Seventy football crazy youngsters aged 6-13 years from Dawlish and surrounding areas enjoyed another two-day ‘Dawlish Town Football in the Community’ course at Dawlish Community College during the Half Term break. The course consisted of structured coaching sessions together with ‘fun orientated competitions’ and small sided games.
Under the guidance of Football in the Community Officer Adam Shearer the qualified coaches for the course also included First team manager Chris Myers, Dawlish Ladies assistant manager Marcus Pritchard and local coach Tom Chisholm.
All of the players on the course received T-shirts and certificates as well as receiving a FREE ticket to Dawlish Towns Devon Bowl match against PLYMOUTH ARGYLE on the Wednesday night. There were also trophies, medals and prizes for competition winners.
Competition Winners: PENALTY CHAMPION Junior- Thomas Price, Senior-Greg Weeks, FREE KICK SPECIALIST Junior-Charlie Mares, Senior-Martyn Thomas, 5 A SIDE TOURNAMENT Junior-Bayern Munich, Senior-Manchester Utd, PLAYER OF THE COURSE Junior-Harvey Hannaford, Senior-Ben Whatmore .
Three lucky players also won a Special prize each in the FUN PRIZE DRAW. They were Alex Gibbon who won a FOOTBALL, Caleb Reed who won a day as a MASCOT with Dawlish Town and Dan Ranger who won a pair of FOOTBALL BOOTS.
Shearer commented ‘ As coaches we were again really pleased with how the youngsters applied themselves over the two-days. We were particularly pleased to see so many girls attend the course. To cap an excellent 2 days all players were invited to watch our First team convincingly beat a youthful Plymouth Argyle 4-1 which they thoroughly enjoyed.’
Shearer also added ‘ Our community scheme has another extremely busy term visiting and delivering football based sessions to Teignbridge based Primary and Secondary Schools. It has been great to generate such interest with the football club especially as the First team have been doing so well and are striving for promotion to the Southern League together with reaching the Devon Bowl semi final and Les Phillips Cup quarter finals to be played soon.