The high levels of long term unemployment within the areas we work in are in many cases three generations old. There is significant level of poverty with young people growing up in an environment where they do not expect to work and as such they develop little motivation to learn or develop skill sets. This in turn feeds low levels of confidence and self- worth and little point is seen in making any effort - which results in poor levels of health and lifestyle choices.


1. Increase the self-esteem and wellbeing of participants

2. Supporting people to make changes for the better by enhancing skills for resilience, relationships, knowledge and self-esteem

3. Build mutually supportive networks and friendships which help people make sense of their environments and take control of their lives.

Created by

Albion Goals

Length of the session

60 minutes

Number of participants


Age of participants



Balls, Bibs, Cones, Goals

Required knowledge, skills and preparation of the trainer

Experience of football inclusion is essential. Knowledge of behavioural change processes and mental health conditions is desirable, eg Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Session plan

Session plan

WARM-UP (10')


CUPS & SAUCERS: Place  small  cones on the ground so that there are at least one for each participant. Half need to be placed on the ground in the normal way, and half upside down. This creates the cups and saucers. Divide the group in two, depending on whether they are a cup or saucer, they have to turn the flexi cones over for their team. The team with the most cones turned over within a set time, e.g. 30 seconds, wins.

The game can be repeated by lengthening the time, or traveling in a specific way e.g. hopping, or having an uneven split of cones to start with. You can also do this drill at walking speed




In life you often have to take decisions that need courage if you want to succeed. You can influence the result by minimizing the risk of failure.

• One goal with a keeper.
• Put the cones in the following distance from goal: 6 yards, 12 yards, 18 yards (ca. 5 meters, 11 meters and 16 meters).
• One player with the ball starts a dribble towards goal and then decides from which distance they want to shoot at goal. The closer they get to goal, the fewer points they will get if they score. A goal from 6 yards is 2 points, a goal from 12 yards is 4 points and a goal from 18 yards is 6 points

You can modify or adjust the game as you move along. For example, you can make two teams, or place players in pairs. You can also allow more or fewer attempts, or repeat the exercise on a weekly basis to measure progress.




This drill is a neat progression from the first half activity and will build up confidence in your attackers without defenders to ruin the party!

There is an overload progression in this drill which allows the attackers to learn to build-up play gradually so they get to know position and movement. Look out for players using correct techniques and skills and make sure they take their time on the ball and stress the importance of maintaining possession. Ideally, set up this  drill on a 40 yard x 30 yard pitch.

Three players start at one end of the pitch. They must pass and move to get close to the goal and try to beat the goalkeeper. When the move is completed with a shot, miss or save, the next three players start. This is also a good confidence workout for your goalkeeper.

Over time, you can modify the drill. For example, mark out three zones. Again three players start at the top end of the pitch but this time they face defenders. In the first zone they are unopposed, in the second they are facing 1 defender and in the third they play 3v2. The players’ test is to see if they can work their way through the zones to score.




Allow the players to stretch, relax and get a drink of water.



Bring the players together for a final reflection and discussion. Potential questions include:

  • What did the players learn about confidence?

  • Why did they shoot from a certain distance? How did they decide to shoot from a certain distance?

  • How did they feel facing multiple defenders?

  • What is a 'considered risk' to you?

  • Ask them to suggest 3 things they liked about the session, and 3 things they would change about the session.



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