A massive welcome to all our new and returning Nippers for the season ahead 2018-19
The Nippers Academy starts back on Saturday 15 September on the all-weather pitch in Gannon Park. This season the age groups attending the Nippers Academy will be for children born years 2012 and 2013. 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. There is a feed on the home page of this website to the FACEbook page for any non facebookers.
All new and returning places for the academy must be confirmed and secured by paying club fees by 2 September 2018. 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 2 Sep so we can offer places as soon as possible to the children on the waitlist.
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Every week Sign in will be at the entrance to the all weather pitch and all nippers must be signed in by an adult at 1020.
The session will run from 1030-1230 with a gentle warm up, followed by drills at various stations and finishing with a small sided game from 1200 -1230. We would encourage guardians if not staying to be back pitch side to see the matches at midday. We will finish just before 1230 with a group huddle and present the well anticipated player of the morning trophies.
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.
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The Nippers academy is run entirely by volunteers. If you are interested and available on Saturday morning when your child is at the academy for coaching or helping at the academy in other capacities, please let us know. All help is gratefully appreciated.
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. 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 clicking here
Here’s to a great season ahead.
The Nippers Committee