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Cattle in Pasture





(6-7 yr olds)

(Year 2)


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Festivals of Football are a celebration of our values of inclusion, enjoyment, creativity and learning. We will deliver:

  • A program promoting children's football for children, guaranteeing a positive experience for all - helping in the development of creative, confident, skilful footballers, enhancing joy through play without pressure.

  • An approach that is flexible and relies upon the use of common sense to emphasise children’s enjoyment, fun and engagement more than the outcomes of winning and defeating opponents

  • A platform that grows a positive environment in which parental involvement and support from those who believe in the same values is encouraged.



No coaching, no instruction, no substitutes, no fixed goalkeepers

- Just a perfect environment for young children to thrive in!


The 4v4 format of the game accelerates development of technical ability & game intelligence, whilst building on the lessons 2v2 & 3v3 formats have taught.

4v4 is the smallest sided game you can have that has all the elements of a real football match without any of the confusions that surround learning to play football.

In a "real match " children have the option of passing the ball forwards, square or backwards. 3v3 cannot do this because one of the directions will be missing. With 5 children the extra one duplicates one of the elements. They become “also wide, also deep or also back.” This “also” position clutters the picture at this stage of development.

One player is up top for penetration. Two are needed for width and one holds back to supply depth. In 4v4 the responsibilities are very clear. All tasks are covered and none are shared, which keeps things simple, giving children the best introduction to the game before they advance to 5v5 at club level.

Let’s Make Sure ‘Play’ Does Not Become the Next 4-Letter Word.

 Pete Sturgess - National Lead Foundation Phase (5-11) - The FA



        HOW IT WORKS

  • Each team will have four players, with no substitutes -  Maximum playing time for all children

  • Games for the Mighty Kicks group will take place on Saturday afternoons (3-4pm)

  • Our venue address is: Kingsway Sports Centre, Turf Hill Rd, Rochdale, OL16 4XA.

  • All children will play 3 x 15 minute games, with 5 min breaks in between.

  • The teams will be chosen by First Kicks staff

  • Children will rotate teams over the course of the hour  mixing between other members of the group.

  • There will be no team kits. Bibs will be available.

  • There is no commitment. We will run the festivals on a weekly basis.

  • For non First Kicks trainers, a simple online registration & payment process is available

  • It's that simple! - Just relax & prepare for FUN!


Our Ethos

First Kicks passionately believe in small-sided games (SSGs) to teach skills and develop creative, confident players and children.

To complement our individually focused coaching sessions we also provide children with the opportunity to learn through play at our weekly "Festival of Football" games program.

Session Timing

Saturday afternoons (3-4pm) Kingsway Sports Centre, Turf Hill Rd, Rochdale, OL16 4XA.


Our Focus

No coaching, no instruction, no substitutes, no fixed goalkeepers. Just a perfect environment for young children to thrive in!

Mighty Kicks Curriculum
Formats of the game that are proven to accelerate development:


Above all else we promote FUN!


Weekly festivals open to all - Pay as you Play

£3.50 - Members, £5.00 - Non Members

(No substitiutes policy - 100% game time guaranteed)



It's exactly what you said it would be

- no coaching, no subs,

small goals, lots of fun.

Kids Playing Soccer

No pressure put on them,

no shouting.

We found it fast and fun!

Young Soccer Players

The games were well organised,

with children in charge of the game.

It was a joy to see the

children's enthusiasm.

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