Football focus for South Ayrshire nurseries

HAVING A BALL: Councillors Margaret Toner, Allan Dorans and Bill Grant with children and staff from the Doonfoot Mini Kickers programme.

HAVING A BALL: Councillors Margaret Toner, Allan Dorans and Bill Grant with children and staff from the Doonfoot Mini Kickers programme.

0
Have your say

TOTS IN South Ayrshire are getting a taste for the beautiful game by taking part in a new nursery football programme.

Mini Kickers is designed to introduce football-themed sessions to three and four-year-old nursery children, and is being delivered across South Ayrshire in nurseries from Girvan to Troon.

Once initial staff training is complete a four-week block of coaching will be delivered to pupils by South Ayrshire Council’s Active Schools team, including a parent and child session on the final day.

To try to encourage par-
ticipation within communi­ties a link has been estab­lished with Ayr United Foot­ball Academy to signpost parents 
and children to sessions within their local area.

After seeing the prog­ramme in action at Doonfoot Primary School Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder, said: “The Mini Kickers pro­gramme is being delivered in a way that really appeals to the children and you can see how enthusiastic they are about it.

“Importantly, the activi-
ties are great fun, which encourages all the partici­pants, children, staff and parents to get active.”