TJFA Team Development program
The Club development program was launched in 2015 in partnership with Everyone Active at Middlesbrough Sports Village to support local clubs to increase participation and development in the game.
Children graduating from Boro Soccer Schools are placed into teams to represent local clubs in the TJFA League (Teesside Junior Football Alliance). Clubs we currently set teams up for include - Boro Rangers, Prissick Rovers, Coulby Newham Juniors, Beads FC, MSV Juniors, Lingfield Juniors and Riverside Juniors.
Sunday Matches in TJFA
The playing season for matches in the TJFA is September to May. Games will kick off various times between 9.00am and 2.00pm on Sundays. The home games will be played at Middlesbrough Sports Village, Southlands Leisure Centre or the MFC Hurlinshaw Centre and away games are all around the Tees Valley - Furthest away game is maybe Thirsk, Richmond or Whitby depending on what division your child's team will be in.
Most home games will be played on Astro but older age formats will may move to play in our grass pitches at home. Most away games will be on grass.
Children must wear boots and shinpads to all games or the referee will refuse to play them.
The FA have changed rulings so that no results can be recorded for primary school aged children. The TJFA is a non competitive league so there is no league tables or results recorded. The philosophy behind this is to get children through their development years to be free to take more risks trying skills, passing it out from the back without the fear of costing their team points in a league. The aim of this is to produce more creative and composed footballers in teen through to adult years.
U7s teams get drawn out of a hat randomly in the first season to form a red, blue, green division etc and are not in traditional 1st, 2nd 3rd divisions. Under 8s plus will play in tiered divisions.
TJFA FIXTURES WILL BE RELEASED LATE AUGUST AND TEAM MANAGERS WILL FORWARD THE INFO ON TO PARENTS ABOUT ALL LEAGUE GAMES ON A WEEKLY BASIS.
First games are usually 10th September
Formats are as follows -
U7 / U8 - 5 a side - Play 40 mins league game followed by 20 to 40 min friendly game
U9 / U10 - 7 a side - Play 40 mins league game followed by 20 to 40 min friendly game
U11 / U12 - 9 a side - Play one game 30 mins each way.
U13 / U14 - 11 side Junior pitch -
U15 / U16 - Full size adult pitch -
Midweek professional coaching
All children in our teams can attend a midweek development session delivered by our team of professional coaches. The coaches range from Full time PE teachers, MFC Academy coaches, EX professional players and highly experienced grassroots club coaches. They all come from experienced football backgrounds with a proven track record of developing teams and players.
The coaches will rotate round the groups each week so your child will receive a blend of the coaches experience and knowledge helping them to develop and reach their potential.
Please see Pitch Map and teams professional coach allocation below
Please note although we have set the teams on pitches for midweek training they will still be mixed with other teams on quiet weeks or when we are short staffed.
Team training and matches will be taken by a volunteer manager (usually a parent of one of the children in the team). The team training is an optional extra the manager will put on probably on a Friday night or a Saturday morning. This is not guaranteed to be on every week though as the manager may have family / work commitments so may have to cancel from time to time. Some teams may have an assistant who may step in on these occasions though. Team managers will text parents to inform them of plans for team training / matches etc. If you haven't heard off your child's team manger by August please text Craig on 07815062530
Season 2017 / 18 Squads
Daniel Alexand Lake
Boro Rangers Athetic
Boro Rangers United
Isaac O bire
Boro Rangers Orange
Boro Rangers Yellow
Finley Wilson Taylor
Coulby Newham Juniors
Owen Rowe Brown
Harry Leader Jenkin
Gabriel O Bire
Charlie Preston Pull
Leo O Rourke
Under 9 Squads
Alfie O Keefe
Monday x 2
Prissick Rovers Madrid
Matteo O Dowd
Under 10 Squads
Prissick Rovers United
Riverside Juniors Whites
Prissick Rovers Madrid
Luca O Dowd
Prissick Rovers City
Riverside Juniors Blues
Riverside Juniors Reds
George Close Semp
Jack O Brein
Boro Rangers Greens
Coulby Newham Juniors
Cole O Kelly
Under 12 teams
John Martin Tuffs
Thomas Marron Sheppherd
Under 13 / 14 teams
Riverside Juniors U13
Riverside Juniors U14
Alex Reed Kirby
All new team managers will have the following in place -
FA Level 1 coaching certificate
FA Criminal Records Check
FA Safeguarding Children
FA emergency aid
Before you start to criticise your child's manager please remember they are a volunteer and are giving up their time for FREE to give your child an opportunity to play in a team.
