Tuesday, 31 May 2011

On our way to Wembley...

You know that awkward feeling when you realise you are wearing the same top as someone else...well there were hundreds of people wearing the same Reading FC top as me on Monday afternoon, as I took my Mum to watch Reading FC Vs Swansea.

It is every young persons dream, to walk out on the famous pitch at Wembley, the home of English Football. And the game certainly did the amazing stadium justice. A great game, with a tremendous atmosphere. Reading were 3-0 down at half time and it look destined to be a Swansea victory. Reading, however, had other ideas! They managed to pull it back to 3-2 within 15 minutes of the game restarting, and they had the momentum. Reading went agonisingly close to equalising when Jem Karacan hit the post.
Swansea were then awarded a penalty in the closing minutes of the game which ended all Readings hopes of scoring an equaliser.

It was a fantastic advert for the game. A match played in the right spirit and supported in the same way.

Paul Scholes has also announced his retirement from Man Utd this morning. He has been my favourite player for Man United, he is a master of the ball and will be sorely missed. See below for my favourite Scholes goal EVER!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

LK Interview

I had the pleasure of going to watch a class in Reading this morning, needless to say I was incredibly impressed with everyone. I managed to chat to one of the Little Kickers - Archie Croft.

Name: Archie Croft

Photo Pose: Archie is being a Little Kickers pirate!

Mighty Kickers

Venue from around the world: Caversham, Reading

Favourite game?
Pirates, we have to run across and dodge the cannon balls. If we get caught we have to go to the dungeon!

Why do you love Little Kickers?
I love Football, and playing all the games with my friends.

What is your favourite healthy food?
Carrots!

Who is your favourite Little Kickers Coach?
*whispers* Coach Darrel but don't tell him!

What would you like to be when you are older?
A train driver

Archie's Dad says:
Archie loves Little Kickers, he simply loves Football. Coach Darrel is fantastic with the kids, and Archie adores him! The sessions are filled with fun activities, and although they are learning skills - it's not completed in a serious nature, its engaging and imaginative for all the children. He really does enjoy it.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Garden Games - May 2011

Here is our new Garden Games sheet for May! Please feel free to share this with others :)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Match of the day highlights - Little Kickers style!



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What were your thoughts on this years title deciding game?

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Coach Claire for Great Britain's Deaf Womens Football Team!

Playing for your country at a major international football Championship must be every footballer’s dream. And for one of our Little Kickers coaches, in June this will be a reality.

Claire Stancliffe, lead coach at Northampton, has been selected for the Great Britain Deaf Women’s Football team who are competing at the inaugural European Championships in Bulgaria this June. Claire is profoundly deaf, but has worked hard to develop both her playing and coaching skills. She is FA level 2 qualified and has been coaching for Little Kickers for over a year. She is also taking her final exams for her degree course in May.


Claire started playing football at 14, and has been involved with the Great Britain/England Deaf Women’s team since 2007. She scored a hat-trick during the World Championships in Greece in 2008 where the team won Bronze, and again competed for England in the Deaflympics in Taipei on 2009, finishing 4th.

“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to represent my country at the European Championships, it will be a fantastic experience” explained Claire.

However, unlike the London Olympics, all of the government funding to UK Deaf Sport has been stopped and the Women’s football team have to recover all costs associated with getting to and participating at the European Championships - each player given a target to raise £700.
To support her fundraising, Little Kickers Northampton recently held a raffle, and raised £193.

In addition, Little Kickers Head Office has generously given a further donation of £200.
Lynne Newbould from Little Kickers Northampton praised Claire, saying “Claire is a fantastic coach, the parents have been very supportive and our ‘kickers’ absolutely love her. One of them, a 2 year old girl from her Junior Kickers class always wears her socks pulled up to her knees - as she wants to be just like Coach Claire.”

If you or your company would like to sponsor Coach Claire, then please donate to this site. Your support would be amazing:
http://www.justgiving.com/Claire-Stancliffe

We will make sure we are up to date with her progress, and we wish her all the very best of luck with the competition!

Further details on how to support the team -
www.britishdeaffootball.com
www.ukdeafsport.org.uk
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