Half-term coaching for young footballers

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The Football Association’s Skills Team is coming to Kirk Hallam during half-term to coach young players in their week off school.

As part of a series of free courses being run in the Erewash area, Kirk Hallam Community Technology & Sports College will host the next one on Wednesday (June 1) as the FA aims to offer lots of opportunities for young players to develop within football.

The FA has linked with Tesco to offer a programme with 106 coaches across the country working in schools and charter standard clubs totally free of charge to help develop fundamental skills and movements in the 5-11 years age bracket for the future game.

The course at Kirk Hallam has two available slots - 10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm for 5-11 year-old boys and girls.

Local skills coach Rehanne Skinner said: “All sessions are fun and enjoyable with players getting the opportunity to be involved in lots of new skills, games and activities.

“Whether you play football every week or are new to the game and want to give it a go, all children will be welcomed and given challenges suitable to their ability.

“Our staff are very experienced FA-qualified coaches with enhanced CRB checks and will make the kids’ time at the session safe and lots of fun.”

The school will then be offering after-school sessions for girls every Tuesday on its new 3G pitch

They will start on June 7 between 4 and 5pm.

The programme is also working closely with local clubs such as Ilkeston FC, Sandiacre Town, Stanton Ilkeston and West Hallam Juniors to develop coaches and help schoolchildren find opportunities in clubs.

Other free holiday courses are also available.

For all holiday course bookings visit www.thefa.com/tescoskills and any other queries can be directed to rehanne.skinner@thefA.com or on 07940 551090.