Month: June 2012

Team Warming up

OUR TRAINING SESSIONS

London Town FC members currently benefit from a midweek training session, which takes place every Wednesday evening at Westway Sport Centre.

London Town uses the Wednesday session to run drills and game tactics; the first 15 minutes are used to warm up and get ready.

The next 25 minutes are used to develop passing as a team and team tactics coaching; subject to coaches’ planning.

The remaining time is used to play an 8 v 8 game.

SESSION FACT SHEET

Session starts at: 20:30 hours – & – ends at: 22:00 hours.
Training pitch address: Half of 11 a side Pitch, Westway Sports Centre, 1 Crowthorne Rd, London, W10 6RP
Session costs: £5 per person
No of Participants: Currently up to 18 players attend the session
1st Team Coach: Bimi
Coaching & fitness staff: William, Lee, Alban, Ayo
Surface: 3rd Generation Astro Turf – No Meta Studs –
Equipment provided: Cones, Bibs & Balls

Uk Parliamentary FC Vs London Town FC

SAFETY & SOLIDARITY; FOOTBALL CLUBS IN LONDON

By Alb B

This article discusses the amateur game from the point of view of football clubs in London.

Amateur football clubs in London, from small 5 a side up to 11 a side, is an activity that takes place every weekend if not every day up and down this great city. Most players enjoy the game well into their old age but a few of them often end their game early. This can be for many reasons with the most common one being through injury.

As the clue in the word amateur suggests, non-professional players not only don’t get paid to play but in fact they need to pay for various expenses to participate in association football. Such costs can vary but the bottom line is that players need to be able to afford at least £6 per game. This is due to fact that organisers have no funds whatsoever to cover for the expenses needed to run amateur clubs but theirs is a work of love with no pay or glory.

The glory of professional footballers is often backed up by rivers of liquid capital invested in them with professional players earning up to 250K a week. Mirroring the glory of professional football in the amateur world is impossible in every aspect imaginable. Yet when amateur players commit to tackles which very often go badly they claim “I got the ball” or it was a “50/50”. Although the tackle may have lead to a broken leg, they still claim to have gotten the ball; they still claim it was 50/50. Such claims are acceptable in the professional game but players participating in amateur football work all week to feed their family, often their weekly income being the minimum sum of £250 and never £250 thousand.

So breaking their leg in a 50/50 tackle not only keeps the player off the pitch for at least 9 months but could prevent them from working for between one week and six months. Obviously amateur football organisers have no funds to help with the recovery or helping the player pay their bills while they are out of work.

However, organisers and footballers build strong emotional bonds being part of the team or the club and when such situations arise they demonstrate a high level of solidarity.

Take for example London Town FC, a small amateur football club based in London. In an “I got the ball” tackle that went horribly wrong, their main striker Robert Dermaku broke his leg. As Alex Preston, a player from the opposing team on the day described it “The sound of his long leg breaking was like a dry branch snapping.”

Following the club’s proposal to generate some funds through donations to help Rob cope with life while his leg heals, members managed to raise £550; with one of their kind-hearted, senior members having donated 60% of the total amount.

However little this may be compared to the staggering expenses one has to pay to keep living in London, the moral of the story is that as in Fabrice Muamba’s case where the football world came to a standstill, in Rob’s case his team mates and players from the opposing team showed solidarity to help him out in this difficult time.

Solidarity among amateur footballers though needs to reach a level of prevention of such occurrences becoming the norm. Arguments such as “50/50” and “I got the ball” at any cost need not come down from professional football because we the amateur football lovers cannot afford being out of work for weeks if not months.

With that in mind, safety and solidarity in our game should go hand in hand.

London Town FC

LONDON TOWN MEMBERS’ TESTIMONIALS

The comments below are feedback players both past and presents have made regarding our club.

TINI KAJA: Every Monday I look forward to the game with London Town FC on Sunday.

THOMAS WILTON: I very much love being part of the club! In fact I swell with pride knowing that I play for a football club that bears the name of my city of birth, London!

CHRISS BOUAMR: It is a great experience playing in and being part of the team at London Town FC.

ALMUNHALLAB ALNABHANI: we are a friendly team; a great team; i am in the right place

ALI ROJOB-MONSUR:
What I enjoy most about being part of the team is that there are really talented individuals both old and young and on match days everyone wants to show their game!

ALASTAIR SALMON: Hi Alban that was a great message from you. It shows how much you care and how good you are at motivating the team, u compliment every player and bring the best out of us, its been a great step up in. … bringing in 2 more teams into the league has brought the level of football to a higher standard and therefore much competitive and fun. I have enjoyed the last 5 games more than any other of the past matches.

RICHARD BRADSHAW: Last game (sun 02 Dec 2012) was amazing. Great team spirit. Played like gents too. I like these guys. Well done Alban. The team is great and the league is too.

RICHARD BRADSHAW: really enjoyed last night (03/03/13). The score doesn’t matter when there are decent guys in your team. The other team were good sports & ref was great. Great job Alban.

