Academy Sports Club’s Junior Football Programme wrapped up its fall session with medals and cupcakes two weeks ago.
For the past 12 Saturday mornings Academy Field was busy with 45 young boys and girls between the ages of four and seven learning the basics of the beautiful game.
Academy Sports Club has teams at the Under-13, U-15, U-17 and senior levels. The emphasis of the club has always been promotion of education, leadership and integrity through football.
Continuing in this tradition the U-15 and U-17 players volunteer their Saturday mornings to coach the little ones in the junior programme.
According to director of football Virgil Seymour: “Learning occurs for both groups of kids, the little ones look up the big kids, and respond better to their instruction in some instances than when adults are coaching. The young coaches learn patience, organisation and communication skills. It’s a great opportunity for everyone”.
The little footballers are eager each week to practice new skills, laugh with friends and, of course, score some goals.
The Saturday morning programme is structured around fun and friends. “We want the kids to learn to love the game, to enjoy coming to Academy and to feel confident to try their very best,” said Seymour.
There are no scores, no winners or losers and everyone received a medal for doing their very best.
Gary Rutty, from Burger King, the programme’s main sponsor, gave out the medals and received a special certificate of appreciation from Academy Sports Club.
“Without Burger King’s sponsorship we would not be able to run this programme. Their ongoing support is very generous and we are very appreciative,” said Academy board member Bradley Erksine, who presented Rutty with a certificate of appreciation.
The next junior football programme will be starting on 26 January at 8.30am at Academy Field. For more information email [email protected]