A massive welcome to all our new and returning Nippers for the season ahead 2020-21.
All going to plan The Nippers Academy will start back on Saturday 19 September on the all-weather pitch in Gannon Park. This season the age groups attending the Nippers Academy will be for children born years 2014 and 2015. The season will run until early May breaking at bank holiday weekends and from early December to early January for a Christmas break. If in the event of bad weather, the clubs Facebook page will be updated just before 10am.
All new and returning places for the academy must be confirmed and secured by paying club fees by 12 September 2020. After this date unsecured places will be offered to the waitlist. If your plans have changed and you wont be taking a place this season please let us know rather than waiting til the 12 Sep so we can offer places as soon as possible to the children on the waitlist.
Every week all nippers will need to be Signed in and out and all nippers must be accompanied by an adult for this process.
The sign in will now be located on the far right hand side of the all weather pitch (near the 11 aside grass pitches).
Our session will be moving to a 9.30am start and will finish at 11am. This is to facilitate ease of movement on arrival and departure and parking due to Covid-19 restrictions.
We will have a A Covid-19 online form that all Nippers guardians will need to complete prior to starting our new season and following on every week a form signed declaring players are fit.
All nippers must have a responsible adult on site during the session as the pitch is an open area and coaches and volunteers will not be in a position to leave the all weather pitch to facilitate toilet runs.
The session will run from 9.30am to 11:00am with a gentle warm up, followed by drills and finishing with a small sided game from 10:30am – 11.00pm.
All players are to wear Astro Boots and Shin Pads and are to bring a small bag (with their name on it) with a bottle of water and a small box of fruit to refuel and rehydrate at our allocated breaks during the session.
There is no official uniform for the Nippers Academy. All new Nippers will receive a club top. The majority of Nippers wear football shorts with football socks or tracksuit bottoms, under garment gear is crucial particularly as the season progresses as Gannon Park has its own micro climate so always come prepared for all seasons!
Always allocate plenty of time for parking as Saturday mornings are very busy at the club.
In light of the current restrictions we have made changes and adaptations to the running of our academy. We will need patience and cooperation from everyone as we adapt to our new normal.
The Nippers academy is run entirely by volunteers. If you are interested in coaching or helping at the academy when your child is there we would LOVE to hear from you. It is a very rewarding experience and we would highly recommend getting involved.
Team work makes the dream work!
Due to restricted numbers it is important to note and especially to avoid any unnecessary disappointment that the Nippers is not a walk-in academy so all players must be offered a place in order to train and play. We have had to reduce our intake this term and we know children will be disappointed. The numbers allocated will increase when transitioning to U8’s league football and we offer places out if and when they come up during the season so all is not lost if you do not get a place straight away.
If you have anyone interested in starting at the Academy please register your interest by submitting an online form.
Here’s to a great season ahead.
The Nippers Committee