Crawley Town Supporters Alliance community ‘Soccer in Schools’ initiative is progressing nicely. Community officer Colin Lowes visited Broadfield East this week to get the lowdown and present a commemorative plaque to Head Teacher, Tony Abbott. CTSA are sponsoring young CTFC coaches to give free after school football sessions to primary school pupils.
On a bitterly cold afternoon 30 youngsters were soon dashing around the outdoor pitches playing football. Aged between 8 and 11 they certainly seemed to be embracing the chance to have some fun. Colin said “it has been lovely to see these sessions first hand, it is clear that the children are really enjoying themselves. If our members were here then I am sure that they would agree it is money well spent!” He added,”its freezing out here but these kids don’t seem to feel it. Unfortunately I certainly am!”
Head Teacher Terry Abbot said, “it’s going really well and the children respond positively to the coaches.” He added, “we are a football school and encourage all our pupils to play.” The fields of Broadfield East sit in the shadows of the West Stand so it is natural for close links between school and club. Terry revealed, “this is most sustained involvement we have ever enjoyed with CTFC.”
Centre of Excellence under 10 manager Stuart Duff (Duffy) regularly takes the session. He said “these youngsters turn out in force week in week out, its a great opportunity to have some fun and improve their skills’. Pupil Maryanne Rattigan (9) is hooked saying that she loved the sessions especially when Duffy was in charge.
CTSA and its members can be rightly proud of the involvement and financing of this project and we hope to continue through 2012 and beyond. The children of Bewbush and Broadfield East are receiving excellent soccer training and who knows several may go on to grace the Broadfield Stadium one day.
Words and pictures from Colin Bowman, CTSA Press Officer. Look out for more on this story in next weeks Crawley Observer- and we’d like to thank “The Obby” for their continued support.