Junior Chat: U8’s Raiders

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Our ‘ Junior Chat’ feature is all about showcasing our thriving Junior section and in the spotlight here is our U8’s Raiders. The Raiders team compete in the East Berkshire Football Alliance. They are coached by Lee Warner and managed by Jim Seeman.

We spoke to Jim to get the lowdown on why he chose Ascot, the Raiders season so far, the highs and lows of the squad PLUS some silky skills on show.

2022/23 season so far

We have moved up to Section C this season and every week the boys’ develop their skills and make me unbelievably proud. Some cracking passages of play across the pitch from world class saves, last ditch defending, Beckham-esque passing and goals that deserve to be on ‘Match of the Day’ are just a few of the highlights so far.

What brought you to Ascot?

My son took part in the summer camp in 2021, he wasn’t into football but soon got the bug, I was then approached if I wanted to become a Coach or Manager by Simon Negus. My eldest son played for Ascot years ago and I always was a parent-helper but never got the opportunity to become part of the Ascot family officially. The facilities that Ascot have are second to none and I feel extremely privileged to be part of the club. 

What do you enjoy most about coaching the Raiders?

The way that the boys have gelled is amazing. They all play their part and give 110%. We have gone from strength to strength since our first season last year. When the boys turn up to matches with smiles on their faces and leave with even bigger grins you know you are doing something right! Knowing that you are helping children develop in a new skill or sport and giving back to the community is really enjoyable.

U8’s Raider goal compilation from their 2021/22 season.

What’s been your highlight of the Raiders tenure so far?

For me it has to be this season, having come up a division and facing some strong opposition and still coming away with a win or, at worst, a valiant performance knowing the boys gave it their all. Sorry to do it but our derby clash against Ascot Aces in the league was the standout match for us and the most enjoyable one to watch, there was also a crowd of over 30 spectators which  just added to the experience.

Have there been any moments of adversity for the Raiders and how have you overcome that?

We have had some confidence issues from the boys after injuries or strong tackles, helping the boys find themselves again and playing the way that myself and coach Lee know they can is a big part of our training sessions. When you see it click for them again you have a eureka moment.

Something to celebrate about the Raiders

The dynamic we have from a coaching team through to the team and the parents is fantastic, we have all become great friends and are so supportive of each other, The parents play a big part in what we have and let Lee and I coach how we want to and are complementary of our efforts. The boys all go to each others birthday parties and are really great mates. They love to celebrate together and support each other. We are really looking forward to going to 7 aside next season as our football suits bigger pitches and goals. 

Good luck for the rest of your season Raiders!

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