New balls please for football clubs

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The Whitby FA Mars Just Play scheme has awarded five local FA Charter Standard clubs with match footballs from the funding the scheme receives.

Matt Hewison, Scarborough Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer, who delivers the scheme, said: “Each year, we receive the option from the FA to obtain football goals or a direct grant of £200 for delivering the scheme.

“In the past, we have had the goals and used the funding to send people on coaching courses.

“This year we decided to buy some match balls for five clubs – Fishburn Park, Whitby Fishermen’s, Sleights, Whitby RFC and Whitby Wanderers.

“Some of our participants play for these clubs and it is a good way of helping them out in a small way.”

The scheme in Whitby continues to be a success and gives players the opportunity to play in a fun, informal environment without a weekly commitment.

Matt said: “The Just Play scheme has probably been one of our most successful projects in terms of participation and signposting players to local clubs and opportunities.

“This is the fourth scheme we have delivered and we still have players attending who came to the first sessions. We are looking at expanding the scheme to include walking football and an over 35s session”.

The next Whitby FA Mars Just Play session takes place on Friday April 17 at 6.30pm on the Caedmon College (Scoresby Site) playing fields and will include the opportunity to play in small sided games and have a go at bubble football for just £5.

Call Matt on (01723) 232551.

Pictured above are, from left: Tony Howard of Ultimate Soccer Schools, Marc Kipling of Sleights, Alan Price of Fishburn Park and Matt Hewison, Sports Development Officer.