New club AFC Salisbury u16s are holding a free, open trial session at Five Rivers Leisure Centre at 6pm on Friday 21 August.

The newly FA affiliated U16 football team will play in the North Wilts League on Sundays next season. 

Training is twice a week at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, Salisbury, SP1 3NR (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

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The club will also offer futsal for those who are interested as well as street football, sports psychology and tactical analysis, following the needs and interests of their players.

The team’s match day pitch is at Wellington Academy, Tidworth, SP11 9RR.

The club is run by adults with significant experience in youth football. Its approach is modern and long-term. Football coaching prioritises individual development and the club aims to offer a genuine pathway into adult football.

The focus for AFC Salisbury is to provide lots of opportunities for committed young players to lead and learn within a progressive football environment. The club encourages creative play and thinking footballers. It wants players to have a strong voice in their own game. With connections to clubs, coaches and others working in the game around the world, AFC Salisbury is well-placed to ensure our players receive a unique and varied footballing experience.

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For example, Club Patron is Mikey Harris. Mikey has a UEFA Pro Licence. He was England’s youngest full-time manager with Salisbury City FC in the National League. He has been youth coach at Portsmouth FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC and is now a National Specialist Coach with the FA.  

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Additionally, the ​Club Coaching Advisor is Steve Hooper, a UEFA B Licensed coach working with Swindon FC's first team. 

The club looks forward to welcoming Steve and Mikey to sessions.

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AFC Salisbury’s lead coach, Debbie Sayers, is an FA Licensed Coach who was Highly Commended in Wiltshire FA's Youth Coach of the Year category 2020.

Debbie says “our keen footballers can’t wait to start the season. Safety is our number one priority and our carefully planned sessions are delivered in accordance with Government and FA guidance. Going forward, our priority is to meet the individual aims and needs of our players and keep them together, learning as they progress over the next few years into adult football. Young people deserve nothing less from us”

The new team would suit those looking for a new direction or even a second team for Sunday football.

Committed footballers in school year 11 should ask parents to contact the club to put their name down for the session on 21st August or to ask any questions.

Contact 07543654971 for more information.

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