Under 14’s

Carl Rose – Manager

We currently have one of our U14 teams in the Central Lancs Junior Football League Under 14’s Division this season. All League games are played on Sunday mornings. Our home games are played at our Buckshaw Bernabeu Pitches with a 10:00am kick off. Away games are played at the opponent’s home venue. The League season runs from the first weekend in September to the first weekend in May. Fixtures are usually published by the League 2 weeks prior to the start of each month.

u11b_teamOur selection policy for mini soccer is 9 a side, we will take 12 or 14 players to each League games with each selected child looking at playing at least half a game (fitness and attitude permitting). The games are 30 minutes each way and utilise a “roll on, roll off” substitute system. Some players will naturally play more than others; however this will be decided not only by ability, form and fitness, but more importantly by attitude and behaviour in training, pre match warm up and the actual game itself.

Astley & Buckshaw Juniors Football Club Under 14 Blue Team go into Europe ….

After two years of hard work for the players raising more than £7000 the Under 14 Blue Team headed off to the continent over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 14 players and their dads boarded a AVA Travel luxury coach in Leyland at midnight on Thursday 26th May for a 16 hour coach and ferry journey that took them deep into Europe, the destination being Duinrell Holland.

During the four day trip the U14’s player two Dutch teams at their home venues and what fantastic venues they were. VV KatwijK where the first team to host our U12’s where we played a fabulous game resulting in an unfortunate 0-3 loss despite our U14’s hitting the crossbar three times and the post once. Nevertheless the U12’s thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved the experience. Our hosts where fantastic and treated us all like internationals.

The second match hosted by VV Rockanje was  played on the Sunday in glorious weather at another top facility was the icing on the cake for the players, a toughly fought game saw our Captain for the Match score a fantastic free kick to open our European account and resulted in the boys finishing with a stomping 3-6 victory. Even better was the fact that all six goals were scored by separate players meaning just short of half the squad have European goals to their names, what a memory for the boys.

 After each game the players and Dad’s made the most of the base camp venue at Duinrell which included a theme park and a water park.