New football academy opens for kids

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 June 2013

Youngsters enjoy the Little Strikers football session

Youngsters enjoy the Little Strikers football session

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BUDDING Beckhams are being prepped to follow in the bootprints of their hero at a new football academy in Worle.

Little Strikers, a course designed to get five and six-year-olds ready to join a team, has been set up by former Bristol City striker Glyn Riley.

The Saturday lunchtime sessions are held on the newly-opened 3G pitch at Worle School and have already proved a big hit with the football-mad youngsters.

Organiser Candace Riley said: “The training programme is designed to teach youngsters fitness, confidence in a team environment, discipline and fundamental techniques which are used to develop our young players.

“We know that children play football because there are no physical barriers, the sport develops all athletic attributes, is great for fitness and encourages creative thinking.

“Through encouragement and praise our trainers can build self esteem both on and off the pitch.”

Glyn, who has played more than 600 league and cup games, 250 of them for Bristol City, and two Wembley finals, during his 18-year career, was spotted by a scout for Barnsley FC at the age of seven.

He is still in Bristol City’s list of the top 10 strikers of all time.

Candace added: “Glyn decided to launch Little Strikers as he had been approached many times before and now his grandson is five, he is ready to start learning the right skills but is not old enough to join a team.

“With Glyn’s knowledge, passion, fun and commitment, he will give the boys the time and training they need to put them in good stead for their future.”

More information is available by calling 07531 479022 or emailing littlestrikerswsm@gmail.com

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