See how Washington Athletic are supporting youngsters after months of lockdown

A Washington community football team has announced new ‘mini kickers’ sessions aimed at getting young people back outside and exercising as they look to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 9:44 pm
Washington Athletic U14's training at the Washington hub, in January 2020.

Washington Athletic are launching the mini kickers sessions to get young people back into exercise after months of lockdown, and most importantly, to have some fun.

The sessions, aimed at four to seven year old’s, will focus on exercise, fun and football with high quality coaching and act as a stepping stone for young people to enter Washington Athletic’s youth teams.

The community focused club are hoping the sessions will provide some much needed relief for youngsters after months of missing out on sport.

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Washington Athletic U14's training at the Washington football hub, in January 2020.

Club secretary Terry Rutherford believes sessions like this will play a vital part in moving on from the pandemic and supporting young children.

He said: “It’s very important for young children to have opportunities like this. It gives them the chance to exercise, find new friends and gives them something to do which lets them be a part of something with the local community.

“After the last few months it’s vital that we get kids back outdoors playing sport, taking part in exercise and letting them enjoy themselves.”

Washington Athletic are eagerly awaiting a return to the pitch as lockdown restrictions begin to ease and Terry is looking forward to a return to some normality.

He added: “We’re all excited to get back out there and get our sessions back on and see some happy faces kicking a football about again. Hopefully these sessions give kids the chance to get back outside and have a bit of fun.”

The sessions have benefited from funding from The Rotary Club of Washington who have donated money in order to help fund some more equipment for the club.

Rotarian Neil Mconie said: “The mini kickers is very worthy of support from the Rotary Club and will provide a great introduction into the beautiful game.”

The Washington Athletic Mini Kickers sessions will be taking place at Usworth Colliery Primary School every Thursday evening from 6pm-7pm with the club hoping to begin April 8.

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