Football project kicks off in style

PUBLISHED: 11:45 02 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:12 12 May 2010

Kelly Pidwell, Phillip Downey, and Sophie Pidwell, with some of the youngsters enjoying the sessions - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2508DW12

Kelly Pidwell, Phillip Downey, and Sophie Pidwell, with some of the youngsters enjoying the sessions - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2508DW12

A COUPLE have set up a project to help bored youngsters in the holidays. The scheme is now in its second week, after Phillip Downey and Kelly Pidwell from Royston launched summer football sessions at the Heath Sports Club. Kelly said: Everyone knows wh

A COUPLE have set up a project to help bored youngsters in the holidays.

The scheme is now in its second week, after Phillip Downey and Kelly Pidwell from Royston launched summer football sessions at the Heath Sports Club.

Kelly said: "Everyone knows what some young lads can get up to, when they have very little to do.

"Hopefully we can help them, and so far the feedback has been positive."

Each week, throughout the summer, the couple will run sessions for 14-17-year-olds, in the hope it will encourage them to stay active.

Phillip said: "We believe we have a positive and ongoing project in our hands, one that benefits not only the lads, but also their parents and residents of Royston."

At the moment, more than 15 youngsters have signed up to play, with the project also getting the backing of Royston PCSO Julie Anne Cundle.

One youngster, Ryan Danaher, 16 said: "I think it's a great idea because it gives us something to do."

Fifteen-year-old Tom Read said: "It's been really fun and it's better than sitting at home playing the computer or watching the telly."

At the end of each session Kelly and Phillip have been giving out awards, including the player of the match and for the best goal.

Phillip said: "It's all about having fun and making mates.

"To be honest, I've been surprised at how well it's gone, and the boys have been great.

"We've also had some really good feedback from their mums and dads."

After the summer, Phillip hopes to move the sessions indoors.

He is also hoping to find some sponsorship, with portable goals and bibs high on the agenda.

He said: "So far it's going really well, and judging by the response, I think it will only get better.

"We are giving our time and commitment to the project, and hope it will be a success.

"Now we're looking for others to help us take it further."

- The sessions take place at Heath Sports on Mondays and Thursdays and run from 6.45pm. For more information contact Kelly or Phillip on 07751217048.


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