Sixty-four players, aged six to 14, from Caythorpe and Fulbeck Junior Football Club – together with 30 club coaches and parents – visited the National Football Centre (St George’s Park) at Burton-upon-Trent last Sunday.
The day began with a guided tour around the facility, which included the England players’ changing room, their own special pitch, a highly impressive £8m indoor 4G arena and a large wall which bears the autograph of every professional player and famous person who has visited the centre.
After the tour, the children got changed into their club kit for a 90-minute training session involving various skills and disciplines, led by four FA coaches.
Each child was also given a club-branded kit bag, paid for out of club funds, as was the majority of the cost of the day. There were a lot of tired but happy kids on the return journey to Caythorpe!
Club chairman Michael Budden commented: “As a result of prudent financial management, we had a surplus of funds in the bank which we wanted to use for the benefit of the club’s members, and so decided to take them to St George’s Park as something they would remember for a very long time.
“Everyone had a fantastic day and it was great so see the club’s players get so much enjoyment from the day – it was truly inspirational.
“The FA coaches said they had rarely hosted such a large and motivated group and were impressed with the number of club coaches in attendance.”
The club’s mini soccer programme for four- to seven-year-olds, experienced or new to football, is currently running on Saturday mornings until July 8. The club always welcomes new players at all age groups.