A group of Worksop Town players met the stars of the future on Saturday morning, as they helped launch the club’s mini soccer school.
Tigers junior coach Iain Newton welcomed first team manager Mark Shaw and players Leon Mettam, Conor Higginson, Jack Muldoon and Jake Scott to the launch, at Rockware Glass Sports Ground on Sandy Lane.
The semi-professional footballers joined in with the coaching session, before Worksop Town’s game against Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Newton was delighted with the success of the launch.
He told the Guardian: “It went really, really well.”
“We were blessed with good weather, which was fantastic and everyone really enjoyed it, we’ve had loads of good feedback.”
The school is an introduction to football, for kids who haven’t played before or who are just starting out in the game.
The presence of the Tigers senior players was an added bonus, Newton added.
“It was great to see Mark and the players down there.”
“I got them involved towards the end of the session and although it was a bit daunting maybe for the kids at first, they were happy to see the Worksop players and I think the players were happy to be there.”
A group of 27 children attended the first session on Saturday, where they experienced a very basic and fun session.
Newton said: “We try to get a ball at their feet and colour co-ordinate their bibs with cones, so in their own time they have to go and dribble round the right cone.”
“They get their heads up and become aware of what’s around them and we start from there.”