Would-be Wayne Rooneys will soon be hitting the back of the net, thanks to a new 10-week coaching course for youngsters aged 8 to 18.
Starting on Monday (August 20) and running to the week beginning Monday, October 22, the sessions are being led by Leek Town Community – part of Leek Town FC – with the Moorlands Together Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership.
The course will climax in October half-term when youngsters compete for medals and trophies during a tournament at the club’s Harrison Park ground.
The training is free to the young hopefuls as the course’s £3,000 costs are being met by the partnership. Each class will be led by two coaches who have been checked fully by the Criminal Records Bureau.
Sessions will take place weekly from 7pm to 8pm as follows:
· Mondays – Meigh Road Playing Fields, Werrington
· Tuesdays – Cheddleton Recreation Ground
· Wednesdays – Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground
· Thursdays – Brown Edge Playing Fields
· Fridays – Tean Road Recreation Ground, Cheadle.
There is no need to book in advance – just turn up in good time.
Cllr Mark Deaville, portfolio holder for leisure, sport, parks and countryside at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “This course is a great opportunity for young soccer fans to stay fit and have fun with friends while sharpening their skills”.
Cllr Gill Burton, portfolio holder for communities, added: “We and our community safety partners recognise the value of sport in promoting healthy lifestyles and keeping young people profitably occupied. That’s why we were delighted to meet Leek Town’s costs in delivering the coaching.”
Steven Kell, Leek Town community Development Manager also added: “ I am very excited about this new partnership as these activities are what we are all about, with the help of funding from the partnership, we can now have a big impact on the Staffordshire Moorlands Community.”
For more information, call council community projects officer Vicki Ellis on (01538) 395768 or e-mail Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Moorlands Together Partnership was established under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to promote community safety while reducing crime and the fear of crime. Partners include Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Staffordshire Police.