Football coaching in primary schools

Winchester City Council is working in conjunction with Winchester City Flyers Football Club to provide local primary schools with football coaching leading up to this years Hampshire Mini Games, which are sponsored by Partners against Rail Crime.

Girls from Stanmore and Western Primary Schools have been benefiting from the coaching which has been provided by one of Hampshire's FA Charter Standard Club's. The sessions have seen the girls improve their footballing skills and they are now looking forward to putting their new skills to the test against teams from other local authorities at the games on the 8 May, which are being held at Southampton Sports Centre.

Louise Rowland, Sports Development Officer for the City Council, said the Hampshire Mini Games are an ideal opportunity to introduce primary-aged children to sport and sporting competition. "With the help of Winchester City Flyers we have been able to offer this after-school coaching to the schools in preparation for the Games," she added.

Councillor Therese Evans, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Services, added "Winchester City Council is proud to work in partnership with Winchester City Flyers and provide so many girls with the opportunity to improve their footballing skills. The council sends its thanks and best wishes to all the teams who are representing the district at the games."

The two football teams will go on to represent the Winchester District at the Mini Games along with teams in 5 other sports: Athletics, Hockey, Netball, Tag Rugby and Tennis.