A FOOTBALL club has now confirmed it will sign a new 25-year lease for its field after reaching its fund-raising total.
Since the closure of Belvedere Park Club two years ago, Belvedere Park Junior Football Club was unable to plan ahead after the lease for its fields was returned to East Staffordshire Borough Council, but now it has raised more than £20,000 to buy the lease.
The football club’s treasurer, Tony Footitt, previously said the club can now look forward to the future and it has now created a programme of coaching for boys and girls aged between three and six-years-old
Mr Footitt said: “The main focus is that the club will use the facilities of St Georges Park’s indoor futsal arena to create a programme of FUN-damental coaching for youngsters. These sessions are aimed at teaching the basic fundamental movement skills associated with all sporting activities. Whether the child grows up to be a tennis player, athlete or rugby player the sessions will aid their athletic development.
“The coaching sessions are specifically created for children of this age, and it is widely agreed that coaching the fundamental skills at this young age will benefit the children for the rest of their lives.”
The club offers children an exit route into its small sided teams that play in the Burton Junior Football League from the age of seven.
Next season the club will operate more than 20 teams and cater for more than 300 children.
Mr Footitt added: “This new programme will be the catalyst for the future of the football club and enable Belvedere Park Football Club to create at least two new teams every season at the youngest age groups.”
All sessions must be pre-booked as spaces are limited. The first four sessions are free of charge, while future sessions will cost £2.50 per child. The sessions are from 6pm to 7pm and start on April 10.
Anyone who would like to join is asked to phone Tony Footitt on 07752 377039 or Ian Gutberlet on 07743 549053.