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Fun Fours - five to eight year-olds


The conditions that created players such as Kenny Dalglish and Denis Law are brought back to life in the form of Fun Fours football.

 

Fun Fours programmes, for five to eight year-olds, are run by the Scottish FA, in partnership with local authorities, in sports centres around the country.

 

Children very rarely play street football these days, but with small-sided games, vital skills picked up on the streets can now be developed within a new environment. In this format, children have more touches of the ball, greater chances for 1 v 1s, opportunities to make important on-field decisions – and it's great fun.


Fun Fours isn’t just for children – Sir Alex Ferguson uses the same format in training at Manchester United.

Coaching tips for attacking include: changing pace, direction, disguise, raisingawareness of players around you and how to go for goal.

 

Defending tips include: trying to win the ball back quickly, finding space to help the defending player and how to deny space.

 

To find out about Fun Fours sessions in your local area, please call 01343 540101 or email: north@scottishfa.co.uk

Mini-kickers - three to five year-olds

Playing football at an early age can instill positive habits that last a lifetime. Mini Kickers gives children aged three to five the chance to reap the rewards of playing the game.

 

Mini Kickers programmes are run by the Scottish FA, in partnership with local authorities, in sports centres around the country. Teamwork, decision making, confidence and communication are just some of the skills taught within the Mini Kickers curriculum.

 

Scottish FA coaches provide fun classes which aim to help children to develop a positive, motivated and confident mind-set. Classes include the ‘Donkey’s Tail’ where children chase their classmate around, acting as a warm-up. Music in sessions acts a motivator for children and creates a good atmosphere


Main activities include dribbling, individual skills, passing and shooting. We also like to use a balloon to develop interaction – rolling, catching and bouncing are just some of the fun methods used.

 

For details of the Mini Kickers sessions in your area, please call 01343 540101 Email: north@scottishfa.co.uk

 

Midnight Leagues - 12 to 16 year-olds

Are you aged between 12 and 16? Want to play FREE five-a-side football? Wherever you are in the country there’s a Bank of Scotland Midnight League programme running near you.

 

Bank of Scotland's Midnight League is a national network of five-a-side football. Scottish FA coaches run the sessions at local sports centres and other venues, usually on Friday and Saturday evenings, with teams competing in weekly leagues.

 

You can form a team with your friends and turn up at your local venue, or come along and join a team.

There are prizes to be won every week, your team will get the chance to compete for trophies at regional finals days, and you could be namedyour region's player of the year.

 

For details of the Midnight League sessions running near you, please call 01343 540101 Email: north@scottishfa.co.uk

Tesco Bank Challenge - six to eight year-olds


Half a million hours of football coaching will be provided for up to 72,000 boys and girls of all levels and abilities in at least 1600 primary schools across Scotland.


The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four-year programme working in communities to help encourage children in primary two and three to get active. Teaching how football can improve children’ s lives is top of the Scottish FA coaches’ list when they visit schools for six-week sessions.

 

Introducing young people to football is the ultimate aim and sessions are designed to increase participation, enhance enjoyment and develop a range of physical and social skills.

 

After the initial six week programme, the Challenge will continue to run in participating schools, thanks to the efforts of teachers and volunteers.

 

The programme is part of Tesco Bank’s commitment to making a positive contribution in local communities.

 

For more information for pupils, parents and teachers, visit our Primary Schools section.

 

 

 

Street Football for 10 to 18 year-olds


Street Football is all about bringing football to you – and givingmore young people the chance to play more football more often.

 

Anyone aged 10-18 can drop in and play for FREE at hundreds of Street Football sessions around the country every week.


Street Football sessions use local astrograss pitches and multi-use games areas, plus mobile pitches that bring the game practically to your doorstep.


With Scottish FA coaches delivering every session, it’s a fun, free and safe way to get involved in football.

ScottishFA Street Football is run in partnership with local authorities and community safety partnerships, and is funded by CashBack for Communities.

 

To find out about Street Football sessions in your local area, please call 01343 540101 Email: north@scottishfa.co.uk

 

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