Asfordby FC juniors take first steps on their football journey

Cobras Under 8s with coach Leon Elford (left) and assistant coach Wayne Pymm EMN-180609-143448002
Cobras Under 8s with coach Leon Elford (left) and assistant coach Wayne Pymm EMN-180609-143448002
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The Cobras and Vipers may be Asfordby FC’s youngest age-group league sides, but they have already had plenty of time to bond.

The under 8 teams, both registered in the Leicester District Mutual League, kicked off their second season last week, but have years of experience together.

Cobras manager Leon Elford said: “They are a fantastic group of children, many of whom have come through our Saturday morning academy and have known each other since they were four. They absolutely love the game.

“Being able to register as two teams really helps us to give the kids more playing time in a match.

“The long term plan is to bring the teams together when we reach 11-a-side, but the objective this season is for the team to continue having fun and for us coaches to prepare them for the move to seven-a-side next season.

“Ideally we would like a couple more players to join in readiness for next season, and would encourage any football-crazy kids to come down and see us.”

The Asfordby Academy is for boys and girls aged four to 11 of any ability and run in line with FA guidelines.

Sessions are planned to help the development of young footballers by helping them with the physical, technical, psychological and social aspects of the game.

They cost £2.50 per week, but the first week is free with no need to book.

Newcomers are welcome to go along in suitable kit, including shinpads, and with a drink.

For more information, contact the club through their website at or via the Asfordby Football Club – Academy Facebook page.