TALENTED young footballers from around the district have the chance to kick-off their hopes of becoming a professional footballer thanks to a link-up at Wakefield Football Centre.
The ever-growing centre, based at Bizspace Business Centre off Denby Dale Road, has teamed up with Huddersfield Town to run weekly coaching sessions for footballers aged between five and 12 years of age.
Terriers scout Steve Kelly and former Huddersfield captain Andy Holdsworth run the sessions, which give players the chance to impress and move on to the Town Academy.
Two players, Eddie Anderson and Isaac Parsons, have already done enough to progress and train with the Championship club’s youth set-up on a weekly basis.
And centre manager Darren Hoyland believes they’ll be the first of many.
“Steve [Kelly] approached us about a year ago to run the courses because we’re the only such indoor football facility in the area,” he said.
“It’s a great thing for the area. We have some great young footballers from around the Wakefield area and it’s great that they can have a pathway to a professional club that we’ve got here.”
The sessions run every Saturday morning in two different age groups.
A session for players aged between five and eight years of age runs from 9.30am-10.30am and one for those aged between nine and 12 years of age runs from 10.30am-11.30am.
The link-up with the Terriers has been running for almost a year and up to 30 young footballers can regularly be seen improving their skills and enjoying five-a-side matches under the guidance of the well-respected Kelly.
“It’s really starting to pick up now,” Hoyland said.
“At the start we had seven or eight lads coming along but now we have up to 30.
“Steve is known around the area and beyond. Parents send their children from miles around to be coached by him.
“The facilities we have here are excellent too, children enjoy playing here rather than in the cold and on muddy pitches.”
Sessions are priced at £4 and all equipment is provided.
Players of all abilities aged between five and 12 are welcome to attend and places are still available.
For more information contact Darren Hoyland on 07941 872734 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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