Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 64

Durham City Juniors FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG Durham City Juniors FOOTBALL CLUB Durham City Juniors were originally established in 2008 as Sacriston Community FC, however, in 2016, merged as the youth setup to ex Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernards Durham City AFC. The club has grown from 3 teams to 18 in a very short space of time, having at least one team in every age group from under 7 through to under 18, with our players having a pathway through to senior football with the Durham City AFC first team. We have various training venues in Durham, but we are based at Meadowfield Sports Centre in Durham where the vast majority of our teams play and train. The location offers a fantastic full size 3G pitch and we are hoping to invest and develop the facility in the near future to match the clubs ambitions. The club have been able to grow year on year due to our brilliant set up with 64 Issue 75 the youngest of children, with the focus on technical skills and having fun with the ball. Once the children establish these skills at the foundation stage such as close control of a football, running with the football and striking a football they graduate to team football at under 7 level. We believe it is this method which sets us apart and gives our children the best possible start to the game and allows our players to express themselves at a very young age. The focus always remains on development and our current U10 City team have followed this pathway, playing in the highest division since under 7’s, winning leagues and trophies along the way. However, the biggest success for the coaches, Colin Soulsby and Paul Clark, has been having a part