Free football sessions with top coaches
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.