As part of their plans to develop Beach Soccer throughout Devon, the guys at Sandy Soccer have recently launched their latest initiative – a Schools Programme which will see hundreds of young players from across the county getting involved in free Beach Soccer coaching sessions.
Together, co-founders Scott Burgess, Josh Jarrett and Harry Simpson have made it their mission to place Devon firmly on the Beach Soccer map, and have experienced significant growth in the two years they’ve been involved in the sport. In 2016 alone, they expect to be introducing the sport to over 700 new players, through a combination of coaching sessions, summer camps, and tournaments across a variety of age groups. All of these activities will take place at their Beach Soccer pitches in Croyde, North Devon.
“We want to develop the very best Beach Soccer players the UK has to offer”, the Sandy Soccer team explain, “and by stimulating an interest in the sport among players at an early age we can actively work towards that goal. We strongly believe in the power of sport to not only improve overall physical health, but also in developing pupils that are engaged in the classroom and confident in all areas of life. That is what we hope to achieve with the Schools Programme.”
The Programme will consist of a series of coaching sessions held throughout June, before Croyde plays host to Devon’s first Youth Beach Soccer Championships on July 1st. During the coaching sessions, Sandy Soccer’s team of qualified coaches will be providing a fun introduction to the sport with some active drills and games, along with an insight into the basic rules.
With over 200 pupils signed up already, the team behind the Programme are confident that it will become a major part of their Beach Soccer calendar, which also includes a senior tournament at GoldCoast Oceanfest Surf and Music Festival. Another new initiative for 2016 – Beach Soccer Youth Summer Camps – along with regular coaching sessions for their senior squad will ensure opportunities to get involved are plentiful!
You can find out more about the work Sandy Soccer is doing by visiting www.sandysoccer.co.uk, or by emailing the team (firstname.lastname@example.org).