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Treat for youngsters in Kessingland

PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters from Kessingland Primary School were given a real footballing treat this week.

Around 40 eight and nine-year-olds received coaching from FA Skills Coach and Lowestoft Town star player Jamie Godbold during two hours of coaching on Wednesday afternoon.

ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters from Kessingland Primary School were given a real footballing treat this week.

Around 40 eight and nine-year-olds received coaching from FA Skills Coach and Lowestoft Town star player Jamie Godbold during two hours of coaching on Wednesday afternoon.

And making the youngsters feel even more special, they were one of the first groups to train under newly-installed floodlights and use the multi-use-games-area (MUGA) facility at Kessingland Community Centre.

And treated like superstars, thanks to the generous support of Kessingland Parish Council, there was even time for half time refreshments, which were provided courtesy of Londis in Field Lane.

Parish council chairman Liam Martin told The Journal: “We have had the MUGA for 18 months, and this is the only facility of its kind in Waveney as we were the pilot scheme. “The facility was built after we bid for a lottery grant, and we've recently been successful in being awarded another grant for the floodlights.”

And now the lights are in action, local youth and senior teams are being encouraged to come along and use the facility. Vice chairman Jean Purkis said: “We are very grateful to the agencies who have given us the money. “For without their support we would not be able to get youngsters together to offer football, netball, basketball and volleyball on outdoor facilities at the MUGA in Kessingland or the Village Hangout at the Community Centre.”

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