On the ball

PUBLISHED: 15:06 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 11:40 29 April 2010

Picture: BRIAN PURDY

Picture: BRIAN PURDY

These youngsters enjoyed free football coaching this week. The pupils from St Peter s School, Wisbech, were coached by Robert Gifford, community officer for the Cambridgeshire Football Association. Mr Gifford, who recently resigned as co-manager of Wisbec

These youngsters enjoyed free football coaching this week.

The pupils from St Peter's School, Wisbech, were coached by Robert Gifford, community officer for the Cambridgeshire Football Association.

Mr Gifford, who recently resigned as co-manager of Wisbech Town Football Club's Player Development Centre, has been holding weekly sessions at the school for about 15 months and has helped the school achieve FA Charter Status.

He said: "Sport should be for everyone, but free coaching for kids is becoming quite rare these days. In these sessions I coach boys and girls of mixed abilities - some of them have never played competitive football.

"I try to teach the kids life skills like discipline, respect and confidence.

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