Coventry captain keeps youngsters on the ball

Sky Blues captain Reda Johnson (centre) coaching Coventry youngsters


Friday, 07 November 2014

The captain of Coventry City Football Club has helped youngsters keep their eye on the ball this half-term in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Energy saving experts Mark Group, Whitefriars Housing and Sky Blue in the Community teamed up to put on a week of free football coaching sessions for children aged between 6 and 14 in Coventry. 

Sky Blues captain Reda Johnson joined the session on Tuesday afternoon. He was on hand to chat with the budding young footballers, sign autographs and help out with the games and activities. Johnson assisted coaches from Sky Blues in the Community, the official charity of Coventry City Football Club, to lead the session and keep young people active and entertained during the half-term break. 

Sky Blues in the Community inclusion manager, Craig White, said: “The activities were really well attended. More than 35 young people turned out every day, with 75 individuals accessing the sessions for the first time throughout the week.

“We are really grateful for the support from all our partners to put these sessions on. It was fantastic for the young people from the local area to get some free sporting activity right on their doorstep. It was also great to see club captain Reda Johnson attend and mix with the children. We hope that his words of encouragement will inspire the young people to stay involved in positive activities in the future.”

Mark Group has funded the project as part of its contract with Whitefriars Housing to carry out energy improvement works on properties in Henley and the surrounding areas. The works will not only save energy, but also have a positive effect on the environment.

Marcus Law, quantity surveyor at Mark Group, said: “Football has universal appeal and brings together people of all ages and abilities. We were really happy with how many young people attended the sessions and the level of engagement they showed. They learned new skills, but more importantly kept active while having fun.” 

Gurcharan Randhawa, tenant liaison officer at Whitefriars Housing, said: “We have invested £1.4m in energy improvement works to properties in Henley and the surrounding areas and it’s great to bring sessions like these to young people in the community as part of that.”

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