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The fourth Saturday of 2016 inspired 18 players to put their boots and pads on for the first of the Football Healthy 4 Life ‘Elite Academy’ sessions. Over the 10 years of weekly training sessions and monthly tournaments, a hunger for more football at a higher level had brought about demand for the next stage of football sessions.

I had a plan in my mind, but what made the 1st of 3 pilot sessions even greater, was the spirit and enthusiasm of this fantastic group of men. After an organised warm up of two lines of nine, some huffed and puffed more than others, but already the familiar support and encouragement from one player to another started to shine through. All players took turn to be followed round a circuit, using a variety of dynamic stretches to prepare for phase one; the technique of passing. Footballs were passed through different angles over varying distances. On the receiving end, players demonstrated their ability to take the weight out of a pass using the technique of ‘cushioning’ the ball to keep it under close control. Adding an opponent to the scene moved the group onto one v one defending - phase two. Mirror images of Tony Alderweireld and John Terry stood the test of time against Ronaldo and Messi lookalikes. Project Leader, Carolyn Rogers, looked on impressed as defenders directed their on-coming opponent away from danger, who used every trick in the book to get beyond defender to their target. Meanwhile, a group of 3 agile Goalkeepers began warming up with drills to enhance their reflexes and safe handling, preparing each other for phase 3, the final technique of the session; finishing. Each keeper, equipped with sticky padded gloves and sharp minds, defended their nets from the onslaught of inside-of-the-foot finesse and boot-laced-blasts shooting from 15 players hungry to score. No easy task with each shot technique bettering the last.

Over a well-earned drinks break, players reflected together on the techniques and skills visited so far before ending the session with 35 minutes of impressive defending, beating opponents and finishing with memorable goalkeeping in a 2-sided match to finish off a double-hour Elite Academy session at Colchester’s Leisure World. What a fantastic first Academy session to coach! And wow, what an amazing project to be part of! Looking forward to the next.

Adam Moore



Soccability Dates for 2015-16

12th September: Shrub End (1pm - 4pm)
10th October: Basildon Soccability (11am - 2pm)
14th November: Braintree 3G (1pm - 4pm)
12th December : Shrub End (12 noon - 3pm)
13th February: Plume 3G (11am - 2pm)
12th March: Shrub End   (12 noon - 3pm)
9th April: Basildon Soccability (11am - 2pm)
14th May: Shrub End (12 noon - 3pm)




Presentation Evening

27th August 2015

6.30pm to 10.30pm

at the

Weston Homes Stadium

Tickets £10 and available from Carolyn


Training for 2015 starts:

Colchester – Tuesday 6th January 2015 5pm

Witham – Wednesday 7th January 2015 5pm

Clacton – Thursday 8th January 2015 5pm




Harry and Greg used complimentary tickets from Healthy 4 Life to see the England Women’s team play at Wembley 23rd November 2014.












Sarah, Peter and Julia used complimentary tickets from Healthy 4 Life to see the England Women’s team play at Wembley on 23rd November 2014.











Football Healthy 4 Life next Soccability Tournament

Saturday 8
th November Shrub End, Colchester.  

Arrive 10.30am for 11am start.





Carol Bond (ACE CAS admin team Manager) has very kindly donated £106 to Healthy 4 Life.  Carol’s father, John Tatchell was a member of Birch Colts for many years and on 21st June 2014 a  football match was held in memory of John.  Carol handed over £106 which was raised at the football match.  Carolyn and Mo thanked Carol and said ‘We are very appreciative of this money and we will buy trophies for our presentation evening on 11th September”. 



Congratulations to Richard Bacon on completing his Level 1 in football coaching.


FA Disability Cup 2014

Healthy 4 Life v Charlton Athletic Deaf 1-8.

Although Healthy 4 Life lost this game, it was a great opportunity for us to play at a local ground and we would like to say a big thank you to Brightlingsea Regent FC for hosting the day for us and the Essex FA for their help and support.  Healthy 4 Life played a very good second half only conceding one goal. 

Look out for more information in next year's Cup. 


Well done to Healthy 4 Life's 11 aside team for winning the preliminary round of the FA Disability Cup 8-0.

The match finally took place on Sunday 16th February and the weather was perfect.  Healthy 4 Life would like to say well done to St Albans City Youth who played an excellent game, despite one of their players having to go to hosiptal due to a head injury.  They continued to play very good football and showed excellent sportsmanship during the whole game.  A big thank you to St Albans City Youth, the officials, referee and linesmen.  Healthy 4 Life look forward to playing a friendly with St Albans City Youth at their home ground in the next few months.

Look out for Harry's match report and check out the photos in the photo gallery.

Next round is against Charlton Deaf FC on Sunday 23rd February 2014 1.30pm kickoff:

Brightlingsea Regent FC

North Road

Brightlingsea CO7 0PL

Please come and support the team.



Healthy 4 Life have entered an 11 aside team with players from all three groups.   Healthy 4 Life's first match will be against St Albans City Youth FC.  The preliminary round has been postponed three times due to the pitch being waterlogged at Letchworth.

The preliminary round will now take place Sunday 16th February 2014 at The Arena, Norton Road, Baldock on an all weather pitch.

Any queries please contact Carolyn on 07786660998  or  Mo on 07733227895