BUDDING young football stars are being offered a chance to hone their skills with help from a host of ex-professional players.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation service has teamed up with Premier Player Football Academy to provide weekly coaching sessions for boys aged 5-15 on the 3G all-weather pitch at the town’s Grayfields Recreation Ground.
One of Premier Player’s head coaches is Andy Collett who also works as Hartlepool United’s goalkeeping coach, and he is supported by another head coach, former Middlesbrough midfielder Neil Maddison. There is also a team of assistant coaches which includes former Pools players Darren Williams, Paul Arnison, John Brackstone and Mark Tinkler.
Current Pools manager Neale Cooper has agreed to attend the first coaching session on Wednesday, May 9, from 6pm-8pm and he will be present from 5.45pm to sign autographs.
Weekly sessions will then take place every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm for boys aged 6-9 and from 7pm-8pm for those aged 10-13, and each session will cost £5.
Daniel Garthwaite, assistant recreation officer with the council’s sport and recreation service, said: “We are delighted to have struck a long-term deal for the Premier Player Football Academy to hire the 3G all-weather pitch to stage weekly coaching sessions.
“We are keen to promote football to young people in Hartlepool as a way of getting fitter and developing new skills and there is no better way than to learn from people who have played at the very top of the sport.
“This coaching programme will complement a range of other successful football-related initiatives that we already run at Grayfields and we are confident it will be a big success.”
This first training session is being offered free of charge as a way of introducing youngsters to Premier Player.
But anyone wishing to take part is being asked to ring Andy Collett on 07739 077782 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org