U9's Blaze

The Blaze are full of energy, enthusiasm and always play with a smile on their face. We keep the sessions fun while incorporating the basic fundamentals of ball control, dribbling, passing and shooting.  Playing in the Brentwood Community Alliance League.

Coach Bio

Managers: Andy Stammers & Terry Lazzam

I have only recently started my grassroots journey but have achieved my FA level 1 coaching badge within 18 months. I am looking to get started on my FA level 2 badge as soon as possible and will also be starting my FA level 1 qualification in Futsal this summer.

I would say my philosophy in coaching this age bracket is based around multi touch football and speed of thought. Before every session begins we run through a cycle of 1,000 touches on the ball to keep the children’s ball manipulation at the right levels.

With concentration and speed of thought, we can teach them to go through the 3 stages of defence, transition and attack naturally.

Importantly, we dress all the above up in fun games that the children enjoy and want to play each session. I do like to add a competitive edge to the games and mini matches so we will set them individual tasks and challenges each week both in training and matches. Whilst inclusivity, fun and enjoyment are my main aims, I want the children to understand it’s good to try and win and strive to achieve, as long as we do it in a fair and sporting manner.