Stanmore football scheme achieves its goal

Young people from Stanmore have been taking part in regular football sessions over the last six weeks, with over 30 children aged between 7 and 14 taking part.The free sessions at Somers Close Recreation Ground have been providing children with football coaching.

The sessions were funded by Winchester City Council and Stanmore Residents Associations which secured a community chest grant to help finance the scheme.

The six week summer sessions have been such a success that the project will now continue through to October half term. Children who live in Stanmore are encouraged to attend the free sessions which take place on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 6:30pm for 7 to 10 year olds, and 6:30pm to 7:30pm for 11 to 14 year olds.

Cllr Lucille Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Active Communities said: “This is a perfect opportunity for young people from Stanmore to become involved in an active project that is taking place right on their doorstep. The sessions are free, so I would encourage young people to get involved.”

Organisers are also looking for volunteers to develop the sessions and ensure that they can continue in the future. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Winchester City Council’s Sports Development Officer, Chris Peach, on 01962 848 532 or