11th February 2004





There’s no need for kids to kick their heels during the half-term holidays next week – they should be kicking a football instead!


A new company based in Lincoln is providing out-of-school football coaching for the city’s youngsters.


Eighty football-mad school kids will be at the University of Lincoln every morning next week (16th to 20th February, 10am until 12 noon) taking part in a half-term football club run by Fun First Sports Coaching.


Fun First is a new firm inspired by coaching methods employed in the United States which aims to improve the basic football skills of four to 12-year-olds in an entertaining and fun environment.


Dave Thorpe and Ian Behagg, who have jointly set up the company, use their experience of coaching in America to enhance children’s football experience.


“We aim to give kids of all skill levels a chance to enjoy the game of football while learning from qualified coaches in a fun but safe learning environment,” said David (24), who studied Management and Marketing at the University of Lincoln and was Vice President for Sport and Recreation at the university’s Student Union.


Fun First emphasises the entertaining nature of football by using imaginative games to appeal to all children of different ability levels.


Fun First currently coach children from 28 schools in the Lincoln area. All their staff are fully qualified and have been selected to ensure their suitability to work with children.


Limited places at the football sessions are still available. Children aged between four and 12 can attend all five mornings for £20. To find out more call Fun First on 01522 533036.


To arrange a photograph or for more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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