Exeter City’s half term fooball proves a real hit

10:56 26 February 2013

Exeter City

Exeter City's half term football courses were very well supported

Archant

More than 350 children took part in Exeter City’s Football in the Community roadshows during the half term holiday, making the most of the dry - if cold - weather to learn new skills and make friends.

Events were held in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Crediton, Tiverton, Honiton, Feniton, Okehampton, Exeter and Barnstaple for boys and girls aged between five and 14, while there were also special courses for three to six year olds and a disability holiday camp.

Children were also introduced to futsal - a fast-paced form of indoor football with five players per side - through a special event at the University of Exeter’s Sports Hall for them to explore the game credited by players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as important in the development of their careers.

“The weather was fantastic for us this half term,” says Scott Walker, sports development officer for the Football in the Community charity. “Although children do need a bit of down time during the breaks from school, they also need plenty of physical activity. They have all really enjoyed the events and gone home smiling and, thanks to it being dry, not too muddy.

“There’s no pressure on any of them to be fantastic footballers - anyone can come along and it’s actually a really good opportunity for teamwork and, most importantly, to have fun - the events are as enjoyable for us as for the children.”

The team are now preparing for the Easter holiday roadshows, which will run from Tuesday April 2, to Friday April 12, and more details will be announced soon.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Thu, 20:50
Bowls

With many matches cancelled due to the heavy rain, the Budleigh ladies have played two of their Over-50s League games, both against Heavitree, obtaining the maximum of six points in both games.

Read more
Thu, 20:48
Cricket - generic picture

The final league game of the season for Topsham St James was perhaps a little fortunate not to fall victim to the weather and the Saints were able to see off Buckland Monachorum and complete the double over the South West Devon side.

Read more
Thu, 20:48

Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club bring the curtain down on their season with a number of activities this weekend.

Read more
Thu, 20:47

Budleigh’s Tolchards League A Division promotion hopes were finally ended on the penultimate Saturday of the season as they were beaten by 81 runs at Sandford while rivals Cornwood were winning with something to spare at Bradninch.

Read more
Thu, 20:46
Football goalnet. Ref shsp 7216-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Spartans made a superb start to life in the Fresha League Division Eight with a 5-1 win over Stoke Arms United at Warren View.

Read more
Thu, 20:45
Bowls

It has been a good week for the Madeira ladies. In the National Topclub, the Madeira ladies successfully won their game against Leamington Spa at Olveston, writes Mary Ann Dowrick.

Read more
Thu, 20:45
Bowls

The Evans Cup is an event played annually at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club Bowls Section and the recent inclement weather held off to allow for a most entertaining and competitive day for all who were present for a well-supported day.

Read more
Thu, 20:44
Golf generic picture

The Cobbett Cup and the monthly Stableford were the targets aimed for on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
Thu, 20:44
Rugby

The rugby club are planning to build on the successful introduction of girls rugby last season, writes Terry O’Brien.

Read more
Thu, 20:43
Football generic picture

A new-look Exmouth Amateurs launched their Fresha League Division One campaign with a single goal clean sheet success over Alphington at Warren View.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition


Exmouth's trusted business finder