Congratulations to Robins U10 Reds who were today presented with their trophies for winning their group in the Winter Trophy Event, the second of the 2014-15 season. This latest success follows on from the team winning the Autumn Trophy Event, as reported here.
The boys were presented their trophies at the club Christmas party by club chairman Paul Wainwright who congratulated the team on their acheivement and the high standards they set themselves. It was a nice way to end the league and cup fixtures for 2014 and nice for the players to be able to recieve their honours in front of the whole club.
The idea of the "Trophy Events" is an FA initiative to allow younger age groups to gradually get used to playing competitive football. Previously, teams would go from playing two years of development/friendly games where no results or League tables were published, straight into a 20+ week season-long league competition. The aim of the Trophy Events is to introduce the competitive element gradually and intersperse competitive fixtures with development league fixtures.
So this season the U10s and U9s age groups will play 3 Trophy Events each consisting of 3-4 weeks of competitive football, making between 9-12 weeks of competitive football across the season as a whole, while the U7s and U8s will also take part in 3 Trophy Events, but shorter in duration, each comprising just two games. The aim is to give the younger age groups a taste of competitive football, but without the pressure a full season-long competition can somtimes exert on what are still very young players.