Cannock kids football
11th October 2011
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While football pundits argue about £250,000-a-week Carlos Tevez and whether he refused to warm-up or not, kids at Chase Leisure Centre are eager just to play.

For the Mini Kickers, aged between four and seven years old, the thrill of kicking a ball around and scoring goals is all that matters.

The youngsters enjoy learning skills from FA qualified and CRB checked coaches and also make new friends at the sessions.

Kyle, who is six, comes along to Mini Kickers because he enjoys watching Aston Villa on the TV, especially his favourite player Darren Bent.

He says: “I like watching football on the telly and playing football is good as it makes me fitter.”

Few of the kids at the session have heard of Bill Shankly or his suggestion that football is “much more important” than life or death, and at this age, it’s all about fun.

Gregg Allsopp, Community sports coach, said: “The kids who come along to Mini Kickers, along with 8-11 year olds who come to Soccer Stars, learn football skills but come away with much more.

“It’s important to teach children about teamwork, friendship and fun, as much as how to kick a ball or score a goal.

“At Mini Kickers and Soccer Stars we can show them how to enjoy themselves while getting fit and learning about team sports.”

Children at the sessions all get a chance to play in different positions, learn skills and play a game.

For five year old Stirling the appeal is simple: “I like shooting and scoring like Wayne Rooney,” he says.

Training sessions take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Chase Leisure Centre with Mini Kickers (4-7years) at 4-4.45pm and Soccer Stars (8-11years) at 5-6pm.

For more information or to reserve a place for your child call Gregg Allsopp on 07814 521904 or email

Information courtesy of Alastair Smith

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