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Eastbourne unites to offer free youth football coaching

 

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Youngsters are being offered free football coaching this Easter as part of a community partnership scheme led by Eastbourne Town Football Club and international charity Football 4 Peace.  The coaching sessions have won the backing of several high profile supporters including Eastbourne Borough Council, the University of Brighton’s Chelsea School of Sport and the Eastbourne Herald and Gazette.

Year 7 children are now being invited to apply for places for the scheme called F4P @ Eastbourne Town FC, to be held from 2nd to 4th April 2012. The scheme is the first in a series of joint ventures as part of Eastbourne Town FC’s football in the community programme.

Leading coaches from Football 4 Peace will hold the first two sessions at the University of Brighton Sports Centre in Denton Road on April 2nd and 3rd.  The youngsters will then take part in a Festival of Football at Eastbourne Town Football Club in The Saffrons on April 4th.

The scheme is aimed at not only improving football skills but, in line with the work carried out all over the world by Football 4 Peace, will also promote communication skills, enhance interaction, instil values and break down inhibitions and build trust, cooperation and sharing.

For details on how to reserve a place on the course, visit http://­www.­football4peace.­eu/­eastbourne_­town_­football_­club.­html

David Jenkins, Chairman of Eastbourne Town FC, said:

“We are thrilled to be working with so many high profile local supporters to deliver what will be a fantastic community based coaching programme.

This scheme is about more than just football. It’s about bringing local youngsters together through football to give them the chance to learn a number of life skills.  We are privileged to be working with Football 4 Peace at the amazing facilities provided by the Chelsea School of Sport, and I would like to thank Eastbourne Borough Council and the Eastbourne Herald and Gazette for helping to make this possible.
“Places are unfortunately limited to I would urge anyone interested to apply as soon as possible.”

Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Cllr David Tutt, said:
“The Council is delighted to be endorsing these coaching sessions. This scheme highlights what can be achieved when our local community comes together in partnership. This is an excellent example of how the Council’s relationship with Eastbourne Town  Football Club can bring great benefits to local children.”

Dr Gary Stidder, a Senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and co-founder of the Football 4 Peace initiative, said “we are extremely pleased to have the local council and Eastbourne Town FC support the philosophy behind football 4 peace which puts the holistic development of young people at the very core of the project aims rather than the development of technical skills and performance.”

Contact Information
      
Garry Newton, Eastbourne Town Football Club
redeyesports@hotmail.co.uk   +44 (0)7738 208143

Dr. Gary Stidder, Senior Lecturer
g.stidder@brighton.ac.uk   +44 (0)1273 643778

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