Football at Brunel University
Every Friday, during recreation, football players from The Skills Hub travel to Brunel University Sports Ground to participate in a training session. This gives students from The Skills Hub an opportunity to develop their football skills and play competitive sport.
The session starts with the players doing a sport-specific warm up. This is often led by one of our students who study VCERT Health and Fitness as it gives them an opportunity to put what they have learned in class into practice.
The warm up is followed by skills practice where students participate in activities to develop their technique. This varies from week to week and includes drills to facilitate the improvement of passing, tackling and shooting.
The next element of the session is usually small-sided games. A small-sided game is simply a game of football that takes place on a pitch that is smaller than a regulation pitch and incorporates the same features, but on a smaller scale. These matches are typically played on a 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 format and do not include goalkeepers. Small sided games are important because they allow opportunities (many repetitions) for technical development under competitive pressure. This provides opportunities for players improve and turn ‘technique’ into ‘skill’.
The final element of the session is a cool down. This involves light exercise to help remove lactic acid and other waste products which can cause muscle soreness and stiffness after a tough session, so our students learn the whole process of an effective football session!