Football: Kids on the ball in coaching week

The final day of coaching was held at Balmoor.

The final day of coaching was held at Balmoor.

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Peterhead FC manager Jim McInally has praised the club’s community involvement following a successful holiday coaching week.

McInally was joined by first team player David Cox and Walter Innes from Hexagon Football for the October sessions.

Winger David Cox awarded each child - including Cari Willox - a certificate at the end of the week.

Winger David Cox awarded each child - including Cari Willox - a certificate at the end of the week.

Nearly 40 children between the ages of 5-14 signed up for the initiative, which followed on from a similar summer coaching camp.

The manager said: “This week’s gone great.

“This is the third time I’ve done this with the kids and it’s brilliant.

“The biggest thing for me is to see the number of Peterhead strips being worn - it’s brilliant.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was delighted to see so many kids wearing the club strip.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was delighted to see so many kids wearing the club strip.

“I know its good if you can get young footballers for Peterhead, but the biggest thing is to get supporters for the club.”

The coaching week, which ran from October 14-17, began with indoor sessions at Peterhead Community Centre.

The kids took part in shooting and passing training excerises as well as small-sided games.

For the final day, McInally invited the children up to Balmoor stadium to see in the home team dressing room and play on the pitch.

At the end of the day, parents watched from the stands as Cox presented each child with a certificate.

McInally said: “Guys like Walter Innes and Nat Porter (general manager) and the boys who’ve been helping are brilliant with the kids.

“That’s what its about - the club needed to get the community involved and they’re doing their best to do that.”

Cox added: “The wee kids are funny. For the younger ones its more baby sitting and having a laugh.

“For the older boys, there are some good footballers and its a good standard, great to watch young guys like that.

“It’s good to see them come in with the Peterhead strips.

“Hopefully things like this will make it more of a community thing, kids coming along to games. You get to know their faces.

“I’ve enjoyed it this week. When the gaffer mentioned this one I didn’t mind taking time out to do this.”