Football-mad youngsters get their kicks

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Football-mad youngsters get their kicks

Youngsters in Rother took advantage of the long summer holidays to enjoy football coaching sessions in local parks.

The sessions at Sidley Recreation Ground and The Downs, in Bexhill, were organised by Rother District Council through its Active Rother programme and supported by Heart of Sidley group.

Children aged between six and 16 took part in the sessions throughout August, benefitting from expert coaching from football coach Darren Horsman.

Support from the council and the Heart of Sidley meant participants living in Bexhill and Sidley were only asked for a £1 minimum donation to take part.

Cllr Jim Carroll, Rother District Council cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure, dropped in to see how youngsters were getting on on the final day of the sessions at Sidley.

He said: "Once again the summer football sessions have been a success this year - the children have really enjoyed them and we've had some very positive feedback from parents.

"Kids have a lot of time on their hands over the summer holidays and these sessions are aimed at helping them to make the most of the summer by getting outdoors and getting active.

"We hope the sessions will also encourage more residents to make use of the fantastic council-managed outdoor spaces across the district."

The council last year agreed a major project to provide a new skatepark, BMX track and games area at Sidley Recreation Ground and a fund-raising campaign for the scheme is underway.

Published on Wednesday August 29 2018

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