Club hits the target with coaching programme

17 October 2016

A Grangetown football team is working with local young people to help improve their skills off and on the pitch.

Grangetown All Stars – who won Division Two of the Cardiff Combination last season – are holding coachings sessions on Wednesday evenings for local kids.

The programme is being run as part of projects under Cardiff University’s Community Gateway programme, which is also sponsoring the club’s shirts this season.

The weekly sessions at Grange Pavilion in Grangetown are aimed at supporting personal development and football skills.

All Stars manager Ahmed Jama said: “It’s great to see so much potential in these young players, they’re so enthusiastic and work together as a team.

“It’s also fantastic to see a prosperous community spirit, with parents and older siblings volunteering their time, something we are proud to support and be involved in.”

The club, which plays home games at Pontcanna Fields, was only formed in the summer of 2014 by a group of friends and is doing well at the top of Division One so far this season. Defender Zeeshan Sadiq said: “It’s great to see how much it means to the kids to have these sessions”

Ali Abdi, Community Gateway partnerships manager, said: “We recognise that lots of children play in Grange Gardens already and requests from the community, particularly parents, have included structured activities which we’ve been delighted to offer as part of the weekly programme.”

The pavilion has already hosted pop-up cricket and table tennis this summer, as well as starting the Grangetown Running Group.

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