Young people from across Fylde are being rewarded for their positive attitudes in the community with the chance to ‘Train like a Pro’ with the AFC Fylde Community Foundation.

Over three weeks, from 1st –19th August, youngsters will have the chance to work with Layton Juniors, AFC Blackpool and other talented clubs and players from the Kirkham area, to see what it takes to be a professional footballer.

Each week, 20 children will explore key club roles such as physiotherapist, sports scientist and manager – as well as player – to understand how a whole team works together to achieve its goals.

The programme will take place at both Kellamergh Park and Mill Farm, Monday to Friday from 9am-3pm.

Those taking part have been specially selected as a reward for all their hard work at school and in the wider community.

To give them a summer holiday to remember, first team players from AFC Fylde will also be dropping in to say hello.

The 60 children from the area taking part in the programme will learn about all the different elements that contribute to the running of a successful football team and, in the process, the importance of attributes such as dedication, teamwork and respect in building a successful football club.

Attendees will also gain the valuable opportunity to meet people from different areas of the footballing world and find out how they became successful – emphasising that although the players are the stars on the pitch, all club staff in coaching and support roles are vital in both player development and team success.

The three weeks of workshops will be provided to the children and their families free of charge, thanks to the generous support of Cuadrilla Resources and Centrica Energy.

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