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NOW CLOSED: If your child has been to a FREE Football Association Tesco Skills course this half term - please add your feedback: £400 of England kit to be won

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 13:27:37

Hello, over the next few months we're pleased to be working with The Football Association to promote their FA Tesco Skills coaching programme for children aged 5-11.

They say "Our unique football coaching programme gives boys and girls of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game. Our specially qualified FA coaches will help your child to develop more than just football skills, we'll help them to make friends, gain confidence, build self-esteem and learn to work as team. Our October holiday sessions are perfect for children who have never played before and also for those who regularly enjoy football."

The FA wants to encourage everyone to go along to a session and to add their feedback on it to this thread. Please note the sessions are subject to availability and open to ALL children regardless of ability.

The next lot of sessions are running this October half term and are free!

This is for the English FA so with regret it's England only (there are plans for similar sessions to be expanded under the Scottish and Welsh FA's)

If you'd like to take part you need to book a session by following the link below.

Do post on this thread to let us know that you're going along (or bookmark it/ add to threads you're watching) and then report back and share with MN how your DD or DS got on. If you've already been to a session or your child attends an after school FA Tesco Skills Centre please do add your feedback below.

Everyone who adds feedback on the sessions (after school or the October half term sessions) will be entered into a prize draw where TWO winners will each get their choice of £200 of England football kit.

So please let us know...

~ Overall impressions
~ Coach: what your DC thought of the coach and how he/she compared to others you may have seen/ experience
~ Skills: what skills your DC learnt/ practised
~ Plus anything else you or your DC thought about the session - would you try to book again? Would you recommend to other parents?

Thanks, MNHQ

neddle Mon 08-Oct-12 16:33:34

I've booked three of my children on this for our local school. We missed the last session due to heavy rain sad

Chopstheduck Mon 08-Oct-12 16:36:42

Oh we always do these, the dc absolutely love them! Have just booked for October now.

whimsy Mon 08-Oct-12 16:38:44

I've booked my boys in for October. They'll love it.

BlueMosaic Mon 08-Oct-12 16:46:37

There are none within a 25 mile radius of us sad, which is a shame. It sounds fab!

weblette Mon 08-Oct-12 16:50:57

Although there's a humongous Tesco v close by and several more contentious ones opening, there isn't a course within 15 miles. Very very disappointing.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 17:14:23

Sorry if there is none near you - it is only in a specific range of counties I believe for now...

poorbuthappy Mon 08-Oct-12 17:24:25

Ummmm, none in Wales?
Massive Tescos at either end of Newport??
Nice one.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 17:30:29

poorbuthappy - it's nothing to do with where tesco stores are its because it's run by the English FA. The Welsh FA may have a similar scheme.

We attended one in Blackpool which is very popular, the field they use is at a secondary school so good facilities, the coaches were great and already coaching teams on other days.

I thought the skills taught were very good, passing, dribbling etc and the coaches were enthusiastic.

My only negative was because it was run by coaches who had existing teams it was full of experienced children and when it came to the mini games they were experienced, more skilled and were passing to their team members.

Sorry pressed post too soon. So dd didn't get a look in and although she enjoyed the teaching part she came away frustrated by the game part.

So maybe my feedback would be when they split the children into groups for the game bit to put the beginners or slower runners together.

But hey its free!

missymoomoomee Mon 08-Oct-12 18:57:09

Just booked for my 2 oldest they can't wait.

poorbuthappy Mon 08-Oct-12 19:01:02

AnnMumsnet, its alright, I'll pick up my award for the most stupid post later on.

Its very frustrating though, we just don't seem to get stuff over the bridge. sad Although I'm sure that you will come and prove me wrong on that count too!

Nah, the Welsh FA are too busy naval gazing to work out why we are so crap at football! grin

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 08-Oct-12 19:29:01

poorbuthappy - tis ok! sorry its not near far are you into Wales?

