Holiday football courses on offer

BUDDING football stars are being offered a chance to hone their skills on two summer holiday courses – and then get a taste of the big time by visiting a Premier League stadium.

The courses which are to be staged by Premier Player Football Academy at the town’s Grayfields recreation ground are open to boys aged five-15.

This initiative complements a series of weekly coaching sessions run on Wednesdays by the academy in conjunction with Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation service.

The sessions will continue throughout the school holidays.

The first of the summer holiday courses takes place on Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26, and is followed by a trip to Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium on Friday, July 27.

The second course takes place on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23, and there is a trip to Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, on Friday, August 24.

A two-day course alone costs £30, a two-day course plus a trip costs £60 or there is the option of taking a trip only at a cost of £35.

Both Hartlepool courses are for outfield players only and will enable participants to work on key skills such as dribbling, passing, turning and shooting.

Courses will also include fun activities such as a fastest shot competition, and there will be medals and certificates for everyone who takes part.

For more information call Andy Collett on 07739077782.