Team managers are hard to come by and we are always short of volunteers every season so please don't be the one parent who pushes the manager to quit with constant moaning!!!!
Many of our managers may have played at a high level in their youth but coaching children this age may take a little time for them to get used, so please be patient with them and show your support.
If managers, parents and players are all pulling together as a team then it will be a much better experience for all.
Parent Rules and Code of Conduct!!
Their will be a zero tolerance code of conduct implemented with parents and disciplinary action taken against anyone who steps out of line. Children are their to have fun and enjoy their football and parents who have any negative influence on the sidelines will not be welcome to attend.
Let The Children Play
They stand on the field with their hearts beating fast
The whistle has blown, the die has been cast.
Mum & Dad cannot help, they stand all alone
A goal at this moment would send the team home.
A ball near their feet, they kick and it misses
There's a moan from the crowd, some boos and some hisses
A thoughtless voice cries 'take him off Mun '
Tears fill their eyes, it's no longer fun.
If you have ever been tempted to shout or to groan
Just think, it's a child who stands all alone
So open your heart and give them a break
It's moments like this that players you make.
Keep this in mind, please do not forget
They are only children, they're not adults yet!
Parents rules - Code of conduct!!!
- Stay outside the fence line at all times during training and matches
- Remember children play for FUN!!!!
- Respect referees decisions at all times
- NEVER criticise any of the players / managers decisions
- Don't coach from side lines shouting pass, shoot, get rid etc, this only confuses the children and stops them developing their own decision making on the pitch.
- Don't reward children with a pound a goal as they will only ever look for the goal which is not always the best decision and will have a negative impact on their pitch awareness. If you want to reward them reward hard work, team ethic or good decisions
- Let the manager do the coaching on match days - remember you are a parent their to support the team not to coach it.
- Remember the manager on weekends is a volunteer who has put their name forward to give your child the opportunity to play in a team.
- Don't become obsessed with Professional Club academies and put your child under pressure to make it as a pro!!!!!!
We operate a zero tolerance policy and any parents who become over pushy, jealous, abusive or start to tittle tattle on the side lines will be asked to leave the team and program with immediate effect regardless of how talented your child is so please don't spoil it for them!!!
ALL PARENTS / SPECTATORS MUST WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS AND BE AWARE THAT THIS IS THE TYPE OF PARENT BEHAVIOURS WE DON'T WANT TO SEE AT MIDDLESBROUGH SPORTS VILLAGE!!!!
FA Video 1
FA Video 2
FA Video 3
Professional Club Academies
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for some info we share with parents regarding professional football club academies that is worth reading if you are approached by a scout.
Parking at the sports village!!!
Can parents whose kids are on the pitches furthest to the building or playing on the Grass please turn right at round a bout when entering and use the top car park to help free up spaces in the main car park.
Uniform for midweek training
Available to buy at Middlesbrough Sports Village Reception from October 2017
Boro Soccer Schools Red top
Plain Navy Shorts
Plain Navy Socks
Optional extra uniform
BSS Training Jumper
BSS Rain Jacket
Plain Navy tracksuit bottoms
If you do not want to purchase the jumpers / rain jackets please have the children wear the red t-shirts over their own jumpers / under armour on cold days so they all still look uniformed in red tops at training.