YouBrokeMySmoulder Mon 08-Oct-12 19:38:52

Just booked for half term. Will see how we go. Sometimes ds loves these things, sometimes not.

changer22 Mon 08-Oct-12 20:02:43

Ha! I'm in Brighton and there's nothing near us apart from London!

poorbuthappy Mon 08-Oct-12 20:08:10

Not far, only 2 junctions on the lovely M4.
But (and this sounds really really skanky), i get really annoyed paying the bridge. It winds me up no end. My dh pays every single school day, so therefore I do all possible not too!

feetheart Mon 08-Oct-12 20:15:08

Thanks for that, several really close to us that I knew nothing about. DS booked and will be delighted when he wakes up tomorrow smile

twitchypalm Mon 08-Oct-12 20:17:26

Well ive looked and our nearest one is 25 miles despite being surrounded by tescos sad not very well spaced are they tescos. oh well another good reason not to spend my hard earned money in their shop.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 08-Oct-12 20:34:15

Signed up for a half term one, thanks.

Thanks for that, never done it before but just checked & there is a session on near us so just booked my eldest on the course for half term!!!

Fillybuster Mon 08-Oct-12 23:12:39

There's a session within 10 miles, but in London terms that means a substantial (long) sadly can't do it. Love the idea though, and will keep an eye out for future sessions in case there are some nearer to us.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 08-Oct-12 23:49:11

Filly did you spot the not-very -obvious circles at the bottom so you could flick to the next page - the results don't come back in distance order!

nameuschangeus Tue 09-Oct-12 06:23:10

Have got 2 Ds's who would love to do this but no sessions less than 40 miles away. Not free to join when it costs that much in petrol sad

mistlethrush Tue 09-Oct-12 08:10:04

I live in a fairly big city - none in that and have to drive a fair distance out to get to one - in the opposite direction from work. You would have thought that somewhere in the City would be suitable sad

Goldfishshoalsnibblingatmytoes Tue 09-Oct-12 08:16:31

The one in our area, is not in half term week for us. I presume that's why there are still a lot of spaces left.

GoldenLlama Tue 09-Oct-12 11:21:33

Not interested in soccer schools but mumsnet - you might want to add the word free into the title. On my browser, the last words are "£400 of". Makes it look like it is going to be very pricy. I only clicked because I'm nosy and bored.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Oct-12 11:37:02

goldenllama - thanks - done!

Pickthatupplease Tue 09-Oct-12 11:42:21

Nothing within a 25 mile radius of us, which is a great shame

pithtaker Tue 09-Oct-12 12:52:15

None in Merseyside at all. sad

maebyfunke Tue 09-Oct-12 15:59:37

Live right next to Tesco head office but no courses at all around here!

RedBlanket Tue 09-Oct-12 16:56:18

I've signed my two up for half term. Will report back later

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 09-Oct-12 17:04:48

Hi...thanks to everyone who has managed to find a session. A few of you have commented that there are none near you. The Football Association have asked me to pass on the following to you "We’re very sorry if we are not currently offering an FA Tesco Skills coaching session near to you this October half term.  Our aim is to give as many children as possible the opportunity to take part in the programme and our 106 coaches run the sessions in different locations during each holiday period to reach as many communities as possible.  We are hoping to expand the programme in the near future so that we can offer even more coaching opportunities for children across the country"


freetoanyhome Wed 10-Oct-12 09:35:02

funnily enough when they said ALL children, they didnt mean it. Not children in wheelchairs according to our local one.

Chopstheduck Wed 10-Oct-12 09:47:17

wheelchair football is a completely different sport thought really, and would require a full team of players using wheelchairs.

My son is disabled and uses a wheelchair at times, but he has always been welcome at the training sessions. He just plays to the best of his ability (or lack of it!)

freetoanyhome Wed 10-Oct-12 09:57:01

football is football. This child plays at school with non disabled kids. She just has someone to push her. This means everyone is accomodated. Its meant to be fun.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Oct-12 10:12:41

freetoanyhome - I am sending you a message as my contact would like to look into this.

lia66 Wed 10-Oct-12 10:25:31

I have just booked my 9 yr old ds on.

