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Young­sters given chance to gain more skills on pitch

- Sports · Rangers · Community Chest

Young foot­ballers in Thurso are be­ing given the chance to gain some ex­tra skills on the field.

T h u r s o F o o t b a l l Academy has teamed up with Rangers FC to pro­vide dozens of chil­dren with kit and tips to help them suc­ceed.

A to­tal of 25 lo­cal chil­dren be­tween the ages of three and 15 will be given foot­balls, wa­ter bot­tles and a train­ing drills book­let as well as ac­cess to three on­line classes be­ing de­liv­ered by Co­erver Coach­ing Scot­land.

More than 100 young­sters have al­ready signed up for the scheme which is be­ing de­liv­ered as part of the Keep Scot­land Ac­tive ini­tia­tive.

Alyn Gunn, head of coach­ing for Thurso Foot­ball Academy, said:

“We want them to be out play­ing and we want chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate in sport.

“What we have dis­cov­ered with this is there is a big in­ter­est in foot­ball.

“By the time this closes, we are ex­pect­ing over 100 ap­pli­cants and that’s fan­tas­tic for the High­lands.

“It shows there is an ap­petite for get­ting kids ac­tive and for foot­ball in gen­eral and we are de­lighted with that.”

The ini­tia­tive has been made pos­si­ble through col­lab­o­ra­tions with Bail­lie Wind Farm Com­mu­nity Fund, Statkraft, Co­erver Coach­ing Scot­land, Rangers FC and Ar­mour Flex.

Reg­is­tra­tion closes on June 30, with each win­ner picked from a hat.

The re­main­ing en­trants will able to ac­cess the drills book­let on­line.

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Thurso Foot­ball Academy in train­ing

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