Kick start for new football sessions

The street stadia plays host to a football tournament at the Melton Country Park Spring Fete PHOTO: Tim Williams

The street stadia plays host to a football tournament at the Melton Country Park Spring Fete PHOTO: Tim Williams

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Keen young footballers can take part in district-wide tournaments as part of the new, free, street football sessions launched this week.

The sessions are being held in Woodford Halse and the Southbrook estate in Daventry for young people aged 11 to 19 years old.

FA qualified coaches will supervise the sessions organised by Everyone Active, in partnership with Daventry & District Housing and Daventry District Council.

Youngsters can play in district-wide street football tournaments during the year, where they can battle it out against other teams in a round robin competition played on Everyone Active’s giant inflatable football pitch. They will also receive a free Street Football t-shirt.

Portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure at DDC, Cllr Alan Hills, said: “Street Football has proven to be very successful in other areas of the county and it offers youngsters the opportunity to improve their sporting abilities, while also boosting their teambuilding, communication and social skills.

“Activities of this nature can also help to reduce anti-social behaviour in these communities, and I’m sure that the participants will not only have a really enjoyable time for free, but also make lots of new friends from different teams and areas of the district.”