RedBlanket Wed 10-Oct-12 14:16:37

At one of the venues I looked at they had a specific session for children with disabilities. Are you in the NW?

youarewinning Wed 10-Oct-12 19:48:31

I've just booked my DS 8yo. We have a few around here and it looks like he can do them all but I've just booked the 1.

youarewinning Wed 10-Oct-12 19:53:12

Also just arranged to take my friends DD with DS. She's a MN and we met through MN!

musttidyupmusttidyup Thu 11-Oct-12 09:47:53

Have booked ds1 on. Marking place.

anice Thu 11-Oct-12 11:31:16

My 2 DSs did this in the summer. It was good, the coach did a good job. The children enjoyed themselves and I think they learned a little.

They are not very good at telling you anything special up front e.g. exactly which part of a large indoor/ outdoor sports complex you'll find them in. Or advice about what kind of surface they'll be playing on (i.e. astroturf = trainers, grass = boots).

It did feel like a taster session so that we would sign up for the (chargeable) term time lessons and to be fair, it was good enough that we would have signed up to them if it wasn't a 35 minute drive in each direction after school.

So if the FA wants feedback, then I'd advise opening more centres and preparing a better standard email when confirming the booking.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Fri 26-Oct-12 21:09:45

Just looked for my dss, we have 3 local ones but they are only for children aged 5-7, dss is 9 so cant attend which is a shame as he would love it

whimsy Mon 29-Oct-12 11:58:34

We went on Friday, the venue was excellent. An indoor pitch which was great as it was freezing on Friday. The coach was good, really enthusiastic and knew her stuff. My boys are pretty good at football so not sure they picked up many more new skills but they enjoyed it nevertheless. They practiced passing and shooting. As I said they had a great time and want the next birthday party held their. We will be looking out for more training sessions in the future. Thanks for the heads up wink

uoYekorByMredluomS Mon 29-Oct-12 13:59:20

Hi, we are just back from our session.

Ds was neutral about the whole thing. He said the coaches were good but they had to do things he didn't understand instead of just playing a game like the younger ones were allowed to do and that lots of the other boys (it was all boys) were really good so they got to do everything and he didn't.

I thought the session was well organised and the boys were under control and very attentive.

I am not sure we would book it again because ds has plenty of opportunities to play football, he really wants to try gymnastics and things that aren't normally accessible to boys iyswim.

Thanks though for flagging it up.

Rara27 Mon 29-Oct-12 17:02:52

My son attended weekly sessions before the summer (paid for), after really enjoying the couple of free holiday ones he had attended. Very difficult to get a space locally, but when his space finally came up he was made to feel very welcome, coaches were extremely friendly and considerate. Sadly the rushing around to get him there after school (30 min drive) became a bit much for him so he gave up. If they decide to do some nearer he would def like to go again. So I agree about the not enough venues part, I would recommend them though if they are close enough.

AndDIEMacDuff Tue 30-Oct-12 07:46:47

We have our taster session later today, so I'll report back after. But as someone mentioned, I wish there was a bit more information in the standard mail. It's 2 hours, are parents expected to stay? Is there a break with a snack? Do we provide one and water, or is this provided?

uoYekorByMredluomS Tue 30-Oct-12 07:49:59

At ours parents weren't expected to stay and they need a drink. Ours was AstroTurf so trainers or AstroTurf boots.

AndDIEMacDuff Tue 30-Oct-12 08:21:52

Thanks for that. Right now DS is shouting that she's not going and will NEVER go. Although I can force her and she was keen before, it doesn't really bode well.

AndDIEMacDuff Tue 30-Oct-12 08:22:38

DD, not DS. That damn autocorrect can be very sneaky!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Oct-12 10:46:01

good luck andDIEMacDuff!
thanks for the feedback so far....!

youarewinning Tue 30-Oct-12 17:51:51

My DS (8) went today with friends DCs ( all girls aged 7,8 &10). They all had a brilliant time. They went to the one in Hampshire at Cowplain School. The coaches were great and very encouraging and very accommodating as 3 of the children have SN/ medical needs. (1 allergies and 1 asthma as well as one with social SN)

They enjoyed the fact it was age group split so they could be with people their own age and learnt different skills. They were given time to practice had skills and were encouraged and praised. They then played games but in small teams which meant everyone got the chance to get a kick!

