when we will be under 10’s. The team have enjoyed a number of friendly matches and we are all looking forward to next season.
Under 11s Boys - Stuart Walters
This season in more challenging conditions the Under 9’s mixed teams have had another very strong and positive season making parents and coaches exceptionally proud. As we moved up from 5 a-side to 7 a-side this season was always going to be somewhat transitional. From Under 6’s through to Under 8’s we always ran three teams including boys and girls. From Under 9 and due to the increased team numbers (5 players to 7 players) we did not have the numbers to continue with three teams and our girls went off to form the Girls Under 9s team. Therefore we consolidated into two mixed teams, both squads had a very positive run up until Christmas, dealing with the various stop / starts due to the pandemic exceptionally well. As the lockdown extended our teams showed great team spirit and togetherness via our Team what’s ap group were we took it in turns to set various fun and testing challenges. When the season re-started the fixtures came thick and fast and we played 6 weekends in a row, which for this age group is intense to say the least. Nevertheless using the full squad we navigated our way through with some amazing football where the kids really showcased what we have been coaching in the training sessions.
Under 12s Girls - Mark Smith
Under 12s Boys - Gavin Scoreby, Mark Lyons
Under 13s Girls - Gail Formhals, Paul Galdas, Del Block
Under 13s Boys - Andrew Stoneham
As the U11s , we have A,B,DEV mixed and within this group we have some real characters.
Under 14s Boys - Steven Brown
Under 14s Girls - Rachel Sarson, Joe Nasson
Under 15s Girls - Laura Freer
Under 15s Boys - Mark Smith, Ashley Shield
Under 16s Girls - Matthew Styler
Under 16s Boys - Simon Tyas, Alan Drewer
The u14s have made huge improvements in the past year, despite the challenging circumstances. We've trained and played matches most Wednesdays and Sundays whenever lockdown rules have allowed, and it's been great to see our numbers steadily increasing. We regularly have over 20 players at training, which is as many as we've ever had. We're hoping to keep training regularly over the summer months, along with playing some friendlies.