The South Nottinghamshire Academy in Radcliffe-on-Trent is the venue this half term for free, professional football coaching by the Football Association (FA). The FA is offering the coaching for five to 11 year olds across the country over the half-term holidays.
The coaching sessions are being delivered though the FA’s skills programme and cater to children of all abilities. They are designed to make the participants more active – gaining greater fitness and technical footballing ability and also to help them develop their life and social skills.
FA skills sessions are regularly implemented through after-school football coaching or within football-based PE lessons in school time. During the February half-term break, expert and professionally licensed coaches are turning their attentions to keeping young people active at a time when it can be more tempting than ever to ditch the healthy lifestyle and curl up in front of the sofa away from the winter chill.
Martin Preston, FA Skills national manager, said: “The programme has been in existence for more than seven years and over the years we have provided in excess of six million places, so our skills coaches have a wealth of experience and expertise to draw on.
“The onus is on ensuring that the children who participate enjoy the game, irrespective of their ability, and within a safe environment where they can make friends and develop skills. The sessions are free so there is no better time to get a taste of professional coaching, who knows it may be the start of a lifelong love affair.”
The coaching takes place at the South Nottinghamshire Academy in Radcliffe on Monday 16th February from 10am to 12noon (ages 5 to 8) and 1-3pm (ages 9 to 11). To book a place or for more information about the FA Skills Programme, please visit the website TheFA.com/Skills. FA Skills is funded by the FA, alongside the National Lottery and government, through Sport England.