Shenzhen United Football Club: Football for Everyone

Shenzhen United FC was founded last year to meet the growing demand for a professionally run and family oriented Football Club. Shenzhen United, based out of Zhoa Bei football field in Shekou, offers Youth Development programs, Junior Leagues as well as a men’s social competition. Shenzhen United means Football for everyone!

Steve Colly Barnes is both founder and head coach of Shenzhen United FC. Steve was born in Nigeria and after a long professional career that brought him to clubs in Europe and Asia, the former player of the Hong Kong national team retired last year to devote his life to the coaching of children that love to play Football. ‘We believe that Football has to be available for every one that wants to play, no matter where in the world you are. Shenzhen United provides this opportunity ’ Steve says.

Steve: In our Youth Development Program we give 4 to 15 year olds Football education on all levels while being amongst children of the same age. Our primary objectives are to introduce fundamental Football skills in a fun and safe environment. We love to encourage and challenge the players and really put our emphasis on:

-       Maximizing individual time with the ball

-       Dribbling and related technical skills

-       Maximizing game involvement, technically, tactically and athletically.

-       Stimulating interest in the game

-       Encouraging teamwork and communication

The Shenzhen United Junior League will have weekly games throughout the school year. Steve: ‘The formation of each team will be based on both age and skills, making sure that everybody gets the chance to perform at the level that suits them the best. We attempt to strike a good balance between kids that go the same school or are from the same community while at the same time expanding their circle of friends. Our Junior League will have Division Champions at the end of each term and the best two teams throughout the season will eventually face off during the Shenzhen Cup at the end of the year!’

Every Thursday from 8pm – 10pm, Shenzhen United FC offers a men’s social competition for any adult that would like to play Football or have a bit of a run around. This social competition is open to all and is there to have fun. Games will be played against a different team each week.

Steve: ‘Our club is all about family fun and therefore we like to organize a lot of various activities such as: group dinners, watching great games on the big screen, field trips to see any international friendlies and more! We would like to welcome everyone to join our club and be a part of Shenzhen United FC.’

For more information email: [email protected] or call Steve at 139 2344 3744


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