The coaches never wavered in their enthusiasm and you could see this rubbing off on the children.

After the session they all asked when the next one was and asked if they could go.

Thank you Tesco. There 4 very tired and happy children tonight. grin

RedZombie Tue 30-Oct-12 20:14:44

Mine loved it so much they asked me if they could go to another one in the same week. Liked learning the skills, and loved the final match where they picked teams when they were pretending to be their favourite players. Will definitely keep my eye out for the next half term.

Good bits for me:
signing in and out (have been to David Campbell which is a bit chaotic at pick up time). V much liked that even older ones weren't allowed to even stand by the entrance until a parent signed them out.

Bad bits: it was outside and it was freezing.

RedZombie Tue 30-Oct-12 20:16:51

Oh and the coaches were fab. A little one got knocked over and was crying his eyes out. The coach picked him up and dusted him off and had him laughing within seconds.

AndDIEMacDuff Tue 30-Oct-12 21:45:22

I wish I could give more feedback, but in the end, after a long scream fest discussion, DD convinced me not to take her. Hmmph. Sorry to everyone else involved (and the neighbours for the noise).

feetheart Wed 31-Oct-12 08:08:56

DS (6) went yesterday to one in Bedfordshire and wants to write his own report - here goes:

I think it was very good when I didn't get hurt. I got hurt twice buy slipping over because the floor was slippy.I think the coaches were very good because one of them taught me a new game.
from Ash smile

This is from the boy who spends most of the time flinging himself to the ground to skid or roll around!!
I think he enjoyed the session but, thankfully, doesn't want to go regularly - there aren't enough days in the week/money in the bank for that smile
I thought the coaches were friendly and professional and the whole booking/signing in/out process was made very easy.

Thank you MN for letting us know about this.

missymoomoomee Wed 31-Oct-12 13:05:19

DS and DD1 were due to go to a session today, sadly it was cancelled due to low numbers and I have 2 very disappointed children now sad

I think that it needs to have better advertising to get the numbers up. I only heard about this on MN despite being in tesco about 3 times a week. There is so little to do for the kids in the holidays I'm sure the places would have been snapped up if people knew about them.

Declutterbug Wed 31-Oct-12 20:12:33

My ds aged 7 and dd aged 5 did a free 2hr session this week.

~ Overall impressions

~ Coach: what your DC thought of the coach and how he/she compared to others you may have seen/ experience

One was particularly good with my slightly nervous dd. they were both v positive and constructive. Much better than our local after school sessions that are 2.50 a week.

~ Skills: what skills your DC learnt/ practised

Playing in a team, shooting, passing

~ Plus anything else you or your DC thought about the session - would you try to book again? Would you recommend to other parents?

They loved it and came home bright red and worn out. We would definitely do it again and recommend it.

Declutterbug Wed 31-Oct-12 20:15:24

Oh yeah, we did have one problem which was that only dd's name was on the register despite me having booked both of them in on the one page online at the same time. Fortunately I was able to just add ds to the bottom of the list.

housesalehelp Wed 31-Oct-12 23:02:30

My DS has done these a few times
Overall impressions

~ Coach: what your DC thought of the coach and how he/she compared to others you may have seen/ experience

No sure as I didn't stay - but he seemed nice .

~ Skills: what skills your DC learnt/ practised

again not sure as I didn't stay and he is hopeless about telling me

~ Plus anything else you or your DC thought about the session - would you try to book again? Would you recommend to other parents?

He really enjoyed both session I would would recommend it.

spookilynice Thu 01-Nov-12 00:17:07

DS went to a session earlier in the week-he's been a few times before

Overall impressions: he loved it as always

~ Coach: the coaches are excellent-very professional and friendly without losing authority control of the children

~ Skills: various passing, dribbling etc

~ I'm always amazed at how few people seem to know about these sessions-when I've mentioned them to other parents they've never heard of them. My only niggle is the booking system which is a nightmare! Often website will tell you there are no places and refuse a booking even when places are available. Other times you can get a confirmation e-mail then turn up to find coaching staff havn't got you on the register. They are good about sorting things out though.

