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180 LOCAL YOUNGSTERS LEARN TO PLAY THE STANLEY MATTHEWS WAY THANKS TO THE CO-OPERATIVE AND STOKE CITY FC

    180 football mad 5 – 10 year olds from across the region have been learning to play football the Stanley Matthews way, thanks to The Co-operative and Stoke City FC.   The fun coaching initiative took place at Clayton Wood, Stoke City’s Training Ground this weekend (22nd June 2013).

    The children were treated to a special skills session delivered by Stoke City’s FA qualified community coaches followed by a guided behind the scenes tour to experience firsthand the facilities that are put to use during the season by the Stoke City playing squad and Academy players.  To round off this unique experience, each child received a certificate and goody bag to take home.

    Aileen Walters, The Co-operative’s Sponsorship Manager says: “The Co-operative, Stoke City and The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation recognise the importance of football as the national sport and the role it can play in helping children live more active and healthy lifestyles at the heart of their own local communities.

    “This initiative is focused on providing children with an opportunity to enjoy physical activity, learn football skills and have fun playing the game.”

    Stoke City Community Trust’s partner, The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation, also helped to deliver the event. The Foundation was established in October 2000 with the aim of providing opportunities for youngsters to develop their sporting skills and discipline.  Sir Stanley Matthews was one of the most influential English football players of all time. He became affectionately known as the ‘Wizard of Dribble’ due to his talent, skill and ability on the football field.

    Jean Gough of The Stanley Matthews Foundation added: “These sessions have been a fantastic opportunity to encourage youngsters to enjoy football with their friends and to perhaps recapture some of the Stanley Mathews’ magic!”

    LEARN TO PLAY THE STANLEY MATTHEWS WAY WITH THE CO-OPERATIVE AND STOKE CITY FC

    Do you know football mad 5 – 10 year olds who would love to take part in a fun coaching initiative at the Stoke City Training Ground?  We’re looking for 30 boys and girls  to take part in The Co-operative’s Learn to play the Stanley Matthews Way football coaching session.   The event will take place on Saturday 22 June 2013 between 09:30 and 16:00 pm at Stoke City’s Clayton Wood Training Ground.

    The Co-operative recognises the importance of football as our national sport and the role it can play in helping adults and children live healthier lifestyles.  This project is part of a programme of initiatives, The Co-operative and its partner Stoke City Football Club are delivering to offer children the opportunity to experience fun football sessions and at the same time practice key football skills.

     

    Stoke City Community Trust’s partner, The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation, is also helping to deliver the event. The Foundation was established in October 2000 with the aim of providing opportunities for youngsters to develop their sporting skills and discipline.  Sir Stanley Matthews was one of the most influential English football players of all time. He became affectionately known as the ‘Wizard of Dribble’ due to his talent, skill and ability on the football field. His incredible swerve was no match for his opponents. And, the aim of our fun coaching session is to try and recapture some of his magic!

     

    The children will take part in a special skills session delivered by Stoke City community coaches who hold relevant FA coaching qualifications, attend regular first aid training and have enhanced CRB certificates.  Following the coaching session the children will also receive a guided behind the scenes tour and be able to experience firsthand the facilities that are put to use during the season by the Stoke City playing squad and Academy players.  And to round off the experience, each child will receive a certificate and goody bag to take home.

     

    The Co-operative have teamed up with the following media partners, so for a chance to win a money cant buy prize check out;

    Signal Radio website, The Sentinel, Leek, Cheadle & Uttoxeter Post and Times, Biddulph, Congleton & Sandback Chronicle and the Shropshire Star.

     

    Good Luck!