If the world cup in Brazil has given your youngsters the football bug the free Street Soccer programme this summer is just the thing to keep them entertained.
After successful schemes in 2012 and 2013, Street Soccer is once again going to be delivered at recreation grounds in the Staffordshire Moorlands, thanks to a partnership between Leek Town FC Community and the Moorlands Together Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership.
This year's programme runs for an extended block of 12 weeks up to the week ending September 26.
Football sessions will be led by Leek Town coaches at the following locations from 7pm to 8pm:
• Mondays – Ball Haye Recreation Ground, Leek;
• Tuesdays – Cheddleton Recreation Ground;
• Wednesdays – Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground;
• Thursdays – Brown Edge playing fields;
• Fridays – Churchill Road playing fields, Cheadle.
The training is free to youngsters aged between eight and 18 as the course's costs are being met by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Your Moorlands.
There is no need to book in advance – just turn up in good time. Each session will be led by two coaches who have been checked fully by the Criminal Records Bureau.
Councillor Gill Burton, cabinet member for communities at the council, said: "We know how much young people enjoy these sessions and it has the additional benefit of delivering positive activities during the summer school holidays to engage and occupy groups."
Councillor Brian Johnson, cabinet member for leisure, sport, parks and countryside, added: "These are always popular events and with the football world cup currently underway the level of interest in the sport is at its height.
"Who knows, we might find the next Messi right here in the Moorlands!"
Leek Town Community Manager Steven Kell said: "We're delighted to have secured the funding to run this project once again in 2014."
For more information, call Steve Kell on 07826 206199 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org