Skills academy is a smash hit

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

FOOT­BALL stars of the future picked up some soc­cer skills at Mac­cles­field’s Grosvenor Cen­tre.

The day – which was hailed a roar­ing suc­cess by or­gan­is­ers – saw a shop unit at the busy mall turned into a mini foot­ball academy for young­sters by youth coaches from Mac­cles­field Town FC.

And on hand to help the chil­dren with some penalty shoot outs, tar­get skill prac­tice and chip-in-the­bin ses­sions was club mas­cot Roary the Lion.

Ed Kennedy, Grosvenor Cen­tre man­ager, said: “This has been a great event, and I am look­ing for­ward to the next ses­sion.

“We are always look­ing for ac­tiv­i­ties to help keep the chil­dren busy dur­ing the sum­mer months and so a link-up with Mac­cles- field Town FC seemed a per­fect part­ner­ship. The boys and girls who came along were kept busy – they all loved meet­ing Roary the Lion as well. I’ve been very im­pressed with the tal­ents on show, and by the help from the Com­mu­nity Sports Trust at Mac­cles­field Town FC.”

Chris Hames, Mac­cles­field Town sport devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said there’s a grow­ing in­ter­est in the game among young­sters thanks to June’s World Cup.

He said: “There has def­i­nitely been more in­ter­est thanks to the games in Brazil, even if Eng­land didn’t do that well. We’ve seen an in­crease in young­sters get­ting out and en­joy­ing more sports this sum­mer. There was a great turn out for the ses­sion at the Grosvenor Cen­tre, and it was a good chance to let par­ents know about what we can of­fer chil­dren to help them get in­ter­ested in sports.

“We want to nur­ture young­sters – both boys and girls – so they will de­velop ei­ther into the play­ers of the future, in a decade from now, or a com­mit­ted foot­ball fan. Be­cause we need both for Mac­cles­field Town to con­tinue to be suc­cess­ful.

“There’s been a big de­mand for women’s and girls’ foot­ball, and so from Septem­ber we will be start­ing af­ter-school ses­sions for girls, aged six to 11, at Mac­cles­field Academy. We are look­ing to de­velop a girls only team plus a mixed team.”

Girls in­ter­ested in the af­ter-school ses­sions can find more de­tails at mac­cles­field­towncst.org. uk or call Chris on 01625 264688.

Foot­ball stars of the future picked up some soc­cer skills at the Grosvenor Cen­tre with Macc Town’s mas­cot Roary the Lion.

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