Free foot­ball ses­sions with top coaches

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Clare Mul­grew

CHARL­TON Ath­letic Foot­ball Club is set­ting up coach­ing ses­sions in Hoth­field as part of a drive to tackle prob­lems with un­ruly youths in the vil­lage.

Any­one aged 10 to 19 can train with top coaches out­side the vil­lage hall, where the car park will be trans­formed into a flood­lit pitch.

The foot­ball club says that it is work­ing closely with the bor­ough and county coun­cils, po­lice and com­mu­nity war­dens to ad­dress the route causes of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Charl­ton Ath­letic co-or­di­na­tor for south Kent Mike Ward said: “I chat­ted to po­lice and coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives and they said an area like Hoth­field could re­ally ben­e­fit from a coach­ing ses­sion be­cause there’s not much for them to do there.

“This will be good for young peo­ple and good for the peo­ple of Hoth­field.”

“We al­ready have 17 ses­sions around south Kent, and about 50 across the county.”

The coach­ing ini­tia­tive was first in­tro­duced as a pilot scheme in Maid­stone be­fore tak­ing off countywide in Oc­to­ber.

There are al­ready a num­ber of schemes run­ning in Ash­ford, funded by the coun­cil, the Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion and other agen­cies.

The free ses­sions will run in Hoth­field from March 8 ev­ery Thurs­day evening, from 7pm.

Any­one in­ter­ested should show up at the vil­lage hall in their nor­mal foot­ball kit 10 min­utes early so teams can be sorted out.

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