FOOTBALL AT THE AMEX
We were very lucky to be invited to a tournament at the Amex with our Year 3/4 Team.
Sadly we lost 2-0 in the final but that was after two excellent victories and 1 draw.
More photos to follow.
Fantastic Fairlight Friday Football CluB
The club starts every Friday morning at 7.45am sharp with a pitch inspection. That's because the grassroots in question belong to The Level, one of Brighton's most famous/infamous public parks – and you never know quite what the assorted revellers, skaters and dog-walkers will have left behind on the grass that, for an hour each week, is transformed into a training pitch for the budding young footballers of Fairlight Primary and Nursery School.
Periodically, the club even has to compete with The Level's travelling funfair - but that doesn't stop our ever-growing band of future football stars turning out before school. Girls and boys from many parts of Europe, Africa, South America and even Hove bring a wonderfully multicultural, multi-lingual spirit to training – with everyone soon grasping the meaning of Mr Jordan's favourite tactical instruction: "Just boot it!"
Enthusiasm levels are never less than 110% - as anyone who has walked across The Level one Friday morning and heard a session in full swing will testify. These devoted (and noisy) youngsters appear through the murk and mist out the back of work vans or off the back of bikes, on foot or the local bus. Before their day of learning at Fairlight School has even begun, they will have tackled hard, scored a "worldy", or saved a certain goal from going in (well, that’s the story they tell when they get back to school, anyway). What we do know from their teachers is that attention levels in class are always much improved after these training sessions.
Ages and skill levels vary, but everybody who attends regularly will get the chance to represent one of Fairlight's football teams in their travels around Brighton, Hove and beyond to play matches against other schools (we have no home pitch, so all games are away games). This season, the top scorer in our senior team is a very talented girl who also plays for Brighton & Hove Albion's Academy side.
The coach, kit man and team medic Mr Jordan – who also moonlights as Fairlight Primary's headmaster – hardly ever mentions how injury cut short his own promising football career. The club also relies on dedicated parents and grandparents to provide lifts to training and matches – and the half-time oranges – as well as clearing The Level of foreign objects and helping with the long walk back to school after each session. Sadly, there are as yet no team chefs to cook healthy pre-match meals – indeed, some of the children will be lucky to have eaten any breakfast before they arrive each Friday.
Further generous support has come from Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (Baca), who kindly let Fairlight play on their spectacular 3G pitch in the shadow of the Amex Stadium – and also refereed the game, and collected both teams by minibus! Brighton College followed suit with the use of their amazing facilities at Manor Gym and Brighton College, while cut-price tickets to a (victorious) Brighton & Hove Albion evening match definitely added to the togetherness and community spirit of this wonderful club.
If you feel you can help in any way – from offering lifts, football kit or any other equipment at all, to sponsoring our teams or even granting us the use of a spare minibus (well, if you don’t ask, you don’t get) – then please contact Mr Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, just come and say hello when you are walking across The Level one Friday morning, between 7.45 and 8.30am. You'll be sure of a warm – and noisy – welcome.
COACH DJ ONLINE FOOTBALL COACHING
Some ideas that helped us get through lockdown with no football and where we were all looking to stay fit and healthy...
Welcome to the new ONLINE FOOTBALL SCHOOL that is run by Coach DJ (also known as Mr Jordan Headteacher) and with the help of his assistant and Saltdean Tigers Under 10 Defensive Rock HJ (he doesn't know this yet as it is 5am and he is still asleep).
This is for all football players out there whether you are Glenn Murray (Hi Glenn- don't get injured at home mate- mind those ankles) or Matty Ryan (he hates Palace and saves Koala's- Top bloke) but most importantly for those of you from FAIRLIGHT FRIDAY FOOTBALL (welcome new members and at least it is dry and not at 8am on a Friday morning- Eros will still be late however) and of course those super nice, friendly, never argue, well behaved SALTDEAN TIGER UNDER 10's (Sam pay attention, Sonny stop fighting, Alex put the pies down, Fares are you warm enough etc.). Everyone and anyone is welcome whatever your ability.
To help you continue with your football training I will be posting drills, skills, tricks and tips for you to practise and try out in the garden, in the house (check there is nothing that can get broken and that mum is not around), in your bedroom or anywhere you can find some space. These will in the most part be drills that just require you. A ball. Some basic equipment (however you can make this up) and lots and lots and lots and lots of repetition and practise.
We will group the Coaching into EASY, MEDIUM, HARD and CHALLENGES.
This is based not on how good you are but how simple it may be to do them.
Remember it is always good to start with an easy skill or trick but it is always important to do these over and over and over again until your muscle memory just does them. In the words of Lionel Messi "I start early, and I stay late, day after day, year after year. It took 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success".
And remember it is about practise. Not winning. Not missing. Not being perfect straight away. As a fellow Mr J says "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed" Michael Jordan- goggle how good he is at Basketball to see.
