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Girls tackle football course

GIRL footballers are getting stuck in to new courses in Bognor Regis and Easebourne.


The FA-backed SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres offer them the chance to learn the skills to emulate England’s leading women players.


The centres have recently started and will last until at least mid-August. They join an existing centre in Chichester and are open to primary school age girls.


Girls who want to try football and those who play and want to improve are both welcome.


Those who have already been are enthusiastic about the sessions run by FA Level 2 qualified coaches.


Elodie Rigate-Howard, four, said: “I like having my friends there, playing football and having lots of fun. Oh, and scoring goals.”


Six-year-old Imogen O’Boyle said: “I like going to Wildcats Football because I scored a goal at my first session and helped my team win.”


The new coaching is run by South Coast Sports Coaching led by former Brighton, Southampton and Portsmouth player Ali O’Brien. She said: “This is a super opportunity to grow and develop girls’ football in our area.


“The aim is to introduce new girls to the beautiful game, to assist with the development of those already playing and to provide a pathway into playing at local clubs and even creating new teams where none exist.”


The sessions are held at the Longbrook Pavilion, Hook Lane, Bognor Regis, from 5pm-6pm, Mondays, and on Wednesdays at the same time at Easebourne Primary School. The course at Chichester is at 10am-11.30am on Saturdays, at Chichester College’s playing fields. The first week is free. Following weeks are £3. Profits are put back into girls’ football in the area.

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