Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 65

Durham City Juniors in developing players to become better players while teaching important life skills. The added bonus of this success is having two players accept full time academy positions with Sunderland and Middleborough. The most challenging aspects are keeping up with the regulations and raising funds for the club, but we have some fantastic volunteers and parents at the club who keep it all going. We are a Charter Standard club and all of our coaches are qualified and highly motivated individuals, with our Under 10 coaches currently working towards their UEFA B badges and a successful career in coaching with the club. It can be difficult finding training facilities and providing new kit for our players. However, the rewards outweigh the challenges when you see a player take onboard skills you have coached them in training and take them into a game, while seeing them becoming more confident as a person and hopefully a better player who is enjoying playing their football the right way. The mood in our club is always fantastic. We feel that we have only just begun in a lot of aspects and our ambition is enormous. We have teams competing at every level in every age group and the future is bright with so many talented players at the club. There is no such thing at Durham City Juniors as an off season, we train and play all year. We do lots of tournaments and trips away with all the money generated being invested back to our players and teams and playing football, what else is there? Within the next five years the club hope to have a club house, new sets of goals, storage facilities, improved changing facilities, regular tournaments and an enhanced reputation in our area. The biggest challenge will be to raise the funds and recruit volunteers to help achieve these goals. Our focus has always been on the local children so we very much consider ourselves to be a community club. We have only just arrived at the stage where our teams have reached the end of the youth stage at under 18, but we are already fully integrated with adult football. The players from our current under 18 teams, one of which will compete at the very highest level on Saturday afternoons have the opportunity to progress into the under 23 team and/or the first team as Durham City FC attempt to climb up the leagues. Since making the move up to U8 level we’ve had a great start. The boys have played in a really competitive top division of the Russell Foster Youth League, finishing in mid table. We have also entered the boys into five tournaments, in which they won two of them and were runners up in two. The group of lads we have are a pleasure to coach and are full of potential individually and as a team. At Durham city we encourage our team to play the game the way it should be played, challenge them to make their own decisions and play with a smile on their faces. Attitude, effort and most importantly ENJOY it are the three most used words given to the boys. We would also like to thank our fantastic sponsors HMT CONSTRUCTION, JKL MOULDINGS and BEAMISH TYRES for their support. 65