Some of these ideas will be be pictures and instructions.
Some of them will be videos that other people have already made (there is no point reinventing stuff).
Most excitingly some will be videos that Coach DJ and HJ have made. Bloopers section to be announced soon! And sorry to our neighbours who have got lots of footballs in their garden already thanks to Louis and his shocking skills.
HOW YOU CAN HELP AND JOIN THE TEAM?
Coach DJ and HJ however can't do all of the hard work. Coach DJ has another job that keeps him quite busy. And HJ has FiFa, Fortnite and Super Mario skills to be practising- and sorry his mum has just messaged me- Reading, Maths and Handwriting also to do.
If you want to get involved then you can also be part of the coaching team. You can do this in several ways.
- Find super coaching videos on the internet and send us the links. Have a watch of the video, try it out to see if it is any good or how easy it is to do. Decide if it is Easy, Medium, Hard or a Challenge and then send us the details and we will post it here along with who suggested it.
- Find a coaching drill or photo of a drill. Again try it out and see if it is any good and send it to us.
- Film yourself. Now we don't want a 20 minute video of Zaiden missing 49 crossbars in a row and finally getting it on the 50th attempt or of Theo smiling at the camera for 5 minutes for all his online fans and then kicking a ball. Make your clip short, sweet and to the point (like Elias). Focus on the skill. Where possible we don't want to see your face (especially yours Arnie),we just want to see the skill. Make sure you include an explanation as some beginner players may need some help and so will Darren. Again tell us if it is Easy, Medium, Hard or a Challenge.
DISCLAIMER: Please check out the content of what are sending before you send it. Watch it through to the end. Not everything may get published. Coach DJ can't be held responsible for any content you check out. Stay safe online people. And if Dave posts a video please ensure you have an adult check it first.
BIG SHOUT OUT: A big shout out to all those ballers out there making videos and websites to help out young players. Huge respect!!!
We will post all the content here for everyone to see, practise and continue with their football training.
Elbow bumps all round to you all and get practising.
Send your clips, tips and content to email@example.com mark the email Subject For the Attention of Coach DJ.
Start simple. Keep it simple. And practise these skills over and over and over again until you can do them with your eyes closed or blindfolded (we will be accepting videos of you doing these blindfolded!!!!- make sure it covers your whole face Wilf there are young children watching these and we don't want to scare them).
- Scissor Speed Ladder Drill: https://youtu.be/iDgIPfyMcqw
- Speed Training: https://www.onlinesocceracademy.com/soccer-training-videos/speed-training
- Toe Taps: https://www.onlinesocceracademy.com/soccer-training-videos/soccer-ball-control/how-to-do-toe-taps
- Indoor foot skills (check mum isn't watching): https://www.onlinesocceracademy.com/soccer-training-videos/soccer-ball-control/winter-soccer-indoor-foot-skills
Now we are starting to get on to the more advanced stuff. Routines, skills and tricks that might need lots of practise and you don't master or get for days and days. However don't ever give up. Coach DJ didn't just become an amazing footballer. It took a little bit more than 10 minutes (11 to be exact). And remember you are still learning.
Now this is the stuff of dreams. The tricks that even Ronaldo has to practise. Or Mbappe only does once in a match. This is the stuff that will need to be done over and over and over again just to even get close to doing it right once. And then when you do it the next day you can't do it. However don't ever give up. Don't ever decide you can't do it. You can. Also remember that Ronaldo also doesn't have reading and maths work to do. He doesn't have his bedroom to tidy (Leo sort out that bedroom). He just plays football, sunbathes and poses a lot (just like Archie).
Now this could be anything and everything. From Rabona crossbar challenge. To the toilet roll keepy up challenge. To getting the ball down from the tree challenge (Alex throw it don't kick it).
This is a chance for you to think creatively.
This is also where we will be posting online gaming challenges also. FIFA challenges can be filmed or photographed and posted here.
- HJ Bucket Challenge: ttps://magis.to/av/Pyh4W1ZZAlYxLi8HDmEwCXp6?l=vsm&o=i&c=e Good skills HJ.
- Crossbar Challenge: See above.
- Choose a challenge to copy: http://thef2.com/
Stay at Home Challenge: Good skills and something you could all try!!!
- Alireza Jahanbaksh: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9zi3c3gWOA/?igshid=vqe7ptrezc2r
- Thierry Henry: https://twitter.com/oddschanger/status/1241276868612980741?s=21
- Usain Bolt: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-RfxRl6_y/?igshid=pmzvvq0etf7
- Billy Gilmour: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9983UPJzQL/?igshid=ubqlrc1xszsg
- Lionel Messi: https://www.instagram.com/p/B99M3U6Aow8/?igshid=125weabbzyfmm