Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 18

St Just Youth FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG St Just Youth Football club St Just Youth FC is a fantastic example of a club providing young players with a chance to play the game in a safe and enjoyable environment whilst helping them to reach their full potential. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with Club Representative Mark Strick to find out more. He told us, “I have been involved in the Club since its formation about six years ago (as founder with my partner). I had always played my football at St Just FC throughout my life so it was always going to be the location for the Youth Football Club. The thing that attracted me to the Club was the fact that it has been the main basis for all my football progression.” “The most challenging aspects of my role I would say would be dealing with lots of different challenges that come with a (smaller) Club. For example we have three age groups with one pitch which is also used by two senior teams so you can imagine the dilemmas we have come the wetter months when the pitches start cutting up! “The most rewarding aspects would definitely be seeing the children develop as players and as people, sometimes when they play fantastic football and produce quality moments you do think to yourself that it’s all been worth it. Also to see some of the players develop more confidence from a social aspect is very rewarding. 18 Issue 75 “The general mood at the Club is always a positive, good one! We have been adding new coaches this year and all our teams are doing really well, with the addition of the mini (U8s) this year the mood is great! “The beginning of the season has started very well with our U13s top of their league and with a very healthy squad of thirteen players and the U12s also around mid-table with a very positive squad of fourteen local children boasting lots of talent. The U8s are already making fantastic progress since their formation with a very promising group in the making! “Our plans for the rest of the campaigns are to continue to develop all the players and their teams further so there is continued improvement and progress throughout the Club on and off the field of play. “Our approach to youth development is quite simple really; we have never been a win at all costs Club, it has always been about developing the players as footballers and as individuals for later life. I see too many times teams boasting about