Banbury United under 10’s – sponsored by Integration Technology
Our particular Banbury United Youth side were originally formed back in 2010/2011 where a group of 5 year olds met every Sunday for lots of running around and fun with the occasional ‘kick of a football’!
After 6 months of fun the boys had now reached an age where they could officially form an under7 side, due to the numbers attending training, the club decided to create two under 7 sides one of which being our team - Banbury United U7.
Originally we began playing in the Witney and District league, playing predominantly teams within Banbury and the surrounding area. These games are played on a much smaller pitch and are 5 v 5 meaning the players have many more touches and have greater time on the ball to enhance development. As you can imagine the first few games were interesting viewing! Both sets of players chasing the ball around a field while having a great deal of fun.
As an FA Standard Charter club the emphasis is all about fun and enjoyment, the games are non-competitive at this age group so results are not published and there are no league tables produced although quickly we began to stand out from the opposition.
Throughout this season we kept our core group of boys who had now trained with us for nearly 2 years and this was clearly evident in quality of play and the attitude of the team.
The following season we remained in the Witney and District league and with the addition of 1 to 2 players we continued to develop our footballing values together with enjoyment and fun. Again this season was non-competitive, although it was clear the boys had formed a great partnership, with lots of goals being scored and great football being played.
Over the summer months mini football festivals take place which are competitive, this saw the team travelling to Solihull, Northampton and Oxford playing against academy grade teams and doing themselves proud.
At the beginning for the under 9 season, and due to their success and development, the team decided to move to a more competitive league and joined the Oxford Mail League. This league is seeded, so each week you play against teams of similar ability to yourselves and this gave the boys a much tougher challenge. The pitches are ¾ an adult size and 7v7, to add to the challenge. Within this league we play teams such as Didcot, Grove and Botley, which in turn has meant the occasional longer journey being made early on a Saturday morning!
This season we have also taken part in Futsal competitions, this format is played on a small indoor pitch with a ball that does not bounce to enhance and develop skills, this is fast paced.
The team remain in the Oxford Mail Youth League which has now been completed for the 2015/2016 season. We still have the same group of boys who, we hope, remain with the club for many years. Over the summer we have 6 football tournaments planned which are always great fun, weather permitting! We will then embark on a new season in September 2016.
Oxford Mail Youth League
It was a season of 2 halves for the boys. The league for the Under 9’s consists of 7 divisions (A-G) for which in September 2015 Banbury United were selected to join Division B.
The season is split into an Autumn League, from September to December, and a Spring League, from February to April. The months of December and January are lighter, with indoor tournaments and friendlies arranged. The Autumn results proved very fruitful and they finished top of the league.
Sep-Nov (Division B – Under 9 Autumn League)
Horspath v Banbury 1-5
Grove Reds v Banbury 2-4
Didcot Reds v Banbury 1-0
Abingdon v Banbury 0-7
Banbury v Kennington 5-3
Marston Saints v Banbury 2-7
Although, due to their age, a league table is not published, friendly fixtures were arranged between the top 4 teams.
Banbury v Horspath 1-6
Banbury v Didcot 1-2
In December and January the indoor Futsal tournaments took place for which Banbury Utd reached 3 finals, losing by 1 goal in each final. The format for this is;
9 competitive matches which are 5 minutes each, consisting of 10 teams in each age group. After all matches within the age group are played, the top 4 are pitted against each other in a semi-final and the winners of these compete in the final. The 3 tournaments played have resulted in Banbury United being finalists in all 3!
Didcot Reds and Banbury Utd progressed into League A
In the early Spring, the going got tougher - but the boys put in a lot of hard effort.
Feb-Apr (Division A – Under 9 Spring League)
Easington Sports v Banbury 6-0
Summertown v Banbury 3-2
Botley v Banbury 5-4
Didcot Reds v Banbury 2-1
Banbury v Didcot White 1-2
Ardley v Banbury 3-1 Knockout Cup
Banbury v Grove Black 1-2
Banbury v Ardley 1-2
There are 6 Summer Tournaments planned from May – July 2016
In September 2016 the boys will commence into League B