Oxford United in the Community is hosting a ‘Future Talent Hub’ in Witney, for budding young footballers to learn new skills and get active.
Boys and girls aged four to 12 are invited to the specialist sessions which are tailored for children of all abilities. Each session is delivered in a fun, player centred environment which teaches youngster starter-level technical skills. Over the 9-week course children will be coached on areas including ball mastery, passing, dribbling, turning and shooting. Plus, the key principals of attacking, defending and reading the game.
The courses are being held at the Witney Artificial 3G, Turf Pitch, Gordon Way, Witney. Sessions for boys and girls aged between 4 and 7 years are on Wednesdays between 5pm and 6pm. Sessions for boys and girls aged between 8 and 12 are on Thursday between 5pm and 6pm.
Chris Lowes, Head of Oxford United in the Community, said: “Our Future Talent Hubs are a fantastic way for children to learn and develop their basic football techniques. The courses are growing in popularity and we recommend parents book early.
“Future Talent Hubs are designed for children to have fun and improve their skills in a nurturing and safe environment. They are delivered as part of the charity’s commitment to support active and healthy lifestyles among youngsters in Oxfordshire.”
All the coaches are FA qualified and have up to date safeguarding, first aid training and CRC checks. Every child will receive a progress report after completing the 9-week programme, and players progressing well may be given the opportunity to trial for the Emerging Talent programme. Children need to bring their own football kit, including shin-pads, boots and trainers.
Oxford United in the Community is the football club’s official charity and is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It has launched a Dream Big fund-raising campaign to help it help more people in the community.
The charity helps inspire youngsters to reach their potential and improve their health and wellbeing via the power of football, engagement and education. The charity’s coaching staff deliver programmes in nursery and primary schools across Oxfordshire. They are qualified not only in football coaching, but in teaching interventions including Real PE, which focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.
The sessions will all take place between from May 15th to July 17th and are £45. All participants will need to bring their own kit.