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Boys and girls aged 5-11 can benefit from free February half-term holiday football sessions next week thanks to the FA Tesco Skills Programme.

Qualified skills coaches are organising fun kickabouts at four venues across Essex, including one at SportHouse in Barking on Monday.

FA Tesco Skills is a unique football coaching programme which gives youngsters of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game.

It is based on a unique FA coaching model providing specialist, age-appropriate football guidance for children which is child-centred and caters for all ability levels.

The skills coaches put on free sessions in schools and clubs as well as after-school and holiday skills centres, so youngsters can be inspired to get active and maximise their ability, whatever their level.

A range of sessions has been lined up for this half term break and Essex has six skills coaches headed by Lauren Phillips, with Simon King, Andy Edmunds, Rob O’Brien, Kevin Baker and Charlotte O’Malley completing the team.

The next free Holiday Sessions in Essex are scheduled as follows:

Monday 17th February - 11:00am-3:00pm (Indoors)

Virgin Active, Priory Chase, Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, SS6 9NF

Monday 17th February - 10:00am-12:00pm (Indoors)

Sporthouse Barking, Lodge Avenue, RM8 2JR

Tuesday 18th February - Session One: 10:00am-12:00pm, Session Two: 1:00-3:00pm (Indoors)

Romeera Leisure Centre, Forest Hall Road, Stansted, CM24 8TZ

Tuesday 18th February - Session One: 10:00am-12:00pm, Session Two: 1:00-3:00pm (Indoors)

Braintree Leisure Centre, Panfield Lane, CM7 1FF

To book your child’s place, please visit www.thefa.com/tescoskills (places are limited).

All sessions are run by FA specialist, qualified coaches. If you have any questions, please contact FA Tesco Skills Team Leader, Lauren Phillips via E-Mail at lauren.phillips@thefa.com or call 07931 126809.

Further information on FA Tesco Skills can also be found at www.essexfa.com.

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