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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS MINISTRY OF FOOTBALL?  ★  WHAT AGES DO YOU COACH?  ★  WHERE ARE YOU BASED?  ★  HOW MUCH?  ★ DO YOU DO CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAY PARTIES?  ★  DO YOU RUN TEAMS THAT PLAY AGAINST OTHER CLUBS?  ★  WHY INDOORS?  ★  HOW DO YOU GROUP PLAYERS?  ★  WHO ARE THE COACHES?  ★  DO YOU OFFER FREE TASTER SESSIONS?  ★  WHY DO YOU USE SIZE 3 FOOTBALLS?  ★  HOW DO I JOIN?  ★  JOINING HALF-WAY THROUGH A TERM  ★  CAN I PAY-ON-THE-DAY?  ★ DO YOU COACH ADULTS TOO?  ★  WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?  ★  CAN PARENTS STAY AND WATCH?  ★  IS THERE CAR-PARKING?  ★  WHY/WHAT MUSIC DO YOU USE?  ★  DO YOU RUN HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES?

 

1.What is Ministry of Football?

We are an indoor football skill development programme for children aged 4-12. Our aim is to develop skilful, confident, creative football players. We also run sessions for adults, as well as birthday parties and holiday programmes   [Back to top]

2. Why are you different from other football programmes?

Because of the quality of coaches we use, and the positive learning environment we create. We use dance music in our sessions to add intensity and energy, and the activities we use are game-related - no long queues or boring lectures. Click here for full details of the top 10 things that make us different   [Back to top]

3. What ages do you coach?

We have sessions for all age/ability groups up to age 12 approx. See Sessions page for full timetable.   [Back to top]

4. Where are you based?

We operate across North London. currently in Fortsimere School (N10 1NE) on a Sunday afternoon. For a list of sessions click here, and to see our current venues click here   [Back to top]

5. Do you run birthday parties?

Yes, we run excellent birthday parties! A typical party may last 90 minutes, and could include a variety of different sports actitvities, mini-tournament, and some elements of skill development too. Give Mark a call on 07772 716 876 to discuss your needs and get a quote   [Back to top]

6. Do you have teams?

We are a skill development programme not a football club. We do not have teams that play regularly against other clubs. We do not believe that the kind of enviornment typical at most inter-club matches is conducive to skill development. Skill development requires players to experiment with new ideas and be creative, and this rarely happens under the pressure of weekly games, league tables and over-excited parents/coaches. We do host regular 4-aside Mini-Leagues, which are run in accordance with our core values - see 4v4 Mini-League page for more details of how these work   [Back to top]

7. Why do you play indoors rather than outdoors?

We play indoors because we believe it creates a better learning environment. The flat indoor surface is more reliable than a grassy muddy pitch or slippery astroturf. The walls of the sports hall keep the ball in play. maximising learning opportunities. We are never cancelled because of the weather, and parents and spectators can keep warm and dry watching the sessions in comfort   [Back to top]

8. Can my child be in the same group as their friend/sibling?

We will try to ensure that friends and siblings who want to play  together are in the same group. However, our main consideration is the development of all the players on the programme and to do this we need to ensure that player groupings are conducive to learning for all. For more details on how we group players, click here   [Back to top]

9. How do you decide which group my child joins?

We take into consideration their Age, Ability, Attittude and Athleticism. These 4 'A's allow us to put all children into groups which are ideal for their needs. For more information on how we group players, click here   [Back to top]

10. Who are your coaches?

Our coaches are highly-motivated, highly-passionate, highly-skilled teachers with experience in coaching football to young children. They are usually qualified in the FA Youth Coaching Modules, and often have teaching experience at schools or are studying Sports Science or teacher training. To meet the coaches, click here   [Back to top]

11. How much does it cost?

We run programmes each school term, and we charge by the school term. Most school terms last 12 to 14 weeks, and current fees are £7 * Number of Weeks in Term. If we have spaces remaining in groups, we can offer places to children wanting to join part-way through a term - at a reduced pro-rata rate   [Back to top]

12. Do you do free taster sessions?

Yes. Just ask. Providing we have spaces left in the group, we would welcome new children for a free taster session at any time during the term. This session is completely free, with no-obligation to join the programme    [Back to top]

13. Do you coach adults?

No. But we do have details of local friendly, indoor 5-aside games - Contact us for details.   [Back to top]

14. Why do you use size 3 footballs?

Young children need small footballs. Older children and adults can seriously improve their ball skills by using smaller footballs. The footballs we use are size 3, and are slightly deflated. This means they replicate the type of ball used in futsal (at a fraction of the cost of buying expensive futsal balls!)    [Back to top]

15. How do I join?

Call 07772 716 876. We will see if we have space on the current/next programme, and provide answers to any questions or concerns you might have. There is no joining fee   [Back to top]

16. Can I join half way through a term?

Yes, providing there are spaces in the appropriate group. Children who do join the programme mid-way through a school term only pay a reduced rate dependent on how many weeks of the term are remaining   [Back to top]

17. Can I pay-on-the-day? I don't want to commit to a whole term.

No. Because we need to pay upfront for the hire of the premises, insurance, coaches etc. Therefore we ask for parents to pay up-front too. If you join the programme part-way through a term then you only need pay for the weeks remaining in that term    [Back to top]

18. What do I need to bring with me?

A drink. Children need to wear flat-soled trainers. Do not wear astro-boots or anything with studs on the bottom. School sports-halls are easily scratched, so it is important that all spectators and parents also wear appropriate footwear (no high heels!)    [Back to top]

19. Are parents allowed to / expected to stay and watch?

Parents are very welcome to watch. We will provide somewhere comfortable to sit. If parents need to run errands or be elsewhere during the session, then that's fine as long as they are present five minutes before the end of the session to collect their child(ren). We advise parents of children under 6 years-old to be present at their child's first session. Parents of children aged 3 and 4 attending the Parent-Child class must stay and join in the session with the child.   [Back to top]

20. Can younger siblings watch too?

Yes, they are always welcome - just keep them safely away from football areas and activities   [Back to top]

21. Is there car-parking at the venue?

Yes. At all our venues, there is ample car-parking within a couple of minutes walk of the football area   [Back to top]

22. Can you see if my child is good enough to join a professional team?

We do have links to professional clubs, and parents do occasionally ask us to see what we think of their child's ability level with a view to setting up a trial at a club. As long as their is space in the appropriate group, we would welcome any child along to the MoF programme. However, we will not give certain players more time and effort than others just because they are higher ability; we pride ourselves on being inclusive and this means treating everyone as special regardless of playing ability   [Back to top]

23. Do you run holiday programmes?

We started running Holiday Programmes in the summer of 2011. We sometimes run Easter and Summer holiday programmes. Click here for details.   [Back to top]

24. Why do you use music in your sessions?

Music has the power to energise an environment. It can also inspire creativity. It helps develop a uniquely intense atmosphere, and one which the children respond to. Music can also be used to control behaviour, prevent over-coaching from parents and coaches, and promote flow states. Click here for more detail on the use of music at our sessions   [Back to top]

25. What kind of music do you use in your sessions?

Dance music, usually uplifting house music from the past two decades   [Back to top]

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