1,300+ Players Enjoy Community Football Days

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Over 1,300 players enjoyed two Essex County FA Community Football Days in Collier Row and Maldon during July, with £950 also raised for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK during a Walking Football Tournament and raffle.

Two events were organised, as opposed to the usual one, to ensure the whole of Essex had the opportunity to be involved. One took place at the Forest Row Centre in Collier Row, Romford, with another at Plume High School in Maldon. This year the focus of the occasion was changed for 5-11-year-olds to incorporate specific elements which supported their development.

Football for adult male and adult female players was also offered, plus the Walking Football Tournament, showcasing the majority of the provisions which take place in Essex. Across the two venues, new under 7s players had the chance to experience the game and there were sessions to smooth the transition from 7v7-9v9 and 9v9-11v11 football.

A 9v9 girls’ event took place, as did Soccability football for youth and adult players. FA Coach Mentors were utilised to answer coaches’ questions around the transitional age groups, such as how to arrange practical sessions to incorporate offside. Boots2Africa collected over 100 pairs of boots in total, and Development Officer, Sean Harris, was delighted with the events.

He explained: “Massive thanks go to Collier Row YFC, our FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year, Plume High School, our Young Leaders and referees, all of whom helped to play a part in the success of these events. Many of the Young Leaders came from Eastbury School in Barking, and we’re very grateful, plus that gratuity also extends to the local authorities and Skippers Ground Maintenance.”

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