Archive for July, 2011

Football Training: Session 4 – “Switch The Play And Create More Attacking Space For Your Team”

Posted on: July 27th, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

Object Of The Training Session - Teach your players to have the confidence to switch the play from one side of the pitch to the other with accuracy and intensity, progressing the practice into a drill and ultimately a game situation.

Practicing The Skill – Players 1 and 2 face each other, about the full width of a pitch, with the third player positioned in between. Player 1 accurately passes the ball to player 3 who lays it off with his first touch for player 1 to pass and follow the ball to player 2. The second player receives the ball and with his second touch, plays a long range pass to the other side of the pitch where player 3 will now be positioned. The sequence continues and the drill is repeated as shown in the diagram below.










Developing The Drill – Player 1 starts with the ball at one side of the pitch and plays a long ball to player 2 who is positioned on the other side. Player 2 plays a 10 meter pass and moves behind the third player who passes the ball down the line, into space for player 2 to run onto and deliver a cross. Player 1 who initially started the drill tries to meet the cross to score. Player 3 moves to where the second player was positioned and the fourth person repeats the drill by continuing the sequence as shown in the diagram below.









Moving The Drill Into A More Realistic Game Situation – This drill is the same as above, but with the introduction of defenders. Players 6, 7 and 8 are the defenders as shown in the diagram. Player 8 starts in between the first 2 players to try and stop player 2 from passing to player 3. The seventh player marks player 3 and tries to stop him from playing player 2 into space to deliver a cross. The sixth player is the central defender who’s aim is to prevent player 1 from scoring. The fourth person repeats the drill by continuing the sequence as shown in the diagram below.









Game Situation – Finish with a  normal game on a full size pitch if possible, encouraging your players to switch the play between wings when appropriate.

PENDLE VERDICT – Just be careful with the first drill that players do not work to hard between cones. The focus should be on accuracy of pass rather than intensity at this stage.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?


Pendle Sportswear July Newsletter 2011 – Special Offers, Competitions & Much More!

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

July Newsletter 2011


Dear Fellow FootballerWelcome to our eighth newsletter!This is the eighth edition of our new quarterly e-newsletter, keeping you up to date with all the latest developments.

3 Weeks To Kick Off…


Recently you will have received your 3 Weeks To Go flyer through your letterbox.It’s simply just our way of reminding you that the new season is fast approaching.With our warehouse carrying more stock than ever before we can offer Fast Delivery, with a kit delivered to your doorstep in 4 days time.

Get your orders in now & beat the last minute rush!

Order online here simply give us a call on 01943 601938 or e-mail us on

New Addition – Pendle Blogs


Whilst ordering your football kit, or simply whilst surfing the web, why not take a few minutes to read our latest blogs?On there you’ll find topics such as Top Football Stories, Training Ideas & Drills, Special Offers, Product Information & Competitions.Click here to visit our blog

New Addition – Pendle Games


Seeing as the Quiz of the Month always goes so well in our          e-newsletter we decided to extend this to our website.Click here to enter our latest competition a little bit of skill (or should that be luck!) you could win a £100 voucher to spend with us.Remember you will need to ‘like’ us on Facebook as the result will be posted on our Facebook page. Click here

Facebook & Twitter


Find us and ‘like’ us on Facebook to receive the best offers or follow us on Twitter!/pendlesportsfor the latest up to the minute news.With Special Offers exclusive to Facebook users who ‘like’ us, including a FREE Kit Bag on orders over £300 (Offer valid until 31st July 2011)

The Best Prices Are Online…


With our websites and even easier to use & offering the most competitive prices – now is the time to start ordering online.Including an extra 10% off some of our best value trophies our online EXCLUSIVE Training Kit Deal 


or Juniors

Pendle Sportswear Tops The Polls!


Is there such a thing as bad publicity?!A Paddy Power advert prominently featuring Pendle kit became the most complained about advert last year in the UK, with 1,313 complaints in total.Watch the advert in question here and read the BBC article here

The complaints were not upheld & we had no knowledge of the advert’s content.

So, what do you think? A fair criticism or taking things too far?

Winners Wear Pendle!


