Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Football: Should the results of youth football in Thurrock be banned?

LAST WEEK, the Surrey Mirror newspaper received a letter from the Surrey County Football Association advising them to stop printing scores of U7 to U11 matches.

In the letter, chief executive Caroline McRoyall said publishing them is "detrimental to the development of the player and the game".

She added: "The changes brought in by the FA Youth Review are designed to make youth football more child centred and less results orientated, supporting the long-term development of players."

We asked two leading football coaches in Thurrock, what they thought.

Youth development coach Paul Vaughan said: "I am old school and simply like to see the scores.

There may be a young player who is scoring week after week and not seeing his name in the paper. That might de-motivate him.

"We can all remember games when we were kids who we got tonked. It id not do us any harm. For kids these days, it may be setting them up for a fall".

East Thurrock United manager, John Coventry said: "I can see the argument from both sides.

"There is nothing worse than parents shouting on the sidelines "Easy ball, easy ball to an eight year old" Let them learn to love the game.

"Parents may be the problem and that may be why academy don’t have them on the sidelines".

So what do you think?

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