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Youngsters get chance to take part

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 05 July 2010

A PROGRAMME of disability football sessions has proved a great success after youngsters attended the fortnightly coaching sessions at the Denes High School sports centre.

A PROGRAMME of disability football sessions has proved a great success after youngsters attended the fortnightly coaching sessions at the Denes High School sports centre.

This year's sessions were brought to a close on Monday, but with interest continuing to grow, it is hoped that they will recommence early next year.

The sessions, from Waveney Youth FC, saw youngsters aged between five 16 years old enjoy the opportunity to hone their footballing skills in a safe and suitable environment.

The course first took place in June, after Lowestoft Town FC and Waveney Youth FC joined forces to offer disabled football coaching to the community, and after experiencing strong demand for places, it returned for another run at the end of October.

Youngsters who have learning difficulties, are wheelchair users, deaf, amputees or visually impaired have all been given the opportunity to attend.

Together they are put through their paces by fully qualified coaches as they are given the chance to play football and a number of football-related games to improve their skills.

“We cater for all disabilities. Some don't get the chance to play football, but as a club we're looking to give everyone the chance to lead an active life,” said organiser and Waveney Youth Disability Officer Shaun Swan.

Among the football-related activities that took place during the one-hour sessions were marbles, skittles, pass the parcel and musical cones. The youngsters were also given the chance to play in small matches, while Waveney Youth FC's mascot Rory paid a visit to one of the sessions earlier this month.

Waveney Youth FC has led the sessions in conjunction with Lowestoft Town FC, Optua and Active Waveney.

“I'd really like to thank Optua, Active Waveney and Denes Sports Centre for supporting us, as well as everyone else who came along. The sessions have gone really well and we're already looking forward to next year. We've have had a lot of interest, so we hope to start again late January or early February,” said Shaun.

“We hope to get more and more coming along, so that we can cater for different age groups separately, and eventually set up a football team.”

For more information on the sessions telephone Shaun Swan on 01502 581778 or email shaun.swan@tesco.net

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