Manager: Sam Woodruff
Coaches: Simon Orford, Matt Williams
Training: Monday from 6 till 7pm at Long Stratton Leisure Centre
Matches: Saturday morning at Tasburgh Village Hall
Sponsor: Canham Consulting – https://www.canhamconsulting.co.uk/
The Tasburgh United Under 9s are led by Sam Woodruff, a Level 1 qualified coach who has been playing football for as long as he can remember. Talking about his Under 9s, Sam said that: ‘They are an enthusiastic group of footballers who never stop running, causing havoc on and off the pitch! Having been their manager since just after they founded, I have seen them grow and develop into a tight knit team, forging friendships while playing impressive football based on the new England DNA. On the pitch we aspire to use teamwork to score goals and play aesthetically pleasing football for all who are watching. I believe strongly in ensuring that every player has an equal opportunity to develop and fulfil their potential.’
Sam coaches alongside Matt, Barry and Simon, a large team to accommodate their ever growing squad. Sam and Matt W completed their level 1 at the same time, impressing their tutors with a jungle themed session that Matt will deliver if the squad is on their best behaviour. They have been coaching alongside Simon since the formation of the Under 9s and have been a dedicated team, with the sole aim of passing on their knowledge to the footballers of tomorrow while building a safe atmosphere that the squad can thrive in. New addition to the team Barry has joined and made an instant impact, improving the coaching teams ability to deliver diverse and interesting sessions.
The Under 9s train on a Monday night from 6 till 7 at Long Stratton Leisure Centre on their new 3G pitch. Long Stratton Leisure Centre is the best possible venue for weeknight training with its floodlights and all weather pitches. They play their matches in the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League in the Saturday Development league at Tasburgh Village hall, a pitch that has been used by TUFC since its formation in 2012.
The Under 9s are sponsored by Canham Consulting and are moving into the second year of the sponsorship: ‘Canham Consulting is an independent construction consultancy, based in Norwich, specialising in Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering and Building Surveying. We pride ourselves on our expertise, approachability and pragmatic solutions to engineering problems in the commercial, residential, industrial, leisure, educational, marine, environmental and conservation sectors.’ They were also shortlisted for the Active Workplace of the Year at the Norfolk Sports Award 2018, an award that recognises a company that has increased physical activity levels through workplace health programmes or facilitating active travel.