Football: Coach’s Player of the Season
Apr30

Football: Coach’s Player of the Season

My younger son is a good footballer. Not an amazing footballer. He won’t be playing for Man Utd (or Cheltenham Town) any day son, but he’s a good footballer. He’s strong and fast and reads the game well. This season, he’s come out of defence (where he was good, but never really wanted to be) and has become a striker. He’s scored 20 goals this season, making him his team’s equal top scorer and the...

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School rugby tournament 2015
Mar30

School rugby tournament 2015

The school tag rugby tournament is one of my favourite school events of the year. I feel very lucky that my son has played it in every year since year 3. As rugby isn’t a big thing for their school, he was actually the best player in the team even in year 4. They usually field a team of year 3s to 6s, most of whom have never played rugby before and come somewhere very near the bottom. This year they did something different. And...

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The rugby tournament (not going to plan)
Mar24

The rugby tournament (not going to plan)

The end of the rugby season is in sight. Just the County Cup to come this weekend and another big tournament the weekend just gone. Obviously my younger son’s under 11s team would win them both. Obviously. They’ve always been a good team, right from under 8s and under 9s when they hardly had enough players to sustain a team, but this season they’ve been even better. Before this weekend, they’d scored 159 tries...

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Guide to being a football mum
Nov27

Guide to being a football mum

As our kids grow up, it happens to many of us. Especially if, dare I say it, we happen to be mums to boys. There comes a time when the park, the soft play and the company of Mummy just isn’t enough for a child. They need action, they need excitement. They need mud. The time comes for them to start playing football. You may not like this idea. You may see it as an interruption to lie-ins and to Saturdays as a family. But is it...

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Six-One
Oct30

Six-One

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last watched my son play football. My daughter had her tap dance exam and we went to the literature festival, so the last game I watched was a rather rainy 4-2 defeat – their first of the season. I’m pleased to say it didn’t dampen their spirits and they went on to win their next couple of games, keeping them firmly in contention near the top of the league – and my son...

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