Despite being runners-up many times Arbroath FC have never won a trophy since forming the club in 1878. Until now…!Last season they had their first win, becoming Scottish Football Division 3 Champions and being promoted to Division 2.Is wearing Pendle a co-incidence?!

League Winners Also Wear Pendle!


We are also very proud to announce that Stoke Youth FC have recently won both the Jon Russell Cup Final, along with Charter Standard Club of the Year for Somerset.When you also add to it that their league won Charter League of the Year, then that’s what we call an impressive season!Can your team do any better?

Share any stories with us by e-mailing them to and they might make the next newsletter

Recycling Carries On Going Round…


Following on from last newsletter’s recycling report, where we reported that rather than throw their old kit out with the rubbish, Brinkworth Cats recycled it on by donating it to a team in Kenya.Several of you have got in touch with us to say you do the same, including Reading Rangers JFC who have donated old kit from themselves, along with collecting other kits from teams in the league, to the charity Kit Aid.So far they have impressively sent over 150 kits all over the world.

For further details on Kit Aid and to see if you can help click here

Previous Newsletter Quiz Winner…


Thanks to you all for your support and entries on last newsletter’s quiz, the answers were as follows:-How many times did Ajax win the European Cup (now The Champions League) in the 1970’s? Three
Which club did Arsenal beat in both the 1993 League Cup Final and The FA Cup Final? Sheffield Wednesday
Which club was founded first Glasgow Celtic or Glasgow Rangers? Glasgow Rangers
Which football team did Liverpool legend Bill Shankly first manage? Carlisle
At which club did England legend Bobby Charlton player manage for two seasons? Preston North EndThe winner pulled at random from the correct entries was Highcroft FC, Cardiff.

How did you do? Why not try your luck with this edition’s below?

Quiz Of The Month!


As it worked so well last time we decided to do it again! So, for another chance to win a £50 voucher off your next order (no minimum spend) please answer the below questions:-Who joined Liverpool from Celtic in 1977 For £400,000?
Which club did Neville Southall leave to join Everton?
Which Manchester United player was the first to be sent off during an English FA Cup Final?
Which England goalkeeper lost his eye in a car crash?
Which French football player was banned for a year from the national team after falling out with manager Henri Michel?Send your entries to before Midnight 31st September 2011 to qualify.

All correct entries will be put into a draw and the winner will be announced in the next edition of our newsletter.

Good luck!

Can We Do Better?


Can you give us any feedback on the other products we sell? We’re always thinking of new ideas for the next season, so if there’s something you’d like us to offer that we don’t currently, or a colourway you’d like us to introduce please get in touch with us, we’re always open to suggestions.Submit your feedback via e-mail to next time…

The Pendle Sportswear Team

Football Training: Session 3 – “Precision Passing With Accuracy and Intensity”

Posted on: July 20th, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

Object Of The Training Session - Teach your players to pass accurately and move into space with intensity, progressing the practice into a drill and game situation.

Practicing The Skill – Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 who is about 5 meters away and then moves back behind the cone replacing the third player.  With 1 touch, player 2 passes the ball to player 3 who with his first touch, passes it back and moves behind the cone for the first player to receive the pass from player 2. This sequence is repeated for about 3 minutes, then swap the player on their own and repeat. The focus is on accuracy and intensity. Please see the diagram below.







Developing The Drill – 4 players start on each corner of a square about 10 meters apart. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 who then with his first touch, passes the ball diagonally to player 3. With his first touch, player 3 passes the ball to player 4 who then dribbles the ball back to the first cone and passes the ball in the direction of the second cone where player 1 will now be positioned. The players always follow their pass as shown in the diagram below. High intensity is required to make the drill work.







Moving The Drill Into A More Realistic Game Situation – This drill is the same as the one above apart from when player 3 receives the ball, he plays the fourth player into space to either pass to the other attacker on his side (player 5) or go on to try and score himself. Players 6 and 7 are the defenders. Player 9 then repeats the drill and the sequence continues. Please see the diagram below.







Game Situation – Finish with a normal game focusing on the object of the training session, encouraging your players to pass and move with accuracy and intensity.

PENDLE VERDICT – These drills are very good as long as your players are moving between the cones quickly and are able to accurately pass the ball first time . Two touches may be required for younger players.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?

