CTSA and CTFC bring football coaching to the community

Bewbush Community Primary School -CTSA Soccer Schools 2011

CTSA’s latest community initiative has introduced youngsters from Bewbush and Broadfield to the benefits of professional football coaching- and to the joy of being part of Crawley Town FC. John Hooper and Colin Lowes (CTSA Community Officers) have been pivotal in this process and John was very pleased with progress after visiting Bewbush Community Primary School last Thursday. He explained “CTSA have been funding young CTFC coaches to take 45 minute after-school football sessions for the past 8 weeks”. He added ” I was amazed at the energy levels shown by the children and it was clear that everyone was having fun.”

Deputy head teacher Matt Batchelor said “this scheme has been fantastic, our pupils have really enjoyed themselves and skill levels have flourished over the past few weeks”. He added ‘ there is real kudos for these kids to train with Crawley Town coaches”!

There was a short pause in the frenzied action when a commemorative plaque was presented by John to the school. Sophie (9) has attended every session, and revealed “all the sessions have been very exciting but its scoring goals I like the best!”  She is very interested in football and added, “I am going to ask my dad to take me to the Broadfield Stadium”. (Note to Sophie’s Dad- you know it makes sense!).

Sophie- the Kelly Smith of Bewbush Primary!

After such a success at Bewbush and Broadfield Primary the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance will be endeavouring to roll this programme out to further schools in the new year. And we’d particularly like to thank Dean Smart (Bewbush Games Master), who was unwell last Thursday and missed the presentation, for all of his encouragement and support.

Words and pictures from Colin Bowman, CTSA Press Officer