Just Play football scheme set for kick-off

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FRIDAY 7 October sees the start of a new football development initiative that is been delivered in partnership by Ultimate Soccer Schools and Scarborough Borough Council’s Sports Development Unit.

The FA Just Play initiative is part of a national programme to try to encourage adult participation in football and address the reduction in adults playing organised football and also the decline in usage of football facilities.

Matt Hewison, SBC’s sports development officer said: “The new initiative is basically back to the ‘jumpers for goalposts’ idea of developing football. It is open for any adults who just fancy a kick about run by qualified coaches in a safe, fun environment.

“One of the ultimate aims of the scheme is to signpost players into playing opportunities; either local established teams, local five-a-side leagues or to continue booking a sports facility like the Astroturf pitch at Caedmon School or Whitby Leisure Centre.

“This scheme is about developing and sustaining local football, we are asking each participant to contribute £2 per session, which at the end of the programme will be either donated to local grassroots football or pay for some of the participants to attend relevant coaching courses or a referees course.”

The scheme which starts on Friday from 7-8pm on the Caedmon School Astroturf pitch is the only recognised FA Just Play Kick About Centre in the North Riding County FA and in the county of North Yorkshire - the nearest centres are in Leeds, Hull or Sunderland.

For more information, contact Matt Hewison on (01723) 501984 or visit www.justplay.thefa.com