Additional Kit and training wear with clubs colours and badge
Any team who are able to do any fundraising or attract a team sponsor can go out and get their clubs own colours with club badges on to wear for team only training and matches (BSS uniform must still be worn on Tues / Thurs development training)
Your child's teams manager / secretary will be sent a link on where to buy this at discounted prices. This is down to parents / managers to club together and organise if you want any additional kits etc
Homework for players
Parents will frequently ask what they can be doing with their child at home to help them improve. Our best advice for homework is to improve their ball mastery skill level. The best way to do this is download the Coerver App and have your child practice a different skill each night or one a week by just copying the video. If you cant get the app then search coerver on you tube and watch the videos
Match Day Strip
Plain Navy Socks
Nike or sondico - Parentst to purchase at Sports Direct
Various Nike Shirts
These will be provided by the program but must be retuned when your child finishes the 2 years
Plain Navy Shorts
Nike or sondico - Parents to purchase at Sports Direct
Children who are graduating from Boro Soccer Schools this summer and moving into a team for the 1st time must make your last payment on 1st August to the following details
Account Name - JFC Development Ltd (Junior Football Club Development Ltd)
Account Number - 23217116
Sort Code - 205678
Amount - £30 a month
Date - 1st of each month
Reference - Your Child's FULL name
After Augusts payment is made you must then cancel any future payments to the above and then set up a direct debit with Everyone Active at Middlesbrough Sports Village by popping into reception between 2nd and 10th August to fill out the paperwork
(You Will need your own bank details to sort this in reception)
Payments for your child's subs are £360 a year and are paid via 12 x £30 Direct Debit payments.
Payments must be made regardless of your child's attendance as the team will still have overheads to cover even when your child is not present at matches / training
What’s included in the subs you pay?
- Midweek development session with professional coaches
- Pitch allocations for extra team training
- Pitch Allocations for matches
- DBS checks for volunteers
- Level 1 coaching course for volunteer manager
- Equipment– Footballs / bibs / cones
- FA affiliation
- League fees
- Referees for league games
- Trophies at end of season
- Match day shirts*
*Shirts MUST be returned when your child leaves the program
What’s not included in your subscriptions?
- Tournament entry fees
- Referees for friendly games
- Additional kits / training wear*
- Additional level 1 courses
- Replacement match day shirts, training tops, kit / equipment
- Additional midweek pitch slots
- Fines incurred by teams for admin mistakes / red cards etc
- Tuesday night training tops, jumpers, rain jackets
- Navy Shorts and socks to go with match day / training shirts
Everyone Active will provide all the essentials to run a junior football team but if squads want any of the extras listed above then teams are encouraged to set up your own individual community bank account and maybe do a couple of fundraising events such as bag packs / sponsored walks etc or get a local company to sponsor the team to help contribute towards these extra costs. These are only OPTIONAL and it is not the team managers job to organise this. This is for the parents to pull together if your team want any extra clothing / equipment / tournaments
New Players to the program this season must make their final payments to Boro Soccer Schools on 1st of July and 1st August then you cancel your standing order in August and take out a direct debit with Mbro Sports Village ready for 1st September. A text will be sent out early August about how to transfer payments to the sports village
Signing on for the teams
To sign on for the teams you will need the following handed in to your child's manager by Tuesday 3rd August.
Please have them all in an envelope with your child's name on and hand to your child's team secretary
- Two Passport photos of your child - write name on back
- Copy of either their birth certificate or passport - NOT ORIGINALS!!!
- Online form filled in at bottom of this page to confirm you and all family members agree to the code of conduct below
Gym Membership Discounts!!!
Discount Gym memberships at Everyone Actives Gyms in Middlesbrough for all team development parents!!!!
Everyone Active are passionate about supporting our communities to get more active and are now offering Team Development Parents discounts on Active extra Gym Memberships that can be used to access the activities listed at any of the following venues below.
Rainbow Leisure Centre
Gym / Pool / Sauna / Steam Room / Fitness Classes / Badminton / Squash / Table Tennis
M'bro Sports Village
Gym / Fitness Classes / Badminton / Table Tennis / Indoor track / outdoor track / Strength and conditioning area
The Neptune Centre
Gym / Pool / Steam Room / Sauna / Fitness Classes
Badminton / Table Tennis / Fitness Classes
Eston Sports Academy
Gym / Fitness Classes / Sauna / Steam Room
Saltburn Leisure Centre
Gym / Fitness Classes / Pool
G'boro Swimming Pool
Gym / Pool / Fitness Classes
Loftus Leisure Centre
Gym / Pool / Fitness Classes / Sauna / Steam Room
How to get the Gym Membership Discount
To receive the gym membership discount or if you want more info on the gym memberships please pop into reception at the sports village and ask to speak to someone from the membership team and state your child is signed up to the teams based at the sports village and they will talk you through the options
Professional Club Academies!
