A LOCAL football league is looking to attract more youngsters into the game.
As a result, the popular Mid Staffs Junior League is staging an open day at Rowley Park on Saturday, June 28, from 10am to 12.30pm.
The day is aimed at young footballers between the ages of nine and 13 years (on August 31 this year) who will get a chance to sign up for a local team.
Coaching sessions and drills will be held on the day, therefore children need to bring with them their football boots or trainers and shin pads. The league is asking parents to arrive with their children at Rowley Park before 10am in order to register.
“The idea behind this is to create an opportunity for children who are interested in playing football, but don’t have a team to play for at the moment,” said league chairman Mike Barnard.
“We are arranging for some local junior clubs to stage coaching sessions and put on some training drills when children will be invited to join in and see if we are able to provide a way in to join one of the teams.
“This is a two-way idea, as teams are struggling to find extra players as they move from seven-a-side to nine-a-side formats, and now 11-a-side at under-13 and under-14 age levels.
“Staffs FA are delighted we are promoting a platform to get more kids involved, particularly at a time when football is all over our television screens with the World Cup in full swing.."
More information on this open day can be obtained from midstaffsjuniorleague.co.uk or facebook.com/midstaffsjuniorleague. You can also contact one of three league officials, Mike Barnard on 07889 594749, Adrian Marsden on 07909 997922 or Jackie Pritchard on 07743 109979 for more details of this new initiative.