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Dozens of youngsters spent a few days of their summer holidays last week brushing up on their football skills at the annual summer camp held by KA Leisure at Arran High School.
The training undertaken by SFA coaches Graham Muir and Christopher Monk took place with the help of high school pupils and and former attendees of the camp themselves – David Copperwheat and Dylan Smith.
Catering for five to 12-year-olds, football camp teaches children the basics of the sport in a fun and safe environment where they can practice their skills with children their own age. The fun learning event which includes lessons on ball control, accuracy, balance, good sportsmanship and tricks includes manoeuvres from many of the children’s favourite football idols. After each particular lesson, children take part in skill challenges such as the Ronaldinho spin and the Beckham shoot to test their new-found skills.
The final day last Thursday was a crazy hair day and a culmination challenge of all of the lessons learned since the start on Monday. Coach Graham said: ‘The camp on Arran has been tremendous this year, not only because of the glorious weather we have had but also because of the enthusiastic and impeccably behaved children. Both the coaches and children have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are already looking forward to our next one.’
On average between 30 to 40 children attended football camp every day with a daily morning and afternoon session for boys and girls of primary school age . Football camp takes place twice a year, once during summer and one at Easter.