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Wirksworth youngsters chance to be on the ball with free footy sessions

Posted on 31st October 2011

Young people in Wirksworth have more chances to take part in free football sessions with Derby County coaches.

Free Friday Football has been running in Wirksworth throughout the summer holidays and will now continue during the darker evenings.

The sessions have been paid for by Derbyshire Constabulary, but are run with the support of Derby County in the Community, Anthony Gell School, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Derbyshire County Council.

During the sessions youngsters are taught footballing skills from professional coaches, followed by a friendly match where they can put those skills to the test.

Community Safety Inspector Shaun Woodcock said: “Not only is it a chance for young people to improve their skills and enjoy football, but it also offers an opportunity to take part in a positive activity and an alternative to gathering on the streets or being bored at home.

“We would like to thank all the partnership organisations who help make the sessions possible as it means youngsters can take part in local activities which provides structure and focus.”

They are for all youngsters aged between 11 and 16 years old and will take place every Friday from 7pm starting on Friday, November 4 on the astro turf at Anthony Gell School.

For more information contact the Wirksworth Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101, the new police non emergency number or by emailing

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