ROY LIM: i think our midfield went missing in the match and we may need to assign on midfielder to be a defensive destroyer sitting right in front of the back for! (03/03/13)

BENJAMIN SAPIN: Playing for London Town FC is a great pleasure. Every week, I look forward to playing another match with my teammates. We are all very passionate and we want just enjoy the game, and spend good times together.”

When Benjamin Returned to France he said: I would like to thank all the team of London Town FC! It\’s been a great pleasure playing with passionate teammates like you! Awesome people for an amazing club. I\’ll keep plenty of good memories and I\’ll come back sooner than you can imagine.

ALEX MARTIN: (13/03/13) the experience of being part of London Town FC has dramatically improved since may 2011. Having a club website and the way in which the team is organised are first class features of London Town FC. The camaraderie is there for all to see.

Having a referee has also reduced the constant confrontations that used to blight every game; so instead we now enjoy uninterrupted football.

CHIAM C. HONG: I’m glad to be part of this wonderful team and get to meet people from all walks of life. We have a lot of good people in the team and I’m privilege to be on the same side, regardless of the final outcome of our matches (04/04/2013).

Team Warming up

LONDON TOWN INSPIRED BY TEAMWORK

Teamwork is what describes our team spirit writes Thomas Wilton

I joined the London Town FC in April 2011 after receiving an email inviting new players to join an 11 aside team. The email was from Richard Bradshaw. I went along and I was hooked even though we took a 6 – 2 pasting.

I invited Alistair Salmon, John Halsted and Dave Covey to the team. Sadly we kept on losing. Although in parts we played some great footballs, losing was the general thread for most of that season. So London Town FC, our team, came last in the Westway Sunday League, a four team league.

The second season started at some point in July 2011. A new player named Alban Bytyqi joined the team. He asked to take over the management of the team. Under his leadership the team started to take shape. We brought in new players and the team started to play a better organised game. More new player joined in every position, and we were fortunate to find Vinnie the goalkeeper. However will still kept leaking goals in.

Although Alban’s management of the team had made a difference, the team lost most of the games in the first season of his leadership. During the last season of 2011, Alban’s second season in charge, everything changed. We soon set in to be the team to beat. Our team had settled in and was playing proper passing football, defending like a team and had an amazing defensive midfield and a striking force up front; as Dominic Steward and Albi Vlora scored 20 and 10 goals respectively.

All good stories have a fairy tale ending. For the first time the team had real expectations and there was a great momentum. The winter season was nothing short of a great achievement. The team personnel was set and organised. Most of our games were won, of them we won 9 – 4. Three of our games were drawn and only two were lost.

We knew we were well positioned in the hunt for silver wear. The team realised that we could go on to win the season’s final title. Nerves got tense. We topped the league table a couple of times but were knocked off by our seasonal arch rivals the Blues. With three games to go, it was time we faced them again, this time for a final show down. We beat them 6 – 3. With this victory our team topped the league by two points. We had to win the next game against the Yellows who had been 3rd in the league during the entire season. We beat the yellows 5 – 2 and won the WSL title for the first time. Like all fairy tale endings we didn’t need the last game.

The chanting of CHAMPIONES, CHAMPIONES, OLE, OLE, OLE was echoed from the stands. The crowd was only its tens but still I know myself and the entire team felt an amazing sense of pride in this achievement. Not even Man City with all their billions had created a championship winning side. We had started as zeros and ended the year as heroes. One word would explain this achievement “TEAMWORK” win, lose or draw that’s how we play.

START WITH THE FOUNDATION

This is part one of a six part analyses titled “How to succeed in football”!

By Tasher Adaarewa

Sir Alex Ferguson, after an astounding quarter century at the helm of Manchester United, with multiple trophies, gave an interview with the Harvard Business Review. That article can be found here. They applied his wisdom to the business world and this is my attempt at using the same from a training point of view. After all, the great man was a football coach/manager.

This article has been divided into eight parts for ease of read. This is part one.

Start with the Foundation

The foundation is movement. The heroes we have display amazing speed and skill, but underlying these are basic movement patterns without which they would not be where they are. These include rolling, crawling, squatting, lunging and single leg stance. Functional assessments can show the coach/trainer whether these are intact of compromised in very little time with little equipment necessary. I use the FMS and because it has been used as a predictive/injury prevention model, it is a useful tool to have. I discuss the merits of movement screening here.

Kiesel et al, (2007) have shown that asymmetries that are unattended to in the preseason invariably lead to injuries during the season. Coaches cannot afford to ignore the findings of the FMS then, but perhaps most importantly, they cannot afford to NOT screen their players. Once again, the FMS is a predictive tool. If you can predict, using a simple screen, who is going to get injured before they do, why wouldn’t you do it? And once you knew, why wouldn’t you take those players aside, address the red flags? The answer to the first question, you can answer for yourself. The answer to the second, I’ll throw in a quote from Sir Alex- “The first thought of 99% of [newly appointed] football managers is to make sure they win—to survive… That’s simply because we’re in a results-driven industry.”

But, “Winning a game is only a short-term gain—you can lose the next game.” Start with the Foundation.

To read part two of this analyses please click here.