Pendle Sportwear Football Game

Posted on: July 19th, 2011 | by Steve | No Comments

THE GAME – Predict the results from the opening weekend of the Barclay’s Premiership, taking place on the 13th, 14th and 15th August. The winner will receive a £100 voucher to spend at Pendle.

THE RULES – In the brackets provided, simply type 1 for a home win , 2 for an away win and 3 for a draw. Copy and paste the below fixtures and your results, emailing them to with your answers.

PLEASE NOTE : You must like Pendle on Facebook to be eligible to receive the prize. Therefore, please click onto our Pendle Facebook page by following the link located on the right hand side of this page and like Pendle.

Blackburn v Wolves              ()
Fulham v Aston Villa            ()
Liverpool v Sunderland          ()
QPR V Bolton                    ()
Spurs v Everton                 ()
Wigan v Norwich                 ()
Newcastle v Arsenal             ()
Stoke v Chelsea                 ()
West Brom v Man U               ()
Man City v Swansea              ()

Prize -  Whoever receives the most correct answers will receive a £100 voucher to spend at Pendle Sportswear

How To Apply - Simply email with your answers.

Terms And Conditions:-

  • Please note that entries cannot be taken after 12th August 2011*
  • All participants must like us on Facebook to receive the prize*
  • Cash cannot be redeemed against the full value of the voucher*
  • There can only be 1 entry per applicant*
  • In the event of more than 1 winner, names will be put into a hat and drawn to decide the winner*
  • The prize will be issued within 1 month following the outcome of the game. The winner will be notified by email and the result will be shown on the Pendle Sportswear Facebook and Twitter pages*

*Terms and conditions apply

Three Come Up, But Who Will Survive?

Posted on: July 8th, 2011 | by Steve | 2 Comments

Queens Park Rangers are finally back in the Premiership for the first time since 1996 thanks in part to Adel Taarabt, the Moroccan international helped QPR secure promotion to the Premier League with some very impressive performances last season. Scoring 19 goals and winning the football league player of the year award, his performances and awards have not gone unnoticed in the football world with a host of European clubs interested in signing him, fees of up to £13 million have been mentioned but will it be enough to persuade QPR to part with their star man?

Championship winners QPR are yet to make any new signings in the transfer window, are the club going to have to make some big signings to try and keep hold of Adel Taarabt? Or are they going to let him go and use the cash to sign replacements to try and stay in the Premiership? On the plus side for the club veteran keeper Radek Cerny, striker Heidar Helguson and defender Peter Ramage have all signed contract extensions.

Play-off  winners Swansea City will become the first Welsh team to play in the Barclays Premier League when they kick off on August 13th. After beating Reading in the final of the Championship Play-offs it will be interesting to see how the Welsh outfit fair in their first Premier League experience. After Dorus De Vries and Darren Pratley left the club to join Wolves and Bolton respectively, Swansea announced the signing of Danny Graham from Watford for a club record £3.5 million, the club also secured the services of 19 year old defender Steven Caulker from Tottenham on a year long loan deal.

Championship runners up, Norwich City have already indicated their intentions in the transfer window  by signing a host of players. Two of which will have to make the step up to the top League from League 1 last season, Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield Town has signed a three year contract with the club, also moving up two divisions will be former Brighton youngster Elliott Bennett. Bennett was one of Brighton’s best players last term scoring 8 goals and assisting over 20 more, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League One. Will the two of them manage to step up to the top level of English football? The other signings for the newly promoted club are defender Richie De Laet from Manchester United on a season long loan, James Vaughan has been signed from Everton and Welsh international striker Steve Morrison from Millwall, with all these new signings to add to the squad will Norwich be able to survive in the Premier League after back to back promotions?

PENDLE VERDICT – We think that out of the three newly promoted clubs QPR are the strongest and will stay up and if they can hold onto Adel Taarabt it will be interesting to see how he gets on. We also believe that with Norwich spending money and improving their current squad they could stay up with them, but we feel as though the Swansea squad isn’t quite good enough at the moment to fight against relegation, with the right investment on players to strengthen the squad they could survive but we think that it is unlikely.

YOUR VERDICT – What do you think?