Each year a large amount of the children graduating out of Boro Soccer Schools receive invites to train with pro clubs, we feel this illustrates our coaching philosophy is working and is helping children to reach the highest standard but we would like to educate parents on a few points and experiences we have had before you start training with a professional club
If your child receives an invite to a pro club to attend a development centre please try and protect your child from any hype that goes with this invite.
A development centre is a session a pro club provides for any advanced footballers in their age. It is not a contract offer and time for you to sell up and move to the Hollywood hills so please keep you and your child's feet grounded.
Children continue to play for their junior clubs while attending development sessions and only stop if they receive a contract offer from U9s
Pro club development centres are a fantastic opportunity for your child to receive good quality coaching with top standard players but it can be detrimental to your child's psychological development if it is not managed correctly.
Parents are asked to keep an eye out for the following things listed below and try your best to manage it to ensure your child keeps developing their talent.
We have seen so many of our most talented players burnt out by as early as 9 year old because of over training. Too many parents will take their child to every pro club session they can get them in thinking it will give them a better chance of getting in an academy. Children then spend half of their early years finishing school, sitting in a car for an hour to get to a session, training then sitting in a car to travel back home for an hour. Doing this too many times a week will become a chore to them and will just burn them out.
Choose 1 pro club session and stick to it, you can always go back to other clubs for trials etc at a later date if things don't work out in your chosen club.
Over training means your child ends up giving less effort in each session, they can also become bored of repetition and will ultimately burn out faster than other children who are training less so more training isn't always better in this case. Give them time to be a kid.
They will develop more in their own garden watching and practising skills off the coerver app or you tube clips than they would sitting in a car for 2 hours to get too and from training.
2 - Pressure!!!!
Please don't put unnecessary pressure on your child and overly promote their achievements. We understand you will be extremely proud that your child has been recognised and rightly so but please remember it is long and bumpy road for them with a lot that can go wrong so the bigger you build them up the bigger the fall if they were to be released. We have placed the article to the left not to scare parents off academies but to remind them of the impact they maybe having on their child by building them up to highly and some of the extreme consequences this can have on players if they don't make the big stage.
We have seen many of our highly talented players fall out of love with the game and stop playing football altogether by 9 years old because of the pressure that parents have put on them to perform. Keep football as their social activity that they enjoy doing and not a performance pressure pot that they feel anxious to attend!!!!!
3 - Children / parents bad attitudes after receiving an invite
Another reason we see our talented footballers falling behind others after dominating at the younger ages is poor attitudes by both parents and players after they have received invites to professional clubs. Many children stop trying as hard and giving 100% as they think they have already made it.
Children need to remember their is over 40,000 other players in their year group in the north east all wanting a space in an academy with around only 50 spaces available across the 4 pro clubs.
Always remind your child of the saying below
"Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard"
Many children's attendance at their grass roots clubs training will drop after an invite and parents think their child has a right to play on match days still because they now train with a "pro club". Please remember your child's club will have contributed a lot to help them get recognised by a pro club so don't start to loose respect for their team mates and manager!!! We constantly see many less talented children not involved with pro clubs in the early years then go onto become the better players in the later ages as they have worked harder to develop their skill level with the right attitudes.
We can try to manage the things listed above but their is so many other things that can also affect children's development such as injuries, growth spurts through their teens which makes them loose co-ordination and balance, normal psychological problems through teens etc so please remember it is a long bumpy road for them with a lot that can go wrong so they must always be prepared and educated of the possibility of being released and continue to put as much effort as possible into their school education!!!
Apologies if this section has came across as though we are preaching on how to be good parents as I know majority of parents will deal with academies really well but it is so easy to get caught up in all the hype and get carried away so we feel it is our duty with the level of interest our players get from pro clubs to try and offer a bit of advice.
We would like all parents to try their best to get on with each other and not start competing with each other within a team because one kids gets more attention than another from a pro club. We have had many cases in the past of parents telling their children not to pass to a particular player because a scout might recognise the other child more than their own child. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and any guilty parents acting in this very petty and pathetic way will be asked to leave the club so please do not become a bitter parent if another child is doing better than your child!!!!
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Season 2017 / 18