Chopstheduck Thu 01-Nov-12 16:01:38

So please let us know...

~ Overall impressions

We've used these several times, the boys absolutely love them, and get very competitiive.

~ Coach: what your DC thought of the coach and how he/she compared to others you may have seen/ experience

The coaches are usually very good, clearly knowledgeable, and some coaches have been brilliant in the past at going out of their way to make sure the kids get the most out of the sessions.

~ Skills: what skills your DC learnt/ practised

I know nothing about football, and use the session as a chance to grab a coffee somewhere away from the kids. From the bits I did see in our morning session, they were learning how to throw in a ball properly and I was impressed at how quick they were to pick up on foul moves, compared to say, school coaching.

~ Plus anything else you or your DC thought about the session - would you try to book again? Would you recommend to other parents?

When we first starting going to these sessions they were extremely full and it was very hard to get a place. Now, they seem a bit quieter. Today we went to a morning session and were invited to return for the afternoon session from 1-3 too, as it was very under booked. Fab, we thought! So I hurtled home with the kids, (it's a 20 minute drive) they bolted down their lunch, we grabbed another friend, and drove back again. I planned to drop them there and do the supermarket shop minus children! But then we were told that the session would be closing early at 2 because of the lack of interest. I wouldn't have bothered to do a 40 minute round trip for the sake of an hour!

I've had sessions cancelled before, and the coach telephoned and was very nice, and made sure we got on the next available session. But I was very disappointed in how it was handled today.

I think, if the sessions continue to attract less numbers we would probably stop going. When they first started it was really good, and they had three pitches running, separated into different age groups. Now, they are all bundled in together, and the afternoon session looked more like a friendly kickabout than a coaching session. I didn't really feel like they were getting any more out of it than they would a kickabout at the park. I don't really understand why the coaches couldn't make the most of the opportunity to give some quality coaching with the smaller group, and work on skills even if games were a bit difficult.

parques Thu 01-Nov-12 22:08:58

Attended in Birmingham. Son loved it! Coach excellent! Not as busy as I expected. Surprised by this. Not sure why more people don't take advantage of this FREE opportunity! Would definitely book again.

Sabriel Fri 02-Nov-12 16:13:10

DD (5) went to a session in Bristol. The venue wasn't signposted. It was at a school but the school turned out to have a number of gates. When we've been to any other sort of event they tend to put posters on the gates telling you where to go but DH drove into the main gate to find no-one around but builders who didn't know what he was talking about. He saw other cars turning round as well.

DD was the only girl at the session, which was disappointing. She did enjoy it and came out saying she wanted to go again. Apparently they did a lot of dribbling and ball skills. The coach and assistant were nice - can't get any more out of her and I didn't go.

devilinside Fri 02-Nov-12 16:49:51

DD and her friend were the only girls there. The boys all looked like they had played before. (so felt sorry for DD - a total beginner). The coaches did their best to include them though.

DS (asd) ran off and wouldn't participate, but the coaches were very understanding, and said he could join in when he wanted (which was never).

Not sure what skills they learnt as I was too busy chasing after DS!

Clary Sat 03-Nov-12 19:55:36

DS2 went to one at our local secondary school on Thursday - good as they have previously been at a school we need to drive to.
He has been to lots before and always enjoys them.
He likes the coach - the same chap has done some team coaching with DS2's football club and his team, so he knows him well. Coach always remembers DS2's name (and others too I am sure).
I didn't stay to watch as had ironing to do (!) but DS said they practised various skills including some match play and shooting.
Yes I would and will book again. Sadly it was not fully booked, in fact DS was offered the afternoon one as well but we had to be somewhere else. Some of his team members came back tho, and had regular training that pm as well - v keen!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Nov-12 12:24:22

Thanks for all the feedback - am pleased to say Whistlingwaves and uoYekorByMredluomS both win £200 of kit from the FA - will pm you now! Congrats and do look out for some more opportunities to win with the FA soon.

YouBrokeMySmoulder Tue 06-Nov-12 12:42:14

Wow. [open mouth emoticon] thank you so much!

Thanks so much! Have been poorly so sorry for delay!!

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