Saturday, June 10, 2006

Football - A Girls Game Too

Girls in Thanet are getting into the World Cup spirit, thanks to a new football coaching session being offered at Hartsdown Park in Margate.

The weekly class, which is organised by Sport 4 NRG, will give 12-17 year olds the chance to develop and practice a range of football skill and techniques. Over 20 girls have signed up to the class, which is led by Sarah Watkiss, Head of the Ramsgate women’s football team.

Players will be put through their paces each Thursday at Hartsdown Park and will get the chance to improve their dribbling and shooting skills, as well as the chance to take part in friendly games. Teams are getting ready for this summer’s five-a-side season and will get the chance to join a local friendly league in Kent.

Girl’s football is just one of the sports provided by the Sport 4 NRG programme, which provides constructive activities for young people aged between 12 and 17, including those who may be at risk of offending.

Cllr Ingrid Spencer, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing and Community, said: “I am delighted with the interest in this new coaching session and I am pleased girl’s football has taken off in Thanet, especially with all the excitement currently surrounding the World Cup. The Sport 4 NRG Programme has proved to be a real success over the last three years and we are looking forward to seeing another action packed year of activities in 2006.”

James Gregory, Sport 4 NRG officer, said: “I am really proud of all the youngsters who have taken up this programme. Regular exercise is important at any age and sport is a great way to learn new skills, keep fit and make new friends.”

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