World Cup referee Howard Webb has given his backing to a scheme offering free football coaching sessions to South Yorkshire children.
The sessions, at the Horizon Community College, Barnsley, are run in partnership with South Yorkshire Police, The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright and the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA.
They are offered free of charge every Wednesday and are available for children in Years six to eight between 6pm and 7pm, and youngsters in Years nine to 11 from 7pm to 8pm.
All football coaching is provided by fully qualified FA coaches and police and community support officers.
Howard, who is also a police sergeant, said: ”This project has the potential to be excellent.
“It is the first of its kind that we have set up from the beginning as a project team and I cannot thank Horizon Community College enough for their welcome and help.
“From the outset they have made what could have been a very difficult task getting things off the ground into an enjoyable journey for all of us.
“Let’s just hope that we can get the boys and girls along to the sessions, enjoying themselves and engaging in football, and having a good time.”